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Star Wars Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2023

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 08:00
Celebrate your Clan of Two with a galaxy of Star Wars gifts.

This Valentine’s Day, let the most important people in your life know how much they mean to you.’s annual Valentine's Day Gift Guide has the latest galactic gifts for the holiday, perfect for friends, family, partners, pets, and Star Wars fans of all ages.

The Princess and the Scoundrel by Del Rey

Author Beth Revis invites you to the wedding of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa in this novel exploring the events following the Battle of Endor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The final film in the original Star Wars trilogy turns 40 this year.

Leia Canvas Pocket Tote by Erin Condren

Personalize a carryall for your favorite Princess Leia fan.

Yoda Plush Dog Toy by Fetch for Pets

This wise Jedi Master knows the importance of furry family members, delivering a simple message in a chew toy. Or choose from toys inspired by the Mandalorian Din Djarin, Grogu, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, or Darth Vader.

Rey Valentine’s Pop! By Funko

Present your soulmate (or the other half of your dyad) with a Rey Valentine’s Day bobblehead complete with a heart-shaped gift and a message: “You’re my Rey of hope!”

The Mandalorian Love is the Way bundle by LovePop

Float into the holiday with a pram full of joy and a pop-up card featuring Grogu and the Mandalorian-inspired message “Love is the Way,” plus a bouquet fit for the other half of your Clan of Two.

Valentine’s Day Sweater Grogu Plush by Mattel

Add this youngling to your plush collection for an added dose of Valentine’s Day cuteness.

Japor Snippet Pendant by RockLove

Handcrafted in solid sterling silver, this keepsake is fashioned after the necklace young Anakin Skywalker hand-carved with traditional Tatooine sand symbols for Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

I Love You…I Know Spirit Jerseys by shopDisney

Rock your romance in comfy style with matching spirit jerseys quoting the famous exchange between Han Solo and Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Coming soon to shopDisney and available at Disney Parks now!

Dark Armor Engagement Ring by Star Wars Fine Jewelry

Declare your allegiance to the dark side and your love with a black diamond inspired by Darth Vader’s gleaming armor, balanced with the light side in white gold.

Star Wars Gold Edition Playing Cards by Theory11

In the same shade as C-3PO’s golden hue, these playing cards bring your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains to a standard deck, including D-O as the Joker.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 Announces First Celebrity Guests

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:30
Plus, additional single day tickets will be available this Friday for the fan event headed to ExCeL London this April!

To paraphrase Ahsoka Tano, we like firsts.

With less than three months left before Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 this April, is thrilled to announce the first of many talented celebrity guests who will appear at the convention.

Star Wars icon Anthony Daniels, the only actor to work on all 11 Star Wars feature films will make an appearance. Daniels notably portrayed C-3PO in all three Skywalker saga trilogies.

Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Tales of the Jedi, will reunite with fellow Clone Wars alum and Sky Guy Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker, as well as Dee Bradley Baker, the longtime voice of clone troopers in Star Wars animation and most recently the majority of Clone Force 99 in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, performing as Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Crosshair.

And from live action, they’ll be joined by Giancarlo Esposito, whose nefarious Moff Gideon challenged Din Djarin and hunted Grogu in The Mandalorian, and newcomers from the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series Vivien Lyra Blair, who brought the spark of rebellion to young Leia Organa, and Indira Varma, who played double-agent Tala Durith. Official Pix will once again manage all autograph guests at the show. Stay tuned for mail-in and reservation details as well as more exciting announcements about other celebrity guests slated to appear.

And mark your calendars because additional single-day tickets will be available starting this Friday, January 27, at 9 a.m. PST only on the official Star Wars Celebration website.

Check out for more information.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 will be held April 7-10, 2023, at ExCeL London in England.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 Announces First Celebrity Guests

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:30
Plus, additional single day tickets will be available this Friday for the fan event headed to ExCeL London this April!

To paraphrase Ahsoka Tano, we like firsts.

With less than three months left before Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 this April, is thrilled to announce the first of many talented celebrity guests who will appear at the convention.

Star Wars icon Anthony Daniels, the only actor to work on all 11 Star Wars feature films will make an appearance. Daniels notably portrayed C-3PO in all three Skywalker saga trilogies.

Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Tales of the Jedi, will reunite with fellow Clone Wars alum and Sky Guy Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker, as well as Dee Bradley Baker, the longtime voice of clone troopers in Star Wars animation and most recently the majority of Clone Force 99 in Star Wars: The Bad Batch, performing as Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Crosshair.

And from live action, they’ll be joined by Giancarlo Esposito, whose nefarious Moff Gideon challenged Din Djarin and hunted Grogu in The Mandalorian, and newcomers from the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series Vivien Lyra Blair, who brought the spark of rebellion to young Leia Organa, and Indira Varma, who played double-agent Tala Durith. Official Pix will once again manage all autograph guests at the show. Stay tuned for mail-in and reservation details as well as more exciting announcements about other celebrity guests slated to appear.

And mark your calendars because additional single-day tickets will be available starting this Friday, January 27, at 9 a.m. PST only on the official Star Wars Celebration website.

Check out for more information.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 will be held April 7-10, 2023, at ExCeL London in England.

Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures Season 2 Arrives

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:00
The animated micro-series is back on Star Wars Kids with new episodes every Tuesday.

Galactic creature enthusiast SF-R3, known as “Aree” to his friends, is back to explore the galaxy far, far away.

Earlier this week, Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures Season 2 arrived with two new shorts in the animated micro-series debuting on Star Wars Kids. Learn all about the timid boglings of Bogano, first seen in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the eopie, the noble Tatooine beast of burden that recently appeared in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Watch both episodes now!

In the first season, Aree studied banthas, charhounds, wampas, and more for the Galactic Society of Creature Enthusiasts. In Season 2, the adventurous droid will put his expert tracking skills to the test to carefully approach a puffer pig, dive into Kaminoan waters in search of Kamoradons, and figure out how to outwit ferocious gundarks.

Galaxy of Creatures Season 2 will continue to feature Aree's charm and unending curiosity while showcasing creatures seen throughout Star Wars storytelling,” says Jason Stein, Lucasfilm creative executive in Animation Development & Production. “From the pursuit of the elusive convor on Atollon to witnessing a mother eopie care for her young on Tatooine, we hope Aree's explorations entertain and delight fans of all ages.”

Season 2 includes 12 new episodes, with two episodes debuting every Tuesday at 9 a.m. PST on the Star Wars Kids YouTube Channel and through February 21, 2023. Here’s the complete schedule:

January 17, 2023 — “Bogling” and “Eopie”

January 24, 2023 — “Convor” and “Gergilla”

January 31, 2023 — “Kamoradon” and “Kybuck”

February 7, 2023 — “Ice Spider” and “Dianoga”

February 14, 2023 — “Gundark” and “Puffer Pig”

February 21, 2023 — “Ordo Moon Dragon” and “Gorgs”

And don’t forget to download the Star Wars Galaxy of Creatures activity kit from the first season here to bring the fun home!

How Omega’s Journey Connects with the Bad Batch and Viewers

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:00
The newest member of the Bad Batch has brought much to the team and the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch brought back Clone Force 99, an elite group of clone troopers who were genetically modified to have a unique set of skills. The first season put us right into the very early days of the Empire and the immediate galactic changes occurring alongside the members of the Bad Batch in Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo.

But one unexpected addition to the group was Omega, a young clone who served as a medical assistant on Kamino. From her first introduction to the Bad Batch, Omega is set apart from the other clones in a number of ways — all of which help make her a truly unique addition to the Star Wars galaxy.

Spoiler warning: The following article contains plot points and story details from Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1 and Season 2 on Disney+.

Upon her first meeting with the group, Omega’s difference in appearance brings an immediate connection with Clone Force 99 as none of them fit in with the rest of the clone army. But the connection that Omega forms with the group, especially with Hunter, extends beyond superficial differences with other clones. Their bond eventually blossoms into a found family, especially after the Bad Batch return to Kamino to rescue her following a mission to Onderon.

Omega’s greatest gift may be the heart that she brings to the team. For the most part, she’s a kid who gets to experience the wider galaxy outside of Kamino for the first time through her travels with the Bad Batch. She has a sense of wonder about her, even as the group deals with bounty hunters and the Empire pursuing them.

That wonder stands out among the Bad Batch, who are already well-traveled and battle-hardened individuals. Omega experiences many things for the first time, including dirt, sunlight, space travel, and even playing with other kids. These experiences have echoes of Luke Skywalker’s early moments in Star Wars: A New Hope when he finally makes it off of Tatooine, carrying a classic Star Wars thread of hope and exploration into Omega’s own story.

Omega’s solitary life on Kamino has left her innocent in many ways. But while she does begin to learn more about the world, she still has a strong sense of herself. She often questions things, looking for a deeper understanding of events like the Clone Wars and what exactly loyalty and family can mean. That search for more understanding also pushes her brothers to question the way they operate.

Her understanding of family is especially visible in the Season 1 finale, "Kamino Lost." At the end of the episode, Omega makes it a point to forgive Crosshair, even after he chooses to remain loyal to the Empire following the squad's escape from the now destroyed Tipoca City. Omega notes that he didn't like Kamino, and she understands why after having spent much of her life inside of Nala Se's laboratory herself. Her forgiveness comes after spending the whole season bonding with the Bad Batch and learning about the importance of family ties, even when a family member chooses to leave.

Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch opened with a slightly older and wiser Omega. She’s been out in the galaxy for a few months, learning and changing alongside her family. We see that when she takes initiative for herself and her brothers, even when it’s a little misguided.

In the second episode of Season 2, “Ruins of War,” the Bad Batch take on a mission from Cid to steal one of Count Dooku’s war chests from his old castle. Through some mishaps, Omega, Tech, and Echo have to abandon the war chest they secure. Still, Omega goes back to retrieve it on her own. It’s a misguided action, fueled from guilt after she overheard Echo telling Hunter that they can’t have a normal life because of her. While this winds up putting her in the path of Imperial troopers, it goes to show that she’s trying her best to take care of her brothers in her own way. And in the end, Echo reassures her that adding her to Clone Force 99 was still the right choice.

Omega, through her own journey, serves as an important point of connection for viewers much in the same way that others like Luke Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano have before. We see her growing and learning during a dark time in the galaxy and bringing unique perspectives into all kinds of situations. And among a group of characters that all bring something different to the table, Omega’s approach to the world and her family is something that sets her apart. She is strong-willed and caring for those close to her, even as the Empire’s rise to power continues to threaten her and the Bad Batch wherever they go.

A Master of the Lightsaber at Work in Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #2 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 10:00
Porter Engle and his sister, Barash, must break a siege in the Outer Rim. 

We can see why Porter Engle earned the nickname The Blade of Bardotta.

While trying to peacefully end a dispute in the world of Gansevor, the Jedi is forced to wield his lightsabers to defend himself and his sister, Barash, from blaster fire. But in's exclusive preview of Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade #2, Porter calmly deflects his assailants with an impressive swish of spinning blades until one blaster bolt hits its target…

The Blade #2, written by Charles Soule with art by Marco Castiello and Jethro Morales and a cover from Giuseppe Camuncoli, arrives January 25 as part of Phase II in the multimedia initiative. The comic is available for pre-order now on ComiXology and at your local comic shop.

Boushh Blasts His Way to New Allies in Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:00
Plus, in Star Wars: Yoda #3, the Jedi Master once again grapples with failure.

Sana Starros is ready to face Domina Tagge, but she’s not prepared for the mayhem that awaits her aboard the Acquisitor.

In’s exclusive first look at Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28, Boushh and his Ubese crew masquerade as members of Crimson Dawn to free the Tagge Corporation leader.

And in’s preview of Star Wars: Yoda #3, a former student recalls the battle he won only to lose the guidance of Jedi Master Yoda.

Doctor Aphra #28, written by Alyssa Wong and illustrated by Minkyu Jung, with a cover by W. Scott Forbes, arrives January 25 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology; Yoda #3, written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Nico Leon, with a cover by Phil Noto, also arrives January 25 and is available for pre-order now on ComiXology. Both issues will also be available at your local comic shop.

The Mandalorian Soars in New Season 3 Trailer and Key Art

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:00
Punch it, Grogu.

The Mandalorian is headed to Mandalore and he'll cross paths with some familiar faces on his latest quest this year.

As excitement builds for the premiere of The Mandalorian Season 3, with episodes streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting March 1, a new trailer and key art for the series gives us a glimpse at the journey ahead.

In addition to key art showing Din and Grogu flying through the air with the help of Djarin’s jetpack, the trailer includes glimpses of the pair traveling in their refurbished N-1 Naboo starfighter, Dr. Pershing in a vast cityscape, Jedi with lightsabers — You read that right. Lightsabers! — and the return of Captain Carson Teva and High Magistrate of Nevarro Greef Karga as well as Peli Motto, who gamely offers up a classic send off of “May the Force be with you!”

The trailer premiered Monday night during halftime at the NFL’s Super Wild Card game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watch it for yourself below.

“Our people are scattered like stars in the galaxy,” Din Djarin says. “What are we? What do we stand for?” We’ll find out soon enough.

Inferno Squad Strikes Back in Marvel’s April 2023 Star Wars Comics – Exclusive Preview

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 08:00
The Star Wars: Battlefront II crew joins Bounty Hunters, Ewoks take the spotlight, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker grapple with their connection to the Force, and much more!

Darth Vader will stop at nothing to eliminate Beilert Valance and his crew of bounty hunters, and that means employing his deadliest squad to hunt them down. In an exciting new connection in Star Wars storytelling, Iden Versio and her crew join the popular Marvel comic run, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, this spring.

Plus, get your first look below at the final issue of Star Wars: Hidden Empire #5 and other Marvel Star Wars titles coming in April 2023 — including covers and solicits for the flagship Star Wars series, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi featuring Endor’s Ewok storytellers, and new installments in Star Wars: The High Republic, Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, and more.



COVER BY Alex Maleev • VARIANT COVER BY Gabriele Dell’Otto




• Following the successful Black, White & Red series produced by Marvel Comics, DARTH VADER now takes the spotlight for tales of terror by some of the industry's most talented creators!

• PEACH MOMOKO will spin a story only she can bring to life!

• PLUS, the return of JASON AARON to the world of STAR WARS with Part One of his Vader tale spanning all four issues!



Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE • Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN


• One Jedi lies dying in Jedha’s frozen desert, and another is missing. Can Vildar, Matty and Tey escape the siege of Enlightenment in time to save them both?

• And all the time, the Leveler waits in the shadows, desperate to feed.

• Plus, the identities of the mysterious raiders are revealed.



Connecting Variant Cover by STEVEN CUMMINGS

Travel Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ • Battle Variant Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY


• The epic conclusion to the trilogy begun with WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS and CRIMSON REIGN!

• At last, Qi’ra will reveal herself to the Sith.

• At last, she will have her revenge.



Cover by PHIL NOTO

Variant Cover by LEE GARBETT

Variant Cover by TAKASHI OKAZAKI


• A fearful vision has infected the students at the Jedi Temple, leading to a violent confrontation that could spell doom for the would-be Jedi.

• Will Yoda sense the danger in time, or will he lose one of his students forever?




Variant Cover by JEN BARTEL


• Sana has just run into one of the roughest bounty hunters in the galaxy: DEVA LOMPOP!

• But what does she want with Sana?

• And why is Sana on a RANCOR?!




Connecting Variant Cover by LEE GARBETT

Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO • Variant Cover by KYLE HOTZ

Variant Cover by CHRISSIE ZULLO


• On the moon of Endor occupied by the species called Ewoks, a group of these stout creatures has gathered around the fire to recount tales of triumph, defeat…and horror!

• In the art-forward manner of storytelling, watch an eclectic group of artists interpret the stories from the unique minds of Ewoks in a manner only they can envision!

• This can’t-miss issue for STAR WARS fans of mirth, merriment and artistry is the book you've been craving!







• The DARK LORD has ordered one of the EMPIRE’S deadliest commando units to take out VALANCE, BOSSK, 4-LOM and ZUCKUSS!

• Meanwhile, assassin droid IG-88 has his sights on another high-value target. But who is he after and who hired him?

• Featuring fan favorites from the hit video game, STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II!






• Is this the end of the line for former allies APHRA and TOLVAN?

• DARTH VADER’S least favorite archaeologist must face a cold hard truth that will shake her to her core!!!

• Can she forgive herself for the chaos she’s about to unleash upon the galaxy?



Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Variant Cover by ALAN QUAH


• Luke Skywalker’s connection to the Force has been disrupted; one of his most powerful tools in his journey to become a Jedi is gone.

• He must undertake an epic quest to find what he has lost...or he, and the galaxy, will fall to darkness.




Variant Cover by KHOI PHAM

Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Variant Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE


When the Dark Lord of the Sith loses control of the Force, nothing is safe — not even his own Executor-class Star Dreadnought. But in the face of total destruction, Commander Sabé finds an opportunity. Does Vader’s untrammeled onslaught expose a vulnerability? Or is it just another doorway to the terrifying tyranny of the Sith? 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Dee Bradley Baker on the Return of Commander Cody – Exclusive

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 17:20
The voice actor talks about the surprise appearance — and choice — of the beloved clone.

Spoiler warning: This article discusses details and plot points from the Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode “The Solitary Clone.”

For fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it was still a mystery. Commander Cody was one of the animated series’ most popular heroes as Obi-Wan Kenobi's unofficial lieutenant, loyal and brave with a gift for strategy. We knew that he would involuntarily betray Kenobi in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, firing upon his friend with execution of Order 66. But his story after those tragic events remained to be told, leaving Cody’s ultimate fate unknown. Until, finally, this season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch

The Disney+ animated series has surprisingly revealed Cody’s role in the still young Empire in “The Solitary Clone.” For Dee Bradley Baker, voice of Cody, the Bad Batch, and all clones, it was a welcome return and storytelling opportunity.

“Well, it's fascinating, isn't it? Cody's a beloved character,” Baker tells “We know since Order 66 played out, we’ve all seen that he was part of that horrible moment, and his place in that. But then you wonder what became of Obi-Wan’s right-hand clone, what happened there. And so it turns out that he's still in with the Empire and he still thinks that this went the way it should — that they took out the bad guys and they're here to bring order and to make the world work, and they’re a fighting force for good.”

In “The Solitary Clone,” Crosshair — formerly of the elite clone squad called the Bad Batch, who are now on the run from the Empire — is assigned to a rescue mission with Cody as commander. But early on, Cody confides to Crosshair that rumors abound that more and more clones are questioning the legitimacy of the Emperor’s command. While Crosshair brands them traitors, it seems like Cody has his doubts too. When the mission ends, Cody brokers the release of the captive Imperial; but he refuses orders to execute the captor, who only wanted to protect her world from Imperial occupation. In the end, Crosshair pulls the trigger. But for Cody, it’s a turning point.

“He is faced with the reality on the ground of what's actually transpiring of what's unfolding. Well, as the fans know, and I think love, about the clones, is that the clones exist in a moral universe. They know right and wrong and fair and unfair, just and unjust, and they want the best. And when they see it, they have the humanity and the intelligence to start to inspect the contrary of what may have always been said or believed. So here we have Cody, coming face-to-face now with the reality of what he has signed into, or what he stayed loyal to, as well as Crosshair,” Baker says. “And so both of these guys are starting to see, very directly and movingly, what's up, in a way that cannot be denied, excused, or turned away from.”

As the actor behind both Cody and Crosshair, Baker found “The Solitary Clone”’s examination of the characters to be thematically rich. He thinks fans will too. “It’s a compelling and interesting story and it's one of the really interesting episodes I think that fans are going to love, in particular because they love Cody and they want more Cody. I know they do, ‘cause they tell me. [Laughs.] They tell me at the conventions. They'll take a signed 8x10 of Cody, even though I haven't voiced Cody for quite a while. They still love him, and so here he comes. So let's see where that goes. It's pretty great.”

Quiz: What Percent Omega Are You?

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 08:00
The newest member of Clone Force 99 brings fresh perspective to Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

Omega has finally found a place to belong in the galaxy: among her brothers in Clone Force 99.

To celebrate the arrival of Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, with new episodes streaming every Wednesday on Disney+, has cloned a new quiz that asks: What percent Omega are you? Pull back your energy bow and find out how much you have in common with the newest member of the squad!

Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red Revealed

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 08:00
Get your first look at cover art from the new comic miniseries and insights from the creative team including Star Wars (2015) writer Jason Aaron.

Is the dark side stronger? Darth Vader certainly seems to think so. is thrilled to announce a new Marvel miniseries featuring the Dark Lord of the Sith, Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red, with your first look at the cover of issue #1 from artist Alex Maleev.

The four-issue comic anthology — an extension of the popular Black, White & Blood series that has followed the histories of other fan-favorite characters like Wolverine, Deadpool, and Moon Knight — will include stories written and illustrated by a team of renowned authors and artists, including a four-part story penned by Jason Aaron. Aaron previously wrote the first installment in the relaunch of the Star Wars flagship comic series in 2015 and the Sith-centered Vader Down the following year.

One Vader quote from the spinoff ranks among the writer’s all-time favorite lines: "All I am surrounded by is fear. And dead men."

“That moment from Vader Down is still one of my favorite things I've written during my time at Marvel,” Aaron tells “I loved getting to let Darth Vader cut loose with all his power in such an epic way. I couldn't pass up the chance to revel in the dark side again and put Vader in an even more perilous situation... and then see how he carves his way out.”

In Star Wars: Darth Vader – Black, White & Red issue #1, Vader returns to his vile ways with a trio of tales penned by Aaron, Peach Momoko, and Torunn Grønbekk, with art by Momoko — in her debut as an interior artist for a Star Wars comic, — Leonard Kirk, and more. “It is always a treat to draw anything for Star Wars,” Kirk tells “It is a double treat to draw anything for Star Wars featuring Darth Vader. And it is a triple treat to draw anything for Star Wars featuring Darth Vader at his Sithiest, nastiest, most vile and violent.”

The series will also mark Grønbekk’s debut in the galaxy far, far away. "Darth Vader has always been my favorite part of Star Wars — make of that what you will!” she tells “To say that I am excited to make my Star Wars debut writing the most iconic pop culture villain in history would be the understatement of the year. It's been a joy to create a story that not only gives you a glimpse of the gritty reality of the Star Wars universe but also showcases Vader at his most cunning and violent."

Check out the variant covers for issue #1 from Jim Cheung and Gabriele Dell’Otto, as well as the solicit text for these intriguing new chapters in Darth Vader’s twisted tale.

COVER BY Alex Maleev


• Following the successful Black, White & Red series produced by Marvel Comics, DARTH VADER now takes the spotlight for tales of terror by some of the industry’s most talented creators!

• PEACH MOMOKO will spin a story only she can bring to life!

• PLUS, the return of JASON AARON to the world of STAR WARS with Part One of his Vader tale spanning all four issues!

Marvel Comics and Mateus Manhanini Reveal Stunning Star Wars Black History Month Covers - Exclusive

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 14:00
See seven of the acclaimed artist’s 10 covers, featuring Greef Karga, Sana Starros, and more.

In celebration of Black History Month, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and superstar cover artist Mateus Manhanini will honor the Black characters of the galaxy far, far away with a special series of covers. is thrilled to reveal seven of the 10 works, which will appear across Marvel’s Star Wars line throughout February.

Manhanini, covert artist for Marvel’s current Wakanda limited series, has become known for his vibrant use of color and expressive forms. In this new Star Wars collection for Black History Month, he brings his unique perspective to the Black heroes and villains of the saga, including those from film, series, books, and comics. Each is depicted with an iconic locale central to their character, from The Mandalorian’s Greef Karga and the city arch of Nevarro, to Oliviah Zeveron, Jedi Knight of Star Wars: The High Republic, who stands in front of the Jedi Temple on Jedha.

Manhanini offered his thoughts on this powerful range of art:

“Making these covers was an honor, something I could never have imagined I would do! I felt a great responsibility to represent these characters but I transformed this challenge into a thirst to do my best.

“A lot is still discussed about Black representation in the industry and in stories of all media, especially in the science fiction genre. We humans, throughout our existence, we tell stories: that tell us what is right and what is wrong, that empower us, that create legends and cultures, that connect us with other people, that create gods and create monsters and help us deal with our own monsters. Stories feed the soul and increase our hope for a better and promising future, especially for us Black people who live under the effects of a racist structure, and science fiction is perfect for this because it is the genre that sets out to think and experiment with new horizons. So it is extremely valuable to have stories that tell about our life experiences and perspectives, and great works that include us and don't treat us as mere supporting characters, be it in books, movies, or games.

"I hope that these covers manage to remember and reaffirm the presence of these Black characters within the Star Wars universe and about the importance of their stories being told. The more diversity we have, the more richness, power, and solidity this universe will have, and this will influence the life and experience of many readers.”

Check out the covers below, along with the release dates of each comic.

Star Wars: Sana Starros #1 (of 5), on sale February 1

Star Wars: Darth Vader #31, on sale February 8

Star Wars: Hidden Empire #3 (of 5), on sale February 8

Star Wars: The High Republic #5, on sale February 8

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #31, on sale February 15

Star Wars: The Mandalorian #8, on sale February 15

Star Wars #31, on sale February 15

The celebration continues with more covers by Mateus Manhanini, including Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #29, Star Wars: The High Republic — The Blade #4, and Star Wars: Yoda #4 (all on sale February 22).

Ships of the Galaxy: The U-Wing

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 08:00
Step inside the Rogue One fighter.

In “Ships of the Galaxy,” celebrates all the different kinds of craft across the saga. Strap in, punch it, and join us for the ride.

The U-wing is a multipurpose gunship and troop transport highly valued by the burgeoning Rebellion. These vessels are required to swoop in and out of heavy-fire combat situations, transport multiple passengers, and provide air support. While U-wings are fast and reasonably maneuverable, they are more akin to a heavy repulsorcraft than an X-wing. However, their versatility and functionality make them an invaluable battlefield asset — one that Cassian Andor and his team used to wreak havoc on the Empire.

Behind the Scenes

It's a daunting task to create a vessel that lives up to the legacy of the X-wing or the Millennium Falcon. Lucasfilm VP and executive creative director Doug Chiang told that was precisely the mandate from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards. “In my mind, those are two of the most perfect designs," Chiang reflected. "So in order to design our ship to compete at that level was just mind-blowing for me.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that Chiang and the team went through hundreds of designs -- 781, to be exact!

As with all things, it all starts with what works best for the story. The U-wing had to be, among other things, a troop carrier, so Chiang started with a Huey helicopter version of the X-wing. From there, the team had to consider the proportion of the wings to the engine to the body. Every tweak affects the rest of the vessel which ended up being a very organic process. Chiang even told that the U-wing was the “hardest ship to design” because the bar was set so high. It is fair to say that this mission was accomplished.

Specs and Features

The U-wing is one of the last original designs to emerge from the Incom Corporation before the eventual emergence of the Empire. These vessels never received a full production run off the assembly line, making them a rarity. If not for some clever record manipulation by Bail Organa, they might not have found their way into the service of the Rebellion. These rare vehicles are highly valued for their versatility and function and are crucial to some early integral victories against the might of the Imperial fleet.

The U-wing is a unique swing-wing vessel built and designed for two primary objectives: delivering troops to battle in heavy-fire combat zones and as air support close to the surface of planets. It is the largest of the starfighters used by the Rebellion with a length of eighty-two feet (twenty-five meters). U-wings features a Class 1 hyperdrive, which is significantly powerful but also consumes large amounts of fuel, making it ineffective for distance combat. They tend to stay out of sight after a drop-off so that each ship can conserve its fuel supply.

Because of the ship’s build, it handles like a repulsor craft and is prized for its high maneuverability and offensive capabilities. The bottom can be customized to hold several different guns, including two laser cannons and one repeating ion blaster. When the wings are forward, it is in non-attack mode. At top speed, the U-wing can reach a top speed of 950 kph (590 mph).

Unique to this vessel, the U-wing has a two-seater cockpit with dual controls. It is possible for a solitary pilot to fly the craft, but certainly not recommended due to the high-intensity missions U-wings are deployed for. A savvy flight team has a greater likelihood of success operating the gunship and is more able to handle landing zone fire suppression and defense. Fortunately, the Incom design features a standard control system that is much more accessible to new pilots who have civilian aircraft experience.

Biggest Moments

A resistance group on Lothal led by Ryder Azadi had possession of an older model U-wing missing a functional hyperdrive. Hero of the Rebellion Hera Syndulla used the ship (after it had a working hyperdrive installed) to escape the planet and share flight data recorder information with the rebel leaders. These details helped the rebels effectively attack an Imperial armory mass producing the dangerous TIE Defenders.

During Rogue One, a U-wing was a pivotal part of the action for Cassian Andor and his team as they sought the plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. A U-wing piloted by a reprogrammed Imperial security droid named K-2SO took Jyn Erso from an Imperial labor camp on the planet, ultimately bringing her to Mon Mothma. Jyn Erso’s father was believed to be Wobani.

For Operation Fracture, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, and Jyn Erso flew to Jedha to recruit former Imperial, Bodi Rook, who had been in contact with Jyn’s father, Galen Erso. Instead, they left the planet aboard the U-wing with new rebel recruits Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. The team then raced to Eadu to rescue Galen, but the ship was damaged by bad weather and rock formations, ultimately abandoned as the crew sought a different means of escape.

The Battle of Scarif featured several U-wings in Antoc Merrick’s Blue Squadron, though many were destroyed in the struggle for the plans to the Death Star. U-wings appeared periodically throughout the Galactic Civil War, notably to transport captured Inferno Squadron member Iden Versio. One was also spotted landing on Naboo to provide reinforcements during Operation Cinder. While the use of U-wings was not prevalent throughout galactic history, their impact helped to usher in a new age with the destruction of the Empire.

20 Rebellious Andor Quotes

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 08:00
Revisit some of the best lines from the Disney+ Original series.

An abundance of memorable lines filled the acclaimed first season of Andor, now streaming on Disney+. From simple chants like “one way out” to lengthy explorations of freedom and oppression from a dreamer-turned-rebel, every one of the statements on this list captures the rebellious spirit of Andor. They’re also thought-provoking and highly quotable.

Revisit Andor and memorize your new favorite Star Wars quote with the list below!

Spoiler warning: This article contains major spoilers for Andor Season 1.

1. “I don’t need any surprises.” — Cassian Andor

Oh, Cassian, the surprises are just beginning. The future rebel has been scraping by day-to-day and barely flying under the radar. Little does Cassian know that his life is about to take a dramatic turn that will put him squarely in the Empire’s sights. (“Kassa,” Episode 1)

2. “Corporate Tactical Forces are the Empire's first line of defense and the best way to keep the blade sharp is to use it.” — Sergeant Mosk

While it might be a bit of a mixed metaphor, the callousness behind Mosk’s words is chilling. The casual threat to use power or violence on whoever might get in the way of authority proves that the Empire’s severe methods have been accepted in much of the galaxy. (“That Would Be Me,” Episode 2)

3. “You just walk in like you belong.” — Cassian Andor

Time and time again the Empire’s overconfidence that the rebels aren’t a threat proves to be its undoing. Cassian exploits that weakness. Whether it’s to grab a N-S9 Starpath Unit to sell for some credits or to steal the plans to the Death Star, Cassian knows it’s a strategy that works. (“Reckoning,” Episode 3)

4. “That’s what a reckoning sounds like.” — Maarva Andor

The clanging that rings out across Ferrix is more than a distraction. It’s an announcement that the people of Ferrix are united and look out for each other despite the tight grip of the Empire or anyone else who would threaten them. Maarva has a feeling the fight is just starting. (“Reckoning,” Episode 3)

5. “Must everything be boring and sad?” — Perrin Fertha

Mon Mothma and her husband Perrin couldn’t be more different. While Perrin whines about the guest list for their next grand dinner party, Mon bears the weight of planets on her shoulders. The two Chandrilans might live under the same roof, but their worlds are a galaxy apart. (“Aldhani,” Episode 4)

6. “You might as well wear a sign that says, ‘I promise to disappoint you.’” — Eedy Karn

Everything you need to know about Syril’s mother is encapsulated in this one stinging barb. (“The Axe Forgets,” Episode 5)

7. “The pace of repression outstrips our ability to understand it.” — Karis Nemik

Nemik is a true believer in the uprising against the Empire. A pensive soul, Nemik is willing to share his extensive thoughts on freedom and revolution to just about anyone who will listen. Cassian might not realize it, but he’s taking his first steps toward the Rebellion thanks to Nemik’s fervent speech. (“The Axe Forgets,” Episode 5)

8. “Oh, I’m a rebel. It’s just me against everybody else.” — Arvel Skeen

After barely escaping from Aldhani in one piece, Skeen shows his true colors when he offers Cassian a chance to take the money and run. Unlike Nemik or Vel, Skeen wasn’t in it for lofty dreams of rebellion or liberty; he just wants the cash. We might never know how much of his story was the truth. (“The Eye,” Episode 6)

9. “I’ve learned from Palpatine. I show you the stone in my hand, you miss the knife at your throat.” — Mon Mothma

If there’s anyone who knows how play the long game, it’s Sheev Palpatine. Mon Mothma reveals she’s taken a page out of the Emperor’s book by concealing her true nature from the galaxy. The future leader of the Rebellion is hiding in plain sight — but how much longer can she keep up the ruse? (“Announcement,” Episode 7)

10. “That’s just love. Nothing you can do about that.” — Maarva Andor

When Cassian tells Maarva that he’ll always worry about her, she can’t help giving him a teary-eyed smile. It’s a feeling parents know all too well. (“Announcement,” Episode 7)

11. “Wait, I’m just a tourist!” — Cassian Andor

Cassian is a smooth-talking thief, but even he can’t hide his surprise at the injustice following his swift arrest on Niamos. All he can do is shout “Wait, I’m just tourist!” in disbelief. (“Announcement,” Episode 7)

12. “Can one ever be too aggressive in preserving order?” — Syril Karn

If a single quote could sum up Syril Karn and what drives him, this would be the one. (“Narkina 5,” Episode 8)

13. “The very worst thing you can do right now is bore me.” — Dedra Meero

Dedra’s cruel nature comes to the forefront as she interrogates Bix Calleen. Dedra is a merciless Imperial officer through and through. She proves she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get the information she wants — without remorse. (“Nobody’s Listening!” Episode 9)

14. “You think they care what we say? Nobody’s listening. Nobody.” — Cassian Andor

Cassian has been paying attention since the moment he arrived at the Narkina 5 prison facility. The same can’t be said for the guards, as Cassian’s shout demonstrates. Understaffed and completely unconcerned about the prisoners’ well-being, the guards don’t bother keeping tabs on anything but quotas. (“Nobody’s Listening!” Episode 9)

15. “Never more than 12.” — Kino Loy

He’s in. After repeatedly brushing off Cassian and his attempts to concoct an escape, Kino Loy has realized the truth. He and the other prisoners are never getting out of the facility. He’s kept his eyes and ears open as well, and Cassian needs his help for the plan to be a success. (“Nobody’s Listening!” Episode 9)

16. “I’d rather die trying to take them down than die giving them what they want.” — Cassian Andor

This remarkable line of dialogue foreshadows the fate of Cassian in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It also has an obvious effect on Kino Loy, as Cassian’s passionate words so often do on those around him. (“One Way Out,” Episode 10)

17. “There is only one way out.” — Kino Loy

The only way out is rebellion — not just for the prisoners of Narkina 5, but for Mon Mothma, Luthen Rael, and the entire galaxy held under the Emperor’s thumb. (“One Way Out,” Episode 10)

18. “I burn my life to make a sunrise that I know I’ll never see.” — Luthen Rael

Luthen Rael lays it all out for his inside man as well as the audience, and we’re left breathless. Luthen never allows himself the luxury of fooling himself about the unpleasant work he does or the people he hurts. He’s willing to sacrifice himself and any chance at happiness for the good of the galaxy. Luthen is a rebel through and through. (“One Way Out,” Episode 10)

19. “I can’t swim.” — Kino Loy

Heartbreak in just three words. Kino knew all along what waited for him at the end of their escape but fought for his fellow inmates anyway. Before Cassian even has a chance to formulate a new plan to get Kino safely out of the prison facility, he’s knocked into the water below. (“One Way Out,” Episode 10)

20. “Fight the Empire!” — Maarva Andor

Maarva risked staying on Ferrix despite the Empire’s presence to share her final words with the community she loved. With her final act, she inspires revolution. Maarva’s message might be broadcast to the crowd at her funeral, but it feels like her call for rebellion is directed squarely at her son Cassian. And he hears her. (“Rix Road,” Episode 12)

From a Certain Point of View: Who is the MVP of The Bad Batch?

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 08:00
To celebrate the arrival of Season 2 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, two writers go head-to-head to defend their favorite member of Clone Force 99.

One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest -- and most fun -- Star Wars issues. With the launch of Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2, now streaming on Disney+, two writers have joined forces to debate who among the motley crew is the most valuable member of the team.

Wrecker is the best member of Clone Force 99, says Amy.

A loyal friend with a noble heart, a deep passion for both using explosives and cuddling a tooka doll... these elements and more make Wrecker the best member of Clone Force 99. Wrecker's genetic mutations give him extraordinary strength, which means he can muscle his way out of about any situation. Not even a fallen gunship can stop Wrecker from saving the day. Pair his penchant for bashing the enemy with his affinity for demolition and you have quite the force in any fight.

But it's not just Wrecker's brute strength that makes him the best member of Clone Force 99; it's his heart.

All the members of the group carry burdens from their pasts. Maybe it's a particular battle that won't stop haunting them. Or they might wonder if they made the right choice at a particular moment. They don't often seem to put aside their roles as soldiers — except for Wrecker. He's a big, goofy kid. Wrecker can take down any threat, but he's equally adept and finding the joy in playing with Omega and sneaking away for some hard-earned Mantell Mix. Of the group, he connects the most with Omega on an emotional level.

My heart melted into an infinite puddle when he made Omega a space of her own on the Marauder. The thoughtfulness! If the Star Wars universe had Pinterest, this nook would have its own board. Wrecker placed his beloved tooka doll, Lula, in the room, too. It's just one example of how he went out his way to make Omega feel at home with the group. Wrecker recognized what Omega needed and fully stepped into the big brother role when the other members of team kept her at arm's length, arguing about the dangers of having a kid around.

With The Bad Batch being, in no small part, a story about this group of misfits watching over a child who is also a misfit, it's important for someone to see her. Wrecker does.

There is only one MVP in Clone Force 99, and it’s Omega, says Dan.

We all love Wrecker, but it's Omega, the genetically unmodified yet enhanced clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, who's truly an invaluable member of the elite squad. Omega’s empathy, compassion, resourcefulness, and intelligence work together to make her the glue that binds the unorthodox team together.

Omega's empathy allows her to connect with each member on an individual level and reach them in ways the others can’t. For example, take Crosshair, who left the squad in Season 1. Peerless when it comes to marksmanship, he’s not exactly someone who is easy to get along with. Even when he insults Omega, she still shows him grace and tries to understand things from his perspective. He may not have helped Clone Force 99 at the end of Season 1 on Kamino without Omega’s empathy.

In a similar vein, Omega’s compassion stands out among the Bad Batch. On a mission to Ryloth, Omega befriends Hera Syndulla, whose parents were taken by the Empire. Hunter is adamant that Clone Force 99 can’t help everyone, but Omega steadfastly defends her point of view in the situation. She cares about people and puts others first. In many ways, she is the heart of the Bad Batch.

When fleeing the planet Daro to rescue the clone Gregor, Omega flies the Marauder away from a series of V-wings, showing her resourcefulness even when the shields fail. This could have been certain death for the crew, but Omega thinks quickly and plugs the trusty Gonk droid (appropriately named “Gonky '') into the ship. Fortunately for all of them, Omega had been tinkering with Gonky for a while, and this, combined with her ability to think on her feet, saved their lives.

And even when she's not on a mission, Omega is always looking out for the squad. At the Dejarik table, she proves how gifted she is in strategy and proceeds to win several large-stakes games for Cid. Her intelligence and savvy earn enough money for her to pay off the Bad Batch’s debt, earning Hunter’s begrudging approval.

Each member of Clone Force 99 is valuable in their own way, but it's Omega whose qualities most often work to unite the team.  She makes them greater than the sum of their parts and is the definitive MVP of Clone Force 99.

Which Star Wars: The Bad Batch character if your pick for MVP? Tweet us your response @StarWars!

And stream new episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch every Wednesday exclusively on Disney+.

5 Star Wars Scenes That Made a Big Impact

Thu, 01/05/2023 - 08:00
And we don't mean blowing up the Death Star.

A memorable scene in the Star Wars galaxy doesn’t always have to require an exploding space station, a laser-laden dogfight, or a lightsaber duel. There are plenty of moments to choose from with less-than-obvious reasons for appreciation; scoured through the live-action Star Wars films and series, and gathered a quintet of scenes that should be long remembered. 

1. Obi-Wan Powers Down the Tractor Beam (Star Wars: A New Hope)

While Luke, Han, Chewie, and Leia find themselves stuck in the Death Star’s trash compactor, Obi-Wan Kenobi disables the tractor beam, located high above the space station’s cavernous shaft. The scene includes one of the film’s most visually stunning shots. Thanks to a matte painting, the shaft resembles a bottomless pit. It’s dark and dangerous with most of the illumination coming from the narrow, oval lights lining its walls. Kenobi must carefully scoot along a narrow ledge to reach the controls on the tractor beam terminal. One wrong step, and he’s Jedi toast. He manages to pull the appropriate levers before sneaking out of the shaft. But first he must distract some incoming stormtroopers by using the Force to make a little noise. This causes the bucketheads to look in the opposite direction, and Obi-Wan slinks away. Although it lasts only a few seconds of screen time, the scene is arguably as important as Kenobi’s lightsaber showdown with Darth Vader. Shutting down the beam allows the Millennium Falcon and its crew the opportunity to escape the Death Star. No escape, and no Rebellion win at the Battle of Yavin.  

2. A Day in the Life of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Hermit (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

This scene does a fantastic job answering the question: What’s Luke Skywalker been up to for the last 30 years? For a bit of that time he’s been in exile on the remote planet of Ahch-To, home of the first Jedi Temple. When Rey arrives and begs Luke to help defend the Resistance against the First Order, Luke brushes off the request, telling Rey to leave. Instead she stays and watches Luke go about his business. What follows is a scene with some slice-of-life action and amazing visuals set amid the island’s jagged cliffs and crashing waves. Luke may be grizzled and graying, but he still has that Skywalker Jedi agility. Stepping off of the edge of a cliff, Luke hops on a giant pole that’s seemingly stationary in the water below. After using the pole to vault from one side of the cliff to the other, he raises it out of the water, revealing that it’s actually a fishing spear. A moment later, he uses it to swiftly catch his dinner. This glimpse at an older Luke brings us up to speed in grand Star Wars style.  

3. Losing Our Minds Over Bor Gullet (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Star Wars films are no stranger to creature feature scares, but this scene wraps its tentacles around the viewer and doesn’t let go. Bodhi Rook, a defecting Imperial pilot, has the best of intentions. He travels to Jedha to deliver a holographic message to rebel extremist Saw Gerrera from Galen Erso, a scientist whose work was exploited to create the Death Star’s superlaser. Yet the intensely skeptical Saw doesn’t trust Bodhi, believing it to be a trap. Inside Saw’s catacombs, he interrogates the pilot by enlisting the help of Bor Gullet, a massive, tentacled being with a talent for reading minds with torturous results. The scene of Bor Gullet at work may be brief, but proves terrifyingly impactful. “Bor Gullet will know the truth,” Saw explains. “The unfortunate side-effect is that one tends to lose one's mind." The camera’s slow zoom shows a frightened Bodhi panicking as he sees the creature slithering out of the darkness. A tension-building flashing light reveals Bor Gullet’s slimy, wrinkled skin, waving tentacles, and cold eyes. Once Bor Gullet reaches Bodhi, it eerily wraps its tentacles around the pilot’s arms, waist, chest, and neck. The tentacles eventually attach to either side of Bodhi’s head, enabling Bor Gullet to seep inside the pilot’s subconscious. An impressive blend of practical puppet and CG effects, Bor Gullet provides one of the creepiest moments in Star Wars cinema where horror collides with science fiction. 

4. Return to Tosche Station (The Book of Boba Fett, "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine")

Flashbacks help fill in the blanks of Boba’s backstory in the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett. This one includes a quiet callback, resurrecting a pair of characters off of the cutting room floor and into Star Wars screen lore. In order to equip his newly found Tusken Raider family to better defend themselves from a drive-by train attack, Boba visits a certain Tatooine establishment Luke Skywalker quickly mentions in Star Wars: A New Hope: Tosche Station. No, Boba’s not shopping for power converters. He’s looking to lift some speeder bikes from a gang of Nikto baddies. At this power station and one-stop-machine-shop, patrons can have a drink and play games while they wait. And it seems that Fixer and Camie, a pair of Luke’s old friends, are still waiting for something after all of these years. The Niktos, in the midst of some raucous revelry, intimidate the nervous couple by downing Fixer’s drink and munching on his bar snacks. When Fixer stands up to defend himself, the gang overtakes him and Camie. That’s before Boba Fett enters, gaffi stick in hand, resulting in a high-intensity rumble that leaves broken glass and bruised Niktos in its wake. While the excitement level alone makes this scene noteworthy, it’s the inclusion of Camie and Fixer that warrants serious appreciation for longtime fans. A Tosche Station scene featuring the pair, along with Luke and his pilot buddy Biggs, was cut from A New Hope. Thanks to this moment in The Book of Boba Fett, die-hard Star Wars fans finally get to see Fixer and Camie in an official capacity. Those interested in taking a peek at the characters’ original appearance can check out the deleted scene in A New Hope’s extras section on Disney+.

5. Meeting with the Tuskens (The Mandalorian, "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger")

Although this scene proves entertaining and memorable on the surface, sift a little deeper through the sand and some special significance rises to the top. When aspiring bounty hunter Toro Calican gets the Mandalorian to help him track down legendary mercenary Fennec Shand, the pair find themselves encountering Tusken Raiders amid the Tatooine desert. Thanks to Mando’s knowledge of Tusken sign language, he’s able to negotiate with a pair of these Sand People, allowing him and Calican safe passage through Tusken turf. Unfortunately for Calican, he has to forgo his brand-new binocs as part of the deal. Here viewers get a new look at Tusken Raiders and a first glimpse at their hand-signal communication. Although his face is obscured by Tusken gear, Tusken Scout #1 is portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Troy Kotsur, who took home a 2022 Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in CODA, making him the first deaf man to ever win an Academy Award. Additionally, Kotsur helped develop the Tusken sign language used in this series and later in The Book of Boba Fett.

“The Empire is Everywhere”: The Creators of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on The Long Road Ahead in Season 2

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 09:00
Executive producer/supervising director Brad Rau and executive producer/head writer Jennifer Corbett tell what fans can expect from the next leg of Clone Force 99’s journey on Disney+.

Clone Force 99 is at a crossroads.

The war has come to an end and with it the Galactic Republic they served. The destruction of Tipoca City on Kamino in the Season 1 finale of Star Wars: The Bad Batch means the Empire now believes the elite squad is gone. And if they lay low and play their cards right, they can keep themselves and their newest member, Omega, safe in Season 2, with a two-episode premiere now streaming on Disney+.

“We purposely ended Season 1 closing a chapter,” executive producer Jennifer Corbett, who also serves as the series’ head writer, tells “It was sort of a reset for the show. The idea was that now that Tipoca City was destroyed, the Empire thinks the Batch perished in that attack, so they have this relative freedom. They can do missions now and stay a bit more under the radar.” But laying low is no simple task for the morally-driven Batch. “We wanted to very quickly pull them back in as they keep getting sucked into the bigger Galactic conflict,” Corbett adds, “and things get a bit more complicated for them.”

Corbett and supervising director/executive producer Brad Rau both have their own headcanon about what the Batch has been up to in the months between seasons. “They went from being these Republic troopers who were probably catered to in terms of the best gear, best equipment, best missions,” Corbett says, to working to keep themselves fed, scraping by with worn-out armor, and doing whatever missions they can safely come by. “I sort of picture it as like a family road trip,” she says with a laugh. “Cross-country, and you're right in the middle and you still have a long way to go.”

“It became part of our poster for Celebration: The Long Road Ahead,” Rau says. “We wanted to put them in a spot where things aren't great. What are they going to do? What's their next decision? The Empire is everywhere and the Empire's growing, so you can't really do whatever you want. It's a smaller world.”

“Dare to be Great”

Beyond Clone Force 99 — Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Omega — the series, which spun off from an arc in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will also explore what it means to be a regular clone soldier in a post-war galaxy. Captain Rex and Commander Cody will make appearances, alongside former Bad Batcher Crosshair, who has sworn his allegiance to the Empire despite the removal of his inhibitor chip. “Don't worry, Crosshair fans,” Corbett says. “He’s in there.”

The series is also executive produced by Dave Filoni, who took Rau and Corbett’s plans for a Crosshair-centric episode featuring a day in the life of a regular clone post-Order 66 and suggested the familiar face of Commander Cody as a cameo. The character’s reveal in the teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, along with the first glimpse at Wookiee Jedi youngling and Order 66 survivor Gungi from “The Gathering” arc in The Clone Wars, drew such an enthusiastic response from fans that it made the whole floor shake, Corbett recalls.

Filoni regularly challenges the team to push the boundaries of what they thought was possible, Corbett and Rau say. “He'll remind us, ‘Dare to be great,’” Rau says. “I think it's important for everybody to hear that. We’ve gotta push as much as we can push.”

Since Season 1, the Bad Batch has grown and evolved as a unit, trying to find their place in a changing galaxy. “In the opening episode of Season 2, we wanted to do a crossroads mission for the Batch where they could either walk away from it or take a risk to get this war chest and hope maybe their wildest dreams could come true,” Corbett says. Connecting to the wider galaxy, the Separatist world they settled on was none other than Serenno, former home of Count Dooku. The target? Dooku’s Palace. “It’s creepy and there were lots of treasures in there, so we jumped at that,” Corbett says. “Dave adds that special sauce to the episodes.”

The Dad Batch

The creators work hard to keep the show accessible to fans of all-ages, imbuing stories with problems that could exist in our world as well as the galaxy far, far away. “It has to be something that our viewers can relate to,” Corbett says.

Omega, the heart of Clone Force 99, certainly helps, providing a more innocent lens with which to view the world and its difficulties. In the aftermath of Order 66, the Bad Batch has become something of the Dad Batch to their youngest recruit, protecting her and teaching her the skills to survive.

While Season 1 explored Omega’s connection to Hunter and Wrecker, this season will delve more into her relationship with Echo and Tech, the creators promise. “Echo's so great and we really wanted to make sure that we carved out enough space for how he influences Omega and what he teaches her,” Rau says. “The same with Tech,” adds Corbett. “We got to have a lot of fun with him and sort of give him a little bit more, delving into their relationship a bit more.”

Omega is changing and growing right alongside her found family. In the months that have passed between seasons, fans find a slightly older and wiser Omega, with nods to her more grown-up outlook inherent in her design and refined energybow skills. “At the end of Season 1, Omega got to witness firsthand the power of the Empire and how truly dangerous they are,” Corbett says. Not only has that made the character shed some of her innocence, it’s the kind of thing that would make anyone want to run and hide.

But there are bright spots in the galaxy, like newcomer Phee Genoa, played by Wanda Sykes. The rogue, described as a cross between Han Solo, Jack Sparrow, and real-life pirate Anne Bonny, is the perfect foil for both the no-nonsense Bad Batch and business-minded Cid. The creators even talked about the character — in code— while in line for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, Rau says with a laugh. “Wanda is incredible and she brings so much to this swashbuckling character with so much bravado… a scoundrel that has a little bit more flair. If Cid is giving guff to these guys, who's gonna give guff to Cid?” Rau asks. “It's Phee Genoa. Intentionally, when we filmed her introduction, you get to meet her by her boots up on Cid's desk. And that tells you a lot about this character.”

And this season, fans will catch up with Nala Se, who was saved from Kamino by Imperial forces, and Emperor Palpatine himself. “In the trailer, fans got to see Palpatine in the Senate, so we’ll possibly be exploring Coruscant a little bit this season,” Corbett teases. “And maybe coming into contact with people who would be there at that time and place.”

The harsh reality of the Imperial regime forces the Bad Batch and Omega to ask themselves some tough questions this season, as they encounter others who are struggling amid the tyranny and ne’er-do-wells.

“Later in the season, we have this really sweet moment where Omega is putting that out to one of the dads,” Rau says. “’This is terrible. What are we supposed to do?’ And he tells her sometimes all we can do is try to help as much as we can and move on.” It’s a smaller moment of kindness and compassion in a larger conflict, but an important lesson, especially for younger viewers at home who may be overwhelmed by matters out of their own control in this galaxy. “What are we supposed to do when things are terrible? Sometimes you can just do your part. Sometimes just doing a little bit to help out is worth it. We think that's really important for kids to see and we really wanted to make that point.”

And even in a dark time in the galaxy, there is always a glimmer of hope. “We always try to have the element of hope in there,” Corbett says. “That's really what I think Star Wars is about. So we always wanna make sure that that's ingrained in these stories….There’s a lot of heart in Season 2. I'm so excited for fans to be able to see really where we're taking this story and experience it.”

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Is Here!

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 08:00
Clone Force 99 is back.

The mission continues.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch returns today, as Season 2 kicks off on Disney+ with a two-episode premiere. Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Omega — the elite unit called Clone Force 99, or “the Bad Batch” — are back, as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of the Clone War.

When last we saw the Bad Batch, they faced their former squadmate Crosshair, who now serves the Empire, in an epic showdown on Kamino. But the conflict goes on in Season 2, with new enemies and allies alike.

Fall in, and enjoy Season 2.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Recon to Get You Ready for Season 2

Tue, 01/03/2023 - 08:00
Reacquaint yourself with Clone Force 99 before their return.

Our favorite clones are back for a brand-new season of adventures in Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, Echo, and Omega continue to cross paths with old friends and potential new allies. Will there ever be a place in the new Empire for these indomitable veterans of the Clone Wars?

The Bad Batch returns to Disney+ for new episodes on January 4, 2023. Let’s get reacquainted with the team and where they’ve been before the season starts.

Spoiler warning: The following article contains story details and plot points from Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1.

Who Are the Bad Batch?

Clone Force 99, a.k.a. the Bad Batch, were created on Kamino as an experimental unit of soldiers. Each member was genetically manipulated and enhanced to nurture a particular set of skills. Hunter is the leader of the group, cool under pressure and even cooler with his signature red headband. Tech is the computer whiz who specializes in science, technology, and talking. A lot. Wrecker is the team muscle and ardent admirer of anything that goes boom. Crosshair is an impeccable marksman, cold and unyielding.

Echo wasn’t an original member of the Bad Batch; the former ARC trooper joined the group during the Clone Wars. After the Separatists altered him with cybernetic implants to forcefully gain access to Republic intel, he put his droid modifications to good use in support of the unique team.

Omega is the newest member of the team, although she’s technically the oldest. As an assistant to Nala Se, she even witnessed her brothers’ creation. Omega is unique among her brothers not just because her aging is progressing naturally — she’s also a rare unaltered clone of Jango Fett.

Before the Dark Times

During the Clone Wars, Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, and Crosshair were practically inseparable. Known for their perfect mission success rate and irregular methods, the self-styled Bad Batch didn’t fit in with the other clones. That suited them just fine. When Captain Rex called upon them to help find and rescue an old friend, Echo, Rex was impressed with their efficiency. He couldn’t help being put off by their unique personalities, but he had to admit they knew how to get the job done.

Together with Captain Rex and Anakin Skywalker, the Bad Batch rescued Echo from the Separatists. Echo found a new home on Kamino with the group, but their stay wouldn’t last long as the Clone Wars came to a surprising end.

Due to their mutations and modification, the Bad Batch were not compelled by the effects of the inhibitor chip as strongly as the other clone troopers. They didn’t carry out Order 66 and later refused to take out Saw Gerrera and the refugees he was protecting. The Bad Batch chose instead to rescue Omega from the facility on Kamino and escape. Crosshair, however, decided to remain behind — with the Empire.

Where Are They When Season 2 Begins?

In the early days of the Empire, the closest thing Clone Force 99 had to a home is Cid’s Parlor on Ord Mantell. They were hired by the cantankerous parlor owner for odd jobs around the galaxy. Crosshair pursued his brothers while Omega found herself capturing the attention of bounty hunters like Fennec Shand and Cad Bane.

After a mission goes wrong, Hunter was apprehended by the Empire and taken back to Kamino, where it was finally time for a confrontation with Crosshair. The rest of the Bad Batch returned to their birthplace to rescue their leader, but it wouldn’t be easy. It was only due to Omega’s insider knowledge of Nala Se’s secret laboratory that they were able to infiltrate the locked down facility.

Meanwhile, the sharpshooter offered Hunter and his brothers a place in the Empire, revealing that his inhibitor chip had been disabled and he chose his allegiance as an Imperial soldier. Suddenly, the Empire launched an attack on Tipoca City to destroy it once and for all. The Bad Batch barely escaped, working with Crosshair to get everyone out in one piece. He decided once again to remain with the Empire, and the Bad Batch and their former squad mate parted ways with no enmity between them.

Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Echo, and Omega are continuing their adventures in the galaxy far, far away months after witnessing the destruction of their home on Kamino. They work to stay out of the Empire’s watchful eye, running jobs and still looking for their place in this new normal. Find out more when the Bad Batch return in a two-episode premiere on January 4!

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