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I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story By Anthony Daniels

Discover the incredible untold story of one of Star Wars‘ most iconic characters, C-3PO, told by the man who knows him best.

“Did you hear that? They’ve shut down the main reactor! We’ll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.”

These words were the very first to be spoken in any Star Wars movie, and they were spoken by a droid: C-3PO.

With his gleaming golden body and good-intentioned (yet worrisome) personality, C-3PO was there at the very beginning. Of course, C-3PO wasn’t actually a robot, or some amazing early animatronic creation – he was actually a man named Anthony Daniels.

Now, for the very first time, Anthony Daniels will tell C-3PO’s story in its entirety, from seeing the first concept images to the early stages of the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, and in the process, will also tell his own. This includes his encounters with movie legends such as Sir Alec Guinness, what it was like working closely with George Lucas, and the friendships he formed with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and others. But being encased in a solid shell for countless hours also involved hardships, pain, and in some cases real physical danger.

In I am C-3PO: The Inside Story, Daniels candidly relays his humorous, unvarnished, and extraordinary story as the man inside the machine, providing fresh new insights for even the most die-hard of Star Wars fans.

The 256 page book will be released on November 5, 2019 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Star Wars Celebration 2019 Millennium Falcon Tiki Set

Beeline Creative announces their Star Wars Celebration 2019 Millennium Falcon Tiki Set.

Pre-order the set  for $100 at booth # 3319 and receive 4 free Star Wars Swizzle Sticks! The set includes the Millennium Falcon bowl, plus Chewbacca and Han Solo mini muglets. Bee Line Creative says followers of their newsletter will receive word of an opportunity to purchase the vessels after the Celebration! Check out their Instagram for more details.

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German Observatory Transformed Into A Giant R2-D2

Professor Hubert Zitt, who is known for his fascinating lectures on Star Wars, Star Trek and other science fiction, saw the perfect opportunity to put his distinctive mark on the university where he works. 

Zitt, along with his father-in-law and several helpful students, transformed the Zweibrücken Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a giant replica of R2-D2.

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LEGO Darth Vader Bust

Turn to the Dark Side with the LEGO Star Wars 75227 Darth Vader Bust ($39.99)! 

This exclusive Star Wars Celebration building set features incredible dome and faceplate details, including a brick-built respirator encased in iconic black armor. Vader’s helmet is adorned with raised ridges and studs, which adds to the dramatic effect, and the instantly recognizable Dark Lord of the Sith will always strike fear in his enemies.

The 327 piece Darth Vader Bust Star Wars building set measures 262mm long, 282mm wide, and 59mm high and will be available April 11, 2019 through Star Wars Celebration. A limited number of sets will be released through a show lottery system each day of Celebration. For those not attending Star Wars Celebration, a limited quantity of this set will be available through Target REDcard.

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The Force Unites Us Print By Joey Spiotto

Here is Joey Spiotto‘s officially licensed Star Wars illustration available exclusively at Star Wars Celebration 2019.

“The Force Unites Us” brings together quite a few of the main characters from all 3 of the Star Wars trilogies in his Storytime style. This print measure 18″x24″ and is limited to only 250 prints!  Pre-orders go live this Wednesday February 27, 2019 at noon PT at Dark Ink Art. Please note that you must attend Star Wars Celebration to pick up the artwork in person. 

The Force Unites Us by Joey Spiotto
18″ x 24″ lithograph print
250 piece edition
$ 75.00

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Disney Announces Global Launch For Star Wars Inspired Products On Triple Force Friday

Triple Force Friday, the latest in a tradition of Star Wars product launches, is set for October 4, 2019 Lucasfilm and Disney announced. The event will see the debut of brand-new products inspired by three of the year’s biggest Star Wars releases, including:

– The highly anticipated, final installment of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: Episode IX
– The first-ever Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian, set to debut exclusively on the upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
– The latest title from EA and Respawn – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – a brand-new action adventure game releasing Holiday 2019

Products spanning categories from toys to collectibles, housewares, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 4. As with past Force Friday celebrations, stores around the world will join the festivities with in-store events and midnight openings.

For more details on Triple Force Friday, those interested can visit StarWars.com and follow the conversation on social using #ForceFriday.

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LEGO Announces 20th Anniversary Star Wars Sets 

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the LEGO Star Wars line, the LEGO Group announced five new special edition sets featuring iconic ships from across the galaxy including Slave 1, Anakin’s Podracer and more. Originally launched in 1999, LEGO Star Wars was the first LEGO product line featuring a licensed property. Available later this year, each set also includes a 20th Anniversary collectible minifigure as a tribute to the history of the product line. 

LEGO Star Wars Imperial Dropship – 20th Anniversary Edition 

Deploy the troopers with the LEGO Star Wars Imperial Dropship! Load them onto the platform and store their stud blasters for the flight. Then sit the Shadow Trooper in the cockpit, fire up the engines and blast off for another exciting battle against the Rebels! The 125 piece set will retail for $19.99.

LEGO Star Wars Anakin’s Podracer – 20th Anniversary Edition

Speed to victory in Anakin’s Podracer! Sit young Anakin Skywalker in the cockpit and lower his goggles ready for the race. Then fire up the huge engines, grab the play handle and zoom through the canyons of Tatooine… or your living room! With Anakin at the controls, victory is yours! The 279 piece set will retail for $29.99.

LEGO Star Wars Clone Scout Walker – 20th Anniversary Edition

Protect the Wookiee warrior with the armored Clone Scout Walker! Sit the Kashyyyk Trooper in the seat of the armored AT-RT Walker and stride in battle. Turn and fire the stud shooter before the Dwarf Spider Droid destroys the trench with its own stud shooter. The Clone Army must win at all costs! The 250 piece set will retail for $29.99.

LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition

Sound the alarm, Echo Base is under attack! Win the Battle of Hoth with Luke and Dak Ralter in their amazing LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Speed over the ice and launch the spring-loaded shooters. Then fire the rear stud shooter and harpoon with string. On the ground, help the Rebel Trooper take aim and fire the gun tower stud shooter. Those Imperials must be defeated! The 309 piece set will retail for $39.99.

LEGO Star Wars Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition

Build Boba Fett’s personal Slave I starship and travel with him through the LEGO Star Wars galaxy in search of fugitives! Grab the handle and fly him around. Pull the triggers to fire the spring-loaded shooters. Load Han Solo trapped in carbonite into the hold and deliver him to collect your payment. It’s another exciting day in the life of a bounty hunter! The 1,007 piece set will retail for $119.99.

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Columbia Sportswear Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka

Columbia Sportswear is unveiling the Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka – a limited edition jacket inspired by the original cast and crew while filming the iconic ice planet Hoth scenes of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The themed jackets will be available on columbia.com/StarWars starting at 12:01am EST on Dec. 7 and in-store at select Columbia-branded retail locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. This limited edition parka is a unisex style that will be sold for $500 USD, while supplies last.

Select U.S. stores are also carrying a handful of parkas signed by Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the film. Fans can purchase a signed jacket for $1980 USD, and all proceeds of that sale will be donated to charity.

Be a Part of Star Wars History

Nearly 40 years ago in the frigid wilderness of Norway, a small group of cast and crew filmed several of the most recognizable scenes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. They needed serious winter gear to help protect them from icy winds, whiteout blizzards and sub-zero temperatures encountered on location while filming the iconic Hoth scenes. To help address the weather-related challenges, producers arranged for each member of the Norway team to receive outerwear that included a colorful insulated parka for the multi-week shoot. Created to stand up to the cold conditions, that jacket features a unique design that currently make it one of the most sought-after items among Star Wars collectors. Only a handful of those original jackets exist today, but now fans can go behind rebel lines—and deep behind-the-scenes—with Columbia’s limited edition Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka.

A Vintage Look Featuring Modern Technology

The Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka honors the original design while incorporating Columbia’s weather-defying technologies to help protect against extreme winter conditions. The waterproof, breathable and critically seam-sealed outer layer acts like the Echo Base shield generator to protect against the elements, while the Omni-Heat thermal-reflective lining and insulation will keep you as warm as a Wookiee. The jacket features a removable, adjustable hood with removable faux-fur trim, two-way collar, ribbed comfort cuffs, wrist zips and multifunctional pockets.

Columbia’s designers worked closely with Lucasfilm Ltd. to capture and incorporate authentic details from the crew jackets that include the bold blue design, shoulder stripes for heightened visibility in blizzard conditions, the fiery Darth Vader chest patch developed using original artwork, Star Wars logos, and a customizable name plate on the chest pocket. Paying homage to the location where the cast and crew braved chilling temperatures to film these historic scenes, the lining of the jacket includes the coordinates of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway.

Fans interested in taking this experience to the next galaxy – or level – can purchase one of only 30 jackets signed by Luke Skywalker actor, Mark Hamill. Columbia is working with Mark Hamill to raise money for education initiatives that are very close to him. These signed jackets will sell for MSRP of $1,980 USD – a nod to the film’s release year – with all proceeds going to college access programs and scholarships. These coveted signed jackets will be sold only at Columbia-branded retail locations in New York, NY; Buena Vista, FL; Downtown Portland Flagship, OR; and Seattle, WA.

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John Williams Creating New Music, Attraction Names Revealed For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, announced some major details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge today at D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort — including the news that John Williams, beloved Star Wars composer, is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land. Star Wars wouldn’t be Star Wars without Williams’ incredible, sweeping scores; getting to hear new work from him at Galaxy’s Edge has us all the more excited.

You can listen to a preview of the music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, in the video above, which also features footage of construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In addition, Chapek played two videos that revealed the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The first, named Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, puts guests behind the controls of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles. We are ready to channel our inner Han, Lando, Chewie, and Rey!

The second attraction, which puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Along with the land’s dynamic elements and additional interactive integration with the Play Disney Parks app, these groundbreaking attractions at Galaxy’s Edge will invite guests to become galactic travelers and live their own Star Wars stories in a galaxy far, far away.

Indeed, there will be much to do at this exotic outpost, as detailed on the Disney Parks Blog. You can visit a street market in Black Spire Outpost, shop at food stalls where you can enjoy delicacies like blue milk, or visit the Cantina where you can see an old friend, Rex, as well as creatures and characters that are hallmarks of the Star Wars universe.

Also, Chapek shared new information about the currently in-development Star Wars-themed resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort. From the moment you board your launch pod, you’ll experience a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins, and exciting action.

Galaxy’s Edge, the highly-anticipated Star Wars-themed land, opens at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and at Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019. 

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New Star Wars And Marvel Series Announced for Disney+ Streaming Service

The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed the service’s name today during a live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results. Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.

Iger also announced that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year. The series will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, which he originated in the 2016 film. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.” The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series will be announced at a later date.

Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centered around a fan-favorite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.

The new projects join an impressive slate of films and series planned for Disney+ that includes new stories set in the worlds of Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical, as well as a galaxy far, far away. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm revealed that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau will write and executive produce The Mandalorian for Disney+. The live-action series, which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, is currently in production with a lineup of directors that include Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok).

Visit DisneyPlus.com to register your email and be kept up to date on the service.

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