Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rumor: New 'The Force Awakens' TIE Starfighter Conept Art Description

By: Dominic Jones

Our friend Jason Ward from has posted another one of his famous descriptions for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This one deals with a new design for the TIE starfighter.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then keep reading.
The TIE Starfighter (a name I’ve given it for descriptive purposes) is entirely black. The hull of the TIE isn’t a ball. Instead its sort of grenade shaped with the circular TIE window on one end. Imagine a huge boxy grenade made in Mine Craft, now put a TIE’s face on it and make it black. The wings are shaped like Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced. However, each wing has thrusters in the rear center of the wings. The thrusters are shaped like an oval race track and fire of red in this depiction.

The ship is very angular. There’s no roundness to the wings. The plating or solar panel looking areas on the wings are almost patterned like Velcro hooks (the non-fuzzy side of a piece of Velcro). The wings arc up really high and seem to offer the hull a little protection on the top. The bottom of the wings do not offer an protection to the underbelly as there are two laser guns there that are thin and pointy.

The underside of the wings feature no “solar panel” at all but the wire-frame of the wing is still there. It appears the cover added by the top wings in this design compensate for it. To me the design read as if they removed the excess panels for speed. The connectors that connect the wings to the body have holes in them, which I also assume are for speed and to reduce drag, design-wise.

This does sound like an interesting design, though it likely won't be main TIE fighter we see in the film (we already saw those in the trailer).  Jason does suggest that this particular design will not be seen in the film, saying, "A source of ours also saw this piece at Pinewood so it served some referential purpose at least."  He also speculates this could be a special TIE fighter belonging to Kylo Ren (like Darth Vader and The Inquistor had).
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney. 

Rumor: Maker Studios to Produce Online Star Wars Shows

By: Dominic Jones

Bloomberg is reporting that Disney has enlisted Maker Studios, a web based production company purchased by Disney for $500 Million in May, to produce online video shows about all things Star Wars.  According to Bloomberg, the purpose of these series is to, "boost awareness for “Star Wars” by employing online personalities already popular among viewers who weren’t born when the first film, “A New Hope,” opened in 1977." 

This is not unprecedented.  Bloomberg points out that, "Justine Ezarik, better known as iJustine, was one of several popular online personalities to make a video promoting the latest installment of “The Hunger Games,” the blockbuster film series from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp."

This move does seem to make a lot of sense.  Disney is clearly trying to reach out to the many potential new fans that will be drawn in when The Force Awakens comes out on December 18, 2015.  YouTube is one of the most dominant sources of entertainment today, so to have some of the creators there help market the movie makes a lot of sense.

Keep in mind that, while Bloomberg is a trust worthy source, this is still an unconfirmed report and should be treated as rumor until we get official word from Lucasfilm or Disney.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Frank Oz Talks Yoda In 'Rebels'

By: Benjamin Hart

Legendary voice actor and puppeteer Frank Oz is returning to one of his most iconic roles next week when everyone's favorite backwards talking Frog makes his debut on Star Wars Rebels. It was recently announced that Yoda's disembodied voice would make an appearance in the mid-season premiere episode "Path Of The Jedi", where the exiled Jedi Master will commune with Kanan Jarrus through the Force. You can get a taste of that exchange in a clip that was released yesterday.

Frank Oz recently spoke with about his return to the the Galaxy far, far away:

Q. How does it feel to be reprising the voice of Yoda for Rebels after nearly ten years?        A. It was wonderful to be him again.

Q.  How did you like working with Dave Filoni, EP/Supervising Director of Star Wars Rebels?A. Dave was great. He “got it.” We worked well together.

He was also asked about how Yoda, and his voice, came to be, which he discussed in detail. You can read the full interview on And be sure to tune into "Path Of The Jedi" on Disney XD this Monday, January 5th at 9:00pm ET/PT, or catch it on Watch Disney XD right now!

Via: Stephen Stanton


Star Wars: 'The Force Awakens' and Avengers: 'Age of Ultron' Box Office Showdown Predictions


By Ciaran Duggan

Before you all get ahead of yourselves, I must sadly enunciate that this article will not be imparting news of a new movie about Star Wars vs. Avengers (I agree it would make awesome viewing too). Instead, this article will enlighten you all on a recently compiled poll; a poll enquiring about which film people are most excited about seeing in 2015.

Fandango conducted this poll, which was taken by 1,000 of its site’s viewers. The poll was unveiled last week and the results have unequivocally shown that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie of 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron has taken silver medal in this poll, whilst The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two, Fifty Shades of Grey and Jurassic World have merited third, fourth and fifth place respectively. 

The fact that Star Wars has conquered the number one spot on this poll will not come as a huge surprise. The teaser trailer, disclosed a month ago, has generated a staggering 51.5 million hits. In contrast, The Age of Ultron trailer has accumulated 62.4 million views since October 2014. The forecast therefore would be that Star Wars will supersede the viewing figure of the Avengers trailer in the not too distant future. Either way, Disney will be licking their lips at the prospect of two of their colossal film projects netting a fine profit margin next year. 

All in all however, it appears that the December release of Star Wars will be the hottest Box Office success of 2015. 

Source: Fandango

New 'Star Wars Rebels: Path Of The Jedi' Preview

By: Benjamin Hart

Anticipation is building now that we're less than a week away from the return Star Wars Rebels to our TV screens! Episode eight, titled "Path Of The Jedi", will be the mid-season premiere of season one and will pick up where "Gathering Forces" left off. The official synopsis for the episode reads:

"Recognizing it's time for Ezra to undertake his next important step in Jedi training, Kanan and his apprentice quest for an ancient Jedi Temple on Lothal. Once there, Ezra begins a series of Jedi tests and receives some unexpected guidance from Jedi Master Yoda."

Lucasfilm has released a new clip from the episode which features Ezra beginning his trail inside the Temple and getting a little advice from Kanan:

The episode also features the return of Frank Oz as Yoda who communes with Kanan through the Force. You can watch a clip from that scene here.

Be sure to catch "Path Of The Jedi" on Disney XD this Monday at 9:00pm ET/PT. Or if you're a Disney XD subscriber, you can see it now on Watch Disney XD.


Rumor: First Stand Alone Film to Begin Shooting in February

By: Dominic Jones

Things seem to be heating up behind the scenes on the 2016 Star Wars stand alone film, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta.  Or at least news is starting to leak out from the production.  A new report from our friends over at Jedi News suggests that filming on the new film will be sooner than expected, in February 2015 to be exact.

This is sooner than other reports we've heard over the past few weeks which suggested the film would begin shooting in March.  According to Jedi News,
"We're hearing today that the first standalone will shoot as early as February 2015, with sets already assembled and ready to go at Pinewood Studios.

If this is indeed the case we'd expect cast announcements two to three weeks before, so any time from mid-January onwards."

This is exciting news, if true.  It means they are much further along in the process than we suspected (I, for one, did not expect to hear that any sets had been built).  Regardless of when the film actually starts shooting, I'm more looking forward to getting some more official details about this film, like cast and premise.  Right now all we have is director, writer, cinematogrpaher, and release date (December 16, 2015).

Source: Jedi News


Monday, December 29, 2014

Oscar Isaac: Fan Theories About 'The Force Awakens' "Couldn’t be More Far Off-Base"

By: Dominic Jones

There's been a lot of speculating about the plot of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  Between all the leaks, some fans even think they have part of the story figured out.  Not so, says Oscar Isaac who plays Poe Dameron in the film.  Isaac spoke with Yahoo! recently and opened up on his thoughts about all the leaks and the theories going around.

Isaac said, 
"I can’t speak for the cast and crew, I can just speak for myself, but for me I thought, Don’t you want to wait so you can get the real thing?  But it creates excitement for it. I don’t think these little leaks necessarily ruined watching the trailer. And also, the [plot theories] that get that formulated based on these things — they couldn’t be more far off-base."

Clearly I have to start coming up with new theories about the film.  Though this is typical when it comes to big budget films.  Fans speculate, creators say they're completely wrong.  Usually we wind up somewhere in the middle where fans may have puzzled out a few things, but a lot remains secretive.  


Star Wars: Rebels - Yoda and Kanan Scene


By Ciaran Duggan

It was just two weeks ago that we discovered Frank Oz would be returning to voice Master Yoda in Star Wars: Rebels. Now, we are able to witness the fruits of the Rebels team’s labour. Click on the link below to watch a clip of Yoda communicating with Kanan through the force.

How excited are you now to view this episode? Personally, I cannot wait to learn the progression of this storyline. It certainly appears that the episode will concentrate on the Master-Apprentice relationship between Ezra and Kanan. I am further compelled to unearth the reasons behind Yoda’s intercession in this episode.

Path of the Jedi is available for Watch Disney App viewers today, whilst the episode will officially air on the Disney XD channel next Monday.

 Source: IGN

Update: The clip has also been added to the official Star Wars YouTube channel:


Fortune Magazine’s New Front Cover Reveals Bob Iger And New Millenium Falcon Image

By Ciaran Duggan

The illustrious and famed Fortune magazine has a deep and profound history of capturing images of chief global business executives since its founding in 1929. The latest issue – to be released next month – possesses a front cover showcasing Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger at the forefront and in the background, a schematic of the updated and refined Millennium Falcon (as seen in The Force Awakens teaser trailer last November), as you can above.  In addition, another image of Iger with the Falcon was released by Fortune, which you can see below,

The photographs of Bob Iger was originally taken earlier this month. This photo was then distributed to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to “work their magic”. The Force Awakens visual effects art director, Yannick Dusseault, and his collaborators rendered the photograph to include the Millennium Falcon, composing six different forms of the Millennium Falcon and permitting Fortune to select one of these for the final cover photo (these six styles ranged from a skeletal version of the Millennium Falcon to a “textured render” amalgamated with Photoshop to fashion the final picture as seen on the Fortune cover).

The picture itself is symbolic of Disney’s endeavors to perpetually reinvent itself (a coveted goal since its inception in the early twentieth century). This attitude generated by the Disney hierarchy has certainly been implemented onto Star Wars; as the Millennium Falcon projected on the front cover of Fortune magazine overtly embodies the latest renovation of the Star Wars Saga.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Warwick Davis Hint concerning The Force Awakens Film Poster


By Ciaran Duggan

The well renowned, 44 year old film actor, Warwick Davis (starred in popular film franchises such as Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and of course, Star Wars) recently spoke to Irish Examiner. The chief conversation topic in this interview undoubtedly was Star Wars.

Warwick: “What I’m most excited by is the chance to see members of the old cast in the poster. I’ve been a fan of ‘Star Wars’ ever since the first film [‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’] came out in 1977. This just feels like an amazing moment.

Warwick Davis’ choice of words is most intriguing. He accentuates his excitement to view the ‘old cast’ in the Force Awakens movie poster. Many Star Wars fans will be as equally thrilled to see members of the Original Trilogy on this poster, particularly as there was no film footage of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in the recently disclosed teaser trailer. 

The forecasted date for the release of this poster is next month – January 2015 – and if Warwick’s prediction comes to fruition, then we will most certainly be revelling in this dissemination of new Episode VII content. 

Source: Star Wars 7 News


Opinion: 2014, A New Dawn for Star Wars


We had a conversation towards the end of this week's SWU Podcast about the legacy of 2014 when it comes to Star Wars.  It's an interesting question to pose, how will we look back on 2014 ten years from now, if we even bother to do so at all.  A lot of good happened in 2014, but it was also a year of great anticipation.  There was the build up to the premiere of Rebels, countless books and comics (most of which are still to be released) were announced, and of course we were all following the production of a little film due out in less than 365 days.

There is no denying that it has been a fun year to be a Star Wars fan.  A lot of good came out of 2014, we got our first look at the next Star Wars film for crying out loud.  That's something I sincerely wondered if I would ever get to say.  And when compared to 2013, 2014 comes out looking amazing.  2013 saw the cancellations of more projects than I care to count (ok fine I counted, it was at least 4.  And that's assuming you count the closing of LucasArts as one project, with the others being The Clone Wars, Detours, and the 3D re-releases).  Combine that with a distinct lack of anything official about the movie whose trailer was the fastest ever to reach 50 million views.  

That's not to say there weren't good things in 2013.  There was Celebration Europe, the announcement of Star Wars Rebels, and the confirmation of stand alone films.  But I'm about 365 days too late to be writing about what the legacy of 2013 will be, so let's switch back to 2014.

The title A New Dawn, once rumored to be for Episode VII but turned out to be the novel by John Jackson Miller which kicked off the new canon novels in September 2014, to me represents 2014 better than any project it could have been attached to.  2013 was a dark time for fans.  Not the same as the dark times between 1983 and 1999, but it was a difficult time to be a fan.  I, like many others, found myself questioning the new regime behind the Star Wars franchise at multiple points early in that year.  But as a wise district attorney turned super villain once said, "The night is darkest just before the dawn."

And 2014 was that a dawn.  A new dawn for Star Wars.

When we look back on 2014, we see how it was the turning point for when Star Wars as owned by Disney came into its own.  2012 ended with euphoria at the prospect of what was to come.  2013 was a reality check on what needed to happen in order to take us where we needed to go.  And 2014 was when it all, finally, began.  It didn't hit full stride in 2014 mind you.  That will likely come on December 18th of 2015 when we all gather in the theater again to do something we haven't done in 10 years, see a new Star Wars film.

Looking back on the year I feel we can safely pinpoint the moment when everything changed, the moment we knew 2014 would not be a repeat of 2013.  That day was March 7th, the day Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Six "The Lost Missions" premiered on Netflix.  It was a bittersweet moment, having to say goodbye to The Clone Wars again, but it represented a shift.  The cancellation of The Clone Wars in 2013 came as a blow to fandom, but the promise of a final string of new episodes kept us going through some of the darker periods of that year.  And Lucasfilm delivered in spectacular fashion with a premiere on Netflix and 13 stellar episodes. 

And that was just the beginning.  Shortly after that on April 29th the cast of Episode VII was announced.  Suddenly, the two main things we had been crying out for in 2013 had been given to us in a less than two month period.  And, if that wasn't enough, on May 16th we found out the new film had begun principal photography.  This set the stage for the summer of leaks.  Set pics and insider reports were everywhere and much to the chagrin of some fans and the delight of others (myself included).

When the fall hit we were off to the races once more.  Star Wars novels returned to shelves in the form of A New Dawn and Tarkin.  Star Wars animation was back on television with the premiere of Star Wars Rebels.  All of a sudden everything (well, almost everything, except video games and comic books) was back where it should be, with a few changes, and the landscape of Star Wars was back to where it was before the Disney buyout.  But there was one major difference.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, a film that is still over eleven months away as I write this, dominated the news anytime something happened around the production.  Whether it was the casting announcement, TMZ leaking set pictures, Harrison Ford being crushed by the Millennium Falcon (ok fine, he hurt his angle and took an unplanned six week vacation), the title reveal, or the trailer.  Star Wars was back in the limelight in a way it hadn't been since the prequels were released.  And the trailer, which was hands down the biggest story in Star Wars in 2014, may well have been the biggest story in all of entertainment in 2014 (sorry Guardians of the Galaxy and Kim Kardashian).

2014 was not without controversy.  The decision to re-brand the Expanded Universe as "Legends" brought it's share of issues.  As did the initial casting announcement for Episode VII, when fans (correctly) felt that the cast lacked in diversity.  Thankfully, this was rectified when more cast members were announced.  And who could forget the uproar from the racist minority (pun intended) when a black man appeared on screen in stormtrooper armor.  Mercifully, the voices of the majority spoke out in condemning the racist remarks. Yes, these were moments in time were reason to pause but as time went on they have, at least, begun to sort themselves out (with the latter two barely even being controversies anymore and the first one, well.... it wouldn't be fandom if someone wasn't upset over one thing or another).

I think it's safe to assume that 2015 will end up dwarfing 2014 when all is said and done.  And looking back ten years from now, it will seem kind of tame compared to what's coming.  A new Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future is something that has me excited about what's to come.  Instead, 2014 will be remembered as a turning point.  Those moments in time that set the stage for everything that happened afterwards.  2014 was an important year for Star Wars, if for no other reason than because it set the stage for 2015 and we all know what happens then.  

354 Days to go....

This article is an opinion piece and represents the views of the writer, and not the entire Star Wars Underworld organization.

You can follow Dominic on Twitter: @DominicJ25

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The SWU Podcast LIVE | Boxing Day 2014

On this episode Chris and Dominic continue their annual tradition of doing a show the day after Christmas (aka Boxing Day).  This year they're joined by Ciaran from The Clone Wars Strikes Back to discuss the news and look back on the year that was.  They have three major tangents about who's action figures were leaked, how to promote The Force Awakens, and the future of television online.  Plus they look back at some highlights from 2014 including the premiere of Rebels, the Lost Missions, and (of course) the The Force Awakens teaser trailer.  All this and much more!

Episode Break down:
0:00:00 to 0:35:18 Intro + Christmas Stories + News/Rumors
0:35:18 to 1:01:31 Spoilers
1:01:31 to end of show: Year In Review


Friday, December 26, 2014

Rumor: 2016 Stand Alone Film Will be About Han Solo

By: Dominic Jones

Our friends over at are reporting on some intriguing information about the first Star Wars stand alone film coming in 2016, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta.  According to MSW source, the film is a Han Solo film, the production code name is Luminac Industrial Goods, and that production on the film will overlap somewhat with Rian Johnson's work on Episode VIII.  In addition, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is "looking to be attached" to the film "in some fashion."  I can't see him as Han Solo, but I would not be opposed to seeing him in the film in some other fashion.

Now, the Han Solo report isn't a huge surprise, going as far back as February 2013 Han has been rumored to be getting his own stand alone film.  What is surprising is that this is contrary to a Hasbro leak from May 2014 which stated that a Han Solo was coming in 2018 and a Boba Fett film (which has also been rumored since February 2013) would be coming in 2016.  Now, these scripts were likely worked on concurrently and there could have been a change in recent months as tow which would come first.

As for the production code name "Luminac Industrial Goods,"  not much can be gleaned from this.  It gives away as much as the film's working title which, we reported in November, Los Alamos.  And, in case you are wondering, yes they are both for the same film, much in the same way that The Force Awakens had several code names, such as Foodles and AVCO. 

As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.


Dark Horse Is Having a Farewell Sale on all Digital Star Wars comics

By: Dominic Jones

2015 is just around the corner and with it comes the return of Star Wars comics to Marvel.  But before the first book in this new era hits shelves on January 14th, it's worth taking sometime to celebrate the twenty year legacy that Dark Horse Comics left on Star Wars.  Dark Horse is currently holding a Farewell Star Wars sale, where all digital comics are 50% off and you can buy the entire run of comics for just $300.  That's twenty years of comics covering from 25,000 years before The Phantom Menace to 130 years after Return of the Jedi!

As excited as I am about the fresh start to Star Wars comics and everything Marvel has to offer, I can't help but feel sad about the end of a great era.  And Dark Horse is going out with big final gesture to the fans that is representational of their entire run on Star Wars. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014


by: Darth Daddy

For the last 4 years, I have been creating custom action figures for's Secret Santa event.  It's my favorite way to celebrate the holidays since I joined the Star Wars customizing community.  The Yakface forums are where I started posting my artwork when I first started making action figures, and where I made my first friendships with my peers.  Dan of the Dead was also an artist who frequently posted there and I loved his work a great deal.  I was really excited when  I found out that he was the one to receive my gift this year and even more excited when I found out that we were the recipient of his gift.

I wasn't sure what characters he had or didn't have in his collection so I figured I'd do a creative build for his gift.  Ever since Hasbro cheapened their production standards in their 3 3/4" line, I have been using whatever remaining fodder I had to create characters that were considered cannon, or at least had "Legends" status.  It had been ages since I made a character from my own imagination. Dan of the Dead had a real talent for creative builds himself. and I remember that he admired some of my previous builds.  I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for a return to form and make a figure that I had bouncing around my head for a while now.

I knew I wanted to make a Whipid custom, and that Whipids were known for being successful big game hunters.  I had a mold of PeakOB1's narglatch headdress and I knew a cast from it would be the perfect accessory for the build. I also sculpted onto a K'Kruhk head to make some unique facial hair, and created my own hands and feet for the figure.  I used the Merumeru figure for my base torso, and by the time I was done,  I really loves how the figure turned out.

created by DARTH DADDY

Elias hasn't been able to keep his hands off the gift we received from Dan of the Dead since we got it in the mail on Monday.  I kept noticing him taking breaks every five minutes, picking up the box and gazing at the swoop within as he worked hard at translating the Aurebesh note we received with our gift.

I was extremely excited when I found out the Dan of the Dead was our Secret Santa this year.  I was always a huge fan of his work, and I've always wanted one of his customs in Elias' collection.   Dan was such a huge influence in my development as an artist.  He was one of the more active customizers in the Yakface forums when I was just a beginner, and I definitely looked to him as one of the artists I hoped to emulate as I dove deeper into the practice of making my own action figures.


The note we received from Dan of the Dead written in Aurebesh.


Greetings Sentient,

And congratulations on your acquisition on your Die Industries Scatterblast Class Swoop. As you know, Die Industries patented dual intake engine gives your swoop unparalleled power, and the Scatterblast's unique over/under engine configuration is certain to turn heads!

Regrettably, recent Imperial regulations prevent us from installing the full advanced weapons upgrade you requested!  We have credited your account for the cost of the package and hope you enjoy the complimentary, personal defense weapons upgrade installed in its place! Imperial regulations for the require us clarify that the requested detail paint scheme is to no longer be known as "Rebel Red"! The Imperial Security Bureau has suggested "Compliance Crimeon" as a replacement!

At Die Industries, we understand you have a choice when it comes to purchasing swoops and other high-end performance speeders, and we appreciate the chance to serve your repulsorcraft needs! We'd also like to wish you a Happy Life Day (barring any local Imperial sanctions regulating the observation of said holiday in your particular sector.)


Faded Datheon (Dan of the Dead)
Chief Engineer

"Die Industries Scatterblast Class Swoop"
created by Faded Datheon aka Dan of the Dead

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