The Star Wars Spy Game: SPIN Declassified

Greg Mitchell | December 12, 2013

Star Wars: The Glove of Darth Vader

In 1992, authors Paul and Hollace Davids released the first book in their Star Wars series of young adult novels: The Glove of Darth Vader. This six-book series featured the adventures of Jedi Prince Ken as he fought alongside Luke Skywalker and friends in a New Republic spy organization known as SPIN. Perhaps most famously, the Glove of Darth Vader series introduced the world to the Prophets of the Dark Side, not one but two three-eyed mutants rumored to be the son of Emperor Palpatine, Jabba the Hutt’s long-haired father Zorba and, of course, the titular indestructible Sith gauntlet. Since then, authors have integrated these children’s stories into the larger Star Wars tapestry. This article seeks to pull back the curtain on SPIN, to reveal its origins and place in the New Republic as well as its lasting legacy.

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UPDATED: Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day

Carrie Goldman | December 12, 2013

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UPDATE: Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2013 is tomorrow! Check out author Carrie Goldman’s post from last year below, and find out how you can help celebrate this special day.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, we invite you to celebrate the third annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying. Getting involved is easy. Here’s what you can do:

  • Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related.
  • Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but please put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys). You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any charitable organization collecting toys.

Join Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars on Facebook

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Made in China: Building the Falcon in Shanghai

Mary Franklin | December 11, 2013

The challenge: design and build a “real scale” exhibit incorporating approximately 25% of Han Solo’s beloved YT-1300 light freighter, the Millennium Falcon, then assemble it inside the New Exhibition Center in Pudong, Shanghai, China. The entire project, decided by the Disney China consumer products team for the China Toy Fair less than three weeks from the event, had to go from planning to drawing to construction to execution in that very short amount of time. I happily volunteered to help with design, content, and approvals, but could it be done?

The answer: “This is China. We can do anything.”

I heard that phrase much more than once while I was in Shanghai for Toy Fair and the Disney Consumer Products licensee meeting. I hoped to provide experience in and knowledge of the galaxy far, far, away, and help the process as best I could. I quickly learned that when my colleagues quoted the above, they were not kidding. We made changes and edits on the fly right up to the morning the show opened, but the result was a spectacular display that did indeed look like the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on the outside, and house a Star Wars movie timeline and licensed toy exhibit on the inside.

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Star Wars Comics Preview: December 11, 2013

StarWars.com Team | December 11, 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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The StarWars.com 10: Best Sidekicks

StarWars.com Team | December 11, 2013

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Welcome to The StarWars.com 10, a feature where StarWars.com’s editorial staff huddles to discuss — in a committee — various topics relating to a galaxy far, far away. Today we’re looking at the top second bananas of a galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars Ambassadors to the Gridiron

Albin Johnson | December 10, 2013

Patriots Trooper versus Panthers Trooper

Star Wars, by its very title, is a tale of epic battles. It’s a pageant of good versus evil, a struggle between conquest and salvation. It’s not called Star Romance or Star Force-Magic or any other title tied to one of its underlying themes. Those things happen against the back-drop of a good-old-fashioned war story.

People love a good throw-down. It’s in our blood to compete. Those of you reading this blog may not engage in tribal warfare like our ancestors, but we still find ways to identify with modern-day “tribes” of a sort. Sports are a clear example of that as an outlet. Sports fans identify with their teams like they are our tribes. We wear their colors, we cheer like maniacs, and we take a lot of joy (and regret) over watching them battle it out.

Two years ago I found a fun way to mash up my love of Star Wars with my love of watching football. I repainted an old set of Stormtrooper armor in Carolina Panthers colors just for fun. I reported in this blog last year the growing number of “Sports Troopers” who decorate their Star Wars costumes to match their favorite sports teams. The responses surprised me.

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Collecting the Galaxy: Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide

James Burns | December 9, 2013

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Don’t get caught in an Admiral Ackbar-like trap this holiday season; ensure you’re one step ahead of the droid army with this handy gift guide.

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Dam Busters

Bryan Young | December 9, 2013

The Dam Busters is a 1955 British film set in World War II. It tells the daring true story of an Royal Air Force raid to destroy a trio of German dams, deep in enemy territory.

Conventional weapons simply wouldn’t do the job, so scientists had to develop a new way of delivering a bomb: skipping it across the water so it would wedge up against the dam. In order to hit the target, the pilots had to fly exactly 60 feet from the surface of the water and every bomber in the mission had to drop their bomb at exactly the same spot.

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Happy Hothidays!

StarWars.com Team | December 6, 2013

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It’s that time of year: you’re all bundled up, snow is falling, and a wampa has just killed your tauntaun and taken you captive. But more than that, it’s the holidays, and StarWars.com is here with tons of content to help you celebrate with the power of the Force.

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Vintage Kenner Collector’s Cases: Warning! May Cause Hibernation Sickness for Action Figures

Tim Veekhoven | December 6, 2013

Darth Vader Collector's Case by Kenner

One of the true icons of the vintage Kenner toy line is the Darth Vader Collector’s Case.It was already iconic when we were kids and it still is today, even though it really was an ubiquitous toy in the eighties. Besides the Darth Vader case, Kenner did release several other items, meant for carrying your action figures around or for stocking them safely whenever you were asked to clean up your room. Let’s have a look at the different Star Wars collector’s cases from Kenner.

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