Celebrating Our 14 Year Anniversary! Prizes All Month Long!

For the past 14 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions.   We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you.  As our 14 year anniversary is upon us, we would like to thank both our staff and our readers.  To our staff, we are grateful for the commitment, drive, and energy that you to bring to Yodasnews. Without your tireless dedication, none of this would be possible.  To our readers, it is your dedication and loyalty that keeps alive this great franchise; it is a pleasure and an honor to share it with you.

During the month of February, we have amazing giveaways planned to thank you, our readers, for all your support over the last 14 years! 

Also, as with previous anniversaries, we are giving away prizes for both our casual readers and those who follow us on social media. Keep your eye out for special events to test your creativity, fun and competitive trivia nights, and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include Gift Cards to your favorite online stores, statues, mini busts, action figures,  and more! Over 125 prizes worth over $6,000! 

It all starts today, stay tuned for how to enter the first giveaway around 8pm EST today! If you don’t follow us on Social Media, now is the best time to do it as we will do random giveaways not posted here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Links at the top right of the website, and on this page!

Some of the items up for grabs include:

  • Five $40 Gift Certificates to BBTS
  • John Boyega Topps Star Wars Authentic Autograph 
  • Limited Edition Art Prints from Joe Corroney
  • Jawa Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
  • Han Solo in Carbonite Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
  • Yoda Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys via Sideshow Collectibles
  • Mandalorian Skull Mini Sculpture From Regal Robot
  • Kotobukiya OBI-WAN KENOBI A NEW HOPE ARTFX STATUE
  • Kotobukiya EMPEROR PALPATINE ARTFX+
  • Kotobukiya THE FORCE AWAKENS HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA TWO PACK ARTFX+
  • Kotobukiya  The Force Awakens – REY AND FINN ARTFX+
  • Kotobukiya  POE DAMERON & BB‐8 TWO PACK ARTFX+
  • Kotobukiya  DEATH TROOPER TWO PACK ARTFX+ STATUES
  • Kotobukiya FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER FN‐2199
  • 2017 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt
  • Gentle Giant Jyn Erso (Seal Commander) Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant IG-88 Collector’s Gallery Statue
  • Gentle Giant Bib Fortuna Mini Bust
  • Gentle Giant Luke X-Wing Pilot 40th Anniversary Classic Mini Bust (SDCC 2017 Exclusive)
  • Gentle Giant Darth Vader 40th Anniversary Classic Mini Bust (SDCC 2017 Exclusive)
  • Over 50 3 3/4 Action Figures From various lines (The Last Jedi, The Force Awakens, Black Series, Clone Wars, etc.)
  • Top Trumps Card Games
  • Topps Galactic Connexions HallMark Exclusive Trading Discs
  • Acme Archives Star Wars Clone Wars Asajj Ventress Character Keys (Razor’s Edge Exclusive)
  • Disney Store Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Statue
  • Funko Star Wars Boba Fett Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure
  • Gentle Giant Star Wars Biker Scout 12 Inch Jumbo Figure
  • Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Luke Skywalker Centerpiece Statue
  • Iron Studios Star Wars Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise Statue
  • Marvel 2015 Star Wars #1 Hasbro Toyfair Previews Exclusive Cover
  • Episode 1 Darth Maul Die Cast Watches (x2)
  • Kenner 1997 Cloud Car with Pilot
  • Kenner 1996 (POTF) Luke’s T-16 Skyhopper
  • Kenner 1997 Action Collection Jawa
  • Kenner 1998 Action Collection Wicket The Ewok
  • Kenner 1998 Cantina Aliens (x3)
  • Hasbro 2007 30th Anniversary Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter Transformer
  • Hasbro 2002 Darth Maul Unleashed Figure w/ Stand
  • Hasbro 2002 12″ Gamorrean Guard
  • Hasbro 2003 ANH Imperial Dogfight Tie Fighter with Pilot
  • Star Wars The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive (x2)
  • Funko Pops
  • And much more!!!

You can see these, as well as, other prizes right here. Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity and support of our Anniversary Sponsors, so be sure to check them out on our prize page and support them.

 

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Celebration Collecting Track Schedule!

The Celebration Collecting Track schedule is now out, Gus Lopez and his enthusiastic and creative crew return to Celebration with another great round of panels on collectibles. Don’t miss the exclusive Star Tot giveaways, created especially for Celebration Orlando and available only at these panels. Find the full schedule for this and all other stages on the Celebration mobile app and in the printed Insider’s Guide to Celebration.

Click here or below to visit the official site with all the details!

Marvel’s Star Wars To Sell More than 200,000 Copies in Collected Edition

Via Comicbook.com:
The first collected edition of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars series will sell between 225,000 and 250,000 copies in its first printing, ComicBook.com has learned exclusively.

That’s about five times the average first volume trade collection of Marvel series, which average between 30,000 and 50,000 sales. That also means that Star Wars is retaining roughly the same number of readers from peridocals to trades, with sales of the first trade translating to roughly 20-25% of the sales of the series’ first issue.

When the series launched, Star Wars #1 sold over a million copies, becoming the top-selling single-issue comic book of the last twenty years. Star Wars also became the first-ever million-selling periodical comic book sold exclusively through direct market channels without the aid of newsstands.

Since January, Marvel Comics has confirmed for us that Star Wars comics have moved more than 5 million units in the direct market.

Of course, the trade paperback will be available outside of the direct market, opening up the best-selling series to the bookstore market for the first time.

“When Star Wars #1 was released at the beginning of the year we were thrilled at the reception and the record-setting sales numbers. Once again, Star Wars continues to skyrocket the Marvel name even higher with the anticipated pre-order print-run between 200K and 250K units for Star Wars Vol 1 TPB,” said David Gabriel, SVP Print, Sales and Marketing. “This is an unheard of number, but given the success that we’ve had with Star Wars since January, including the insurmountable 5MM units across all the Star Wars’ series, second prints and overprints, we don’t see any issue in reaching such a number of printed copies of this highly anticipated collected edition.”

The series, which takes place between the events of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and features all of the major characters from the film, launched in January. It is written by Jason Aaron, with artwork by John Cassaday. While Marvel handled the official adaptations of the original Star Wars trilogy and had a successful Star Wars series around the time of their theatrical release, 2015 will be the first time in decades that the publisher has handled the Star Wars license.

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How Marvel’s Star Wars Comics Connect A New Hope to Empire Strikes Back

Via Comicbook.com:
So, you want to become an expanded universe reader. The Expanded Universe is the term fans dubbed for the Star Wars products that existed outside the core of the films. If you’re coming to it now, you’re in luck, as it just had a reboot of sorts.

The old Expanded Universe tried to maintain itself within the larger canon story of Star Wars as best it could, but across thirty years and literally hundreds of books and thousands of comic book issues, that task was nigh-impossible. With the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, they established a new “Story Group,” and made those old Expanded Universe stories into “Legends.” The new Story Group has the task of making everything Star Wars fit into one, cohesive, all-canon story, from the live-action films to the animated series to the comic books and novels, and even storylines that happen in video games!

But where does that leave you, the growing Star Wars fan who is looking to check out the comics and novels for the first time? Well, it leaves you in a pretty good position, actually. Marvel Comics started up new Star Wars comics in January 2015, with a gradual addition of one per month. Star Wars is the name of the flagship title, principally starring Luke Skywalker, and also featuring Han Solo, Leia, Darth Vader, and even Boba Fett. Darth Vader occurs exactly concurrently with Star Wars. This ongoing series features Vader as the protagonist, telling some identical events from his perspective, and showing what else the Sith Lord is up to as he attempts to re-establish himself after the failure of the first Death Star’s destruction. Princess Leia features a side-mission for her, and the only book not in the original trilogy era, Kanan, features the lead from the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Here’s what we know so far about how our main characters got from Episode IV to Episode V, thanks to the stories of Marvel’s comic series.

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A GALAXY OF OVER 500 “STAR WARS” DIGITAL COMICS NOW AVAILABLE WITHIN MARVEL UNLIMITED

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A GALAXY OF OVER 500 STAR WARS™ DIGITAL COMICS NOW AVAILABLE WITHIN MARVEL UNLIMITED

For a limited time, JOIN Marvel Unlimited AND ENJOY YOUR FIRST MONTH for FREE!

New York, NY— April 15th, 2015 — Marvel Unlimited is welcoming the Star Wars Legends universe of digital comic books into Marvel Unlimited and to celebrate this, for a limited time, Marvel Unlimited is offering new and returning subscribers their first month free. For the first month of a Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription, new and returning subscribers will be able to enjoy free access to over 500 Star Wars Legends digital comic books along with over 15,000 digital Marvel comics!*

Unlock a galaxy far, far away by using the Promo Code STAR WARS at Marvel Unlimited Checkout and prepare for some of the greatest Star Wars comics featuring Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Rogue Squadron, and many more! Marvel Unlimited is accessible on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

New to the Star Wars and Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? No need to worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover easy to follow avenues into the Star Wars and Marvel Universes by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators.

With Star Wars Legends joining Marvel Unlimited, our DISCOVER section will be regularly updated to guide you through the vast history of the Star Wars Legends universe beginning with the following Star Wars DISCOVERS:

Character Spotlight: Boba Fett

Rise of the Rebels

Character Spotlight: Darth Vader

Rogue Squadron

The Dark Force Rises

Additional Star Wars Legends digital comics will be added to Marvel Unlimited on a regular basis and beginning this summer, the next generation of Star Wars comics comes to Marvel Unlimited beginning with the critically acclaimed and record breaking Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. With a Death Star-sized catalogue of Star Wars content now available in Marvel Unlimited, there is no doubt that the Force is strong with this deal!

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Marvel’s “Remastered” Original Star Wars Comic Adaptation

Via io9.com:

Marvel have taken the reins on Star Wars comics this year, but it wasn’t the first time they’ve handled a galaxy far, far away; they also released the first comic adaptation of the movie back in 1977. Now the company is honoring their Star Wars past with an updated, recolored release of the original series.

The first six issues of the original Marvel Star Wars series will be gathered into one collection as a new graphic novel to be released next month. Although it’s not the first time the classic comics have been made available again (Dark Horse released omnibus volumes of the entire Marvel series while they had the Star Wars license), this new release features updated colors from Chris Sotomayor over the artwork originally drawn by Howard Chaykin, replacing the classic (and admittedly somewhat gaudier) color palette of the original comic. It has a much more modern look — see for yourself!

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STAR WARS: KANAN – THE LAST PADAWAN #1

Via Ign.com:

Kanan: The Last Padawan is the fourth Star Wars comic Marvel has launched in as many months. This series is the first, however, not to be set during the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Instead, it ties into the Star Wars Rebels animated series and explores the past of aspiring Jedi-turned-smuggler and rabble-rouser Kanan Jarrus. With Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman at the helm, it should come as no surprise that this series is every bit the worthy addition to the franchise Marvel’s other projects are.

Rather than cover similar ground to that of the Kanan-centric Star Wars: A New Dawn novel, The Last Padawan further dials back the clock to the waning days Clone Wars. In this period, Kanan was a Jedi trainee named Caleb Dume still learning the ropes and getting his first taste of battle. The flashback approach means this book is accessible even for those not familiar with Rebels. Only one scene focuses on the present-day Rebels timeline, and even that stands out as unnecessary. I’m not sure this book would benefit from any sort of ongoing interplay between past and present. 

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Star Wars Rebels Prequel Comic Kanan: The Last Padawan

Via Blastr.com:

The newest Star Wars comic from Marvel is Kanan: The Last Padawan, written by Greg Weisman and illustrated by Pepe Larraz. The new series will explore the origins of Star Wars Rebels’ very own Jedi cowboy, Kanan Jarrus. The Last Padawan will explain how a young Padawan by the name of Caleb Dume survived Order 66 and eventually became the rebel hero we’ve all come to know and love.

Have a look at a few preview pages that show Kanan take on the separatist droid army during the Clone Wars, as well as a couple of very cool variant covers from issue #1, in the gallery down below. Here is a synopsis for the upcoming new series:

Kanan Jarrus–in STAR WARS REBELS, he’s a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting against the Galactic Empire alongside the rag-tag crew of the Ghost…but years before, at the height of the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, Jedi Padawan under the instruction of Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66—the order to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume survive? How did he learn to survive on his own? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? Writer Greg Weisman (writer/executive producer on STAR WARS REBELS, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and artist Pepe Larraz (DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE, THOR, INHUMAN) bring us a tale bridging the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels!

Kanan: The Last Padawan will hit comic-book store shelves on Wednesday, April 1. Will you pick this one up?

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STAR WARS #2

Via Starwars.com:

At the end of last month’s most-impressive Star Wars #1, our heroes found themselves caught in yet another Imperial entanglement. And the never-saw-it-coming cliffhanger had Luke Skywalker cornered by a certain Sith Lord, ready to battle. Being a comic, you don’t have to wait years to find out what happens next — Star Wars #2 is out today, and StarWars.com has some special preview pages below!

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