Star Wars Rebels
“Rebel Resolve” will air Monday, February 23, at 9PM on Disney XD. After Kanan is captured in the previous episode (“Call to Action”), the rebels attack an Imperial courier hoping to gain more information regarding his whereabouts. Two preview clips were released to promote the new episode. The crew debate whether they should attempt a rescue mission, and later, the Ghost attacks an Imperial ship.
Airing March 2nd on Disney XD, “Fire Across the Galaxy” is the Star Wars Rebels season finale. Lucasfilm’s publicist Tracy Cannobbio confirmed that the finale will not air beforehand on any platform and that it will be 22 minutes long.
So excited to finally share that the #StarWarsRebels S1 finale will be on March 2nd!! Not available on any platform prior to that date.—
Tracy Cannobbio (@Tcann13) February 12, 2015
Dave Filoni recently provided fans with an official Star Wars Rebels color guide, “For those attempting a character from Star Wars Rebels, I wanted to offer some help. I am well aware of the importance of color matching and in film the lighting often has a great influence on the color of clothing. That makes it very difficult to create a precise match in real life. I know how accurate you want to be, so the team here at Rebels put together color charts with Pantone numbers so you can have the exact reference.”
Minecraft released a Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack. Users can add a total of 17 characters to Minecraft for Xbox One or Xbox 360 at a cost of $2.99. The characters include Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Zeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Chopper, the Inquisitor, Agent Kallus, an AT-DP Pilot, a Stormtrooper Commander, a Tagged Stormtrooper, Cikatro Vizago, an IGRM Droid Variant 1 and 2, a Lothal Farmer, Gotal, Minister Maketh Tua, Tseebo, RX-24, Imperial Cadet Ezra Bridger, Commandant Aresko, Azmorigan, and Senator Gall Trayvis.
LEGO fans, make sure to watch the third mini-movie for LEGO Star Wars Rebels in which the rebels cause some trouble for the local Stormtroopers and challenge Agent Kallus in an AT-DP.
Finally, Star Wars Insider #156 revealed a few spoilery details concerning the season finale. Beware of the following SPOILERS. According to Yakface.com, “Insider #156, confirms that the identity of Fulcrum is revealed along with the return of Bail Organa and Vader in final [episode].”
Book, Magazines, and Comic Books
Rancho Obi-Wan will have an expansive exhibit at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, focusing on the contributions made by Star Wars fans throughout the years. In addition, the nonprofit museum will publish a limited print-run book, Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art. Written/photographed by Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann and acting as an exhibit guide, the 72-page book will contain photos and stories of the displayed items. Priced at $25, the book will be available for pre-orders (to be picked up at Celebration) in March. Visit Rancho Obi-Wan for more information.
Del Rey announced that Star Wars Insider #157 will contain a new short story, entitled “Orientation”, written by fan favorite author John Jackson Miller (A New Dawn). Starring Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, it will tie directly into Paul S. Kemp’s upcoming Star Wars novel Lords of the Sith. “Orientation” is Del Rey’s second original short story of the year. “Last Call at the Zero Angle” by Jason Fry is the first original story in issue 156.
StarWars.com revealed the brand new LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, coming out on April 28, 2015. The revised version includes 72 extra pages and additional information. The book will come packaged with an exclusive all-white Boba Fett, a version based on the original concept design and test armor for the notorious bounty hunter. Place your pre-order for the book today.
The Star Wars Rebels Screenshots Tumblr blog shared the “Ring Race” comic (part one and part two) for those who want to read up on the rebel crew’s side adventure and don’t have access to the German or UK Star Wars magazines.
The Marvel solicitations for May 2015 were released recently, revealing covers and brief summaries for upcoming comic book issues. The Star Wars comics include:
Kanan – The Last Padawan #2
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
His master betrayed and killed, young Caleb Dume is alone. When being a Jedi makes him a target, what can a Padawan do? Continuing the story of the birth of Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus!
Darth Vader #5
Release Date: May 13, 2015
Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Adi Granov
Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…not everyone wants him to find out the truth. Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?
Star Wars #5
Release Date: May 20, 2015
Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist/Cover Artist: John Cassaday
As Luke goes home in search of the truth about his late mentor…Leia takes Han on a secret mission of vital importance to the Rebellion. Unfortunately, they both run into some unfriendly encounters.
Princess Leia #4 (of 5)
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist/Cover Artist: Terry Dodson
The Empire is rounding up fugitive Alderaanians…that doesn’t sit well with their Princess. But what can one woman do against an Empire?
TheForce.net’s Eric Geller interviewed Annie Stoll, the illustrator of Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook. A real-life Sabine with an explosive style and appreciation of color, Annie talked about Sabine’s artistic style, the techniques she used, how she relates to Sabine, and much more. Read the interview at TheForce.net. If you want to read more about Annie Stoll, also check out our interview with her.
Jordan Maison at Cinelinx interviewed actor Billy Dee Williams about his role in Star Wars Rebels as fan favorite character Lando Calrissian. Read his interview over at Cinelinx.
Lucas Siegel at ComicBook.com interviewed Greg Weisman about his past and current projects. He briefly mentions Kanan: The Last Padawan and kindly asks that fans support his original novel series, Rain of the Ghosts.
Russ Sheath of Ain’t It Cool News spoke to Kieron Gillen, the author of Marvel’s Darth Vader #1. He briefly talked about new character Aphra and other details related to the comic, “I start bringing some droids in and a character called Aphra, who is a kind of Indiana Jones character, in that she travels the galaxy looking for ancient artifacts and making sure they get into the wrong hands. She’s fun, roguish and adventurous.”
Also, if you haven’t read it already, check out our interview with Alison Berrios, the creative force behind Cosplay For Jedi.
“I never thought I could find another Star Wars creature that I love as much as a TAUNTAUN!!!!” wrote Blondsaurus over at her Facebook.
Along with the Tooka seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Loth-cat in Star Wars Rebels is a favorite of mine as well. Blondsaurus loves the adorable feline so much that she made a Loth-cat cushion.
The very awesome Victoria Schmidt, also known as scruffyrebel on social media, created an amazing pair of leggings inspired by everyone’s favorite Twi’lek pilot, Hera Syndulla. The bright green leggings bears the circular markings found on her lekku. This is exactly the kind of merchandise that companies should tap into more often because I would buy this in a heartbeat.
Instagram user Jacob Chaney created a bleach t-shirt based on the highly anticipating sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He cut out a stencil of Rey and her speederbike and used bleach to make the image on the red shirt. The result is pretty awesome and something you can do for yourself in under ten minutes.
Erin of the 501st Legion’s Star Garrison also created her own bleach t-shirt. Inspired by the many symbols seen in Star Wars Rebels, she used freezer paper to make the stencil and carefully applied the bleach to make a stunning shirt.
Most of the time, we rely on companies to make the products we want. When the quality or design isn’t there, it’s up to us to create our own unique products. Anyone can make custom t-shirts using the bleach method. Check out the following DIY tutorials (Practically Functional and Brit+Co) and try it out for yourself.
Cross-stich maker Parvumautomaton continues their series of Star Wars inspired cross-stich designs. Earlier in February, they posted a picture of the Kanan Jarrus cross-stitch. Since then, they’ve branched out to other Star Wars characters, including Princess Leia, Padmé Amidala, and the twin sisters from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions. Follow Parvumautomaton on Tumblr to catch their latest designs.
ActionPink, who we interviewed for Fashion Friday two weeks ago, revealed a new design in their line of Star Wars inspired aprons. The “Cooking up a Storm Apron” features a fully lined bodice, a two tiered full circle skirt, and long neck and waist ties for custom fit. Priced at $95, the apron is made-to-order. The aprons are perfect for baking and for costuming. Visit ActionPink’s official site for more information.
Also on the way are Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul designs as well as a Captain Rex apron that I am most definitely going to purchase!
Dave Filoni recently updated his social media accounts to show an impressive collection of Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla action figures. The figures and personal messages were sent to various members and friends of Lucasfilm, but the figures are no where to be found for the general public. That may be changing soon, since the port blocks on the west coast have reached a deal and have resumed full operation.
Still, that doesn’t fix the major issue that cropped up after Hasbro reportedly said that they had released “plenty” of female figures and had no plans to release more. The response they originally gave to Jedi Temple Archives has since changed, but the reaction to the news reached various sites, including The Daily Dot and The Mary Sue.
Make sure to check out my Toy Fair New York 2015 updates at Making Star Wars and Star Wars Report as well as my January toy roundup. There, fans were excited to see the new Sabine Wren minifig with removable hair and helmet.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Congratulations to Matthew Wood, Dave Acord, and the Skywalker Sound crew for winning Golden Reel Awards for sound editing on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (Pictured below: Matthew Wood and Dave Acord. Photos by Matthew Wood and Stephen Stanton.)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman informed fans recently that TCW writer Matt Michnovetz is also a writer for Star Wars Rebels. Michnovetz wrote the Yoda/Wookiees arc that we were supposed to get in a later season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars before it was canceled. He also wrote various other episodes, such as the Citadel and Umbara arcs.
Friedman also said on Twitter that we may get more “information” about the Bad Batch arc soon. The Bad Batch arc would have featured the return of ARC trooper Echo and a squad of experimental clone commandos led by Captain Rex.
Star Wars Events
Download the Star Wars Celebration app to keep up with the latest updates. Some of those include:
- J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy attending Celebration as well as many other exciting guests., including Mark Hamill, Jeremy Bulloch, Danie Logan, and many more.
- Our first look at the Celebration Art Show, which includes art created exclusively for the event by a variety of artists.
Some of my favorites include:
There is also an alternate piece to the Jeff Carlisle art seen above that includes a variety of characters in the background, including Ahsoka Tano. Jeff himself said that the piece of work is a nod to well-known characters and not a spoiler for future Star Wars Rebels episodes.
On the other side of the coast, Walt Disney World Resort is gearing up for the annual Star Wars Weekends and announced that James Arnold Taylor will return to host the event. The official merchandise poster also debuted at StarWars.com and at the Disney Parks Blog, showing off Jedi Mickey Mouse at the center with classic Darth Vader and vehicles in the background. For more information about updated show locations, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
Check out Fangirls Going Rogue for the latest fangirl conversation about current Star Wars events and news. Here’s the description for episode #16:
“If the Disneyland Star Wars Half-Marathon and Smithsonian’s Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Grand Opening are any indication, 2015 will be an amazing year for fans. Sarah Woloski and Tricia Barrshare reports on the events with their co-host Teresa Delgado, before the ladies begin planning a special Fangirl Flail gathering for Celebration Anaheim. Kicking off a special three-part segment, Amy Ratcliffe gets everyone ready to share their fangirl flair for the convention. Jenna Busch stops by to share the inspiration behind her website Legion of Leia. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the character discussion highlights some of our favorite couples in the galaxy far, far away.”
Catch Vanessa Marshall, Star Wars fangirl and the voice of Hera Syndulla in Star Wars Rebels, in the latest episode of The Comlink. Vanessa and David Collins discuss a variety of Star Wars topics, including David’s first encounter with Vanessa, her fandom, her feelings about The Clone Wars, her first reaction to seeing Rebels, and much more!
As far as new podcasts go, please check out The Younglings Podcast. The Younglings Podcast is a Star Wars podcast by younglings for younglings and anybody else who loves the Star Wars saga. Inspired by RebelForce Radio, fangirls Annie and Tessa are the hosts of the podcast and occasionally bring in family and friends as guests.
Follow their updates on Facebook and tune in to listen to their first two podcasts.
Also, visit Roqoo Depot for weekly podcasts in review.
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