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Not Enough Wreck Punk Talk – The Blockade Runner Podcast #189

This episode features our full discussion (including spoilers) of Cavan Scott’s The Rising Storm, our look at The Bad Batch episode 12 “Rescue on Ryloth,” and a few recent news stories.

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My Trip to Galaxy’s Edge (the pictures)

I had originally planned to visit Galaxy’s Edge in March 2020, but, well, March 2020 happened. I finally made it to Batuu this week and naturally, I took some pictures.

It’s weird to think of theme park photos as “spoilers,” but in this case they may be. To me, the best part of Galaxy’s Edge was the feeling of discovery, that *you* are exploring an authentic Star Wars locale. If you feel like my photos could potentially take away some of that magic for you, feel free to peace out. Thanks for reading this far! But if that’s not an issue for you, here are a bunch of pictures I took.

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The Mid-90s Fandom Vibes of Star Wars Galaxy Magazine

I recently purchased a lot of random Star Wars magazines, and included were a few issues of Galaxy, a magazine that was totally new to me. Published by Topps (the trading card company), Galaxy came in at the tail end of the 90s comic book boom, and ran for 13 issues from 1994 to 1997. The magazine differentiates itself from Insider by having less of a focus on the films and more on the EU and collecting.

Let’s take a look at issue 3!

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Owls and Stuff Would’ve Gone a Long Way – The Blockade Runner Podcast #151

Episode #151 features a look at the latest Star Wars video game announcements and updates, some headscratching re: no Mandalorian season two trailer yet, Ryan’s highlights from the recent Force Fest, and more.

Quick disclaimer: John did that thing where he chose the wrong microphone setting and recorded the whole episode from his webcam mic, so the audio quality isn’t quite up to our normal aggressively average standards. That being said, it sounds ok and shouldn’t be a big deal unless pro audio is important to your podcast listening.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2019

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“The Old Republic” calls to mind many different feelings for people. For some, it’s modern Star Wars “done right,” with all of its action and original trilogy archetypes. It’s the anti-Prequel, prequel. Despite its roots in comic books and tabletop RPGs, other fans grimace at the mention of the era, with its oftentimes edgy imagery and “(video)gamification” of the Force: reducing the light and dark side to a point meter.

Although most of the stories set in The Old Republic have been folded into the Legends banner, the era lives on in the form of an online role-playing game, simply called Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). I enjoy massively multiplayer online RPGs (or just ‘MMOs’ if you’re nasty), and played SWTOR when it launched in December of 2011. I enjoyed it for a few months in the same way I’ve enjoyed other Old Republic content, which is “kinda.” 

But recently, like many characters in Star Wars itself, I’ve been interested in the history of the galaxy. The Jedi, The Sith, The Old Republic, and the MMO that released 8 years ago, is still updated today, but seems to be absent from most Star Wars discourse….

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Ryan Went to the Mall on Star Wars Day and Other Important News – The Blockade Runner Podcast #105

BR 105 CoverRyan went to the mall on Star Wars Day and he tells us all about the exclusives, deals, and mall-walkers he encountered. After that we jump into the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing campaign and the updated release schedule for future Star Wars films.

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Building (or Rebuilding) a Collection of 3.75″ Star Wars Figures

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Ah, the 3.75″ Star Wars figures. For many, they represent the cornerstone of their collections, their introduction to collecting, and maybe even their youth. If you want a history lesson on the origins of the figures, and to see why they’re so important to so many fans, check out the Star Wars episode of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us.

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Goodbye Ghost Crew – The Blockade Runner Podcast – March 10th, 2018

Goodbye Ghost CrewIn this latest episode of the Blockade Runner Podcast, John and Dan bid farewell to Star Wars Rebels as the show’s four season run comes to a close. We look specifically at Rebels’s final three weeks (in a detailed, SPOILER FILLED discussion) and weigh in on some of the more controversial choices made by Dave Filoni and the rest of the creatives at Lucasfilm.

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