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Marvel’s Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, a special series of one-shots written by Greg Pak, will celebrate rebel princesses, Jedi Masters, and more legendary heroes and villains from the time of the Galactic Civil War. While the series doesn’t launch until April, StarWars.com is excited to offer a first look at its kick-off titles.
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Princess Leia #1, with art by Chris Sprouse, arrives April 3; set following the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story tells of how Leia prepares for the rescue of Han Solo by taking on the identity of bounty hunter Boushh, and must earn the trust of Bossk.
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Grand Moff Tarkin #1, illustrated by Marc Laming, hits shelves on April 10 and explores how the Imperial mastermind ensures that the Death Star lives up to its name.
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 lands April 10, featuring three stories starring characters both iconic and lesser known: writer Si Spurrier and artist Caspar Wijngaard tell a tale of droid bounty hunter IG-88; a Yoda story set during the Jedi Master’s exile on Dagobah comes courtesy of writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Andrea Broccardo; and writer/artist Jon Adams focuses on rebel pilots Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins.
The second of three series exploring different eras of Star Wars (the prequel-centric Age of Republic is in stores now, and sequel trilogy-focused Age of Resistance will follow later this year), Age of Rebellion will continue with even more major issues: Han Solo #1, Boba Fett #1, Lando Calrissian #1, and Jabba the Hutt #1 arrive in May, and Luke Skywalker #1 and Darth Vader #1 come to our galaxy in June.
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To celebrate 20 years of fans gathering to celebrate the saga, StarWars.com is pleased to announce a special display coming to Star Wars Celebration Chicago!
Rancho Obi-Wan, home of the Guinness World Record largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia, will have its biggest booth yet during this year’s event, with a showcase that acts as a historical time capsule for Celebrations through the years. “We’ll be marking 20 years of Celebration itself with a look at the past 12 events to show how the motto ‘By the fans, for the fans’ has stood the test of time,” says Steve Sansweet, Rancho chairman.
From humble beginnings in Denver, Colorado in 1999 to today, each Celebration has included unique badge art and other offerings, says Sansweet. “I love the badges because there were different artists and different styles,” he adds. “The badge sets have become very collectible, but they also tell something about the style of art at the time.”
The display will also include a section dedicated to fan-made pins, patches, and other swag that’s been traded and gifted over the years, an essential part of the camaraderie at each Celebration. “That’s always been a highlight for me,” Sansweet says.
Another part of the Rancho exhibit will look at fandom from a female perspective, while a third section pays homage to the saga’s many iconic characters who exist behind a mask or helmet. The Helmets of the Saga display include some that look like they just came from battle, artist interpretations of Vader’s unmistakable helmet, artistic recreations of stormtrooper buckets, and even a screen-used prop — Darth Vader’s mask and helmet from Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!
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If you’re looking for a fresh take on the most iconic moments from the original Star Wars trilogy, you’ll definitely want to check out Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of animated shorts on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. Whether it’s Chewbacca arguing with Han or Leia standing up to Darth Vader, these retellings are fun, easy to understand, and impactful. Here are some of our favorite moments from Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures so far!
1. Leia’s grin. Princess (now General) Leia is smart, resourceful, and a gifted leader. In “Princess Leia vs. Darth Vader,” there’s a defiant look in Leia’s eyes as she stares down Darth Vader; despite his intimidating appearance, she stands like she’s ten feet tall. Knowing she pulled one over on him, I absolutely love the mischievous way she grins when she turns away.
2. An upset Wookiee. “Chewbacca vs. Holochess” is a delightful retelling of the scene in A New Hope where we learn why it’s so unwise to upset a Wookiee. When he shakes Lando in a fit of rage, his body swaying about like a rag doll, I was in hysterics.
3. “You hear me, baby? Hold together.” Speaking of Chewbacca, his friendship with Han Solo is the stuff of legends, much like their ship, the Millennium Falcon. When the Falcon refuses to work in “Chewbacca – The Trusty Co-Pilot,” we see the pair hilariously popping in and out of the tangle of wires and pipes in their efforts to fix their ship.
4. Han’s penchant for escaping. Nobody navigates a close call better than Han Solo. In “Han Solo – Galaxy’s Best Smuggler,” we see him escaping the Empire and making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, truly capturing the spirit of his many hair-raising escapes.
5. Luke’s relief. The Wampa scared me half to death as a kid, but in “Luke vs. the Wampa – Cavern Escape,” the scene feels a little more lighthearted. Sure, Luke still channels the Force to cut his bindings and all that, but my favorite part is when he flops in the snow and lets out a sigh of relief at the end of the ordeal. Me too, Luke. Me too.
6. The power of the Force. When Luke first makes contact with Anakin’s lightsaber in “Luke Skywalker – The Journey Begins,” his hair shoots upward and he is transformed before our eyes. This moment really captures the power and legacy of the Skywalker line.
7. Evil Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine plays the long game and he’s really good at it. “Luke Skywalker vs. Emperor Palpatine – Rise to Evil” succinctly lays out how manipulative Palpatine was from the start, as he’s seen whispering lies in Queen Amidala’s ear.
8. Luke using the Force. In “Luke vs. the Death Star – X-wing Assault,” when Luke uses the Force for the first time, everything around him fades away. It’s a beautiful visual representation of the classic moment.
9. Darth Vader in the hallway. Making his way down the corridor, slaughtering everyone in sight, we really see how lost Anakin has become in “Darth Vader – Power of the Dark Side.”
10. A faceless Empire. At the height of its power, the Empire seems to be comprised of never-ending rows of soldiers and ships. In “Darth Vader – Might of the Empire,” we get a stark visual representation of this ideal to erase identity and individuality.
11. A most valuable droid. Personally, I think R2-D2 is the real MVP of Star Wars. I mean, he’s practically a Swiss Army knife on wheels. In “R2-D2 – A Loyal Droid,” as he escapes with the Death Star plans, he whizzes right past C-3PO to get to the escape pod. He’s got the right idea. I love C-3PO and all, but he’s not exactly a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later type of guy.
Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo is an editor at Reviewed, a division of USA TODAY. She also occasionally writes for Geek & Sundry and StarWars.com.
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.
In this oft-forgotten gem from the golden age of Star Wars gaming, you command whole armies as they charge into battle. Released in November 2001, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds is a full-fledged real-time strategy (RTS) game, developed in-house by LucasArts using Ensemble Studios’ renowned Genie engine, the same technology that powered Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (1999). It’s a gorgeous, richly detailed tour of the Star Wars universe with a strong focus on all-out warfare.
Featuring robust single-player campaigns, multiplayer, and a training mode — along with easy, moderate, and hard difficulty settings — there’s no end of replay value here. With the addition of the Episode II Clone Campaigns expansion, included in the Saga edition available on GOG.com and Steam, Battlegrounds gives you access to eight story-based campaigns filled with variety and narrative depth. During each campaign, you’ll be issued mission-specific objectives that fit the settings and stories you already know and love, including iconic planets from the original Star Wars trilogy as well as Episodes I and II: Geonosis, Hoth, Kashyyyk, Naboo, Yavin 4, and more. Here’s your chance to explore the geography of your favorite locales with a bird’s-eye view of the action, or see even more of Theed’s baroque architecture than you might have glimpsed in The Phantom Menace.
Each Galactic Battlegrounds campaign puts you in control of a unified faction from a galaxy far, far away — the Confederacy, the Empire, the Gungans, the Naboo Royal Guard, the Rebel Alliance, the Trade Federation, the Wookiees. You’ll also fight alongside special characters like Attichitcuk (Chewbacca’s father in the Legends era), a Jedi Master named Echuu Shen-Jon, Princess Leia Organa, and of course Darth Vader. By fighting for territory and managing resources, the game raises your army’s “tech level,” granting you access to new kinds of units, such as special troopers, vehicles, and more powerful weapons.
You can amass up to 200 individual units this way, so prepare for a large-scale assault, with hundreds of warriors battling it out for victory. But it’s an inviting experience; start out on easy mode for a while, learn to manage individual groupings of troopers, and get a feel for how different units function. Each trooper has their own individual health bar, and medical droids can assist in the field by healing wounded allies in real time. There’s a lot happening on-screen at times, but the game gives you plenty of opportunities to learn the ropes and ease into the flow of combat. The more forgiving difficulties also make it easier to crush your foes, and therefore showcase just how exciting Battlegrounds becomes as you grow more adept at interstellar conquest.
With its destructible enemy environments, aerial isometric viewpoint, and charming sound effects like the Gungan battle cry, players will be drawn into these worlds for hours at a time, eager for mastery. Simply click (with the left mouse button) and drag to highlight your ground forces, direct them outward into the unknown (by right-clicking), and discover the thrill of marching a legion of droidekas on the city of Theed, the voices of wicked Neimoidian schemers guiding your strategy. Or control Lord Vader himself as he cuts down the rebels still stationed on Yavin, and enjoy the Sith-like satisfaction of revenge.
Uncover Legends-era Easter eggs like Mara Jade, or an Imperial trooper designated “THX-1138,” and find hidden levels to explore along the way. Using the game’s clever scenario editor, you can even sculpt terrain, create your own custom levels and campaigns, and see how the Separatists stack up against the might of Darth Vader and the Empire. Throw Shadows of the Empire’s Dash Rendar into the mix, if you like. This is your playground.
Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Syfy Wire, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – When you consider everything that Eric Donoho has been through – the head, neck and brain injuries, the suicides of his close friends and the cancer diagnosis and multiple miscarriages suffered by his wife – it’s almost a miracle that he is still standing. Yet this resilient Army veteran is not just standing, but thriving thanks to the sport of running, which this week took him to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
Donoho from Indianapolis, Ind., has already endured a lifetime of challenges. Shortly after he was deployed to Iraq, his wife suffered the first of several miscarriages. Then, Donoho was severely wounded in combat, sustaining head, neck and brain injuries. Even when he returned home, misfortune followed him. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and he lost two of his military buddies to suicide.
But running has been a lifesaver. Through the support of an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) program funded by a Cigna Foundation grant, he has used running to help ease life’s many pains, making him an inspiration for others who are battling similar challenges. Buoyed by the fact that his wife was eventually able to deliver two healthy children, he is running the Walt Disney World 5K and gaining admirers every mile.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2019) – Fredison Costa and Giovanna Martins, past champions of the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna, took their thrones again Sunday, easily winning the male and female divisions of the 26th annual event.
Costa, a native of Brazil who now lives in Kissimmee and trains at Walt Disney World Resort, recaptured the title after struggling through last year’s race. It was his seventh Disney Marathon victory, leaving him one shy of Adriano Bastos’ record of eight wins. Running in unseasonably warm Florida weather, Costa posted a time of 2:18:45, far off the race record of 2:11:50, but well ahead of second-place finisher Nick Hilton (2:21:48), the Flagstaff, AZ runner who won the race a year ago, and Jose Lima of Brazil (2:26:40), who was third.
“I’ve been through hard times this year, so it felt great that this was the seventh time I was the winner,” Costa said. “I feel like I’m challenging myself again.”
Martins of Salto, Brazil, is the first woman to win four Disney marathon titles, including the last three in a row. She was challenged for much of the race, but kicked it into high gear late in the race to win easily, then celebrated her momentous victory while clutching a Mickey plush in one hand and a Brazilian flag in the other. In fact, she is the only four-time women’s winner in race history after crossing the finish line in 2:45:24 – more than two minutes ahead of Antonia Lins Da Silva of Fortaleza, Brazil, who was second (2:47:36) and Nancy Jurgens of Apex, North Carolina who was third (2:50:39).
“Every time I see the ‘Where Dreams Come True’ sign (at Walt Disney World Resort), it’s impossible to not get emotional,” Martins said. “Running and winning these races at Walt Disney World truly is a dream come true.”
The Disney marathon weekend, which began in 1994 with only one race involving roughly 8,000 runners, has evolved into a multi-race event with more than 100,000 runners and spectators, representing 73 countries around the world. Now 26 years later, this marathon weekend remains one of the most popular in the nation and is widely regarded as the first entertainment-focused marathon in the country. Nearly one million people of various ages and abilities have run in a Walt Disney World Marathon race, including more than 70 who have now run all 26 Disney marathons.
The Walt Disney World Marathon capped an action-packed weekend of races that included a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, runDisney Kids Races, and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo.
This was the second of four race weekends during the 2018-19 runDisney season, with the next race weekend being the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals, February 21–24. Registration for that race and others is available at www.rundisney.com.
Ron Wertley took on the Walt Disney World Marathon’s Dopey Challenge – running the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon – in successive days and that would be impressive on its own if that were all there was to his story. But it’s not.
There’s so much more.
Wertley completed the Dopey Challenge – all 48.6 miles – despite having to train while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. He was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 40-percent survival chance just after he completed the Dopey Challenge last January. But nearly a year of aggressive chemo treatments sent the cancer into remission.
Until a few weeks ago.
December brought news that the cancer had returned and doctors say he needs a 30-day stint in the hospital and an aggressive chemo regimen to combat the disease again. But with the support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, Wertley was determined to participate in the Dopey Challenge this week (he has done all five previous ones), which is a testament to his fortitude, determination and grit.
You’ve signed up for the big day and examined the finisher medals. Now it’s time to train for the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. And for me, the hardest part is…well, getting started. I’ve been running off and on for years, but getting motivated to begin a new training plan is always tough. Fortunately, Star Wars is filled with inspirational quotes to get you feeling like you could take on the whole Empire yourself.
Before you lace up your running shoes and hit the road, consider these 13 quotes to keep you going!
1. “Breathe. Just breathe.” — Luke Skywalker
When you’re struggling in those early training runs, it can be easy to forget the basics. If you’re gasping for air, take a moment to concentrate on slowing your breath, and make sure you’re not pushing yourself to go too fast, too soon. It’s a (half) marathon, not a sprint! Pace yourself.
2. “She’s strong with the Force, untrained, but stronger than she knows.” — Kylo Ren
Running has more to do with repetition than inherent skill (although some people seem to be naturally built for speed.) You’ve just started on this journey and, like Rey, you are stronger than you know.
3. “No! No different! Only different in your mind.” — Yoda
The first time I trained for a 5K, it felt like an insurmountable obstacle. Just over 3 miles? Without stopping? “That’s impossible!” I thought in a voice that sounded an awful lot like Luke Skywalker. But I set the goal at finishing, not beating out the other much-more seasoned runners and I did it. Since then, I’ve completed two half marathons, countless 10Ks and 5Ks, and one annual Turkey Trot that traverses a very hilly 9 mile course. And every time I shoot for a longer distance, I remember this bit of wisdom from Master Yoda. Because if you can run a 5K, you can probably run a 10K. And once you’ve run a 10K…you’re almost halfway to the half marathon! Each mile is the same. The distance is only different in your mind.
4. “Never tell me the odds!” — Han Solo
The odds are you aren’t going to be the first person across the finish line on race day, and that’s OK. For me, running is more about competing with myself, finding that balance of mind and body, than qualifying for major marathons or beating out the other runners on the course. I always try to be better than I was last year or on the last run or in the last race. Sometimes I manage a new personal best. Sometimes, well…I fail.
5. “The greatest teacher, failure is.” — Yoda
Sure, it’s disappointing to look back at my old race times and realize that a mixture of injury, age, and hibernating has drastically slowed my pace over the years. But knowing that there’s still room for improvement is, in itself, a great motivator! Sometimes you (quite literally) fall down. Pick yourself up, vow to do better, and then put the time in to make it happen.
6. “Hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it…”
“You’ll never make it through the night.” — Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Poe Dameron, quoting General Leia Organa
Whether you’re getting back into shape after a holiday respite or training for the very first time, those early runs are bound to be a bit of a slog. Have faith that it will get easier, your time (and energy level) will improve, and if you keep going, you’ll see that finish line appear up ahead.
7. “Hurry up, goldenrod, or you’re going to be a permanent resident!” — Han Solo
When I started running, I favored a half-mile loop in a local park because I knew I was always no more than a quarter mile from the chance to call it a day. But the same short stretch can be as monotonous as working on a moisture farm on Tatooine, and as I added more miles to each run, I started seeking out quiet roads instead. The thing is, when you start to get tired and you’re halfway into a 9-mile training run, the fastest way to get to the finish is to run. Or as a certain X-wing pilot might say…
8. “Stay on target!” — Gold Five
Map out a training plan that fits your schedule and your experience level, then try to stick with it as best you can. I love early morning runs, but if you aren’t an early riser a post-work workout may be a better fit. Or use your lunch break to log some miles.
9. “I’m sure you’ll do it this time… Finish the race, of course!” — Kitster
If you’re doubting yourself, you need a friend as uplifting as good ol’ Kitster to keep your spirits high. And even if you’re as alone as a Jakku scavenger come race day, the course will be lined with cheering bystanders to help keep you going.
10. “Luminous beings are we…not this crude matter.” — Yoda
It comes down to this: Mind over (crude) matter. A long run is a great time to let your mind wander, consider the beauty in your surroundings, or chat with a running buddy. Whatever you do, don’t concentrate on how much you don’t feel like running and have patience with yourself.
11. “The Sith and the Jedi are similar in almost every way, including their quest for greater power.” — Sheev Palpatine
This is a rival run, isn’t it? There’s no greater rivalry in the Star Wars saga that the battle between Jedi and Sith. But no matter which side you favor, you and your fellow runners are all headed for the same finish line.
12. “I’m One With The Force. The Force Is With Me.” — Chirrut Îmwe
Getting tired? Busy your mind with a mantra. And finally…
13. “Run, Luke! Run!” — Obi-Wan Kenobi
Yes! Yes! To Obi-Wan you listen.
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. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them!
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 “Bibo.”
Bucket’s List Extra – “Bibo”
1. It’s a classic.
The Z-95 hauled out of the ocean is an example of a very old ship design in the galaxy. In the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (set over 50 years before Resistance), we see Z-95s in action over Umbara. Their design is based on early concept art and model work for the original X-wing fighter.
Bonus Fun Fact #1: In fiction, the Z-95 first appeared in the novel Han Solo at Stars’ End in 1979.
Bonus Fun Fact #2: Though not said in the final episode, Synara found the Z-95 in the Karavian Trench of the vast Castilon ocean.
2. Return of the Jedi.
Bibo is voiced by Bob Bergen, who has played Luke Skywalker many times in such classic LucasArts video games as Masters of Teräs Käsi, Rogue Squadron, X-Wing Alliance, Force Commander, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Galactic Battlegrounds, and others.
3. Moggo-what now?
Neeku makes mention of his old moggolvee pet. Though he says Bibo resembles a moggolvee, a moggolvee is a new creature never seen before in a story.
4. Paul Giacoppo can do it all.
This episode marks the return of Kel and Eila, last seen in “The Children from Tehar.” Both these episodes were written by Paul Giacoppo. In addition to being an animation writer on such shows as Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Thundercats, and Generator Rex, Giacoppo is also an ILM visual effects artist, with credits including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pacific Rim, Rango, and Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III.
5. Speagulls, stop it now.
The bird-like creatures are speagulls. Like Bibo’s species, the rokkna, they also have four yellow eyes. It was a design choice to have all of the more non-sentient species on Castillion have an extra set of eyes, and this is also a nod to the two moons.
6. What an incredible smell you’ve discovered!
At one point in the story, a patron was to remark on the rancid smell of Bibo, and describe it as smelling like duriak, a delicacy. This is in reference to durian fruit, a pungent yet tasty melon native to Southeast Asia.
7. They grow up so fast.
Every visual element that can be seen in the adult rokkna was included in the baby Bibo design, although some details like scaly plates and teeth have not fully developed, as Bibo is still in his tadpole stage.
8. What can’t it do?
The skiff that Synara and Kaz take out is one of many that are used by the Colossus salvage teams. It is designed to retrieve all manner of wreckage, sporting harpoons, magnetic wenches, high-powered searchlights, and landing skis that double as a forklift.
9. Sorry, no snacks for you.
A new species created for the show, the green alien in the red spacesuit has no mouth — as such, he can be seen in the background throughout the show, looking very forlorn at snacks and drinks, which he has no way of eating or drinking. He gets his sustenance from the hoses and tanks that are part of his suit. In this episode, he can be seen signing to a fellow Colossus resident to run away from the rokkna as it attacks the marketplace.
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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Fear is a path to the dark side, and no one in the Star Wars galaxy has traveled that treacherous road more than Darth Vader. The former Jedi succumbed to the fear of loss and the promise of power to be reborn as a terrifying symbol of the revenge of the Sith.
One of the most enduring lessons Star Wars teaches us is that understanding our fears is of great importance. Without understanding our fears, and why we have them, we can never hope to overcome them. It’s a lesson that adults often struggle with, which can make having a conversation about it with the children in our own lives difficult.
Darth Vader, interestingly enough, offers us a unique opportunity to start this conversation in a way that isn’t too daunting or scary. The escapism of Star Wars often allows children to talk about the concept of fear through the Sith Lord, a character so ingrained in pop culture that his mystique often overshadows his intimidating presence.
This guide to Darth Vader gives you some prompts for discussing fear with your youngling. Inspired by “Power of the Dark Side,” it uses Darth Vader’s frightening actions and appearance to help you explore what fear means to them, and how they can overcome it.
You can also learn about the Sith Lord’s tragic past with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts. Then, only then, can your Padawan pass their trivia trials: three questions about the history of Darth Vader.
Have fun! And may the Force be with you.
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