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STAR WARS NEWS ROUND-UP: X-Wing miniatures, Battlefront Beta and Rogue One filmed in 70mm?

September 4th, 2015 by Marc Comments

movie-news-banner-copyStar Wars the Force Awakens X-Wing Core Set

Images have leaked from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens X-Wing core set…

These are new models, not repaints and also have all-new  upgrade cards.

Also, interestingly is the little blurb on the back of the packaging:

It’s a time of uncertainty. Unrest grips the galaxy as the influence of The First Order spreads, but a glimmer of hope remains in the heroic forces of the resistance. As they struggle against the dark might of the enemy, these brave heroes may yet awaken the skill and strength to forge a new future…

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Battlefront Beta details revealed

The Star Wars Battlefront Beta is Coming Early October.

Here’s the announcement: Coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC, the Star Wars Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces.

In addition to those two modes, we are excited to reveal a brand-new mode that will be available in the Beta, Drop Zone. We’ll be sharing more details on Drop Zone in the weeks ahead.

As part of the Star Wars Battlefront Beta we are also happy to reveal the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta at, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets Rebels and Imperials alike check game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and get notified when they’re playing Star Wars Battlefront – as well as gather intel on their stats and progression so you can see how you match up! The Star Wars Battlefront Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store™ and Google Play™ store prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront on November 17.

How many of you will be trying to get in on this action?

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And finally…

There’s a new rumor that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is using Ultra Panavision 70 lenses to film!

Of course, Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight is filmed in this format and will be getting a limited 70 mm release on Christmas Day, before general release in January.

This format means that, if you get to see it, Star Wars may never have looked bigger and we hope it’s true and that it gets more than a limited relelase if it’s true.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to our galaxy on December 16, 2016 – acting as the cream to the cookie sandwich that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII

And check out these new posters for the movie… expect to see them in stores soon.

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Source: PollyhadronCollider, EASWActionNews & Cinemablend

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….