Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Germany is Getting an All Star Wars TV Channel This December


By: Dominic Jones

German Star Wars fans are getting the ultimate Christmas present this December.  Sky Deutschland announced today that from December 1st to 14th they are essentially becoming the all Star Wars network!  The channel will be playing all six films in chronological order (Episode I to VI), plus the Kevin Burns documentaries Empire of Dreams (2004) and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (2007) 24/7 for the first 14 days of December.  Sky Deutschland vp of programming Gary Davey told The Hollywood Reporter he hoped this would make the wait for Episode VII "a bit sweeter."

Hopefully this serves as a precursor to Disney and Lucasfilm launching all Star Wars networks worldwide!  It would be great if they also included The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, as well as some parodies like the Robot Chicken and Phineas and Ferb specials.  There is potential for this to be the kick off of something great!  So German fans, be sure to tune to Sky Deutschland this December and know that the rest of us are very jealous!


Monday, October 20, 2014

'Star Wars Rebels' Preview Featuring Darth Vader


By: Dominic Jones

A new short preview for the upcoming re-broadcast of the Star Wars Rebels premier 'Spark of Rebellion" at 7pm on October 26th on ABC has hit the web today, and it features our first official glimpse at Darth Vader on Rebels.  We've seen stills from this scene before, however it's nice to get a high quality, official look at Vader.  Check out the preview below,

Now we just have to wait until the 26th to see what this scene entails and how it plays into the rest of the episode...


New Variant Cover for 'Star Wars #1' Revealed


By: Dominic Jones

It sounds like Marvel is planning a huge splash for their return to Galaxy Far, Far Away.  And who can blame them?  When 'Star Wars #1' hits shelves in January 2015, there will be at least two variant covers for the first issue of the on going comic book series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday.  The first variant was revealed several weeks ago, and now Entertainment Weekly has revealed the second, and the nostalgia is strong with this one (I am so, so sorry about that joke).  The cover features art by Alex Ross and is an homage to cover of the original 'Star Wars #1' from 1977 by Howard Chaykin.  Check it out below,

And for comparison, here's the cover from 1977,

Which cover is you favorite?  The main cover, the first variant, or this one (the second variant)?  Sound off in the comments below, tweet us @TheSWU, or join the discussion in Club SWU on Facebook!

Source: EW


Saturday, October 18, 2014

In Case You Missed It: October 11th - 18th, 2014

By: Benjamin Hart

Welcome back to another edition of ICYMI! Another jam packed week of awesome Star Wars news means we've got a lot to talk about, so let's get to it! More Rebels goodies, Episode VII's almost done, U-Wings, Ewoks, Palpatine's name and more! Oh, and you may notice that the format has been changing these past few weeks. We're testing out new things, so feel free to let us know what you think and leave any suggestions in the comments below!


Episode VII Filming Nears Completion
Principal photography for the next big chapter in the Star Wars saga appears to finally be winding down.

Warwick Davis Will Appear In Episode VII
Wicket the Ewok himself has joined the cast of Episode VII!

Massive Amount of Episode VII Concept Art Leaked
Whoa! J.J.'s mystery box has a crack in it! Check out this breathtaking collection of artwork from the upcoming film,

Lupita Nyong'o Spotted Wearing Episode VII Hat
The Academy Award winner appears to be now working on Star Wars!


Star Wars Rebels 'Droids In Distress' Episode Guide Released
The first regular episode of Rebels has premiered, and along with it we were treated an episode guide, featuring trivia, concept art, music and a video featurette.

'This Season On Star Wars Rebels' Teaser Released
This cool mini trailer give us some sneak peeks at what's coming up in future episodes of Rebels.

'Star Wars Rebels' Season One Episodes 7-10 Titles Revealed
Star Wars Insider revealed some very intriguing titles for some upcoming Rebels episodes.

'Star Wars Rebels: Fighter Flight' Episode Preview Released
The next episode of Rebels appears to be focused on Zeb and Ezra on a mission to get... fruit?

First Look At Darth Vader in 'Star Wars Rebels'
It has been revealed that the Dark Lord of the Sith himself will be appearing in the series. We now what he will look like thanks to a new preview clip!

Dave Filoni Talks 'Rebels' At MIPCOM
The executive producer discussed working with George Lucas on The Clone Wars and carrying on his legacy in Rebels.


Palpatine's First Name Revealed
Yup, it's official; the Emperor has a new name and it's.... what?

'Star Wars: Tarkin' Mini Excerpts
The infamous Grand Moff is getting his own novel soon, and we've got two excerpts from the book!


Battlefront 3 Beta/Alpha May Be Available
It may not be long before we're playing the next Battlefront game.


Episode VII's 'U-Wing' Starfighter Description
Keeping with the trend of letter inspired ships, this new one sounds interesting.

Harrison Ford Completes Filming for Episode VII
All of Han Solo's scenes have been filmed!

Also check out...

Our New York Comic Con 2014 Documentary where Chris, Dominic & Lillian do a phenomenal job hitting the convention floor getting some awesome footage with celebrity and fan interviews!

The Latest SWU Podcast where we break down everything that happened at New York Comic, plus listen for our review of the latest Rebels episode, Episode VII news/rumors, Palpy's first name & more!

Dominic's Spoiler Free Review Of 'Rise Of The Old Masters'the 4th Star Wars Rebels episode screened at New York Comic Con.

Darth Daddy's Latest 'Customizing Corner'featuring the talents of localgotal.

What was your favorite piece of news this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rumor: Harrison Ford Completes Filming for Episode VII


By: Jake Damon

According to an article from Daily Mail, our very own Harrison Ford (reprising his role as smuggler Han Solo) has completed filming scenes for Episode VII. The report goes as follows:

"The star has now wrapped his scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII, the first film to be made by the franchise's new owner Disney. However, don't expect the cast to open up about the plot anytime soon - director JJ Abrams put up posters around the set at Pinewood Studios warning everyone involved in the top secret project to keep schtum."

Sounds like ole' J.J. is adamant that the cast and crew keep it on the down-low! We can't wait for the day when it's all revealed.

Ford joins Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and new addition to the franchise Oscar Isaacs, in completion of filming scenes for the upcoming film.

Source: Jedi News


Lupita Nyong'o Spotted Wearing Episode VII Hat

By: Benjamin Hart

We recently heard filming on Star Wars Episode VII would be wrapping up in a few weeks, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Lupita Nyong'o. The Academy Award winning actress posted a photo to her Instagram where she poses with a giant Han Solo action figure while wearing a hat with a yellow "VII" on it. You can check it out below:

Geeking out! #SWVII

We know little to nothing about who, or what, Lupita is playing in Episode VII, but it's certainly awesome to see she's now working on the film! Episode VII hits theaters December 18th, 2015.

And I don't know about you, but I want that hat!

Source: Instagram


Battlefront 3 Beta/Alpha May Be Available


By: Jake Damon

It's no secret that a new installment is being released in the ever-popular Star Wars: Battlefront video game franchise, with some referring to it as "Battlefront 3" and others looking at it as more of a reboot. Given that it's been nearly ten years since the most recent game, we can understand the confusion! But despite how you want to look at it, it has simply been titled Star Wars: Battlefront, and according to one of the developers of the soundtrack to the game, Viktor Lundberg, we may already be able to get a taste of gameplay with a rumored beta AND alpha said to be available internally (within the developer's network) and also rumored to be online, but no specific website or source has been confirmed. Perhaps sometime very soon we will be able try it for ourselves before the actual release! But for now, we can only wait for more substantial news about the beta before anything is set in stone.

In the meantime, if you haven't seen them already, here are a few videos. The first is a sort of teaser for the game featuring some very familiar blaster noises and ominous heavy metal footsteps on the surface of the ice planet Hoth. This one gave me chills!

The second one is a short featurette with a "behind the scenes" feel, highlighting DICE Studios and their team developing the game. It shows us some early in-game footage which proves to be visually stunning and impressive. Enjoy!

Who else is stoked for this game after watching these clips? Were/are you a fan of the older Battlefront games? What do you hope they change/keep the same in this new one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Star Wars: Battlefront is slated to be available on Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in mid-2015.

Sources: Jedi Newskpopstarz, YouTube


'Star Wars: Tarkin' Mini Excerpts

By: Benjamin Hart

The next big canon novel coming our way is Star Wars: Tarkin, written by James Luceno. The awesome folks at the Del Rey have treated us to a few mini excerpts from the book, the first being the "opening crawl" of the novel. More recently they have shared two mini excerpts from it, which you can read below:

Mini Excerpt #1:

"He turned his clean-shaven face to both sides and lifted his chin. He folded his arms across his chest, then stood with his hands clasped behind his back, and finally posed akimbo, with his fists planted on his hips. Drawing himself up to his full height, which was just above human average, he adopted a serious expression, cradling his chin in his right hand.

There were few beings to whom he needed to offer salute, though there was one to whom he was obliged to bow, and so he did, straight-backed but not so low as to appear sycophantic.

“Eliminate the top line collars on the boots, and lower the heels,” he told the droid.

“Of course, sir. Standard duranium shank and toes for the boots?”

Tarkin nodded.

Stepping down from the platform, out from inside the cage of laser tracers, he began to walk circles around the hologram, appraising it from all sides. During the war, the belted tunic, when closed, had extended across the chest on one side and across the midsection on the other; now the line was vertical, which appealed to Tarkin’s taste for symmetry. Just below each shoulder were narrow pockets designed to accommodate short cylinders that contained coded information about the wearer. A rank insignia plaque made up of two rows of small colored squares was affixed to the tunic’s left breast."

Mini excerpt #2:

"Tarkin shook his head in aggravation. In part, the deep-space mobile battle station was meant to put an end to harassments of any sort, whether driven by greed, political dissent, or revenge for acts committed during the Clone Wars or since. Once everyone in the galaxy grasped the weapon’s capabilities, once the fear of Imperial reprisal took hold, discontent would cease to be a problem.

But just now—and notwithstanding the covert nature of the Geonosis project—the Imperial Security Bureau and Naval Intelligence were continually trying to quash rumors and prevent information leaks. In the three years Tarkin had been commanding Sentinel and hundreds of nearby supply and sentry outposts, as well as administering a vast slice of the Outer Rim, no group had been successful in penetrating Geonosis space.

The chance that that could change shook him to the core."

Star Wars: Tarkin hits bookstores everywhere November 4th! Be sure to click here to pre-order your copy in paperback, or any other format.

Source: Star Wars Books(Facebook)


Friday, October 17, 2014

'Star Wars Rebels: Fighter Flight' Episode Preview Released

By: Benjamin Hart

After the one-hour TV movie premiere "Spark Of Rebellion" and last week's episode "Droids In Distress", Star Wars Rebels fans are gearing up for the second regular episode of the animated series titled "Fighter Flight". The Disney XD UK YouTube channel released a 30 second teaser for the episode, which you can watch below:

Catch Fighter Flight on Disney XD this Monday, October 20th, at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central.


Dave Filoni Talks 'Rebels' At MIPCOM


By: Benjamin Hart

The international TV market Conference "MIPCOM" was recently held in in Cannes, France, and Dave Filoni was there to talk about Star Wars Rebels, on which he is an executive producer. Upon being introduced by Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh, Filoni talked about his ongoing work on Rebels, as well as his previous contributions to the Saga alongside George Lucas with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. You can watch the full talk below:

It's always fun and to hear from Dave, and this was a great discussion. His knowledge of the Saga is always insightful. It's also hilarious to hear how he "disguises" himself, as well as George Lucas, by giving his iconic Fedora to George.

Season one Star Wars Rebels is currently airing on Disney XD with new episodes premiering every Monday at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central time.


The SWU Podcast LIVE | 17/10/14

Chris, Ben, and Dominic are back to break down and discuss all the latest happenings in Star Wars!  Chris and Dominic start of by recapping their incredible weekend at New York Comic Con, including what they saw, like an advance screening of a Rebels Episode, and who they met.  Then the guys break down the latest Star Wars Rebels "Droids in Distress."  What did they think of finding out about Zeb's past?  What did they think of seeing C-3PO and R2-D2 on Rebels?  They also take a look at some of that leaked Episode VII concept art and share their thoughts on it.  Plus, panel and interview excerpts from NYCC, Vader on Rebels, Palpatine's first name, and Dominic reveals his new addiction.  All this and much more! 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Warwick Davis Will Appear In Episode VII

By: Benjamin Hart

After a long hiatus in announcements of official Star Wars Episode VII news, today Lucasfilm revealed a new cast member for the film! Warwick Davis has had many roles in the Star Wars Saga including Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi, Anakin's Rodian friend Wald and Podracing enthusiast Weazel in The Phantom Menace. Today the actor himself announced that he will be returning to a Galaxy far, far away next year with an unknown role in Episode VII. The announcement was done via a hilarious video which flashed back to Warwick's interview with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at Celebration Europe II where he inquired about a part in the film. Later, a bearded(Contractually obligated?) Warwick gets a call from Director J.J. Abrams. Check it out below:

So, who could Warwick be playing in Episode VII? An older Wicket perhaps? Or someone completely new? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Source: YouTube


Episode VII Filming Nears Completion


By: Jake Damon

December 18th, 2015 couldn't seem any further away as excitement grows for the release of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, but in reality, time is flying right by! While attending the grand opening for the brand new Industrial Light and Magic studio in the UK, Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, said that filming for Episode VII is scheduled to wrap up only three weeks from now, completing yet another large portion of the movie's production. The new studio has already taken on Episode VII and is producing the movie's special effects and CGI elements, as well as a few upcoming Marvel Studios films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Antman, both of which are slated to come out the middle of next year (2015).

So who's excited? Time is ticking, and more is coming to fruition by the week! Before we know it, we'll be looking at our first Episode VII teaser! (But in the meantime let's continue having fun speculating!)

Sources: The Hollywood ReporterThe Guardian



By: Darth Daddy

Star Wars customizer localgotal does not physically create his action figures with plastic.  Instead he makes a digital custom. 

What is a digital custom you ask?  Let's hear a description from localgotal himself. 

"By "digital custom" I mean that I've taken various images of other figures from across the web and in Photoshop pieced them together to create an image." - localgotal

His imagery can best be described as a Star Wars collector's wishlist of vehicles and action figures that they'd like to see released before it is too late and the new films launch.  If Hasbro wants to know what collectors would like to see in the future, check out Yakface.com presents...Concept Series: Action Figure Customs by localgotal.   I can't pick a better voice to speak to what I know I want as a collector.  What he has put on display is exactly what I'd like to see released.  Clear the parking lot!  This is the last chance for these figures to be released with all the new product that will be produced with the new films coming out. Between the new Trilogy and Spin-Off movies coming out, there are just so many things here on display that I'd like to get before OTC toys are gone from toy shelves forever. His suggestions are a love letter to Hasbro spilling forth all our wishes and desires.

localgotal has such great eye, and his representations of the characters from the films are spot on.  He definitely picks the best parts from everywhere and fits everything together seamlessly.  I almost wish this stuff was reality and I'd be able to bring it all home.  Hasbro's investors are sleeping at the wheel. Stockholders need to take a more active role in the companies that they invest in.  I wish this was Hasbro's selection in 2014 giving a last hurrah to the OTC to prep everyone for 2015.  They'd make a fortune off of me!

What I like is that localgotal's imagery is an "ongoing series" and I can see us getting figures from all the Star Wars content eventually. He's only been at it since November. This is only the beginning. His recurring feature on Yakface.com needs to become part of your web browsing activity if you are a fan of Star Wars figures.  As a customizer, it is definitely a completely different skill set, but the task is equally difficult. 

And this guy definitely brings the Photoshop skills! Love his imagery! I certainly couldn't do what he does.

I want localgotal in charge of the Star Wars line going forward. We need to change the guard. Yakface.com stumbled upon greatness when they found localgotal.



First Look At Darth Vader in 'Star Wars Rebels'

By: Benjamin Hart

Last week we learned that the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader, would be making an appearance on Star Wars Rebels much sooner than we expected, and voiced by James Earl Jones, no less. Anticipation is running high as fans wonder what Vader will look like in the animation style of Rebels. Well now it appears that we're getting our first sneak peak at the animated half man, half machine courtesy of our friends at The WolfPack Podcast. They are reporting that during a Toy Story short film, which aired on ABC, the Vader scene, or a portion of it, was shown. You can check out a screenshot of the of the scene below. And of course, SPOILERS if you want to hold out for when the scene premieres with the re-airing of Spark Of Rebellion on ABC on October 26th.


It appears this design of Vader in Rebels will very much be informed by the artwork of the late, legendary Original Trilogy concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. This falls in line with design of the rest of the series which is also McQuarrie inspired and, as the creators describe it; "A Ralph McQuarrie painting come to life." The resemblance is unmistakable when compared to the classic McQuarrie concept painting for Luke and Vader below:

So, what do you think? Is this look suitable for Vader? Or is it too much of a departure from his infamous design. Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The WolfPack Podcast

Update: The good folks over at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss have shared video of scene, which is featured at the end of a short TV spot for Rebels:

Find Benjamin on Twitter @Benhartattack.

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