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New Black Series and Vintage Collection Figures From The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and More Revealed at Hasbro PulseCon

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

A new batch of Star Wars action figures were revealed today at the first ever Hasbro PulseCon.

“𝘕𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦…”

A Rey (Dark Side Version) Black Series was officially announced, with the future coming with her now infamous double bladed red lightsaber. The figure is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to arrive in December of this year.

“𝘔𝘦𝘴𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬!”

Jar-Jar Binks will finally get his own Black Series action figures. Equip with a staff and shield, the design comes from Binks in The Phantom Menace.

“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺.”

The Armorer from Disney+’s The Mandalorian is also getting her own Black Series toy. The figure will come in special packaging which has a removable cover.

Other Black Series reveals include Boba Fett and a Clone Trooper.

A Star Wars Archives wave of figures was also revealed, with figures spanning all eras from a galaxy far, far away.

Han Solo, with his brown (not blue) winter jacket from The Empire Strikes Back, is just one of many Archive figures. Others include Luke Skywalker on Hoth, also from the Empire Strikes Back, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn from Star Wars Rebels and Clone Commander Cody from Revenge of the Sith.

Perhaps the most unique reveals today came from the brand new holiday line of Black Series figures. With a winter style packaging and a holiday design on the figures themselves, these toys have already caught fans eyes and are sold out at many retailers. All figures have a Clone/Stormtrooper in holiday colors, and even include D-O as Rudolph, Babu Frik as an elf, and a snow covered porg. These figures will be available this holiday season.

A new wave of the increasingly popular Vintage Collection was also showcased. Anakin Skywalker, dressed in his disguise outfit from Attack of the Clones, was one of the more prominent items revealed from the Vintage Collection. Other figures include Captain Rex from The Clone Wars, the Incinerator Trooper from The Mandalorian, a TIE Figher pilot from Return of the Jedi, Queen Amidala from The Phantom Menace, and a Battle Droid, also from Episode I.

Finally, a Black Series Ahsoka Tano lightsaber was revealed. Perhaps the biggest takeaway of this item is the image of Ahsoka, which greatly resembles Rosario Dawson.

Images courtesy of Hasbro

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The Mandalorian Wins 7 Emmy’s

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian won 7 awards at the 72nd Annual Emmy’s. Many of the figures who worked behind the scenes on the live action Star Wars show were honored for their outstanding work for the first season, including Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish composer who picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. This was Göransson’s first Emmy nomination and win, although he previously won an Oscar for Black Panther and two Grammy’s.

Jon Favreau’s Disney+ show also won the Emmy for Outstanding Special Effects, something that was expected given the technological feat achieved in the first season of the show. The 360 LED screens, dubbed “The Volume”, allowed the show to have the practical feel of the original and sequel trilogies, while also saving money and time in post production. The Volume is clearly something that Disney have taken a liking to, as the upcoming Obi-Wan show is also scheduled to use the new technology, as well as Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, scheduled to film next month.

The Mandalorian also won Emmy’s for Stunt Coordination, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

The Mandalorian Season 2 begins October 30th. This is the way.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm & Disney+

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer Recap & Analysis

by @holocronJosh and @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

After months of waiting, Star Wars fans finally have the first trailer of the highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian to feast on. While the trailer for the hit Disney+ series doesn’t reveal too much, instead opting to save the surprises for when the episodes air, there are plenty of interesting details for fans to speculate on.

The trailer begins with the Razorcrest flying towards a sand planet, most likely Tatoonine, a location in the first season of the show and appears later on in this trailer. Mando is definitely going back to what is arguably the most iconic location in Star Wars.

The voice of The Armorer, played by Emily Swallow, can be heard as Mando and the Child walk down a deserted, presumably crime ridden ally. The dialogue, which comes from the final episode of the first season, tells of the past conflicts between Mandalore and the Jedi. The Armorer instructs the Mandalorian, aka Din Djarin, to bring the Child to the Jedi. Although Djarin questions this, he agrees, exclaiming “This is the way.” 

During this exchange, Djarin is seen wandering a dock filled with Quarrens. He and the Child are also seen on a boat, prompting theories that they could be traveling to Mon Calamari, the home planet of Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Raddus, and more that was previously seen in The Clone Wars and Charles Soule’s Darth Vader comic. 

A mysterious woman is also seen watching Mando and the Child. Played by Sasha Banks, a WWE Wrestler, many have speculated that this is Sabine Wren, the iconic Mandalorian who appeared in Star Wars Rebels. Some have even suggested that the sound of the Darksaber can be heard when Banks’ character appears on screen. In Rebels, Wren wielded the saber in some of the series’ best arcs. 

A pair of Rebel X-Wings are then seen flying close to the Razorcrest, before chasing Mando in the clouds on an unknown planet. From this, it’s safe to presume that the New Republic notice the Mandalorian at some point during the season and make it a priority to seek him out for one reason or another. If this is the case, then the pair would have both the burgeoning Resistance and the remnants of the Empire after them. 

A speeder bike can be seen soaring through the desert of Tatooine. At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss this as a quick shot of Djarin or another individual. However, when looking closely at this brief shot, fans can see what may appear to be Boba Fett’s helmet on the side of the bike, along with his jet pack. With Temuera Morrison reportedly back as the iconic bounty hunter, it’s a possibility that this is him, or at least his armor. Given that Timothy Olyphant is reportedly playing Cob Vanth, a local Tatooine sheriff who inherits Fett’s armor as seen in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath, it’s also possible that this is the law enforcement officer of Freetown. 

Cara Dune and Greef Karga, seen sporting some pretty neat new outfits, are seen walking on what is presumably Nevarro. Meanwhile, a group of Stormtroopers dash through an Imperial facility and Scout Troopers ride on speeder bikes chasing after something. Mando is also seen attempting to get out of a sewer and flying with his jet pack, before shooting out a light in a fight with an unknown assailant in a dark alley. 

“Wherever I go, he goes” exclaims the Mandalorian when told that it’s not safe for a child. He carries the Child through an ice planet, seen briefly earlier in the trailer. The look of the location greatly resembles Illum, the planet sacred to the Jedi and pivotal to the training of new Padawans, as this is the location in which they undertake a trial before getting their Kyber crystal for their lightsaber (as seen in an arc of The Clone Wars). Djarin could be visiting Ilum on his quest to find Jedi as part of the quest given to him by the Armorer. If he’s looking for Baby Yoda’s people, Illum isn’t a bad place to go, given its significance to the Jedi Order. Could this be the planet where he meets Ahsoka? Or, as some have theorized, is Ilum the home planet of Yoda’s species?

In the build up to season one of the show, Jon Favreau mentioned that The Mandalorian would explore the origins of the First Order, something that wasn’t too prevalent in the first season.

If this planet is indeed Ilum, then fans could see the origins of the Starkiller Base, the planet destroying weapon seen in The Force Awakens. This could be an opportunity for fans to see exactly how Ilum was turned into the base after being seen in Jedi: Fallen Order, Moreover, given Moff Gideon’s seemingly heavy involvement in the second season, it’s possible that he may have a direct hand in creating the Starkiller Base, along with the First Order in general.

Mando and the Child, along with an alien that sounds suspiciously like Jon Favreau, are then seen watching a Gamorrean boxing match before a group of armed individuals put blasters at their heads. Mando proceeds to activate a weapon on his arm, giving Baby Yoda the signal to hide in his enclosed pod. 

The screen turns black as Djarin battles the group, before fans see him shoot an arrow into the last one. The final moment of the trailer sees the camera panning towards as he exclaims “This is the way.”

Fans didn’t get to see Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett, or Bo-Katan Kryze in this trailer, three characters who are all set to appear in the season. However, there’s still plenty of mystery and intrigue packed into this trailer. Is Sasha Banks playing Sabine Wren? Is that Boba Fett riding the speeder on Tatooine, or his helmet and jet pack at least? Will the origins of the First Order be explored as Mando and the Child visit what appears to be Ilum? Will we finally get to find out more about the Child’s species? Fans will begin to find out the answers to these questions when The Mandalorian Season Two begins streaming on October 30.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney+

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What Rey Kenobi Would’ve Meant for the Skywalker Saga

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

In speaking with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, Daisy Ridley revealed some insights into the behind the scenes process of determining who Rey’s parents are in the sequel trilogy. When asked whether she knew who Rey’s parents were from the beginning, Ridley stated, “No. At the beginning, they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection…There were different versions and then it really went to the ‘she was no one.’ And then it came to Episode IX and J.J. pitched me the film and was like, ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine’s granddaddy.’ And I was like, ‘Awesome.’ And two weeks later he was like, ‘We’re not sure.’ So it kept changing. Even when filming, I wasn’t sure what the answer would be.” While these comments have sparked some rather heated discussions among fans regarding the lack of an overarching plan for the sequel trilogy, Ridley’s comments are interesting in that they confirm that the creative minds behind the sequel trilogy actually thought of making Rey a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi. So, what would it have meant to the Skywalker saga if Rey indeed was a Kenobi?

The Importance of Obi-Wan

One obvious implication of Rey Kenobi is that it elevates Obi-Wan and the entire Kenobi lineage to a whole other level, on par with that of Skywalker and Palpatine as being a central family in the Star Wars saga. Despite the galaxy-wide implications of events depicted in the prequel and original trilogies, the first six films are primarily centered around the Skywalker family, hence the term the Skywalker Saga, and the family members’ relationships and interactions with Sheev Palpatine. This thread largely continues in Episodes VII and VIII, in which the story focuses on Skywalkers (i.e. Leia, Luke, Ben) and their conflict with Palpatine (or Snoke via Palpatine). This pattern of Skywalkers and Palpatine at the center of the entire saga would have been altered quite radically by making Rey, the firm protagonist of the last trilogy in the saga, a Kenobi. Obi-Wan plays a minor role in The Phantom Menace, but is one of the main characters in Episodes II, III, The Clone Wars, and plays a key supporting role in Episode IV. Despite this, Obi-Wan is never the true centerpiece of the saga, like Anakin, Luke, and Rey are. Yes, Obi-Wan is given extensive screen time and plays a big role in the saga, but his story and actions are often in service of Skywalkers, in particular Luke and Anakin. Indeed, much of Obi-Wan’s back story as a character comes from several episodes in The Clone Wars and several prequel novels and comics, while the film’s largely shift focus toward Anakin or Luke. Given the magnitude of Obi-Wan’s role in the saga, relative to Skywalkers, Rey being a Kenobi would have been a little jarring. All of a sudden, in the last film of the saga, a new family of importance – Kenobi’s – are positioned at the forefront. Thematically, this doesn’t quite feel right.

Obi-Wan…the father?

Another important implication of Rey being a Kenobi is that it entails Obi-Wan must’ve had a child at some point. It’s highly unlikely, if the filmmakers made Rey a Kenobi, that they would make her a descendent of a never-heard-of sibling of Obi-Wan. Rey would likely have been Obi-Wan’s granddaughter had the filmmakers opted for Rey Kenobi. This brings back a discussion we had earlier this year in our article entitled “Did Obi-Wan and Satine Have a Child?”, in which we discussed the possibility that Korkie Kryze was indeed their child. Now, we’re not saying that Rey would’ve been the child of Korkie, but, if Rey was a Kenobi, the filmmakers would’ve had to establish that Obi-Wan and Satine had a child, whether it was Korkie or not. Although Obi-Wan hasn’t featured in a live-action project since Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the revelation that he and Satine had a child (and eventually a grandchild) would be massive in the development of Obi-Wan’s character – once again, highlighting the similarities between Obi-Wan and Anakin in both having forbidden loves and, potentially, both having children without their knowledge.

The hardest thing Rey’s ever heard

The Force Awakens was the epitome of a J.J. Abrams mystery box. In a fun, fast paced, brilliantly crafted film, the seventh chapter of the Skywalker saga introduced many mysteries, without posing answers to most of them. Who is Snoke? Why did Kylo Ren turn to the dark side? Where is Luke and what happened to him? And, perhaps most notably, who are Rey’s parents? While many suspected Rey would be revealed as a Skywalker, the daughter of Luke, Rian Johnson took this mystery in a novel, unexpected direction by making her a nobody. Johnson spoke about why he made this decision when he said:

“The hardest thing she could hear is, ‘No, you’re not going to get that answer, that definition.’ In fact, the fact that you don’t have that is going to be used against you by Kylo, to try and make you lean on him. You’re going to have to find the strength to define yourself and stand on your own two feet.”

In this sense, Johnson used the mystery of Rey’s parentage, not to highlight her special lineage and position in the galaxy, but, rather, to deliver a crushing blow to the character that this idyllic view of her parents is misguided and that she is, in fact, a complete nobody. J.J. Abrams took this a step further in The Rise of Skywalker by twisting Rey’s parentage yet again, revealing that she is a descendent of none other than Sheev Palpatine himself. Following Johnson, Abrams was delivering to Rey the most difficult news she could possibly hear, placing his lead protagonist, not in a position of comfort as a reveal that she is Luke’s daughter would, but, instead, giving her a seemingly impenetrable obstacle to overcome regarding her lineage.

The themes of personal struggle and familial uncertainty that Abrams and Johnson imbued within Rey would have been diminished had she been a Kenobi. The reveal that she is a nobody in The Last Jedi is devastating and really challenges her. The reveal that she is a Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker is devastating and arguably challenges her even more. But the reveal that she is a Kenobi wouldn’t have done anything bad for Rey. In fact, this reveal would have been confirmation of her assumption all along that her family was special in someway. The great moments of Rey overcoming her disappointment and triumphing against her thought that she will inevitably do wrong due to her relation to Palpatine would be lost if her grandfather was Obi-Wan Kenobi, a legendary, powerful Jedi.

Rey Skywalker

Regardless of how the sequel trilogy is analyzed, it’s pretty clear Rey always had to end up being a Skywalker – either by blood or in name only. The saga is titled the Skywalker saga and it wouldn’t feel exactly fitting if the final trilogy centered around a new character completely distinct from the Skywalkers. Especially with the youngest individual of Skywalker blood, Ben Solo, being on the dark side of the Force for the vast majority of the sequel trilogy, it wouldn’t feel right if the Skywalker saga ended with the last Skywalker being evil until his final moments of redemption, only to see the name die out forever after his death. Rey Skywalker, more than Rey Kenobi, is an incredible statement that people can overcome the worst of adversity and are truly more than who their lineage dictates them to be. Furthermore, it shows that our family is not necessarily who we’re related to, but who we choose to be close to. In this sense, Rey Skywalker felt truly fitting for the end of the saga, something that could not have been achieved had she been a Kenobi.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm & Disney+

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New Details on The Mandalorian Season 2 from Entertainment Weekly’s Cover Story

by @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

The marketing push for The Mandalorian Season 2 has officially begun. Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed this month’s cover story focusing on the first live action Star Wars show. Subscribers to the magazine will get one of two covers: Mandalorian and the Child and one with just the latter. The story features quotes from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Pedro Pascal, and more alongside exclusive new imagery, all of which gives fans clues as to where the second season will be going.

The first season of The Mandalorian was exceptionally well received, arguably the best reaction to a Star Wars project since 2015’s The Force Awakens. When asked why he thinks audiences have responded so well to the Disney+ show, creator Jon Favreau suggested that it was the size of the series that was the biggest factor:

“I think it was the fact it was live-action Star Wars on TV for the first time. Having worked on bigger, higher-profile films, there’s a much different set of standards that you’re judged by. We’ve benefited from the smallness of our world.”

While the first season was a smaller scale adventure, the sophomore outing will raise the stakes according to Favreau:

“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.”

Executive Producer Dave Filoni, who was the driving creative force behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, reiterated this sentiment:

“Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy.”

While not confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, reliable sources in the film and television industry have revealed that Boba Fett, Bo-Katan Kryze, and Ahsoka Tano will all appear in the season, with the latter to be played by Rosario Dawson. Temuera Morrison is expected to reprise his role as Boba Fett, after previously playing re-recording the famous bounty hunter’s lines for the Original Trilogy special editions. Morrison also played Fett’s father, Jango, in Attack of the Clones, along with a variety of Clone Troopers in Revenge of the Sith. Bo-Katan will be played by Katee Sackhoff, who voiced the character in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

The partnership of Favreau and Filoni has been discussed by Star Wars fans at great length, given the positive results of The Mandalorian Season One, their first project together. In the story, Favreau described his creative relationship with Filoni:

“I’ll come up with ideas and sometimes Dave will say, ‘You can’t do this in Star Wars.’ Then I’ll cite examples from the movies, or Clone Wars, to try to use as a justification. I’m like a lawyer talking to a judge; I am to him as he was to George. I won’t do anything without Dave’s approval. And to his credit, he understands that Star Wars needs to be fun and ever-evolving.”

Filoni describes his partnership with Favreau in a slightly different, more Star Wars-y way, referring to it as “bringing balance to the Force.”

One of the lead actors that Favreau and Filoni hired for the show, Pedro Pascal (best known for his work on Game of Thrones and Narcos), described the trouble Mando will have to keep the Child safe:

“We start very directly after the first [season] and he’s going into very dangerous territory. He is very much a passenger to the experience in unexpected ways — not knowing what’s to come, not knowing how much or how best to protect the Child. We don’t know how far he will go to do that, and they’re finding new ways to push the envelope.”

Perhaps the biggest cause of the impending threat to Din Djarin and the Child is the presence of Moff Gideon, played by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito, who was seen briefly towards the end of the first season and was nominated for an Emmy for the role, teases bigger involvement for Gideon, along with what to expect from the character this season:

“I’ll be going toe-to-toe with Mando. It’s an iconic battle. I want to disarm him mentally as well. Who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity to get him to fight some battles for me. You may think I’m a villain, but I’m trying to harness some energy and some powers for a path that could be best for all. You’ll get to see him be somewhat diplomatic and more of a manipulator.”

Gideon’s involvement in the first season was limited, but his impact was great. The character breaking out of the rubble of a destroyed TIE-Fighter using the famous Mandalorian Darksaber, previously seen in The Clone Wars and Rebels, shocked fans and provided the perfect tease for the season to come. Esposito confirmed that the Saber will be back again this time around, and expressed his excitement over the character:

“It’s so exciting for me to be in a show where I can wear a cape and own it, and where I can have a lightsaber and really own it.”

As seen by some of the exclusive images in the story, Gideon will be aboard a Star Destroyer at some point during the season, which Esposito teases as “a larger vehicle, hint-hint.”

Mando, Greef Karga, and Cara Dune seemingly come aboard this Star Destroyer at some point in the season, as shown by one of the exclusive images:

As fans have known for some time, Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set of the second season, just as he did for the first. Favreau revealed that, while there, Lucas continued his mentor role with Filoni, always trying to give him advice:

“He would be giving Dave a hard time about how many setups he was getting and how fast he was shooting and urging him to go faster,” Favreau says. “He was like a boxer’s corner man coaching him, but always with a twinkle in his eye.”

Expectations are high and fans are excited for the upcoming season. As Filoni puts it:

“You want The Empire Strikes Back to be better than A New Hope.”

The Mandalorian Season 2 begins on October 30th.

Images courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Disney, and Lucasfilm

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When is the Trailer for The Mandalorian Season 2 Going to Release?

by @holocronWilliam and @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

It’s official: New episodes of the highly anticipated second season of The Mandalorian will start on October 30th. Although the release is next month, fans are yet to see a teaser trailer or even a poster for the latest season, which has many asking the question: when is the trailer for The Mandalorian season two going to release?

The teaser trailer for the first season of The Mandalorian premiered at D23 in August of 2019, and Lucasfilm looked set to repeat that model given that Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was supposed to be last weekend. However, that plan was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Lucasfilm to rethink their marketing ideas.

Since Disney bought Lucasfilm, every release film (perhaps barring Solo: A Star Wars Story) has had a trailer premiere during a sports game. The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker all had their final trailers premiere during Monday Night Football, as did the first Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One. With NBA playoffs currently going on, many fans speculated that a trailer could air during one of those games. The August 20th game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in particular was the subject of much attention, with reports that week suggested that the trailer could drop then. Many fans were disappointed with the lack of Mandalorian content that night, and although it’s unclear if the trailer was ever going to release that night, the looming presence of DC Fandome only two days later may have played a part.
For the biggest Star Wars events of years past, Disney have opted for a sporting event to premiere the trailer, so it’s a safe bet that this will continue with The Mandalorian, the only live action content fans will be getting from a galaxy far, far away this year.

If the trailer doesn’t premiere during an NBA game, then it will most likely simply drop online, allowing the buzz for the season to spread that way. Some fans have even begun to debate if their will be a trailer at all, as the first season of The Mandalorian was so popular and received so well that marketing for the second season may not entirely necessary. That outcome seems unlikely though, given that the powers that be would surely want to promote Disney+ as much as possible, especially as live action, in theater content for the studio is in limbo due to the coronavirus.

When will the trailer for the second season of The Mandalorian premiere? Fans should expect to see footage from season two of first live action Star Wars series in September, most in the latter half of the month. While Disney may utilize their go to Star Wars marketing strategy of dropping a trailer during a sporting event, it’s also possible that it could have a simple online release, which the studio has done before with many of their projects, including several Marvel Studios movies. While the wait for the trailer may be agonizing for the time being, Star Wars fans should be upbeat in knowing that regardless of the release date of the trailer, the second season of The Mandalorian will be arriving very soon.

Images courtesy of Disney+ and Lucasfilm

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The Mandalorian Season 2 to Debut on Disney+ on October 30

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

Disney and Lucasfilm announced today that new episodes of The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on Friday October 30th. The highly anticipated second season of the series was previously rumored to be released in early October, but this news indicates that the show is debuting a few weeks later than initially thought of.

Coupled with the announcement on Disney+‘s Twitter account is a new promotional image of The Mandalorian, featuring Din Djarin and The Child traversing, what looks like, a new planet to the series. With eight weeks to go until more Mandalorian comes our way, we expect that additional promotional material will be released soon, including a much discussed teaser trailer potentially featuring the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano.

The second season of The Mandalorian is once again set to star Pedro Pascal as the titular character, alongside returning favorites Gina Carano as Cara Dune and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga. New additions to the show, as reported by various trade outlets, include Michael Biehn, Timothy Olyphant, Temuera Morrison, and Rosario Dawson, amongst others. While Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Rick Famuyiwa are once again directing episodes of the show, executive producer and writer Jon Favreau will finally step into the director’s seat this season. Other new additions to the directorial team include Peyton Reed, Robert Rodriguez, and Greef Karga himself Carl Weathers.

Stay tuned for more news and info about the upcoming season of The Mandalorian here at Star Wars Holocron! May the Force be with you!

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What’s New in Star Wars – September 2020

by @holocronGeorge for @sw_holocron

More Thrawn, more Vader, more Aphra, and more Star Wars in general will be arriving soon this September. Timothy Zahn’s Chaos Rising, the first installment in a new Thrawn trilogy, may be the most popular title arriving this month, but September is full of interesting, different projects exploring unique aspects of canon. Below includes a list of upcoming Star Wars projects in the month of September:

September 1 – Chaos Rising

It’s uncommon that a creator is able to introduce an iconic character and continue to develop this character and expand his story over 30 years, but the great Timothy Zahn has done just that with Thrawn. First introduced in the Legends novel Heir to the Empire, Thrawn has featured in Star Wars Rebels, Zahn’s canon trilogy, and Jody Houser’s comic series and the character’s journey will continue to grow in this first of three new Thrawn novels in the Ascendency trilogy chronicling Thrawn’s origins in the Chiss Ascendency. 

September 1 – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol. 4

Also on September 1 is the newest installment in the Star Wars Legends Epic Collection series, a series of re-printings of classic Legends comics released by Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics, and others. Each collection in the series, including the newest fourth volume, features iconic Legends comics told in chronological order, a contrast to previous anthologies or onimbisues that group works by themes, stories, or characters. The fourth volume includes Star Wars: Rebellion (2006) 1-16, Star Wars: Boba Fett – Overkill (2006) 1; Material from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion (2006) 0, and Star Wars Tales (1999) 3, 15, 17, 21.

September 8 – This is Luke

This is Luke is an upcoming children’s book published by Disney-Lucasfilm press chronicling the journey of Luke Skywalker as told in the animation style of the Galaxy of Adventures shorts. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “This Level 1 early reader with stickers introduces young fans and reluctant readers to Luke Skywalker, one of the most iconic characters from the Star Wars Saga and features a fun new illustration style from the celebrated Galaxy of Adventures animation shorts (with over 3 million views on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel). Padawans learning to read will love this fresh take on a format parents know and trust.”

September 8 – The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu

Star Wars meets The Sims in the latest downloadable pack for the greatly popular video game. This content pack focuses on the world of Batuu and includes characters and locations from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

September 9 – Star Wars 6

Charles Soule’s terrific Star Wars line continues in the sixth issue of the series. The terrific cover of Luke wielding a yellow lightsaber is enough to entice even the most casual of Star Wars to give the series a read. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “THE PATH TO JEDI WISDOM…OR A DEADLY TRAP OF THE DARK SIDE? THE FORCE led LUKE SKYWALKER to someone who can provide him with great insight into the path to JEDI wisdom…But their meeting will change Skywalker FOREVER. Luke thought his duel against his father, Darth Vader, was the ultimate test. But Luke’s trials have only just begun. The galaxy needs Luke Skywalker. And a Jedi needs a weapon! Meanwhile, Vader continues his search for his long-lost son, and the REBEL ALLIANCE finds itself on the verge of losing all hope.”

September 9 – Star Wars Insider 198

The latest issue of Star Wars Insider features an interview with Snap Wexley himself Greg Grunberg, Elizabeth Grullon speaking about her role as Second Sister in Jedi: Fallen Order, and includes a list of Palpatine’s top 5 apprentices.

September 15 – Star Wars: Fascinating Facts

Pablo Hidalgo delivers another reference book with Star Wars: Fascinating Facts, detailing tons of fun facts about the nine films in the Skywalker saga. The publisher’s summary is as follows:
“Star Wars: Fascinating Facts is a compendium of hundreds of little-known facts about all nine episodes in the Skywalker Saga—from behind-the-scenes on-set tidbits to stories about how the tale of Star Wars was created. Profiles of important characters and early drafts of scripts show what might have been, details of how famous scenes were filmed, and other firsthand accounts from cast and crew members.”

September 16 – Darth Vader 5

Greg Pak’s Darth Vader series has been breathtaking so far and we expect the fifth issue to continue this trend. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “A QUEST FOR TRUTH…A JOURNEY OF DESTRUCTION! DARTH VADER’S search for revenge against those who hid his son Luke reaches a terrible climax – at the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA. What secrets does he learn? And who will pay as a result? All the answers are coming – in the ruins of POLIS MASSA – the birthplace of Luke Skywalker!”

September 16 – Star Wars Adventures 1

One of the most interesting projects on this list, Star Wars Adventures 1 is the first issue of a new, monthly series featuring stories about two fan favorite Star Wars characters. In this first issue, set in between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Rey, Finn, and Poe travel to a remote planet to continue Rey’s Jedi training, but soon meet trouble when they encounter First Order forces. The other story in this issue will center around Darth Vader.

September 22 – Star Wars Adventures Vol 10: Driving Force

Volume 10 of Star Wars Adventures collects issues 24-36 from the series of comics directed toward middle-school aged children. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “With hotshot Resistance pilot Poe Dameron captured by pirates, it’s up to BB-8–and Rapier Squadron–to save the day! Then, in this story set before A New Hope, Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her young life: teaching Amilyn Holdo how to drive a speeder! But both learn an important lesson after finding themselves in the dangerous lower levels of Coruscant. And finally, witness one of the many lessons Rey learned from Luke Skywalker during her time on Ahch-To.”

September 22 – Star Wars: Age of Resistance

The great Star Wars: Age of Resistance series of comics comes together in this hardcover compilation of all of the series’ issues. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “Concluding the Age of Star Wars – epic adventures featuring your favorite characters from all three film trilogies! This final volume spotlights the heroes of the Resistance and the villains of the First Order! Witness the moments that define them, the incredible battles that shaped them – and their eternal conflict between light and darkness! Solo stories spotlight major figures from Star Wars Episodes VII-IX – including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, Vice Admiral Holdo…and the loveable BB-8! But in the growing darkness, Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke, Captain Phasma and General Hux are waiting…”

September 23 – Bounty Hunters 5

Ethan Sacks and Paolo Villanelli’s Bounty Hunters series has taken many by surprise as one of the most interesting Star Wars comics currently running. The publisher’s summary of the latest issue is as follows: “BATTLE OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS! Only one man can stop BOBA FETT from executing his long sought vengeance. But can VALANCE survive the battle of the two greatest bounty hunters of their age? Why did NAKANO LASH betray her team during their doomed mission to CORELLIA? The answer could ignite an all-out crime war across the underworld and change Valance’s life forever.”

September 29 – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 6

September features yet another Epic Collection, compiling different issues of Legends comics – this time focusing on the Galactic Empire era. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “The Force unleashed! The Empire’s power is at its peak – but not every problem requires military might. Sometimes all you need is the right agent, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done. An agent like Jahan Cross! But when Boba Fett is framed for murder, Cross finds himself in a situation that even he may not be able to handle! Plus, learn the origin of Vader’s secret apprentice, the deadly Starkiller – a story of treachery, deception and the overwhelming power of the Force. And witness the early years of Leia Organa!”

September 29 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Screen Comix

The Empire Strikes Back Screen Comix is a graphic-novel adaptation of Episode IV, retold in the Screen Comix format to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.

September 29 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special

Originally intended to release earlier this year, this anniversary special is a Star Wars Insider deluxe collector’s edition magazine featuring interviews and previously unseen images from the iconic film. 

September 30 – Doctor Aphra 4

Aphra’s journey continues in the fourth issue of Alyssa Wong’s series. The publisher’s summary is as follows: “RING OF FIRE! Trapped and betrayed, DOCTOR APHRA fights to escape the cursed city of VAALE before madness overcomes her! Meanwhile, RONEN TAGGE’s sinister plan for the RINGS OF VAALE approaches fruition. Will Aphra be able to thwart him in time?”

September 30 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 5

The Battle Tales comic series continues with a new adventure featuring Obi-Wan, Anakin, Rex,, Cody, Grievous, Padme, and more!

For reference, a condensed list of upcoming projects in September without descriptions is included below:

September 1 – Chaos Rising   

September 1 – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol   4    

September 8 – This is Luke    

September 8 – The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu to be released  

September 9 – Star Wars 6    

September 9 – Star Wars Adventures Annual 2020    

September 9 – Star Wars Insider 198    

September 15 – Star Wars: Fascinating Facts  

September 16 – Darth Vader 5    

September 16 – Star Wars Adventures 1    

September 22 – Star Wars Adventures Vol. 10: Driving Force    

September 22 – Star Wars: Age of Resistance  

September 23 – Bounty Hunters 5    

September 29 – Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 6    

September 29 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Screen Comix    

September 29 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special    

September 30 – Doctor Aphra 4    

September 30 – Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 5

Images courtesy of Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, Star Wars Insider, and Electronic Arts

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Closer Looks at LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: Squadrons, and The Sims 4 Star Wars Expansion Pack Revealed

by @holocronJulie for @sw_holocron

The opening night of Gamescom 2020 brought Star Wars fans plenty of excitement, with new footage and information from upcoming gaming projects being officially released.

At the event, a brand new trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, one of the most anticipated of the new Star Wars games, was released, showcasing all nine movies in glorious LEGO fashion. The trailer shows off what LEGO games do best: conveyed movies’ iconic, dramatic moments with plenty of humor and fun amidst challenging, immersive gameplay. From young Anakin Skywalker podracing on his home world of Tatooine to Rey and Kylo in battle, the trailer shows off many of the iconic moments of the Saga, along with fun moments like a group of Porgs in Luke’s Jedi cloak.

The game will be available on a variety of different consoles, including PS5 and Xbox Series X, along with the already announced PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. As well as the regular version, fans can opt for the Deluxe Edition of the game, which features an image of Darth Vader on the cover and a slip cover that, when removed, reveals the true face of the iconic Sith Lord in brick form. The Deluxe Edition also comes with six DLC character packs, including Rogue One, The Mandalorian, and The Bad Batch content. Those who buy the physical copy of the Deluxe Edition will also be treated to an exclusive mini figure of Luke Skywalker drinking blue milk. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little while longer before playing the highly anticipated game, as the trailer confirms that it’s set to be released in Spring 2021, not this fall as previously reported. Based off this trailer, it’ll certainly be worth the wait.

The other Star Wars game in active development, Star Wars Squadrons, also received a new trailer. Dubbed a “Single Player Preview”, the trailer gives fans another look at the gameplay, in which gamers can fly both TIE Fighters and X-Wings for both sides of the Galactic Civil War. Fans also got a glimpse of Hera Syndulla, Rae Slone, and Wedge Antillies during the reveal. Star Wars Squadrons is currently set for release on October 2, 2020.

Journey to Batuu, a Star Wars DLC for The Sims 4 was also revealed. Those who have visited Galaxy’s Edge will be familiar with Batuu, the planet at the center of the theme park attraction. Rey, Kylo Ren, and Honda will also appear in this expansion. Journey to Batuu is scheduled to release on September 8th, 2020.

Images courtesy of Lucasfilm, EA, and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

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Top 10 Clone Troopers

by @holocronGeorge and @holocronJosh for @sw_holocron

One of the (many) great things The Clone Wars accomplished was humanizing clone troopers, making them unique characters with individual personalities, looks, and arcs. The clones introduced in Attack of the Clones and later expanded upon in Revenge of the Sith were visually stunning and played integral roles in some of the saga’s best moments, including their arrival during the Battle of Geonosis and, of course, Order 66. However, the films, given their obvious emphasis on Anakin’s character and the broader political machinations that led to Palpatine becoming Emperor, simply did not have much of an opportunity to individualize the clones. Conversely, The Clone Wars, as a television series spanning over 100 episodes, had ample opportunity to flesh out the clones and excelled in doing so. With so many brilliant clones to choose from, each with their own distinct journeys and traits, this list was difficult to whittle down to 10. Here are our top 10 clone troopers:

10. Wolffe, a.k.a. CC-3636

Like Rex, Wolffe has an interesting character arc that spans both The Clone Wars and Rebels. Serving Plo Koon in The Clone Wars, Wolffe was a renowned strategist who accompanied the Jedi Master on a number of adventures, including Koon’s attack on the Malevolence, liberating slaves from the Zygerrian slave empire, and even losing an eye to Asajj Ventress during the Battle of Khorm. Years later, Wolffe continued to play an intriguing role in canon, now as a seasoned trooper accompanying Rex and Gregor. Wolffe’s initial distrust of Kanan and the Rebels and eventual loyalty to the cause was a great evolution to his arc, beginning all the way back in The Clone Wars, and culminated in Wolffe’s participation in the liberation of Lothal.

9. Gree, a.k.a. CT-1004

Sporting one of the coolest clone trooper looks, Commander Gree featured in some terrific early episodes of The Clone Wars before meeting his demise at the hands of Yoda in Revenge of the Sith. With Gree, Dave Filoni and the other writers of The Clone Wars forged yet another unique clone trooper, this time one that was characterized by unwavering loyalty to the Republic. This theme of loyalty was shown when Gree refused Gunray’s bribe offer, when he defeated the traitor Captain Argyus, and when he advised Ahsoka to not act against Luminara Unduli’s orders. 

8. Fox, a.k.a. CT-1010

Commander Fox earns a place on this list for many reasons, one of which being the fact that his role not only spans The Clone Wars, but also included appearances in Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. Fielding a distinctive red and white pattern on his Phase II armor, Fox is a cool looking character, who plays a role in various important events in canon. These include participating in the mission to rescue Rotta the Hutt in The Clone Wars film, arresting Ahsoka for the murder of Letta Turmond, hunting down Fives, and even assisting Darth Vader on his hunt for Jocasta Nu. Unlike other clones fighting in the war across the galaxy, Fox was primarily stationed on Coruscant, tasked with protecting the galactic capital and the Chancellor. In all, Fox is an interesting character and a counterpoint to some of the friendlier, more reasonable clones seen throughout canon.

7. Grey, a.k.a. CC-10/994

CC-10/994, also known as Commander Grey, stands apart on this list as he does not appear in The Clone Wars or the prequel trilogy, but, rather, plays a significant role in Greg Weisman’s Kanan: The Last Padawan comic. Not only does Grey play a significant role in this comic series, but he is arguably the emotional crux of the story. Grey executed Order 66, killing Jedi Master Depa Billaba, before searching for her apprentice Caleb Dume afterward. However, during his pursuit of Dume, a.k.a. Kanan, Grey began to question his actions, recognizing that Order 66 deprived him of his free will. Grey is a complex character and allows the audience to see what it would be like for a clone to realize and subsequently regret their slaughter of the Jedi. The way in which Grey’s character allows for an exploration of the traumatic aftermath of Order 66 on clones makes him an obvious choice for this list.

6. Echo, a.k.a. CT-1409

As a member of Domino Squad and the 501st Legion, Echo has an extremely interesting, well developed character arc in that The Clone Wars series spends a substantial amount of time with the character throughout its entire run. Although Echo is an engaging, courageous, loyal clone throughout the series, it’s really in the seventh and final season that Echo comes into his own in the incredible Bad Batch arc of episodes. The tragedy of seeing Echo, once thought dead, be manipulated and tortured by the Separatists for their own insidious ends in the war was heartbreaking to see. Echo’s return to the Republic was epic and him joining Clone Force 99 was a perfect way to cap off his enthralling character arc (for now).

5. Cut Lawquane

Perhaps the clone on this list with the most distinct journey and development, Cut Lawquane is a fascinating character, explored in “The Deserter” episode of The Clone Wars. After being attacked by Separatists, Cut fled the Clone Army, marrying and having children with a woman named Suu. Cut’s story is not only interesting in chronicling the tale of a clone who deserted, but also how clones like Rex view Cut and even yearn for his liberated lifestyle away from the Republic. More than maybe any clone we’ve seen in canon, Cut’s tale truly humanizes clones as individual people with values, goals, and personalities just like anyone else in the galaxy.

4. Cody, a.k.a. CT-2224

Commander Cody was perhaps the most prominent clone in Revenge of the Sith, given his close relationship with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Immediately put into the spotlight in that film, Cody was also there during many of the major battles and events in The Clone Wars, becoming an invaluable member of the Clone Army and a loyal servant to the Jedi. Cody’s turn from loyal soldier to Jedi executioner in the third prequel film was tragic, especially after watching The Clone Wars and Cody’s role in the show’s final season.

3. Fives, a.k.a. CT-5555

Few clones are more fleshed out and developed than CT-5555, more commonly referred to as Fives. The clone cadet turned Advanced Recon Commando plays a prominent role throughout The Clone Wars series, culminating in a heartbreaking arc in the series’ final season. Chronologically, when we first see Fives, he is a clone cadet on Kamino in Domino Squad. And it’s great to see Fives develop and progress as the series continued, eventually joining the 501st, serving in the Battle of Umbara, and, perhaps most noticeably of all, uncovering the biochip conspiracy. This emotional, insightful final arc with Fives, in which he discovers the insidious plans for clones to destroy the Jedi not only adds greatly to canon, but cements Fives as a certainty on this list.

2. 99

Although clone trooper 99 never fought in battle, his service to the Republic and his fellow soldiers was invaluable. As a deformed clone, 99 was relegated to custodian services on Kamino, often cleaning up after the young cadets. However, the lessons of teamwork and brotherhood he offers a group of struggling Clone Cadets, including Fives and Echo, proves to be invaluable to not just these young soldiers, but the galaxy as well. After all, it was Fives who uncovered Order 66, an invaluable discovery, one that saved the life of Rex and others.

1. Rex, a.k.a. CT-7567

Rex was introduced in the first season of The Clone Wars and featured prominently from the get go. However, his importance only grew as the show went on. Rex quickly became the most important Clone in Star Wars canon, serving with the likes of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka. His relationship with the latter propelled his status as a fan favorite to new heights, with audiences seeing him reunite with the former Jedi in Star Wars Rebels. This relationship is further expanded upon in the series finale of The Clone Wars, showing Ahsoka and Rex surviving Order 66 together and honoring the fallen Clones. And, as seemingly confirmed by Dave Filoni, Rex appears in the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, making an already amazing character even more amazing. Rex is a loyal soldier and, more importantly, a good friend of the light side in the galaxy, so his rank as the #1 Clone is a no brainer.

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