You saw the teaser trailer. Now you can show off your own inner scoundrel with official Solo: A Star Wars Story T-shirts and a pin — and help a good cause at the same time.
As announced on The Star Wars Show, Star Wars: Force for Change is returning to Disney Parks with Solo: A Star Wars Story shirts for adults and children, along with an exclusive pin. These are the first products for the film created especially for Disney Parks, and will be available through May 25, 2018. The Solo logo tee is currently on sale, and the cool new graphic tee featuring Han, Chewie and Falcon arrives this month. You can see Star Wars Show hosts Andi and Anthony sporting the shirts in this week’s episode; we think Lando himself would approve of their style. Get a closer look below!
Best of all, on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change, 25% of the retail sale price of this product will be donated to UNICEF USA in support of UNICEF Kid Power. Learn more at ForceForChange.com and head to the Disney Parks to pick yours up starting this month.
UNICEF USA does not endorse any company, brand, product or service. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. To find out more about UNICEF Kid Power, go to unicefkidpower.org.
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This week on The Star Wars Show, we meet Madlyn Burkert: Lucasfilm’s collections and exhibitions archivist, a.k.a. keeper of awesome original Star Wars stuff. But as it turns out, Star Wars artifacts came into her life, to paraphrase old Obi-Wan, oh, before she was born. “My parents went on their honeymoon in 1979,” she tells StarWars.com. “In the upper peninsula of Michigan, they went camping. The upper peninsula of Michigan was known for copper mining, so there’s a lot of copper shops full of pots, pans, etcetera, made of copper. And randomly, there was an R2-D2 cookie jar in one of them. My parents have this very silly story about trying to haggle with this woman who owned the store to get this cookie jar, which we now learned is dated ‘1977 Fox’ on the bottom. It’s one of the earliest licensed products. That was my cookie jar growing up. Star Wars was there from birth.” Today, Bukert maintains genuine Star Wars props used in the modern-era films, a seemingly Force-ordained job that combines her lifelong love of Star Wars with deep interests in film and history. It’s a responsibility she takes seriously, and one that she feels privileged to have. “As the person here who is the caretaker of these things once they’re done being used on the films,” she says, “I really want to respect their artistry and learn their stories, and just maintain them so that it’s understood that a lot of craftsmanship and work went into them. I’m just the lucky one who gets to take care of them.” You can learn more about the Michigan native’s journey on The Star Wars Show; meanwhile, StarWars.com visited Burkert to talk about some of her favorite Star Wars artifacts. Check them out below, with Burkert’s own commentary.
Rey’s Staff (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
“I picked Rey’s staff mainly because the lightsaber has a storied history and it belonged to other people before her. The blaster, she’s given by Han Solo. We don’t know where she gets the staff, but I feel like it’s the prop that’s truly her. It’s truly her own piece.”
“This one’s rubber. So over time, maybe it bent a little. This is like, maybe two pounds.”
Young Jyn’s Toys (Rogue One)
“They’re supposed to look folksy, crafty. They were like, ‘Okay, toys…we should use Star Wars as reference. What can we use?’ So they went back and they looked at a lot of like, creature books from the prequels, which is where we get this opee sea killer from Naboo, and just, in general, looking at different references from Star Wars to get things that would be cute and cool.”
“These are made out of carved wood. We have wood, we have fake fur, we have some different paints, the fins are made out of leather. Just some odd bits pulled out of different things.”
On the bantha: “I’m just going to say Jyn loved him so much that she broke his horn.”
Rey’s Blaster (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
“This is the ‘hero’ version. Good for closeup shots, maybe a bit more detailed in the paint job. It’s made out of metal and it actually has moving parts. The trigger actually does something, unlike the rubber version of this.”
Rey’s Lightsaber (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
“This is her ‘hero’ lightsaber, so this is like a functional, operational one, if you will. If lightsabers are real, this is a real one. When I was a little kid, I saw Leia take command of her own rescue and thought that was pretty rad. So for Rey, for a female to finally wield a lightsaber, I think that’s why I picked it.”
“This is a new build. This was for VII and VIII. This was used on both. We saw what happens in VIII, so I’m really happy to have this one now in this condition.”
On telling this lightsaber apart from versions used in the original trilogy: “This one has a pretty big tell. There’s an opening here for the blade to go in.”
Rey’s Costume (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
“This is the costume that she wears in the throne room battle, and it’s my favorite scene in The Last Jedi. This is the look that she wears. Clearly she’s a tough character, clearly she can take a lot, but it still shows a variety of materials. It’s got that classic desert Star Wars look and also has a delicateness.”
“She has a tunic shirt, and then she has this vest, and then she has a draping-tunic. And they’re all separate pieces, but they have clever ways of connecting them. Things that, maybe in real life, you wouldn’t connect. Like, there’s snaps at the shoulders that will connect piece to piece so they stay aligned. Because especially with something this drapey, it would be pretty easy for it to get off while she’s doing action or any kind of movement.”
See additional Star Wars artifacts and learn more about Madlyn Burkert on The Star Wars Show!
Photos by Amanda Jean Camarillo and Kyle Kao.
Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, 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.
National Pizza Day — Friday, February 9 — will be a day long remembered. Whether you’re a big deal in the Resistance or a First Order sympathizer, pizza is the common ground that unites the galaxy.
A quick flavorful crust, topped with a tasty symbol, these individual pizzas are the perfect way to find out where your friend’s allegiances truly lie. Or maybe they’ll be like Finn and choose one of each…traitor! But really, who wouldn’t like Star Wars pizza?
Resistance and First Order Pizzas for National Pizza Day
What You’ll Need:
Step 1: Cut the large pepperoni into shapes using the starbird and First Order templates provided. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Step 2: In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes until bubbly.
Step 3: Into the yeast mixture stir in the flour, olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. Knead until smooth and the dough just comes together. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with silpats or parchment.
Step 5: Separate the dough into 6 pieces. Roll each piece out individually on a surface sprinkled with flour and cornmeal. Spoon on pizza sauce and top with mozzarella as desired.
Step 6: Place the starbird and First Order symbols onto each pizza. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Serve immediately.
Now you can celebrate your side in the struggle for the galaxy and your love of pizza together. Enjoy.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going from Winterfell to a galaxy far, far away.
It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”
No release dates have been set for the new films, and there have (thankfully) been no sightings of White Walkers around Lucasfilm.
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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…Hera Syndulla. Heir to a legacy of rebellion, it’s easy to believe that leading hopeless causes is something passed on to Hera by her freedom-fighting father Cham. But as anyone who’s watched Rebels can attest, it’s Hera’s heart that makes her a hero to so many and one of the finest leaders in the entire Star Wars saga. These episodes (and many more) prove it.
1. “Out of the Darkness” (Season 1, Episode 7)
You could say that (next to the Force) the Star Wars galaxy runs on faith. Whether it’s in a person, an organization, or an ideal, the power of belief drives the events that unfold in a galaxy far, far away.
Hera understands this. And she has an uncanny ability to help those around her find their own faith in the most hopeless of situations. She demonstrates that in this episode when she and Sabine discuss the rebellion’s secretive nature. Sabine wants to know more about their plans, but Hera knows how dangerous that is to the cause and to Sabine.
There are any number of hierarchical ways Hera could choose to explain this to Sabine. She could pull rank or emphasize that she’s just following the rebellion’s operational procedures. But instead, she speaks from her heart and teaches Sabine a lesson about faith and its power to destroy doubt and strengthen trust. Even more impressively, she follows up with Sabine at the end of the episode to ensure their talk made Sabine feel heard.
Concern for the emotional well-being of others. That’s leadership.
2. “Wings of the Master” (Season 2, Episode 7)
As is often the case with the best leaders, Hera is usually too busy taking care of others…in combat, on the Ghost, and elsewhere…to take time for herself. By extension, we haven’t had many opportunities to see her talk about her innermost thoughts, her driving principles, or the history that informs them.
We get our first real glimpse of the person behind the leader in “Wings of the Master,” when Hera discusses her background with shipbuilder Quarrie. We learn how she followed her dreams and left home to learn how to fly. And more importantly, how she decided to use that ability to help others.
It’s a scene that brings Hera into sharper focus, retroactively characterizing the many times we’ve seen her incredible leadership and coloring our perceptions of everything she goes on to do throughout the series. Hera practices what she preaches, and every time she encourages a member of her crew to grow, to do better, to act, she’s speaking from experience.
Using your talents for a greater good and serving as an example to those around you. That’s leadership.
3. “Hera’s Heroes” (Season 3, Episode 5)
Here, we see how much Hera means to the crew of the Ghost, who risk everything to help her recover a family heirloom — and it leads to some amazing moments. Hera comes face to face with Grand Admiral Thrawn for the first time, we discover Chopper’s origin, and the Empire learns why you don’t bring a rocket launcher to a Kanan fight. But what’s important is that Hera’s adopted family loves her so much that they don’t think twice about helping her to recover a vital piece of her biological family’s history, despite the danger this puts them in.
Your genuine investment in others inspires their genuine investment in you. That’s leadership.
4. “Zero Hour: Parts One and Two” (Season 3, Episodes 21 and 22)
It’s easy to point out fantastic leadership when it results in a victory. Less so when it leads to defeat. But how a leader handles defeat often says more about them than their victories ever could. Hera’s actions when the Empire discovers the rebel base on Atollon is an excellent case in point.
Where others would play the Empire’s game, Hera assesses the situation and makes small countermoves throughout the ensuing battle that (along with some old fashioned Imperial arrogance) prevent the “utter defeat” Grand Admiral Thrawn aims to achieve. Because of Hera’s practical tactics and patience, the Phoenix cell lives to fight another day.
Keeping cool under pressure. Taking calculated risks. That’s leadership.
5. “Rebel Assault” (Season 4, Episode 9)
Here comes the general. Having convinced Rebel Alliance High Command of the importance of shutting down the Empire’s TIE defender production, Hera returns to Lothal at the head of a squadron of X-wings and leads them in a daring, but ultimately unsuccessful attack.
Yet once again, Hera shows that even in failure, her leadership qualities shine. When escaping the Empire becomes unlikely, she lets herself be captured by the Empire to give Chopper and Mart Mattin enough time to escape. Hera’s the more valuable target, it should be Mart sacrificing himself for her, but so instinctual is Hera’s concern for others that she never even gives him that choice.
Putting others first. That’s leadership.
Will Hera’s leadership be enough to drive the Empire off Lothal once and for all? Find out when Star Wars Rebels kicks off its final episodes on Monday, February 19, on Disney XD.
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.
Broadcast-quality video and photos from the Disney parade, plus the Disney commercial, are available now via the FTP link below
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2018) – It was a fairytale scene Monday, complete with its own castle, as Super Bowl hero Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles starred in a milestone moment – a celebratory “I’m Going to Disney World!” parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park.
In front of the majesty of Cinderella Castle the day after the Eagles’ 41-33 improbable Super Bowl victory, park guests and Eagles fans lined the famous street as a smiling Foles waved from a float he shared with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other beloved Disney characters. Balloons and a blizzard of confetti in the Eagles’ team colors completed the happy scene.
“World champions,” shouted Foles. “To be at Disney World is unbelievable.”
Afterward, Foles spent some time enjoying Disney World, experiencing several signature Disney attractions and interacting with Mickey and Minnie.
It was a magical experience for the hero of Super Bowl LII who passed for three touchdowns and caught a fourth touchdown pass (unprecedented for a quarterback in Super Bowl history) in Philadelphia’s upset victory on Sunday night in Minneapolis. A backup quarterback for most of the season, Foles stepped into the starter’s role in December and turned in a stunning performance in Sunday’s big game. His heroics helped him deliver Eagles fans their first world championship in franchise history and earned Foles the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
After the Super Bowl victory, Foles looked into the TV cameras and announced he was “Going to Disney World,” an iconic line that is part of a TV ad airing nationally.
Foles’ trip Monday to Walt Disney World Resort continued a rich Disney history that began in 1987 when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms first uttered those famous words “I’m Going to Disney World!” Thirty-one years later, the post-championship celebrations that take place at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California remain an enduring reminder of the power of magic that happens at Disney Parks.
MEDIA NOTE: Broadcast-quality video and high-res photos from the “I’m Going to Disney World!” commercial and celebratory parade at Walt Disney World Resort, are available now via this FTP link: https://dlbroadcast.exavault.com/login (Username: WhatsNext2018, Password: football).
The NFL Pro Bowl Experience returned to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort Jan. 24-27, during 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Week. New activities to this year’s Pro Bowl Experience included some of the same challenges that AFC & NFC Pro Bowlers competed in during the Skills Showdown, such as: Kick-Tac-Toe, in which three footballs must be kicked in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board, and the Best Hands competition to catch as many different passes as possible.
Free to all guests, the football festival included interactive games and activities such as:
Additionally, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosted AFC and NFC practices in a unique opportunity for NFL fans to see their favorite players up close. Pro Bowl Week activities culminated in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Two days. Two looks at Solo: A Star Wars Story that will ignite our imaginations for the next three months. When excitement of this magnitude hits, sometimes words aren’t enough.
But fear not, friends. The crew here at StarWars.com has taken the liberty of creating a few GIFs from the new Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer just for you. (And yes. That Lando smile is included.)
And that’s just the beginning. For more, head over to the Solo category of Giphy’s official Star Wars page, where you’ll find everything you need to satisfy your GIF needs from a galaxy far, far away.
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives May 25, 2018.
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We are really excited right now! Today at D23 Expo Japan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek updated…More...