Topps Releases ‘Star Wars Card Trader,’ Bringing Back Classic and ‘Episode VII’ Trading Cards

'Star Wars Card Trader' from ToppsThe Topps Company, Inc. today announced ‘Star Wars: Card Trader,’ the official Star Wars digital trading card app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available now exclusively on the App Store, ‘Star Wars: Card Trader’ brings the thrill of the chase of digital collecting to Star Wars fans everywhere.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Adds Sarah Michelle Gellar to Cast

 (Disney XD/Rick Rowell) DAVE FILONI (CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, "STAR WARS REBELS"), SARAH MICHELLE GELLARLucasfilm and Disney XD have announced that actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will join the voice cast in a recurring role for season two of the animated Star Wars series, ‘Star Wars Rebels.’

Sarah Michelle Gellar will join the talented voice cast that includes her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and David Oyelowo.

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ unfolds between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV and tells the story of the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost, who together face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries and embark on thrilling adventures. In its second season, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will feature recurring appearances by fan-favorite characters including Darth Vader and Ahsoka Tano.

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‘LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales’ to Air on Disney XD in 2015

The LEGO Group today announced that Disney XD has acquired the five-episode ‘LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales’ mini-series to air later this year. The animated mini-series consists of five 22-minute episodes that will re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

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Lucasfilm to Publish Four Surprise Novels on Same Day in Fall 2015

We have already reported on a mysterious title currently known only as Winter Tales Book and Magnetic Play Set — which many are assuming is tied to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — but now Disney Publishing has announced plans for four novels to be published a month earlier, all on the same date.

Known only as Autumn Travels #1, Autumn Travels #2, Autumn Travels #3 and Autumn Travels #4, all four titles are slated to be released on September 4, 2015. The first three titles are listed as having a page count of 240 pages each and recommended for readers aged 8-12, while the fourth skews slightly older at 10-14 and clocks in at 304 pages. All titles are described as hardcover titles, measuring 5.5″ x 8.5″.

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WATCH: LEGO Death Star Arrives at LEGOLAND California’s ‘Star Wars’ Miniland

Death Star Installation at LEGOLAND CaliforniaLEGOLAND California today announced the arrival of the Death Star from the Star Wars saga, or at least a reasonable facsimile composed of LEGO bricks. The newest model, which will make its official debut in the theme park’s Star Wars Miniland section on March 5, is also the largest model to be added to the display. The Rebel Alliance-proof* Death Star is composed of more than a half million LEGO bricks, stands 13-feet high, 8-feet wide and weighs more than 1900 pounds.

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Disney Cruise Line Adds ‘Star Wars Day at Sea’ on Disney Fantasy in 2016

Disney Cruise Line-Star Wars Day at SeaIn 2016, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

Marking the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other.

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WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ Snow Sculpture Time Lapse Video, or ‘Vader? Do You Want to Build A Death Star?’

'Snow Star Wars'Walt Disney Studios Japan has recently released this time lapse video showing the construction of an enormous Star Wars themed sculpture made of snow which recently made its debut as part of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. WDS Japan also considers the event as the kickoff to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

The festival’s official website, where the photo pictured here originated, says the sculpture was made by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force: the 11th Brigade; the 1st Snow Sculpture Producing Unit, the 11th Artillery Unit, the 11th Reconnaissance Company, and the 11th Antiaircraft Artillery Company.

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WATCH: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Clip Featuring Frank Oz as Yoda

'Star Wars Rebels'Lucasfilm has released a couple of clips from its upcoming episode of ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ titled ‘Path of the Jedi.’ The first clip is titled ‘Yoda’s Guidance’ and features Kanan telepathically (?) receiving a message from Master Yoda — whom Kanan believed to have been long deceased — voiced in the January 5 episode by the legendary Frank Oz, who, of course, originated the role of Yoda.

The second clip, titled ‘Nothing and Everything’ has Kanan setting Ezra on a quest, which is probably what is hinted at by the episode’s official synopsis: ‘Ezra must face a great challenge as part of his growth as a member of the team.’

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Trademarks Reveal New Character, Captain Phasma

Star Wars: The Force AwakensLucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios recently announced the names for several of the characters featured in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015). On December 11, Lucasfilm went ahead and registered several related applications for several of these characters, including: BB-8, the ball-droid; Kylo Ren, the sith; and Poe Dameron, the X-Wing Fighter pilot.

Among the registrations, however, were many for a ‘Captain Phasma,’ for which we were unable to find any previous documentation outside of an extensive fan-fiction titled Tarkin’s Fist and random usernames.

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‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot,’ ‘Wander Over Yonder’ Strong in Annie Award Nominations

Nominations for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards were announced earlier today, honoring the best animation in film, television, video games and beyond for the previous year. The Walt Disney Company made a strong showing, as one might expect, with Big Hero 6 and ‘Disney’s Mickey Mouse’ cartoons, but Craig McCracken’s ‘Wonder Over Yonder’ on Disney XD is also respectable in its showing, while new series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ struggled to make an impact with just one nomination, as did ‘Sofia the First’ which failed to show at all.

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