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Week 3

Friday January 19, 2007
Homing Beacon #179

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we get to talk about the revival of the Photoreceptor picture series. When Hyperspace first launched in 2003, one of the most attention-getting features was Photoreceptor, a trove of rare and in some cases never-before-seen snapshots culled from the Lucasfilm Archives. That finite store was exhausted by the end of 2005, and the series went on hiatus. It now returns, with a special focus on imagery meant to end or stir age-old debates, illuminate confusing subjects, or shed light on rare details often caught in the shadows.

For instance, were stormtroopers actively involved in the construction of the second Death Star? The answer is yes! They do have a picture with stormtroopers using welding torches as they worked on the Death Star. What exactly do those mysterious Rebel ships look like in the fleet seen at the end of Empire? Another question was did the original Emperor really have the eyes of a chimpanzee? Again, the answer is yes! That is how the Sith eyes came about during the creation of The Empire Strikes Back. These decades-long discussions will be given a fresh boost with some of the new Photoreceptor images to be posted in the coming weeks. This image series is currently exclusive to members of Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club, so if you're not a member, sign up here:

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday January 19, 2007
Star Wars Insider #92

Star Wars Insider 92.jpg (79704 bytes)The Official Star Wars Site has provided a look at the the upcoming Star Wars Insider #92. The first Insider of the new year takes on a decidedly retro tone as it looks back at the formative years of the Star Wars phenomenon as part of the 30th year anniversary of the saga. Little-known facts about the development of A New Hope, early storyboards, vintage collectibles and more fill out the latest issue of Star Wars Insider. But don't think the prequels have been totally overlooked -- there's coverage of Episode III model-making and the recent Tournament of Roses Star Wars Spectacular included as well! Here's a look inside at what's featured in this issue.

Lucasfilm's Jonathan Rinzler explores the characters, plotlines, and other elements that were discarded from early drafts of A New Hope, only to resurface years later in the prequel trilogy. In a second feature, Rinzler shares more rare storyboards from A New Hope in Part II of a six-part series. Continuing the look back at the vintage era, 20 things you didn't know about the Massassi Temples are revealed, as well as unproduced action figures and Micro Collection playsets from the 1970s and '80s. Finally, a look at the upcoming Making of Star Wars book discusses how the author found scores of unpublished facts and photos to fill this long-awaited tome.

An interview with French photographer Cédric Delsaux discusses his stunning "Star Wars on Earth" photo series, which places characters and creatures from the Star Wars universe in Earth-bound settings. Also on the international front, Gus Lopez explores collectibles produced in Brazil, continuing his coverage of cool collectibles abroad.

Brian Gernand, who headed up ILM's model shop for Episodes II and III, discusses the creation of the sinkhole world of Utapau in the third part of "The Models of Revenge of the Sith". The Indy IV production is finally a go, and the proof is in the print -- with a special Indy cover offered as an alternative to Vader's fearsome mask for this issue. Finally, subscribers get a fans-eye view of this year's Tournament of Roses Star Wars Spectacular in three pages of extensive Bantha Tracks coverage. Whew! A lot of content to start off what will certainly be a stellar Star Wars year!

Look for Star Wars Insider on newsstands in February.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday January 19, 2007
April 2007 Comics

Star Wars Legacy 11.jpg (48126 bytes)The Official Star Wars Site has provided a look at more Dark Horse Comics for Star Wars fans this April. Cade Skywalker takes up a lightsaber once again -- but not for the reason the Jedi had hoped! In fact, some among the Jedi are becoming suspicious of Cade and his undisciplined power. Haunted by the tragedies of his own life and the actions of his ancestors, Cade's denial of the past could be laying the seeds for a terrifying future. Amidst the ruins of his childhood, a decision will lead to a discovery, bringing Cade that much closer to his destiny.

Meanwhile, Cade's old allies Deliah Blue and Jariah Syn face uncertain futures of their own, betrayed and delivered into the hands of a deadly enemy they thought they'd left behind. Whether or not they live to see tomorrow relies on what they know about the last Skywalker heir -- and what they're willing to reveal!

Star Wars: Legacy #11 is by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons and Brad Anderson. It is scheduled for release on April 11.

A brand new story arc begins a long, long time ago, launching a captivating tale of power, prejudice, and a past that can no longer be outrun! When Camper, the senile owner of the Last Resort, falls frighteningly ill, his young protector Jarael will risk everything to try and save him, even if that means seeking a cure on Arkania, a homeworld she has never seen, where genetic "offshoots" like her and Camper are despised, even criminalized. Yet, once on Arkania, Jarael's troubles will run more than skin deep, for if her intentions are revealed, powerful forces that have been hunting Camper for years will stop at nothing to reclaim the elderly refugee -- and the terrible secret he carries within him!

Life in the Old Republic takes a troubling turn in "Nights of Anger," a perfect jumping on point for anyone who hasn't taken the plunge into one of the most thrilling comics in the galaxy!

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #16 is by John Jackson Miller, Dustin Weaver, Michael Atiyeh and Brian Ching. It is scheduled for release on April 25.

A malfunctioning battle droid tries to escape its doomed fate on the battlefield; bounty hunter Aurra Sing comes face-to-face with her deadly past; and Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes entangled in a nefarious espionage plot in this pulse-pounding volume of all-ages adventures! Featuring four fantastic tales of Republic versus Separatist action, this bantha-kicking book of blockbuster battles captures some amazing moments in the most exciting era of Star Wars! These totally rocking stories, told in the same stripped-down stylization as Cartoon Network's micro-series, are why everyone loves Star Wars!

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 8 features the works of Matt and Shawn Fillbach and others. This 80-page digest-sized volume is due out June 6.

Each month, the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection series will bring readers a limited-edition hardcover of the best of Dark Horse's Star Wars graphic novels. Available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume's print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.

Jango Fett and Zam Wesell -- two notorious bounty hunters, one explosive combination! When a mysterious employer hires Jango Fett to retrieve an ancient artifact, it's no surprise to find the beautiful and deadly Zam Wesell in pursuit of the same prize. Will this pair of fair-weather foes double-cross each other to land this lucrative score, or will a shared past convince the two that teamwork is the key to success . . . and survival?!

Collecting 2002's graphic novels Jango Fett and Zam Wesell into one volume for the first time, this story captures a pivotal moment in the history of the Republic.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 4: Jango Fett/Zam Wesell features the work of Ron Marz, Tom Fowler, Ted Naifeh, Dave Stewart and Digital Chameleon. It is due out on June 13.

The galaxy's greatest starfighters take flight once more in a mission to reclaim the galactic capital Coruscant from the Empire! Whether this becomes the New Republic's finest hour or its darkest defeat lies squarely on the shoulders of Wedge Antilles and his team of ace X-wing pilots -- Rogue Squadron!

In full color on high-quality paper for an unbeatable price, this massive volume contains issues #21-35 of X-Wing Rogue Squadron, encompassing "In the Empire's Service," "The Making of Baron Fel," "Family Ties," "Masquerade," and "Mandatory Retirement."

Follow the rise of the Empire's deadliest pilot Baron Fel, marvel at the machinations of Imperial power-player Ysanne Isard, and discover the fate of Interim-Emperor Sate Pestage in the book that collects one of the most epic sagas in Star Wars into a single volume for the first time!

Star Wars: Omnibus -- X-Wing Rogue Squadron Volume 3 features the works of Michael A. Stackpole, John Nadeau, Steve Crespo, Jim Hall, Drew Johnson, Gary Hall, Jordi Ensign, Chip Wallace and Gary Martin. It is due out on June 20.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday January 19, 2007
Path to the Force - Episode 146

Today we have Episode 146 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 146

Be sure to check back next week for the one-hundred and forty-seventh episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday January 17, 2007
Featured Artist Craig Burt-Painting by Numbers 18

Featured Artist Craig Burt has provided us with a breakdown of one of his paintings that provides us with a look into how the picture came about. Here is some of the article created by Craig:

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"Three for Three"

This painting is a relatively simple one done well before I had much at all in the way of information about Revenge of the Sith. I must have been lacking any ideas at the time...

1. This is a still from Attack of the Clones that was the direct inspiration for the painting. It provided a good pose for the three main characters in tense action.

2. Is the photo mainly used for Padmé's face. At the time there would have been a few printouts of her face that influenced her look in the end.

Be sure to read the rest of the article about "Three for Three" in the Painting by Numbers section. Aren't these painting breakdowns just great?! Thanks Craig for another great walkthrough of how this image came about! Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday January 16, 2007
Movies Section Updated

Today I have updated the Movies Section with a new Fan Film entitled Wrath of the Mandalorian. Driven by revenge, Boba Fett has helped The Empire hunt down and destroy the last of the known Jedi Knights. But with his prize close at hand, the final truth will lead him to an ultimate showdown with the darkest power in the Galaxy. This fan film was created in 2005. Be sure to visit their website at! Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday January 15, 2007
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie Sample Pages Now On-line

Just a quick note to inform you that we have just uploaded the latest production update for The Art of Ralph McQuarrie. To whet everyone's appetite, we've included 9 full size sample pages to give folks an idea what to look forward to.

Pre-orders are being accepted online, and as of 1/14 there are still copies remaining for each of the three states of the book (unsigned slipcased edition/signed numbered edition/signed leatherbound edition).

Please remember that there are only 2000 total copies being produced, with 302 (250 numbered and 52 lettered) signed editions for sale. If anyone is interested in the signed editions in particular, we strongly encourage them to get their order in early so as to avoid disappointment.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

John Scoleri
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday January 15, 2007
Path to the Force - Episode 145

Today we have Episode 145 of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force which has been created by Nathan Ciprick. You will be able to access these stories through the Comics section. Check out the latest episode!

Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force-Episode 145

Be sure to check back later this week for the one-hundred and forty-sixth episode of Star Wars Galaxies-Path to the Force. Then join us every week as we continue to follow the adventures of the Wookiee E'nac from the Star Wars Galaxies videogame in the form of Gamics!

Posted by: Jedi Power