Enter to Win a Peter Mayhew Autographed “The Empire Strikes Back” Poster

There’s a new giveaway from our friends at Steiner Sports. You could win an authentic Peter Mayhew autographed The Empire Strikes Back poster! How do you do that? Well, all you need to do is click here and fill in the required fields to enter for your chance to win. It’s easy!

Here’s a closer look at what you could win:

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Melinda’s Brew: What Are Those Dreams Made Of?

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Have you ever found yourself in a particular place or situation, going about your business, and suddenly pulled yourself up short, coming to the conclusion that you have experienced that exact place or situation before – knowing as sure as you’re standing there that you never have been in that place or situation? I have found myself in such situations – more often than I care to admit – and, at the very least, I find them unsettling. An eerie feeling comes over me, and while I do my best to shake off such unwelcome sensations, I can’t help but consider George Lucas was on to something when he worked Force dreams into the Jedi’s abilities. Dreams – they’re pretty powerful stuff!

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NEW REVEALS: Hasbro Star Wars 40th Anniversy Black Series and Monopoly!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars and Hasbro has revealed all-new items to mark the occasion! New Black Series figures, a new Star Wars Monopoly 40th Anniversary Edition, and a Black Series Obi-Wan Force FX Lightsaber will help get fans off to a celebratory start.

Check out the images in the slideshow below:

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Win a Peter Mayhew Autographed “The Empire Strikes Back” Poster from Steiner Sports!

Would you like to win a poster signed by Peter Mayhew? The legend behind Chewbacca has signed a poster for The Empire Strikes Back, and it could be yours when you enter to win from Steiner Sports!

Enter here:

Peter Mayhew Autographed “The Empire Strikes Back” Poster

May the Force be with you!

Win an Ahsoka Funko Pop! Plus Funko’s Holiday Gift Guide and Smuggler’s Bounty Exclusive!

Enter to Win Autographed Ahsoka Pop!

We’re giving away TWO Hot Topic exclusive Ahsoka Pop!s,
which are autographed by Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka!

To enter, draw a picture of Ahsoka and post a photo of your drawing to
Funko’s Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram with #DrawAhsoka!
The giveaway will close on Monday, December 5th and the
two winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 6th!
Learn more on the Smuggler’s Bounty blog!

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 30 – That’s What Star Wars Means To Me, My Love!!

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so I’m still in “give thanks” mode. And that’s what I’m gonna do RIGHT NOW!!

I did the daily Thankfulness post on Facebook this year for the first time (at least I think it’s the first time, the mind plays tricks at my age). One day it was about Star Wars, and how it’s brought so much to my life, so I wanted to take a moment to focus on that with you, my favorite reader.

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Yoda and the March of Time

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Yoda with Light Saber, The March of Time

“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.” Yoda admonished Luke with that line in a moment of defiance to his age in Return of the Jedi. The venerable Jedi Master was nearing the end of his life, and he still had a little advice to impart on his young apprentice. What else must Yoda have been thinking as he neared the end of his very long life? Even more interesting, what was the passage of time like for Yoda over 900 years? How did it impact his relationships with those closest to him.

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want To Be A Jedi?

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 2:
The Empire Strikes Back – So You Want To Be A Jedi?

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Continuing our look at this unique trilogy of retellings of the classic trilogy, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi by Adam Gidwitz, is perhaps one of the more interesting takes of the three. As in Part 1, I will be asking the following questions:

(1) What scenes or elements have been added to the narrative we know from the film?
(2) What knowledge from other canon narratives are part of this tale?
(3) How has this book influenced or altered our understanding of the film?

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Core Worlds Couture: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibition

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

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This week features a special edition of Core Worlds Couture – full coverage of Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square, New York City. Read on to learn about the exhibit and experience my adventures!

Whether interested in the fashion/cosplay aspect or not, costumes tell a tale and set a stage like nothing else in a story. “Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said George Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to the truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history.”

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Feeling The Force: Life Creates it, Makes it Grow

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For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. – Yoda to Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time. Read more