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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StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: August 2, 2013

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2013

Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week! (Spoiler warning: There’s LOTS from Star Wars Celebration Europe.)

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The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Godfather

Bryan Young | August 2, 2013

The Godfather had a profound influence on the landscape of American cinema after its release in 1972, and the Star Wars universe was no exception.

The Godfather is a masterful exploration of the human side of the mafia and the toll it takes on ones soul and family and was directed by Lucas’s longtime friend and mentor Francis Ford Coppola.

The underworld is a prominent feature of the Star Wars universe, from bounty hunters and mercenaries to the bumbling criminal bureaucrats of the Trade Federation and the criminal largesse of the Hutts.
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SWCE 2013: Photo Gallery

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2013

Star Wars Celebration Europe featured an amazing collection of fan-made props, sneak peeks at upcoming product (including prototypes from Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series), and attendees from all over the globe. It even had stuffed baby Ewoks in baskets. Check out some sights from one of the biggest Celebrations ever after the jump!

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Star Wars Celebration Europe Trivia Challenge with TeeKay-421

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The TeeKay-421 Quizmeeting is an annual event, feared by all contestants. We thought Star Wars Celebration Europe would be an excellent opportunity to offer fans around the world a taste of what our trivia contests are made of.

After our idea was approved by Mary Franklin, our core team created a series of questions. Before we decided to go with the final selection of questions, we had several debates about which should be included and which shouldn’t. Since every member of the core team had his preferences, we found a great balance between movies, television, source, Expanded Universe, merchandising and behind the scenes. Some of our most difficult questions were abandoned, because we feared nobody would know the answer (the name of the last Snivvian dictator was among the deleted questions). We also immediately decided that the challenge should not be an easy one. There’s just no fun in answering easy questions, is there?

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