Archive for December, 2013



We’re on Vacation

StarWars.com Team | December 21, 2013

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The Official Star Wars Blog is taking a break for a couple of weeks, so you won’t hear from us for a little while. But fear not — we shall return, more powerful than you could possibly imagine. (We hope.)

Thanks so much for visiting us in 2013 — and get ready for the coming year. It’s going to be a big one for Star Wars and StarWars.com, and we can’t wait for it to start.

Have a safe and happy holiday. And may the Force be with you!

Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy, Holiday Edition

Mary Franklin | December 20, 2013

Not long ago on my Twitter I was bemoaning the fact that I rarely receive art envelopes in snail mail anymore. (Got one? Send it to me at Mary Franklin/Bantha Tracks/Lucasfilm/1110 Gorgas Avenue/San Francisco, CA 94129!)

However, even though I don’t find the art in the mailbox that I used to, Bantha Tracks still gets beautiful and creative holiday cards each year. Thank you to all who send them. Your creativity is inspiring!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Darth Maul by Dave Filoni

As a fan of Star Wars and just as a person I am so fortunate to count Dave Filoni and his wife Anne as friends. This brilliant Darth Maul/evil reindeer card, an original piece by Dave, was sent in 2010.

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Star Wars in the UK: Action Transfers!

Mark Newbold | December 20, 2013

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Back in the late ’70s in the UK the word “transfer” evoked three things. It brought to mind the musical stylings of Manhattan Transfer, the record-breaking sale of Trevor Francis from Birmingham to Nottingham Forest, and Star Wars. Why Star Wars?   Because back in the day for kids raised on Grange Hill, Madness, Pot Noodles, 2000 A.D. and Secret Agents the chance to rub your favorite Star Wars characters onto anything and everything was almost irresistible.

Image via StellarX — 7 Wonders

The company that had the Star Wars licence in the UK was Ashford, Kent-based company Letraset. Formed in 1959, the company made its name manufacturing typeface for application to all manner of artwork, a requirement for companies and magazines in those pre-computer typeface days. By the ’60s they applied the dry transfer technique to a children’s game called “Action Transfers” and by the ’70s had branched out into buying licences including DC Superheroes, The Rescuers, and then Star Wars.

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The Best Holidays and Celebrations in the Galaxy…and Empire Day, Too

Tim Veekhoven & Kevin Beentjes | December 20, 2013

Coruscant celebration from Return of the Jedi

It’s not because the word “wars” can be found in the saga’s title that the people of the galaxy never made time for a proper holiday or celebration. Holidays were a part of everyday life to the average Barada or Wedge, if they were lucky enough to live in freedom or on a planet where government didn’t suppress celebrations. But then again, even the Hutts gave their slaves a holiday that “rewarded” their servants with festivities.

The heroes of the saga took part in several celebrations that happened after important victories over the forces of evil. When the Trade Federation was defeated, Queen Amidala handed Boss Rugor Nass the Globe of Peace in the city of Theed, and united the Gungans and the Naboo after many years of uneasy relationships. After the destruction of the Death Star Princess Leia Organa bestowed Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the new poster boys of the Rebel Alliance, with Medals of Bravery (which was later also given to Chewbacca). The biggest celebration probably took place after the second Death Star had been destroyed and Emperor Palpatine had been killed. Not just on Endor, but throughout the galaxy, supporters of the Rebel Alliance and the ideals of the Republic and democracy, cheered, danced, and toppled statues.

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Interview: Dave Filoni on Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five, Part 3

Dan Brooks | December 19, 2013

Dave Filoni, supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In the final installment of StarWars.com’s interview with Dave Filoni about Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five, available now on Blu-ray and DVD, the show’s supervising director discusses a few details about those long-awaited bonus episodes, passing on what he has learned from George Lucas, and creating Star Wars Rebels — with a little help from his friends. (In case you missed them, be sure to check out part one and part two of the interview.)

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Star Wars Is on Tumblr

StarWars.com Team | December 19, 2013

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Huh. So THAT’S Leia’s real hidden message.

Join us on Tumblr for Force-filled GIFs and JPEGs from a galaxy far, far away.

Fully Operational Fandom: Holiday Traditions, Star Wars-Style

Amy Ratcliffe | December 19, 2013

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For myself and many of you, Star Wars is part of life. You start your morning with a lightsaber toothbrush, scribble your to-do list in a Darth Vader notebook, and see your R2-D2 action figure on your desk or in your home. Like the Force, your fandom is all around you — even during the holidays. Giving Star Wars presents and watching the movies are obvious way fans incorporate the saga into their holiday traditions, but many take it to the another level.

The most popular responses about Star Wars traditions included: marathoning the films, turning action figures into tree ornaments, hanging up stockings that look like Chewbacca or other characters, making Star Wars-themed paper snowflakes, getting the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar every year, and using Star Wars figures in nativity sets. I’ve started posing some of my action figures with miniature trees, wreaths, and presents to make my own holiday cards. These are all perfect places to start, and you can build on them from year to year.

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Star Wars Comics Preview: December 18, 2013

StarWars.com Team | December 18, 2013

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It’s Wednesday, which means one thing: new comic books! Check out a preview of new Star Wars comics available today after the jump!

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When it Comes to Christmas Music, Is There Anything Better Than Christmas in the Stars? (Trick Question!)

Steve Sansweet | December 18, 2013
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Christmas in the Stars 1980 LP cover

What can you get a Wookiee for Christmas when he already owns a comb? No, not a hairbrush. And if you don’t immediately get what I’m talking about, you’re probably not as much of a Star Wars trivia expert as you think.

Actually, despite the festiveness of the season, I’m perturbed. I’ve heard “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” at least four or five times on the radio already, but not once have I heard “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” And what about “The Odds Against Christmas?” Those, along with “What Can You Get a Wookiee…” are three of the nine tunes on Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album, which originally came out as an LP (remember vinyl records?) in 1980 from RSO Records — and fairly quickly went out of print.

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Mandalorian Mysteries: The Icons of Mandalore

Tom Hutchens | December 18, 2013

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In our last installment, we discussed what makes Mandalorian characters and culture so attractive to Star Wars fans. If we dive further into the culture as it’s written in the Expanded Universe, we find that Mandalorians attach great significance to the icons and imagery of their culture. From the first Mandalorian Crusades to the resurgent Mandalorian Death Watch, events and changes in Mandalorian culture were marked often times by specific symbols and icons. Come take a journey with me as we investigate some of the more well-known Mandalorian icons.

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