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The Blantons are Back + Star Wars at D23 – SWR #180

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Riley returns from Air force Field training to helm the show with Bethany, Teresa and Steve! They talk Star Wars about Star Wars Stories in a military environment, Rogue One’s new cast photo, Drew Struzan’s TFA poster, and more, all on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

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Star Wars Gifts for Gamers

So many Star Wars games and yet not enough time to play them all. Just as there is no shortage of Star Wars fans there is no shortage of Star Wars games ranging from a variety of video games to a number of Star Wars themed card and strategy games. The range of games is so vast there is surely something for the avid video gamer to enjoy as well as the fan of more traditional games like poker and chess. The following is a list specifically designed for gamers of all sorts. 

Top Two Star Wars Video Games 

Gamers who fantasize about driving their own pod through Beggar’s Canyon, meeting other Jedi in the forests of old Alderaan, or even facing down the Sith can experience all this and much more with the Star Wars video games currently on the market.

The Kinect Star Wars game is one of the absolute favorites of Star Wars gamers who want an interactive experience, jumping around and pretending to be a Jedi Knight. The game is absolutely huge in scope and players can enjoy the entire experience with no controller. Players do all of the movements themselves, including the lightsaber action. Players also experience controlling a podracer as well as the Speeder Bike, avoiding obstacles and putting down their foot when appropriate. This is the ultimate in Star Wars fan gaming with the only downside being the need for a relatively large gaming space. 

The biggest and best game in the genre is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which is available on various platforms, including PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, DS and PSP. This game has been the classic movie tie-in ever since it first came on the market for the original Xbox. The Force Unleashed has a fan base of legions that increases each year, and/or when the game experience is enhanced by add-ons or a new version is released. The Force Unleashed genre has stood the test of time partly due to being beautifully rendered and its stunning graphics. It may also be due to the immense game play and the fact it has an actual story, making it challenging enough to keep the attention of the average gamer as well as fun. Truthfully it is everything a fan would want from a Star Wars video game. 

Star Wars Themed Strategy Games

Surely, of all the Star Wars fans out there in the world some of them must also be fans of poker. It is easy to imagine someone like Han Solo being a card shark, while Chewie watches his back in one of the dimly lit back rooms of the Chalmun’s Cantina. Remember that fictional bar (cantina) in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on planet Tatooine? It’s the one with all the various alien races and dangerous characters. This makes it easy to picture fans of the movie genre also being fans of playing poker.

Fortunately, there is a Star Wars Poker Set to link the two together. There are a wide range of poker games that can be played with this poker set. While many people know how to play some of the basic poker games like Omaha, Stud and Texas Hold’em, you can always learn more online, sharpen your poker knowledge and strategy.   which have become popular in recent years. If you are unsure, check out the rules of these games online; they are fun and exciting variations. Star Wars fans will love the case of this poker set with its 72 LED lights that illuminate the chips in lightsaber colors of red, green, and blue. Licensed by Star Wars, the product is a limited edition and will surely be a collector’s item. Inside the case there are two hundred chips, two casino-quality Star Wars decks exclusive to this particular set, and much more. 

Lego Star Wars Chess - Dark Side

The other strategy game that is quite popular is the Star Wars Chess Set. Just as there are Star Wars fans who are also poker players, there are fans who love to play chess as well. This is truly a collectible chess set if there ever was one. Even Star Wars fans that have never played chess would surely delight in owning this set and it is pretty simple to learn the rules of chess, and there are even Star Wars Chess groups.

The set has pieces fashioned in all the classic figures and ships, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han Solo, C3-PO, and R2-D2 to name a few. The design of the chess set is like no other set out there with pieces made from pewter with a luxurious silver and gold finish. The board itself is a marvel with a glass etched top with Death Star imagery. The chess board also has a slide out drawer to protect all 32 pieces when the game is not being played. Then again, a true Star Wars fan would probably leave the pieces out on the board to show them off. 

Just For Fun

Star Wars fans looking for a game just for fun might want to check out the Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Death Star game. It is exactly as it sounds; it is an Angry Birds game come-to-life, but for Star Wars aficionados.

The first stage of the game involves building a piggy Death Star out of Jenga blocks. Then comes the fun; launching birds to destroy it. The birds included in the game are that of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, with the latter bird being exclusive to the set. The game also comes with five pigs (a Darth Vader pig and four Storm trooper pigs). This is truly a fun game and an intergalactic battle to send the Death Star crashing down. 

SDCC Lucasfilm Panel LIVE Reaction – SWR #175

Riley and Mark are joined by Steve Glosson, Joey Tavano and Bethany immediately after following along with the SDCC Lucasfilm Panel!

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In this week’s episode we talk about:

-The Amazing BTS featurette
-Riley totally loses composure on air (fun!)
-Was the featurette better than the trailer?
-Our Full Breakdown of the featurette

Many Bothan’s died gathering information for this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!

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Topps Star Wars at SDCC

Well hello there!

The good folks over at Topps have sent some cool info about their presence at SDCC this year. They will be located in the Lucas Pavilion – Booth 2913-J with exclusive merch, a giveaway, and products demos.

Check it out!


Exclusive Merch:

We will have 10 sets of oversized cards for sale.

Each set will feature 10 classic characters on iconic Topps vintage designs.

Each set will cost $20 (tax included).
Characters include Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, Boba Fett, Chewy, The Droids, The Empire, The Rebel Alliance, and Yoda.

We will be revealing one card from each set every day until SDCC on our Facebook page: using the hashtag #10RevealsIn10Days

Product Demo #1: Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps:
Our Topps Star Wars digital team will be on hand to answer all your questions about the new Star Wars Card Trader App by Topps.
They will be doing one-on-one Q&A’s as well as live demos.

There will also be an exclusive card in the cantina that weekend for SDCC attendees

Product Demo #2: Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading discs:
Topps will debut its new collectable discs Galactic Connexions.
We will display an array of character from the set and have game demos.
*More to come after we reveal product details at SDCC*

We will be giving away an exclusive Galactic Connections disc at the show.


Star Wars Weekends 2015 – My Experience in Pictures

Star Wars Weekends has become my go-to event for expressing my Star Wars fandom each year. After making my debut at Disney last year, I was looking forward to re-connecting with friends in my Star Wars Family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not before stopping by Downtown Disney Thursday night.

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Definitely not Frozen in Orlando.

We got together for an amazing dinner with the podcaster extraordinaire Steve Glosson and RebelForce Radio’s Jimmy Mac and the Mac clan.

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Good times at Downtown Disney

The following morning launched our big Star Wars Day. Friday began the last Star Wars Weekend event and we were ready to ring it in with a big splash. We made it in time for the parade which we got to see with Tom from the Ion Cannon Podcast after running into each other on the Streets of America. The SWW parade always features the absolute best of the best in the world of SW costuming. The 501st were there as always to represent the forces of the empire.

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This Wookiee… Amazing

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Cue the Imperial March

We also discovered the exclusive Ewoks at Darth’s Mall.

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Yub Yub Commander

Bethany was a big fan.

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This is the face of happiness.

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Just warming by the fire.

After our exploration of Darth’s Mall, we got ready to head over to the RebelForce Radio listener meetup.

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Jimmy, Steve and Tricia doing their thing.

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Selfie at the RFR meetup!

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Jimmy Mac doing what he does best.

After we wrapped up the Meetup, 38 of us all raided Star Tours and had the ride of our lives! then it was time to go catch Frank Oz on stage at SWW

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Frank Oz at SWW

Fortunately, our evening wasn’t over yet. We then headed to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular where our buddy Steve was selected to be part of the show. Be sure to watch his amazing death scene!

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Steve becomes a Star.

We then headed to Darth’s Mall where I ran into Youtuber and Star Wars Celebration coverage host Cory Vidal.

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Corey Vidal in Darths Mall

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Moisture Vaporators in Darths Mall

Outside of Darth’s Mall, we took some time to pose for some photo-ops. Goofiness ensued.

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Look out Sebulba!

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Cue the Force theme.

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Oh no!

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Steve is dreaming of… well, podcasting – who are we kidding.

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Jimmy doesn’t approve of the twin suns.

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Never cross a Clone.

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Me, Jimmy and Steve.

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Bethany and R2D2

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The whole gang!

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Bethany made some trooper friends.

We had an amazing weekend. Friday came to a close and we had to call it a day. However, our  adventures weren’t over yet.

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The opening ceremonies after the parade on Saturday.

I even had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Eckstein and talked all about Her Universe and Ahsoka Tano. The interview will be up on the blog here later this week, and the audio will be up on the SWR podcast In July.


Talking to Ashley

We had a blast with family all day Saturday and then got to hang out with Steve for one last Hurrah on Sunday.

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We got introduced to Ms. Pacman.

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Fuzzy picture of us ready for Jurrasic World!

And thus our time down in Orlando came to a close. What an Amazing weekend with friends and family. I can’t wait for next Year!