Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

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.

32: “Landing at Point Rain” (Season Two, Episode 5)

“Believe in yourself or no one else will.”

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Synopsis:

Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ki-Adi-Mundi lead an invasion to stop Poggle the Lesser and the Geonosians from rebuilding their droid army, but crash off-course, forcing each general to overcome their own set of challenges.

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Analysis:

Hordes of enemy troops, from Separatist clankers to the winged natives, and a massive energy shield stand between the Republic army and victory over Geonosis in an invasion intended to shut down Poggle the Lesser’s “factories of terror.”

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The camera work and animation here exquisitely captures the disorienting chaos of the battlefield. Perhaps more so than any episode we’ve seen so far in the series, alternating points of view in the air and on the ground during this heated skirmish brings a visceral weight to the reality of the war.

In the midst of all of this, two important lessons emerge.

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As Anakin advises Ahsoka when they first learn Obi-Wan may be in trouble, worrying has no place on the battlefield. To prevail, they must keep their focus on where they are, what they are doing, present in the here and now. Wandering minds are a liability and they’re no good to Obi-Wan if they’re dead.

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In a contradictory spirit, Ahsoka and Anakin also treat these battles as something of a game, a spirited match to tally the highest number of enemy kills, flattening battle droids and keeping track for the purposes of future bragging rights. As the injured and exhausted Obi-Wan remarks, he doesn’t understand how they can simplify the carnage of war into a contest, something of a sport.

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But just as important as staying in the moment, to keep a clear mind despite the emotional burden inherent for soldiers participating in a prolonged war, there must be some allowance to blow off steam, to laugh in the face of it all, a release valve for stress found through the absurdity of reducing combat to little more than target practice. Even Ki-Adi-Mundi, a Jedi Master who always seems to have a very serious expression, can see the value in that.

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Intel:

  • Designers added some personality to the gunships in this episode, including an illustration of a nexu with the phrase “Bad Kitty” scrawled beneath it, an homage to the ILM animation crew who nicknamed the creature just that during the making of Attack of the Clones.

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 mission continues in “Weapons Factory.”

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.

In Replaying the Classics, StarWars.com revisits Star Wars games of yesteryear, examining why we loved them then and why they stand the test of time.

Rogue Squadron has a lot in common with Episode I: Racer — it’s one of the best Star Wars titles of the Nintendo 64 era, it’s still easy to pick up and play, and age hasn’t dulled its magic in the slightest.

Here’s a game — an aerial shoot-’em-up inspired by the Rogue Squadron comic books of the mid-‘90s — that was uniquely suited to the N64’s single-thumbstick gamepad in its day. Plug your favorite controller or joystick into your PC now, and flying into battle still feels both effortless and intuitive; just choose a configuration that prioritizes precision aiming. One analog stick is all it takes to steer your X-wing (or other starfighter) in all three dimensions, so you’ll be shooting down TIEs in no time.

Blasting TIEs on Tatooine in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

In the aftermath of their victory at Yavin, the rebels find themselves on the run from a vengeful Empire in this Legends-era story. Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles have established Rogue Squadron, made up of the Alliance’s very best star pilots. Playing as Skywalker, you’ll lead the Rebellion on 16 story-driven missions across the galaxy, recruiting Imperial defectors like Crix Madine to your cause, scrambling for resources, and — following a late-game time jump to the New Republic era — saving Mon Calamari from a trio of planet-killing World Devastators. (For more context, read Dark Empire, written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy.)

Most of your favorite starfighters are available for you to take into battle, keeping in mind that the game launched in 1998, before even The Phantom Menace had made it to theaters. You’ll start off in Luke’s T-65 X-wing, then gradually earn access to fan favorites like the A-wing, Y-wing, Naboo N-1 starfighter, Millennium Falcon, and a Legends version of the V-wing airspeeder, seen mainly in Dark Empire and this game. Each vessel has its own set of unique abilities and attributes, introducing more fun and variety into engagements as you make your way through the story.

V-wing attacks a World Devastator in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

Things start off on familiar ground with a brief return to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley, which has been overrun by Imperial Viper droids. But there are also plenty of worlds never before shown on-screen, as well as planets, such as Corellia and Mon Cala.

Rogue Squadron is a beautiful, thrilling game. It’s visually reminiscent of Shadows of the Empire, and a perfect complement to the experience of that earlier N64 cartridge. Like Episode I: Racer, Rogue Squadron takes one essential aspect of Star Wars and turns it into a faithful and inviting simulation — in this case, aerial combat. It’s one any fan is sure to love, for the exciting dogfights and for the flying-ace story.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D is available on Steam and GOG.com.

Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Fangoria, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.

Monday, 28 January 2019 15:00

Star Wars Fuel Your Force Gear Guide 2019

There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?

Each new year, we’re reminded that it’s the perfect time to restart healthy routines and refocus our energy to find a balance. And this year in particular, Star Wars Fuel Your Force is committed to helping fans harness the power of their inner Force through an active and healthy lifestyle inspired by the themes, stories, and characters from the Star Wars saga.

To help unlock your full potential, we’re rounding up some of our favorite equipment, tech, apparel, and accessories for wherever the journey takes you!

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Fifth Sun

Feel the Force flow within you and celebrate characters who exhibit strength and a keen understanding of the power of training with shirts emblazoned with your favorite heroes and villains plus inspiring phrases like “The Force is strong with this one.”

Terez leggings

Terez

Rebel against boring black (sorry, Kylo) by pulling on these Terez leggings — with patterns, illustrations, and even a crystal stormtrooper helmet — before you head out to exercise.

A woman using a Han Solo yoga mat.Three kettlebells.

Onnit

Enjoy a yoga session as peaceful as perfect carbonite-encased hibernation on a Han Solo mat and collect a bounty of Star Wars-themed kettlebells with weights inspired by some of the most recognizable helmets in the galaxy.

A Garmin watch.

Garmin

Help inspire kids to get moving with colorful fitness trackers that include a fun BB-8 adventure game.

Stance socks.

Stance

Whatever your exercise of choice, a pair of comfortable socks are essential to keep you going on any terrain.

A Bioworld backpack.

BioWorld

Pack your gym essentials in a backpack that proudly shows your dedication to whatever Star Wars side or character you choose.

New Era

For those who find a baseball cap to be as essential to any outfit as Darth Vader’s helmet and mask is to the Sith Lord, a hat that honors both.

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Fanatics

You must choose your path, but not your allegiance. At a glance, everyone will know both your favorite professional sports team and your Star Wars fandom.

A Performa meal prep bag.

Performa

Build your own refueling station with these protein shakers, meal prep bags, and vitamin containers.

A Tervis water bottle.

Tervis

Hydrating is the best way to keep you feeling fully operational.

FGX Sunglasses

FGX Sunglasses

Sun in your eyes? Try these shades instead of going out with your blast shield down.

Hypnotic hats No-Show Socks

Hypnotic Hats No-Show Socks

Show the younglings in your life that they’re stronger than they know with a subtle nod to their favorite heroes and villains tucked into their shoes.

A FanWraps arm band.

FanWraps

No more fiddling with your phone mid-run. Whether you’re rebel scum or a loyal subject of the Empire, the Imperial insignia on this arm band will allow you to move along without raising any suspicions.

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Otterbox

Protect your phone without sacrificing style with a rugged Otterbox case in a variety of Star Wars-themed designs.

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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. In this installment, we look at “The Doza Dilemma.”

Bucket’s List Extra – “The Doza Dilemma”

Kitster and Anakin in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

1. So wizard!

The phrase  “It’s so wizard!” has come back into vogue, apparently, or perhaps it never fell out of style since first being heard in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (courtesy of Kitster), set over 60 years earlier.

Luke Skywalker with a training remote on the Millennium Falcon.

Training remotes in a hologame from Star Wars Resistance.

2. Replaying the classics.

Torra’s Drone-Blaster hologame employs the same style of training remotes used by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Concept art of the toy blaster from Star Wars Resistance.

Kaz plays Torra's hologame in Star Wars Resistance.

3. Blaster safety.

The blaster used with Torra’s hologame has plastic orange parts, and a prominent orange tip on the barrel — a safety feature found on toy guns in our galaxy.

A gundark attacks in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

4. Synara might be strong enough to pull the ears off a…

The pirate spy Synara remarks on having learned to shoot while with her father on Vanqor. Perhaps they were hunting gundarks? We’ve seen the crystalline world of Vanqor and its native gundarks several times in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Valik, Synara, and Drell in Star Wars Resistance.

Aurra Sing in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

5. Sing story.

With her long, bony fingers and chalk-white skin, Valik is the same mysterious species as Aurra Sing, a bounty hunter glimpsed in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace who appeared several times in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Bucket in front his locker showing a drawing of a C-1 droid in Star Wars Resistance.

Chopper in Star Wars Rebels.

6. Sketching a C-1.

There’s a crude drawing of a C1-series astromech droid (you know, like Chopper on Star Wars Rebels) on the inside of Bucket’s closet.

The Galleon concept art for Star Wars Resistance.

The Fireball speeds away from the Galleon in Star Wars Resistance.

7. Made from genuine recycled Imperial materials.

Likewise, looking closely at Kragan’s pirate ship, the Galleon, reveals various bits of repurposed technology cobbled together that make up its parts. Kragan’s crow’s nest is a hollowed out AT-TE foot on an articulated leg; Lamdba-class shuttle wings stabilize the craft; and its main hull seems to be made out of an old AT-AT body. 

Bonus Fun Fact: The overall shape and silhouette was based off of a shark, and the lead Lambda-class pirate shuttle locks onto the back to complete the back fin. There are several ports and docks for all of the other pirate fighters, swoops, and skiffs to attached for easy deployment. It has a massive arsenal of guns and cannons, and the sails and wings can fold down.

In case you missed this week’s Bucket’s List video, check it out below!

Bucket’s List

https://www.starwars.com/video/buckets-list-the-doza-dilemma-star-wars-resistance

Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 14:39

3 reasons why you can’t miss Winterfest

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The 11th Annual Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest is almost here, and as a lover of craft beer, you can’t miss the year’s biggest and best beer fest yet. Get your tickets before they’re gone.

Here are just a few reasons why you can’t miss next week’s event on Friday, February 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 2 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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1. The beer.

Winterfest is one of the only beer festivals in Indiana that features only locally brewed beer from breweries across Indiana, as well as Hoosier meads and ciders.

If you consider yourself a beer geek, you’ll want to be a part of the first-ever Friday night Exclusive Specialties Session

60+ breweries and guests will each pour two beers, meads, or ciders that you can’t get on Saturday. 

Check out the lineup for the astounding array, including 3 Floyds’ much sought after Pear Bear, a delicious double-dry-hopped IPA from Deviate, and an array of Imperial StoutsIPAsSours, and Barley Wines.

Going to the Saturday session? There will be hundreds of beers to choose from, brewed by 100+ Indiana breweries

And be sure to stop by the HopCat booth and the Cask Ales area for brews that you won’t find being poured elsewhere at the fest.

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2. It’ll make you feel good.

Yes, the beer will make you feel good (well, up to a certain point–don’t forget to drink plenty of water!)

But how about the fact that Winterfest directly supports local nonprofits

It’s a crucial fundraiser for the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the nearly 20 year old organization that made Sunday growler fills possible, created Tomlinson Tap Room (featuring all Indiana draughts, all the time), and continues to promote, educate, and legislate on behalf of the state’s breweries. Without successful fundraisers like Winterfest, the Guild wouldn’t exist.

Even better, charities will benefit, too. The local nonprofit adult day center, Joy’s House, is the charity partner again this year, receiving $3 from every ticket sold, plus donations from their coat check services. 

Raise the Bar IndianaOptimist Club of North Side Indianapolis, and Habitat for Humanity’s “The House that Beer Built” will all have booths with games and interactive components that both support their missions and will give you some fun things to do between sipping on suds.

Enjoy shopping? There will be a bunch of beer-related goodies to buy, including limited edition Winterfest and Drink Indiana Beer merch at the Guild’s booth near the north entrance of the building.

And if you come to the Friday Exclusive Specialties session, you’ll have the chance to talk to the brewers about their creations.

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3. It’s easy to grab a beer and have fun.

Get into the fest quickly by getting your wristband ahead of time at one of several pre-banding events at HopCat and Tomlinson Tap Room

Just show up, flash your ID and ticket to get your wristband, then go into the fest using the Pre-Banded lanes. You might know that Winterfest had long lines to get in a few years ago, but we’ve revamped the entry process at all of our festivals to make it easier for everyone. Getting in was a breeze last year–just ask a friend who went.

Getting your beer is simple, too. Ticket prices start at only $40 and include a commemorative taster glass and as many 3 oz. sample pours as you can responsibly drink, so you don’t need to worry about buying beers.

If you like getting your beer quickly or if you came to the Early Bird hour in years past, come to the Friday Exclusive Specialties session for a smaller crowd, short lines, and specialty beers. The new Friday session is basically the same as the old Early Bird, but with an extra two hours and unique beers that you can’t get on Saturday! 

Bring your jacket if it’s coldJoy’s House will run not one, but two coat checks this year. It’s free to stash your stuff with them, and donations to support their mission are welcomed.

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Need more reasons to come to Indy’s best winter beer fest? Check out the photo gallery above, then get your tickets before prices increase and tickets sell out.

Tickets are available while they last online and at the IN Beer Brigade bottle releases (fee free!) next week.

Follow #IndyWinterfest for more on Instagram and Twitter, and RSVP to the event on Facebook.


Cheers to our partners!

HopCat logoStop by the HopCat booth for a variety of amazing specialty beers, and don’t miss your opportunity to get your wristband before the event.

 

Aqua Systems

Prestige

Craftroads

IUPUI Brewery Operations

 

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Scarlet Lane

Sun King

 

The Tap

 

Thr3e Wise Men

 

Charity Partner:

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Joy’s House will again be providing coat check services, this time at TWO locations near the fest entrances. Donations toward their mission will be appreciated.

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In “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” at Disneyland Park, Mickey kicks off the party with a lively procession. A bevy of favorite Disney characters stomp and strut down Main Street, U.S.A., including Chip ‘n’ Dale, Goofy, Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella and Peter Pan following “the leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) In “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” at Disneyland Park, Mickey kicks off the party with a lively procession. A bevy of favorite Disney characters stomp and strut down Main Street, U.S.A., including Goofy pulling a Mickey toy float, plus Chip ‘n’ Dale, Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella and Peter Pan following “the leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) In “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” at Disneyland Park, Mickey kicks off the party with a lively procession. A bevy of favorite Disney characters stomp and strut down Main Street, U.S.A., including Chip ‘n’ Dale pushing a celebration cake for Mickey Mouse, plus Goofy, Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella and Peter Pan following “the leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

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Lunar New Year Eats

Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian eats, like the Vegetable Egg Roll and Sesame Garlic Noodles found at the Longevity Noodle Company marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian eats, like the Stir-Fried Vegetables and Pineapple with Soy Protein from the Lucky 8 Lantern marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian eats, like the Steamed Short Rib Shumai from the Red Dragon Spice Traders marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced ÒMulanÕs Lunar New Year Procession.Ó Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian eats, like this Whole Deep Fried Tilapia from Paradise Garden Grill, exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious eats, like the Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun from the Prosperity Bao & Buns marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian treats, like the Mandarin Orange-Green Tea Tart from the Lucky 8 Lantern marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious treats, like the Purple Yam Macaron with Crème Fraîche from the Red Dragon Spice Traders marketplace (pictured), exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests can enjoy delicious Asian food and beverage treats, like this Orchid Spritz from the Longevity Noodle Company marketplace, exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland Resort)

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A scene from Galaxy of Adventures when Luke goes up against the Death Star.

Fulfill your destiny and explore the bold new animation style of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of new shorts that celebrate the saga like you’ve never seen it before. Relive favorite moments and discover new details in these retellings that focus on some of the most beloved heroes and villains in the galaxy far, far away.

But which adventure to choose first? Take our quiz and we’ll tell you which Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures short you should watch right now!

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Han Solo. A human orphan from the wrong side of the tracks with prodigious piloting abilities looking to prove himself to the entire galaxy.

Chewbacca. A Wookiee with over 180 years of experience as a warrior, mechanic, and pilot seeking to reunite with a family that was taken from him.

Despite being separated by decades of differences, these two formed an enduring friendship that has become the stuff of legend.

Friendships are at the core of Star Wars. Without the personal connections between the characters of a galaxy far, far away, the Death Star would never have been destroyed, Luke Skywalker would have perished on the icy tundra of Hoth, and Han Solo himself would have remained Jabba the Hutt’s favorite wall decoration forever.

The friendships we make in our own galaxy are no different. Our personal connections affect who we are and how our lives are lived. Understanding them is crucial to understanding ourselves. This principle extends to the children in our lives, whose choice of friends can often illuminate aspects of their personalities we may not notice own our own.

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This Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide offers a helping hand for starting conversations about friendship with your little first mate. Picking up on the themes of “Trusty Co-Pilot,” it draws upon elements of Han and Chewie’s relationship as a starting point for a talk about the friends in their life. It also provides a template for a Millennium Falcon light switch cover you can download in less than 12 parsecs.

For more on Galaxy of Adventures, visit Star Wars Kids on YouTubeStarWarsKids.com, and StarWars.com.

Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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There is only one event where you can find General Grievous hanging out with General Leia, see a Sith Disney princess twirling a red lightsaber, or meet Chewie’s Angels, a trio of pastel-colored Wookiees. Star Wars Celebration is truly the ultimate fan experience where anything is possible — new friends are made, old friends catch up, and you can meet your childhood heroes. In fact, you might meet several different versions of your favorite Star Wars hero. There is only one Mark Hamill, but at Star Wars Celebration you can see countless Luke Skywalkers roaming the halls. Cosplayers add so much joy and whimsy to the Celebration experience. If you’re thinking about giving cosplay a try for Star Wars Celebration Chicago, here are a few tips to help you get ready!

Supplies to make a Star Wars Celebration cosplay.

1. Fabric or cardboard? Now that you’ve decided you want to cosplay, it’s time to figure out your costume and the first question you must ask yourself is, “Do I want to wear clothes or cardboard?” If you’ve always wanted to craft an AT-ST that you can walk around in, Star Wars Celebration is the place to do it! Just know that the more elaborate the costume, the more limited you might be in terms of getting around the convention floor. As someone who has cosplayed as the Millennium Falcon, I can tell you that it wasn’t easy navigating through Artist Alley while wearing a very wide foam starship.

Another thing to keep in mind when selecting your costume is your comfort level. Dressing up as Rey or Lando Calrissian will probably be much more comfortable than cosplaying as Queen Amidala or Chi Eekway Papanoida. An elaborate outfit will make a statement, but you may not be able to sit in it, which will limit your time in the costume. Also, if you’re traveling and the costume is oversized or delicate, you may want to carry it on the plane or ship it to your hotel ahead of time.

Time is probably the biggest factor in deciding what to wear. But even if you’re short on time and money, there are plenty of costumes you can whip up on a budget and with only a week to work on it. Having limited resources can often lead to unique and unexpected costumes!

Supplies to make a Star Wars Celebration cosplay.

2. Make a costume emergency kit. It is inevitable that something will go wrong with your costume, even if it’s store bought. A zipper may break, a Styrofoam eye may fall off, or the glue may not hold. If you’re traveling to Chicago from out of town, be sure to pack a costume emergency kit. Some kit essentials to consider: safety pins, double sided tape, hot glue or super glue, and any other odds and ends that you might anticipate falling off your costume. (I’m looking at you, feathers.) You may not end up needing the kit, but in the case of a cape crisis, you’ll be prepared!

Jennifer Landa poses in her Han in carbonite cosplay.

3. Get ready to get into character. If this is your first time cosplaying, prepare to strike a pose. As you walk around the convention center in costume, people may stop and ask to take your photo. It might feel weird at first, especially if you’re dressed as a Star Wars villain, but posing in character makes for a great photo! And it’s amazing how putting on a costume can change how you stand, act, or speak; you might find that getting into character comes naturally once you start walking in that character’s shoes.

A snack bag and supplies to make a Star Wars Celebration cosplay.

4. Remember, even Kylo Ren gets hangry. It’s surprising how quickly time goes by when you’re having fun at Celebration. And when you’re dressed in costume, taking photos, and chatting with friends, you may look at the clock and suddenly realize you forgot to eat lunch. Make time for snack breaks and tuck a protein bar into your Han Solo holster or some trail mix in your Ewok pouch so you’re prepared for wherever the day takes you.

Jennifer Landa cosplays with a tauntaun.

5. Troop with a friend. What’s better than one cardboard stormtrooper? Two, of course! Cosplaying with friends is sure to be a great time, but even if your friend doesn’t feel like dressing up, they may be able to offer a helping hand as you’re waddling around in your homemade Gonk droid costume. If your costume makes it difficult to see or restricts your movement, you will absolutely need a buddy to help you navigate the convention hall, lead you to the water fountain, and remind you about the panel schedule.

And if this is your first time cosplaying, know that you will be surrounded by fellow Star Wars fans who love these characters and stories as much as you do. No one will judge you by your size or your design (unless you enter a costume contest and you actually want your costume to be judged.)

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

Jennifer Landa is an actress, host, and crafter. Follow her on
Twitter @JenniferLanda and for more
Star Wars DIYs, visit her YouTube channel.

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