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With the new trailer for Rogue One already seriously raising expectations about the next Star Wars movie, it looks like it’s going to be a long wait until the film is released on 14 December.

Thankfully the Star Wars universe is large enough to cater us with all manner of weird and wonderful spin-offs. So here’s a quick look over some the latest and greatest online games, memorabilia and fan events to keep you entertained until Rogue One finally lands.

The gaming world still presents Star Wars fans with the best way to get a little intergalactic action before we’re plunged back into the exploits of the Galactic Empire. There are probably still quite a few people who’re locked into the frantic fun of Star Wars: Battlefront, and the recent Bespin DLC provides yet more maps and game modes as well as the chance of playing the endlessly-cool Lando Calrissian.

Even if you’re not into ultra-fast Star Wars violence then the Lego Star Wars: Force Awakens game provides plenty of puzzle and construction fun, whilst a visit to the Betway site reveals an online gaming arcade that includes a Star Wars-themed slots game that can provide some surprising winnings alongside its Wookie motifs.

For those fans who’re looking for some real-life Star Wars entertainment, this month’s Star Wars Celebration Europe should be capable of fulfilling even the most ardent enthusiast’s dreams. This is because the convention in London features star guests like Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and few would deny the amusement that can be had at the European Star Wars Cosplay Championship that will be hosted by Warwick Davis who played the iconic Ewok Wicket!

Of course we might not all be able to make it down to the Star Wars Celebration Europe event, but with some careful online shopping, we can pick up some pretty tasty memorabilia from the sci-fi epic.

There’s a whole universe of Star Wars trinkets that are slowly growing in value across the internet from the 1977 double-album vinyl record of the original soundtrack, to those highly collectible AT-AT Walkers that now sell for ridiculous amounts on eBay.

But perhaps the prize of the bunch has to be the original model of an X-Wing fighter from the first Star Wars that recently sold for $160,000 and gives us all another idea of what we can save our republic credits for!

Fun In The Lair- TWL #189

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason take turns asking fun in-universe questions like: who would be your co-pilot? who would be your nemesis? where would you take your date?! Then stick around for a discussion about whether Star Wars itself is out of balance…

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Star Wars: ABC-3PO – A Beyond the Films Review

Star Wars Beyond the Films‘ Nathan P. Butler is now posting short, non-spoiler reviews for many new releases. Spoiler-filled discussion will often follow in the weeks or months thereafter on the podcast. 


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ABC-3PO by Calliope Glass and Catilin Kennedy (hardcover, 2016)

With all of the small brushfires out in fandom these days, it is easy to sometimes forget that Star Wars is a saga for all ages, including children still so young that they are only now learning their alphabet and/or to read. Every so often, a creative children’s book comes along to smack us across the back of the head and remind us of this fact. Such it is with the charming ABC-3PO by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy.

Billed as the “Galactic Basic Edition” (since, y’know, it is meant to teach our alphabet, not Aurebesh), ABC-3PO is a return to the format of older Star Wars children’s books like Buena Vista’s Adventures in ABC (1984). Each page, as epxected, presents a letter of the alphabet and a Star Wars character or concept to match, but whereas a Star Wars ABC books could get away with just a short description of the character or concept, ABC-3PO, like Adventures in ABC before it, brings a lyrical, poetic feel to its musings with rhyming, somewhat tongue-in-cheek descriptions. (Boba Fett’s page, for instance, ends with “He never, ever fails . . . unless there’s a sarlacc. Oh, shoot.”)

The book’s art by Katie Cook is her usual, solid work, with a cuteness that will appeal to kids and a stylized feel that will also bring a smile to the face of lighthearted adults.

The Verdict

 

ABC-3PO is essentially a “what you see is what you get” proposition. It is a Star Wars alphabet book. In that, though, it succeeds quite strongly with quirky rhymes and adorable art. Most collectors and story purists will skip this one, but those looking for a nice children’s book will find this a nice addition to their own collections.

Recommended for: Those looking for a strong Star Wars ABC book.

Not recommended for: Those looking for stories or who already know their ABCs.

A review copy was received from Disney Lucasfilm Press.

Lego The Force Awakens and other shenanigans- CCC Ep. 054

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This week we discuss the newly released Lego The Force Awakens game as well as some new X-wing stuff, Michael’s play through of The Force Unleashed 2, and Star Trek fan film restrictions. Listen now and join in on the fun!

 

 

Scoring the Saga with Jesse Harlin – SWR 229

Composer Jesse Harlin talks about the music in Star Wars games (Republic Commando; The Old Republic).  Riley and Bruce talk about Star Wars Celebration Europe plans, the canceled “Underworld” series, and Riley makes a Mace Windu movie.  All of this, and a listener giveaway, on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

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