Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Report: More 'The Force Awakens' Artwork Revealed On Merchandise

By: Benjamin Hart

Remember that Episode VII art that leaked from Russia last week? Well it now appears that that was only a small part of a much larger piece of promotional art for the film. The guys at Star Wars 7 News have uncovered an Ebay listing for a The Force Awakens themed hangable basketball hoop. The backboard of the hoop features a wide look at an assortment of characters, ships and locations. Not only are Finn, Chewbacca, Rey, Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren visible like they were in the Russian art, but we also can see Poe Dameron, BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO, and an assortment of First Order Stormtroopers. Check out the photos above and below:

The hoop reportedly features sound effects from The Force Awakens and is listed on Ebay at $99.95.  This is definetly something to look out for on "Force Friday" in September!

Source: Ebay
Via: Star Wars 7 News


Monday, June 29, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront Developer Diaries Revealed

By: Benjamin Hart

Gamestop has teamed up with EA and DICE to bring us a series of  developers diaries from DICE's Star Wars Battlefront. The first two episodes feature design director Niklas Fegraeus discussing the game, revealing more details and even showing off bits of yet unseen gameplay footage. You can watch both episodes below:

Star Wars Battlefront comes to Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC November 17th!

Source: Gamespot(YouTube)



by: Darth Daddy

Mark Telfer, is a 42 years old Star Wars customizer from Edinburgh, Scotland where he lives with his loving wife, and 7 year old daughter who likes to join in his painting activities. Although imaginative as a kid, he never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, at 42 he can safely say that he still doesn’t. In fact if you could see his Star Wars collection you may argue that he has never really grown up. He originally started towards a career in football with a local Edinburgh club Hibernian, but unfortunately experienced several injuries, which still trouble him today, and had to forgo his dream. He later found himself working in banking, for 20 years now, which was more through necessity rather than by design. Mark hasn’t really complained, whilst not very satisfying, it afforded him a happy life with his family.

As a ’72 kid, Mark spent a good portion of his life with Star Wars than without, something that many generations since thankfully also share. He attended each of the 6 films with much anticipation and was lucky enough to attend local 1st day releases for each. The arrival of his early bird mail away figures remains a happy memory. Today, he owns a massive 3 ¾ collection and blossomed into a new hobby… customizing.

He’s collected 3 ¾” figures since childhood, from Episode IV to date, encompassing Vintage, POTF, Prequels, Clones, Rebels and most likely onwards. He’s managed to hold onto most of his collection, although he sold a near mint Vintage Blue Snaggletooth and carded Lando General as he needed the money. He admits a slight tinge of regret regarding the two figures sold.

Balancing full-time work, raising a young family and coping with an illness, Mark wanted to find something to distract him that he could be passionate about. With his love for collecting Star Wars figures, Mark decided he could take on customizing action figures as his new past time. So for the past year, Mark has been visiting and reading websites dedicated to customizing. Through the many fantastic sites out there, Mark discovered a thriving community.

Since then Mark has been gathering fodder, fabrics, epoxy putty, molding kits, paints and tools over the past year. Roughly one year into his new hobby, Mark ventured outside of just repainting figures and has worked his way into part swaps, and hard sculpting. Because Mark just got his start, he doesn't feel particularly good in any one discipline, but continues to persevere. He prefers to work with fodder from damaged figures, since he doesn’t have the heart to dismantle a perfectly good figure.

He doesn’t plan his figures out too much, he just rakes through his fodder and uses his imagination. He always tries to look out for things around the home which can be re-cycled and repurposed for his new hobby.

In March this year, Mark was invited along with Rebel Allegiance UK member Keith Armour, designs Clone Trooper armor, to Edinburgh local FM radio ‘CastleFM’ for a show dedicated to Star Wars movies and collecting. He’s currently in discussions to continue this program through podcasts, which should be fun.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lucasfilm Clarifies the Chronology of 'The Clone Wars' Legacy Content

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was notorious at times for not releasing episodes in chronological, and The Clone Wars Legacy content, which has been released since the series went of the air in 2013, is no different.  Lucasfilm updated the StarWars.com blog post that explains the correct order for the episodes with not only the chronological order of the content released, but also the episode titles that it was based on.  The Clone Wars Legacy content is made up currently of the story reels "Crystal Crisis on Utapau arc," "The Bad Batch Arc," the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple (to be released on July 7th), and the comic series Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.  

Here is the chronology of the The Clone Wars Legacy,

Crystal Crisis On Utapau Story Reels
122 A Death on Utapau
123 In Search of the Crystal
124 Crystal Crisis
125 The Big Bang
The Bad Batch Story Reels
126 The Bad Batch
127 A Distant Echo
128 On the Wings of Keeradaks
129 Unfinished Business
Dark Disciple Novel
130 Lethal Alliance
131 The Mission
132 Conspirators
133 Dark Disciple
Son of Dathomir Comic Series
134 The Enemy of My Enemy
135 A Tale of Two Apprentices
136 Proxy War
137 Showdown on Dathomir
Dark Disciple Novel
138 Saving Vos Part 1
139 Saving Vos Part 2
140 Traitor
141 The Path

It's funny to see that, in typical The Clone Wars fashion, the first content released is the second last thing on the timeline.  Reminds me of how The Clone Wars episodes from Season 3 would occasionally take place before episodes from Season 1.  And, of course, it bears mentioning that this chronology begins immediately following the series finale "Sacrifice."  Also interesting to note that Son of Dathomir takes place about half way through Dark Disciple.  It will be interesting to see how the novel handles that.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple hits shelves on July 7th.


In Case You Missed It: June 20th - 27th, 2015

By: Benjamin Hart

Here we go again! In Case You Missed It is back to catch you up on everything that happening the Star Wars universe over the course of the past week. This time we've got a ton of things to cover, including some more awesome Episode VII leaks, the return of Grunberg, a siege of Rebels news, San Diego Comic Con previews, casting rumors, Ewan McGregor still wants a movie, more Battlefront gameplay and much more. Read on to get up to date....






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Dave Filoni Discusses Sabine's New Look In Star Wars Rebels: Season Two

By: Benjamin Hart

Last week the hour long TV event Star Wars Rebels: The Siege Of Lothal was revealed, officially setting up what we will see when the season two of the series begins airing this Fall. A lot happened in the episode that deeply effected our heroes, both emotionally and physically. Through previews from future episodes we've learned that the Ghost's resident art loving Mandalorian Sabine Wren will be getting an updated look in the second season. If you saw The Siege Of Lothal(SPOILERS ahead if you haven't) you may recall that Sabine fired her blasters at Darth Vader as the crew tried to escape. Vader easily blocked her laser blasts back at her, scarring her helmet and armor.

Her encounter with Vader will ultimately inspire Sabine to change her look, trading in her purple & orange hairdo for a cool neon blue and repainting some pieces of armor, as well as adding some new gear to her wardrobe, most noticeably a new utility belt. Executive producer and series co-creator Dave Filoni recently went on record with MTV to discuss Sabine's new style choices:

“I don’t believe that people in general that dye their hair ever really stick for it that long,” Filoni told MTV News over the phone last week, noting all of his friends who sport unusual hair colors — including his wife — like to play around with different shades. “I think it’s part of their creative impulse and they’re always experimenting and saying, ’What about this?’… As an artist, Sabine would scribble on her armor and change the color of her armor. She would never really settle on this one thing and just be done with it. Most people I know who draw are constantly doodling and changing things.”

Additionally, Filoni explains all of the characters in the series will be effected by their experience with Vader, but some changes may not be so obvious. "Some of them go through more of an emotional change, where they act differently, behave differently," he adds.

Dave also talked about his relationship with the fan community and how his desire to make changes to characters ultimately effects cosplayers:

“The Clone Troopers used to get on me all the time, because I used to change up their armor, and I mean those poor guys spent a lot of time and a lot of money to make those things, to make them accurate,” Filoni said. “And then they don’t have the latest, newest [version]. You know, so I often think I’m doing everybody a favor and then I see them and they’re all, ’Why Dave, why?'”

Be sure to head over to MTV to read the entire interview there!

Source: MTV


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Report: First Order Origins Hinted At On 'The Force Awakens' Merchandise

By: Benjamin Hart

One of the most intriguing aspects of The Force Awakens is the political make up of the Galaxy 30+ years after Return Of The Jedi. The good guys are called the "Resistance" and the bad guys are refereed to as the "First Order." What do these names mean exactly, and where did these factions originate? Details have been leaking out slowly as of late, and now we might have a bit of a better understanding of the First Order. Star Wars 7 News pointed us to a photo Eric Goldman from IGN tweeted recently which gives us a look at the side panel of the packaging for the Black Series First Order Stormtrooper action figure that will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con. The panel features text that describes a history of the Stormtrooper, from the Clone Troopers of the Clone Wars to the Troopers of the First Order. Check it out below:

Lets go over those last couple of lines again:

"...The Stormtroopers legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire's fall. Now, the rise of the First Order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper's legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins."

It's not much, but it certainly gives us something to speculate about. This seems to imply that the First Order is relatively new. Perhaps Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren are attempting to revive the Empire in their own way now after it has been officially defeated. Or could the First order be one of the "scattered" remnants of the Empire that is finally gaining it's dominance? Nevertheless, the First Order sounds just as dangerous, if not more so than the Empire. We can wait to see the "ruthless brutality" on the big screen when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th!

So what do you think? Post your theories about the First Order in the comments down below, or in our discussion group Club SWU! -B-

Source: Twitter(Eric Goldman)
Via: Star Wars 7 News


Friday, June 26, 2015

'The Force Awakens' SDCC Hall H Panel Time Revealed

By: Dominic Jones

The Friday schedule for San Diego Comic Con was revealed today and with it the mystery of when the panel for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in Hall H will be taking place has been solved.  The panel will take place on Friday at 5:30pm PST.

I have to say this is a really weird choice on the organizers part.  Lucasfilm's other official panels preview all of the upcoming books and collectibles all take place earlier in the day (schedule here).  While there technically isn't a conflict between the Star Wars panels, Comic Con aficionados can attest to the fact that Hall H is notoriously difficult to get into, with people camping out over night to secure a spot.  Combine that with the fact that the room is not emptied after each panel, meaning many people choose to just stay in Hall H all day and see all the panels there. This means Star Wars fans will have to choose between seeing the books and collectibles panels or seeing whatever JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have in store for Hall H.

It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense and seems to be unfair to Star Wars fans.  Had the The Force Awakens panel been scheduled for earlier in the day there would have been less of an issue as fans would have only had to miss one or two of the other Star Wars panels if they wanted to see the Hall H show.

Regardless, it will be exciting to see what is revealed about The Force Awakens at Comic Con.  Could we see another trailer?  Maybe some clips?  An official poster?  Might we see the on stage reunion of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford?  I guess we'll find out at 5:30pm PST on July 10th.  


Star Wars: Rebels Season One Coming This Fall On DVD & Blu-Ray


By Ciaran Duggan,

The captivating Season Two Premiere, Siege of Lothal, may well have whet our appetite for new Star Wars: Rebels episodes, it is important not to forget that thirteen amazing episodes of the hit show have already aired on Disney XD. And now, these StarWars.com has unveiled that we won’t have to wait long to acquire these episodes in stores!
On September 1st, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season ONE will be released on both DVD & Blu-Ray. All thirteen episodes of season one will be ready to watch at your disposal [including the hit Season One Premiere, Spark of Rebellion]. In addition, you will be able to watch exclusive bonus content, interviews with the cast and crew. 

This is a piece of content that you will not want to miss out on. Whether you are new to Star Wars: Rebels or you just want to relive the epic first season of the hit TV series, there can be no doubt that you will want to add to this to your DVD/Blu-Ray collection.

You can find out more details of the Press Release by following the link below. 

Source: StarWars.com

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ashley Eckstein, Kyle Newman to Take Part in "How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood" Panel at SDCC

By: Dominic Jones

San Diego Comic Con is just two weeks away and the panel lists are being revealed.  Lucasfilm already revealed the list of official Star Wars panels taking place on Friday, but that doesn't mean there isn't more Star Wars to be enjoyed at SDCC.  BBC.com announced an exciting panel today which features some pretty major Star Wars connections.  Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka on The Clone Wars and Rebels), Fanboys and Barely Lethal director Kyle Newman, writer Paul Dini (who wrote several episodes of The Clone Wars, Ewoks, and Droids), and Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso will join moderator Christian Blauvelt for a discussion about how Hollywood is finally embracing geek culture.  

The panel is titled "How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood," the date time and location are still to be announced.  Moderator Christian Blauvelt will likely make those announcements on Twitter (@CtBlauvelt).   It sounds like a can't miss panel for Star Wars fans!


Toys "R" Us Reveals SDCC Star Wars Exclusive

By: Benjamin Hart

The San Diego Comic Con news keeps on coming! Today Toys "R" Us has revealed a plethora of items that they will be offering to SDCC attendees, and of course Star Wars was included. The item is a most impressive set of Hasbro 3.75-inch Black Series figures. The "Jabba's Rancor Pit" set includes Luke Skywalker, Slave Leia, C-3PO, a Gamorrean gaurd, Jabba the Hutt himself and last, but certainly not least, Jabba's Rancor. The package will be available alongside several other non-Star Wars items at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) on the convention floor. Images of the set are above and below!

In addition, Toys "R" Us announced a store called "Collector Vector" which is designed specifically with mature action figure collectors in mind that will be available online and in-store customers. They also reveal that the Jabba's Rancor Pit set, along with some Transformers, Batman, G.I. Joe and My Little Pony items, will be available online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention for the duration of the convention, and will hit Toys "R" Us stores later this year.

San Diego Comic Con takes place Thursday, July 9th through Sunday, July 12th at the San Diego Convention center!

Source: Toys "R" Us


2nd Annual Her Universe Fashion Show Coming To SDCC

By: Benjamin Hart

Great news for fashion savvy Fangirls! Her Universe is returning to San Diego Comic Con this year for the second annual Her Universe fashion show! The event will be hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein and will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego at 6pm on Thursday, July 9th. Although Eckstein is well know as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Her Universe features women's clothing from all fandoms, including Marvel, Doctor Who and Star Trek, among others. The fashion show will no doubt feature couture from those franchises and more!

Read the press release for the event below:

NEW YORK, NY- June 25th, 2015 - The Her Universe Fashion Show, hosted by actress and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein, returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with an all new group of aspiring designers. This year, 25 finalists will present their original "geek couture" designs in the runway show to compete for the opportunity to design a limited edition fandom collection with Her Universe for leading specialty retailer Hot Topic. The 2nd annual Her Universe Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. More than 2,000 fans are expected to attend this exciting runway show celebrating fangirl fashion and pop culture.

The Her Universe Fashion Show is the brainchild of actress Ashley Eckstein. The event not only aims to spotlight fangirl culture but to also support aspiring designers by providing them with a real runway to showcase their one-of-a-kind designs to the world. Two winners – one chosen by the audience and one chosen by a panel of judges, will be awarded the unique professional experience of co-designing a fashion line for Hot Topic retail stores. Guest judges joining the Her Universe 2015 Fashion Show panel include Hot Topic’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing, Cindy Levitt; singer/songwriter, voice actress and designer, Traci Hines; Manager of Licensing and Merchandising at Sony Pictures Television, Jessica Nubel; and winners from last year's fashion show, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine. This year, Andrew MacLaine will be designing the on-stage "geek couture" gowns for host Ashley Eckstein. Actress Ashley Tisdale's company, Blondie Girl Productions, joins the Her Universe 2015 Fashion Show as a production partner. VP Production and Development of Blondie Girl Productions, Jennifer Tisdale, along with announcer Heath Hyche, will be handling backstage coverage, in addition to contributing as audience commentators. Espionage Cosmetics returns as the hair and make-up sponsors for this year's event.

"We are so excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con with The Her Universe Fashion Show," said Ashley Eckstein. "Geek Fashion is a trend that's not going away and once again we can't wait to celebrate Fangirl Fashion on the runway. You will not want to miss the stunning pieces created by this year's designers and the audience will participate by picking one of the winners!"

The 25 talented designers competing in this year's fashion show come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. They'll be creating women's fashion looks based on anything that is celebrated at Comic-Con, original or inspired by popular media. The finalists are:Lauren Andrews, Ericka Angiuli, Kelly Cercone, Laura Desch, Daisy Evans, Jessica Gonzalez, Lindsay Hamilton, Kathryn Henzler, Sarah Henzler, Hannah Kent, Kristin Koga, Harmony Leiker, Belinda Mendoza, Jennifer Newman, Emily Ong, Laura Cristina Ortiz, Leetal Platt, Tara Reich, Adria Sanchez-Chaidez, Amy Scott, Kristi Siedow-Thompson, Sam Skyler, Jesse Thaxton, Oseas Villatoro, and Erica Williams.

"Last year's winners Andrew and Amy Beth blew us away with the amazing Marvel collection they designed for us," said Cindy Levitt, SVP of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. "It truly hit home with the fangirl, as well as our fashion customer and was a fantastic success! We can't wait to do it again this year!"

Ashley Eckstein, Hot Topic and the Her Universe team encourages attendees to come dressed in their own geek-inspired fashion for a chance to be recognized and win prizes. The Her Universe Fashion Show promises to be an evening of fun fanfare with special announcements you will not want to miss!

All media inquiries including attendance and coverage of the fashion show should be directed to Her Universe publicist Dan Madsen at dmadsen@araca.com.

Her Universe and Hot Topic will also be presenting a special screening of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film Spirited Away on Thursday, July 9th at 9pm at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Entry to the screening requires a ticket. Drawings for entry tickets at the Horton Grand Theatre will be held on Thursday, July 9th at 9am in the Autograph Area (upstairs in the Sails Pavilion) of the San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Comic Con is happening July 9th - 12th!

Source: Her Universe


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Analysts Predict 'The Force Awakens' Will Become 3rd Highest Grossing Film Ever

By: Benjamin Hart

The anticipation and excitement surrounding The Force Awakens is growing more intense every day. The first two teaser trailers alone have broken big records, leading many to believe that the film itself will break records at the box office when it hits theaters this December. All we can do is speculate, but at least one analyst has made a prediction that will prove most impressive if it becomes true. Deadline is reporting that Morgan Stanley's Benjamin Swinburne released a detailed report on the impact Episode VII may have on the Disney company. Swinburne suggests that The Force Awakens will earn $1.95 billion at the global box office, placing it right behind James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic as the the 3rd highest grossing film of all time.

Swinburne reportedly increased his prediction by 22% because of his optimism about overseas ticket sales, which he believes will bring in $1.3 billion for the film alone. His positive outlook has been encouraged by recent blockbusters such as Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron which earned $1.1 billion and $918 million outside the United States, respectively. He also claims that The Force Awakens will be “wildly profitable” for Disney, adding that the company could rake in as much as $350 million in home video revenues, $100 million from video games, and $75 million from global pay TV. Swinburne expects consumers to spend $3 billion a year on Star Wars merchandise as well.

The more money Episode VII and other Star Wars properties make, the further Disney and Lucasfilm will be encouraged to make more Star Wars. And we can never have enough Star Wars, can we?

We shall see if Mr. Swinburne's predictions come true when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens descends upon theaters December 18th!

Source: Deadline


Prototype Boba Fett Mini Bust To Be SDCC Exclusive

By: Benjamin Hart

San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner, and today StarWars.com has announced another collectible that will be available exclusively at the convention. This year Gentle Giant will be bringing a brand new Boba Fett prototype 1:6 scale mini bust to the San Diego convention center. It will be available to SDCC attendees only, and only one per customer is allowed. For those not going to SDCC, it will also be available to members of the Gentle Giant Premier Guild. You can see photos of the mini bust below:

This design is based on an early concept for Boba Fett, as seen in a screen test for The Empire Strikes Back in 1978. You can watch that video below:

San Diego Comic Con is happening July 9th - 12th!

Source: StarWars.com

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