This issue was remarkable, because as it was coming together, the news about the Disney acquisition and the new Star Wars trilogy was just about to break. I wouldn’t call myself an editor of the magazine – I just advise when and where I can – but this time, I got to channel the ink-fingered editors of yore and put a call out to HOLD THAT FRONT COVER!
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You can now show off your allegiance to the Empire or the Rebellion at work, on the golf course, or anywhere else a collared shirt is required. The first official Star Wars polos have arrived.
WeLoveFine! has released its debut line of Star Wars polo shirts, featuring both Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos, as well as Darth Vader and Stormtrooper character icons. Each shirt is 100 percent cotton, and every logo is embroidered on the left front chest of the shirt.
Check out the rest of the shirts after the jump, and be happy knowing that you can now dress up for slightly-fancy occasions and still show off your Star Wars love.
It’s the holiday season, and you’re running out of time to buy gifts — much like the Rebel Alliance was running out of time as the Death Star closed in on its base at the end of A New Hope. (Not exactly, but you get the picture.) Still, fear not — the Official Star Wars Blog has assembled a guide filled with gifts of all kinds, perfect for your Star Wars-loving friends and family (and yourself). Think of it as your proton torpedo in destroying the Death Star of holiday disappointment. (Or something like that.)
Everyone has a Star Wars story (or two, or three…), and for good reason: like family reunions and Sunday service, the iconic film saga inspires people to come together. When my family moved across the country, for example, it was my Star Wars action figures that helped me feel at home and make new friends. And in high school, my senior class took turns standing and sleeping in line for Phantom Menace.
These days I work on Google+, and we too aspire to bring people together in meaningful ways. You can imagine my excitement, then (Yub Nub!), when I heard Lucasfilm wanted to cultivate a Star Wars community on Google. Today I’m thrilled to make it official.
A fangirl revolution started a few years ago when we launched Her Universe. It was not a single effort by me or my team, it was a united effort by an army of fangirls — starting with Star Wars fans. We were tired of settling for Star Wars clothes made for men and boys and we wanted merchandise made just for women. Lucasfilm recognized its female fans and gave me the opportunity to make Star Wars products as the first collection for my company, Her Universe.
Did you hear? They’re going to do a digital model of Bea Arthur from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and make her a bartender in Episode VII!
Did you know? The next Star Wars trilogy was actually fully plotted out in 1966 before George Lucas even graduated from the University of Southern California!
Do you believe it? In Episode IX, Princess Leia and Han Solo finally get married after previous multiple marriages to other beings, and the combined families of 27 children and 36 grandchildren live with them in a crowded tree house on Endor!
Ahem. What do Star Wars fans like to do almost more than anything else? Speculate about things they do not know, of course. It’s a fun pastime, any number can play, and it doesn’t matter how absurd the postings are since someone out there will likely believe them. Even now I get a worried chill that somebody is going to repost one or all of my three absurdities as gospel despite their ridiculousness.
Set your speakers to hyperspace and buckle up for a rip-roaring, all-new Star Wars adventure – Smuggler’s Gambit — starring everyone’s favorite scoundrels, Han Solo and Chewbacca! Performed in the spirit of the classic Star Wars NPR radio dramas and set in the original trilogy era, Smuggler’s Gambit tests Han and Chewie’s commitment to the cause as they venture off to reclaim their glory days, only to realize that their decision to help the Rebellion take down the Death Star was not without consequence…
It’s hard for me to believe that the first Star Wars Celebration Europe was almost six years ago. Maybe that disbelief is simply a product of how long I’ve worked on Celebrations – I sure as Sith won’t admit it’s a product of my age – but it is incredible to think that it’s been so long since we produced the show for the very first time outside of the U.S.
That show was not only the first Celebration outside North America, but also a first for some other notable memories.