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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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Celebrating 20 Years of The Phantom Menace – The Blockade Runner Podcast #106

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We love The Phantom Menace and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate its 20th birthday. This episode is all TPM, so join us as we look back at the movie’s marketing and merchandise, our favorite TPM moments, and the film’s legacy.

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Looking Back at Phantom Menace Documentary The Beginning – The Blockade Runner Podcast #88

Power of the 90s 1999 The Beginning

This week we kick off our Power of the 90s shows covering 1999 (weirdly before we’ve done 1997 and 1998…whoops) by taking a look back at the incredible Phantom Menace documentary The Beginning. Join us for Jar Jar puppets in the back of Toyota pickups, Rick McCallum’s charismatic cursing, heavy Jake Lloyd and George Lucas appreciation, and a whole lot of discussion of the podrace sequence. 

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The Power of the 90s: 1996 (Shadows of the Empire) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #83

Ryan and John are joined by Jeff “The Metal Mando” Kelts to celebrate all things Shadows of the Empire. Join us for two hours of talk about the Shadows book, comic, game, toys, soundtrack, trading cards, and more!

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The Power of the 90s : 1996 (Everything But Shadows) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #82

Power of the 90s 1996

Join us for our latest Power of the 90s episode devoted to discussing all of the Star Wars books, comics, toys, and content released in 1996. Well, everything besides one notable giant multimedia project spanning all of those mediums that we’ll cover on our next episode (yes, it features Prince Xizor, Dash Rendar, IG-88, and a whole lot of pheromones).

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The Power of the 90s: 1995 – The Blockade Runner Podcast #76

Power of the 90s 1995

Ryan and John are joined by Jeff (The Metal Mando) to discuss all of the Star Wars books, comics, games, and toys released in 1995. We focus the most time on the two monumental events that made a huge impact on Star Wars fans in 1995, the Power of the Force toy line and the THX home video releases. Other highlights include The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, The Star Wars Technical Journal, Dark Forces, and Rebel Assault II.

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Star Wars: The Power of the 90s (1994) – The Blockade Runner Podcast #70

Power of the 90s 1994 Cover Art

Ryan and John return to the 90s to discuss all of the Star Wars books, comics, games, and merchandise releases from 1994. Join us as we look at:

  • Books: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, The Courtship of Princess Leia, The Crystal Star, A Guide to the Star Wars Universe (2nd Edition), The Art of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and West End Games’s The Last Command Sourcebook and Star Wars Adventure Journals #1
  • Comics: Droids, Classic Star Wars, Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures, and Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Games: Super Return of the Jedi and Tie Fighter
  • Plus: The inaugural issue of Star Wars Insider and the start of The Phantom Menace pre-production!

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