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Star Wars Insider

Star Wars Insider May 2019

Celebrating the greatest space adventure saga of all time, Star Wars Insider really gets the reader inside the worlds of Star Wars through interviews, behind-the-scenes exclusives and unrivalled access to the Lucasfilm archives. Each issue offers star interviews, ‘making of’ features and merchandise coverage, plus the unique ‘Blaster!’ section covering up-coming books, comics, action figures and other collectibles.

United Kingdom
Titan Publishing Group
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8 Issues

in this issue

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This is where it all began: A massive spaceship rumbles overhead, pursued by an even bigger one; a droid duo bicker while a battle rages around them, and a princess records a desperate plea for help. On a distant world, a farm boy stares longingly towards twin suns setting over a distant horizon—and an audience of millions becomes enraptured by their story. For decades! My pulse quickens every time I sit down to watch Star Wars: A New Hope(1977), our primary focus in this issue of Star Wars Insider. But that’s nothing to do with nostalgia, or the weight of knowing where the story takes us in the sequels and prequels. It’s simply because the movie is such huge fun, and remains so, some 42 years (and countless viewings) later. I…

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meet the contributors...

Gus Lopez @toysrgus Gus created the first online archive of Star Wars collectibles in 1994, and has co-authored five books exploring the hobby. Jay Stobie @CaptStobie Starship fanatic and blogger Jay writes articles for StarWars.com and is searching for a way to reside full time in the Star Warsgalaxy. Tricia Barr @ fangirlcantina Tricia is the co-author of DK’s Ultimate Star Wars. She also wrote the acclaimed award-winning novel Wynde. Mark Newbold @ Prefect_timing A writer for U.K. sci-fi magazine StarburstandStar Trekmagazine, journalist Mark is a proud Honorary Friend of the 501st and Rebel Legion. Darren Scott @ darren_scott Growing up loving all things science fictional, Darren has forged a career from writing about it wherever and whenever he can. Michael Kogge @ michaelkogge Michael is the author of the junior novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Star Wars Rebelschapter book series.…

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may the 31st be with you!

It’s official: doors open at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at California’s Disneyland Resort on May 31, 2019, with the long-awaited attraction opening at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort on August 29. The Disney Parks blog announced on March 7 that both will debut ahead of schedule, as interest has been so high from guests eager to experience the immersive Star Wars-themed land. To enable this early access, each Galaxy’s Edge will open in two phases: from day one, visitors will get a chance to board the Millennium Falcon and take the ship on a dangerous mission in the intense “Smuggler’s Run” attraction. Phase two, launching later in the year, will see the awe-inspiring “Rise of the Resistance” ride take flight, in what has been described as one of the most epic attraction…

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porg patrol

Following on from such immersive experiences as Trials on Tatooine and Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s long-awaited Project Porg breaks out of VR installations so you can enjoy Star Wars mixed reality in the comfort of your own home. Lucasfilm’s in-house innovators have collaborated with Magic Leap, utilizing the tech company’s advanced Magic Leap One mixed-reality headset (known as Lightwear) that layers computer-generated imagery and hi-fidelity audio over real-world environments. Thanks to the unit’s superpowered processor and numerous sensors, the result is the most realistic virtual pet any Star Wars fan could ask for—your very own porg. Insider spoke to Susan Greenhow, the project producer at ILMxLAB, to find out more. Star Wars Insider: What sparked the initial idea for Project Porg? Susan Greenhow: ILMxLAB had been working with Magic Leap over the course…

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the empire tunes up

If John William’s “Imperial March” makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, then imagine the prospect of hearing it played by a live orchestra as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is projected on a vast, high-definition movie screen. This September, the Star Wars saga returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall for five screenings of the classic movie, with John Williams’ iconic score performed live on stage for the first time in the U.K. by the acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Dirk Brossé. “We were delighted to host the U.K. premiere of Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert last year,” said the Royal Albert Hall’s Artistic Director Lucy Noble, adding, “We’re ecstatic that Star Wars is coming back this year, with the most critically acclaimed…

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king of the swingers

You have to feel sorry for C-3PO. One moment he’s on a perfectly innocent covert mission to a forest moon, and the next he’s accidentally become a living god to a race of small, furry creatures with a somewhat gruesome taste in accessories. It’s a moment the golden droid might prefer to forget, but the fine people at Funko aren’t ready to let it go, and they’ve recreated the protocol droid’s ascent to shining Ewok mascot with their latest Star Wars Movie Moments release. Presented on a display base of logs that wouldn’t look out of place in the Ewok village, “Encounter on Endor” includes a bobble-headed figure of C-3PO looking resplendent on his makeshift throne, while Ewok shaman Logray clutches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber suspiciously in his paw. The Pop! Vinyl Movie…