Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

First full spring training workout for pitchers and catchers is Wednesday, Feb. 14; first full-squad workout is Monday, Feb. 19

The hard work of molding and building a potential playoff caliber team begins on Tuesday when Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers report to Champion Stadium for the 21st edition of spring training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves, 72-90 in 2017 and third in the National League East division behind Washington and Miami, enter this season with baseball’s deepest farm system.  Many of their top minor league stars will be on display at spring training, including left fielder Ronald Acuna, arguably the number one prospect in all of baseball.

Braves fans have a lot to be optimistic about in 2018 when you consider the positive attributes of their roster, which include one of baseball’s premier power hitters in first baseman Freddie Freeman (.307, 28 home runs and 71 RBIs last season) despite playing in only 117 games because of a fractured wrist; a veteran catching tandem (Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki) that was among the game’s best in 2017; and a Gold Glove National League All-Star centerfielder in Ender Inciarte. On the mound, multiple pitching prospects could provide a much-needed boost to Atlanta’s starting pitching rotation. Veteran Sean Newcomb, power thrower Luiz Gohara, and lefty Max Fried will add depth to a bullpen featuring veteran All-Star pitcher Julio Teheran and Brandon McCarthy, who joined the club in December via trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As for Acuna, he will compete for a spot on the club’s opening day roster.  Longtime MLB observers have already named Acuna, Gohara and Fried among the very early top candidates for National League Rookie of the Year honors, so watching them and the other young Braves develop on the big stage should be exciting this spring and throughout the season for Braves fans.

Braves fans will definitely be keeping close tabs on the working infield duo of second baseman Ozzie Albies (six home runs in 57 games last season) and home-grown shortstop Dansby Swanson (Kennesaw, Georgia), who is looking to regain the red-hot form of his rookie season in 2016 when he hit .302.

Atlanta will play 33 games before the start of the regular season with 18 taking place at Champion Stadium.  Atlanta begins its home spring training schedule on Feb. 26 when it hosts the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.  The Braves will play their final home game at the Sports Complex on March 24 against the vaunted New York Yankees.

The 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros will also visit Champion Stadium later this spring.  The Astros, who won their first World Series title in the team’s 56-year history last October and celebrated it afterward with a magical parade at Magic Kingdom Park, take on the Braves in an afternoon contest on March 8.

Atlanta Braves 2018 spring training arrival schedule:

Pitchers/catchers report: Tuesday, February 13

Pitchers/catchers first workout: Wednesday, February 14

Full squad first workout: Monday, February 19

First Home Game: Tuesday, February 26 vs. Washington Nationals

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are some of the in-game entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a unique experience.

Individual spring training game tickets are available at, through Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. Tickets range from $15 (general admission berm seating in left field) to $59 (lower level reserved seats).

Information on Braves spring training season tickets, suite/hospitality, group tickets and mini-plans is available by calling the premium sales team at (407) 939-GAME (4263) and online at The popular mini-plans will be available again this season, featuring three three-game options.

2018 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Monday, February 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Sunday March 4 Miami Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 5 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 9 New York Yankees 6:05 p.m.
Monday, March 12 Philadelphia Phillies 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14

Thursday, March 15

Philadelphia Phillies

Detroit Tigers

1:05 p.m.

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Saturday, March 17 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 19 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 Detroit Tigers 6:05 p.m.
Friday, March 23 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 New York Yankees


1:05 p.m.




All dates, times and opponents are subject to change.

NOTE: Media are allowed to view and shoot workouts, and interview players at the start of workouts each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. For additional information and to apply for media credentials, please contact Adrienne Midgley in the Braves Media Relations Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Rose Tico — two of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s breakout characters — recently joined the hit Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes mobile game. While developing their in-game abilities is one thing, wondered: how did the designers adapt these two very visually different members of the Resistance into the game’s art style? To find out, we e-mailed with senior producer Carrie Gouskos and art director Derek Smith for a lesson in Galaxy of Heroes design. What’s the overall design process for bringing any human Star Wars character into Galaxy of Heroes?

Carrie Gouskos: When it comes to content based on new Star Wars characters, we usually begin the year with a placeholder like “The Last Jedi Character” long before we know anything about the movie or who exactly we would want to bring to the game. The next and most exciting part is meeting with our partners at Lucasfilm and the Story Group, who tell us about the upcoming Star Wars releases and work with us to figure out which characters would be the best fit for the game, and what those characters can do. Once we have the outline, it then goes to our art and design teams to start figuring out which of the character’s abilities make the most sense, and how they will look and feel. Again, Lucasfilm helps us to figure this out, especially when we are talking about a character in an upcoming movie that we haven’t seen in action yet! Holdo and Rose are especially unique in design from each other — Holdo is more elegant, while Rose is in military/mechanic fatigues. How do you tackle the challenge of adapting two very different designs into the game?

Derek Smith: They are certainly very different from a visual perspective, both in their costume design as well as their personalities and actions. Over the past three and a half years that we’ve been developing characters for Galaxy of Heroes, we’ve gotten extremely efficient at creating the assets from an objective standpoint. As in, we have reference to work from and we know how the characters need to look and what gadgets and weapons they may use. For the most part, Rose and Holdo were no different in this regard. The number one goal is always ensuring that players can recognize the character in game, on a 3.5-inch screen. With the two characters already being so unique and visually striking, most of the work was done for us by the Lucasfilm design teams. All we had to do was make sure key details in their outfits and appearances are surfaced, and sometimes even emphasized for clarity on a small device.

As an example, we had to go in and adjust the scale of Holdo enough so that she appears noticeably taller than others she’s teamed up with and shrink down Rose so if she’s in a squad with Finn, you can see she is shorter. In addition, both characters have unique hairstyles that we made sure we got right, down to the smallest details we can manage, such as modeling Holdo’s tiara and ensuring Rose’s bangs are just the right length and spacing. At what point did you start work on Holdo and Rose? Was it during production of the movie?

Derek Smith: We started work on the art for both characters about two months before the movie was released. As Carrie mentioned, the whole process starts quite a while before the art team gets their hands on it, with our design team working with our partners at Lucasfilm, submitting and discussing the intention to release the characters months before this time. Once this process has the thumbs up on all sides, we submit a request for reference, as we always need to be certain we’re working from official sources before we start production on any asset. Internet image searches can never be trusted when it comes to Star Wars imagery!

From this point, we receive written descriptions from Lucasfilm for each character’s personality, which helps guide how we author the assets. Ultimately, nothing beats seeing the film itself. Luckily for us, we are launching these characters post film release, and seeing it gave us tons of visual reference to work off.

TM.Ads.addNativeAd( "native-ad-tK6v3EMJe7jiRZTFWhFHWHUU" , "tK6v3EMJe7jiRZTFWhFHWHUU" ); The art style of Galaxy of Heroes seems to be one that simplifies characters down to their essence, while still making them easily identifiable. What was the give and take with Rose and Holdo in terms of what details you would carry over to the in-game models versus what you could lose?

Derek Smith: I couldn’t have said it better myself! There’s actually an interesting story behind our art style. During the earliest stages of development, we initially tried to make the art look as realistic as we could make it. We spent an incredible amount of time trying to make the key franchise characters look just as they appear in the films, with actor likeness being key. The issue we ran into — on a mobile device, these tiny subtleties just weren’t reading on screen. Turns out, when you shrink highly detailed characters down to the sizes they show up in game, you get a mess of unreadable pixels, and the essence of who the characters are wasn’t showing through. So, we reestablished our art style to emphasize simplicity and readability on a phone screen. We tend to push elements that make a character unique even more so that you can see it. For example, taking a weasely scoundrel like Greedo and making him noticeably thinner and wily looking to convey the essence of who the character is, even though that’s not exactly how he looks in film.

For Rose and Holdo, this translated into making key elements in their costumes and body type easily apparent. Holdo’s costume emphasizes her long elegant body and fitting dress, so we made sure to convey that visual by emphasizing her height, making her head slightly smaller and making the changes in thick and thin across her body easily apparent. For Rose, we had to make her head slightly larger to account for her smaller size in game, and her baggy mechanic suit doesn’t hug her body like Holdo’s dress, so we made sure the folds and cloth bunches made her silhouette read accurately. The key art for Holdo and Rose is in a different style — almost cartoony mixed with photorealism. How did you arrive at that aesthetic?

Derek Smith: Starting about a year ago, we readdressed how we approach our character event and key art. Before this point, most of our key art was based off of posed 3D character assets with a minimal amount of painted touchup. The art was fine and functional, but we found that these key art pieces offered unique opportunities to express to the players who the characters are and why they are awesome. So we injected a lot more love into their creation by spending more time creating unique illustrations that surfaced more details than what’s seen in the 3D game assets. We focus more time on face likeness as well as composition and storytelling to say more about the characters themselves and hopefully convey how they play in our game.

For Rose and Holdo, we used a lot of reference shots we received from Lucasfilm to make sure the characters more accurately reflect the actors, Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern. We make sure to not just copy photographs, though, as we still need to have them appear like they’re from our game. We do this by simplifying the planes of the face, making colors and values more deliberately separate, and “chunk-ifying” hair shapes to appear more blocked out and, as you say, cartoony. On top of this, we pose the characters in ways that reflect their personas and actions from the movie, as well as place them in environments that help tell a story. This all adds up to a much more engaging and fun illustration that gets our players excited. In fact, we regularly have threads on our forums with players gushing about the latest event or character art. It’s always incredibly rewarding for the art team to not only contribute to a franchise we love, but to also directly see our positive effect on the fans. Both these characters resonated with fans when The Last Jedi was released. Are you especially excited to have a hand in bringing them to life in Galaxy of Heroes?

Carrie Gouskos: One of the most exciting things about working on a Star Wars game is that it’s an IP that is still constantly evolving. There are always new things for us to add to the game that we didn’t even know existed the year prior. Vice Admiral Holdo and Rose sounded like cool characters, but getting to see them in The Last Jedi helped us to see them brought to light by the actors in a way that tripled our excitement and gave us even more ideas about what we wanted to do with them.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

First-Ever Pixar Fest Begins April 13, Bringing More Pixar Fun Than Ever Before throughout the Disneyland Resort

New Land of Pixar Pier Debuts Thrilling New Incredicoaster this Summer

Anaheim, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2018) ­­– Disneyland Resort will open the highly anticipated Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park on June 23, 2018, powering up summer with more of the playful Pixar stories and characters that guests have come to know and love. Also debuting in June, a new float adds superhero fun to the electrifying “Paint the Night” parade, featuring characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” The news was announced today by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during his presentation at D23 Expo Japan at Tokyo Disney Resort.

This year, guests will experience the wit, humor and warmth of Pixar stories and characters in extraordinary new ways at the Disneyland Resort, beginning with the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendship that begins April 13. The permanent, new land of Pixar Pier, opening June 23, offers guests their first chance to experience the new Incredicoaster, a thrilling adventure with everyone’s favorite Super family and theming inspired by the newest Disney•Pixar film, “Incredibles 2.”

At Pixar Pier, guests will explore four new imaginative neighborhoods, newly themed attractions, entertainment, encounters with Pixar pals, plus themed food and merchandise, all inspired by beloved Pixar stories.

The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade returns April 13 for Pixar Fest, this time at Disney California Adventure. And in June, the popular nighttime spectacular adds even more Pixar fun with the addition of a new, high-energy float inspired by “The Incredibles.” Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone will showcase their superhero awesomeness as they take on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack also showcase their unique powers in surprising new ways, as shown through dynamic and innovative visual technology. Like the other elements in this spectacular parade, this new float will come to life through a series of dazzling LED lights, new music elements and high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films.

Pixar Pier Opens at Disney California Adventure Park June 23

The thrilling new Incredicoaster will anchor Pixar Pier in the new land’s first neighborhood, which is inspired by “The Incredibles.” New character moments, scenes, special effects and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to “Incredibles 2,” which opens in theaters June 15, 2018. A second neighborhood at Pixar Pier will be inspired by “Toy Story” around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. The third new neighborhood will be inspired by “Inside Out” and will feature an “Inside Out” attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. The fourth new neighborhood will celebrate a collection of Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will transform into a newly-themed Pixar attraction, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful sights of Pixar Pier from 24 new gondolas that will feature beloved Pixar pals. The midway games will also be inspired by Pixar characters, including favorites from “A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” and “WALL·E”.

Additionally, what was formerly Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge, offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier.

First-Ever Pixar Fest Opens April 13 throughout the Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest will allow guests to celebrate friendship and beyond during this limited-time event, bringing Pixar stories and characters to life like never before. At Disneyland, a new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will debut with dazzling pyrotechnics, memorable music and a heartwarming story.

“Pixar Play Parade” returns, this time making its way through Disneyland park. The popular parade will bring even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to guests with the addition of three new show elements, including the famous Pixar Lamp and Ball from the Pixar short film, “Luxo Jr.” as well as characters and elements from “Up” and “Inside Out.”

And appearing for the first time at Disney California Adventure, the “Paint the Night” parade will return to delight guests with the parade’s 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and catchy tunes. In addition to the new Incredibles-themed float, “Paint the Night” parade will spotlight many Pixar stories and include characters from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

A new film festival, Pixar Shorts, will also take place throughout much of Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure. Pixar Shorts will feature rotating favorites including “For the Birds” and “LAVA” at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

And in the Paradise Gardens area at Disney California Adventure, many new Pixar experiences will be available for guests to enjoy including performances by a new Pixar-themed musical troupe, Pixar character encounters, and special crafts and activities for younger guests.

Pixar Fest will also feature additional elements throughout the resort including new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and limited-edition event merchandise.

All of these exciting new additions for the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration and the opening of the new land of Pixar Pier will add to the existing Pixar attractions and entertainment currently available throughout the Resort, from Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.


About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 32 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s 20th feature, opens in theaters on June 15, 2018.

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Today at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced that the Star Wars-themed hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From the moment guests arrive at the hotel, Chapek said, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. An opening date for the new hotel has not yet been announced. But it can’t come too soon — we’re ready to vacation in a galaxy far, far away.


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Chapek also shared details on Galaxy’s Edge as it comes to life at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Two attractions will let fans control their own experiences. In one attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon — a prospect that has our collective inner scoundrel very excited — and in another, guests will find themselves inside a Star Destroyer during a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. 

For more on Galaxy’s Edge, check out’s previous coverage: All Star Wars, all the time.

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The Brewers of Indiana Guild winter beer fest raised more than $23,000 for charity at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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Entertainment Weekly pulled back the curtain on Solo: A Star Wars Story this week, with several great articles on the making of the film, plot and character details, and more. Here are some of the highlights, along with new photos revealed.

Solo is a “a heist, gunslinger type movie,” according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. The speeding, spinning train glimpsed in the movie’s TV spot is called the Conveyex, and Han has to steal something that’s on board.

The droid seen saluting Lando in the teaser is named L3-37 (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge through motion capture). L3-37 is Lando’s sidekick — she has some personality and she’s somewhat self-made. “She’s a self-modified droid,” co-writer Jon Kasdan told EW‘s Anthony Breznican. “The idea is that she’s sort of a mutt, if you will, of various parts of different kinds of droids who has improved upon herself.”

Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo will link up with a whole slew of shady folks, including Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). How good or bad are they? We’ll find out.

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“He likes to know his way in and out of any situation that he’s in,” Donald Glover told EW of his scoundrel. “Lando likes rules because he’s somebody who is in a position to benefit from rules.”

Check out additional new photos below, and for more on Solo: A Star Wars Story, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring Anthony Breznican’s cover story, available today. All Star Wars, all the time.

Looking for a way to introduce Star Wars Rebels to your friends? Or perhaps you’d like to revisit key moments from the series before it returns? Then look no further than Rebels Revisited.

In this installment…Zeb. In my opinion, he’s the most underrated character in Star Wars Rebels. While his tough guy exterior and brawler tendencies tend to dominate everyone’s impressions of him, a closer look reveals someone much more multilayered and nuanced. These episodes give us our most insightful glimpses into that person. A guardian with a heart of gold named Garazeb Orrelios.

1. “Droids in Distress” (Season 1, Episode 3)

Zeb is a protector.

We learn in this episode that he was once a captain in the Lasan Honor Guard until the Empire wiped out most of his people in a devastating attack. When the Ghost crew accepts a job smuggling the same type of weapons used in that attack, Zeb repeatedly objects and tries to convince the crew to destroy them instead. He didn’t know the final destination of the weapons. He didn’t know who was going to use them. He didn’t care. All that mattered to Zeb was that no one else should be made to experience the destruction the weapons were capable of the way that he and his people once did. The Honor Guard of Lasan may be gone, but their commitment to protecting others lives on in Zeb.

2. “Fighter Flight” (Season 1, Episode 4)

Zeb demonstrates his defender tendencies again in this episode, when he helps Ezra free a family friend from Imperial custody using a stolen TIE fighter. The joyride serves as a bonding experience for the two — not because they faced down the Empire and lived to tell the tale, but because of their shared commitment to protecting others.

3. “Legends of the Lasat” (Season 2, Episode 14)

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If Zeb is the most underrated Star Wars Rebels character, then this is the series’ most underrated episode. “Legends of the Lasat” is a fantastic piece of Star Wars storytelling, complete with timeless themes (fear of failure, overwhelming guilt, faith in times of crisis, a displaced people searching for a home), meditations on the Force (the Ashla and the Bogan), and music (you owe it to yourself to listen to “Journey into the Star Cluster” again). And it’s all built around Zeb and his role in the future of his people.

4. “The Honorable Ones” (Season 2, Episode 17)

An episode about understanding your enemy and yourself. Stranded on an icy Geonosian moon, Zeb and Kallus, an ISB Agent who eliminated rebel threats, must cooperate in order to survive. The pairing of these two lead to some of the most meaningful dialogue concerning war in a galaxy far, far away as they share their experiences and perspectives with each other. Zeb has a profound (and unexpected) effect on Kallus’ future here, and it once again reminds us that this brawler is capable of far more than just fighting.

5. “Warhead” (Season 3, Episode 14)

Zeb. Home alone with Chopper, AP-5, and a murderous probe droid with a case of amnesia. While “Warhead” doesn’t delve into the core of Zeb’s emotions or contain any mythology-expanding moments, it’s a fun episode that features the Lasat working to overcome an increasingly difficult situation (and it contains a reference to one of my favorite movies of all time).

What role will Zeb play in the battle for Lothal? Find out when Star Wars Rebels kicks off its final episodes on Monday, February 19 on Disney XD.

You can watch every episode of Star Wars Rebels in the DisneyNOW App or Disney XD On Demand. You can also purchase the series here.

In case you missed them, be sure to check out Rebels Revisited entries on Ezra BridgerSabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, and Hera Syndulla.

Justin Bolger is Lucasfilm’s Star Wars social media strategist and he doesn’t like the Empire…he loves it. Catch him occasionally on The Star Wars Show and talk Star Wars with him on Twitter @TheApexFan.

An electro-shock prod might not immediately make you think of Valentine’s Day, but if your loved one is a fan of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, they’ll be shocked when they see you made them a handmade card inspired by one of the film’s breakout characters.

Rose Tico uses her electro-shock prod to stop anyone trying to make a getaway — as Finn found out — but this thoughtful card is for that special someone who has made a getaway with your heart. Let the sparks fly with this how-to.

What You’ll Need

  • Black, orange, and silver metallic cardstock
  • Black glitter glue
  • Silver gel pen
  • Small paper hearts, one red and one gold
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Get Started!

Step 1: Cut one piece of black cardstock 4 inches by 4 inches, and another piece 1.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. Cut a small strip of the silver paper 2 inches long.

Step 2: Fold the 4-inch piece of black paper in half, and unfold it. Next, use the black glitter glue to add even rows of dots across one side of the paper. Let dry.

Step 3: On the smaller piece of black paper, glue the silver strip near the left edge of the paper. Glue the gold heart on the bottom right with the red heart above it for the buttons, and let all glue dry.

Step 4: Cut one strip of orange paper 2 inches long and 1-inch-wide, and two strips 2 inches long and a half-inch-wide. Use the silver gel pen to create a chipped paint look on the orange strips.

Step 5: Use the silver gel pen to draw small circles in the corners of the small black paper to make the metal screws.

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Step 6: Cut two strips of orange paper 1.5 inches wide and 2 inches long, and two strips 1-inch-wide and 2 inches long. These will be the prods. Cut four more strips of orange paper smaller and shorter than those pieces for the top of the prods.

Step 7: Cut four thin strips of silver paper at least 2 inches long, and four more strips shorter than those.

Step 8: Use the silver gel pen to add weathering to the orange strips of cardstock (the prods).

Step 9: Glue the largest piece of orange cardstock to the bottom front of the card, on top of the glitter dots that should now be dry.

Step 10: Glue one 1.5-inch-wide orange strip at the top right side of the card, and glue the black paper with the hearts just below it. Let the glue dry.

Step 11: Now it’s time to put together your electro-shock prod! Begin by gluing the smallest silver strips of paper together with the metallic sides facing out. Next, glue the small two-sided silver strip on the top and inside (non-shiny) of the larger strip of silver paper. Glue the matching large silver piece on top.

Step 12: Glue the silver piece you just made to the smaller orange strip, and then the other matching orange piece on top. Glue the small orange piece to the larger orange piece so that about half an inch sticks out on the top, and then glue the matching orange piece on top.

Step 13: Repeat with the other paper strips to make the second prod. Let the glue dry.

Step 14: Glue the two prods on the inside of the card on the top right side. The longer, larger prod should be on the left.

Step 15: Glue the last orange strip (1.5 inches wide and 2 inches long) on the top right side of the inside of the card, on top of the prods, and let all glue dry.

All that’s left is to write a heartfelt message inside with the silver gel pen! May we suggest:

“Valentine, It’s SHOCKING how much I like you!”

“Bzzzzzzzz Mine”

“There are SPARKS between us, Valentine!”

“You’re STUNNING, Valentine!”

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox, and take a look at her blog the st{art} button for more Star Wars art projects and craft ideas.

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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Sure, Star Wars is about the Force and bounty hunters and aliens and blasters and porgs. (Definitely porgs.) But it’s also about love! From Han and Leia to Anakin and Padmé to Kanera, Star Wars is filled with romance. And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give the nerf herder or her worshipfulness in your life a special Star Wars gift. Check out our gift guide below for the best Valentine’s Day gifts in the galaxy.

Silver Plated BB-8 Love Silhouette Necklace

An elegant interpretation of Poe Dameron’s buddy in genuine clear crystals. Available at

Build-A-Bear: Chewbacca Bear

The perfect gift for your co-pilot this Valentine’s Day! Available at

Fifth Sun Star Wars Valentine Tees

Even Unkar Plutt would be charmed by these tees. Available at

Han Solo and Princess Leia Stacking Mug Set

Combine two of their favorites — java and Star Wars — in this practical yet unique gift set. Available at

The Rey Kensington Leather Watch – Nixon x ThinkGeek Exclusive

With a wristband inspired by Rey’s leather strap and a seconds hand modeled after her lightsaber, this is a subtle yet beautiful Star Wars watch. Available at

Star Wars Character Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet

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Good guys and bad guys in sterling silver. (Which is better than carbonite.) Available at

Hanna Anderson: Long John Pajamas for the Whole Family

Vader Valentine and Star Wars Valentine PJs bring Star Wars to bedtime. Available at

Porg Plush

The only thing that can match the power of love of the power of porg. Available at

Star Wars Han Solo and Princess Leia Bookends, Set of 2

“I love you” / “I know” bookends. Perfect for your Star Wars significant other’s other love: Star Wars movies and books. Available at

Crystal Star Wars Collectibles by Swarovski

Star Wars droids expertly crafted in crystal for the droid fan in your life. Available at

I Love You / I Know T-Shirts 

Channel your inner Han and Leia with these cute shirts. I Love You and I Know available at All Star Wars, all the time.

Fans of the Corellian smirking scoundrel rejoice! The teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released this week and though it was only a minute and a half, there was a lot to digest. We got new looks at Han, Chewie, Lando, Qi’ra, and more — and we are so excited for this high-speed thrill ride to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. What was your favorite moment in the teaser? Vote now in the poll below and let us know why you made your pick in the comments! All Star Wars, all the time. 

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Every Disney Parks Announcement That Happened at D23 Expo Japan

Every Disney Parks Announcement That Happened at D23 Expo Japan

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We are really excited right now! Today at D23 Expo Japan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek updated…