Last Saturday was the first annual Star Wars Reads Day, an event promoted by Del Rey and Lucasfilm to promote literacy in general, and the reading of Star Wars books in particular. Over 1,000 libraries and book stores across the country took part, with kits provided by Del Rey giving kids activities and crafts, and promoting Star Wars. Marjorie and Arnie of Star Wars Action News trekked to Roseville, MN for one of these events at Barnes & Noble with guests Troy Denning, John Jackson Miller, and Dan Wallace. On this episode of the podcast, they recap the events and share their hopes for next year’s event to make it even better!
And with Star Wars Reads day what better book is there than the Star Wars Essential Reader’s Companion to introduce new readers to the Star Wars Expanded Universe? Star Wars Action News Book Club liaison Brock provides an in-depth review of this new book on this show.
With a recap of finds at the Toy Man Toy Show in St. Louis and the Fallcon convention in Roseville, new finds at Toys R Us, a die-cast C-3PO, and more, it’s on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!
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Those wacky Angry Birds, created by Rovio Entertainment, have already been cast into space. Now they are joining forces with the cast of a beloved space saga.
In Angry Birds Star Wars, a totally new edition of the game out Nov. 8 for iOS, Android and computers, the birds and pigs alike will take on the personalities of characters from the Star Wars saga. “They are not Angry Birds dressed up as Star Wars characters,” says Paul Southern, vice president of licensing and consumer products marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “They are characters in their own right.”
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Sideshow Collectibles has updated with news of a new touring exhibit: Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology presented by the National Geographic Society starting October 12 in Santa Ana, California. Head on over to read all about it and be sure to check out indianajonestheexhibition.com for additional details, info and updates!
Today is the official release date of the Director’s Cut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Darth Maul Returns” on DVD available exclusively at Target. This feature length edit tells the arc of Maul’s reemergence from what was thought a certain death and serves as the lead in to Season 5! Get yours today at your local store or Target.com
The Star Wars Celebration page just announced that The Clone Wars Season 5 will premiere at Celebration VI!
On Friday, August 24th at 5 pm, the Digital Stage at Celebration VI – the venue optimized for high-definition digital theatrical exhibition with state-of-the-art surround sound – will present an evening of Star Wars: The Clone Warsentertainment beginning with a special presentation of the Season Four finale, the episodes “Brothers” and “Revenge.” These are followed by “Revival,” the long-awaited Season Premiere, on Cartoon Network this fall, that continues the story of the resurrected Darth Maul.
Head to StarWarsCelebration.com for the full details!
Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins have revealed a new book showcasing some rare collectible available to the cast and crew of the Star Wars films.
Some of the most obscure and scarce Star Wars collectibles ever produced are the items offered to the crew and cast of the Star Wars films. Duncan Jenkins and Gus Lopez take the reader on a tour of crew memorabilia from all of the Star Wars films and productions, from Star Wars: A New Hope to Revenge of the Sith, along with crew memorabilia from Blue Harvest, the Droids and Ewoks cartoons, the Ewok movies, Star Tours, Lucasfilm, Skywalker Ranch, Industrial Light and Magic, and Clone Wars. These extremely limited T-shirts, jackets, coasters, patches, caps, stationery, greeting cards, and invitations are covered in depth. Each chapter is organized by film/production in a snazzy design by Mattias Rendahl offering extensive photographs and information.
Gus and Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items will be available for shipping soon and we’ll be selling and signing copies at the Completist Publications booth at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida on August 23-26.
As a special treat, a limited supply of the shirt used in the cover of this book will be available at Celebration VI as well!
StarWars.com has posted their official announcement of The Clone Wars Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD. Head on over to view the specs and features as well as a trailer for its release.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4 hits stores on October 23.
Mark your calendars as The Clone Wars Season 4 Blu-ray / DVD release date has been announced for October 23, 2012.
All 22 episodes will be released on Blu-ray in 1080p high definition (2.35:1 widescreen), in 5.1 DTS-HD audio. The DVD will feature an anamorphic transfer with 5.1 Dolby Digital audio with tons of extra features. Head to IGN for more info.
UPDATE: IGN has removed the info. But you can see the details after the link.
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First shown at Star Wars Weekends, Entertainment Weekly has posted the first extended look at The Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer. After viewing the stunning visuals, be sure to read their one-on-one with Dave Filoni to discover which favorite character will be returning and some of the new locales we can expect to visit this Fall!
Update: You can also watch it at StarWars.com
In case there was any doubt surrounding the news that George Lucas has been preparing to step way from Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy has been officially named as co-chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. while George will stay on as co-chair and CEO. You can read more about these developments here.
Spike TV and Lucasfilm have announced today that there will be a top secret game revealed next week at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo. A first look at this top secret project will be revealed on Thursday, May 31, as a part of the pre-E3 episode of Spike’s hit video game show “GTTV,” followed by the live world gameplay premiere of this new “Star Wars” franchise during the network’s “E3 All Access Live” primetime special on June 4 at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT.
For the full details, visit Spike.com
]Before Episode IV: A New Hope, before CGI and the “Special Editions” and before the prequels, there was simply Star Wars – a film that shaped a generation and from that point on, movies (and toys) have and would never be the same.
All of us here at Yakface wish a Happy 35th Anniversary to George Lucas, Lucasfilm Ltd. and all that is Star Wars.
Bonnie Burton has posted via twitter confirming that she has been laid off from Lucasfilm as their Content Developer for Lucas Online and StarWars.com. She has been instrumental in establishing the Official Star Wars web presence as well has developing fun, family friendly crafts and educational tutorials and publications.
We at Yakface wish Bonnie the best of luck where ever she lands.
The Official Site has posted a teaser trailer for The Clone Wars: Season 5! Two words: Maul and Mandalorians!
Target has the Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray on sale this week for $80. A great price if you have yet to add this to your collection!