Around the Web

December 5, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Around the Web, Art, Books, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Interview, Movies, Regular Feature, Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Toys, Trailer | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • The Six by Six kickstarter features six authors with six stories each including author Martha Wells.
  • Tim Lebbon and Kevin J. Anderson are being featured in an upcoming X-Files anthology.
  • Kevin J. Anderson teased Five by Five 3: Target Zone, this time around featuring authors Sarah A. Hoyt, Doug Dandridge, Michael A. Stackpole, Dani Kollin, and Eytan Kollin. Kevin also posted an excerpt as well.

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Podcasts in Review

December 4, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Full of Sith: Episode XCII is another cross-over style episode, this time featuring the hosts of the ForceCast, Eric, Erik and Justin. They talk about their introductions to Star Wars, how they got started on the ForceCast, and some discussion on the trailer and the Mace Windu rumors.

Episode XCIII kicks off with a full on discussion of the newly released trailer for The Force Awakens. Mike, Bryan, Bobby and Amy share their favorite moments from the trailer without taking up an hour of time. Instead, the rest of the show focuses on Star Wars Tours. They talk about the old version of the ride, the new incarnation, what the ride is like, and they even get into a Disneyland discussion about Disney jail and Tom Sawyer island. Really fun episode and definitely worth a slot on your playlist.

Now Playing Podcast: to broaden my horizons a bit (and mostly because I enjoyed Star Wars Action News’ cross-over cast for Plastic Galaxy), I decided to try out a few episodes of Now Playing Podcast. Fair warning, if you see a short show, it’s because it’s a teaser for one of their fundraising episodes. Sometimes they’ll do exclusive shows only available to those who donate and they’ll release a short teaser of the full show for everyone to check out. I’d recommend skipping those as it’ll just aggravate you that you can’t listen to the full show. Picking some movies I like at random, I tried their Halloween, Predator, The Lost Boys and Terminator shows. Each is a full discussion with a three host format breaking down the main scenes of the movie, providing a little bit of film trivia, and sharing their thoughts on the film, the actors, the director and the music. I don’t mind, but for those that do, they do use profanity. Overall, it’s kind of entertaining, but I’m not sure if I’ll check out more or not.

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Ultimate Star Wars and a New Star Wars Author

December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Books, DK, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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I noticed this entry last week on edelweiss however I didn’t know all the details until I listened to Rebels Declassified – Empire Day which features guests Adam Bray and Tricia Barr. There Adam and Tricia revealed that they both worked on an upcoming DK book called Ultimate Star Wars: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe. While this is the third Star Wars book for Adam Bray, this will be Tricia Barr’s first Star Wars book, and here at Roqoo Depot, we wish Tricia a congratulations! She’s now part of canon.

As the above image shows, Ultimate Star Wars will be out in April 2015. While it only shows the author as Ryder Windham, the book also includes the before mentioned Adam Bray and Tricia Barr, along with longtime Star Wars author Dan Wallace.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

New Release and Review: ‘Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #3′

December 3, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #3 is out today from Dark Horse Comics. Click here to read our review.

Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #3

When a Predator is exposed to a mysterious genetic accelerant, the rest of the hunting party is put in unforeseen peril. And as the android Elden continues his violent evolution, his xenomorph allies reject him from the hive.

Click here for a six page preview.

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Cover Artist: E. M. Gist

Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Databurst From the 501st

December 3, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from December 3 through 9th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

December 4

  • Central Garrison will be in St. Paul, MN for the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society’s Annual Fundraiser from Noon to 8:30 PM at Summit Brewery, and in Fargo, MN for a Star Wars Holiday Special viewing.
  • Spanish Garrison will be in Madrid, Spain for the Philharmonia Orchestra concert at the Auditorio Nacional.

December 5

  • Carolina Garrison will be in Raleigh, NC for the GF*W Space-Theme Concert Appearance at Southland Ballroom.
  • Garrison Carida will be in Monroeville, PA for Steel City Con from December 5 to 7th, and in West Chester, PA for the Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Colorado Springs, CO for the Toys for Tots drive at Walgreens from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.
  • Old Line Garrison will be in Baltimore, MD for Toys for Tots at Harley Davidson of Baltimore from 7:00 to 7:30 AM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Ontario, CA for Stuff A Bus at Mathis Brothers from 4:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and in Riverside, CA for the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will be in Towcester for the Pattishall School Christmas Fundraiser.

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Monday Funny: Wilson Comes to Star Wars

December 1, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | Leave a comment

In an unexpected move, J.J. Abrams has turned The Force Awakens into a Cast Away cross-over.

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via Star Wars Memes

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Here It Is: The Official Episode VII Trailer

November 28, 2014 at 9:43 am | Posted in Abrams, Angry Robot, Disney, Episode VII, Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Did you find yourself grinning like a fool while your heart rate went up a notch, when the Millenium Falcon appeared and music kicked in?

via Joe Corroney Facebook

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Star Wars Black Friday

November 28, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Collecting, Star Wars, Toys | Leave a comment

No Around the Web post this week with the holidays and all, but it is Black Friday so how about some sites with Star Wars discounts?

  • TFAW.com is running a Black Friday sale today with some pretty good discounts on Star Wars comics. Get the Dark Horse issues before they disappear entirely into the second hand market!
  • If you’re looking for t-shirts, ShirtBattle.com is doing a 30% off everything sale, including their Star Wars shirts.
  • DarkHorse.com is offering megabundles for digital comics. Star Wars fans can pick up the Star Wars Megabundle and the Star Wars Omnibus Megabundle. Between the two, you’ve got a near complete digital collection (on Cyber Monday, Dark Horse is offering 50% everything in their digital store).
  • Sideshow Collectibles has a Black Friday sale for select items including a few Star Wars pieces.
  • Gentle Giant is running a 30% off sale for select items.
  • Big Bad Toy Store is running a Black Friday sale on hundreds of items including Star Wars.
  • Dork Side Toys is running a Black Friday sale which includes some steep discounts on select Star Wars figures.

And for more ideas, you can listen in to Star Wars Action News Black Friday episode which includes a full shopping guide for all your Star Wars collecting.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

November 27, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Rebels, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 175 features another one of their outstanding interviews, this time with Star Wars author Sean Williams. They talk with Sean about some of his last Star Wars books like Fatal Alliance and The Force Unleashed I and II. However, the real fun kicks in when Sean talks about his ideas for books he didn’t get to write. More than just sharing the pitch, Sean actually goes over a bunch of the ideas he and a fellow co-writer had in mind for a book called Jedi Asylum. He also touches on his thoughts for The Force Unleashed III which he is still hoping might happen, and gets into a fun brainstorming session. It’s a very fun episode and one EU fans might get a big kick out of. I certainly enjoyed it a lot.

Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat with James Luceno focuses on the author’s latest Star Wars book, Tarkin. Now James has been doing the circuit on various podcasts, so you may have heard him interviewed elsewhere. Some of the questions and answers covers some familiar ground–his approach to the character, working with the story group, unveiling Palpatine’s name–but Jim also talks about focusing on the relationships. On one hand, there’s Tarkin’s relationship with Vader, and on the other is his relationship with Palpatine. He also talks about the Emperor and his ultimate goals. Overall it’s a very fluid discussion with good questions and enlightening conversation. If you’ve heard him on other podcasts, this one is still worth checking out.

Episode #26 kicks off with news, The Force Awakens title, Dave Filoni talking about Luminara, theme park news, and the Bearded Trio chimes in with their usual news segment. For the main discussion, they have special guest James Schron from Bombad Radio on to talk about the Jedi Order. They cover the significance of family and passion, bringing balance to the Force, and of course Anakin. What’s really fun is how they weave it altogether with the original trilogy, the prequels, TCW and Star Wars Rebels. It was also very amusing to hear James keep bringing up elements from the EU and the hosts constantly reminding him that none of that is canon. Us EU fans are a diehard bunch, and I have to admit it’s hard to let go of all that lore, especially when chances are high that authors will weave it back in with the upcoming novels. Aside from the Jedi Order, they also discuss lightsabers, the importance of their colors, and who welded what color blade. Ending the show off is some listener feedback, most of it focusing on Padme, which provides a nice examination of her character. Great show. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Happy Birthday, Michael A. Stackpole

November 27, 2014 at 12:00 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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mike-stackpoleToday we wish a happy birthday to one of our favorite authors, Michael A. Stackpole. Yes, his X-Wing series was awesome. His NJO books were awesome. But if you haven’t checked out his non-Star Wars books, you’re really missing out. If you’re ever looking for ideas, be sure to check out Mike’s website and his personal store. He often runs some pretty good deals. And don’t forget to wish Mike a happy birthday on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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