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Topps Star Wars Season 2 Giveaway!

Our friends at Topps are offering a sweet giveaway for the Start of Rebels Season 2; some lucky fans will get some free packs of Star Wars trading cards.
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Topps is celebrating the season two premiere of Star Wars Rebels with giveaway contests, exclusive products and fun on social media. Disney’s Star Wars Rebels kicks off season 2 this Saturday, June 20th. Topps, maker of Star Wars trading cards since 1977, will be giving away Topps Star Wars Rebels trading cards to lucky fans in social media. Follow @DarthVonOhlen and @ToppsCards the night of the premiere for a Q&A and live-tweet in which fans have a chance to win packs of cards.

 

Also, follow Topps on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/OfficialToppsStarWars  for additional giveaways.
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Check out a review of Topps Star Wars Rebels trading cards at Pixel Dan’s YouTube page and see how you can enter his contest to win a box: 
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Topps Star Wars Rebels is in stores now with 130 cards to collect including 100 base cards, 20 stickers and 10 temporary tattoos.

 
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Finally, look for highly limited, exclusive Topps Star Wars Rebels merch on Topps.com this Thursday 6/18 including wall art, sticker albums and Attax trading cards.

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.

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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!

-Riley

SWTOR Expansion: Knights of a Fallen Empire, Announced!

The SWTOR website has released a post detailing a SWTOR expansion: Knights of a Fallen Empire that will launch Octorber 27th and will be available for free to subscribers.

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The expansion seems to be an all around enlargement of the game including level cap raises and new content.  For those into SWTOR this is definitely something to check out.

Review: Rebel In The Ranks by Jason Fry

Review: Star Wars: Rebel In The Ranks by Jason Fry (or, The Swimsuit Model Edition)

I have a confession to make: I don’t generally have a high opinion of children’s or young adult books. This is silly for lots of reasons, but maybe now isn’t the right time to go into that. Actually, just briefly: it really doesn’t matter if something you like is high art or not. The only thing that truly matters is whether you like it. At least, this is what I tell myself as I watch the new Thunderbirds series.

I've never been more excited to see a lack of facial expressions in a TV show.

I’ve never been more excited to see a lack of facial expressions in a TV show.

All this is to say that, my expectations often are not very high – but once in a while, I read a children’s book that, maybe in big or small ways, undermines my preconceived notions and very pleasingly surpasses my expectations. This book, “Rebel in the Ranks,” written by Jason Fry, published by Egmont, and second in the Servants of the Empire series, does just that. Wow, that’s a long title! So without further ado, here’s the review. Hey, that rhymed! Aww, I ruined it.

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Always In Motion The Saga Is

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Recently a supposed shooting script for the original Star Wars movie found it’s way into the hands of internet journalists who proclaimed that it was definitive proof of the never ending discussion of who really did shoot first.  Now the discussion surrounding that scene is a column all unto itself, that is not our focus today.  This alleged original script (there are questions surrounding it’s authenticity) shows us in many ways how the saga we all know and love has grown and changed over the years.

When the “news” broke surrounding this script I was immediately skeptical of it’s claims.  First, I know that the film we now know as A New Hope was going through revisions all the way up to and past it’s initial premiere.  I know that during shooting many things changed in the story.  In the original script for example, Obi-wan lived and escaped the Death Star with Luke and Han.  So, I immediately question anyone or anything that cites this as a gospel truth.

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Each film in the saga has undergone numerous changes and revisions.  The original changed so much from it’s inception that Dark Horse Comics published an adaptation of the first draft in 2014.  Entitled The Star Wars, this story included General Luke Skywalker, Deak Starkiller, Jedi bendu knights and a Darth Vader who was not Anakin Skywalker.

Walt Disney once said that “Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”  Star Wars is much the same.

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At last count I’ve owned or purchased the original Star Wars movie 8 times through various formats and edits.  Of those 8 versions I have 5 different official cuts of the film and one fan edit.  That doesn’t cover all the different versions of the movie that have existed throughout it’s history.  I always come back to this when I hear people clamoring for the “original, unaltered” cuts of the original trilogy.  Which version do you mean?  There were at least 3 different cuts of the film in 1977 alone.

While I do not love every single change that has happened over the years, and I continue to be baffled why some things are changed while other scenes are not.  There is little I can do about it.  As much as we want to claim ownership over Star Wars it doesn’t belong to us.  We have no right to tell the creator what to do with his art than we would to tell a painter what and how they should paint.

George Lucas described movie making as “Movies are never finished, only abandoned.”  He was of course paraphrasing Leonardo Da Vinci “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”  Through the changes it remains alive in the heart of it’s creator and through that it remains alive in the hearts of us, the fans.

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