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Oct 19, 2017

When Star Wars goes blue

luke battles darth vader in empire

I was listening to some Ryan Adams when his song When Stars Go Blue came on and for some reason my mind turned to the blue milk that has kept fans amused for years in Star Wars.

I'm talking about the Bantha milk that was spied in Aunt Beru's kitchen.

Which made me wonder, how the heck to you milk a Bantha?

Either way, I kept thinking about the colour blue in Star Wars and how it was so pervasive across so many of the movies.

The first blue thing we see in A New Hope is R2D2. His white and blue colours with a splash of red thrown in are now wholly synomous with the little driod that could.

Much the same as Luke's blue light saber, so let's talk about that.  

Something blue, something borrowed


So much happened to Luke’s blue saber both before he actually got his farmer boy hands on it, the saber has already seen a LOT of violence, some of it in battle against this guy:


While Obi-Wan did spin Luke a bit of yarn (from a certain point of view) there was no lying when Obi Wan told Luke that the saber he handed to him was his father’s Anakin Skywalker. 

In the Revenge of the Sith film it was used to kill Count Dooku and to fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi, oh and lest we forget, it was used to massacre the younglings

When it’s first handed to Luke by Obi-Wan, it’s both an introduction to him and the viewer of such things as Jedi Knights, the Force and a big hint as to what is to come. But Luke doesn’t actually get to use the saber for violence in A New Hope. 

That’s saved up for Empire.

We finally got to see Luke use his saber for realszies in The Empire Strikes back when his duel Darth Vader results him becoming just another Star Wars statistic

And when he does become just another statistic, what's the back drop?

 It's this icon blue over orange background:



And where has the blue saber ended up? 

Currently, Rey is standing at the top Achto Island handing back to Luke. That blue saber sure has an attachment to him!

blue harvest logoBlue Harvest


Blue Harvest was the working / filming title of Return of the Jedi.

It was so named as to try and put off of the now fervent fans who might other wise have visited the film sets and let some secrets out of the bag. The film production was heavily into the joke and lots of caps and t-shirts were made to put people off.

While it was rumoured that Lucas wanted to actually make a horror film with the Blue Harvest name, no filming ever took place. The name has since become the stuff of legend - so much so that the Family Guy Stars Wars spoof was named for it.

The Blue Snaggletooth tale


The Blue Snaggletooth is one of the rarest Star Wars figurines - its design was part guess, part screw up. But wait, is there a alternative truth. Something that comes from a certain perspective. 

snaggletooth figurines

'Snaggletooth', was originally released by toy maker Kenner in 1979 as part of a 'Star Wars Cantina Adventure' set. He came with three other friends, Hammerhead, Walrusman and the eponymous Greedo.

Their faces were sculpted rather accurately by Kenner when compared to how they appeared in the original Star Wars movie, but what they did to their clothes (and sometimes physiology) has amused figurine collectors for years since.

With only a black-and-white headshot photo of Snaggletooth to go on, Kenner effectively made-up what it thought the character looked like, giving the alien human proportions a lovely blue suited costume to wear. It was quite the dapper costume.

The actual movie version of Snaggletooth is actually half the height and wears a red outfit. Once this 'mistake' was confirmed, the correct version of Snaggletooth was re-produced and released. This meant that original Blue Snaggletooth is now a rare find and a prize worth to any Star Wars collectors top shelf.

THAT ABOVE IS THE LEGEND. HERE IS THE TRUTH:

It can be argued that Kenner didn't really make a mistake with their design. If you want the real truth you have to go to the official Star Wars site where they lay it out:

"The funny thing is that Kenner actually wasn’t mistaken. Snivvians, the species of Snaggletooth, are average sized and more than one does appear in the classic trilogy. The character that inspired Kenner to create a smaller Snaggletooth didn’t even appear in Star Wars. It was a smaller female Snivvian called Zutmore who appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, seen on the photo Kenner used for the figure’s card. The Snivvians that appeared in Star Wars are often documented in black and white photographs and while they sport a hunchback, neither is short in height."

So there you have it.

Fun Fact One: The legend of the Blue Snaggletooth is so well established that you can still buy the figurine on Amazon.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is blue


One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. 

thrawn rebels


From his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond into the Rebels television show where he's quite the fan favorite.

The duality of Anakin Skywalker: Is he Team red or Team BLUE?


In what may or not be case of over reading into things, Dan Zehr has provided some pretty cool insight into some of the themes that revolve around Anakin Sykywalker in Revenge of the Sith.

His article on the official Star Wars site features a consideration of modern 'man or machine' discussion and the ability of evil to 'subvert the natural order' and the two faces of Palpatine.

count dooku execution


What really got my attention however was the duality drawn by Anakin's use of two sabers to behead the quite surprised Count Dooku in Revenge of the Sith.

If you recall at the beginning of the movie, Obi-Wan and Anakin are on a mission to rescue the conniving Palpatine which ends with Anakin being encouraged by the Chancellor to end Dooku's life and thus ending the Clone War (at face value anyway).

While this scene is obviously a deliberate signal to the viewer that Anakin has dipped his toes into the Dark Side of the Force, the message of the double saber may not have been have been picked up by all viewers (certainly not this author who has seen Revenge of the Sith 11 times by his reckoning).

So what is this duality Dan wrote of?

"On General Grievous’ flagship, Anakin captures Dooku’s lightsaber in dramatic fashion, thereby crossing both blades at the neck of the Sith Lord.

The symbolism here is strong: the blue blade represents Anakin’s optimism, hope, and rationality, while the red blade (which Anakin will soon wield in another form) represents his anger, despair, and inherent violence.

Both blades work in tandem, further demonstrating the conflict and dichotomy of the tragic hero."

This is a great example of the talent of George Lucas. He's a wonderful story teller and this small moment of visually representing the duality of Anakin's journey is a nice small moment that reinforces the character's journey to the dark side.

And just to round out the colour blue thread, here's Jedi Knight Aayla Securra:

aayla secura revenge of the sith

Final fact:

Actress Jessika Pava piloted an X-Wing in The Force Awakens. Her call sign was Blue Three

Now, about that green lightsaber...

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