Perhaps it was Vader who actually choked on his own aspirations....

Jun 12, 2021
Tis but a scratch!

Here's some facts and trivia bout Darth Vader

Here’s everything* you need to know about Darth Vader.

  • Who is he? Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker before he became a Sith Lord known as Darth Vader. A fallen Jedi Knight, Vader became the 'evil henchman' of Sheev Palpatine who rose to rule over the galaxy. In reality, the first six Star Wars films are about the rise and fall of Vader’s character.
  • The Darth Vader mask that appeared in Revenge of the Sith was fashioned using a digital design to computer-lathe the base master, from which molds were made to cast the on-screen costume masks. This meant Vader’s mask was exactly symmetrical.
  • While Qui-Gon Jin theorized that Anakin’s virgin birth was the will of the Force, Palpatine implied in Revenge of the Sith that Darth Plagueis caused the birth using the Force - earlier drafts of the ROTS script suggested this was indeed the case. It’s non-canon however, so it’s only a theory.
  • How old was Vader when he died? Darth was 45 years old. 
  • Vader's look was inspired by Nazi uniforms.
  • In the Alan Dean Foster novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Luke and Vader have a duel and Luke chops off Vader’s arm. When Lucas decided that the novel would not form the basis of the second film the book was made redundant however Lucas keep the idea of the arm severing and reversed who did what. Which was again reversed in Jedi…
  • Seven people have contributed to the character performance of Darth Vader in the movies. If we go in chronological order - Jake Lloyd played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, Hayden Christian played Anni and Darth in the other two prequels, David Prowse was the suit in all three original trilogy films while James Earl Jones did the voice over 4 times (inc Revenge of the Sith). Bob Anderson chipped in with some stunt work in Jedi and Sebastian Shaw famously played the unmasked Vader in Jedi as well. Finally, when The Empire Strikes Back was redone for re release in 1994-95, C. Andrew Nelson was used for a few fill in bits and bobs ( See his drop by notes in the comments!).
  • Occasionally people think it was Vader’s son Luke Skywalker who brought balance to the Force. While Luke’s efforts helped with it, the actual of balancing the Force came when Vader chose to throw the Emperor down the well (as the Emperor was in the middle of killing Luke with Force lightning). Vader found the compassion & love for his son was greater the choice he made to follow the Emperor and fall to the Dark Side of the Force. Vader truly was the chosen one. Or rather, he used to be until Rise of Skywalker determined Rey was The Chosen One. You can debate it either way until the space cows come home. 
  • Vader was a defeated man. The main way he fell to the Dark Side was by way of trying to find a means to prevent his wife’s death. When he actually caused Padme's death what did he have to live for? Nothing. He was simply trapped as the heavy breathing vessel of Palpatine. He did eventually become obsessed with finding this son so they together could overthrow Palatine.
  • In A New Hope, the character has only 8 minutes of screen time. It was all that was needed to propel Vader to becoming one of the most popular bad guys in the history of bad guys in movies.
  • Vader’s theme song is known as the Imperial March and is often used to signify the arrival of a bad person by smart alecs who hum the tune as they enter a room.
  • James Earl Jones did the voice of Vader.
  • Vader’s confession to Luke that he was his father in The Empire Strikes Back is considered by many movie fans to be the best plot twist in a movie. This concept was not originally thought of by Lucas for the first film which clearly intended that Vader and Anakin were different people -please recall Obi Wan’s expository scene with Luke. The line said during the filming of the scene was “Obi-Wan killed your father” – a clever ruse to throw people off the real twist (which apparently only the team of Lucas, Kasdan, Kershner, and Mark Hamill actually knew the truth of).
  • Darth Vader is not German for Dark Father and the name thus is not a clue about his parentage of Luke.
  • Vader's voice turned up briefly in Rise of Skywalker when it was revealed Darth Sidious had impersonated him. James Earl Jones returned one final (?) time to record the voice. 

The legend, the myth and the balls of Admiral Gial Ackbar

Jun 9, 2021
Admiral Ackbar in the Battle of Endor

Facts about Admiral Ackbar

Probably the most popular character in the history of movies that looks like a giant gold fish, Admiral Ackbar was one of the heroes in the Battle of Endor, commanding Rebel fleet with enough resolve to give the Millennium Falcon enough time to carry out it's mission.

But who is this character? Where did he come from and what kind of stuff is he made from?

Origin of the character in Return of the Jedi pre-production

During a production meeting where George Lucas, film Director Richard Marquand, and others players had divided up their coterie of aliens between foreground and background creatures, Lucas offered Marquand the chance to create a legend:

“George suddenly said to me, ‘Who’s going to play Admiral Ackbar? I just decided he should be a creature, so you can pick out Admiral Ackbar.’ I said, ‘George, I think this should be your decision. He’s one of your new characters here.’

And he said, ‘No, you choose.’”

Marquand then determined to choose "the most delicious, wonderful creature out of the whole lot, this great big wonderful Calamari man with a red face and eyes on the side.”

It was a painting by concept artist Nilo Rodis-Jamero.

According to Marquand, “One or two people around the table, who shall be nameless, said they thought it was a terrible idea: ‘People are just going to laugh when they see this guy.’”

admiral ackbar concept design by artist Nilo Rodis-Jamero
It's a piece of concept art!

So what species of creature is Ackbar?

He is a Mon Calamari a sentient species indigenous to the world of Dac. Many fans simply refer to the Mon Calamari as Calamari.

They are humanoid in shape and form and stand about 1.7m tall.

They are most commonly seen with salmon-coloured skin tones. Rogue One's Admiral Raddus was a blue grey colour because he came from a cooler climate than Ackbar.

What is Ackbar’s backstory? How did he join the Rebel Alliance?

The expanded Star Wars universe has come to the party and backfilled the origin of Ackbar. The short version is Mon Calamari was attacked by the Galactic Empire and Ackbar was forced to act as an interpreter for Grand Moff Tarkin.

He was freed from captivity during a failed attempt by Rebel forces to capture Tarkin.

He joined the Rebel Alliance and helped convince his species to support the cause, playing an integral part in persuading his people to contribute their fleet of starships to the Rebel Alliance. Ackbar then built his way up in the Rebel Alliance to the point that he was seen as an Admiral in Jedi. 

What kind of stuff is Ackbar made from?

In Return of the Jedi Ackbar senses that the Rebel forces are overrun and he signals a retreat which seems like a pussy thing to be doing at time like that but he was able to be convinced by Lando Calrissian to stick it out a little longer.

He then set to work and managed the fleet er admirably well showing a clear head for battle conditions.

Kirk Thatcher with various Ackbars and Calamari friends

What is the origin of the quote "It's a trap"?

Everyone knows that Ackbar's phrase "It's a trap!" has became almost more famous that Ackbar himself. But that was not the original line in Kasdan's script for Jedi. The actual words were, "It's a trick!"

During post production it was felt the line didn't quite have the desired effect. The change is now the stuff of Star Wars and film making legend.

What is his full name? Where does Gial come from?

The first name of Ackbar's character, Gial, was not formal published until the 2012 release of the Star Wars reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare, some 28 years after Ackbar first appeared on the silver screen!

Such was Ackbar's enduring popularity, he was brought back for a small role in The Force Awakens as a military advisor to Princess Leia. And then he was sadly killed off like a bitch in The Last Jedi!

Why Revenge of the Sith has become my favourite Star Wars movie

Jun 3, 2021

Clone Wars concept art by Ryan Church
The end of the Clone Wars concept art by Ryan Church

Revenge of the Sith has become my favourite Star Wars movie

I used to think Return of the Jedi was my favourite Star Wars movie.

I saw it in the theatre as a young kid. It was awesome.

Yeah, everyone loves Empire, but I love Jedi.

I love the attack on the Death Star. I love how Luke saved Vader. I love the primitive Ewoks beating the Storm Troopers.

I love that bikini.

And then 15 years later there were three more movies! And I watched them. I enjoyed them. I didn’t go crazy for them but then something happened, I found Revenge of the Sith (ROTS) being my go to movie.

It's now my favourite Star Wars movie.

"Why?!" I hear you scream at me. "

Why would you say that? The prequels sucked".

"We hate them" you say.

"You’re a moron for saying this! You’re not fit to write about Star Wars! You're not a real Star Wars fan!".

Let's be clear. Haters need not apply.

Let's talk this through, it's so more civilised... Here's my points on why Sith is the fave.

Revenge of the Sith had the best opening scene of any Star Wars film

Yeah, Return of the Jedi was awesome when Luke rescued everyone on Jabba's sail barge but it was a slow build. Revenge of the Sith featured an epic space battle over Coruscant where hundreds of ships were taking part in an epic space battle.

We were thrown instantly into the action with Anakin and Obi-Wan flying around, dodging missiles, crashing ships and getting rid of metal hungry droids that were trying to eat their ship while on a frantic mission to rescue the Chancellor from the many clutches of General Grevious.

This was the fabled Clone Wars finally truly before our eyes on a grand scale.

Featuring some of the best CGI ever done at the time, great camera work, amusing banter between the leads and some zippy music, this opening Stanza of ROTS was epic Star Wars magic.

The story arc

Being the third movie in the trilogy, we finally get to where the lava hits the road.

This is Anakin’s movie.

Or it’s Vader’s movie.

Something, something, the duality of man.

Yes, ever since we first met Vader capturing Princess Leia he has been the bad guy we loved and we wanted to know who the hell he was and what made him tick.

It turns out it was his love for Padme that turned him to the Dark Side.

Ewan McGregor shone brightly as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi had a lot to do in this movie. Rescue the Emperor, take down Grievous and leave his best friend for dead.

You can say what you like about the earlier films but you cannot deny how good McGregor was as he ran about taking the higher ground.

Proof is in the pudding with the announcement Kenobi will have its own series, directed by Deborah Chow who directed the third episode of Season One of The Mandalorian.

We saw Vader as truly evil when he massacred the Younglings

Fans of Vader were used to see him Force choking some impertinent officer or torturing Han Solo but until Sith came along, they had never seen Vader as truly evil. But they did when he killed Yoda's young students.

This was the first true moment when we knew Anakin had well and truly turned to the Dark Side.

Yes, he’d massacred the tribe of Sand People who had beat and mistreated his mother so badly that she died of her injuries but these were the kind of students that had been introduced to us back in Attack of the Clones. 

It was a brilliant set-up.

Whilst Yoda teased Obi-Wan about losing a planet, these Jedi kids were the backdrop with an air of charm about them. For Anakin to come and murder them all (or the next class) in ROTS, it was a chilling, chilling moment and perhaps was one of the darkest moments in all of the saga.

How can you hate such great storytelling?

It's all about the hands

Revenge of the Sith featured 4 hands being cut off in the film.

Anakin loses one to Obi-Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin and Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' robot arms off. 

Fun fact: Darth Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times!

And both his legs as well. Count Dooku got Anakin's arm in Attack of the Clones before Yoda stepped in and saved the young Jedi.

Obi-Wan Kenobi then got 3 of Anakin's limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (He had the higher ground...).

Lucas does a Hitchcock

George Lucas made his first Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognised him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time.

And let's not forget Jett as the Padawan Jedi that tried to escape with Bail Organa. That was a bad ass moment as it showed the faith the Jedi had in themselves and their padawan.

Some of the thinking that went into the movie was truly awesome film making

Moff Tarkin's cameo

A quick character cameo occurs when Vader and the Emperor are standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overlooking the initial construction stage of the Death Star.

In a blink and you'll miss it moment, a young Moff Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords. Tarkin was also brought back to the silver screen in Rogue One.

The suggestion Plagueis and Palpatine may have conspired to cause Anakin to be born

During the opera scene, Palpatine tells Anakin about how Darth Plagueis was so powerful he could create life. While it's never made explicit, the film could have been suggesting that Darth Plagueis caused the 'immaculate conception' of Anakin Skywalker.

The Expanded Universe novels show that Plagueis certainly was capable of such an amazing act...

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The 'goodbye, old friend' farewell between Anakin and Obi_Wan

As General Kenobi is about to depart to track and take down the robot General Grevious, he shares a nice moment with Anakin which ends with a very loving, 'Good bye old friend' from Kenobi.

This is the last time in the movie the two Jedi converse as friends. But what's so special here? Check the lighting that casts over the players  - Anakin resides in the dark and Obi Wan is awash in the light - it is a literal case of foreshadowing what was to come for each character.

An eye for detail 

After Padme dies as a result of her 'broken heart', her body is returned to the planet Naboo for ceremony and burial befitting a former queen. - her body has been altered to make it appear like she was still pregnant - this is all part of the ruse to keep the existence of Leia and Luke a secret.

The epic sword fight between Vader and Obi Wan

For this writer, the duel on Mustapha is Lucas's crowning glory as a CGI whiz and story teller. It goes back to the truth/lies that were spun by Obi-Wan to Luke on Tatooine.

Vader killed your father?

Not quite kid, but I actually cut off his arm and legs and left him to die.

mustapha concept art from revenge of the sith
Concept art by Ryan Church
But the sword fight was epic.

It was fast and furious and nothing like the duel the two had in A New Hope (this wasn't because they were old hacks, it was because of the era in which the movie was made).

The fight meant everything to the movie and it had to be good because everybody knew that both swordsman lived so it had to end very well. And Lucas delivered with Anakin's arrogance leaving him missing his limbs bar his mechanical arm.

So those are the reasons that Revenge of the Sith has become my favourite Star Wars movie, my go-to movie if you will.

Maybe I'll fall in love with A New Hope again or get lost in the darkness of Empire but for the moment, I can't get enough of Sith!

In more modern times, this movie ties in with The Clone Wars series so well. The Final of TCW intertwines throughout some key moments of this film, making it even more amazing. 

The best Darth Vader quotes from Star Wars

May 19, 2021

Darth Vader quotes that show he was the worst Sith Lord ever (but possibly the greatest Jedi!)

If you had to think of the most loved, most famous movie villain in all of movie history, you would be hard-pressed to go past Star War's Darth Vader.

A New Hope introduced him as the meanest, most badass and mysterious bad guy ever.

His place in movie history was assured when he became one half of a conversation that was to be one of the biggest plot twists in movie history with the reveal of him being Luke's father and by the time Return of the Jedi rolled around he proved to actually be the Chosen One.

There's basically him and Ernst Stavro Blofeld from James Bond and maybe The Terminator. But even then the T-800 turned to the light...

Did you ever think Lord Vader was supposed to be Darth Sidious' apprentice and they were to rule the world together? Betraying your Sith Lord Master must be the ultimate betrayal right? (It's almost expected by the Sith).

Well Vader already betrayed the Jedi when he took part in Order 66 so what’s one more betrayal? Just add it to the list right?

Or maybe not...

Palpatine intimates to Anakin during Revenge of the Sith that Darth Sidious killed his master while he slept so maybe that’s what the Sith do to each other.

After all, Palpatine also set up Count Dooku as an apprentice only to deliberately set him up so that Anakin Skywalker could behead the poor chap – this was so as to give Anakin a chance to dip his toes into the murky depths of the dark side…..

Sure, the prequels introduced Anakin as a screechy, whinnying idealistic young boy that hates sand but let's put that aside for now - here are the best Darth Vader quotes from the four movies the character was in.

Given he wasn't really one for long inspirational speeches, he sure had a way with words that made him very quotable.

the force is strong with this one
The Force is strong with this one!

The original Star Wars (A New Hope)

  • “I find your lack of faith disturbing” - says the Dark Lord after appearing to be openly mocked by Officers on board the Death Star. Vader challenges one of them to a force choke competition, naturally he went first... it's arguably one of Vader's most famous quotes.
  • "When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master." - Vader taunts Obi Wan, his Jedi teacher and former friend just before he kills him in the slowest sword fighter ever.
  • "The Force is strong with this one." Vader is commenting on the skills of an X-Wing pilot that is trying to blow up the Death Star, not realising he's trying to kill his own son.

Hardly a Sith Lord at the peak of his powers?

Surely he could have tapped into the Force on that one?

We jest.

The Empire Strikes Back quotes by Vader

  • "We would be honored if you would join us" - Vader mocks Han, Leia and Chewie when the trap on Cloud City is revealed. It's perhaps the only joke Vader makes in the saga other than the one he does as he chokes out Director Krennic in Rogue One. 
  • “I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…” - Vader tells Lando how it is from beneath his black helmet. Han is going with Boba Fett and everyone else is Vader's.
  • "Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me." - Vader praises Luke after he manages to escape Vader's trap with an acrobatic flip.
  • "No, I am your father!" -  And so revealed was one of cinema's greatest plot twists that Vader was actually Luke's old man.
Here's the video:

Here's the full conversation which happened just after the father cut off the son's hand:

Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker: I'll never join you!
Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke: That's not true. That's impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
Luke: Noooo! Nooooo!

Return of the Jedi

Concept art of Luke and Vader duelling

Return of the Jedi was full of quotes from Vader:

  • “I hope so for your sake, the Emperor is not as forgiving as I am” - This was the end of Vader's pep talk with the Jerjerrod who has in command of the second Death Star. Was it a slight joke by Vader to encourage the completion of the battle station or merely a statement of fact?
  • "Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for... sister. So, you have a twin sister. 
  • "Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side... then perhaps she will..." This taunt from the Sith Lord was perhaps not the finest thing he could have done. While he was trying to enrage Luke enough to open the door to the Dark Side for him he miscalculated and Luke finally bested him.
  • In reply to Luke's "I'll not leave you here. I've got to save you." Anakin says "You already have, Luke." 

Having proven that he was indeed the Chosen One by killing the Emperor and restoring balance to the Force, Vader perhaps single-handedly* became the worst Sith and greatest Jedi at the same time. 

His conversation with Luke is perhaps the most emotional moment of all the Star Wars films, given the weight behind it. 

Revenge of the Sith

And then we come to Revenge of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker succumbs to the Dark Side and becomes Lord Darth Vader. 

When he awakes from his reconstruction after losing his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi his first thought is for his love, for whom he apparently thought he was making his most recent 'life choices' for:

"Where is Padme? Is she safe? Is she all right?"

Palpatine's answer doesn't impress him much!


Rogue One quotes

Vader was brought back for the Rogue One prequel movie - even though he had minimal screen time, his cameo was awesome!
  • "Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director."

This was a simple, yet brilliant line in the film. 

Director Orsen Krennic was a vainglorious man, who had stopped at nothing to achieve his goal of building the Death Star and thus currying favour with Emperor Palpatine. He had killed the wife of his best friend (Galen) to do so. He was hell-bent on rising the ranks further in the Empire.

And then he ran into Darth Vader and found in him against a wall of man/machine that hindered his own Imperial March. 

Vader then literally chokes him as he says the line, we get the wonderful interplay of the classic Darth Vader Force choking a member of his own team which is obviously crushing the advance of Krennic. 

This makes Krennic even more desperate at the end of the film...

* You saw what we did there right?

Darth Vader quote from The Rise of Skywalker

The Emperor is a cruel master and we learned during this film that he had been manipulating Ben Solo since day one. Snoke was a puppet clone that he had used to influence Ben and when Darth Vader spoke to him through the mask, it was Palpatine all along.

Here's the line in TROS that he revealed this knowledge to Kylo Ren:

"At last, my boy. I have been every voice, you’ve ever heard, inside your head."

This was superbly delivered in the film  - the line begins with Palpatine and then turns into a mix of Darth Vader and Snoke's voices. What a mind trick to have played on the last Skywalker!

Best quotes Darth Vader said to Luke Skywalker

Nothing like an awkward father-son dynamic on which to base one of the greatest film trilogies of all time...

  • "No, I am your father!"
  • "Impressive, most impressive"
  • "That name no longer has any meaning for me
  •  It is... too late for me, son. The Emperor will show you the true nature of the Force. He is your master now"
  • "You cannot hide forever, Luke"
  • "Sister. So, you have a twin sister"
  • "Tell your sister you were right" (as Anakin Skywalker)
  • "You already have, Luke"

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Best quotes Emperor Palpatine said to Vader

Vader often used a good chat with his apprentice to outline his plots for the audience...
  • "We have a new enemy: the young rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.”
  • "The Force is strong with him. The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.”
  • “If he could be turned, he would become a powerful ally.”
  • "It seems, in your anger, you killed her."

Extra for experts, trivia and facts about Vader's character and inspiration for it!

Watto sure looks like the Condor Dragon from Battle for Endor...

May 3, 2021

I was introducing the kids to the new Disney + Plus releases of the Caravan of Courage and its sequel Battle for Endor when the Condor Dragon that captures Cindel in the sequel reminded me of something.

And once I released I could not stop making the connection, the Dragon looks like Watto from The Phantom Menance:

condor dragon looks like watto

watto condor dragon battle endor

Sure, it's a stretch and a bit of fun and for sure the movies were indeed fun to watch with the kids. 

Indeed, Wikipedia suggests Watto was inspired by several things, but not this film!

Caravan of Courage has held a place in my heart since I saw it at the movies in Hastings, New Zealand A LONG time ago... on paper, it's a great story (indeed George Lucas has the story credit), on-screen it's a happy mumble-jumble of Ewok fun. The same can be said of Battle for Endor.

Fun Fact: In The Battle for Endor, the Nightsister known as 'Charal' was played by Sian Phillips. She played the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in the 1984 film version of Dune. The Dune novel was a massive influence on Lucas's original Star Wars script.

The Nightsisters concept eventually made its way into an episode of The Clone Wars.

Top 7 things to do to celebrate May the Fourth 2021

Apr 30, 2021

May the 4th has become a big Star Wars celebration event. 

While you can celebrate Star Wars any day, May the 4th is a nod to the famous May the Force Be With You quote from the original A New Hope film which is then uttered in nearly every Star Wars film by one character or another. 

may fourth star wars

So here are 7 things you can do to celebrate Star Wars!

Pass it forward

Introduce a friend who has never seen Star Wars to one of the greatest space operas that there has ever been! Believe it or not, some people have never seen the films. That's on them but you can introduce them to the far far away galaxy.  Sit back on the sofa, crank the surround sound to eleven and enjoy the classic film. 

Watch the films in order

If you're up for a marathon, you can watch ALL THE STAR WAR FILMS in chronological order. That means prequels, the OT, the Disney trilogy and the side films like Solo! 

It will take you a couple of day and nights but you're up for it champ. 

If time is a factor, consider the Machete order!

Get a Star Wars tattoo!

All the kids are getting them, even the cool kids! How about this Futurama cross over or this amazing Luke Skywalker piece:

arm sleeve tatoo luke skywalker

Watch a film that inspired Star Wars

It's well known that the original film is an amalgam of the films and books that inspired George Lucas. From The Searchers to Dune to Forbidden Planet and John Carter of Mars. Why not explore one of these works that inspired and influence Star Wars? 

You could even watch George Lucas's first science fiction film, THX 1138. You did know about that one right?

Explore the concept art of Ralph McQuarrie and Doug Chiang

Ralph was the artist that helped Lucas design the world of Star Wars. From the first drawing sketches of our favourite droids, the creation of Darth Vader and the Rancor in Jedi he was across a lot of the design in the original trilogy. 

For the prequels, Doug Chiang become the new lead concept designer and gave us these wonderful creations:

attack of the clones art

phantom menace art
Roger, roger

naboo star fighter

The work that went into designing the Attack of Clones was simply incredible.

Dress up as your favorite character!

A bit of Star Wars cosplay never hurt anybody so grab your glad rags and dress up as a hero or villain as you like!

twilek cosplay photos

family cosplay star wars

leia jedi cosplay endor

Consider this thought:

leia endor plot hole

Some people can get really into plot holes in films. 

Most films have them. 

Our view is to take the films as they are and enjoy them accordingly. 

Or you could jump off the deep end into the plot holes of The Last Jedi. We appreciate some of you would rather die of methanol poisoning than watch that film again though...

Plot twists, now that's a Star Wars thing!

Brush up of your Star Wars trivia

Every single Stars Wars film contains a lot of trivia. There's so much we can hardly keep up. We sure try though! Take some time to learn the best trivia on the best sci-fi franchise there ever has been!

  1. The ten best facts and trivia about The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Facts and trivia about Captain Phasma
  3. 11 Facts about Count Dooku, the Jedi who became a Sith called Darth Tyranus
  4. 21 great facts, myths and trivia about the original Star Wars trilogy
  5. 501 awesome facts about the Star Wars movies that any fan girl will love
  6. 10 insane facts about the Star Wars films
  7. Tales of Tatooine - cool facts and quotes about the desert planet from Star Wars
  8. 26 interesting Star Wars facts you need to know
  9. Han Solo movie trivia and facts and Easter eggs

Star Wars was literally a 'block buster'

Fans Queueing to see Star Wars in 1977

Star Wars was a true block buster - people queued for hours to see the movie

Following on the fins of the original blockbuster Jaws, here's a picture that that shows people queuing to see the original Star Wars movies in 1977.

Check out how it was advertised as being a 70mm print and in 6 track stereo sound!

Star Wars, as it was simply known back then, was not your typical movie blockbuster like today.

It did not have a huge publicity campaign like say a Finding Nemo or Man of Steel, it simply started out as a normal movie opening at 43 locations across the United States and not some few thousand like modern times. Word of mouth spread very quickly as to how could this movie was.

It went, in the modern internet sense, viral and people very quickly became infected with just how good the movie was! And pictures like the above were the result. The rest is history as people loved the film and started queuing to see the film again and again.

Positive word of mouth spread and the media picked up on the movie. Like Jaws, it literally became a blockbuster as seen by these pictures of people lining up around the block.

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In 70mm reports that Star Wars was "An immediate sensation, "Star Wars" (which TIME Magazine proclaimed "The Year's Best Movie" only five months into the year) accumulated incredible per-screen averages and broke numerous box office and attendance records at the few locations lucky enough to have been playing the movie. The film industry was abuzz, and exhibitors everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on a print. The film's distributor, 20th Century-Fox, had the lab cranking out prints as fast as they could as they accelerated their plans for a broad, nationwide release of the film."

Eventually, the film was shown at over 1000 film theatres across the States and became the greatest box office hit in history, beating Jaws that came two years before in 1975.

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How much time occurs between Rogue One & A New Hope

Apr 17, 2021
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The time between the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope

Rogue One provided the view with an amazing ending to an amazing movie by ways of a mild plot twist where Princess Leia's was revealed to be on Admiral Raddus's Flagship.

After a fraught moment of Darth Vader battling his way through Rebels trying to secure the Death Star plans, the Tantive IV makes an escape.

Cut to the famous opening scene of Star Wars (now known as ANH) and Vader's Star Destroyer is bearing down on the Corvette.

This begs the question, how much time has passed between the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope?

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Was it minutes or hours?

Let's take a step back.

Remember in Rogue One, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa discuss a certain Jedi and their need for his help.

Organa implies he knew just the person to go get him from Tatooine.

Unfortunately, the timing did not go well, the Tantive IV was laid up in repairs, docked within the forward bay of Admiral Raddus’s flagship, the Profundity.

It thus accompanied Raddus’s fleet to Scarif, along for the ride as the Rebel flotilla engaged the Imperial defenders. As we know, the Tantive IV managed to get away with the plans.

Vader's Devastator tracked the Tantive IV, though, through hyperspace, and follow it to Tatooine.

Dropping out of hyperspace, the Corvette could not keep the Imperial Star Destroyer at bay and was overtaken in a high-orbit gunfight, which visible at least to some residents of Tatooine below. In a cut scene from ANH hope, the young Luke Skywalker observes the fracas from the sands of Tattoine.

While we do not know the exact distance between the planets of Scarif to Tatooine the time between the two key moments of the escape and then capture, may have been one to several hours.

That the Tantive IV was on the Profundity also gives an explanation for how R2D2 and C3PO managed to be on board the IV given their brief cameo at the Rebel Base. They simply boarded the ship before it left for the battle of Scarif.

10 facts about the Rebel Alliance

Apr 8, 2021

10 things you might not know about the Rebel Alliance

The Rebel Alliance was one of the key groups from which meany heroes sprang in the Star Wars saga.

Think Leia but also Wedge, Bail Organa and Admiral "It's a trap Ackbar" and of course the heroes of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, Andors, Saw and our fave, K-2SO.

Here's some facts about the Alliance that you might not have known.

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    Luke's helmet with red Starbird symbol

  • Mon Mothma, who made a brief appearance in Return of the Jedi and had a bigger role in Rogue One was one of the original founders of the Alliance. This was of course in response to Chancellor Palpatine declaring himself Emperor. 
  • The Revenge of the Sith had some deleted scenes which showed Organa Bail and Mon Mothma having primary talks with Padme about building an alliance.
  • In A New Hope, Leia is the leader of the Alliance, having followed in her adopted father's footsteps - the deep steps of Bail Organa.
  • It has been suggested that Palpatine pushed for the Alliance to be formed himself. This Machiavellian masterstroke was that following the Clone Wars, it gave him another target to which the Empire could legitimately attack. This would assist with the Emperor as being seen to perform the functions of the Emperor - protecting his people (so to speak).
  • "Rebel scum" was the popular insult that Imperialists used towards members of the Alliance. It reminds us of Ireland's Troubles.
  • The symbol of the Rebel Alliance is called the "Starbird" and is sometimes described as a rising Phoenix. It was adopted in recognition of the work Galen Marek did in helping found the Alliance. It was originally the Marek family's emblem. This name should not be confused with Galen from Rogue One. This probably means the original reasoning for this alliance symbol is no longer canon but until George Lucas personally calls me on this point, it's staying. 
  • After the Alliance had learned of the Death Star's existence a military campaign commanded by Princess Leia was hatched to steal the schematics of the battle station. The operation was known as Operation Skyhook. It failed and that failure is effectively the opening scene of A New Hope. Or did it fail? This part of the story has been turned into Rogue One.
  • After the Alliances evacuation from the planet Hoth, the Rebels took a more mobile approach using Admiral Ackbar's flagship, the Home One was used as their headquarters.
  • The Alliance's victory over the Empire in the Battle of Endor naturally meant the end of the Empire as Palpatine was dead. In response, the Alliance reformed as the New Republic and began to build towards a more democratic union of planets, not that this was an easy thing!
  • In The Force Awakens, the Rebels lead by Commander Leia Organa are no longer considered rebels, they are the Resistance.
  • The Alliance's logo or emblem can often be spotted in the movies - keep an eye out for it on many of the pilot's helmets. When the tree burns in The Last Jedi, the flames make the symbol:
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Here's a picture of a Rebel helmet:

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Also the rebel symbol was used brilliantly in this Russian version of Rogue One marketing poster. Check the shadow....and then order the poster from Amazon!

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The original design art of the Millennium Falcon by Ralph McQuarrie

Apr 7, 2021
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What the original Millennium Falcon design originally looked like

Here's a pretty awesome early concept design of what was to become the Millennium Falcon.

Obviously, it's the work of the great Ralph McQuarrie - it would have been amazing to spend a day in his mind.

It's been famously suggested that the ship that became the famous design was inspired by Lucas seeing a burger with an olive tagged on to it but we doubt it very much.

If you're wondering where you may have seen this before, it's from The Star Wars graphic novel which J M Rinzler wrote using some of the very first drafts of what became Star Wars:

The Star Wars Graphic novel design

P.S. Did you ever wonder how the Millenium Falcon got its name?
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