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Kylo Ren Tries To Murder BB8 In Our First Glimpse At Lego’s Star Wars Episode VII Sets

Unsurprisingly, Lego will be creating a set based on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and this is our first glimpse.

You can check out the brief first commercial for the set below, where BB8 narrowly avoids losing its head from Kylo Ren's multi-pronged lightsaber. It's all in Lego, though, so it's adorable.

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The next big thing from Lego in the world of video games is Lego Dimensions (read about Ben Reeves' hands-on time with the game here), which Episode VII could easily slot into, but I wouldn't be surprised if it got its own dedicated release à la the first Lego Star Wars games.

For the latest from the film, check out a few new seconds of footage here.

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Star Wars Episode VII Instagram Clip Shows Precious Seconds Of New Footage

The most interesting clip comes in the form of Finn holding a lighsaber.

You can find the clip here. We've seen Finn holding a lightsaber before, but this the first time we've seen him holding it in motion. You'll also see a short clip of Rey BB-8 looking up to the sky.

[Source: Star Wars on Instagram]

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Here’s Your First Look At Star Wars: Battlefront’s Battle Of Jakku Pre-Order DLC

Pre-ordering Star Wars: Battlefront gets you a level that takes place on Jakku – an important world in Episode VII – and this is the first glimpse.

It's not a trailer or a screenshot, but is instead a pair of concept art images. Here are some additional details from Battlefront's website:

Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In the artwork above, a Star Destroyer has crash landed, and from the belly of this battle-scared metal giant, a myriad of Imperial ground troops have evacuated and engaged with Rebel troops, also strangers to this desert planet.

Star Wars: Battlefront releases November 17, but the Jakku DLC won't be available until December 1.

For more on Battlefront, head here for a developer diary covering the game.

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Valve And Star Wars Episode VII Production Company Bad Robot Team Up For Team Fortress 2 Mode

Team Fortress 2 is getting a new mode care of Bad Robot, the production company behind projects like Lost, Star Trek, Cloverfield, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

The mode, which is currently available in beta, is called PASS Time, and is being developed by Escalation Studios under the direction of Bad Robot. The mode has more in common with traditional sports as players pass a ball back and forth and try to score goals. The carrier of the ball is also given a number of bonuses like speed and health boosts, as well as temporary invulnerability when the ball is stolen from an opponent. You can can find the fill details of the mode, and how to download it, by heading here.

This isn't the first time Bad Robot has teamed with Valve. Valve's Gabe Newell and Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams appeared on stage together at GDC in 2013, and in October 2010, Valve released an interactive teaser promoting Abrams' film, Super 8.

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Our Take
These two have been teasing collaboration for years, but have so far only released a handful of small projects. It seems like the two are building to something, but I can't tell what it is.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Figures And Play Set Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

Actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who play Finn and Rey respectively in Star Wars: Episode VII, took the D23 stage to reveal figures based on their characters.

You can see the new figures above, which will be accompanied by a Episode VII playset.

It was also revealed that a set of figures with light-up lightsabers will also release for the 3.0 version of Disney Infinity. Here are the details from Disney Infinity's website:

A new set of limited edition Light FX Star Wars™ character figures were unveiled. Available this holiday, these figures have Lightsabers™ that light up when placed onto the Disney Infinity Base.  Figures include Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire Play Set, as well as Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set and Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars™ Rebels.

Additional details are scarce, but we will be sure to update this story as more details are revealed.

For lots more on Disney Infinity 3.0 and all of its Star Wars
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game was on our cover. For details on the recently announced Star Wars PlayStation 4 Disney Infinity bundle, head here.

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Reader Discussion: Who Wears Star Wars Best? Xbox Or PlayStation

The PlayStation 4 isn't the first console to wear Star Wars clothing. Who wore it best?

There's also this guy, too, if you want to throw him into the mix.

You can only pick one!

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Star Wars: Rogue One Prequel Film Gets Its First Official Set Photo

We're still waiting for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but in the meantime, shooting has officially begun on Star Wars: Rogue One.

The film takes place before the events of Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope and follows a band of resistance fighters as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star (spoiler alert: they'll probably retrieve them). You can read more about the film here.

Shooting has begun, and in honor of the event, Disney shared a photo from the set with the cast in full costume, as well as a new logo for the film which identifies the film as "A Star Wars Story".

Much of the film's cast has also been revealed. Initially, we only knew about Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) being in the film, but now we know Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) who is motion-capturing a digital character, will also be in the film.

Rogue One releases December 16, 2016, and is being directed by Gareth Edwards, best know for the recent reboot, Godzilla.

[Source: @DisneyStudios, StarWars.com]

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Jurassic World Director To Helm Star Wars: Episode IX

Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed, will be handling directing duties for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Not much is known about the film outside of its 2019 release window. Production on the film won't even begin for a few years. Regarding the new job Trevorrow wrote on StarWars.com, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had – a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Trevorrow's most recent film stars Chris Pratt, who featured in a 2012 advertisement for Kinect Star Wars if you want a taste of the tone his take on Star Wars will most likely take.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII will be directed by Rian Johnson, known for directing work on Breaking Bad and Looper.

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Disney Unveils Plans And Concept Art For Star Wars Theme Park

Turns out the galaxy far far away is in Florida.

Announced today alongside a number of other Star Wars announcements including Rogue One details and a director for Star Wars: Episode IX as part of the D23 EXPO 2015, Florida's Star Wars Disney World expansions will be the largest single-themed land expansion for the park ever with two new parks at 14-acres each.

The parks will be modeled after a brand new Star Wars planet and will have two main attractions. One will represent a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and another will let park-goers fly the Millennium Falcon.

Above, you can see three pieces of concept art created for the park that is likely still many years away.

[Source: Disney Parks]

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Jade Raymond’s Motive to put in ‘significant’ work on Visceral’s Star Wars game

In a wide-ranging interview published today by Game Informer, veteran game designer Jade Raymond speaks to some of the differences between Ubisoft/EA and lays out more details about her new studio. …


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