GIVEAWAY: Dancing Baby Groot! from Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Dancing Baby Groot had me at “I Am!” But we are giving him away to YOU! This little guy has been dancing his way into our hearts since the end of the first movie. I mean, just watch him go:

ONE lucky Skywalker will win a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2  Dancing Baby Groot.  Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Giveaway below. The contest runs until Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the following Podcast Episode. After we mention their names on the podcast, the winners will have seven (7) days to get in touch with us through our page here. If no one claims their gift, we will choose another winner. Anyone can enter, and we will pay for the shipping! That’s it, so ready?? Set?? I AM GROOT!

What to Expect from “Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume I”

Last month, a new Star Wars book came out focussing on characters from the most recent Star Wars theatrical release, “The Force Awakens”. “Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume I” contains six stories about characters found on either Takodana in Maz Kanata’s castle or on Jakku. Written by Landry Q. Walker, the reading level of this book is meant for younger audiences, for readers as young as 8-12. Some of the stories are about characters we see on-screen in “The Force Awakens”, some help give a better sense of characters who may be around.

Tales_From_a_Galaxy_Far_Far_Away_Aliens_vol1_coverWhile the chronological placement of these stories is unclear whether they take place before, during, or after the events in “The Force Awakens”, it is clear that the stories take place roughly in chronological proximity to the movie. This is in direct contrast to the stories in “Before the Awakening”, which take place in the days, weeks, and months leading up to “The Force Awakens”.

Three of the stories center on characters we see on Jakku – Bobbajo, Unkar Plutt, and Constable Zuvio (okay, so he’s not shown on-screen in the theatrical release, but maybe he’ll show up one day in deleted scenes (or a director’s cut)). “High Noon on Jakku” is a story with a Western feel to it, almost as if Constable Zuvio, upon whom the story centers, is like a sheriff in the Wild West trying to maintain peace. A financial heist is committed and, yes, shots are fired out in the desert, just like in a Western. The story about Bobbajo, “All Creatures Great and Small”, is not so much about Jakku as it is about events that took place on the Death Star during “A New Hope”. Nevertheless, it gives a better sense of the character of Bobbajo, as well as that there is a distant town on Jakku called Reestkii, which was over four hundred kilometers away from Niima Outpost. And the story centered on Unkar Plutt, “True Love”, provides us with a greater sense of Plutt’s financial wealth and power in Niima Outpost. The story is about two underlings of Plutt’s who seek to steal some of his wealth, which also involves some “online dating” for Plutt (yes, online dating).

"Whip, stir, whip": Gormaanda is now canon

“Whip, stir, whip”: Gormaanda is now canon

The stories about the denizens of Maz Kanata’s castle are less about the characters we see on-screen and more about who works and lives there. One familiar on-screen character, Sidon Ithano, also known as the Crimson Corsair, has a story in this collection, while two other stories are about characters who inhabit the castle, but are not found on-screen. “The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku” is a story much like “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in which several groups of treasure-hunters are all on a quest to reach a fallen ship of Count Dooku’s, lost amidst the Clone Wars, while fighting each other to reach it. “The Face of Evil” is a creepy story, perhaps best read around Halloween, which centers on two Frigosian mad scientists who dwell in the castle. “A Recipe for Death” is a whodunnit murder mystery which is located in the kitchen of the castle. At the center of the story is Strono Tuggs, the head chef for Maz Kanata who was – get this – inspired at a young age to be involved with culinary endeavors by watching some old holovids of Gormaanda. So, yes, you can thank Landry Q. Walker for making Gormaanda from “The Star Wars Holiday Special” canon!

“Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Volume 1: Aliens” is an easy and fun read with a half-dozen stories to help fans develop a better sense of the characters in and around “The Force Awakens”. With six easy-to-digest stories comprising a mix of genres, one can easily read a story one day and pick it up and read a totally separate story on another occasion. In direct contrast to “Before The Awakening”, the stories in this book do not impact, in any way, upon “The Force Awakens”, but it’s still a fun read.

Interested in a deeper dive into this book and fascinatingly salient information? Check out this expanded post.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

The new 2016 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is beautiful. What’s most exciting is seeing the new THE FORCE AWAKENS characters right next to returning characters you know and love. Like all DK Star Wars Books, the images pop off the page. Now, it’s your chance to win your very own copy! Jump below these beautiful images to find out how.

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Star wars Character EncyclopediaStar wars Character EncyclopediaONE lucky Skywalker will win a copy of DK’s NEW 2016 STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA.  Follow @DKPublishing and @SkywalkingPod on Twitter to gain entry. EARN THE MOST entries by rating us on iTunes! (If you’ve already rated us, it will be even easier for you to enter – just follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Giveaway widget.) The contest runs until Monday, May 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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The winners will be chosen at random and announced on the following Podcast Episode. After we mention their names on the podcast, the winners will have seven (7) days to get in touch with us through our page here. If no one claims their gift, we will choose another winner. Anyone can enter, and we will pay for the shipping! That’s it, so ready?? Set?? May the Force Be With YOU!

Episode 109: Journey To Skellig Michael (with a Day Trip to Disneyland)



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Come with us on our day off at Disneyland! The day begins with a trip to…Skellig Michael? That’s right, before we take you with us to Disneyland, we spoke with Bryce and Carly Yelverton about their amazing experience on Skellig Michael, which is where Luke Skywalker appears at the end of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. The island is far off the coast of Ireland, and the journey there is half the fun. (9:00)

And now back to Disneyland! Come with us as we visit Kylo Ren, Boba Fett and Chewbacca, and check out February’s new AP Days. We also recap Jedi Training Academy: Trials Of The Temple. Is The Seventh Sister as awesome as in pictures? Listen and find out. (49:00)

Also on this episode:

  • Skywalking On TV – Ewan McGregor on Jimmy Kimmel and Harrison Ford announcing Star Wars Land news at Disneyland. (1:14:50)
  • Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR WARS: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know and a few other Star Wars-related items are available to vote on. Since the Oscars snubbed our movie, it’s time to vote where it counts. (28:32)
  • The Farce Awakens at The Oscars – who’s boycotting!?
  • Skywalker Shout-outs and Skywalker of the Week (1:07:44)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World! Event Details

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Episode 108: runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon 2016



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The 2nd Annual Star Wars Half Marathon weekend 1/15-1/17 in Anaheim, CA was a rousing success! Richard and Sarah completed 19.3 miles while flying through the streets of Disneyland and recorded fun sound bytes along the way. Joining our recap is author Russ Flores (Seen, Unseen Disneyland). (21:55)

What happens when you get swept in a runDisney race? Skywalker Amanda Bond made it to Mile 11 of 13 but was cut off at that point. Listen in on what happens to those that don’t complete the race and what she learned for next time! (56:23)

Geek Fashion on our Point 5 Past Lightspeed segment! Katie Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design developed a line of The Force Awakens-inspired clothing and the designs have been blowing up all over the internet. A Captain Phasma cape dress, anyone?


Katie has had an amazing career designing in Europe, for Nerdist.com, HerUniverse and We Love Fine. Be sure to check out her interview on Galactic Fashion as well. (1:17:17)

Also on this week’s episode:

  • Thing We Want To Share: Richards Birthday Meet-Up Recap. (6:00)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: the calm before the Harry Potter storm. (12:35)
  • Remembering Alan Rickman. (18:09)
  • Shout-outs and Skywalker of the Week.

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4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World! Event Details

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Episode 107: Skywalking To Jakku



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We have the complete pleasure of bringing you a wonderful conversation with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS actors and power couple Gloria and Vincent Garcia. They were on set for a full month as they shot the exciting opening scene of the film. Gloria Garcia was lucky enough to play the first female you see, looking fiercely protective of her village as Poe runs behind her to his X-Wing. Their energy matched our own and it’s a conversation not to be missed. (20:17)

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Go Behind-The-Scenes with Ford Riley, the executive producer on the NEW Disney Junior series based on The Lion KingTHE LION GUARD. He joins us to talk about the conception of the show, the story and how it was based on his children. We’ve seen a few preview episodes and WOW! The animation, story and characters are all great. Sarah is especially in love with the cheetah, Fuli, and it’s a fun conversation. THE LION GUARD premieres on The Disney Channel on January 15th – make sure to check it out. (1:22:08)

ASK TINK! Margaret Kerry, the original Tinker Bell Animator’s model is BACK as our Fairy Podmother! She doles out advice and wisdom to a few lucky Skywalkers. (1:11:28)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share – Disneyland closes a good portion of Frontierland and The Rivers Of America to make way for Star Wars Land. We talk about what’s closing, how social media blew up, and what Disney Parks are doing to compensate in the interim. (7:27)
  • RIP David Bowie (7:27)
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs & Skywalker Of The Week (1:07:02)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World! Event Details

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Episode 106: LiningUp Wraps Up + TFA with Adam Bray



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LiningUp.net was able to raise thousands of dollars for Starlight Children’s Foundation while providing us and almost 200 line members with the experience of a lifetime. Line organizer Craig Haasis joins us to give us all the wrap-up details.

Ultimate Star Wars author Adam Bray was eager to talk The Force Awakens and his storytelling thoughts. We happily obliged and what follows is a very enlightening discussion about different aspects of character, story and cinema we all saw in The Force Awakens.

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share – Disney Infinity THE FORCE AWAKENS Playset Review!
  • Kevin Smith talks his THE FORCE AWAKENS connection on Hollywood Babble-On
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs & Skywalker Of The Week

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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Episode 105: Skywalking Through 2015 and Beyond!



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Well, crack open a bottle of champagne cause it’s time to celebrate the new year!

Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rogue, co-author of Ultimate Star Wars), Joe Tavano (Retrozap.com, Brews and Blasters) and Bryn MacKinnon (Window To The Magic) join us to look back at the Year Of Star Wars – 2015! (There was some pretty cool Disney stuff, too. Oh, and that little Star Wars Land announcement…) What’s a new year without looking ahead? We share our bucket lists for 2016.

Then we talk with Donald Wicks of the Endorcast who tells us about the Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour. This year it includes a special Star Wars twist!

Ring in the New Year with songs we love, Skywalker shout-outs and our last Skywalker of the Week for 2015. Will it be you??

And remember, NeverLand On Alderaan!

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1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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FULL AUDIO: STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Global Press Event



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FULL UNCUT AUDIO from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Global Press Conference which took place in Los Angeles on December 6th, 2015. Every big name involved in the movie, except Mark Hamill (huh…), was in attendance. Listen in for some GREAT interviews with our first 45-minute panel consisting of J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyongo and Lawrence Kasdan.

The second panel started 10 minutes later and consisted of (fangirlflail!) Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie and Kathleen Kennedy. Mindy Kaling was a great moderator and asked, thankfully, different questions than we’ve been hearing all week.

We were seated in the front row, got GREAT pics and audio, and could hardly contain our excitement. Tricia Barr was sitting right next to Sarah and Richard, so you may be able to hear all of our reactions and fangirlflails from time to time.

BIG THANKS to Adventures By Daddy and Jedi News UK for allowing us to be their eyes and ears at this amazing event!

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Episode 99: To PIXAR And Beyond!



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Ever wanted to take a VIP trip to PIXAR Animation Studios? We take you on the journey! Dave Parfitt of AdventuresByDaddy.com journeyed to San Francisco on a special blogger trip for INSIDE OUT and THE GOOD DINOSAUR and shares some fantastic moments with us, including audio interviews with:

  • Phyllis Smith (SADNESS) and Richard Kind (BING BONG)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (DAD) and Kaitlyn Dias (RILEY)
  • Pete Docter (Director, INSIDE OUT)
  • Jonas Rivera (Producer, INSIDE OUT) (23:54)

Margaret Kerry, our Fairy Podmother and original Tinker Bell animator’s model, is back with her ASK TINK segment! What advice and wisdom will she dole out to you? (1:54:07)

Also on this episode:

  • Cliff’s Notes CountDown (11:07)
  • Things We Want To Share
    • The Force Awakens at Build-A-Bear! (17:45)
    • The PEANUTS Movie (19:45)
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs & Skywalker Of The Week (1:44:21)
  • Hollywood BabbleOn – The Force Awakens (1:49:30)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

11/13/15: Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up at Downtown Disney. Anaheim, CA Event Details

11/16/15: Season Of The Force – Waiting In Line For Hyperspace Mountain Meet-Up. Anaheim, CA

12/30/15: Let’s watch THE FORCE AWAKENS together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! Event Details

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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