The Emperor is coming here?
Ian McDiarmid, the actor who unforgettably played the galactic mastermind behind the rise of the Empire, transforming from the manipulative, scheming senator from Naboo into the ghastly cloaked figure of Darth Sidious, will join fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago this spring.
McDiarmid, who exquisitely portrayed evil personified, will be joined by Brian Herring, half of the puppeteering team who operated BB-8 as well as other creatures and characters in the sequel trilogy.
Veteran voice actor Mark Dodson, who helped bring Jabba the Hutt’s cackling court jester Salacious B. Crumb to life and has provided vocals for other Star Wars stormtroopers and aliens, will also be there.
The trio are just the latest in a long line of most impressive Star Wars talent slated for the Topps autograph area, including Star Wars legend Peter Mayhew, and many more. You can purchase your autograph tickets beginning this Wednesday, February 13, at noon PST.
Star Wars Resistance is here! The animated series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Visit StarWars.com following each episode for “Bucket’s List Extra,” an expansion of our weekly fun-facts video series Bucket’s List, often featuring never-before-seen concept art and stills from the show. In this installment, we look at “The New Trooper.”
Bucket’s List Extra – “The New Trooper”
1. A snarlfish favorite.
Kel and Eila are using puffer pig bacon as bait when angling for snarlfish.
2. Interior design.
Kel and Eila’s living quarters have undergone updating, to show that they’ve really settled into their below-decks home.
3. No mudra-jee today.
Cut from the episode was that Kel and Eila were to attempt “mudra-jee,” a meditative technique practiced by the healers from their home temple that would help keep the trooper unconscious as he recovered.
4. Isn’t it an Opeepity?
Poor Opeepit is scrubbing the floors by hand; evidently he has not gotten his sweeper back after it was confiscated in the previous episode.
5. No thanks.
This episode builds on the reconditioning threat that Finn faces in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, adding such scary-sounding terms as “mental wipe,” “reprogram,” and “brainscrape.”
6. Learn your systems.
Identified star systems on the galactic map include Dagobah, Jakku, Twon Ketee, Takodana, and Jedha.
In case you missed this week’s Bucket’s List video, check it out below!
Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
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During Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks for a high-energy sail away celebration on embarkation day. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) During Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks for a high-energy sail away celebration on embarkation day. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are encouraged to wear their best Disney character-themed outfits on embarkation day for a chance to strut their stuff on the runWAVE during Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party, a high-energy sail away celebration. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
Together, we’ve explored the courage of senator and rebel leader Princess Leia, the enduring friendship of Han Solo and his loyal co-pilot, Chewbacca, and learned that size matters not when it comes to the fierce fighting skills of Master Yoda.
But the galaxy is vast and there are many more lessons and stories to share with your younglings in Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.
You can check out more conversation guides for parents to explore enduring themes and important truths, like Luke confronting his fears and trusting his instincts in the attack on the Death Star. And there are yet more characters to meet, from the vile Emperor Palpatine to the courageous little astromech droid R2-D2, plus other adventures still to come!
And may the Force be with you.
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A lonely scavenger in search of belonging. A vulnerable and vengeful child in a mask.
The next wave in Hasbro’s Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures action figure line will introduce the next generation to even more of the saga’s heroes and villains, including Rey and Kylo Ren. Joining the stars of the sequel trilogy will be figures of: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master who trained the future Darth Vader; Darth Maul, the Sith apprentice who murdered Qui-Gon Jinn; General Grievous, the brilliant Separatist cyborg strategist from the time of the Clone Wars; and the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Get your first look at the new wave below ahead of Toy Fair 2019 next week, then watch for them on toy shelves this spring!
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From the idyllic lakes of Naboo to the gleaming, bustling cityscape of Coruscant, the Star Wars galaxy is filled with beautiful places to visit and an endless list of things to see and do. Take in some live music by the Modal Nodes, try your luck betting on a fathier race and other high-stakes games, or choose an out-of-the-way carbon-freezing chamber as the perfect place to declare your love (mostly) in private.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and with so many options, what locale would make the perfect date night spot for you? Take our quiz and prepare to make the jump to hyperspace!
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You might not think about love when you gaze upon the Death Star (unless, perhaps, you’re Director Orson Krennic), but your valentine will know you care when you hand them this handmade card. This simple pop-up card can be assembled quickly, no doubling of efforts required!
What You’ll Need
Step 1 : Begin by folding the silver scrapbook paper in half, with the white side out. Trace or draw a large circle on the paper, about four and half inches in diameter, with the top part of the circle on the fold. This will be the inside of the card. Cut out the circle, which should make an hourglass shape when unfolded.
Step 2 : Use the folded circle as a template and trace the shape on the remaining silver paper. Cut it out. This will be the front of the card.
Step 3 : Cut a heart from the same silver paper with the heart paper punch.
Step 4 : Cut a notch, about one inch in length, in the fold at the top of the card. Press it forward and unfold.
Step 5 : Open the card. Gently push the notch inside and press the card closed, so that it forms a stair shape when the card is opened.
Step 6 : Cut a heart from the red paper with the heart hole punch.
Step 7 : Lightly trace the opened inside of the card on the yellow paper to use as a size guide. Draw a burst shape on the yellow paper inside the traced circle and cut it out.
Step 8 : Again, use the yellow burst as a template, lightly trace it on the orange card stock for sizing. Draw a smaller burst inside the traced burst and cut it out.
Step 9 : Glue the smaller orange burst on the yellow one, and the red heart on top of the orange burst. Let dry.
Step 10 : Fold the burst in half. Glue it to the front of the stair shape and on the bottom half of the card. Close the card and trim any parts of the burst that may be sticking out of the sides. Let the glue dry completely.
Tip: Close the card and place books or other weights on top of it to help it dry flat.
Step 11 : While the glue is drying, begin making the front of the card by using the black permanent marker to draw the trench across the center.
Step 12 : Next, glue the silver heart you cut previously just off-center and close to the trench.
Step 13 : Dip the unbristled end of the paint brush in the white paint and start adding the lights on the Death Star. Add as many as you’d like, grouped together in rows.
Step 14 : Use the small heart hole punch to cut a tiny black heart, and glue it to the center of the silver heart. Let the paint and glue dry completely.
Step 15 : Once dry, glue the painted front of the card on to the front of the folded card. Let dry completely.
Finally, open the card to make sure the pop-up works correctly and add a personal message. Our suggestion: “You can’t repel love of this magnitude!”
For more DIY Star Wars Valentine’s Day crafts and ready-made cards, check out Cricut for creative patterns, CSS die-cut card packs, a Hallmark mailbox and card kit perfect for the classroom exchange, and other ready-made cards from American Greetings and Lovepop.
Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.
“No gift is more precious than trust.”
Anakin, Ahsoka, Luminara Unduli, and her Padawan, Barriss Offee, lead a mission to destroy a droid factory on Geonosis. While the masters act as decoys diverting a group of super tanks, Ahsoka and Barriss infiltrate the plant via a labyrinth of catacombs beneath the city.
Together, Ahsoka and Barriss are ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good, destroying the plant while almost certainly dooming themselves to death by suffocation, buried far below the surface.
But, hand in hand, they never lose hope. Ahsoka has faith that her master will not leave them for dead, and she’s right to believe in Anakin and his legendary levels of attachment and bullheaded perseverance despite dismal odds.
The two young Padawans are perfect foils for each other: Ahsoka, prone to recklessness yet also adept at pivoting when a plan fails and devising a new, unconventional solution, has learned much from her master, while Barriss is more measured like her calm and even-keeled mentor, a studious learner who is thorough in planning and preparedness.
As a team, these qualities allow Ahsoka and Barriss to overcome the odds and not only fulfill their mission to destroy the factory from the inside out but continue working together even after they’re buried alive.
If this is your first time watching the series, you’re in for a shocking and fascinating arc for the friendship forming here between Ahsoka and Barriss.
But knowing where Barriss is headed makes some aspects of this episode stand out more sharply, sometimes subtly in the dialogue, like when dependable Barriss utters two simple words as they venture into the catacombs, where sleeping enemies lie: “Trust me.”
What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!
Next up: Come back next Thursday when the undead come to the defense of Geonosis in “Legacy of Terror.”
Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.
Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel features made-to-order dishes, signature tiki cocktails, Dole Whip and more. Inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa Terrace, complete with an expansive patio, is the perfect tropical complement to the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel features made-to-order dishes, signature tiki cocktails, Dole Whip and more. Inspired by Walt DisneyÕs Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa Terrace, complete with an expansive patio, is the perfect tropical complement to the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel features made-to-order dishes, signature tiki cocktails, Dole Whip and more. Inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa Terrace, complete with an expansive patio, is the perfect tropical complement to the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
Cheers to our partners, volunteers, participating breweries, and the more than 5,000 local beer lovers who sampled hundreds of brews from 100+ local breweries and guests over the first two-day Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest on Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the West Pavilion, the largest venue of the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The first-ever Friday night Exclusive Specialties Session featured 60+ breweries and guests, each pouring two exclusive beverages unavailable during the general admission Saturday session. HopCat and Tomlinson Tap Room once again hosted pre-banding events, allowing participants to get into the fest more quickly by not having to show their ID upon entry through the Pre-Banded gates.
$3 from every ticket sold plus donations from the two coat checks raised funds for our charity partner, Joy’s House. Stay tuned to @drinkindiana on social media for the total.
Ticket purchases also directly support our mission to promote, educate, and legislate on behalf of Indiana’s breweries. What does this mean for you? More local choices of better beer at more places, along with some of the state’s best beer fests!
Get your tickets now for Columbus Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, May 18 at Mill Race Park in Columbus; the 24th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival on Saturday, July 27 at Military Park in Indianapolis; and the 3rd Annual Broad Ripple Beer Fest on Saturday, October 12 at Opti-Park in Indianapolis.