Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 5: Zenith of the the Republic

Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart | February 11, 2014

5-hutts

Welcome to the fifth of 12 articles revealing – for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.

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Collecting the Galaxy: 15 Years of LEGO Star Wars, Part 1

James Burns | February 10, 2014

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game

LEGO Star Wars celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and some of my next few Collecting the Galaxy blog posts will be devoted to looking back at the history of the mashup franchise. In the first of these LEGO Star Wars-inspired blogs we look at the period between 1999 and 2005, which takes in the releases of the prequels and the first original trilogy sets, too.

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How to Make a Star Wars Paper Rose

Amy Ratcliffe | February 10, 2014

If you’re planning to pick up flowers this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably going with roses. It’s the most popular choice for the holiday, and for good reason — roses are classic. You can’t go wrong. The only negatives are that florists know the stems are in high demand and mark up prices, and no matter how beautiful they are, real flowers die. Why not opt for a paper, Star Wars-themed solution? You can craft lovely, personalized roses from the pages of comic books, magazines, or books. Crafting the faux flowers just takes a few supplies and patience.

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Keeping Star Wars Secrets, Whether We Know Them or Not

Jennifer Heddle | February 7, 2014

Princess Leia quiets C-3PO on Endor

I’ve never had a job that involves quite so much secrecy before. There’s a certain element of surprise when working as a conventional book editor — you want to reveal a cover at just the right time, or you can’t announce a new deal with an author until the contract is signed — but as you might imagine, working at Lucasfilm adds a whole other dimension to the need to keep things under wraps. There are projects we can’t talk about yet, which may or may not be related to entertainment we can’t talk about yet, as well as other things that we just can’t talk about yet.

Unfortunately, all this can make coming up with blog post topics frustrating.

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An Advertising Empire: Creating the Star Wars Rebels Propaganda Posters

Amy Beth Christenson | February 6, 2014
Amy Beth Christenson, Star Wars Rebels artist

Photo by Joel Aron

I get to spend my days designing some of the characters, environments, and spaceships here at Lucasfilm — and also had the very fun task of helping create the six Star Wars Rebels Imperial poster cards that popped up online this week. (Before working on Star Wars Rebels, I was a concept artist on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and several LucasArts games, including The Force Unleashed.)

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The Kessel Run 2014: Helping Rancho Obi-Wan in Less Than 12 Parsecs

Mark Newbold | February 6, 2014

The Kessel Run Google Hangout

What subject could possibly persuade five webmasters, podscasters, and bloggers to congregate on a Sunday via Google Hangout and chat throughout the day (or until the early hours of the morning for some)? Star Wars, of course, and that’s exactly what Randy Lo Gudice, Johnamarie Macias, Jeremy Conrad, Jason Ward, and I did on January 12 as we embarked on the very first Kessel Run, to raise funds for Rancho Obi-Wan.

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Kenner’s Star Wars Playsets, Part 1: Cardboard Death Stars and Creature Cantinas

Tim Veekhoven | February 5, 2014

Star Wars Kenner playset

Bernard Loomis, president of Kenner, decided to make the Star Wars action figures 3 ¾” tall. That decision caused a revolution in the toy industry, as action figures were usually made 12” or 8” tall. The new size meant that the figures could be offered for a reasonable price and that the line could also include spaceships, vehicles, and playsets. Playsets have always been an important part of the toy industry, from those in the Louis Marx Toy line to the Mego sets in the ’70s. With Star Wars, Kenner produced some of the most memorable playsets ever, rivaling classics like Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe’s USS Flagg.

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Fashion Designs

StarWars.com Team | February 4, 2014

The StarWars.com 10: Best Fashion Designs

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 fashions, from princess gowns to Jedi outfits, in the Star Wars universe.

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The Rebel Troop Carrier, from Echo Base to Rancho Obi-Wan

Steve Sansweet | February 3, 2014
The Rebel Troop Carrier in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back

The Rebel Troop Carrier in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.

Blink and you’ll miss it on screen in The Empire Strikes Back! On a list of the 200 top vehicles in the Star Wars saga, it wouldn’t make last place. I’m embarrassed that there’s not even an entry for it in the 1.1 million word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, which I co-wrote. And yet now it’s sitting, in all its amazing full-size glory, in the carport at Rancho Obi-Wan.

The “it” goes by several names: Rebel Personnel Transport, Flight Crew Shuttle, or as the three incredible (and just a bit crazy) guys who built it call it, the Rebel Troop Carrier. You may have seen it on display, or even sat in it, in the R2 Builders Club room at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida in 2010. This is its story.

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Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim Screenwriter, Talks Star Wars

Bryan Young | February 3, 2014

Luke Skywalker versus rancor

Easily one of my favorite movies of the summer was Pacific Rim. It had everything a big summer blockbuster needed and, thanks to a carefully written script and first-class direction from Guillermo Del Toro, it was one of the smartest and most fun summer movies I’ve ever seen. And let’s face it, giant robots punching giant monsters is a lot of fun.

Over the summer my Full of Sith co-host Mike Pilot and myself were able to interview the screenwriter of Pacific Rim, Travis Beacham, about the movie and his love of Star Wars.

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