The Making of Return of the Jedi Available Today

J.W. Rinzler | October 1, 2013

Nothing like killing two birds with one stone: Joe Johnston drew this concept sketch to go with early drafts of Revenge of the Jedi. But it also illustrates something from the very first draft of Star Wars, which George wrote back in 1974. In the “Revenge” scripts, Princess Leia has various run-ins with some vaguely described “Imperial trackers,” who are also causing problems with the Ewoks and Yussem. Given that Johnston has added forearm guards and a head mask, it’s possible that George Lucas had already envisioned these Imperials seated on rocket bikes (later, speeder bikes). They also had “T-bombs” and a garland of (Ewok? Yussem?) teeth.

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Inside the Star Wars: Cross-Sections Series

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Hello! It is my pleasure to write a piece for the official Star Wars blog about myself, Hans Jenssen, and my good friend and very talented colleague Richard Chasemore. I’m proud to say we illustrated almost the entire series of DK’s Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections and Locations books.

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WeLoveFine’s Star Wars Work Shirts: Celebrating the Average Joes of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Nicole Campos | September 27, 2013

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It’s a terrific period these days for fashion that makes a statement about one’s love of pop culture and flying our fandom flag high. With the Internet bringing together talented artists and creative forces from all over, and with many fans of Star Wars among our staff at WeLoveFine, it’s a thrilling time to create new and exciting products for lovers of one of the most enduring sci-fi sagas of all time.

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Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut — The Celestials

Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart | September 27, 2013

Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare

PART 1: BEFORE THE REPUBLIC

This article kicks off a 12-part series revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments from Jason Fry and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.

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Viva Space Vegas! The History of the Marvelous Wheel, Part 1

Rich Handley & Abel G. Peña | September 26, 2013

The Wheel

The Wheel

The mere mention of its name conjures images of luxury. Lights. Excess. And sin.

And money. Money by the starshipful.

In a galaxy spanning millions of systems, where corruption and dark ambitions run rampant, the depravities one might wish to sample are as limitless as space itself. From spice addiction and forbidden knowledge to indulgences of the flesh of any number of species — if there’s a demand for something, then someone, somewhere, can supply it.

Among such varied vices, one constant throughout the galaxy is the love of gambling. Whether at Nar Shaddaa’s sabacc tables, Umgul’s blobstacle course, Coruscant’s garbage pit races or Vorzyd V’s Cosmic Chance boards, there is no end to the number of credits one can win — or lose — pursuing instant wealth. But of all the popular gambling havens, few have attained the notoriety of the Wheel. Its reputation for debauchery unparalleled, its gladiatorial arenas the stuff of legend, the Wheel is known far and wide as the place to go for those looking to risk it all….

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Star Wars Comics Preview: September 25, 2013

StarWars.com Team | September 25, 2013

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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Star Wars Celebration Europe: Your Favorite Memory Photo Book

Mary Franklin | September 25, 2013

Not long ago on Twitter I asked for your favorite Star Wars Celebration Europe memories and photographs for Bantha Tracks, the Star Wars fan newsletter. You sent some beauties, and we thank you for that!

This “photo book” is a great teaser for what will appear in the December edition of Bantha Tracks in Star Wars Insider. If you have read Bantha Tracks for more than five minutes you know that Star Wars Celebrations are my very favorite event to work on in my job at Lucasfilm. I started working on the Celebrations for Attack of the Clones (CII in 2002). Each has been exciting and memorable in different ways, but honestly, after we shut off the lights on Celebration III for Revenge of the Sith in 2005, I believed I would never produce another Celebration for a new Star Wars movie.

I love being wrong.

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Starfighters

StarWars.com Team | September 24, 2013

The StarWars.Com 10

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 pick the top starfighters in the Star Wars films.

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Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion – Razor’s Edge and the Perfectly Imperfect Princess

Tricia Barr | September 24, 2013

Today marks the release of the new novel Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion — Razor’s Edge, which headlines Princess Leia in a story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Like last month’s Star Wars: Kenobi, the stakes are more personal for the main characters, and Razor’s Edge takes a deep dive into the motivations that drive the Rebel leader. In an interview at Hollywood.com, author Martha Wells talked about her approach to the character: “I think the key is not just seeing Leia as a stereotypical strong woman character, but as someone who is young but is a leader, who has taken on huge responsibilities, but also as someone who has an epic temper and can be sarcastic, and can make mistakes. She’s not a perfect princess, she’s a person with flaws and vulnerabilities who manages to do what she needs to do anyway, and I think those things were conveyed in Carrie Fisher’s performance.”

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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: September 20, 2013

StarWars.com Team | September 20, 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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