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Star Wars Insider #130 Preview

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2011

Star Wars Insider #130 hits the street this week, and publisher Titan has sent us a content breakdown and two article excerpts, including an interview with clone voice actor Dee Bradley Baker!

Here are the highlights from issue #130:

  • A feature-packed 100-page issue of Insider kicks off with an interview with Dee Bradley Baker, who talks about voicing the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Plus, coverage of the show continues with an interview with Animation Supervisor Keith Kellog.
  • As Star Wars: The Old Republic hits stores, Insider features an interview with James Ohlen, Senior Creative Director at Bioware.
  • Artwork from the Star Wars Art: Visions book is profiled, there’s a visit to the amazing LEGO Miniland, Star Wars in 2012 is previewed, and it’s discovered what it takes to be a member of the 501st!
  • Jason Fry discusses how following the Force doesn’t always work, film critic Mark Kermode looks at five films that heralded Star Wars, and all the latest books, comics, and merchandise goes under the spotlight!

Check out two article previews after the jump!

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Star Wars: Mercy Kill Cover Reveal

StarWars.com Team | December 7, 2011

Del Rey has revealed the cover to Aaron Allston’s new novel due out in hardback on August 7, 2012! Cover art is by Mike Bryan.

Here’s a description from the publisher:

Outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers — they’re Wraith Squadron. Founded decades ago by ace pilot Wedge Antilles, this elite intelligence unit, disbanded at the end of a catastrophic civil war, is reunited by former leader Face Loran to find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

Get more info at RandomHouse.com.

Inflatable R2-D2 Black Friday Offer

StarWars.com Team | November 22, 2011

For a limited time only Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine is offering a FREE inflatable R2-D2 with every subscription!

Pay just $24.99 and get 6 fantastic issues and an exclusive R2-D2 inflatable figure!

Offer includes:
• Pay just $24.99 for 6 issues – saving 17% off the cover price!
• FREE R2-D2 Inflatable figure
• Get your copy before it hits the stores!

Subscribe by calling 800-999-9718 or by clicking here!

Star Wars Insider 2012 Special Edition

StarWars.com Team | November 7, 2011

A 148-page Special Edition of Star Wars Insider is on sale from tomorrow at all newsstands for a limited time only!

This collector’s issue celebrates the master behind the Star Wars saga, George Lucas, with highlights from the movies, both on and off camera and exclusive interviews with special effects supervisor John Dykstra, R2-D2 – Kenny Baker, and co-producer Robert Watts!

There are other fantastic interviews included in this special edition from James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher and even respected Animation Director Rob Coleman!

This Star Wars Insider Special Edition also celebrates a rare peek behind the scenes of the Jedi Council from the Lucasfilm Archives. Here we see exclusive photographs of the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas on the sets of the movies.

Plus, the issue features the all-new story ‘Vader Adrift’ starring Darth Vader by Ryder Windham, with art by Joe Corroney.
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Free Digital Sampler: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine

StarWars.com Team | October 26, 2011

Have you checked out the official Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine?

If not, here’s your chance! The magazine is packed full of incredible features about the hit animated show, as well as brand new and exclusive Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic strip stories!

You can see a fantastic selection of them in our free digital sampler edition. There’s no need to download anything – just click here and view the magazine straight away!

Subscribe to the print edition of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine and don’t miss out on sensational Star Wars coverage in 2012, including season 4 of The Clone Wars and the 3D release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Plus, new subscribers receive a free Hasbro action toy*, as well as the following benefits:

- 6 issues a year for just $25.95, saving 15%!
- Get your copy before it hits the stores!
- Free delivery straight to your door!

To subscribe call 800-999-9718 or click here

*Limited supplies. Action figure may vary.

Inside How to Speak Wookiee

StarWars.com Team | October 21, 2011

Art by JAKe

Ever wonder how to order a Bantha Burger or talk about Picasso with Wookiees? Now you can learn how to flirt AND conduct business meetings with Chewbacca’s friends. The new book How to Speak Wookiee from Chronicle Books shows you how to do this and more with chapters like “At the Restaurant” and “On Public Transportation!” Plus the book has handy sound files so you can sound like a Wookiee in no time!

Star Wars artist JAKe illustrates the book with his unique and whimsical style. Born in Hull, England, JAKe was raised by Wookiees from a young age. He speaks the Wookiee language fluently, but with a strong Northern accent. He now lives and works in London, and would never use a cheap Jedi mind-trick to make you visit his site Jake-art.com.

StarWars.com chats with JAKe about his illustrations for the book, his favorite scenes and if his Wookiee roar has improved.


How did you decide what Wookiee scenes you wanted to draw?

The script for the book came in and some scenes like the restaurant and art gallery, where already in the text. Some of the others scenes just specified “Wookiee Scenario” so I could come up with my own scene. I thought it was important to have a holochess scene.

I love the restaurant scene… though shouldn’t a Wookiee chef wear a hair net?

He IS wearing a hair net. It’s just that it’s a barely visible full body hair net. That particular chef specializes in rural Wookiee cuisine. In some remote parts of Kashyyyk, it’s considered good luck for visitors to eat a dish containing Wookiee chef hair. Coughing up the furballs at the end of the meal is the Wookiee equivalent of the dessert trolley.

Wookiees in a Meeting is another one of my favorite scenes! What kind of things do you think Wookiees talk about in meetings?

Wookiees discuss many subjects in meetings, but mainly, discussions start with “Is the air-conditioning actually on in this building?” (“Arrrrrwrrrrrronnkkk raarrh”) and continue in this vein, until someone mentions the topic of lunch. Wookiees have a distinct low tolerance for management-speak like “Blue sky thinking,” “Going Forward” and “Singing from the same hymn sheet” and subsequently, the sound of arms being ripped from sockets is a common sound throughout the intergalactic business community.

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Vote for the Next Star Wars Action Figure

StarWars.com Team | October 21, 2011

Take part in the official Hasbro Fans’ Choice poll to decide which Star Wars character will go into production next!

Star Wars Insider magazine and Hasbro have joined forces to give Star Wars fans the chance to vote for a Star Wars character to be made into an action figure! The figure will be included in Hasbro’s Star Wars action figure line in 2013, in time for the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi.

There are twenty Star Wars characters in the running. The winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s 2012 Collector-Fan Media Day event at Toy Fair in New York in February 2012.

“Everybody loves collecting Star Wars and this is a rare chance to vote for a character to be made into an action figure, says Jonathan Wilkins, Star Wars Insider editor. “There are some really diverse characters to choose from; from the movies to the Expanded Universe; from the dreaded Emperor Palpatine to the cute Princess Kneesa. We want as many fans as possible to get involved! Who will you choose? You can read more about the history of the fan poll in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, out now! Get voting!”

The toy that makes it into production will be decided by this poll alone, so this really is your chance to stake a claim for the toy you’d like to own most.

To place your vote, visit the Star Wars Insider magazine website.

Star Wars Insider Special Holiday Offer

StarWars.com Team | October 18, 2011

Why not treat yourself or give a Star Wars fan the perfect gift this Holiday and save up to 30%!

Each issue of Star Wars Insider magazine is packed with all the latest news from the Star Wars universe, exclusive behind the scenes features, brand new interviews with the cast and crew, and features on your favorite characters, films and episodes. Plus, much more must-have material for all Star Wars fans.

If you’ve never enjoyed the benefits of having a Star Wars Insider magazine subscription, here are some reasons why you should subscribe:

  • Get 8 issues a year and save up to 30% off the cover price!
  • A subscription includes three 100-page Special Issues!
  • Receive exclusive subscriber covers every issue – these covers are not available on newsstands or from any stores.
  • Get your copy before it hits the stores!
  • Free delivery to your door!

There are two easy ways to subscribe or purchase a Holiday gift subscription:

US/Canada residents can call 866-205-0034 or click here to be taken to a secure subscription page for more information on this Holiday offer and upcoming features.

UK residents can call 0844 844 0387 or click here to be taken to a secure subscription page for more information on this Holiday offer and upcoming features.

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Plagueis and Apocalypse Back Cover Reveals

StarWars.com Team | October 17, 2011

Visitors to the New York Comic Con last weekend got a sneak peek at two upcoming novel back covers slated for release early next year — Darth Plagueis and Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse. Now back covers may not get the kind of attention front covers do, but when a novel about one of the most powerful Sith Lords ever — Darth Plagueis — gives Darth Maul a stunning shout-out on the back cover by artist Torstein Nordstrand, it gets our attention.
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Star Wars: Choices of One Paperback Cover Reveal

StarWars.com Team | October 14, 2011

Coming June 26, 2012, fans of renowned Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will get the paperback version of Star Wars: Choices of One, the new book set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and featuring the young Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the beloved Mara Jade.

Already available in hardcover and ebook formats, the paperback will sport an all-new cover featuring Mara Jade front-and-center.

Here’s a synopsis:

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move.
But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

Click here for more information on the hardback and ebook versions (currently available).