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Heir to the Jedi.. Finally – SWBW #44

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We told you we would eventually get to it. Our Heir to the Jedi review and more in this episode of Star Wars Bookworms.

  • We are finishing up X-wing: Rogue Squadron in the Goodreads book club and we will be moving on to Dark Disciple for the month of August.
  • Teresa gives her brief thoughts on Marvel’s Star Wars #7 featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • New Chewbacca miniseries coming from Marvel. That girl with him looks like trouble.
  • There is an excerpt for Aftermath featuring Wedge Antilles and Rae Sloane. Aaron gives his thoughts. Teresa doesn’t read excerpts.
  • Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy will feature photographs of Star Wars Legos set up in familiar and humorous scenes. Being Lego fans, Aaron and Teresa are both excited for this one.
  • Kind of comic news, kind of collecting news. Marvel will be releasing mini comics in trading card size featuring 6 issues of Classic Star Wars comics.
  • UK versions of the covers for Moving Target, Smugglers Run, and The Weapon of a Jedi. We want them all!
  • Maybe our biggest disagreement yet, we finally review the novel Heir to the Jedi.

Heir to the Jedi

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Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster Review

Our friends over at Pangea Brands sent us their Darth Vader toaster to check out! Riley and I, and Teresa’s (of our own Star Wars Bookworms) Ewoks, whom I’m babysitting, had way too much fun testing it and making Star Wars toast!












Firstly I have to say that Ewoks, while incredibly cute, can be kind of terrifying. You get the feeling that they eat the Stormtroopers they cross paths with (where else would that get all that bone jewelry!?), so you have to keep them entertained and well fed when babysitting them. If you do that, they make wonderful, adorable house-guests, and if not, well, let’s just say I don’t take chances. So Teresa’s Ewoks (I’m their unofficial Auntie Bethany) had to get in on the fun.













They made very short work of the sandwich.









As described on their site, this toaster will make a “striking addition to any kitchen counter.” Unsurprising, as Darth Vader is quite proficient at ‘striking’ terror into the hearts of friend and foe alike. It is made of heavy duty black plastic, with the inside being metal. It arrived quite well and safely packaged, and I opened it quite eagerly!












It came in it’s own box with instructions (which I was too excited to read at first), and I was able to start using the toaster immediately.











The toaster has a turning knob at the back allowing you to choose how dark or light you want the toast (or waffles, frozen pancakes, hamburger buns or English muffins) to turn out.













The toast turned out quite well, and more clearly than the picture above that I took shows (the picture is a little blurry, and I like my toast pretty lightly done). Here’s a picture from Pangea’s website:


The toaster itself weighs just over four pounds, and measures 12″ X 10.7″ X 8.4″. Some further details are listed below:

• Toasts: Bread, Waffles, English Muffins, or Toaster Pastry
• Compact Two-Slice Toaster with Cool-Touch Housing Reheat, Defrost, and Quick Stop Function
• Adjustable Thermostat
• Automatic Manual Switch-Off
• Removable Crumb Tray for Easy Cleaning
• Power Supply: 110-120V 60Hz 570-680W
• Officially Licensed














The toaster is very well detailed, and appears and is shaped very much like Darth Vader’s helmet, which surprised me a little because, well, toaster…. Toasters don’t seem very congruous to the shape of a helmet, but I was wrong!


“Care for some toast Oh Imperial Officer?”


Me enjoying a day of sunshine, a new haircut, Star Wars toast, and working on Star Wars Report stuff (followed by swimming in the pool in the background). All in all, this is a really fun kitchen addition for any Star Wars fan, worked quite well, and looks surprisingly well detailed! The Darth Vader toaster can be purchased here.

~ Bethany Blanton

Lando’s Sketchbook – SWBW #43

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It’s a new episode of Star Wars Bookworms!

  • This month in the Goodreads book club we are reading X-wing: Rogue Squadron. Head on over to Goodreads and join in on the conversation.
  • We read listener emails where one listener sings Teresa’s praises and another totally agrees with Aaron.
  • New Marvel comics are coming. We give our thoughts on the upcoming Lando series and the one-shot Obi-Wan story coming in Star Wars #7.
  • We continue to put off reviewing Heir to the Jedi and instead do a flip-through review of Sabine’s Rebel Sketchbook.

Sabines Sketchbook

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Ultimate Star Wars and Friends – SWBW #42

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Star Wars Weekends in going on right now.. and we aren’t there (sad face.) So to keep our minds off of all the fun we are missing, we decided to record another episode of Star Wars Bookworms!

  • The Goodreads book club is moving fast and we can barely keep up. We are wrapping up Lords of the Sith and will be choosing a Legends book for June.
  • Emails are fun. We replied to 5 listener emails which led to discussions on Nomi Sunrider, Han Solo in Rebels, and other random sundries.
  • Not just for kids. We discuss all the Jeffrey Brown Darth Vader books and pick some of our favorite pages. Then we do a flip-through review of his latest, Darth Vader and Friends.
  • New canon, new reference guide. We take a very detailed look at the great new book Ultimate Star Wars.


Darth Vader and Friends

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Riley’s Bantha-sized Recap of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Star Wars land? Well, I found out at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. What an incredible event. Seeing old friends, meeting new ones, Watching the Rebels season 2 premier, watching the TFA teaser 2 with thousands of other SW fans, there are so many highlights, I know I’ll never be able to commit them all to this post, but I’m going to do my best. Before jumping into the heart of this post, be sure to check out the very special “Audio Diary” edition of the Star Wars Report podcast. It’s a great way to hear what celebration is like.

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I flew out to Anaheim at some ungracious hour to be able to have as much time Wed. as I could to pick up my press badge, take a look at the scene at the convention center, and of course, see a bit of Disney. This was my 1st visit to California, and I figured that I couldn’t possibly get all the way to Anaheim and not see Disneyland. Continue reading