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Marvel’s Star Wars Legends Begins in April 2015

Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPB.

Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPB will offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections.

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: REPUBLIC 78-80, STAR WARS: PURGE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — SECONDS TO DIE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — THE HIDDEN BLADE 1, STAR WARS: PURGE — THE TYRANT’S FIST 1-2, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND 1-5, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES 1-5

AUTHOR: JOHN OSTRANDER, RANDY STRADLEY, HADEN BLACKMAN, ALEXANDER FREED

ARTIST: LUKE ROSS , DOUGLAS WHEATLEY, JIM HALL, CHRIS SCALF, MARCO CASTIELLO, ANDREA CHELLA, RICK LEONARDI

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Loot Crate Prepares for your Galactic Adventure in September!

This month Loot Crate blast off with Galactic! September’s crate brings 3 licensed exclusive collectibles (one is a FunkoMyster Mini!) and includes items from Firefly, Star Wars, and Star Trek with plenty of other surprises in store!

For those that don’t know… Loot Crate offers a monthly blind box of geeky goods that are delivered to your door each month. It costs about $20 a month.

You can sign up now for September’s offering!

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Fantasy Flight Opens up X-Wing Mission Control

mission control screenFantasy Flight allows anyone to recreate the dramatic space battles in Star Wars with their X-Wing miniatures game. You’re able to control squads of Rebel or Imperial ships and the game allows for tons of customization and a wide range of options.

That individual customization is now going community wide with the announced beta release of X-Wing Mission Control. The free online community resource allows individuals to design and share their own missions for X-Wing.

Coordinate a daring assault run along the Death Star trench, confront the Rebel fleet outside of Endor, or dodge asteroids in pursuit of the Millennium Falcon. X-Wing Mission Control’s custom editor allows you to easily create any play scenario you can imagine, whether it’s drawn from the Star Wars trilogy or completely unique.

Simply select the size of your play area and define the ships you wish to permit. You can create mission-specific squad-building rules, or you can identify any number of specific ships and upgrades. If you use Mission Control to track your collection, it will even identify any mission components not included in your X-Wing collection.

mission control map editorThe editor also allows individuals to select components from all of the available X-Wing products. You’re also able to quickly create maps, define terrain elements, add deployment zones, and any mission-specific rules.

After you’ve created your scenario you’re able to share it with others by publishing them to the site. Other individuals are then able to download the missions, play them, and then vote for their favorites.

The center is in beta, and does not work on mobile devices. It is compatible with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, and Fantasy Flight is looking for feedback, including technical issues via their forums.

Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew to be Media Guest of Honor

Peter MayhewThe Baltimore Comic-Con, returning to the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, has announced their 2014 Media Guest of Honor. Peter Mayhew, known by fans the world over for his portrayal of Chewbacca, the Wookie co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Peter is currently filming Star Wars Episode VII, due to be released in 2015, and will appear all three days of the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Mayhew was born in Barnes, England, and at the age of eight was diagnosed with giantism. While working as an orderly at London’s King’s College Hospital, a reporter took a photo of him which was published in a local paper, an event that would change his life.

That photo demonstrated Peter’s towering 7’3″ figure and giant frame. By mere chance, the producers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger saw this picture, which led to Peter being cast as the Minoton in his first film. Once Peter finished filming, he returned to his job at the hospital, only to be called again to audition with a gentleman by the name of George Lucas about his project, Star Wars. George walked into the room, Peter stood up to shake his hand like a proper Englishman, and the rest is history.

ChewbaccaPeter brought the mighty wookiee Chewbacca to life in Star Wars (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Muppet Show (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).

When the movies were finished, Peter moved to Yorkshire where he lived quietly for 14 years. As the Star Wars Special Edition movies were being released in 1997, Peter found himself in high demand on the SciFi Convention circuit, and began making personal appearances around the world. In 1999 he married and packed his bags, made the jump across the pond, and moved to Texas where he eventually became an American citizen.

Peter was again asked to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, introducing Chewie’s home planet of Kashyyyk and the world of Wookiees. In 2011, Lucasfilm flew Peter and his wife Angie out to Skywalker Ranch to consult with the animators and artists as they introduced Chewie into the Clone Wars series. After 30 years, Peter’s relationship with his beloved character came full circle by having him voice Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Currently, he is on hiatus from filming the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII, which will be hitting theaters next year. Peter will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con all three days, signing autographs and taking photos at his table. He will also be doing a panel Sunday.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Godzilla, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Buddy Christ & Mooby!

It’s another big week for Diamond Select Toys, as a big shipment is headed to your local comic shop for New Toy Day! But in this big shipment are a lot of small toys! In addition to new vinyl banks for Godzilla and Kevin Smith’s Mooby the Golden Calf, there are also a ton of Minimates mini-figures, for Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and the films of Kevin Smith! Plus, a newest Star Wars bottle opener!

Godzilla Classic 1989 Vinyl Bust Bank

Is he monster, or hero, or both? This 8-inch bank of the city-destroying and alien-fighting lizard called Godzilla is based on his appearance in the classic 1989 movie “Godzilla vs. Biollante”! Cast in sturdy vinyl, the bank features a coin slot in his back, as well as an access door in the base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #DEC131817, SRP: $23.00)

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View Askew Mooby Vinyl Bank

Who’s a friend to the king of all the monkeys? Who’s a pal to the duck who won’t fly south? It’s Mooby the Golden Calf! This fast-food mascot turned children’s entertainment fixture is now a 10-inch vinyl bank! With a slot on his back and an access door underneath, Mooby will keep your spare change safe inside his profit center! (Item #FEB142052, $22.99)

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View Askew Minimates Buddy Christ & Mooby 2-Pack

The deities of the View Askewniverse have revealed themselves! As seen in many of Kevin Smith’s New Jersey films, dashboard icon Jesus Christ and fast-food mascot Mooby the Golden Calf are the two newest Minimates in the Jay & Silent Bob line. Packaged together on a blister card, each Minimate mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB142053, SRP: $9.99)

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Kill Bill 10th Ann. Minimates House of Blue Leaves Box Set

It’s been ten years since Quentin Tarantino put his own stamp on the martial arts revenge movie, and now the two-part epic is the newest line of Minimates min-figures! The first box set, based on the fight at the House of Blue Leaves, includes The Bride, O-Ren Ishii, Gogo Yubari and Sofie Fatale. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features interchangeable parts and accessories, and all four come packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB142054, SRP: $19.99)

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Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set

This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99)

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Pulp Fiction Minimates Jules & Vincent 2-Pack

The first Minimates based on Pulp Fiction, the star-studded movie that made Quentin Tarantino a household name, are here, and the first two-pack features hitmen Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield in their iconic black suits! Each two-inch mini-figure has 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including pistols, hamburger, shake and the mysterious briefcase! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAR141945, SRP: $9.99)

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Star Wars TIE Fighter Magnetic Metal Bottle Opener

This bottle opener is right on your tail! Bottled beverages wont stand a chance against this solid metal bottle opener based on the Empire’s tactical TIE fighter! It measures 4 inches long, has magnets on the back and opens any bottle cap with ease. It’s also highly maneuverable and can travel long distances – leave it on the fridge, or take it on a mission to your next party! Comes packaged in a collector’s case with a full-color wrap. (Item #MAR141958, SRP: $18.00)

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Fashion Spotlight: Guardians Far Away, Lord Soldier, and Warriors of the Stars

Ript Apparel has three designs today all with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, and one a Star Wars mash-up. Guardians Far Away and Lord Soldier and Warriors of the Stars from BadEye and JuanFoo and tonynichols will be for sale on August 4, 2014 only!

Guardians Far Away by BadEye

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Lord Soldier by JuanFoo

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Warriors of the Stars by tonynichols

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SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comics

At San Diego Comic-Con Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment announced the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars! Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series Darth Vader. Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series Princess Leia! Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!

STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Coming January 2015!

 

DARTH VADER #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Coming February 2015!

 

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (of 5)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Coming March 2015!

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Ready 4 Vader 2016? The Sith Lord Polls Better than Potential 2016 Presidential Candidates

On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released a poll on various Star Wars characters and how popular they are. Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series. That’s not surprising at all. But, with a net favorability of -8 that makes the least likeable character still more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently has a net favorability rating of -65.

What’s fun though is The Washington Post decided to compare the favorability of all of the various Star Wars characters with that of potential 2016 Presidential candidates and other well-known politicians. Not shockingly, there’s a lot of Star Wars characters who might have a good chance getting elected.

Darth Vader has a net favorability higher than all of the candidates and he killed younglings! Emperor Palpatine also has a better result than the majority of the potential candidates. I base that on the fact he could efficiently get the Death Star built.

Check out the full results below and get ready for Ready 4 Vader, Darth Vader for President!

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