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Week 3

Saturday June 18, 2005
Disney World Extends 'Star Wars Weekends'

The Jedi have returned to Disney-MGM Studios in full force for Star Wars Weekends in 2005 and event organizers responded by announcing the park-wide sci-fi fest will be extended two additional weekends.

According to Disney World, "Star Wars Weekends," originally scheduled to conclude June 12, will continue the galactic fun June 17-19 and June 24-26. The event began May 20 and takes place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disney-MGM Studios. Event activities are included with theme park admission.

This is the sixth year Star Wars Weekends has been held at Walt Disney World Resort and has quickly become one of the largest and most popular "Star Wars" fan events held anywhere in the world.

Buoyed by worldwide excitement surrounding the newest Star Wars film - "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" - "Star Wars" fans at Disney-MGM Studios made it clear they can't get enough of their favorite Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, Rodians and the galaxy of stars created by George Lucas.

"Our guests told us they want more Star Wars Weekends this year and we're looking forward to extending the fun through the end of June," said Linda Warren, executive vice president of Walt Disney World Marketing and Brand Management. "We work year-round with our friends at Lucasfilm to immerse guests in a Star Wars environment like no other. We're delighted they have responded so positively to the additions we've made this year to celebrate the newest Star Wars film."

In addition to the fan events, the theme parks "Star Tours" attraction and the presences of several costumed characters from the film saga, "Star Wars" luminaries take part in the "Star Wars Weekends" events as well.

Amy Allen, who played Jedi Aayla Secura in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" will be featured at the event June 17-19, along with Matthew Wood - who voiced Gen. Grievous in "Sith" and was the supervising sound editor "Clones" and "Sith."

In addition, Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in "The Phantom Menace" will be featured June 24-26, along with Warren Fu, a concept artist for "Sith."

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday June 17, 2005
See Revenge This Father's Day Weekend, Get a Free Poster!

See Revenge This Father's Day Weekend, Get a Free Poster! Remember Dad taking you to see your first Star Wars film? Well it's time to return the favor at your local theater this Father's Day weekend where fans who see Revenge of the Sith will receive a free "Who's Your Daddy?" poster featuring cinema's most notorious patriarch, Darth Vader.

Available only this weekend, this exclusive 11 x 17-inch poster depicts the Dark Lord in an image recently used to promote Episode III on the international scene. This very limited poster will only be given to ticket holders who see Revenge of the Sith in a participating U.S. theater this Friday, Saturday or Sunday, June 17-19*, and will never be offered again. It's the only time this image will be used in a U.S. poster to promote the theatrical release of the film. Also, this is a chance to once again see the epic action of the Star Wars finale before it leaves the big screen.

Share the excitement of the very last Star Wars film with Dad this weekend, and take away this very cool exclusive poster as a keepsake. What better way to celebrate Father's Day than with the saga that belongs to all generations?

*While supplies last. Void where prohibited. Only at participating theaters. One poster per ticket purchased between 6/17 - 6/19.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Friday June 17, 2005
A New/Old Affiliate!

Today Galactic Voyage has regained a new/old affiliate! I would like to say thank you and welcome back to Rob Weekhout of Webmasters of the Force for making this affiliation possible again. In its glory days, this site was a Star Wars webmasters dream! You could get CGI scripts, Javascripts, Graphics, Templates, and more! I'm sure once Rob has everything back up to speed it will be much better than the original site. Here is a word from Rob:

"For over two years (feels like a millennia) Webmasters of the Force lay dormant, it's creators in exile (most probably on Tatooine and Dagobah). The force withers on the World Wide Web, websites rise and then are consumed by the sands of the Dune Sea, unable to find a webmaster to guide them through the dark times..."

"However, there is hope. For those strong in the ways of the web have returned."

Be sure to bookmark them now, because this site will be a great asset to you in the near future! Have a look.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday June 17, 2005
AFI'S 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes

AFI'S 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases will count down America's 100 greatest lines of dialogue spoken in the movies, as chosen by motion picture community experts. This three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network will be hosted by internationally renown actor and action star Pierce Brosnan (THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR) on Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. on CBS. There will surely be plenty of Star Wars quotes in the top 100 and maybe even the top 10. "I am you're Father" will need to be at the top of the list for me, and just in time as a late Father's Day present. Be sure to tune in!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday June 16, 2005
September 2005 Comics

The Official Star Wars Site has provided information about upcoming comics. Start the school year off right, with rebellion, Wookiee wars and the return of Rogue Squadron from Dark Horse Comics.

In his new post as prison guard at the Imperial base on Kalist IV, Imperial Lieutenant Janek Sunber is forced to weigh what he knows he should do against what he can do when he comes up against the corrupt status quo. But conflict with his fellow officers is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to challenges facing the young lieutenant. Unbeknownst to the Empire, the Rebels have infiltrated the base.

Star Wars: Empire #37 "The Wrong Site of the War" Part 2 is due out on September 7, featuring the work of Welles Hartley, Davidé Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia and David Michael Beck.

Return to the events of Revenge of the Sith in first of a three-part story that reveals a battle not shown in the film.

The Separatist attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyyk demands a strong response from the Republic, and Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos arrive with their clone armies. But there may be more behind the Separatist attack--and more to the Wookiee's defense--than the Jedi know.

Star Wars: Republic #81 "The Hidden Enemy" Part 1 by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons and Brad Anderson is scheduled for September 28.

Finally, the much-requested adventures of Rogue Squadron finally fly back onto the comic pages on September 21 with Star Wars: X-wing Rogue Leader #1 by Haden Blackman, Tomas Giorello, Michael Atiyeh and Gary Erskine.

In the wake of the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the Death Star II, a group of Rebel pilots are looking forward to some well-deserved R & R. Instead, they run into a deadly attack by vengeful Imperials that changes the course of all of their lives.

Join Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, and the rest of the Rogues on a mission that will define them as heroes not just of the Rebellion, but as heroes for the whole galaxy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday June 15, 2005
Trade Federation Cruiser (Invisible Hand) added to the Ships Section

Today I have added the Trade Federation Cruiser (Invisible Hand) to the ships section. You can get a listing of ships using their picture by type at the Ships Section. Or, if you would like to see an alphabetical listing of all of our ships, you can check out the Ship Index. Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday June 15, 2005

From many different sources across the net, television and from Celebration III, the future of Star Wars has been revealed and rumored ten times over. There is the televison show slated to be released in the fall of 2006 that will cover the period between Episode III and Episode IV. George has been qouted with handing over the control of the series to someone who is capable and in touch of the fan base, where he can remain hands off, but as an executive producer.

Minor hints and comments about any films PRIOR to the Prequel Trilogy have flying around like a mad-Mynock. An old, Old Republic movie has been the center of such rumors. George Lucas did say that it was an idea thrown around, but the focus of anythign Star Wars was on a live action television series and another cartoon series. What was said about the possibility of a pre-prequel era film, is that it would take place some 800 years before the Phantom Menace, when many, many Dark Lords roamed rampant across the galaxy- that the Jedi would be striving to defeat them and bring peace and order to the galaxy. What more, a young Jedi called Yoda would play a pivotal role in the saga-era. Also, Lucas would like to see other capable people take over the Star Wars universe and they may create films and such, but as far he was concerned, Revenge of the Sith was HIS last Star Wars movie.

The last two Prequels took a lot of flak from critics and fans alike, and it seems that with the highly awaited Episode III, Lucas and the gang have recaptured the heart and soul of a Star War film. Perhaps the Force will be with us and we will once again see Star Wars on the big screen...the same galaxy far, far away...just a lot longer ago!

Posted by: StarWarsGuru

Tuesday June 14, 2005
Fan Fiction-Star Wars-Lost Jedi

Today we have added a fan fiction story from Fox Steele to the Fan Fiction section. Here are the facts:

Title: Star Wars-Lost Jedi
Author: Lowell Steele IV E-mail:
Category: Action/Drama
Timeline: Between Episode III and A New Hope
Rating: PG-13
Summary: A tale about a group of the last Jedi and their dying secrets. But whose has the worst secret?
Status: Complete Story, although there may be a follow up.

If you have a fan fiction story and would like for the world to read it, be sure to visit the Submit Fan Fiction page!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday June 14, 2005
Glass 3D-Reality

Remember being dazzled by those prismatic 3-D holograms of the late 1980s and 90s? Well Stiefelmayer-Contento of Germany has one-upped the flat 3-D hologram with an amazing new series of laser-engraved Star Wars characters and vehicles rendered three-dimensionally inside a block of glass.

Produced as part of their Clarisso-vision 3D-Reality line, the Revenge of the Sith series imagery is formed by laser engraving thousands of microscopic dots within a block of hand-polished optical-quality glass, a process effectively showcased at the Stiefelmayer-Contento site here. New software developed exclusively by Stiefelmayer has allowed for subtle effects such as light and shadow to be rendered into the 3-D image, an innovation not seen in Star Wars glass art before.

The end result of this process is a rendered dimensional character or vehicle that appears to "float" within the glass itself, appearing very much like a translucent hologram that can be enhanced by illuminating it from above or below.

Two sizes of these quality art glass objects are available, with some characters and vehicles available in only one size. There is also a set of scaled-down key chains that illuminate the heroes in a blue or green light while the villains fittingly glow in red.

Included in the Star Wars 3D-Reality series:

  • Yoda (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • Darth Vader (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • General Grievous (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • R2-D2 (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • C-3PO and R2-D2 (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • Clone Trooper (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • ARC-170 Starfighter (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm)
  • Jedi Starfighter (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • Palpatine with Force Lighting (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • Palpatine with Lightsaber (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • Han Solo (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • Chewbacca (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)
  • AT-RT with Driver (5cm x 5cm x 8 cm and 13cm x 7.5cm x 9cm)

Illuminating key chains include:

  • Yoda
  • Darth Vader
  • General Grievous
  • R2-D2
  • C-3PO
  • Han Solo
  • Chewbacca
  • AT-RT with Driver
  • Star Wars Logo

To preview some of the amazing features of this exciting new series, click on the slideshow above, or, for a full rotational viewing in Flash, visit the Stiefelmayer-Contento website. is the exclusive distributor of these amazing glass holograms in the U.S., so head on over now to check them out!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday June 14, 2005
New Fan Art

A while back John Trnka sent in a great new Fan Art picture featuring Boba Fett. Also, Kristin sent in a cool Fan Art picture of a female Twi'lek. A self portrait perhaps? Thanks for the art and sorry for the extended delay! These great pieces can be found over at the Fan Art section!

John Trnka-boba1.jpg (78022 bytes)  Kristin-TwilekKris.jpg (70148 bytes)

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday June 13, 2005
Boba Fett in T.V. Series?

USA Today had a report about Thursday night at the American Film Institute's 33rd Life Achievement Awards gala saluting Star Wars creator George Lucas (airing June 20 on the USA Network, 9 p.m. ET/PT). At the event, Harrison Ford was approached by Daniel Logan, 18, who played young Boba Fett in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Lucas said Logan's character may be included in his live-action Star Wars TV series, which is in the works. Some back story on Boba Fett perhaps? Could be interesting! I am already wanting more Star Wars, so bring on the T.V. show!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Sunday June 12, 2005
The Art of Revenge

Well this year is certianly full of Star Wars goodies! The highly awaited release of Episode 3, and many new books and novels for the Expanded Universe, as well as from the last of the cinematic saga!

I picked up The Art of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the other day, available at any book store, and wow! It has some really great things. For those who aren't in the know- Ballantine Books and Del Rey have been issuing "The Art of Star Wars" for each of the motion pictures, the first three having been produced in the 80's and re-printed in the 90's for the Original Star Wars trilogy films.

Each book has some realy great pre-production photos, matte paintings, rough sketches, costume designs, models and props from the making of the films. Its a realy greta way to see the inner workings of the movies- as to how they came up with early and finished design ideas for characters, ships, worlds and etc...

The latest in the series of course is from the revenge of the Sith, and is has loads of realy awesome material. It even has a timeline, dictated by George Lucas as he set about explaining his story ideas to his pre-production crews. The book tells how Lucas would give out to his various departments scene ideas and story bits for them to delve into with their creative geniuse. The artists and designers would then work on multiple ideas based on George's own for approval, and thus the work began as George would critique the work and give approval for ideas to be further worked on and expanded upon, and for what ideas would be shot out of the proverbial airlock.

The book has a lot of original sketches, multi-media drawings, matte paintings, digital pre-production pictures, principle photography pictures and costume design work as it explores the creation of the film from early sketches on napkins to full blown matte paitings, models and set-designs.

For any collector of all things Star Wars, this is a must have, and fully completes the collection of the Art of Star Wars. Also available is the Making of Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith (of which I have not yet purchased as I had to make myself chose between the two, lol) which is a more in depth look into the actual production of the movie, where as the Art of Star Wars is more the pre-production look at how the concepts came to be evolved into what have come to know on the silver screen.

While I was at the store, Borders, they were also selling Force FX lightsabers, all they had was Darth Vader's. I have seen these on the web on several sites such as Master Replicas and Code3, as well as the official Star Wars Shop, and can fetch for several hundred dollars, all the way up to a thousand for the Master Replicas.

Well they were selling the Force FX design, for only $125. I didn't buy it...this time. But I will...if they still have some. I'm sure they will sell like crazy. The lady at the store was nice enough to allow me to inspect it. It was an amazing feeling to hold it in my hand, and it truly looked like the same one as Vader used.

The Force FX lightsabers are made to scale, with pretty good detail (though I can only imagine no as real as the Master Replicas which are made form aircraft aluminum). The thing with Force FX, hence the name, is that the sabers blade is made of some-sort of plexi-glass material, and when you ignite it, the red light glows from the hilt to the tip just as if you were igniting a blade in the movie! Make no mistake, this is not a cheap toy from the toystore. What more, it makes the familiar snapp-hiss-thrum noise as if it were a real lightsaber comming to life. And thats only the beginning! It has motion sensors, as you swing the blade around with the skill of a Padawan or Master Jedi, it thrums and makes authentic movie sounds. I also popped my girlfriend on the back of the head with it, and wouldn't you know, it also has impact sensors, making a sound as if I was actually making contacting, just as in the movies!

You can buys these with showcases, and I believe the blade is removeable as well. They come in styles of Obi-Wan, Mace, Anakin, Luke, Darth Maul and the Emperor for as far as I have seen. They look very good and real in the dark, as all you see is a lighted blade...and you would think it was a real lightsaber out of the saga!

Posted by: StarWarsGuru