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Hello There Resistance Trailer, Obi-Wan Rumors – The Blockade Runner Podcast #117

BR 117 CoverAfter what has felt like a considerable draught in major Star Wars news this summer, this week’s show is packed with rumors and speculation about The Rise of Skywalker, Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars film series, a possible (likely?) return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Ewan McGregor in a Disney + series, and our reactions to the Star Wars Resistance season two trailer. So much to cover and quite a lot to say about each topic in this extra-large episode of the Blockade Runner Podcast.

Ryan’s audio this week is coming from Skype as his local recording malfunctioned, so if you notice that it sounds a little off, that’s why and we’re working on it and will hopefully have things back to normal next week.

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The Phantom Menace’s Deleted Scenes – The Blockade Runner Podcast #116

BR 116 CoverNews for this week’s show includes the launch of Star Wars Roll Out, John’s thoughts on the recently released Star Wars: Myths and Fables, Ryan’s review of the Age of Resistance special, and a rumored rerelease of all 10 saga films on blu ray this fall. We discuss all of The Phantom Menace‘s deleted scenes for our primary topic this week in the back half of the episode.

Unfortunately we have some sound quality issues on this episode that we’re not able to correct in post-production. It’s listenable, but not representative of the usual sound quality level of the show. Next week should be back to normal.

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A Look Back at the Inaugural Issue of Star Wars Insider – The Blockade Runner Podcast #115

Power of the 90s 1994 Cover Art

This week’s episode features a look back at the first issue of Star Wars Insider magazine published in fall of 1994. We discuss the early years of the magazine and its transition from the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine, some of our favorite merch in the Jawa Trader, and the qualities of the rare metal known as “pewter.”

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Star Wars at SDCC 2019 – The Blockade Runner Podcast #114

 

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This year’s San Diego Comic Con didn’t feature a Rise of Skywalker panel, but there still ended up being quite a few fun Star Wars panels and announcements coming out of the show. We open up the show with some discussion of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts panel and Kevin Smith’s story about a mysterious Episode IX set before spending the remainder of the episode breaking down the Hasbro and publishing panels.

Not gonna lie, this episode ended up being a nightmare to finish and publish due to some unfortunate technology mishaps and as a result the sound had to be pulled straight from the Skype recording. The quality if noticeably lower than usual, but also still fine (in my opinion). Next week’s episode should be back to our normal sound quality. Oh, and video is back too if you prefer to watch/listen through YouTube.

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Blockade Runner Podcast T-Shirts Are Here!

We have a Blockade Runner Podcast t-shirt shop and it’s live at https://blockaderunnerpodcast.threadless.com!

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As of now we just have our basic show logo available as a design option, but I’m hoping to possibly add one or two more in the future. That being said, we have no intention of going into the Star Wars novelty/parody/unofficial merch business, so if/when we add any more, they’ll still just be shirts featuring our logo or name in some form.

Which brings me to why we decided to go with a Threadless Artist Shop. There are a bunch of great options out there for custom shirts (in fact, our other podcast has a TeePublic site), but I love that the Threadless shop lets us strip out any potential profit for the show so we can offer the shirts as inexpensively as possible. We’re not trying to earn any money on the shirts anyway, so being able to sell a custom Blockade Runner shirt for as little as $10 is the ideal scenario in this case.

Our listening audience is small and demand for Blockade Runner products isn’t exactly high, but it’ll be fun for us to have some Blockade Runner gear available. Our real purpose in building the shop is just to have an easy way of buying a bit of merch for ourselves to promote the show/wear around Celebrations or maybe to give away once in a while. Check out the shop and let us know what you think, and if you do end up picking up a shirt, definitely let us know via Twitter or email!


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Blockade Runner Pickups: September 11th – 17th

Check out previous Blockade Runner Pickups here.

Ryan:

3.75″ Yoda

Ryan’s internet is out at the moment, but he texted me this pic of the Last Jedi line 3.75″ Yoda he found at Target this week! I’d only heard of those showing up at Wal-Marts so far, but looks like you’ll be able to grab him and the new Obi-Wan everywhere soon.

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John:

Jason Gibner Chewbacca Painting

First, and most exciting this week, is actually a gift I picked up for my brother Jason’s birthday. Jason and my sister-in-law Erin share my love of Blast Points, the preferred Star Wars podcast of our entire family. We often end up messaging each other our favorite Blast Points moments after each new episode drops, so I bought a Chewie painting from host Jason Gibner’s Etsy shop. Even though I gifted it to Jason, I’ll definitely be placing another order from Jason’s shop soon, and you should too. You can even grab a Blast Points shirt while you’re there. 

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Porg Mug!

Ryan is awesome and he sent me the much-coveted Disney Store porg coffee mug!

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Birthday Presents for My Son

My youngest son turned four this week and while he mostly wanted Ninja Turtle stuff, we snuck a few Star Wars treats in there for him too. 

IMG_0255Chewie mask (that’s my mouth inside Chewie’s mouth there)!

Galactic Heroes AT-AT with driver!

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Galactic Heroes speeder bike with scout trooper!

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Target exclusive 3.75″ 7-pack set! This photo is a bit of mash up though as it’s missing the included RotJ Luke Skywalker and Finn from the Vs. pack with Phasma is there in his stead.