‘Star Wars’ Animation Roundup: August 24, 2014

Sabine Wren Spirit Halloween Costume from Star Wars Rebels

Two Sabine Wren Halloween Costumes

With certain merchandise excluding the leading females from Star Wars Rebels (see twin comforter set, plush blanket, and Disney shirts) and toy companies marketing Star Wars as a boys’ brand, it’s quite shocking to find not one but two Sabine Wren costumes. After all, Star Wars was made for boys, right? Spirit Halloween and Party City brings us two different costumes of the Mandalorian and explosives expert from the highly anticipated animated series. Both costumes include the jumpsuit and mask. The Spirit Halloween costume, however, comes with a belt, while the Party City costume comes with shoulder pads. Both items are officially licensed by Lucasfilm and are priced at $29.99. Here’s hoping a Hera Syndulla costume shows up soon!

First Approved Sabine Wren in The Rebel Legion

Speaking of Sabine, congratulations to Liz Perales of Rogue Rebels for becoming the Rebel Legion‘s first approved Star Wars Rebels character! Liz and her family love to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters, showcasing their costuming talents and contributing to the Star Wars community. You can view Liz’s profile as Sabine Wren over at the Rebel Legion site, which includes a brief summary of the character and high resolution pictures of Liz’s costume.

Subway’s Join the Rebellion with Star Wars Rebels

Make way for another round of congratulations! Many thanks to Subway and the marketing team that consulted with Lucasfilm for not excluding the two leading female characters from Star Wars Rebels. Though Ezra and Zeb are not present, you can find Ezra and Zeb in plenty of other merchandise (see Ezra and Zeb statues, Ezra maskEzra plush toy, Zeb plush toyEzra action figure–oh and let’s not forget the twin comforter setplush blanket, and Disney shirts. I, however, can’t find those same products for Sabine and Hera because they don’t exist.) According to Star Wars ReportSubway Kids will have a new line of FreshFit Kids Meal bags to promote Star Wars Rebels.

Subway Star Wars Rebels Promotions
Credit: Star Wars Report.

JAKKS Pacific Star Wars Rebels Line

Get ready for the new JAKKS Pacific line of Star Wars Rebels giant figures featuring Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, the Inquisitor, random Stomtrooper, and random TIE Fighter pilot.

That’s right. You can get this female-less line later this fall at a variety of retailers, including Walmart, Target, Kmart, and Toys “R” Us. These giant figures are labeled “Wave 1,” so I assume there will be a second wave at some point with Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla. I am quite disappointed that neither leading lady was included in the first wave. It just proves, once again, that male-targeted merchandise goes through extreme efforts to exclude female characters. One merely has to look at the “Where’s Gamora?” and “We Want Leia” campaigns to see the archaic trends in marketing.

Disney Insider and Star Wars Rebels Art Director Kilian Plunkett

Disney Insider caught up with Star Wars Rebels art director Kilian Plunkett to talk about how the new animated series draws inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie’s art.

We’re going back to the source, to the stuff that inspired George Lucas and the people that made all the props and effects for the original movies, before the movies were even made. We’re going all the way back to the raw visual language of shapes and silhouettes that, because Ralph is so integral to what the movies look like, will feel very familiar to fans.

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Star Wars Rebels Crew Selfie

Dave Filoni recently updated his social media accounts with a Star Wars Rebels crew selfie. Though the occasion remains unknown, it reminds us that we have a talented and passionate crew working on this particular Star Wars project.

Zeb Orrelios Short Preview from The Hollywood Reporter

The latest Star Wars Rebels character preview came to us from The Hollywood Reporter. Zeb Orrelios, the muscle of the group based on an old Ralph McQuarrie design of Chewbacca, lands himself into trouble with a group of stormtroopers. The full 3-minute short will premiere Monday, August 25, at 9:29pm on Disney XD. THR also mentioned Billy Dee Williams as part of the voice cast. As noted by Rebel Transmission, it’s the first time his name appears in connection to the series outside of conventions and interviews.

Sequel to Servants of the Empire Junior Novel 

Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry is an action-packed original story with a significant focus on Zare Leonis. The book will be released on October 21, 2014. Back on July 16, Fry submitted the second installment and now the book, entitled Rebels in the Ranks, is scheduled for May 3, 2015.

Star Wars: A New Dawn SDCC Panel

Suvudu recently uploaded the Star Wars: A New Dawn book panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

The new era of Star Wars storytelling begins in September with Star Wars: A New Dawn. New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller, Shelly Shapiro (editor, Del Rey), Frank Parisi (editor, Del Rey), Jennifer Heddle (senior editor, Lucasfilm), Pablo Hidalgo (Lucasfilm Story Group), Vanessa Marshall (Hera in Star Wars Rebels), and Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels) discuss the planning and process of Star Wars: A New Dawn and present the list of upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey.

Secrets of the Star Wars Rebels Video Reveals

Toys “R” Us has been revealing new and familiar Star Wars Rebels weapons, vehicles, and characters. Last week, Chopper‘s secrets were released, summarizing the astromech’s capabilities and personality. Today, the Empire’s AT-AT was revealed. Though only footage from The Empire Strikes Back was shown, does the CGI model mean that we’ll see an AT-AT in Star Wars Rebels?

Star Wars Rebels Socks!

Geek blogger and fangirl Amy Ratcliffe found Star Wars Rebels socks at Target. As a fan of colorful socks, I have to make my way over to Target and purchase a pack for myself!

Three New Star Wars Rebels TV Spots

With a date finally announced for the premiere of Star Wars Rebels, new TV spots have been popping up to promote the series. The Star Wars YouTube account uploaded three new videos, each highlighting the Rebels characters.

Also, Rebel Transmission found another advertisement with some new clips and Obi-Wan Kenobi dialogue. Enjoy the part when Ezra attempts to flirt with Sabine!

Natacha Guyot’s 9th Vidding Anniversary with Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Independent researcher and writer Natacha Guyot celebrated her 9th vidding anniversary by compiling a Star Wars: The Clone Wars video. Creating music videos is one of the many ways fans express their fandom. Check out Natacha’s video with music by Nolwenn Leroy.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6 DVD/Blu-ray in November?

Jedi Bibliothek pointed the way to recent DVD and Blu-ray listings for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 6 in The last season of the Emmy Award winning series premiered on Netflix after it was announced that the show would come to an end. The DVD and Blu-ray are scheduled to be released on November 20, 2014. Could this also be the date for a US/Canada release? It would be ideal, since the date is close to the holiday season. Stay tuned as more news develops!

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3 comments on “‘Star Wars’ Animation Roundup: August 24, 2014

  1. Pingback: The Ronto Roundup: Star Wars Celebs Get Iced, New Rebels Clip, Filoni Interview and MORE! - Dork Side of the Force - Star Wars News

  2. Thank you for another great round up post! And you’re so kind to include my TCW video! :)

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