Along with the Clone Wars cartoon, Star Wars Rebels is one of the first projects to fit into the new streamlined Star Wars canon. The show’s producers have often teased that characters and in Rebels may appear or be referenced in the upcoming live action films beginning with The Force Awakens, but that crossover also extends to existing characters turning up in Rebels. We saw Obi-Wan — or at least his hologram — early in the series, but tonight another legendary Jedi will cross paths with the Ghost crew…even if he doesn’t physically appear. Check out Kanan’s close encounter with Jedi Master Yoda below.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now less than a year away, that’s obviously been the hot topic of discussion when it comes to Star Wars, but there’s so much else going on. Not only are the Episode movies in the works, but Lucasfilm has a handful of standalone movies on the way as well. At the tail end of December, we heard that the first film could focus on some version of Han Solo and feature Aaron Paul. That, however, was apparently news to the Breaking Bad star.
Even though Paul was linked to the film, and possibly up for one of the leads, there was no word on what his role would be and whether or not he was being considered to play the iconic space rogue. Though he doesn’t really fit the mold, so it’s easy to assume they were talking about another character. The initial report said he was “looking to be attached” to the film, whatever the hell that means, but according to this tweet, that’s not the case:
There aren’t many things in the Star Wars universe quite as divisive as the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Jar Jar Binks is more or less universally reviled, but those furry little buggers from Endor create conflicts that threaten to tear families apart. A lot of people who saw the original trilogy at a young age didn’t have an issue with them early on, but have grown increasingly irritated with them over the years. This video that has been making the rounds shows what that epic space battle at the end of Jedi would look like without constantly cutting away to the action back on the forest moon.
This HD video from Prometheus4vids is indeed rather awesome, but if you’re thinking to yourself that the action will be a little awkward and bumpy without any of the scenes from Endor, you’re definitely right. Not only are many of the jumps where there is originally a cutaway to Han, Leia, and the crew on the surface clunky and awkward with no transition, but there are big narrative leaps as well, like the force field is magically down for no real reason.
As far as characters go, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer sticks with the new kids on the block, offering fans our first look at Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB-8, and Kylo Ren. None of the returning fan favorites like Luke, Leia, or Han, are anywhere to be seen, but we already know a lot about them, so no big loss. We do, however, get a look at some familiar spaceships. The Millennium Falcon soars around as she does, and while the X-Wings are readily identifiable as such, they definitely got a makeover, though they’re not the only ones. A few TIE Fighters can be seen zipping around the Falcon, but some concept art has surfaced showing off a new redesign that throws a wrinkle into the proceedings and raises some questions.
Check out the leaked image over at Indie Revolver, and what you see is definitely not your standard TIE Fighter. This looks more like something an officer or dignitary travels in rather than one of the small, agile crafts that are out there in the middle of the shit, dogfighting with X-Wings and the like. It just looks bigger and less agile, more like a transport vehicle than a fighter. That said, it still doesn’t look like anything you want to mess with if you have the choice.
Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived just after Thanksgiving, there has been almost nonstop back and forth chatter about broadsword-looking lightsaber wielded by the hooded character we now know as Kylo Ren. One of the concerns is that those new add-ons, while they may look totally badass, might not be the most practical enhancement. If these are indeed new additions, it also makes you wonder what other things folks have added to lightsabers over the years, and this new animated video imagines this idea played out to the ridiculous extreme.
There was one rumor floating around about this weapon a while back, and the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. We heard that this particular weapon isn’t new but is in fact very old, one of those Sith relics that one character, we don’t know who exactly, may collect. If that turns out to be the case, this is likely a design that was abandoned, probably for many of the reasons people have thrown out there. It could also explain why the blade is all wonky and ragged, perhaps this is simply very old and doesn’t work quite as well as it once did.
When I was a kid, I had a bunk bed and then a normal bed, and then my parents tossed their waterbed before I could step in and lay claim. (Like the 1970s pimp that I am?) Any trip to the furniture store always takes me back to childhood, seeing racecar beds and spaceship beds and the like. But in order to get the coolest bed of all, I apparently should have grown up as a cat instead of a human. May I jealously present the world’s first (I presume) homemade Star Wars Landspeeder cat bed.
Crafted by the amazingly creative minds at Roxy’s Dream, these guys make a ton of pet-related furniture and accessories, and this is easily the greatest bed they’ve made yet. Completely one of a kind, the Cat Speeder is going for around $600, to make up for all the work that went into it. As you can imagine, Roxy’s Dream isn’t a mass-production factory or anything.