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Star Wars Inside Intel: The Inquisitorius

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 08:00

Star Wars Inside Intel is a StarWars.com feature where Lucasfilm’s Emily Shkoukani, whose job is to know as much about a galaxy far, far away as possible, explores obscure facts about Star Wars lore and continuity. In this installment, Emily explores the evil Inquisitorius…

First mentioned in The Star Wars Sourcebook back in 1987, the Inquisitorius and the general concept of a group of dark side agents working for the Empire is nearly as old as the saga itself. After the storytelling reset in 2014, this group was reintroduced into current fiction in the series premiere of Star Wars Rebels, “Spark of Rebellion.” But the specifics regarding this group and how it operates have evolved since its inception, originally starting as a secret division of Imperial Intelligence, compared to the current Inquisitorius, who function under a more specific directive as ruthless Jedi hunters.

The Inquisitorius was created soon after the erection of the Galactic Empire. Although Order 66 was largely successful at purging the galaxy of Jedi, Emperor Palpatine needed to ensure his position of power could not be jeopardized or usurped by the light side, and so the Inquisitorius was born. But in a twist of fate, these Inquisitors were once Jedi themselves. Explored in Lucasfilm Games and Respawn Entertainment’s award-winning video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, these dark side agents were Jedi captured by the Empire in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, then corrupted, tortured, and finally molded into soldiers of evil. Trilla Suduri, the antagonist of Jedi: Fallen Order, was one such Jedi. Although she initially survived the purge carried out by the clones, the galaxy was almost immediately unsafe for any Jedi after Order 66. (Even those sympathetic to the Jedi refused to harbor them out of fear of being hunted themselves.) Trilla, a Padawan at the time, and her master Cere Junda attempted to hide from the Empire in the aftermath, but were inevitably captured. Trilla was quickly corrupted and turned to the dark side by the Empire’s evil torture tactics, becoming Second Sister, all while Cere watched helplessly. Although the Inquisitors used the dark side of the Force and wielded red lightsabers, they were not followers of the Sith dogma like Sidious and Darth Vader. Instead, they functioned essentially as specialized soldiers of the Empire. This kept the Inquisitorius’ infighting from spreading and potentially threatening Sidious’s power, as well.

Charles Soule’s Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Marvel run further explores the early days of the Inquisition, and specifically Darth Vader’s introduction to the order. Confronted in the former Jedi Temple by a mysterious Force user, Vader learned the Pau’an was the Emperor’s Grand Inquisitor, the leader of a select group. Palpatine then handed over the Inquisitors to Vader, who would task them with various missions to hunt down Jedi and any Force sensitives — including children — that might threaten the Emperor’s power. Eeth Koth was one such Jedi that met his fate against the Inquisitors. As years lapsed, fewer and fewer Jedi were found in the galaxy; the Inquisition was working.

As the Jedi numbers dwindled, Vader became less involved in the Inquisition, only stepping in to keep the dark side warriors obedient. If Vader sensed any unruly behavior, he did not hesitate to eliminate the infection from the group.

The hierarchy of the squad was quite simple: Vader oversaw the organization at large while the Grand Inquisitor was responsible for leading them in their day-to-day operations and reported directly to Vader. The rest of the Inquisitors reported to the Grand Inquisitor, but a constant struggle for power was apparent. Palpatine and Vader allowed this struggle to exist, encouraging the Inquisitors to always strive for superiority amongst themselves rather than threatening their dynamic. In the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Third Sister, Reva, continuously challenges the Grand Inquisitor’s authority in order to achieve her own personal goals, including an attempt to usurp his position.

First seen in Jedi: Fallen Order, the group operated out of Fortress Inquisitorius, an intimidating and towering building erected in the oceans of Nur — a moon of Mustafar where Vader resided. This was an intentional choice by Vader to keep them close and under his thumb. The structure itself even resembled that of Vader’s castle. The Fortress was heavily armed, with a portion of it submerged underwater for extra security. Despite this, the Fortress had been breached at least twice: originally by Jedi Cal Kestis and Cere Junda in an attempt to retrieve a Jedi holocron that contained a list of Force sensitive beings in the galaxy, and again by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Tala Durith in an effort to rescue young Leia Organa. Both groups were successful, although they were anything but easy missions.

In addition to being the Inquisitorius’ headquarters, Fortress Inquisitorius was also where Jedi were taken to be corrupted by the dark side and formed into Inquisitors. If the torture tactics to corrupt them were not successful, they were killed.

The very idea of Jedi became legend as the Inquisitorius hunted down and defeated every last one they could find. Over a decade after the formation of the Empire, in the later years of what was known as the Dark Times, the Inquisitors focused their efforts on a small band of rebels called the Spectres that fostered two Jedi: Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger. The Grand Inquisitor met his demise against the two, leaving a power void in his absence. Tides changed in the galaxy as a formal rebellion against the Empire grew, with more and more allies joining the Spectres and aiding the Jedi. Still, what became of the Inquisitorius remains unknown…

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Jump to Lightspeed with Road Squadron

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 08:00

“Punch it!”

What would Star Wars be without the vehicles that transport our heroes and villains across the stars? From iconic ships like the Millennium Falcon to fan favorites like the Ghost, Star Wars is full of memorable vehicles, many becoming beloved characters unto themselves.

And the same is true for vehicles from a galaxy much closer than far, far away and much more present than a long time ago. That’s where Road Squadron comes in, a fan “carfighter” group where vehicle enthusiasts modify their Earth-bound vehicles to represent some of our favorite ships and characters from Star Wars. At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022, Road Squadron showcased their cars for all to see, and took time to speak with StarWars.com.

Road Squadron’s Shawn Crosby ready to make the jump.

Shawn Crosby (“Obi-Shawn”) is the founder of the group, which started in 1999. And it’s proved quite popular. “We have the best time, we’ve been doing it for more than 20 years,” Shawn says. “We’ve gone from being a scrappy little group of two to, like, eight, to now…over 300 people.”

While his last car, a Nissan 350z called “The Z-Wing,” ended in a blaze of glory (its engine finally gave out), Shawn quickly moved on to yet another mod, this time inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi starfighter, called “The G-Wing.”

“In a lot of cases, we’ll pick a character or a ship we really like and use that as a theme,” Shawn explains.

In modding the cars, Road Squadron members often start designing in Photoshop. This includes schematics that detail the taping and line work that goes into the cars’ transformations. “It’s a process,” Shawn says simply. And the process can take a while. For Crosby, his G-Wing took about three months. For father-son duo Jeff and Sparrow Donoho, their Ghost-inspired vehicle was a two-year labor of love.

Jeff and Sparrow Donoho (and Chopper) with their Ghost-inspired vehicle.

“The longest amount of time was all the little striping tape,” Jeff says. “I had to tape off the entire car, which took forever.”

“I helped with painting all of the colors,” Sparrow chimes in. “It was, like, day-to-day, ‘What color is it today?’ And my cousin Christina made the different little decals.” The car features several nods to the Star Wars Rebels series, including Ezra’s jacket logo, Sabine’s phoenix symbol, and more.

And what made them pick the Ghost? Just like the beloved Ghost crew itself, for Jeff and Sparrow (and the rest of their relatives who pitched in), it comes down to family. “Well, I’m always truckin’ around family,” Jeff laughs. “And Rebels was amazing.”

“It was a family effort,” adds Sparrow.

Happy beeps: Anna Sawyer and her BB-8-inspired car.

For Anna Sawyer, family was also a theme that inspired her to join Road Squadron, but also a trip to Celebration Orlando in 2017. “I saw all the cars there, including the Hot Wheels Darth Vader car,” she says. “At that point, as a car person, which is a deep, deep thing in my family, I’m like, ‘I need to do something that gets me out of the house and out of kid-mode.’…So I decided to do this.”

Her BB-8-inspired Volkswagen features a giant rotating head (which started as a prototype radar dome cover), controlled via her phone. The mechanics of it all are on its second version, with a third, new-and-improved mechanism in the works.

With such striking modifications, it should come as no surprise these vehicles get quite the reaction. While Anna’s dealership recognizes her on the spot (“Oh my god, it’s you again!”), for her, it’s really about the joy it brings to young fans. “It’s these little people,” Anna motions to the costumed kids running around smiling and shouting. And it’s also about the connections she makes along the way.

“Everybody will talk about cars. Every walk of life relates to cars,” Anna says. “Everybody has that in common. It doesn’t matter where you stand on life, it’s a conversation that’s safe, and a lot of people have an interest in.”

Sean Christophiades pays tribute to Star Tours with his mod.

In addition to family connections and universal conversation starters, there’s also an element of nostalgia and an effort to capture treasured memories — all while recognizing it’s never too late to create new ones. For Sean Christophiades, his Star Wars story started back in 1991, when he worked at Disney Park’s Star Tours ride. His vehicle pays tribute to the ride, decked out as the Starspeeder 3000, complete with flashing side cannons and an RX-Series pilot droid.

“I just got into this,” Sean admits, referring to the “carfighting” community. “The car, I got officially done in July of last year. This is my first Celebration, my first time displaying a car.”

Sean decided to jump into the group as a 50th birthday gift to himself. A new adventure, but with a nod to his past. “That’s me 30 years ago,” Sean says, showing a photo on his phone — a grainy image of a young man in the blue-and-orange uniform of a Star Tours cast member. He used the photo to commission a custom recreation of the costume, which he sports to complete the look with his vehicle. 

But it’s not all just fun and games. There’s a mission to Road Squadron, too. On Shawn Crosby’s car, you’ll find a series of icons — with each representing 100 fundraising events he’s attended with the G-Wing. “I’ve done over 2,500 charity events,” he says.

For those interested in joining the Road Squadron crew, there was an important piece of advice: “Start as early as you can!” Sparrow exclaims. “It’s a long process in general; I’m just glad we got it done in time.”

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Dustin Diehl’s editorial work includes Fortune 500 brands and major publishers like Out Magazine and The Advocate — but his first love is Star Wars. His dog and cat keep him busy, but he still manages to find time for a good TV binge. Geek out with him on Twitter @DRJedi.

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Obi-Wan Wednesdays: Funko’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Pop! 5-Pack Revealed and More!

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 11:58

Hello there. Obi-Wan Wednesdays is a new product program celebrating Obi-Wan Kenobi, the limited series now streaming on Disney+. Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every week throughout the series’ run for reveals of action figures, apparel, and much more inspired by the series and the legendary Jedi Master himself!

The gang’s all here — thanks to Funko.

This week, Obi-Wan Wednesdays debuts Funko’s 5-pack of Obi-Wan Kenobi bobbleheads, a stunning statue from Gentle Giant, and much more. Check out a few of our favorite reveals below!

Obi-Wan Kenobi Pop! 5-Pack and More by Funko

Bring the heroes and villains of Obi-Wan Kenobi home with this special collection. Plus, say hello there to a new Pop!-inspired Obi-Wan Kenobi shirt, and single-release of the Obi-Wan bobblehead.

Purge Trooper Statue by Gentle Giant LTD

This incredible 1/7 scale statue is aiming for your collectibles shelf.

NED-B Joins the Black Series and More by Hasbro

The lovable-but-strong droid comes to the popular 6-inch series of figures. In addition, build your own Inquisitor double-bladed lightsaber with a new set (available this fall), and check out the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Multipack. (Pre-orders begin Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. PT.)

Obi-Wan Kenobi T-Shirt and More by Mad Engine

Choose your side with this new tee, and show your love of Obi-Wan with even more apparel from Mad Engine.

“I Am What You Made Me” PopGrip by PopSockets

The dark side is strong — and so is your handle on your phone — with this PopGrip. Look for more options inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi at PopSockets.com.

Check out LEGO.com, HasbroPulse.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com for even more new Obi-Wan Wednesdays reveals!

Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every Wednesday through June 29 to see the latest and greatest products inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and join the conversation on social media using #ObiWanWednesdays and #StarWars.

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The Spark Eternal Takes Over in Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #21 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 08:00

This is a jam that Chelli Aphra may literally not get out of.

In the last issue of Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Aphra and Sana Starros finally found the Spark Eternal. But upon touching the ancient artifact, Aphra was killed, resurrected, and taken over by the entity within. In StarWars.com’s first look at Doctor Aphra #21, the rogue archaeologist awakens, only to find that she’s powerless in her own body.

Meanwhile, in Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3, continuing a tale set prior to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, Han and Greedo’s uneasy alliance continues. Along with a team of scum and villainy, the duo is trapped, with the enemy closing in…

Doctor Aphra #21, written by Alyssa Wong and illustrated by Minkyu Jung, with a cover by W. Scott Forbes, arrives June 29 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology; Han Solo & Chewbacca #3, written by Marc Guggenheim and illustrated by David Messina, with a cover by Phil Noto, also arrives June 29 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology. Both issues will also be available at your local comic shop.

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5 Things We Love About the LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation Trailer

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 09:00

Our favorite galactic heroes are going on vacation. After all, saving the galaxy from a cloned Emperor Palpatine probably warrants at least a couple of days off. 

Following a teaser at LEGO CON 2022, Lucasfilm released today the full trailer for LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, the latest animated special built — that’s a LEGO pun — for Disney+. As the title implies, the story finds Finn arranging a surprise trip for his friends aboard the luxurious Halcyon starcruiser for some much-needed R&R. Here are five things we loved from the trailer, and we can’t wait for more when LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation arrives on August 5. 

1. The Easter eggs.  

It wouldn’t be LEGO Star Wars without some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nods to fans. We spy Artoo and Threepio wearing robes with the Chandrila Star Line logo, a ronto wrap (available at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge), and some Aurebesh writing. We have a feeling there’s a lot more to find.

2. The saga-spanning stories.

The LEGO Star Wars specials on Disney+ have done a great job at incorporating all eras of the saga. It’s a way to offer something for everyone, but also to tell stories that just aren’t really possible otherwise. And the creators at Lucasfilm and the LEGO Group have done it again here. In LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, Finn becomes separated from his friends on the Halcyon starcruiser and encounters the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Leia Organa, and Anakin Skywalker, who all tell tales of summer fun gone wrong. Finn will learn about what vacations can really mean, and it’ll be through the lens of characters ranging from Ben Solo to Darth Vader. 

3. Two words: “Weird Al.”

Thank the Force, “Weird Al” Yankovic is back in the galaxy far, far away. The iconic singer/comedian performs a new song, “Scarif Beach Party,” and also voices Vic Vankoh in LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation; we don’t know much about Vic yet, but he can be seen in the trailer hyping a contest to rule the beach. “Weird Al” and Star Wars just seem to go together, and it’s been too long.

4. The tropical-looking porgs.

A couple of colorful birds sit perched atop Darth Vader’s hat, greatly resembling Ahch-To’s famous critters. Does this mean there are different kinds of porgs throughout the galaxy? We now have lots of questions…

5. The jokes made for fans.

Even in this short trailer, the clever LEGO Star Wars sense of humor shines through. BB-8, seemingly fresh out of the spa, wears a cucumber slice over his singular lens; Darth Vader, sporting a summer-themed tank top, shudders at the thought of applying sunblock to Palpy (who wouldn’t?); and Jabba lets loose at a dance party. Some of it’s obvious, some of it’s subtle. But it’s all fun and done with a clear love of the saga. That’s LEGO Star Wars.

Watch the LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation trailer below! For more on the special, coming August 5 to Disney+, see StarWars.com’s highlights from the Summer of LEGO Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022.

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Build Cad Bane’s Ship from Star Wars: The Bad Batch with a New LEGO CON 2022 Reveal

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 08:00

We are officially in pursuit of the Justifier! At the second annual LEGO CON 2022 last week, bounty hunter Cad Bane‘s ship from the first season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, now streaming on Disney+, was revealed during the LEGO Groups’  live stream direct from LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

The new set was announced alongside an AT-TE Walker, which was first seen on-screen in the Star Wars prequels. And both building sets come with an assortment of minifigures, including the first ever LEGO version of Omega, the newest member of Clone Force 99.

First seen in The Bad Batch, the 1,022-piece Justifier features a foldable read engine to enable flight mode, deployable landing gear, detailed cockpit, two thermal detonator elements, “laser” jail cell for Omega, spring-loaded shooters on the wingtips, and spare ammo in the wings. The set includes minifigures of Bane, Fennec, Omega, Bane’s faithful droid Todo 360, and Hunter, armed and ready to fight to get Omega back.

Then, from Star Wars: Revenge of the Siththe 1,082-piece AT-TE Walker is ready for battle! Filled with five 212th clone troopers, including Commander Cody, a trio of Separatist Battle Droid minifigures, and a buildable Dwarf Spider Droid, the kit encourages fans 9 and up to recreate their favorite moments from the Clone Wars at the Battle of Utapau or stage all-new conflicts of their own imagining.

The LEGO Star Wars Justifier and AT-TE Walker will be available starting August 1.

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Quiz: Which Obi-Wan Kenobi Are You?

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 08:41

We’ve been thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi lately almost as much as Maul — and that former Sith Lord is obsessed. We’ve followed his journey from humble Padawan to his final confrontation with his pupil-turned-nemesis Darth Vader. And in the Disney+ limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, we’ve only deepened our appreciation for Kenobi’s emotional journey back from the loss of Anakin Skywalker to the serene Jedi Master in Star Wars: A New Hope. But have you ever wondered: Which Obi-Wan Kenobi are you? You must have patience and find out for yourself in our new quiz.

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The Lessons of Fatherhood in Star Wars

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 08:48

The Force is definitely with me. As a father of three boys, I’ve celebrated the story of Star Wars in so many ways, enjoying the thrills and adventure together, while also reflecting upon the many lessons of the saga — including many examples of what it means to be a dad. As Father’s Day approaches, here are some of my favorites. 

Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker

Do you remember when you first learned that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father? I do. It was at a screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, in a dark movie theater in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1980. Vader made the proclamation and I said out loud instantly, to no one in particular, “He’s lying.” I legitimately believed it was not possible. It wasn’t until a friend of mine pointed out months later in The Empire Strikes Back Storybook that it says, in all caps (and italics), “NO, LUKE. I AM YOUR FATHER,” that the narrative weight of this moment started to connect. As a high school English teacher, the irony of the printed word illuminating the truth is not lost on me. Darth Vader is Luke’s father. It didn’t make sense.

But I trusted George Lucas and the filmmakers. Like Luke, it took a while for me to make peace with it. Vader is the opposite of what society thinks of as the archetypal father. He’s cruel, selfish, and manipulative. It isn’t until Luke demonstrates unconditional love that Vader discovers the truth of what it really means to be a father and commits the ultimate sacrifice. It’s dramatic and powerful and has stuck with us for generations.

And now as a father myself, it has taken on an entirely different context. To be clear, Darth Vader is no role model when it comes to being a parent. The end does not justify the means. However, I appreciate that Vader has to learn from his mistakes to get out of his own way and help his son.

Din Djarin and Grogu

The Mandalorian’s connection with Grogu is my personal favorite example of fatherhood in the Star Wars galaxy. In The Mandalorian, Din Djarin and Grogu share a connection as orphans and find a family dynamic with one another. The Mandalorian takes on a fatherly role, and changes from bounty hunter to sefless parent — willing to sacrifice his place within his covert, and even his life, for Grogu. As a father figure, it’s painful for him to leave Grogu, because he will miss him dearly, but the Mandalorian knows there are limits to what he can pass on. It’s not unlike sending a child off to college or seeing them move out and find their own way in the universe. Grogu and Din Djarin’s bond is unconditional and mutual in every way.

Hunter and Omega

Hunter has a challenging but relatable task with Omega: keep her safe but also keep her encouraged and inspired, as she learns more about who she is and what she wants to become. In the Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode “Rescue on Ryloth,” Hunter is reluctant to return to Ryloth because he fears for Omega’s safety and the rest of the team, but the young clone is persistent in fighting for her friends and for what is right.

As a dad, I want to keep all of my children safe, but also understand that, at a certain point, I have to trust them. All I can do is inspire my kids and lead by example, hoping they’ll make the right choices and become the best version of themselves. There’s no tightrope quite like this, but when it comes to seeing them grow and prosper, as Hunter is able to do with Omega, the intrinsic joy far outweighs the anxiety Hunter and many fathers face as their children mature and move on.

Bail and Leia Organa

In Part I of Obi-Wan Kenobi, we get a few glimpses into Princess Leia Organa’s life. We see that she very much has the spirit of her birth parents, as she sneaks away from home for adventures. But at a reception important to her family, her cousin insults her and tries to make her feel like an outsider. Leia stands up to him, but the triumph is short-lived, as she has to answer to her parents.

It’s during this subsequent scene that we come to see how much Bail loves his daughter, and the bond they share. He states emphatically that she is an Organa, making clear that family is more than just blood. With grace and tact, he persuades Leia to apologize to her cousin without coming across as punitive or judgmental. When a father can talk to his child with dignity and respect, and still convince them to do the right thing, that is a gift worth celebrating.

After Leia is kidnapped, Bail risks everything to journey to Tatooine and find Obi-Wan Kenobi. The former Jedi Master initially refuses the call to help because of a sense of duty to watch over Luke Skywalker and doubt in his own abilities. But Bail refuses to allow Leia to take a back seat to her brother Luke, and ultimately persuades his old friend to find her. “She is my daughter, Obi-Wan,” he declares. His unending love and loyalty to Leia is never more clear, and you can see why he would trust only her, years later, with the Death Star plans.

Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker

There are some parts of being a dad that are less glamorous than others. Just ask Owen Lars. As a father figure, Owen has to keep Luke grounded on the farm, which leaves the boy stagnant and stifled. Luke’s picturesque look at the twin suns of Tatooine are a beautiful window into the longing many of us have felt as we dream of a brighter tomorrow, but imagine being the person in charge of holding this burgeoning adventurer back. Owen has a very good reason: hiding Luke from the Empire, which as we now know, came to Tatooine hunting Jedi when Luke was very young. But Owen doesn’t have the luxury of sharing that information with his nephew or anyone else. His duty and responsibility are not fully understood by Luke, but being a father isn’t about personal glory or being popular. He has to make the hard choices for Luke’s protection, which is something I truly admire as a dad.

Celebrating all there is to love about Star Wars as a father and being able to pass on what I have learned is one of the greatest gifts life has offered me. Watching our boys take their first steps into a larger world is exciting and terrifying for all of the right reasons. It’s difficult to know where life will take each of them throughout their lives, but the memories we have shared, and the lessons learned through this story can provide examples to choose light over darkness, stand up for what they believe in, and bring out their very best.

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Dan Zehr is the host and brand director of the podcast, Coffee With Kenobi. He is the co-author of The Star Wars Book, Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded Edition, and Star Wars: I Am Your Father. He is the host of the Fan Stage for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and is a high school English teacher, with an emphasis on Mythology and Composition, and has an MS in Teaching and Learning.

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Obi-Wan Wednesdays: The Purge Trooper Joins Hasbro’s Black Series and More!

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 12:00

Hello there. Obi-Wan Wednesdays is a new product program celebrating Obi-Wan Kenobi, the limited series now streaming on Disney+. Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every week throughout the series’ run for reveals of action figures, apparel, and much more inspired by the series and the legendary Jedi Master himself!

The Jedi Purge continues on your toy shelf.

This week, Obi-Wan Wednesdays debuts a trio of new Star Wars: The Black Series figures, Darth Vader in the Dark Times in The Vintage Collection, and more. Check out a few of our favorite reveals below!

Kawlan Roken Pop! by Funko

The reluctant rebel soldier is ready for action…in bobblehead form.

Darth Vader Pop! by Funko

The Dark Lord of the Sith is ready for revenge and your Pop! collection.

Star Wars: The Black Series Purge Trooper and Other Figures by Hasbro

Inspired by the Phase II armor glimpsed in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the new Black Series Purge Troopers and 1-JAC will be available only at Walmart. (Pre-orders begin, Thursday, June 16, at 10 a.m. PT.)

Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Darth Vader by Hasbro

The Sith Lord in the dark times joins the 3.75-inch scale line. (Pre-orders begin, Thursday, June 16, at 10 a.m. PT.)

Star Wars Mission Fleet Airspeeder Showdown by Hasbro

Climb into the cockpit with a mini version of Sully Stark in his T-47 Airspeeder and create your own daring adventures at home.

Check out LEGO.com, HasbroPulse.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com for even more new Obi-Wan Wednesdays reveals!

Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every Wednesday through June 29 to see the latest and greatest products inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and join the conversation on social media using #ObiWanWednesdays and #StarWars. 

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Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Step Inside Darkness in Marvel’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 11:00

Even Jedi can be afraid of the dark.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Marvel’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2, the titular Jedi Master recounts a tale from his youth — when he was still Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn. The two are sent to investigate a distress call, and find that a veil of shadow has enveloped their destination. The mystery of why is one they’ll have to solve and survive…

Obi-Wan #2, written by Christopher Cantwell and illustrated by Luke Ross, with a cover by Phil Noto, arrives June 29 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

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The Emperor Sets His Sights on a New Enemy in Marvel’s Star Wars: Crimson Reign #5 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 10:00

There’s no hiding from the Emperor.

Qi’ra’s plot to ultimately bring down the Empire is in full bloom, but she hasn’t tricked everyone. In StarWars.com’s first look at Marvel’s Star Wars: Crimson Reign #5, the final installment of the epic miniseries, the Emperor lets it be understood that he knows more about Crimson Dawn’s machinations than once thought.

Meanwhile, in Star Wars: Darth Vader #24, the “Crimson Reign” crossover continues, as Vader and Sabé join forces. The former handmaiden to Queen Amidala has revealed that she knows Vader’s true identity, and has sought his aid in helping Anakin Skywalker’s childhood friend, Kitster. This leads the two on a collision course with a corrupt governor and Crimson Dawn…

Crimson Reign #5, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Steven Cummings, arrives June 22 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology; Darth Vader #24, written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Marco Castiello, with a cover by Paul Renaud, arrives June 29 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology. Both issues will also be available at your local comic shop.

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The Story of the Ronin Continues and More from Marvel’s September 2022 Star Wars Comics – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 08:00

The Star Wars: Visions series on Disney+ brought the galaxy far, far away into the world of anime, with some of Japan’s most acclaimed studios telling their own unique tales. “The Duel,” from Kamikaze Douga, followed the mysterious Ronin, a Force-sensitive warrior who arrives in a sleepy village just in time to battle a Sith Lord. And the Ronin’s adventures aren’t over.

Lucasfilm Publishing and Marvel surprised fans last month at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022, announcing that Star Wars: Visions would be coming to comics, as Takashi Okazaki (one of the talents behind “The Duel”) will be writing and drawing a new story featuring the Ronin. StarWars.com is excited to reveal the cover, concept sketches, and first details of Star Wars: Visions in our exclusive preview of solicits for Marvel’s September 2022 Star Wars comics, including the final installment of Obi-Wan, the flagship Star Wars series, Han Solo & ChewbaccaBounty HuntersDarth VaderDoctor Aphra, and The Mandalorian.

STAR WARS: VISIONS #1

TAKASHI OKAZAKI (W) •  TAKASHI OKAZAKI (A/C)

FROM THE CREATIVE MIND BEHIND THE STAR WARS: VISIONS EPISODE “THE DUEL” COMES AN ALL NEW STORY!

TAKASHI OKAZAKI (Afro Samurai) is continuing his storytelling from the acclaimed STAR WARS: VISIONS episode “THE DUEL,” featuring the Ronin!

The mythology of STAR WARS infused with elements of Feudal Japan makes this issue a MUST READ for STAR WARS and MANGA fans alike!

STAR WARS: OBI-WAN #5 (OF 5)

CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL (W) • ADRIANA MELO (A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO

Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

  • Obi-Wan has closed his journals for now and looks ahead as night falls and the sandstorm that has sequestered him begins to clear.
  • But he discovers something unexpected in the hazards of the Jundland Wastes…a squad of ambushed stormtroopers left to die.
  • But one still has a fighting chance…and Obi-Wan may very well risk everything to save a single injured imperial stormtrooper that can’t help but remind Kenobi of the clones he served with so long ago.

STAR WARS: THE MANDALORIAN #3

RODNEY BARNES (W) • GEORGES JEANTY (A) • Cover by DAVID BALDEÓN

Variant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN  • Variant Cover by BY GEORGES JEANTY

CONCEPT ART VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

“THE SIN”

The battered Mandalorian returns to his client to collect his reward and tend to his wounds; complications arise and what should have been a simple task becomes far more dangerous than anyone could have expected.

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #27

ETHAN SACKS (W) • PAOLO VILLANELLI (A) • Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

A DEADLY MISSION ON THE EDGE OF A BLACK HOLE!

  • Desperate for credits, T’onga and the bounty hunters take a dangerous job for the Pykes
  • But is Tasu Leech ready to take on…the Kanjiklub?
  • And Valance makes a decision that will change everything…

STAR WARS #27

CHARLES SOULE (W) • ANDRÉS GENOLET (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST

“The Good People”!

  • The Empire’s greatest secret is in the hands of two Crimson Dawn double agents, who are racing to deliver it to the Rebel Alliance to buy themselves safe haven.
  • But the Empire knows what they have stolen, and the entire Imperial Navy is in hot pursuit!

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO & CHEWBACCA #6

MARC GUGGENHEIM (W) • DAVID MESSINA (A) • Cover by PHIL NOTO

Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

“CHEWBACCA BEHIND BARS!”

  • Chewie is held captive on the prison planet of Gulhadar!
  • And you’ll never believe who his cellmate is. None other than Maz Kanata!
  • And whatever happened to the Millennium Falcon?

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #24

ALYSSA WONG (W) • MINKYU JUNG (A) • Cover by RICKIE  YAGAWA

Variant Cover by CASPAR WIJNGAARD

“DESCENT”

  • Desperate to rescue DOCTOR APHRA at any cost, SANA STARROS and her CREW’s search leads them to an OLD HAUNT…
  • …and two FAMILIAR FACES they might not survive!
  • Meanwhile, Aphra delves deeper into the secrets of THE ASCENDANT…and the true origin of the SPARK ETERNAL!

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #27

GREG PAK (W) • RAFFAELE IENCO (A) • Cover by RAHZZAH

  • The alliance between Darth Vader and Sabé has always seemed destined for disaster.
  • After all, how long can the Dark Lord of the Sith and the idealistic handmaiden of Padmé Amidala find common ground?
  • So as Vader and Sabé enter the final battle against a corrupt Imperial governor, something’s going to break.
  • Will it be Vader’s cold resolve or Sabé’s true heart? And how long until Ochi of Bestoon finally makes his move?

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Bring Light and Life to Your Collection with This Starlight Beacon DIY Bookend

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 12:56

During the time of the High Republic, Starlight Beacon serves as a symbol of peace and prosperity. The shining space station is home to Jedi Knights, dignitaries, technicians, and explorers of the Outer Rim frontier. This pillar of the High Republic is so strong it can hold up even the heaviest weight: your Star Wars book collection!

You can construct your own space station by using materials you can find in your kitchen and recycling bin. Then add it to painted wood blocks for a one-of-a-kind High Republic bookend. Here’s the how-to.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 unfinished wood blocks (4 inches by 4 inches, 1-inch thick)
  • PVA glue or wood glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush or dotting tool
  • Three plastic drink bottle lids, one large and two small
  • Hot glue gun
  • Toothpicks
  • One sheet of printer paper
  • Wooden chopstick
  • Clipper or wire cutter (for the chopstick)
  • Large plastic straw
  • Scissors
  • Craft foam, any color
  • Plastic bits (from packaging and spare LEGO pieces)
  • Black spray paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Silver acrylic paint

Get Started!

The activities in this article should only be done with adult supervision.

Step 1: Lay one wood block flat on the table. Line up the other block vertically along one edge to create an “L” shape. Use PVA or wood glue to adhere the vertical block in place and let dry.

Step 2: Paint the wood block with the black acrylic paint on all sides and edges. Let dry.

Step 3: Use the white acrylic paint and a small paint brush or dotting tool to paint stars on all sides and edges. Let dry and set aside for now.

Step 4: Hot glue one bottle cap to the inside (concave) side of the large bottle drink lid, top side up. This is the top side of the station.

Step 5: Hot glue the other bottle cap to the outside (convex) side of the large lid, top side up. This is the bottom side of Starlight Beacon.

Step 6: Next, snap or cut 3 toothpicks in half.

Step 7: Cut six 1-inch squares from the white printer paper. Wrap the paper square around the non-pointy end of a toothpick half and hot glue it in place. Repeat for all toothpick halves.

Step 8: Place a little hot glue on the bottom of each toothpick. Hot glue all 6 in a circle around the small bottle lid on the top of the station, evenly spaced.

Step 9: Use clippers or a wire cutter to cut a piece 2.5 inches long from the top of the chopstick.

Step 10: Cut another piece about 1 inch from the bottom of the chopstick.

Step 11: Hot glue both the pointed chopstick piece and the bottom chopstick piece, larger side up, to the center of the station’s top side.

Step 12: Cut a piece of the large plastic straw 1.5 inches in length. Hot glue it to the center of the station’s bottom side.

Note: If the temperature of the hot glue is too high, the straw will melt!

Step 13: Break two toothpicks and glue the four pieces around the straw, pointed side up. (You can add as many as you’d like for more details.)

Step 14: Cut a small, thin strip of craft foam and glue it around the straw.

Step 15: Cut small rectangles of craft foam no larger than 0.5 inches in length. Glue them around the edge of the large bottle lid.

Step 16: Find small plastic pieces like food packaging, clothing tags, twist ties, and spare LEGO pieces. Hot glue these pieces to the both top and bottom of the station as greeblies to add more details.

Step 17: Cut another small strip of craft foam and hot glue it around the chopstick, near the top.

Step 18: Cut two small rectangles from the craft foam, one about 0.5 inches in length and the other 0.25 inches in length. Hot glue them on the strip of craft foam on the chopstick, on opposite sides.

Step 19: It’s time to paint! In a well-ventilated area, paint the bottom half of Starlight Beacon with the black spray paint.

Step 20: Paint the top half of the station with the silver spray paint. Let all paint dry.

Note: Any overspray of the silver is okay as long as the bottom side remains darker than the top.

Step 21: Use the black and silver acrylic paint for any touch-ups as needed. Let dry.

Step 22: Use the dotting tool or paint brush and the orange acrylic paint to add “lights” around the bottom straw piece. Let dry.

Step 23: Break another toothpick in half. Hot glue it to the center of the bottom edge of the painted bookend, pointed side up at a 60-degree angle.

Step 24: Paint the toothpick and any visible hot glue with black acrylic paint.

Step 25: Slide Starlight Beacon onto the toothpick through the straw.

Your bookend is complete! May your symbol of the High Republic shine bright for light and life.

Visit Lucasfilm’s official hub for all things Star Wars: The High Republic at StarWars.com/TheHighRepublic.

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Star Wars Father’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 10:30

Father’s Day is June 19 and you have one mission: find the perfect gift for the dads and father figures you love. Thankfully, you’re not alone on this job — StarWars.com is here to help! See below for our guide to the latest Star Wars stuff that’s perfect for dads in any galaxy, including new Star Wars accessories, books, and much more. Happy “I Am Your Father’s Day” 2022!

Dog Toys and Treats by Barkbox

For the dad who insists he doesn’t need anything, treat the family pooch, dad’s best friend and faithful co-pilot on all of life’s adventures.

Darth Vader Stained Glass Diamond Painting Kit by Camelot

Unveil Dad’s artsy side. Square gems bring the visage of Vader to life in this DIY craft that doubles as wall art.

Death Star 2 Watch by Citizen

With lightsabers for hands and the image of the imposing space station at the center of this timepiece, it’s a subtle way for your father to show off his fandom every day.

Boba Fett Cufflinks by Cufflinks

Add a subtle nod (get it?) to his love of Boba Fett.

Star Wars: I Am Your Father by DK Books

Families can be complicated and messy. Let this collection of lessons in parenting from a galaxy far, far away offer some sage advice for parenting, mentoring, and getting along.

Lightsaber Glassware by JoyJolt

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s blue lightsaber illuminates this fine drinkware that also includes one of his most quotable lines.

Character Socks by Rock Em Socks

Celebrate the best dad in this — or any! — galaxy.

The Mandalorian Men’s Ring by Star Wars Fine Jewelry

Follow the way of The Mandalore with a ring in high polish silver, complimented with a matte finish black rhodium T-shape that resembles Din Djarin’s visor.

I Am Your Father Wall Poster by Trends

The image of Luke Skywalker is reflected in the eyes of his dear ol’ dad’s mask in this poster art.

Phone Case by Zazzle

Show your appreciation for your own Dadalorian.

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How Ashley Eckstein Crafted Star Wars Mindful Matters for Fans of All Ages

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 08:00

Star Wars Mindful Matters, a new digital series on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, teaches lessons inspired by the ways of the Jedi. Hosted by longtime fan-favorite actor Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and beyond) and produced in collaboration with Citrone 33, episodes cover more thoughtful approaches to mental wellness, including calmness through breathing, connecting with one’s surroundings, and facing fears. Adventure, excitement? A Jedi craves not these things; Star Wars Mindful Matters understands this, and that’s what makes these lessons so special. 

The series made its debut on May the 4th — a.k.a. Star Wars Day — of 2022, but its origins stretch back 10 years. Eckstein recalls meeting children during appearances at Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort, with most wanting to know what it takes to be a Jedi. At the time, Disney Parks offered lightsaber instruction in the form of Jedi Training Academy events, but not much centered around other tenets of the Jedi: compassion, mindfulness, the Force. It spurred an idea. “Over time I thought, ‘We should be teaching these lessons,’” she tells StarWars.com. “Because these lessons are very important. They’re lessons of hope and they’re, essentially, mindfulness lessons.” 

In 2018, the concept crystalized into something Eckstein saw as a digital series. “For fans of all ages, but especially kids, they need to be learning these lessons. The same lessons that Luke Skywalker, and Rey Skywalker, and Ahsoka, and Anakin, learn in Star Wars. Lessons of deep breathing, lessons of grounding, lessons of how to handle your emotions. These are all lessons that they learn, and what if we taught these mindful lessons through the lens of Star Wars?” she says. “Fortunately, here we are, four years later.”

Eckstein’s interest in mental health goes back to before her time with Star Wars, noting that her sister struggled with issues of anxiety while they were growing up. She recalls the climate around such topics being much different back then, which is why she tries to be outspoken today. “Talking about feelings of mental health, but even just lessons of mindfulness, there was a stigma around it,” she says. “It was taboo. You didn’t talk about it.” Her sister got the help she needed, but Eckstein has had her own battles in the same arena, experiencing cyberbullying that impacted her greatly. “I’ve had to learn a lot about how to navigate my own mental health and navigate these lessons, and use mindfulness techniques of meditation and deep breathing to help me in my daily life.” Taking a page from Yoda, she’s taking those lessons and passing on what she has learned.

Eckstein collaborated with Lucasfilm to ensure authenticity. “I worked closely with Matt Martin from the Lucasfilm to make sure all of these videos were accurate from a Star Wars story perspective,” she says. “At the same time, all of the lessons and exercises are clinically based and evidence-informed educational resources were provided by On Our Sleeves, the movement for children’s mental health, powered by the behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.” The installments are peaceful and calming, featuring Eckstein out in nature, speaking directly to the camera with minimal musical accompaniment, while clips from Star Wars reinforce her instructions. Some episodes even include special guests, like Chewbacca, BB-8, and R2-D2, expanding lessons beyond those of the Jedi. “A breathing exercise or a grounding exercise is so much more fun if you feel like you are training to be a Jedi or you are learning how to feel the Force,” she says. The exercises, by design, can be done in a short amount of time, but make a real difference. Eckstein’s hope is that any fan that tries Star Wars Mindful Matters will find something that speaks to them. “Star Wars is for everyone, and it’s for all ages,” she says. “It’s very important to me that, regardless of age, everyone will want to watch these videos and do these exercises, and that everyone will relate to them.”

Star Wars Mindful Matters feels particularly timely, arriving after an extremely stressful, often chaotic couple of years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s not lost on Eckstein. 

“The Force works in mysterious ways,” she says. “We need to learn these lessons now more than ever, because we’ve all been through some dark times during the last two years. So, while it was a long journey to get these videos made, the timing’s perfect. I hope fans find these mindful matters helpful.”

See the first episode of Star Wars Mindful Matters below. All episodes are available now on StarWarsKids.com and YouTube.com/StarWarsKids.

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The Story Behind Lucasfilm and Volkswagen’s Fantastic Obi-Wan Kenobi-Inspired Vehicles

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 08:00

Doug Chiang couldn’t pass it up. In early 2022, Lucasfilm and Volkswagen agreed to collaborate on designing two vehicles inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, streaming now on Disney+. For Chiang — designer of the podracer, U-wing, and near countless other iconic Star Wars vehicles — it was a rare opportunity to combine two passions.

“I got into film design because I love car design,” he tells StarWars.com at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022. “A collaboration like this with VW is really wonderful, because I can see the other side.”

“We thought, ‘Let’s see how two cool things can come together,” adds Jozef Kabaň, VW’s head of design. “We thought Volkswagen and the [Obi-Wan Kenobi] story could work very well.”

Doug Chiang visits Lucasfilm and Volkswagen’s Obi-Wan Kenobi-inspired vehicles for the first time.

The result of that collaboration made its debut at Star Wars Celebration: a pair of arresting ID. Buzz electric vehicles — one strong with the dark side, and one the light. Lucasfilm and VW worked together on the designs for only about six weeks, trading ideas and tweaking designs remotely. But it did take time to find the right approach.

“We went down the obvious route first,” Chiang says. The initial goal was to imbue the characters of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader into the cars, but early explorations felt too on the nose. “It just didn’t seem to be right. It was trying to turn the cars into something else.” Lucasfilm and VW then hit upon a simpler concept that felt much better.

“Cars in the Star Wars universe are vehicles or spaceships,” Chiang says. “What if we treat them like spaceships? And that’s what we started to do.” The idea shifted into creating Jedi and Sith starships, making the design process more organic. “By doing that, we came up with a really nice, elegant solution.”

“We had a lot of great talks,” says Kabaň. “Lots of great, inspiring moments.” 

Both vehicles feature design elements that echo their character inspirations. The Light Side Edition includes a beige lower half, a reference to Obi-Wan’s Jedi tunic and robes, while the chrome top calls back to prequel-era craft; the pops of blue come from Obi-Wan’s elegant Jedi weapon. On the Dark Side Edition, both shiny and matte blacks give the car an ominous feel, while aggressive reds bring forth images of Darth Vader’s lightsaber. The symbols of the Jedi Order and Galactic Empire are also featured, respectively.

From left to right: Jozef Kabaň, Ewan McGregor, and Doug Chiang at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022.

It was only at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim that Chiang and Kabaň got to see the finished cars in person. It was the worth the wait.

“It’s amazing. It looks better in person. Like many things that we do, it can look great in artwork,” Chiang says. “But until you actually experience it and walk up to it and touch it, you really can’t get the full experience.”

“I’m proud of the story,” says Kabaň. “Of bringing these dream subjects together.”

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Obi-Wan Wednesdays: LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader and More!

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 11:58

Hello there. Obi-Wan Wednesdays is a new product program celebrating Obi-Wan Kenobi, the limited series now streaming on Disney+. Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every week throughout the series’ run for reveals of action figures, apparel, and much more inspired by the series and the legendary Jedi Master himself!

The duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi continues…with LEGO bricks!

This week, Obi-Wan Wednesdays debuts a new LEGO Star Wars set inspired by the memorable battle from Obi-Wan Kenobi Part III, an adorable L0-LA plush from Mattel, and much more. Check out a few of our favorite reveals below!

Tala Durith Pop! by Funko

This ally of Obi-Wan is ready for your Pop! collection.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Retro Collection by Hasbro

Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, the Grand Inquisitor, NED-8, and the Fifth Brother join the Star Wars Retro Collection, charmingly designed in the classic Kenner style. (Pre-orders begin Thursday, June 9, at 10 a.m. PT.)

LEGO® Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi vs Darth Vader by the LEGO Group

I am what you made me. Recreate the shocking duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader from Obi-Wan Kenobi with this new set.

L0-LA Plush by Mattel

Bring Leia’s loyal droid home with this cute, squeezable plush.

Check out LEGO.com, HasbroPulse.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com for even more new Obi-Wan Wednesdays reveals!

Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every Wednesday through June 29 to see the latest and greatest products inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and join the conversation on social media using #ObiWanWednesdays and #StarWars. 

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Hunting for the Empire in Marvel’s Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #24 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 08:00

A show of Imperial strength and order can so quickly descend into chaos.

In StarWars.com’s exclusive first look at Marvel’s Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #24, Beilert Valance and his team try to thwart an assassin on a job for the Empire.

Bounty Hunters #24, written by Ethan Sacks and illustrated by Paolo Villanelli, with a cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, arrives June 15 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

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From the Pages of Star Wars Insider: The Art of Set Decorating with “Miles of Junk”

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 08:00

Roger Christian was one of the first people hired to work on Star Wars. As set decorator for the movie, it was his task to transform George Lucas’ idea of a lived-in galaxy into something real, tangible, and filmable. His efforts earned him an Academy Award, sharing the Best Production Design Oscar with John Barry, Norman Reynolds, and Leslie Dilley.

In an exclusive excerpt from Star Wars Insider #211, writer Brandon Wainerdi sits down with Christian to learn about his earliest memories of working on Star Wars: A New Hope and his return to the saga as second unit director for both Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars Insider: How did you become involved with George Lucas and Star Wars

Roger Christian: I was called in to help on Lucky Lady (1975), working with John Barry. John was out in Guaymas, Mexico, turning old buildings into 1920’s period sets. That movie was written by Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, who had helped write American Graffiti (1973). We became great friends, and they suggested to George that he should come down and meet John and I, since he was looking for English talent to work on his next movie.

When George and Gary Kurtz first arrived, I was outside with my crew dressing an old salt factory for the movie. George came over to me and said, “I’m trying to make this space movie, but it’s more like a science-fiction western.” That’s how he described it. I had never connected to science-fiction movies. They were always too shiny and new, completely fake worlds, but that’s how people saw the future back then. I told him that I saw the future like an old car that’s bruised and damaged, but it just keeps going and is constantly repaired. I had no idea that I was basically describing the Millennium Falcon.  So that was the conversation. George then picked up a shovel and started shoveling salt with me as we chatted. John Barry and I got hired right then and there.

Star Wars Insider: How did you apply that sensibility to sets like the Millennium Falcon?

Roger Christian: The Falcon cockpit was actually the first set I ever did. Obviously 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was the landmark sci-fi movie before us, but it was too shiny and beautiful. It was not what George wanted, so I began researching submarines and cockpits of B-52 bombers. I began to think that, if I just used actual airplane scrap, I could layer all of the sets with it. I began to go to all the London airfields, buying up their airplane junk, which I found cost nothing. There were mountains of jet engines, and I was taking as much as I could.

I spent $100,000 under my little budget, because no one wanted this scrap. But it was cheap as chips, and that was the core of the design of Star Wars. The whole hold area of the Falcon ended up just being miles of junk and PVC piping.

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Obi-Wan Wednesdays: Find Ben Kenobi at Tibidon Station and More!

Wed, 06/01/2022 - 12:00

Hello there. Obi-Wan Wednesdays is a new product program celebrating Obi-Wan Kenobi, the limited series now streaming on Disney+. Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every week throughout the series’ run for reveals of action figures, apparel, and much more inspired by the series and the legendary Jedi Master himself!

Ben Kenobi has arrived among the latest Obi-Wan Kenobi-inspired products!

This week, Obi-Wan Wednesdays debuts a new Star Wars: The Black Series figure of Kenobi at Tibidon Station, a Funko Pop! figure of newcomer Haja Estree, and more. Check out a few of our favorite reveals below!

Star Wars: The Black Series Ben Kenobi Figure by Hasbro

A new sculpt and costume from the new Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series shows Kenobi adrift at Tibidon Station.

Haja Estree Pop! by Funko

The new character joins the Funko Pop! line with a bobblehead.

Star Wars: The Black Series Darth Vader Figure by Hasbro

The Sith Lord returns to the 6-inch scale figure line with a likeness inspired by his latest appearance.

Reva Pop! by Funko

With her double lightsaber extended, the Third Sister Inquisitor is ready for action.

Star Wars: Lightsaber Forge by Hasbro

Build your own lightsaber with the red blade of Darth Vader or a hilt inspired by the blue-bladed weapon carried by his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Check out BigBadToyStore.com, Walmart.com, and LEGO.com for even more new Obi-Wan Wednesdays reveals!

Visit ObiWanWednesdays.com every Wednesday through June 22 to see the latest and greatest products inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and join the conversation on social media using #ObiWanWednesdays and #StarWars.

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