The Star Wars movies are full of iconic spaceships. Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. The Empire’s massive Star Destroyers. The rival X-wing and TIE fighters. But Boba Fett’s badass Slave 1 has always been one of my favorites, and it was easily the Star Wars toy vehicle I played with the most as a kid. (Granted, I never could afford the Falcon, but still.) And given that Boba Fett is such a fan favorite, even in spite of relatively little screen time, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who loves his sweet ride, even if it does kind of look like an iron. But it looks positively awesome as the star of an upcoming Star Wars Lego set (via Brickset).
Aside from hearing that production resumed after a two week hiatus in August, there hasn’t been much on the Star Wars: Episode VII news front. Well that’s certainly changed as there are now a ton of rumors surfacing, some that contradict what we’ve heard, others that seem to corroborate earlier reports.
As should be clear, this contains potential MASSIVE SPOILERS, like even the end of the movie kinds of spoilers, so if you don’t want the movie ruined, maybe, stop reading now. You’ve been warned.
With several decades’ worth of secondary Star Wars content now relegated to the non-canon Star Wars Legends banner, George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away is set to be much more tightly knit in the future, with all the various multimedia stories now closely monitored and unfolding in a single shared universe with Lucasfilm’s official stamp of approval. The first major chunk of the new Star Wars Expanded Universe released this week in the form of Star Wars: A New Dawn, a novel set between the events of the Clone Wars ‘toon and the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. It tells the story of how two of that show’s heroes, the former Jedi Kanan Jarrus and the Twi’lek pilot Hera Syndula, first meet and join forces Now you can read a short excerpt from A New Dawn to decide if it should be on your must-read list.
The events of A New Dawn lead straight into Rebels, which focuses on the early origins of the rebellion against the Galactic Empire and its tyrannical ruler, Emperor Palpatine. Written by John Jackson Miller, it’s the first novel under the aegis of the Lucasfilm Story Group, whose job it is to keep track of all the assorted content which will form the new Star Wars canon. So details of the adventure Kanan and Hera share in A New Dawn may well be referenced in Rebels, or other new Star Wars content to follow, and they’ll certainly give you insights into the characters and animated series that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
With all of the talk lately about whether or not you should immunize your children, and by talk we mean people who don’t really understand the topic yelling loudly in public, its hard to tell who you should actually be listening to. One voice, however, cuts through all the rest—and it just so happens to be the one we here at GFR wholeheartedly endorse—and that is the lovable droids from Star Wars.
That’s right, C-3PO and his diminutive astromech sidekick R2-D2 want to remind all of you parents out there to get your children vaccinated. Or at least they did. Back in the mid-1980s, Lucasfilm granted the Centers for Disease Control permission to use the two as spokesbots of sorts to raise awareness of the necessity of vaccines. This vintage poster was distributed across the country to state and local health departments, and riding high on an outbreak of Star Wars fever, it was hugely popular.
As we approach the new wave of Star Wars, which technically started yesterday with the release of the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (a precursor to the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels), but will really heat up with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, we’re going to see fans celebrating their favorite franchise in a variety of ways. Chief among these expressions is fan art, and we’ve got a couple of doozies for you to check out.
First are these epic images from Thirteenth Floor (where you can purchase them to hang on your very own wall if you’re so inclined), which interject iconic images from Star Wars into photographs from World War II. And as strange as this combination may sound on the surface, the end results are beautiful, and unexpectedly haunting, especially this one of soldiers marching into what is sure to be a vicious conflict as X-Wing fighters soar towards the Death Star, which looks even more ominous and sinister hovering in this black and white sky.
Moving forward, everything Disney and Lucasfilm produce is going to be a part of the official Star Wars canon, and the first piece we’re going to get is the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Okay, the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn (which tells the story of how two of the Rebels crew first comes together) is first up, but reading is hard. Though we’re still a few months off from seeing this, we now have another sneak peek of the series.
Set in the “Dark Period” that falls between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels tells the story of the seeds of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy. As the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy, pockets of rebellion appear, including the one featured in Rebels.