Archive for 2013



Marvel’s Star Wars Comics: More Than Just a Big Green Rabbit

Jennifer Heddle | August 14, 2013

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When I started this job, one of the first books I came across — and I was very excited about this — was a Dark Horse omnibus of a bunch of the old Marvel Star Wars comics. Come to mama, I thought gleefully as I stuck an extra copy in my bag to take home.

I suspect a lot of people would be surprised by this reaction. I know that those comic books do not have the greatest reputation among fans. But I unapologetically love them.

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Hasbro Italy’s Mysterious Star Wars Comic, Il Potere della Forza

Abel G. Peña | August 13, 2013

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Insofar as there are annals of Star Wars promotional fiction, the tradition of Hasbro is truly storied.

Granted, some of that legacy is a result of inheritance — or acquisition, as it were. When Hasbro Inc. bought the toy company Kenner Products in 1991, it became heir to not just the legendary line of Star Wars action figures but of the weird and wonderful 1978 Imperial Troop Transporter pamphlet, a small storybook penned and illustrated by unknown creators chronicling the Stormtrooper attack on the Jawa sandcrawler alluded to in A New Hope (and which includes a plethora of unintentionally hilarious symbols, like ™, attached to every nameable Star Wars action figure and playset). Likewise, when Hasbro purchased Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. in 1999, it inherited historical claim to the 1996 mini-comic — written by Ryder Windham, illustrated by Bill Hughes, and published by Dark Horse Comics — packaged with various versions of Galoob’s famous Micro Machines line tying into the Shadows of the Empire multimedia bonanza.
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Caravan of the Force Day 11: Return of the Jedi (News)

James Burns & Mark Newbold | August 12, 2013

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Star Wars Celebration Europe was over before it began and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. came far too quickly. We said our goodbyes to all the friends we only see at Celebrations around the world, knowing that the next fan gathering would take place in Anaheim in April 2015. We loaded Slave-2 and squeezed the vehicle out from the stand, made arrangements to pick up Maureen and Jeremy at 09:30 the following morning, and headed back to our hotel to rest our weary heads before the next day’s long drive back to the UK.

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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: August 9, 2013

StarWars.com Team | August 9, 2013

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Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week!

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Return of the Jedi Creature History with Pablo Hidalgo

Tim Veekhoven | August 9, 2013

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Saturday was certainly the busiest day at Celebration Europe if you were intending to visit different panels. I’ve known Gerald Home (Tessek, a Mon Calamari Officer) for many years and he said that Return of the Jedi Creature History was going to be a panel that I would enjoy — knowing I’m a fan of trivia and uncovering the smallest details from the movies. I had been able to speak to Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo after the Holocron panel, and Pablo also said I was really going to enjoy it. So I couldn’t wait.

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Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire, Part 1

In the landmark Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire, published in 1991 and written by Timothy Zahn, the character Grand Admiral Thrawn gained infamy as an alien who not only excelled in the xenophobic military of Emperor Palpatine, but even succeeded him as ruler. Historically, Thrawn has been perceived as something of an enigma — the lone alien of the Galactic Empire. However, the brilliant, red-eyed Chiss strategist was neither the only nonhuman to serve Palpatine, nor even the first.

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Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Creating Stories in the Star Wars Universe

Sam Stewart | August 7, 2013

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For the past two years, Iʼve been part of the team at Fantasy Flight Games working to take our vision of a Star Wars roleplaying game from concept to reality. Now, the culmination of all that hard work has been realized with the release of the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game, and Iʼd like to take this opportunity to offer you an introduction.

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The Genesis of Star Wars: Crucible and the Answer I Never Know

Troy Denning | August 6, 2013

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When new friends learn that I write Star Wars novels, their first question is almost always, “Where do your ideas come from?”

I never know how to answer.
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Origami Yoda Goes Prequels, The Clone Wars, and the EU

Tom Angleberger | August 5, 2013

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Jabba the Hutt — the familiar, canonical, original-trilogy scene-stealer — is the star of the new book in my Origami Yoda series, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet. But inside, readers are going to find some unexpected faces.

In previous books in the series, one or two kids have shown up at school wielding origami Star Wars puppets. These Star Wars characters, in turn, wield their influence on the kids — Origami Yoda counsels patience and wisdom, Chewbacca (the Fortune Wookiee) encourages bravery and loyalty, and when Darth Paper shows up there’s some serious dark side behavior.
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Star Wars in the UK: The Phantom Menace

Mark Newbold | August 5, 2013

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After the golden age of Star Wars that was the ’90s — a return to the public consciousness that rivaled its heyday of the late ’70s and early ’80s and banished the shadow of the Dark Times — Star Wars was ready to enter a new era of prominence that would both unite and divide an increasingly broad fandom. By the late ’90s, that fandom crossed multiple demographics and encompassed followers of various formats of media including roleplayers, computer gamers, action figure collectors, book readers, and comic fans. It was the era of the prequels.

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