Star Wars Campfire Ghost Stories – Tales from Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vaders Castle IDW Publishing invites readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.

“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” says writer Cavan Scott. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”

The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the Ewoks! What frights and scares await them in Darth Vader’s castle?

Star Wars Adventures Tales from Vader’s CastleArtist Derek Charm says, “Since this is a spookier story about these characters stranded on this nightmarish planet, it’s been fun really pushing the horror aspect in the art. The shadows are heavier, the colors are harsher, and everything has this apocalyptic vibe… like things may not work out for our heroes!”

Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla provides cover artwork for each Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle issue, while different renowned creators (Kelley JonesChris FenoglioCorin HowellRobert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III) lend their distinctive styles to spooky tales over the course of the five weeks.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the creepy Cavan Scott, the frightening Francesco Francavilla, and an array of eerie artists into the creepiest corners of the Star Warsuniverse for Tales from Vader’s Castle,” says Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Publishing for Lucasfilm. “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with these spooky stories from a galaxy far, far away.”

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018

Special 5-Week Event Comic Book Series Inspired by the Popular Animated Shorts

Fans who took their first step into a larger world with Star Wars Adventures are destined to love Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny. IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm are excited to collaborate on a new series further exploring the comic book adventures of Star Wars for all ages— Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny is a weekly comic book series that will star such popular Star Wars heroines as Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka, and Hera along with the newest stars from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige.

Just as exciting are the talented creators who will be bringing these beloved characters’ stories to life, including an impressive roster of female writers from across the galaxy: Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, and Devin Grayson.

Art and covers will be provided by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari. Charretier will also contribute five interconnected variant covers, which combine to create an iconic Forces of Destiny image. Collectible animation cell variant covers will be available from your retailer, as will a super-rare variant by Annie Wu.

“The Forces of Destiny initiative has won over fans with its inspiring tales about these iconic heroes,” says Senior Editor Denton J. Tipton. “IDW Publishing couldn’t be more excited to be part of the celebration of these beloved characters.”

May the Force(s) be with you this January when Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny arrives weekly!

Star Wars: Legion – Wargame

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Box Art

Star Wars: Legion ground combat wargame set in the Star Wars Universe from Fantasy Flight Games.

Star Wars: Legion
Epic warfare is an inescapable part of the Star Wars™ universe, and you can lead your troops to victory with Star Wars: Legion™, a two-player miniatures game of thrilling infantry battles in the Star Wars universe! As a miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion invites you to enter the ground battles of the Galactic Civil War as the commander of a unique army filled with troopers, powerful vehicles, and iconic characters. While innovative mechanics for command and control simulate the fog of war and the chaos of battle, the game’s unpainted, easily assembled figures give you a canvas to create any Star Wars army you can imagine.

Unpainted – simple assembly plastic 32mm minis(?).

FFG SWL01 Star Wars: Legion – Core Set $89.95

Star Wars Legion - Wargame Box Art Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame Rebel Minis
Star Wars Legion - Wargame ImperialMinis
Star Wars Legion – Wargame ImperialMinis

Follow on twitter and facebook for news as it breaks.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue-oneThe most eagerly anticipated and needed Star Wars story dropped into cinemas at 00.05 this morning.

The cinema was bustling when i arrived, and I expected to have to pick my way to my seat. This was not the case for the 3D showing I had selected, the screen was nicely filled. Perhaps people had chosen the 2D performance instead.

The story was well worked, providing tense drama and humour. The cast was well chosen and unless you’ve been locked in some sort of imperial facility, you’ll know the general gist of what’s to come. In my opinion, this is an important story to tell. It’s set just before episode IV, and they’ve done really well in fleshing out the story into something tangible in the Star Wars universe. We have no mention of some of these characters before or after. This is a really organic story, built from the ground up, and this really pays off. Expect to see Vader (if that’s a spoiler shame on you). The film has a good pace, and about the mission at hand. It also gives us a better insight as to what the empire can do. The death squad troopers are rather odd, but not only the way they look. The AT-AT scenes are rather dramatically thought out.

Introduced some nice characters to the film and just a few cameos by familiar ones. A real treat for the eyes. The drama was built at a steady pace, and did not leave you wanting to see more. Jyn Erso is the heroine (reluctantly) of the piece and she is a classy act to follow. visually spectacular, totally feeling original but bringing much newness to the screen. Sets are a real treat (especially inside the Death Star). It really tries hard to be Star Wars, but it’s not about any Skywalker as it’s lead. By the time you get to see the first glimpse of Vader you’ll already be rooting for the Rebels. Nonetheless, you’ll want to see Vader most menacingly striding across the screen, look out for his last scene and you’ll get the meaning of the word menacing. Fans will also rejoice as James Earl Jones supplies Vader’s voice, I don’t think that’s a surprise.

I really can’t get over Mon Mothma, and in some ways it’s a shame she fell on the cutting room floor from episode III. The blind monk seen in trailers taking out stormtroopers with his stick just brilliant! I rather enjoyed the ground battles play out, couple that with star wars battlefront bringing out Scarif (YouTube game trailer https://youtu.be/J48gd0GZGWk) to coincide with Rogue one, so you actually play out an interesting scenario. This has topped off the year nicely. We await Episode VIII….

Just a smidgen over 2 hours and not a dull moment to be seen. Star Wars has been given new life, and to sound cliché a new hope.

I’ll give this film 5/5 stumps

Star Wars: Rogue One 6 minute trailer #Supercut!

Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

From Science vs Cinema on Youtube -“We’ve mashed together *almost* ALL of the material from the ROGUE ONE Teaser, 2 Domestic Trailers, International Trailer and BTS Sizzle Reel. Enjoy!”

Official Star Wars Rogue One Trailer

Watch the official second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.

Find Science vs Cinema on Youtube

Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster
Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

Adrian Edmondson On The Set Of Star Wars Episode 8

A great fan image made by my Daughter who has just been introduced to the delights of BOTTOM and THE YOUNG ONES.

Ade Edminson Star Wars

Adrian Charles “Ade” Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982–84) and Bottom (1991–95), for which he also wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall.

Wikipedia

It was widely reported in April 2016 that he might be in Star Wars Episode 8

For example this article from the Guardian.

Discount Star Wars X-Wing Game

Discount Star Wars X-WingDiscount Star Wars X-Wing. There are a number of special offers available.

Save money on the Star Wars Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games.

Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing is a tactical ship to ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters. Facing XWings and Tie Fighters against each other in fast paced space combat. X-Wing features stunningly detailed and painted miniatures. The game recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!

Scifind has found a few places you can get discount Star Wars X-Wing: Miniatures Game.

Firstly Element Games have a standing 10% off offer (correct at time of writing)

Discount Star Wars X-Wing on Amazon

Discount Star Wars X-Wing on eBay



Star Wars Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games is a leading hobby game company based out of Roseville, Minnesota. We publish a massive array of board and card games, roleplaying games including the Star Wars X Wing and Star Wars Armada games.

You can visit the official Fantasy Flight Games website here

Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!

Looks like the Story of Star Wars plays on Earth too in the next Episode. I took these pictures on my Flight back from the States to Germany at the Frankfurt Airport. Seems like the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode — there have just been imperial forces at the scene.
Maybe the Rebelboys hide in Berlin… :-D

Not to be taken seriously but VERY cool

Star Wars Episode VII is an upcoming American epic space opera film,[3][4] produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot Productions,[5][6] and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the Star Wars film series. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. It is planned to be the first of the third trilogy of Star Wars films,[4] following chronologically in the series approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi.[7] J. J. Abrams is directing the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, who acted as co-writer on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. They replaced Michael Arndt, who left the project after initially being attached to pen the screenplay and previously writing the story treatment.

Read more about episode 7 on wikipedia

R Rated Star Wars? Not as Crazy as it Sounds – Mara Jade TV Series

Mara Jade Possible Costume
Mara Jade Possible Costume
Mara Jade Prototype TV Series Costume

Everyone knows that Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise. But if current rumblings are due they may be making a step outside the box. Disney, famed for childrens films and PG comedies, but it looks like there might be an entry in the Star Wars cannon that is specifically targeted to the older fan.

A post water shed TV series for the ABC network (owned by Disney) based on the popular expanded universe character Mara Jade is planned.

Initially the series will run at six one hour episodes and will go against the second half of series 4 of The Walking Dead.

Mara Jade was introduced to the Star Wars universe by Timothy Zahn in his Star Wars Novel from 1991, Heir to the Empire. Zahn portraid Jade as a strong, complex female character, which he believed was lacking in the Star Wars universe at that time.

Although casting has not been confirmed The Huffington Post has speculated that Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere to take the title role. Further speculation has come that Spaced/Shaun Of The Dead‘s Nick Frost will take a role as a foul mouthed Wookie veteran after a flurry of tweets making a number of Star Wars and Wookie connections.

In a recent interview with series executive producer Avril Tromper, this is a positive move from the original treatment.

“Originally the Mara Jade series was to some what fit the mold of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and to be set in the last days of the Empire, and the first series climaxing at the Fall Of The Endor Deathstar. This would fit the current expanded Star Wars chronology. The first passes at the story  fell flat. It became more and more difficult to create a teen drama with out the pulls towards comparisons with Buffy and the like. This was actually a pivatal moment. We realised that we were in the perfect position to expand the Star Wars narrative and take on a different slant of the universe. The current projects are all aimed at the PG 13 audience maximum. So why not cater to the audience who liked Star Wars as kids, but now follow the likes of True Blood and The Walking Dead. Serious violent and sexy dramas. After all Mara is only Human in her early to mid twenties.”

With pre-production in full swing we expect that there will be more news any day now and we are really looking forward to seeing the first production images.

 

 

Useful Links:

ABC TV

Star Wars – Volume 1: Heir to the Empire

Full profile of Mara Jade on Wookiepedia

Prototype Costume Image by lyssophobe

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 5 Review

Darth Maul
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5 Collectors Edition
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5 Collectors Edition

So we get to the end of the run for the superb Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Following Disney’s takeover of the Lucas Empire, it seemed unlikely that heads wouldn’t roll, and so it was for The Clone Wars. Did this decision make sense…not really. The Clone Wars has consistently been the brightest and best thing in the Star Wars Universe for some years, with ever-improving animation and a series of storylines that never shied away from the gritty and realistic side of the galaxy far far away. It was both for children and adults, and other than a few clunky arcs, it was consistently a joy to watch. Maybe then, with a slew of new movies and projects coming from the House of Mouse, it isn’t such a surprise that a brilliant, innovative and popular show be shelved…we don’t want competition for the new stuff, eh?

So, we come to season 5. I would love to talk about the brilliance of the Blu-ray release, but sadly there were only DVD copies to be had for preview. However, I am certain that by the high standards of the previous Blu-ray seasons, this one will look and sound as epic as always.

Darth Maul
Darth Maul

After the return of Darth Maul in Season 4, we start season 5 in somewhat slower mode, with the Jedi helping rebels on the Separatist-held world of Onderon learn how to fight back and reclaim their world. There is a nice undercurrent of dark-side growth over these opening four episodes, with both Ashoka and Anakin straining at the leash of Jedi non-partisanship. The writers are building up the hints that the Jedi, and the Council in particular, are missing the obvious encroachment of the dark side, whilst acting in more and more crass and self-serving ways. Unfortunately, the Onderon plot overstays its welcome. At four episode long it feels two episodes over-length and never manages to succeed in making you care that much about the secondary characters. A ‘shocking’ death is not really shocking, and it has very little impact on the rest of the season. However, we do get to enjoy the return of Florrum Crime Boss Hondo Ohnaka (still sounding like Ricardo Montalban) and watch as Ashoka begins her own journey away from her Jedi upbringing.

After this somewhat clunky and tiring opening, the season moves on to another 4-parter…this time focusing on a group of Jedi younglings under the care of Yoda and Ashoka. There is a lot of fun in these episodes, although the ‘learning to work together’ theme is a little obvious. Hondo makes another welcome return, albeit in a nastier mood than we usually see him. With Ashoka captured and the younglings breaking orders to try to rescue her, the series reintroduces General

Yoda and Younglins
Yoda and Younglins

Greivous and Obi-Wan, linking the two plots together cleverly. Whilst this 4 part storyline is much more interesting than the season opener, it still leaves the season feeling a little flat and lacking the spark and originality of seasons 3 and 4.
From Jedi younglings we move to yet another 4 part arc, definitely aimed at younger viewers, but with a lot to offer the dedicated Star Wars fan. This arc follows R2 as he joins a secret team of Republic droids and a diminutive Colonel on a mission to reclaim an encryption module from a Separatist ship. As any true SW fan knows, the films aren’t so much about Skywalker as the hero, but R2. Without him nothing would have happened the way it does, from his opening scene in The Phantom Menace through to the very end of Return of the Jedi. So it is great to see the wee scamp getting so much airtime, and alongside other astromech droids, and without C3P0 around to cramp his style. The adventures these droids have together are fun, and exciting, if a tad overshadowed by yet another ridiculous…one wonders if Lucas directed…comedic character. Colonel Meebur Gascon is a tiny data expert on his first mission in command. He has height issues, as well as command issues and politeness issues. He is fun for about 5 mins but then starts to grate. He’d be fine if it were just 1 episode, but across 4…the season is creaking and groaning under the weight of all these multi-episode arcs!

Finally, the season begins to pull its socks up and get to the meaty stuff. Possibly this was when the team knew the plug was being pulled, because a seriously well-thought through plotline emerges. Darth Maul working with Savage Opress form an alliance with the Mandalorian Death Watch plus several crime syndicates in order to become a dominant force. They lure Obi-Wan to Mandalore, but Darth Sidious decides it is time for him to step in. There is then a bombing at the Jedi Temple, for which Ashoka is asked to investigate, and then accused of killing the key suspect. She goes on the run and teams up with Ventress whilst Anakin and Obi-Wan lead her pursuit. The Jedi Council refuse to consider her innocence, and it is up to Padme to fight for her defence. This 7 episode finale is absolutely superb, pure Star Wars storytelling at its best. It shows just how low opinion of the Jedi has fallen, just how little they are aware of their own deficiencies, and just how much of an isolated group they have become. Anakin’s embracing of the dark side starts to make more sense, and while we may never know what happens to Ashoka after the final episode, it feels like a good way to close her storyline. You can now better understand why so many Clone Troopers obeyed Order 66 without question.

All in all the writers have brought the plot to a very pleasing and balanced point in the existing narrative. That said…damn I wish there was another half season at least, or a movie, to wrap up Ashoka and Ventress, and properly connect the series with the movies.

ACW_IA_112843_RThe DVD look very good, with sharp, bright visuals and a very strong surround mix. There are ample extras to keep you informed and entertained throughout. As usual, it is a great package.

So, what’s the final verdict on the final season? Well, we have definitely been robbed of a wonderful piece of TV and the finale feels half-finished. We may yet get a conclusion, but if we don’t, this isn’t the worst way to go. The reliance on three 4 part arcs is disappointing, and while none of the stories are bad, they all overstay their welcome and you get the feeling that the writing team had been told to string these tales out. Too much Jedi? Absolutely. Not enough hardware, spaceships and troopers? Definitely. Another season of the best the SWU has to offer? Pretty much, yes. Disney has a lot to live up to following The Clone War…here’s hoping they’ve paid attention to just why so many fans loved this TV show.
8/10