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Star Wars Battlefront to Debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Great news Battlefront fans! It looks like Star Wars fans everywhere might get a chance to get their hands on EA’s Star Wars Battlefront this April. Hopefully we’ll even get a crack at some game play.

Straight from EA:

We’re thrilled to share that Star Wars Battlefront will be taking part in Star Wars™ Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from April 16-19. We could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it.

Can’t wait!

-Riley

3 Amazingly Bizarre Star Wars Collectibles

The Star Wars saga is perhaps the most well known and most loved film series ever created. With six films having been released and another four in the pipeline, it seems like the last forty years of Star Wars fever won’t be ending any time soon, and one can be safe in the knowledge that alongside fans’ zeal for the series there is still a very large volume of merchandise waiting in the wings, ready to be released and devoured by merch-hungry fans. Whilst some Star Wars collectibles have struck a chord with consumers, take the Star Wars-themed www.rubyfortune.com slot game, for instance, that struck a chord with a generation of online gamers, others have been rather more…niche affairs. Here are three of these weird and wonderful creations!

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Star Wars Celebration and Community

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We are just one month away from the biggest Star Wars party of the year, Star Wars Celebration.  The biannual convention entirely devoted to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.  Of course most of the people reading this already know this.  Why bother writing about it here?  In my columns here I’ve tried to focus on my personal experiences within the Star Wars fandom, and it wasn’t until I went to my first Celebration that I really understood what it was all about.

My first Celebration was Celebration IV in Los Angeles in 2007.  I had been aware of the previous Celebrations, but for some reason I did not try to attend them.  2007 was the 30th anniversary of the release of A New Hope and I was just starting to join the larger Star Wars community.

I’ve been a fan since I was a child and grew up watching the movies religiously on VHS.  But, I never felt like I was part of a larger community or fandom.  It was something that I liked and I shared it with my family and friends but it never went beyond that.  What started to bring me into the larger community was the ForceCast podcast.  I started checking out podcasts right before Jason and then co-host Pete launched the show.  They talked a lot about Celebration leading up to it, and it seemed like the right time to check it out.  Didn’t hurt that I grew up in Southern California and it was a chance to go home and visit my family at the same time.

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I never really attended conventions before this time.  I almost made it to San Diego Comic-Con the year before but Darth Real Life threw a spanner into those plans and we had to cancel.  Needless to say, arriving at Celebration in 2007 I was a bit overwhelmed.  I’m not sure I knew what to expect but it defied my expectations.  What shocked me the most at Celebration is not what I saw but rather what I didn’t see.  I’ve been to plenty of concerts and large sporting events so I’m no stranger to crowds or major functions like this.  Inevitably there are people who get drunk or loud or just cause trouble.  I never saw anything like that here, everyone was friendly and nice.  We all were there for the same purpose.

Celebration also marked the first time I saw large numbers of costumers.  I had seen 501st members at a local convention a few months before, but there is a difference between 3 Stormtroopers and 300.  My wife and I had made some simple costumes to wear.  I wore Jedi robes and she wore one of Padme’s dresses.  She was approached by someone else who had made the same dress.  They talked about making the dress without any sign of jealousy or anger that they were both wearing the same gown.

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Fast forward to 2010 and Celebration V in Orlando, Florida.  Celebrations have become a can’t miss event for us.  This time I was able to attend not only as a 501st member but a part of the larger fandom community.  Celebration is now a chance to meet up with friends as well as see what goodies Lucasfilm has in store for us.  I spend much of my time at the conventions walking around the show floor, soaking up the Star Wars sights and sounds.

Sadly, Darth Real Life struck again and I had to pass on attending Celebration VI in 2012.  But that will not be happening this time around.  I can’t wait to see all my Star Wars friends again and meet new ones.

Star Wars Celebration is just what the name suggests, it’s a celebration of all things Star Wars, the movies, books and more.  Most importantly it’s a celebration for us the fans.

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The First Star Wars Spin-off Film is “Rogue One” Felicity Jones to Star

Amazing new from starwars.com today. The first Star Wars Spin-off film has a title and release date! “Star Wars: Rogue One” will be released December 16, 2016! More exciting is the fact that the first cast (and possibly lead star) of the film is none other than Felicity Jones.

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Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

Be sure to check out the full press release here.

-Riley

Roundup: New Rebels Figures, Star Wars Weekends Merch, and More!

The Star Wars Report‘s merchandise roundup returns this month (March 2015), compiling the major announcements and latest developments related to Star Wars toys and other products.

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In case you missed them, make sure to catch up with the Hasbro Q&As from February’s Toy Fair New York.

Sales

dorksidetoys-march-black-fridaDorksideToys is having a Black Friday sale in March! Click through the image above for additional details, and specifically, at what time the sale begins. Some items will be as low as $3.99! Star Wars toys on sale include:

Fashion

Norse Legion has a variety of licensed Star Wars jewelry, including Pandora style beads and charms. Fans looking to glam up their outfits should visit their collection and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Norse Legion also has a small collection of Star Wars t-shirts.

Following the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, Her Universe unveiled a new shirt. Known as “Visions of Ahsoka”, the t-shirt has art designed by Dave Filoni. It’s currently available for $25 at the Her Universe website and it will not be available for purchase at Star Wars Celebration.

Announcements

In addition to the reveal of Ahsoka Tano and Darth Vader in the Rebels season finale, USA Today reported that Hasbro will released Ahsoka and Vader figures in the style of Star Wars Rebels later this fall. According to Yakface.com, the two figures will be sold together in the same package.

Funko announced that the POP! Slave Leia will be released from the Star Wars vault in celebration of the highly anticipated sequel. It will be the second POP! vinyl figure to return and it will only be available for a limited time with special packaging. The figure will be available in stores starting in April.

Coming October 2015 is the Snowtrooper 2-Pack ARTFX+ Statue by Kotobukiya. This reveal comes after the Star Wars Celebration announcement of the R3-A2 and K-3PO. Visit the Kotobukiya 2015 New York Toy Fair catalog for more information. (via Yakface.com)

The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded will be coming out on April 28, 2015. The book contains 72 additional pages of new minifigures and includes an exclusive Prototype Boba Fett minifigure.

Star Wars Weekends 2015 returns Friday, May 15, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Theme Park Merchandise is going to kick off the annual celebration with a ticketed event called “Galactic Gathering” on Thursday, May 14, from 10am to 3pm. The event will provide guests the first opportunity to purchase brand new products specially crafted for Star Wars Weekends. Visit Vinylmation World for more information.

Pre-Orders

You can now place pre-orders for the Darth Vader Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys. The Vader figure is priced at $499.99 and the Obi-Wan figure is $219.99.

Other items available for pre-order, specifically at Entertainment Earth, include: