Friday, September 4, 2015

'The Force Awakens' Soundtrack Coming December 18th

By: Dominic Jones

Another huge announcement for Star Wars fans came this Force Friday!  Lucasfilm announced that fans will be able to buy the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens on December 18th, the same day the film hits cinemas.  Fans who want to get a jump on this can pre-order now!

"Williams’ stirring, romantic compositions are a key component of the Star Wars saga, and among the most well-known music in film history. With new characters, worlds, and surprises on the horizon, the legacy of powerful, moving Star Wars music continues."

I can't wait to leave the theater and go right to listening to and soaking in whatever genius John Williams has composed for The Force Awakens!

Read more... Databank Updated to Include 'The Force Awakens' Content


By: Dominic Jones

In a Force Friday surprise, updated their datatbank (where fans can go to find official, in universe information on characters, planets, ships, and more) with lots of new content from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This includes entries for Poe Dameron, BB-8, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, General Hux, Jakku, and the First Order Star Destroyer (Finalizer).  While there is nothing ground breaking revealed, it's nice to see sequel trilogy information being included with the rest of the saga in official forums.


Video: 'Lego Star Wars 2015 Mini Movie: Rey's Speeder'

By: Dominic Jones

In celebration of Force Friday, Lego has released a new mini movie featuring the "Rey's Speeder" set from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which hit shelves today.  You can check it out for yourself below,

While this definitely not an accurate depiction of a scene from The Force Awakens, it may give us a hint a something that may happen in the film.  Perhaps at some point Rey's speeder breaks down and she gets attacked by the Unkar thug?  We'll find out for sure on December 18th!


'The Force Awakens' Toys Reveal Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren & Finn's Voices

By: Benjamin Hart

We watched the trailers, we've seen the characters, now all that's left to do is actually hear them. The first two trailers for The Force Awakens were narrated by Supreme Leader Snoke(Andy Serkis) and Luke Skywalker(Mark Hamill), respectively, but we haven't heard any of the new characters speak in the film yet, that is until today. Yes, today is Force Friday and tons of new The Force Awakens merchandise has flooded the market. Among the various items we have been treated to is an assortment of figures and masks that talk, and some are of characters that have never been heard before. Of course, if you don't want to hear the character's voices before December 18th, I suggest turning back now. This is your official SPOILER WARNING.

First off, IGN got a hold of a talking Finn(John Boyega) action figure. Watch the video below if you want to hear how he'll sound in the film:

Interestingly John Boyega seems to be using an American accent to portray Finn as apposed to his native British tongue. In case you didn't catch all of those lines, our friends at Making Star Wars transcribed them:

  • “The name’s Finn and I’m in charge now.”
  • “We go back to Jakku, we die!"
  • “Stay low and put up the shields!”
  • “We need cover–quick!”
  • “FS2187!"
  • “I don’t… know what… to do!”
  • “I never should have rescued you!”
  • “Listen, I’ve had a pretty messed up day!”

Next, we have a few lines from Captain Phasma(Gwendoline Christie) courtesy of a voice changing mask found by @davidpopineau on Twitter:

Making Star Wars also has a transcript of her dialogue:

  • Move to your ships, now.”
  • “On my command… ”
  • “Fire FN2187.”
  • “Submit your blaster for inspection.”

And finally we have some words from our big baddie, Kylo Ren(Adam Driver), courtesy of IGN and a talking action figure:

Here's the text version:
  • “I’ve been waiting for this (day) for a long time”
  • “Is it true… you’re just a scavenger?”
  • “Don’t be afraid”
  • “I feel it too”
  • “You know what I’ve come for”
  • “Don’t fight it… you know you can’t”
  • “I’m immune to the light”
  • “That weapon is mine”
  • “Together, we will destroy the resistance and the last Jedi”

Of course this dialogue is somewhat distorted, and although it's likely it is taken directly from the film, we can't confirm that. If you want to hear these voices a bit better yourself, be sure to head out to one of your local retailers and pick up one of these toys now. And if happen to find something we haven't reported on yet, be sure to send your photos or videos to us at!

Source: IGN, Twitter, IGN


C-3PO Solo Comic To Reveal How He Got His Red Arm

By: Benjamin Hart

Since Marvel has retaken the reigns of Star Wars Comics storytelling we've got several great new series focused on various characters and eras. And this latest piece of news proves no character is beyond getting the attention of Marvel. has just announced that everyone's favorite Protocol Droid, C-3PO will be getting his own one shot comic titled Star Wars Special: C-3P0 #1. Writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris will be coming together for the first time in 20 years to work on this comic.

The book will be a part of the ever expanding Journey To The Force Awakens publishing program and will be set between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens. More interestingly, the story will reveal how Threepio received the red arm he appears to have in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The comic is slated for release in December.



The SWU Podcast | 04/09/15

Recorded on Force Friday Eve, join Chris, Ben, and Dominic on this special episode of The SWU Podcast as they break down the week's news.  Dominic chats with YouTubers Corey Vidal and Quill18 and shares his experience at the Toronto portion of the live stream.  Friend of the show Darth Daddy stops by with a report from the Force Friday eve activities in New York City.  Plus they share some thoughts on the voices of some of the new characters and discuss the latest toy reveals from the live stream.  All this and much!
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Puppies React To The New BB-8 Toy

By: Benjamin Hart

Over the past 24 hours we have seen the official reveal of tons of new toys and merchandise from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. One item that's been getting the most attention is the remote control BB-8 by Sphero. Modeled after the Droid seen in the teasers trailer for the film, the toy functions just like it's on-screen counterpart. In addition to the reveal, Vanity Fair has already gotten their hands on one of these BB-8's and has found an ingenious way to test it out. In a video released on their YouTube channel, Vanity Fair introduced the toy to a group of curious Puppies and it subsequently produced some very funny, and extremely cute results. You can watch it below:

Source: Vanity Fair(YouTube)


Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' International Wallpaper Revealed

By: Benjamin Hart

Latino Review is reporting that a new international wallpaper for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has surfaced. As you can see above, the image features Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and General Hux in the same stance we saw on one of the Empire Magazine covers. Behind them the First Order military scene we first saw in the Korean teaser. The words "El Despertar De La Fuerza" in the logo translate to "The Awakening Of The Force". The image comes from JPosters which has made it available to download on their site in multiple sizes. You can check that out here and get some cool wallpaper for your devices. They also have several others featuring previously seen imagery.

While this does appear to be legitimate, we still have to count this as a rumor until officially unveiled by Lucasfilm or Disney.

Source: JPosters


'The Force Awakens Lego Sets Officially Revealed

By: Benjamin Hart

Finally! After many months of leaks and rumors, we have once and for all been treated to our very first look at the all new Star Wars Lego sets from The Force Awakens! Earlier on the official Star Wars YouTube channel we saw all the sets revealed  to us all in several locations across the globe. Now has revealed official imagery of the sets along with official descriptions and pricing, which you can check out below:

75099 – Rey’s Speeder™ 

Hover into action on Rey's Speeder! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar. $19.99 USD

75100 – First Order Snowspeeder™ 

Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. $39.99

75102 - Poe's X-Wing Fighter™

Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe's X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

75103 - First Order Transporter™ 

Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. $89.99 USD

75104 - Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle™ 

Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable tool racks. And when you’re ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer. $119.99 USD

75105 – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded tools, sensor dish,ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holochess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded tool. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $149.99 USD

These sets, along with many other items themed from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, will be available at 12:01am on Friday in select stores, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Toys"R"Us and others!



Force Friday: Sphero BB-8 Toy Revealed

By: Dominic Jones

This morning as part of the "Force Friday" Live Stream event, the toy everyone was hoping for was revealed on Good Morning America.  The GMA hosts revealed the new remote controlled BB-8 toy, which is controlled by your smartphone.  Check out Sphero's video of the toy in action below,

And if that wasn't enough, Vanity Fair has this video of puppies playing with it.  Check it out here.

The Wall Street Journal has a few more details about what the BB-8 can do,
"In addition to driving BB-8 around like a remote-control car, you can also activate preset routines. Send him off to patrol his surroundings on autopilot. (He can’t see, so don’t put him near the stairs. If he runs into furniture, he’ll just stop and roll a different way.) Activate “Joy module” to make him do a little dance. You can even command him using your smartphone’s microphone. Yell, “It’s a trap!” and he’ll careen off. He understands “Look around,” “Wake up,” and other commands, too. (Just say “Hey BB-8” first.) BB-8’s capabilities will increase over time, via software updates, according to Sphero."

The toy will be available as of 12:01am tonight and will cost $150 USD.

This was definitely the stand out toy of all the reveals during's live stream, which turned out to be a lot of fun.  Now the question is, will you be picking one up?  Let us know in the comments.


Video: "Star Wars Episode 1 Midnight Madness Toy Grab"

By: Dominic Jones

Before you head out for "Force Friday" and lighten your wallet buying toys and merchandise from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, why not take a stroll down memory lane with this video from the last time a new Star Wars trilogy was about to kick off, aka 1999.

Fashion styles come and go, but Star Wars never dies!  Enjoy "Force Friday" everyone!

Source: ScottsEditReel (YouTube)


'The Force Awakens' Unboxing Live Stream Recap | Part I

By: Benjamin Hart

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy unboxing live stream is going on right now on the official Star Wars YouTube channel! The stream began just a few hours ago and hosts Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni have already revealed several awesome toys from the new Episode VII line. So if haven't had chance to sit down and watch the live stream yourself, we're here to help with a recap of what was revealed.

First off, the live stream went all the way "down under" to Sydney Australia where Jay Laga'aia(Captain Typo) hosted the reveal of the new Star Wars Blade builders Lightsaber set from Hasbro. The Bratayley family was on hand to swiftly unbox the toys and fully reveal them to the world:

Subsequently, Andi and Anthony gave us a closer look at the set:

Secondly, the hosts in L.A had a reveal of their own and next unboxed Poe's X-Wing from Hasbro:

Recommended for ages 4 & up, the X-Wing will cost $49.99 and is equipped with a projectile canon and S-foils that can be opened and closed by pressing BB-8 in the rear Astromech socket. The vehicle also includes a 3.75-inch limited edition Poe Dameron figure with detectable helmet and blaster. Although the duo have some trouble attaching it's various pieces, they do give us a good up close look at the X-Wing and figure.

In addition, they revealed two upcoming books, showing off the inside and out of Star Wars: Smuggler's Run, written by Greg Rucka, and later interviewed author  Cecil Castellucci about her own book Star Wars: Moving Target, which they also revealed.

And later the stream journeyed to Tokyo Japan where YouTube star Einshine revealed three brand new giant The Force Awakens figures. Two of them being a Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtrooper standing at 31-inches tall with 8 points of articulation. The Stormtrooper includes a blaster and Kylo Ren comes with a cloak, hood and Tri-saber(with removable blades). Both cost $34.99 each. The third figure is a massive 48-inch talking First Order Stormtrooper with 4 points of articulation. Priced at $99.99 the Stormtrooper has a variety of sayings that can be be activated by either the push of a button on it's chest, or via a motion sensor on it's front.

You can watch the live stream as it's happening below. And, of course, come back here to for future updates and recaps of what's revealed in the coming hours leading up to Force Friday!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Report: 'The Force Awakens' Posters Spotted

By: Benjamin Hart

Looking for something from The Force Awakens to dress up the walls of your Star Wars room? Then the following news might be just for you; Star Wars Action News is reporting that they have acquired photos of three The Force Awakens posters that were reportedly spotted at a Walmart. The trio is shown on the front of a box of rolled and packaged posters that are shown to cost $4.98 each. One features Rey and BB-8 on Jakku surrounded by flying X-Wings, another is adorned with artwork of C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8, and the final poster shows a wide assortment of characters, ships and more. Check them out below:

The bottom poster is includes artwork we've seen in various places, most notably in some promo art that leaked from Russia. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when visiting your local Walmarts and other retailers and be on the lookout for items like this, and of course, be there at 12:01am on Friday for the kickoff of "Force Friday".

Source: Star Wars Action News


Steve Sansweet Recaps The History Of Star Wars Toys Ahead Of 'Force Friday'

By: Benjamin Hart

"Force Friday" is mere hours away and anticipation is building as fans grow increasingly excited to get their hands on all the newest merchandise from The Force Awakens. In preparation for the occasion, Lucasfilm and Disney have looked to the most infamous Star Wars collector on the planet to take us all the way back to the beginning and recap the history of Star Wars toy collecting. Steve Sansweet, the former head of fan relations at Lucasfilm, is now the owner and curator of Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, California, which houses the World's largest Star Wars collection. In a video shared by Disney, Sansweet gives us a tour of the museum and points out several toys from the past six films. You can watch it below:

The Force is strong with these collectibles. Tune in to Star Wars YouTube at 2:30 p.m. PST for a live unboxing event marking the release of products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Full details:
Posted by Disney on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Source: Disney(Facebook)


Spotlight: The Empire Coffee Co.

By: Dominic Jones

With a Star Wars movie coming out every year for the foreseeable future, Star Wars fans will be going to a lot of midnight premieres.  With that comes staying up late--and with staying up comes coffee.  A lot of coffee.  Fans in Newcastle, Australia however, need not look any further than The Empire Coffee Co., be it the night before (or morning after) a midnight premiere or just on their way to work on an average day.

In just the first eight weeks after the Star Wars-inspired coffee shop had opened for business it became clear to owner Glen Fredericks that he had found a niche.  But there was a problem.  "It became obvious from almost the very start that the small shop front wasn't suited to our customers needs," explains Federicks, citing his customers desire to kick back, relax, and talk Star Wars in his shop, which just wasn't big enough.  "I just couldn't handle the disappointment of more people turning up during the week (some were traveling in 2 hours to get to the shop) to be given great coffee, quality service, but not being able to sit down and kick back. So we closed while we've been on the hunt for a new location."

Because of this, Federicks is currently running a crowd funding campaign through Pozible to help with the expansion efforts.  If  The Empire Coffee Co.'s funding goal is reached, Federicks promises a coffee bar experience that is sure to attract Star Wars fans of all types.  

Patrons of the shop can expect to find a variety of of Star Wars memorabilia on display, including action figures, Lego sets, and fan made props and costumes.  But the highlight will be Tuesdays and Thursdays when Fredericks, a member of the 501st Legion, dons his stormtrooper armor to serve coffee.  Knowing that Stormtroopers have a bad rap for being terrible shots, we wondered how Fredericks fared when he first attempted making coffee while clad in the iconic white armor?  Not well, he explains, "It was almost next to impossible to make coffees while wearing the suit and helmet. Thankfully we had enough staff to cover that while I'd have photos taken with customers."

A Star Wars fan since age 6, Federicks explains that the shop wasn't originally going to have a Star Wars connection and it was an accidental suggestion from his wife that got the ball rolling.  "She said four words, but from a completely different mindset," he explains, "The Empire Coffee Co.  It was catchy and she was actually thinking old school British Empire.  But my eyes lit up and by the time it clicked with her that I was thinking Galactic Empire I was already registering the business name and getting the domain name, Facebook vanity URL and Instagram username.  She may have said 'No Star Wars!' but I was too busy screaming 'TOO LATE!'"

At first, the shop wasn't the Star Wars-fan haven it became.  "Those first few days we only had a stormtrooper helmet sitting on the counter which people loved wearing and taking selfies," recalls Federicks.  "But after some 'complaints' (such as "We want more Star Wars!") I then started to bring in toys from my collection and put them around the shop, wherever space was available."

Like Star Wars itself, The Empire Coffee Co. appealed to wide audience, from adults to kids to even a few Trekkies!  Federicks explains that it was the presence of children that helped convince him that more space was needed,  "When the school holidays came along, we had a steady flow of parents bringing in their children. You want to have an in-depth conversation about Star Wars? Have it with a 10 year old who loves the Animated Clone Wars series."

Federicks has big plans for the new location, which is still to be determined, and those plans go far beyond coffee, and even beyond Star Wars.  Federicks envisions weekly trivia nights, "not just about Star Wars, but also throw it open to Star Trek, Dr Who and other films or shows who have a local fan base who'd like to use it as an opportunity to network."  He also envisions workshops for kids during school holidays where talented local costume makes can pass on their knowledge to a new generation.  "These are some of the ideas," says Federicks, "and I have plenty more. It'll be a cafe experience unlike anyone has seen before."

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