PHOTOS: Heroines of Destiny Panel and The Black Series Grand Admiral Thrawn Reveal

In case you were unable to catch the Heroines of Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration yesterday, here’s a bit of what you missed, as well as the reveal of The Black Series 6-inch Grand Admiral Thrawn figure with Dave Filoni and Timothy Zahn:

Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (host of “Lattes with Leia” podcast), fans in attendance enjoyed a conversation about strong female characters central to the Star Wars universe and how they have inspired generations of fans; panelists included: Dave Filoni (executive producer Star Wars Rebels), Ashley Eckstein (“Ahsoka Tano”), Tiya Sircar (“Sabine Wren”) and surprise guest Daisy Ridley (“Rey”). The three actresses were surprised on stage with the reveal of their new Adventure Figures by Hasbro from the just-announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny. As part of the reveal, fans were treated to a sneak peek at the first animated Forces of Destiny short, which will launch on Disney YouTube in July 2017.

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Rey, Ahoska, and More Heroes to Star in new ‘Star Wars Forces of Destiny’ Animated Micro-Series

REY, AHSOKA TANO, AND MORE ICONIC HEROES TO STAR IN NEW STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY ANIMATED MICRO-SERIES

COMING JULY 2017, ALONG WITH TOYS FROM HASBRO, BOOKS, APPAREL, AND MUCH MORE!

Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. Announced by Disney and Lucasfilm today, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites. A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters. Check out a first look in the gallery below!

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Star Wars: The Black Series Scavenger Rey and Her Speeder Revealed by Hasbro

The latest addition to The Black Series line of Star Wars action figures was revealed by Hasbro today. The 6-inch Rey figure and Speeder will be released this fall, but you can see the set on display at Star Wars Celebration if you visit Hasbro’s booth #2744.

For now, check out the images below:

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Melinda’s Brew: Rey of Sunshine

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A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.

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How Does The Force Work?

A few weeks ago, as I sat in church and listened to a talk about faith, my mind began to wander to the Force. How does the Force really work? Is it really as easy to use as the Jedi and the Sith make it look? Is being born with the ability to use the Force enough? Are faith and self-confidence really that important when using the Force? And what part does urgency play? Faith is a belief in something that is unseen, and self-confidence is a trust in one’s own abilities and judgements, and both seem to fit well with what Yoda tried to teach Luke Skywalker on Dagobah. In scripture we learn that we have the power to move mountains if we believe we can do it. So could I really move a mountain? Maybe. But there is my problem. I’m not sure I could do it. It’s just a maybe. So maybe using the Force isn’t that easy after all.

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Star Wars Force Friday Returns This September; New Packaging Revealed

STAR WARS FORCE FRIDAY II COMING SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
GET THE FIRST DETAILS ON THE GLOBAL LAUNCH OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI TOYS, COLLECTIBLES, AND MORE!

Attention, Star Wars fans: It’s time to make some room on your desk, toy shelf, bookshelf, and in your closet.

Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products. Toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017, with stores around the world opening for a weekend-long celebration of all things Star Wars. In addition, packaging for the new line, featuring striking images of a lightsaber-wielding Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn, was also revealed today and can be seen below.

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Melinda’s Brew: Finn – A Stormtrooper With Heart

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I am well aware that each of us has our individual list of favorite characters from the Star Wars Galaxy. We might like the same character for the same reasons – or even for vastly different reasons. Some of the reasons might revolve around major themes a character embodies, maybe traits we see in ourselves [or wish we’d see].

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Lattes with Leia Show #10: Costumes and Cosplay (222)

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It’s time for the tenth episode of Lattes with Leia! Since it’s nearly Halloween, we thought it was a perfect time to discuss costumes. We cover our Star Wars cosplay, discuss some results of a cosplay study Drea did, and touch on the costume design of the films. Listen and then share your thoughts on the subject and your Star Wars cosplay pics with us.

Links relevant to this episode are listed below.

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Girl Transforms Into 4 ‘Star Wars’ Characters in Under 60 Seconds [Video]

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Disney Style set out to recreate some of the most recognizable looks from the Star Wars franchise by turning one girl into 4 characters in under 60 seconds!

One of the most dazzling elements of the Star Wars universe is the iconic costumery and fashion of its characters. Who can forget Darth Vader’s all-black outfit, or Princess Leia’s chic double hair buns that have perpetuated pop culture for more than three decades?

From Rey’s stylish yet functional sand-colored desert uniform and up-do, to a feminine take on a Stormtrooper donned in white armor, there is a look for every Star Wars fan.

See the artists work their Disney magic for yourself, with the full transformation here:

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The Latest Comic Book Galaxy by CWK’s Dan Z is Here!

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Missing your weekly dose of Star Wars comics this week? We’ve got something that should help — the latest installment of Comic Book Galaxy from Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z.!

With no new releases this Wednesday, Dan takes a closer look at The Force Awakens #4, which features Rey’s mysterious vision after she comes into contact with Luke’s old lightsaber in Maz Kanata’s castle. Check out an excerpt below:

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