Rise of the Old Masters (or Bait and Switch) – Rebels Roundtable #4

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The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable takes on Rise of the Old Masters.

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The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable returns this week to check out the Season 1 episode Rise of the Old Masters, the third “regular” episode in the series’ run.

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 (Anyone not in their teens is required to cross their arms and scowl when watching the news.)

Join Johnathan, Berent, Nathan, and special guest (Republic Forces Radio Network panelist) Jerry as they discuss the episode. Was this episode’s premise a bit of “bait and switch?” Did the Inquisitor live up to the hype? Just how proficient is Kanan at Force use (or is it just “whatever the current scene requires”)? All this and more in this episode of Rebels Roundtable.

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Star Wars Exclusive Toys and Saga Legends/Mission Series Previews

The Star Wars Rebels animated series recently aired its fourth episode on Disney XD, “Breaking Ranks,” and some fans pointed out via Twitter that certain characters should be produced as action figures in the near future, including Zare Leonis and Chopper’s Imperial disguise. But, where are the Rebels action figures?

On the shelves you’ll find the Jakks 20″ and 31″ figures, a few plush toys, and the Star Wars Rebels Command Battle figures, but not much else. I recently picked up Hasbro’s Star Wars Rebels Jedi Reveal Pack with Ezra, Kanan, and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Toys ‘R’ Us, but other figures haven’t appeared yet at my local store. There have been exceptions. For example, Yakface recently reported that Hasbro’s Star Wars Rebels/Saga Legends and Mission Series figures arrived from Entertainment Earth and other reported seeing some on the shelves in California. Visit Yakface’s toyguide preview for carded images. (Yakface also has a preview images for Wave 5 figures, which includes Sabine Wren’s figure.)

As for when more figures will become available, Jedi Temple Archives wrote January 30, 2015? The rumor states that some cases of figures went out early, but Hasbro appears to be pushing the general release of Rebels figures to early 2015.

Despite the rumor, there are exclusives that may catch your attention in the meantime.

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Here’s hoping we see more figures and other merchandise on the shelves before Christmas.  Stay tuned for more toy updates as they become available.

New Star Wars Rebels T-Shirts

If you take a peek over at the Disney Store, you’ll find a few youth Star Wars Rebels shirts (made just for boys) that unfortunately exclude Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren. For example, there’s Cast Blast, Do or Do Not, Rebel with a Cause, and Star Sleeper. There is one Sabine Wren shirt, where she is joined by Chopper and Ezra, but the shirt is part of the “Create Your Own” feature that allows customers to make their own shirts. Her Universe came to the rescue recently and provided Star Wars fangirls both adult and youth-sized Star Wars Rebels shirts, but the issue of excluding the female characters in merchandise aimed for boys remains (as does excluding the female fanbase).

Though it doesn’t resolve the main issue entirely, the author of the Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, Adam Bray, found new Lucasfilm licensed shirts over at Amazon that include our favorite females from the animated series.

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Get them while they’re still available!

Episode VII Wraps! – SWR #151

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On this week’s podcast Riley, and Bethany are joined by our very own Jason Hunt of The Wampa’s Lair podcast to talk Star Wars!

  • They are excited to talk about John Williams scoring the Episode 7 trailer!
  • Ep. 7 is done filming! Now we just have more than a year to wait….
  • Darth Vader was in Star Wars Rebels!
  • Star Wars Battlefront coming in 2015!
  • Ewan McGregor had harsh words for some Star Wars fans: do the hosts agree with him?
  • We also introduce new Star Wars Report writer Joseph (Joey) Tavano of RetroZap!
  • The Beard… it’s GONE!!!

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