SWNZ News Digest – 29 Aug 2015

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Here’s this weeks New Digest, collating all of the latest official Star Wars news headlines and links through to sources where you can read more.

Empire Magazine collectible The Force Awakens covers.
Empire Magazine revealed two collectible The Force Awakens covers for their upcoming September issue, and have fans puzzled by the apparent mistaken use of Original Trilogy elements. Empire also released a new image of Kylo Ren, and two behind the scenes shots of Finn. Dark Side cover; Light Side cover; Subscribers’s exclusive cover.

Bringing BB-8 to life.
StarWars.com posted an article about bringing BB-8 to life for filming The Force Awakens, and the live appearance at Celebration Anaheim. StarWars.com article.

New 15 second The Force Awakens teaser clip.
The official Star Wars Instagram posted a new 15 second teaser clip, which included new shots of Rey, BB-8 and Finn. StarWars.com article; StarWars.com Instagram post.

Battlefront tie-in novel cover art revealed.
StarWars.com revealed the cover for the upcoming Battlefront game tie-in novel ‘Battlefront: Twilight Company’, as well as the patch design used by the members of ‘Twilight Company’. StarWars.com article

New Battlefront promotional images and Sandtrooper themed gaming headset.
Entertainment Arts released two new images for the upcoming Battlefront game, while Turtle Beach has released a licensed Battlefront Sandtrooper themed gaming headset (Mighty Ape has limited quantities available for pre-order in New Zealand). EA.com article; MightyApe store link.

Star Wars comes to Minecraft.
The Playstation Blog announced the release of official Star Wars skins for Minecraft. Over 70 new Star Wars skins are now available in the Playstation Store, bundled in two packs – ‘Classic’ and ‘Rebels’. Playstation.com blog.

US premiere date announced for Rebels season 2.
StarWars.com announced the date of October 14th for the US premier of Star Wars Rebels season 2, along with a clip from an upcoming episode. StarWars.com article; video clip.

Star Wars collectible unboxing video marathon.
For fans of product unboxing videos, StarWars.com announced a massive 18-hour live global unboxing youtube marathon on September 3rd (starting 7.45am Sydney, Australia local time) as a countdown to Force Friday. StarWars.com article.