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The Clone Wars Rewatch: Ahsoka and “The Phantom Apprentice”

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:00

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

131: “The Phantom Apprentice” (Season Seven, Episode 10)

Synopsis:

The battle for Mandalore continues, and Ahsoka finds herself face to face with Maul.

Analysis:

Two apprentices. One dark truth.

In Maul’s estimation, he and Ahsoka are one in the same. Two learners cast aside and forgotten by their mentors. Two students, powerful in the Force yet adrift from those who could nurture and support their abilities. “Every choice you have made has led you to this,” Maul purrs.

But together, they could bring an end to Darth Sidious and his grand plan before it destroys the galaxy as they know it. At least, that’s what he suggests when he offers Ahsoka his hand as an ally and Ahsoka *almost* accepts.

So close.

Anakin is the true phantom apprentice, existing in the shadows, groomed for destruction unbeknownst to those who uphold him as a virtuous Jedi, the best of them in Ahsoka’s eyes. Yet we know that Maul speaks the truth about Anakin Skywalker. He is the key that will bring destruction. Maul’s righteous idea to destroy Sidious and deprive him of his prized pupil could have, if executed, prevented the Empire itself.

But Ahsoka is as flawed as the rest of the Jedi. Given her emotional attachment to her master, she is unable or unwilling to see the truth. And to be fair, Maul doesn’t exactly have a record of being a trustworthy source of intel here. She refuses to believe Maul’s vision, the dream that whispered the name Skywalker and set him on his quest to bring the fight to Mandalore in the hopes or luring Kenobi and his former student to his throne room door.

The precarious duel between Ahsoka and Maul is symbolic of the elusive balance in the Force and the galaxy at large. But in this fight, at least for now, the light side prevails.

Intel:

  • This episode takes place during the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, a fact made clear during Obi-Wan’s communication with Ahsoka and Bo-Katan.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Order 66 is upon us in “Shattered.”

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Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer, host of This Week! In Star Wars, and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Will Come to Disney+ on May the 4th

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 11:51

The Bad Batch’s next mission is about to begin.

Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company announced today that Star Wars: The Bad Batch — the next Star Wars animated series – will debut on May the 4th, a.k.a Star Wars Day, exclusively on Disney+, with the second episode premiering on Friday, May 7. Subsequent episodes will premiere on Fridays. The series follows the elite and experimental troopers of Clone Force 99 (first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch, as they prefer to be called — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is executive produced by Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Brad Rau (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance) and Jennifer Corbett (Star Wars Resistance, NCIS) with Carrie Beck (The Mandalorian, Star Wars Rebels) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (Star Wars Resistance). Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.

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The Classic Republic Commando Blasts onto PlayStation and Nintendo Switch – Exclusive

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:58

Boss is back.

Lucasfilm Games and Aspyr announced today that the classic prequel-era shooter, Star Wars: Republic Commando, will come to PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility) and Nintendo Switch on April 6. Originally released in 2005 for PC and Xbox (and currently available on Steam), Republic Commando introduced the elite Delta Squad, a team of clone commandos dispatched to handle the most dangerous missions for the Republic. The game put players in the role — and inside the helmet — of squad leader RC-1138, a.k.a. Boss, with the ability to issue commands to teammates and wield a variety of weapons as they battled across the galaxy. Today, Republic Commando is regarded as one of the best Star Wars games; to mark the news of its rerelease, StarWars.com spoke with Lucasfilm Games executive producer Matt Fillbrandt, who worked on both the original game and its pending digital reissue, about the legacy of Republic Commando and more.

StarWars.com: Republic Commando is one of those games that comes up quite often when Star Wars fans talk about their favorites. Why do you think the game connected the way it did?

Matt Fillbrandt: I think Republic Commando connected with fans because it was the first time they got a look at a story from a clone trooper’s perspective, literally from within the helmet, and it went deeper into the special operations side of the Star Wars military. That hadn’t been done before and it wasn’t shy about trying to project more of a gritty edge. The original trailer did a great job of introducing the game in that way to fans. Being able to contribute to the continuity with this unique perspective, that later made appearances in The Clone Wars animated series, was really rewarding.

Additionally, the idea of a game where you could control an entire squad of characters to get through each mission — “The Squad is Your Weapon” — and give them commands to take out targets, heal each other during combat, was something different that fans had not seen from a Star Wars game before.  Each of the commandos in Delta Squad had a unique personality and voice, which added great flavor to the storytelling of this group. It was a great subject, with interesting characters, in a compelling story, with fun immersive gameplay.

StarWars.com: It was said that part of the decision to return to the Lucasfilm Games branding was to more embrace the legacy of Star Wars games. Is bringing Republic Commando to new platforms part of that?

Matt Fillbrandt: Our fans have so many ways to access this great franchise via films, books, comics, toys, animated and live-action TV shows, and, of course, games. Near and dear to my heart is our legacy of video games, which allow fans to directly connect with the story through game controllers, mouse, and keyboard or mobile devices, which I am very proud to have been a part of for the past 21 years. Republic Commando is a part of that legacy, and for some it leaves an indelible mark on their fandom that they carry the rest of their lives. I hear from fans all the time that it was their favorite game, just like many other games from the original Lucasfilm Games and LucasArts are for so many others. That’s the spirit and feeling we want to capture with the return of the renewed Lucasfilm Games brand.

StarWars.com: You worked on Republic Commando for its original release — what were your goals for the game back then?

Matt Fillbrandt: The goal was to bring together influences from tactical military shooters and other shooters, that were popular around that time, trying to capture the feeling of coordination of a co-op experience within that genre. Those types of games tended to be pretty hardcore and lethal, so another goal was to make it more accessible for a broad Star Wars gamer audience. Those influences contributed to the idea of the player having some tactical control of a squad of commandos that wasn’t overly complex. Really, a very difficult problem to solve was finding a good balance of the feeling of tactical control, that isn’t overly complicated, that is fun and not frustrating — all of which the game does pretty well, and did it over 15 years ago.

StarWars.com: As someone who had a hand in making Republic Commando, how does it feel to release it for new audiences on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch?

Matt Fillbrandt: It’s a very rewarding feeling to see it have such a strong following all these years later and to be a part of releasing it again. It was originally only released on Xbox and PC, so to be able to bring it out on PlayStation and Switch for Star Wars gamers that may have read about it, but never had a chance to play it, is exciting. Looking back, so many talented people put so much of themselves into bringing this game to life. It was a great collaborative effort over 15 years ago, and all of their great work will be available for old Republic Commando fans to play again on PlayStation and Switch, and now for a new generation of fans to try for the first time.

Star Wars: Republic Commando arrives April 6 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility, and Nintendo Switch. You can pre-order the Nintendo Switch version now.

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Something Lurks Beneath in Marvel’s The High Republic #3 – Exclusive Preview

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 08:00

Keeve Trennis’ first mission as a Jedi Knight is proving to be one filled with mystery…and darkness.

Investigating clues after a deadly attack, Jedi Master Sskeer and Jedi Ceret visited farmers on the planet Sedri. But quickly, something ensnared Ceret. In StarWars.com’s exclusive preview of Marvel’s The High Republic #3, the recently-knighted Keeve Trennis goes to the Outer Rim world searching for her friends. What she senses there, however, is troubling for the young Jedi…

The High Republic #3, from writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito, with a cover by Phil Noto, arrives March 3 and is available for pre-order now on Comixology and at your local comic shop.

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

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Make a Princess Leia Rice Bowl for Your Next Star Wars: A New Hope Rewatch!

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 08:00

The world was introduced to a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: A New Hope debuted in theaters in 1977. It was the first time fans met Princess Leia, saw the Millennium Falcon, and wondered why the Lars homestead served up blue milk.

This dinner pays tribute to those iconic moments with a main dish made to look like the rebel princess and her classic hairstyle. Followed by a dessert that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, all washed down with a cold glass of Tatooine’s finest bantha milk.

Revisit the moment that changed everything by making a meal inspired by the start of the original trilogy and watch Star Wars: A New Hope, now on Disney+!

Millennium Falcon Gelatin Treat recipe

Blue Milk recipe

Princess Leia Rice Bowl

You’ll need:

  • Cooked rice
  • 1 sheet nori (dried seaweed)
  • Red bell pepper

Teriyaki beef ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb thinly sliced rib eye
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Step 1: In a small bowl stir together the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Set aside.

Step 2: Add the oil and sliced rib eye to a skillet over medium high heat. Cook until just browned.

Step 3: In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and garlic. Pour over the beef. And cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4: Pour in the cornstarch mixture, bring to a boil just until the sauce thickens.

Step 5: Place the rice in a bowl. Add slices of meat to create the top of the hairstyle. For the sides, roll up a slice of meat to create a rose-like shape. Place on both sides of the bowl.

Step 6: Cut pieces of nori to create the eyes and a small piece of red bell pepper for the mouth, to serve.

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Beeps and Books

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 16:03
R2-D2 checks to see if the coast is clear before accessing your book collection.

Go on a Journey of Deliciousness with the Galactic Baking Cookbook

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 08:00

Ready to bring the Star Wars galaxy…to your kitchen? You can soon do so with Star Wars: Galactic Baking, a new cookbook filled with recipes inspired by fan-favorite Star Wars planets. Good for both Padawan and Jedi Master bakers, and featuring beautiful food photography, you’ll learn to make Mustafarian Molten Lava Cakes, Cloud City Marshmallows, Life Day Cake, Loth-Cat Kibble, Keshian Spice Bread, Dagobah Bog Pie, and much more. “I’m constantly amazed at the inventiveness of the chefs and cooks who work on our cookbooks,” says Robert Simpson, senior editor at Lucasfilm Publishing. “It’s fun to see the creative wizards at Insight Editions bring so many treats inspired by the movies and TV shows to edible life!” Before Galactic Baking arrives this April, StarWars.com is excited to offer a sneak peek with this recipe for Bantha Blue Butter Sandwich Cookies. (Any visitors from Tatooine are sure to love ‘em!)

Bantha Blue Butter Sandwich Cookies

When a bantha gives blue milk, you get blue butter. These rich cookies are filled with ice cream to make a two-in-one treat. Enjoy with a glass of blue milk, if you like.

Active time: 45 MIN

Total time: 1 HR 25 MIN

Yield: Makes about 20 sandwich cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon blue food coloring gel

Rainbow sprinkles

1 quart vanilla or birthday cake–flavored ice cream

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with a hand mixer until softened. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and food coloring. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.
  2. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or just until done in center and edges are barely browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. When cooled, chill cookies in the freezer for about 30 minutes before filling.
  3. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl and put in freezer to chill. Allow ice cream to soften at room temperature for 10 minutes before filling cookies.
  4. To fill cookies, place a small scoop of ice cream on bottom side of a chilled cookie. Top with another cookie. Press together until ice cream is squished to edges of cookies. Quickly roll edges in chilled sprinkles and place cookie sandwich in a container in the freezer. Repeat with remaining cookies, ice cream, and sprinkles.

Star Wars: Galactic Baking arrives this April and is available for pre-order now.

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Quiz: Complete the Quote from the Star Wars Jedi!

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:00

We all know the Jedi Masters and their Padawans are some of the most intelligent beings in the galaxy. From their abilities through the Force to their sage teachings, they give Star Wars fans something to aspire to with phrases that resonate and become some of our favorite lines to quote. But how well do you know the wise words of the Jedi? Test your knowledge in this StarWars.com quiz…and no Jedi mind tricks!

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Uncover Mysteries of the Dark Side in The Secrets of the Sith – Exclusive Reveal

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:19

Readers of Star Wars books, get ready: The Emperor is your master now.

Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith, a new children’s book written by Mark Sumerak and illustrated by Sergio Gomez Silvan, will explore the dark side of the Force — with Emperor Palpatine serving as narrator. Like an artifact found in a Sith temple, The Secrets of the Sith is filled with many elements that some consider to be unnatural, including arcane knowledge, incredible artwork, and other interactive features, such as pop-ups, booklets, and lift-the-flap inserts.

The book, a follow-up to the popular The Secrets of the Jedi, covers everything from the Star Wars films to series to comics and beyond; readers will discover entries on some of the most legendary dark-side warriors, including Darth Maul, Asajj Ventress, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren, along with Palpatine’s own thoughts on several dark-side abilities. Coming from Insight Editions this August, you can begin your journey to the dark side and check out the cover of The Secrets of the Sith below!

Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith arrives this August and is available for pre-order now.

See Stars Wars: The Secrets of the Sith and more on This Week! In Star Wars!

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In the New Book Queen’s Hope, Padmé Grapples with the Clone Wars – Exclusive Reveal

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:18

It is a time of conflict and Padmé Amidala finds herself cast in new roles as a wartime senator, a wife, and a rebellious woman on a mission.

But still, there is hope.

In her new book, Queen’s Hope, author E.K. Johnston will complete her trilogy exploring Padmé’s life during her early years on the senate floor, on the throne of Naboo, and ultimately entangled with Anakin Skywalker, Jedi General, during a dark time in the galaxy’s history. While Anakin excels at leading the clone soldiers on battlefronts across the galaxy, Padmé is horrified by the repercussions left behind on war-torn planets. Although the peace-loving senator is still an active member of the Galactic Republic’s lawmakers, she employs her loyal handmaiden, Sabé, when duty calls her to a secret mission that forces her double to serve the senate for an extended period, witnessing the war from the political arena.

And, of course, Chancellor Palpatine plays his part, manipulating all sides of the conflict for his own evil plan to give rise to the Empire.

StarWars.com recently sat down with Johnston to discuss this third installment in her Padmé-centered saga that brings a fresh perspective to a fan-favorite character.

StarWars.com: This is your third time revisiting Padmé! How has your process evolved as you prepare to sit down and write this character again?

E.K. Johnston: Coming back to Padmé for a third time was like three more times than I ever thought I was going to get. Every time I come in to write a Padmé novel it’s exciting, it’s a little bit terrifying, and this one was the most daunting because it’s the war book. It’s the book where things start to fall apart. Up until this point it’s been kind of the upswing of her story, but as soon as Attack of the Clones happens, as soon as Attack of the Clones ends, you start to get into the actual tragedy part and I…I didn’t know how I was going to feel about that. Like, am I still allowed to make jokes if it’s going to be horribly sad? This is the start of the downward arc and I was a little bit nervous approaching it. But there’s still a lot of really good things to get into in this part of Padmé’s story. She’s kind of established herself as her own powerful senator… as someone who has power and someone who is good at it. And then, of course, in her personal life things are getting rather complicated.

StarWars.com: Right! Now she’s married to Anakin Skywalker, of course. Can you give us any hints about what new Anidala secrets and romance we have in store?

E.K. Johnston: I’m going to be real with you: Anakin Skywalker is a bit of a downer for me in terms of writing because everything he touches ends badly. Qui-Gon dies, his mom dies, Padmé dies. The galaxy falls apart. It does not go well for people involved in Anakin Skywalker’s story when he’s the main character. However, he’s not the main character of Queen’s Hope. He is the romantic interest.  He’s the love interest. And because of that I was freed up to write him a little bit more fun, I guess. He’s kind of….not happy go-lucky because Jedi don’t really do that. But like his life has literally never been better than it is right now. He’s really good at fighting. He really likes clear-cut “these people are good, these people are bad” conflicts. And he’s married to the love of his life so, ya know, everything’s coming up Anakin at this point, which does make him very interesting to write because, of course, we all know what’s coming. But you get these sort of moments  with them where they do have a genuine love. They like each other so much, they just never have any time and that’s their tragedy. They never have any time to talk, they never have any time to work things out, and I got to write a very, very small sliver of that time, which is something I think people have been looking forward to seeing for a while now.

StarWars.com: What does the title Queen’s Hope mean to you?

E.K. Johnston: I wanted to name this book Queen’s Gambit but then there was that thing on Netflix and, you know, we couldn’t name it Queen’s Gambit anymore. But I fell on Queen’s Hope almost immediately because to me that’s what Padmé is about. No matter how hard things get, she gets up and keeps going, which is one of my favorite things that Star Wars characters do. And as a Star Wars fan, as Star Wars readers, we know what’s coming. We know that nothing — nothing — she’s going to do matters in the long run, except having a baby, and that’s important, but it’s not what she set out to do. So we just have this idea that she’s fighting against this oncoming tide and she’s going to drown.

But she has made differences. She’s touched people’s lives in ways they maybe haven’t realized. She’s made differences in ways she didn’t plan to. And for me her hope is the same as it’s always been, it’s always been Leia and Luke, but other people are going to touch a lot of lives, too. Her handmaidens are going to go out into the world, and if you’ve read the Darth Vader comics you know a little bit about how that works. Bail is going to continue. Mon Mothma is going to continue and they are always going to remember her. And for me that’s how I got through writing the depressing tragedy that is looming at the end of this book, because I know that hope endures, that good endures. And Padmé believed it even right up to the end. I like to think I do, too. I’m probably a little bit more cynical. But that’s what Queen’s Hope means to me. It reminds me every morning to get up and keep trying no matter what happened the day before because today might be different.

To learn more about Johnston’s top three Padmé moments, check out today’s episode of This Week! in Star Wars below.

Queen’s Hope will be available on November 2, 2021, soon after the second book in the series, Queen’s Peril, is released in paperback on September 8. Take a closer look at the softcover below.

Pre-order your own copies of Queen’s Hope and Queen’s Peril now.

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Believe Everything You Hear About Gentle Giant Ltd.’s New Bo-Katan Statue – Exclusive Reveal

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 10:00

Thanks to The Mandalorian, last year a larger audience learned what Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans have known for nearly a decade: Bo-Katan Kryze is just about the coolest there is. A Mandalorian who evolved from Death Watch loyalist to freedom fighter, Kryze battled to save her homeworld in the Clone Wars and has stood against both Maul and Imperial remnants, emerging as a warrior and leader who ranks among the best (and most dangerous) of the galaxy far, far away. And there’s good news for the Kryze faithful: Diamond Select Toys imprint Gentle Giant Ltd. is celebrating the Mandalorian legend as seen in The Clone Wars with the Bo-Katan Premier Collection 1/7 Scale Statue, revealed here exclusively on StarWars.com. Limited to 3,000 pieces and arriving this fall, the statue measures roughly 11 inches tall and comes with interchangeable parts, allowing Bo-Katan to be displayed with or without helmet, and with blaster or helmet in hand; the base is brilliantly formed from smoke and dust kicked up from her activated jetpack, creating the illusion of flight. The face sculpt, with wrinkled brow, shows the character’s sense of determination, while the armor is filled with scratches and battle damage that convey all she’s been through. It’s highly-detailed and gorgeous take on the character, and StarWars.com caught up with the designer behind the piece, Barry Bradfield, to find out how this striking tribute — Gentle Giant Ltd.’s first-ever Bo-Katan statue — came to be.

StarWars.com: Your take on Bo-Katan is really quite stunning on a number of levels, from detail to attitude. What were your goals with bringing the character to life?

Barry Bradfield: Thank you! The initial concept was to take the animated Bo-Katan and imagine what she would look like if the final season of The Clone Wars was filmed in live-action. We’ve used this concept on some statues and busts before, such as the recent Ahsoka with Morai statue that I designed, as well.

As with any of the Star Wars pieces I work on, I wanted to capture her personality in a dynamic piece that would look great on your shelf alone or would be unique amongst your other Star Wars statues. The details of her armor all had to be there, of course, but if the personality wasn’t faithful to how she’s portrayed on screen, [fans] would know that something’s not right. The main goal was to make sure all aspects felt true to Bo-Katan.

StarWars.com: How did you decide on the pose, which really conveys her no-nonsense personality?

Barry Bradfield: I first watched all her scenes from The Clone Wars again. I’ve seen those episodes several times before, but once I know I’m designing a statue of a certain character, I find it’s a good idea to refamiliarize myself with them. On casual viewings, I might not necessarily be focusing on specific movements or behavior when there [are] other things happening on the screen at the same time. I like to make sure that my memory of the character is faithful to how they behaved in media, whether it be their overall movement or little details like how they held their blaster.

After that, I sketched out some very rough ideas just to see what might work. I then narrowed those down to the best ones I wanted to explore and fleshed them out a bit. At that stage, I posed an action figure to match those sketches to make sure the poses were working. Sometimes a single drawing can look quite nice, but in the end the statue is not going to be a splash-page from a comic book. The pose needs to be interesting from all angles and should lend itself to being turned around instead of staying locked into that one specific “hero shot.” It’s important to me to not dictate what the “front” of the statue is. That’s for the viewer to decide.

Once I have my ideas, I put them forward to product managers Dev Gilmore and Robert Yee. It’s then decided on which one would be best to pursue. Even after her pose was locked down and I had started the final drawing, we had some revisions. I found her legs were just not in the right position, so I stepped back and reworked the pose a bit more to flow better. I feel statues should have strong silhouettes, as the best historical ones always did. I hope that’s something I can bring to the pieces I design.

StarWars.com: Tell me about the concept for having the exhaust from her jetpack form part of the base, and pulling it off in a way that looks natural. It’s really fun.

Barry Bradfield: I like designing statues that tell a bit of a story and have a sense of movement. Part of this mid-launch idea, instead of being in full flight, also came from the desire to have an unmasked head. It felt off to have her in full flight and not have her helmet on, so the story became that it was the moment just after she fired up the jetpack.

Just having the flames coming from the jetpack didn’t feel like enough though, so I added the forced air kicking up dust on the ground to really drive home how much thrust power the jetpack had. I also thought that the cones coming up from the dust visually linked the cloud to the exhaust flames nicely without connecting the two with a smoke trail.

StarWars.com: I love the changeable parts and options for display, including with or without helmet and blaster. Is that something you stumbled upon in the design stage, or was the idea always to offer some level of customization?

Barry Bradfield: We will often look at the potential for alternate parts if it makes sense for the character. It happens the most with characters that have a helmet, which is typically removed. Sometimes that might happen just as an alternate head, but if the pose lends itself to integrating the removed helmet back into the statue then we will do that. For Bo-Katan, I felt having her hold the helmet worked since she was just launching into action. It might not have made sense if she was in full flight, but since she still had one foot grounded, she could have been holding her helmet prior to firing up her jetpack and taking aim. Moments after this pose she’s going to be putting it on her head to continue the battle that’s begun. Or if you’d like, you can have her starting out with her helmet already in place and her blaster at the ready.

I like when statues have a swap-out element because it lets you engage with it after you’ve set it on your shelf. You can change it up every so often and it brings a fresh look to the piece.

StarWars.com: What would you like fans of Bo-Katan to know about your statue?

Barry Bradfield: It was created with a great respect and love for the source material. I’m a huge Star Wars fan myself, and always want to do right by the characters. I know how much they mean to fans since they mean so much to me. I hope that Bo-Katan has a place in fans’ collections for years to come and know that she’ll be in mine, as well.

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The Clone Wars Rewatch: Skyguy and Snips, “Old Friends Not Forgotten”

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 08:00

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

120: “Old Friends Not Forgotten” (Season Seven, Episode 9)

Synopsis:

The Siege of Mandalore begins, and Ahsoka turns to Anakin and Obi-Wan for help.

Analysis:

It’s a bittersweet reunion for master and apprentice, commander and soldier, enemies and friends. And so soon after we see Anakin Skywalker at his best (before, inevitably, we see his fall from grace.)

On the battlefield, it’s easy to see why the Jedi are regaled as legendary warriors, even though — we know. We know! “Wars not make one great.” Yeah, yeah. Yoda, whatever.

In combat, Skywalker is poised and confident. He strides into the fray facing one thousand droids, the wind dancing through his hair, and he seems completely unflappable.

Only the appearance of Ahsoka Tano can knock him off his game. Even though he had her back when she was falsely accused of the bombing at the Jedi Temple, he still lost his student. More than that, her departure meant he had one less friend and ally at a time when conflict and the creeping influence of the dark side are threatening to consume him.

With Ahsoka, Anakin is as unsure as a child. He tries to make both his former master, Obi-Wan, and his former student happy, but it’s a nearly impossible task when their requests are at odds. Ahsoka wants an army to aid the people of Mandalore. Obi-Wan wants to avoid getting dragged into yet another conflict especially at a time when Coruscant is coming under fire, bringing the war to the center of the Republic.

To make matters worse for those of us watching from home, we’re aware of something Ahsoka and Anakin cannot possibly know: this is the last time they will see one another before his turn to the dark side.  It’s the last time Ahsoka will see her master’s face before it’s hidden for decades beneath the mask of Darth Vader.

In that way, this is as much a farewell as a reunion. With a sweet and meaningful parting gift — Ahsoka’s lightsabers returned to her refurbished and now with blue blades, courtesy of Anakin’s ingenuity and spirit — she says goodbye and wishes Skywalker good luck.

And he accepts her goodwill and her support with a lopsided grin, still very much that sweet kid from Tatooine who just wanted to make the galaxy a better place.

Intel:

  • During the recap, you can see Jedi Master Depa Billaba observing the star map with her young Padawan at her elbow. That young man is Caleb Dume, who will change his name to Kanan Jarrus in the aftermath of Order 66 and go on to help teach Ezra Bridger during the time of the Empire.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when Ahsoka must face Maul once more in “The Phantom Apprentice.”

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