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Week 2

Friday May 11, 2007
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron

LucasArts has made an official announcement of the latest Battlefront installment. Star Wars Battlefront®: Renegade Squadron™ is the previously untold story of a ragtag ensemble of battle-hardened rogues and scoundrels assembled by Han Solo. Gathered to execute some of the most secretive operations in the Rebel Alliance's war against the Galactic Empire, the Renegade Squadron participates in battles spanning the galaxy. From the Valley of the Sith on Korriban to a dogfight in space through the remains of Alderaan, Solo directs the team on missions of sabotage, rescue and retrieval.

In development exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron continues the immensely successful Star Wars Battlefront series, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2004.

The only original Star Wars Battlefront experience of 2007, Renegade Squadron delivers a new way for players to experience their favorite Star Wars® battles any way -- and anywhere -- they want. The game presents new battles and missions found through a never-before-told story, as well as an unprecedented wealth of personalization and customization options. And for the first time on the PSP system, Star Wars Battlefront players can team up or compete online with friends all over the world.

In Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, robust customization options replace the class system seen in previous Star Wars Battlefront titles, allowing for millions of possible unique combatants. With weapons, equipment and abilities that players select themselves, no two allies will likely ever look or perform exactly the same.


  • Beginning with the evacuation of Yavin 4 (end of A New Hope) and ending with the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi), the original story features 11 battles as seen through the eyes of a clandestine Rebel team personally selected by Han Solo.
  • Millions of possible customizations directly affect gameplay to an even greater degree than the predetermined character classes of previous Star Wars Battlefront games.
  • Earn credits to upgrade and customize soldiers' attributes (health, speed, agility), equipment (weapons, items) and appearance (species, body, insignia, uniform colors).
  • New maps include Ord Mantell, Boz Pity, Korriban, Sullust and Saleucami, plus new space battles at Kessel, Hoth, Bespin, and the remnants of Alderaan. Renegade Squadron also adds a second Hoth map, plus a new interpretation of Endor.
  • For the first time, fly as heroes in space aboard the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, Jango and Boba Fett's Slave I, and Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi starfighter.
  • New land-based heroes include Admiral Ackbar, Ben Kenobi (Episode IV), IG-88, Asajj Ventress and Kit Fisto. Fourteen heroes return from Star Wars Battlefront II.
  • Renegade Squadron debuts B-wings and TIE defenders in space, plus A5-R Juggernauts, T4-B heavy tanks and mountable carrion spats on land.
  • Enhanced space combat features a refined control scheme. For the first time on PSP, players can also enter capital ships as they did in the console versions of Star Wars Battlefront II.
  • Expanded multiplayer allows for up to 16 players via Infrastructure and eight via Ad Hoc. (Star Wars Battlefront II for PSP featured four-player Ad Hoc only.)
  • Also returning are Star Wars Battlefront staples Conquest and Capture the Flag (one- and two-flag varieties, plus new Hero Capture the Flag where the flag bearer plays as a hero).
  • Infrastructure mode embraces community through leaderboards and profile pages, where players can display medals they've earned, their battle statistics and more.

For me personally all I can say is BOOO HISS!!! I have put down all other Star Wars games since 2004 and played Battlefront I & II nearly everyday since that time. Not only have they ruled out other game systems, but the PC was the original platform of choice that launched Battlefront's success. I do not own any game system, and I do not appreciate companies like LucasArts deciding that the massive processing power of the PC is no longer worthy of any of there upcoming games. I have been an avid Star Wars gamer since the first X-Wing game came out. Heck, that is reason why I bought my first computer, but I guess it is time for this 38 year old gamer to hang up his keyboard and joystick and live like a real adult. It looks like companies such as LucasArts would rather accommodate the new young fans who will by those systems versus older "original" Star Wars fans that made their franchise what it is. All I can say is POO DOO!!!! For more information, you can visit the Star Wars Battlefront®: Renegade Squadron™ Official Site.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday May 11, 2007
Homing Beacon #187

The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today we talk more about what you can expect from Celebration IV.

Star Wars "Robot Chicken" with Seth Green
Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" is traveling to a galaxy far, far away with an all Star Wars-themed special, and creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich will be at Celebration IV to show a peek at the new show. Scheduled to premiere on June 17, "Robot Chicken: Star Wars" combines the satirical sensibilities of Green and Senreich's "Robot Chicken," with the unforgettable moments and favorite characters of the Star Wars universe, including the Maker himself, George Lucas.

Green and Senreich will share their inside look into the making of the Star Wars "Robot Chicken" program, with stories about what it takes to transform stop-motion animated characters into the heroes and villains of Star Wars. The Star Wars galaxy will take on an entirely different attitude!

Joining Green and Senreich at Celebration IV will be members of their ingenious writing and "toys & sets" teams, who will present separate sessions to talk about how they produce the show in general, and how they did the Star Wars show in particular. See the full schedule of events for "Robot Chicken" at Celebration IV here:

Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Returns to Celebration!
It just wouldn't be a Celebration without the high-energy fun and humor of Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. The show that met with rave reviews at Celebration II and Celebration III will return for another weekend of high speed Star Wars fun. The cast and crew of Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes, the amazing romp through the entire original trilogy in 30...yes that's thirty...minutes are looking forward to performing shows scheduled every day of Celebration IV, including one exclusive show for members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club on Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 pm.

Star Wars in 30 Minutes is performed in an intimate setting, where the audience will feel like a part of the action that happens all around them. Fans should plan to go early during the weekend to help ensure they don't miss out on this outstanding show, as the small theater that allows the personal viewing experience also limits seating. For a full schedule of Star Wars in 30 Minutes performances at Celebration IV, click here:

Star Wars Crew Stars at Celebration IV
George Lucas' innovative and imaginative work has attracted some of the very best talents in moviemaking, ever since the director's first teams started creating new technologies to make his vision a reality. From producers to art directors, visual effects supervisors to swordmasters, the movies of the Star Wars Saga have inspired new ideas and generated great stories.

Come and hear some of these amazing stories from movie craftsmen who have worked throughout the three decades of Star Wars, and have come to take part in the celebration! You'll hear from rock stars of Industrial Light & Magic, including recent Oscar-winner John Knoll, and production stars like director Irvin Kershner and producers Howard Kazanjian and Robert Watts.

Click here for more details:
ILM Rock Stars:
John Knoll:
Production Stars:

Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday May 11, 2007
Path to the Force - Episode 178

Today we have Episode 178 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!

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Be sure to join us Monday, May 21st for the one-hundred and seventy-ninth 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

Friday May 11, 2007
On Vacation

After today, I will not be providing any updates until Monday May 21st. I will be on vacation with my family and will not be near a computer. BatTUrd will be providing news during that time when he can. I hope you will join me on the 21st for more great news and features here at Galactic Voyage and as always, thank you for your understanding and support. Take care!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 10, 2007
Movies Section Updated

Today I have added two more new Mexican Star Wars TV commercial featuring the Transformers from the 2006 Star Wars Saga Collection. Special thanks goes to Master Kal from Star Wars Collecting Club MTY who is collaborating with us to bring you these Mexican commercials! Be aware that this commercial is in Spanish. You can find this commercial and others over in the Movies Section under TV Commercials. If you have other commercials that I do not have listed, please be sure to send them in!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 10, 2007
Guy Lagacé's Climactic Battlescenes

Today I have updated Guy Lagacé's Climactic Battlescenes with another of his scenes. This was the eleventh in the series for this section. Remember that these images were his vision of scenes from movies that had not been created. This image was Guy's take on the battle between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett for Episode II. At the time, all we knew was that Jango would look like Boba Fett and they would be fighting in the rain. He even got Obi-Wan's bearded look and longer hair down. Be sure to also see other great artists in the Featured Artists section. Enjoy!

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Note: I am missing several pieces or have smaller versions!
If you have any Guy Lagacé art, please send it to Jedi Power 
to be included in these galleries!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 10, 2007
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination in Chicago

If you will be in Chicago between October 5 2007 and January 6 2008 you will probably want to check out the Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit, if you haven't already done so.

Making an appearance will be a full size Millennium Falcon cockpit replica, speeders and droids you can test and a personal hovercraft to try, as well as much, much more.


Posted by: batTUrd

Wednesday May 09, 2007
New Galactic Poll

Today I am asking you for your opinion. In order to serve your needs and wants better, I have added a poll on the left for you to identify how you feel about the Path to the Force Gamic series at Galactic Voyage. I have started work on my own Gamic series and will use this feedback to decide whether or not to continue. So, please cast your vote now and thanks for the feedback!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday May 09, 2007
More Star Wars Movies To Come?!?!

Fox News had a little blurb from George Lucas who attended a dinner for Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. There he stated that:

"He will make two more live-action films based in the 'Star Wars' era. But they won't have members of the Skywalker family as characters," he said. "They will be other people of that milieu."

The two extra films will also be made for TV and probably be an hour long each. But, like "Clone Wars," Lucas doesn't know where on TV they will land.

I am very interested to see how this plays out and when we might see the films. Perhaps the movies will be the pilot episode based on the live-action TV series. Remember how the Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers series started? That is if you were around back in the 1970's or at least have seen re-runs on the Sci-Fi channel or something. You can read the entire article that covers several topics.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday May 09, 2007
Master Print Giclee Update

I mentioned this in a previous post just before the pre-order started and this is the latest news.

Master Replicas have just announced that they have SOLD OUT of their first Master Print Giclee that was available only with the first 500 Stormtrooper Helmet replicas. If you were putting off getting it, it's now too late.

Master Replicas
Stormtrooper Helmet Replica

Posted by: batTUrd

Tuesday May 08, 2007
A New Hope Visual Guides-Chapter 4

The Official Star Wars Site has updated their new feature called the Visual Guides. In these guides, they break down portions of the scenes and provide intricate details of items and people you may not know. You can now view Chapter 4, that introduces Artoo's Mission. Be sure to go and check the latest Visual Guide!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday May 08, 2007
Featured Artist Craig Burt-Painting by Numbers 27

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.

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"Lover's Lament"

Here is some of the article created by Craig:

This painting is a bit more expressive in style than most of these Star Wars ones - referring to the background mainly - even though it is still relatively similar to the others.

1. Is the direct inspiration for the painting. It is one of the many Star Wars images that I've accumulated over time through my internet trawling. It appears to be a publicity shot from the A New Hope era (the first movie in 1977). What's represented in the photo obviously had a good association with the upcoming events of the Attack of the Clones movie.

Be sure to read the rest of the article about "Lover's Lament" in the Painting by Numbers section. Thanks Craig for another great walkthrough of how this image came about! Enjoy!

Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 07, 2007
Ships Section Updated

Today I have updated the Ships Section with the Miy'til Starfighter (Storm). This fighter was added because of a special request by Tom Slaughter. 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. If you have a ship you would like to see us add, then e-mail me the request and I will do my best to add it for you. Enjoy!

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Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 07, 2007
Path to the Force - Episode 177

Today we have Episode 177 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 177

Be sure to check back later this week for the one-hundred and seventy-eighth 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

Monday May 07, 2007
Lego Boba Fett Maquette

StarWarsShop's exclusive Boba Fett LEGO maquette's now got a paint job as well as an edition size -- just 1,500 worldwide!

First announced at a few months ago, the Fett maquette has since sold out over half of its allotment to StarWarsShop (a small percentage goes to LEGO for promotional purposes), meaning there's not a lot of time left to snag one of these guys.

This Lucasfilm-branded maquette, sculpted by the artisans of Gentle Giant Studios, will actually be the fourth in an expanding series, which includes Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and a soon-to-be-offered Luke X-wing Pilot maquette. And, just like the LEGO Star Wars II game characterization, Fett's head is interchangeable with the other LEGO maquettes!

Head on over to StarWarsShop now to pick your LEGO Boba Fett maquette!And for those savvy collectors who picked up the earlier Darth Vader and Stormtrooper LEGO maquettes, here are the first images revealing the additional chase heads to be inserted randomly into some of the packages: Han Solo (Stormtrooper) and scarred Anakin (Darth Vader)!

Image: Link

Posted by: batTUrd