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Bespin Boba (a.k.a. Dak) most recently joined two other Fetts, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer, for another billed Boba Fett Reunion. Fans will recall the Fett tradition started at Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany, that was capped by five Fett’s performing a Maori haka onstage with Warwick Davis before 7,000 ecstatic fans. This September’s three-Fett reunion was during the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The highpoint was a rollicking Reunion Panel before a full house on day three of the con, captured by an Expo video that the organizers have just posted on YouTube.

Followers of Jedi News may have read Dak’s report of the panel highlight: Dickey Beer’s reveal that Princess Leia literally saved his life during shooting of Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit battle scene.

Attendees — and his fellow panelists — were stunned to hear that Slave Leia laid on him the kiss of life…for real.

Featuring a host of Star Wars fans, the Cincinnati event was one of the most hospitable we’ve encountered. A welcoming spirit permeated the exhibit hall throughout the weekend. Outside the Duke Center, Downtown Cincinnati was in the midst of its Oktoberfest, and the nearby Fountain Square hosted a lot of Old World cosplay with Bavarian schuhplattler (slap dancing) and polka bands leading sing-a-longs of “Schnitzelbank.” Ja, a frothy gemütlichkeit was flowing through the Force.

Lifelong Cincinnatian and comics collector Andrew Satterfield founded the con in 2010 and is its director. His first Expo took place in the concourse of the Cintas Center at Xavier University. The following year, Satterfield moved it to the Duke Center. This year, he had worked with the 501st to create a Star Wars Zone complete with a Dewback.

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We three Fetts sat together in the Zone and were swamped by fans and innumerable Star Wars cosplayers. Note the land-line service adjacent to the Zone was little use to these two members of the Legion and 501st. ET isn’t the only one who can’t phone home.

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Ubiquitous at the con was Comic Book Central’s producer and host Joe Stuber who did a recorded interview of Dickey and Dak plus other con guests for his podcast. Dak’s daughter Emily snapped evidence of Daniel and Dickey with Ada, Ohio, video-gamer Courtney Walland.

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Indeed, Dak too was ever on the lookout for a uniquely catching interview. He couldn’t resist recording this shoulder tattoo below that captures the yin and yang aspects of the balance in the Force.

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Here modeling is the 23-year-old Emily Hannon, a Slave Leia cosplayer who is by day an administrative assistant at Transamerica Financial Advisors. “When I’m not at work,” she told Dak, “I’m reading science fiction, playing video games, or studying to obtain my life insurance license at my home in Fairfield, Ohio.”  Emily attends comic and gaming conventions through the year with her fiance, Anthony Johnson. “We cosplay as Mandalorian Johan Kordav and Slave Leia, Brock and Misty from Pokemon, Hobbits from The LOTR [The Lord of the Rings], and aspire for more. I’m interested in creating custom Mandalorian armor to join my soon-to-be husband in the Mandalorian Mercs.”

The Mercs were very much in evidence at Cincy. Bespin Boba’s clan, the Blue Moon Clan of Kentucky, was there supporting their hosts, Ohio’s Rancor Clan. With them was with his fave Merc, the beasthunter Skanah Dala (Abbie Rich), who is here below sitting on her speed racer.

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These fantastically committed Mercs gave us Fetts a huge welcome.

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Their booth was next to the equally welcoming Shadow Squadron of the Great Lakes Base/Rebel Legion and the 501st Ohio Garrison.

At the far end of the hall, was a large area that housed the Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO User’s Group (OKI LUG), one of Satterfield’s partner organizations. Its founder and current president is Rodney Dicus, a Lego artist, by day a firefighter/paramedic who also serves as a fire chaplain. Like the Expo, OKI LUG dates from 2010. The group is based in Florence, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Dak was particularly taken with one LEGO construct that returned him to the scene of his demise at Hoth.

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Folks came to Cincinnati from afar. One cute little Ewok who came to our table was there with her mom and hailed from Cartersville, Georgia, an hour northwest of Atlanta.

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Her dad, Chris Bern, was running a booth for an outfit called Fans for Christ. Bern, a pastor and sometime stormtrooper, is one of the founders and also the current director of the fan group that serves as a ministry for Christians who are fans of Star Wars, comics, anime, steampunk, and Goth culture, sci-fi, and fantasy. Membership includes folks that cosplay, do gaming and roleplay gaming and attend conventions, renaissance fairs and gatherings of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) that recreates the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

Further down the aisle was the Cinematic for the People (CFTP) booth that was featuring a locally produced DVD inspired by Star Wars called Star Odyssey. Founded in 1999 by Cincinnati radio DJ and videographer Jim Hanson and multimedia designer Mike Dellheim, CFTP is a home-made independent Internet-based television show and the riffing group. In 2003-06, Hanson and Dellheim kept the group going as a webcomic, before returning to video production.

Across the way was the Cincinnati Geek Meet table, hosted by cosplayers Karen and Peter. They are the ringleaders of a geek-oriented social club that numbers in the hundreds. The group is “about all things geek” and includes writers, artists, gamers, movie fans, cosplayers and musicians. The group was a testament to alternative Cincinnati scene that is a vibrant and creative corner of the Galaxy.

In sum, we Mandalorians had a most entertaining trip to Bountiful. And we’re next scheduled to reconvene on November 7-9 at the Shatterdome Con near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.

John appeared as Dak, Luke Skywalker’s back-seater in the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. He also appeared in the film substituting for Jeremy Bullloch as Boba Fett on Bespin when he utters his famous line to Darth Vader, “He’s no good to me dead.” Follow him on Twitter @tapcaf.

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When December rolls around each year, I look at my holiday decorations to see what I can apply a Star Wars makeover to. It seems like there’s an endless number of crafts to make such as stockings, tree skirts, and ornaments. This year I turned my eye to snow globes. I’ve put a tauntaun in a jar of fake snow, but I’ve never taken the next step and added water. I learned that snow globes are surprisingly simple to make, and I want to make one for every shelf in my home. I started with a Hoth snow globe because of obvious reasons and because it’s one of my favorite planets in the Star Wars universe.

All supplies except the miniatures can be found at your local craft shop. Check the soap-making section for the glycerin. And as far as those miniature Star Wars toys, you’ve probably noticed from my DIY posts that I have an affinity for them. I use Micro Machines, loose pieces I pick up in used toy stores, Fighter Pods, Disney Parks Collectors Packs (they’re blind bags) — basically any miniatures I see. I’ve found eBay to be a great resource for amassing a stash of tiny toys.

Hoth Snowglobe supplies

Supplies:
Water tight jar
Glitter in the color of your choosing or Diamond Dust
Water
Few drops glycerin
Glue gun and hot glue
Miniatures like an AT-AT, a tauntaun, a wampa, a snowspeeder, an Imperial probe droid, or Darth Vader
Miniature pine tree

Optional:
Platform for figures, like a bottle cap or toy stand
Mod Podge

Remove all labels and residue. Hot water usually does the trick. Then, make sure the jar is actually water tight. Check it a few times. If it does leak but only a small amount, you may be able to seal it with hot glue.

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Take the lid off your jar and experiment with your figures until you set a Hoth-inspired scene you’re happy with. You can include a single AT-AT or as many miniatures as you can stuff in. I chose an AT-AT, Han Solo on a tauntaun, a small pine tree, and an Imperial probe droid. Pose all the figures on the base and make sure the jar fits over them. Once you’ve ensured that, see if you need to add a platform for the figures to stand on. I flipped the base from a Funko Pop! figure over and used it to give my Hoth scene more height. You can sub in anything plastic for the platform.

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Use hot glue to secure your figures to the lid or your platform. Let them dry completely. If you’re using a platform that’s not white, you can conceal it by applying Mod Podge on all the bare areas and covering it with glitter or Diamond Dust. Lightly press the glitter or Diamond Dust into the Mod Podge and set it aside to let it dry completely. As an example, the above picture shows how the base looks without the figures on it. Remember that you want to glue on the figures first though and work around them.

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While the lid with your characters is drying, attach a miniature Imperial probe droid to the inside of the jar with hot glue. Mine is from the Star Wars Micro Machines pewter collection (they only look like pewter, they’re plastic). Hold the probe droid in place until it’s secure. Give it a few minutes to ensure it’s completely dry.

Fill the jar almost to the top with water and add a few drops of glycerin. The glycerin will help the glitter swirl more slowly. Sprinkle in glitter in the color of your choosing and/or Diamond Dust. As long as the figures attached to the jar’s lid are secure, put the lid on the jar and flip it over. You’ll have a snowing Hoth wonderland.

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Glitter doesn’t photograph well so I amped them up in this photo.

Jars work well for this project (especially those with lids that screw on), but if you want more of a classic snow globe look, you can order snow globe kits online.

If you don’t want the whole snow globe effect, you can create a wintry Hoth scene by adding in more Diamond Dust or other fake snow and none of the water and glycerin. Add Diamond Dust into the jar, carefully put on the lid with the toys attached, and flip it over. Tada, mini diorama! You can see instructions for that process at my blog.

Happy Hothidays, everyone! If you make a Star Wars snow globe, please share links to photos in the comments or send them to me on Twitter.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with all things Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. You can follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek and keep up with all things geeky at her blog.

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Everyone’s favorite tough-talking-to-Tarkin, mind-probe-resisting, scoundrel-liking princess is back in her own comic book series. Coming in March 2015 from the House of Ideas (also known as Marvel), Star Wars: Princess Leia is a five-issue miniseries written by the legendary Mark Waid (Daredevil, among many others) and illustrated by fan favorite Terry Dodson (Uncanny X-Men). The title picks up where A New Hope leaves off — the Rebels have blown up the Death Star, but Leia must come to terms with the destruction of her own home planet — and is canonical within the Star Wars universe. So, if you want to know the Alderaan princesses’ full story, it’ll be essential reading. (In case you missed it, StarWars.com spoke with Waid and the Star Wars line’s other writers shortly after Marvel announced each title.)

Check out some exclusive preview pages from issue #1 by Terry Dodson below (depicting the end of A New Hope‘s medal ceremony, which looks downright awesome in Dodson’s fun, cartoon-like style), and get ready for a new era of Star Wars comics and impatience for walking carpets.

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The last time we saw the Emperor’s “little green friend” in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he was traveling to Force planets, encountering evil spectres of ancient Sith, and unlocking the path to immortality. Not a bad bit of work! But there’s no rest for a Jedi Master, as we’ll soon see on Star Wars Rebels.

As reported on TVGuide.com, Yoda will be featured in the upcoming “Path of the Jedi” episode. Since Star Wars Rebels is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this point in the timeline finds Yoda in hiding on Dagboah after the decimation of the Jedi Order. In the episode, he’ll appear only in the form of his disembodied voice — provided by Frank Oz, who voiced the Jedi Master in five Star Wars films and operated the original puppet in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — communing with Kanan and Ezra. “I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” executive producer Dave Filoni told TVGuide.com. “I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet.”

“Path of the Jedi” will air Monday, January 5 at 9/8 CT on Disney XD, and will be available on the Watch Disney XD app beginning Monday, December 29.

Very, very awesome, this is.

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Life Day has come and gone (and we hope you had a great one), but the holiday season isn’t over! To quote everyone’s favorite boots-wearing, magical, bearded old man — Count Dooku — “This is just the beginning!”

StarWars.com has always been active around the holidays, with videos, blogs, and crafts to help celebrate the season. So, just like getting the decorations out of the attic, we’re going into the archives for some of our best content that only comes once a year. Check them out below and enjoy!

VIDEOS

The Rose Bowl Star Wars Spectacular Highlights

BLOGS

Holiday Traditions, Star Wars-Style by Amy Ratcliffe

Who’s Who in the Star Wars Holiday Special Cantina by Tim Veekhoven and Kevin Beentjes

Star Wars, Christmas, and Droidels! by Steve Sansweet

The Best Holidays and Celebrations in the Galaxy…and Empire Day, Too by Tim Veekhoven and Kevin Beentjes

Christmas Troopers: A Little Naughty, Mostly Nice by Albin Johnson

Christmas in the Stars (the Star Wars Christmas Album) by Steve Sansweet

Marching with the Maker: A 501st Legion Reflection by Albin Johnson

The Sears Wish Book and Star Wars Toys’ Real Value by Brad Ricca

Star Wars in the UK: 1977, the First Star Wars Christmas by Mark Newbold

A Bowl Full of Hutt by Katie Cook

CRAFTS

DIY Wookiee Life Day Wreaths by Amy Ratcliffe

How to Make a Wampa Cave Shadow Box by Jennifer Landa

DIY Winter Star Wars Sun Jars by Tessa Braun

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Bespin Boba (a.k.a. Dak) most recently joined two other Fetts, Daniel Logan and Dickey Beer, for another billed Boba Fett Reunion. Fans will recall the Fett tradition started at Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany, that was capped by five Fett’s performing a Maori haka onstage with Warwick Davis before 7,000 ecstatic fans. This September’s three-Fett reunion was during the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The highpoint was a rollicking Reunion Panel before a full house on day three of the con, captured by an Expo video that the organizers have just posted on YouTube.

Followers of Jedi News may have read Dak’s report of the panel highlight: Dickey Beer’s reveal that Princess Leia literally saved his life during shooting of Return of the Jedi’s Sarlacc Pit battle scene.

Attendees — and his fellow panelists — were stunned to hear that Slave Leia laid on him the kiss of life…for real.

Featuring a host of Star Wars fans, the Cincinnati event was one of the most hospitable we’ve encountered. A welcoming spirit permeated the exhibit hall throughout the weekend. Outside the Duke Center, Downtown Cincinnati was in the midst of its Oktoberfest, and the nearby Fountain Square hosted a lot of Old World cosplay with Bavarian schuhplattler (slap dancing) and polka bands leading sing-a-longs of “Schnitzelbank.” Ja, a frothy gemütlichkeit was flowing through the Force.

Lifelong Cincinnatian and comics collector Andrew Satterfield founded the con in 2010 and is its director. His first Expo took place in the concourse of the Cintas Center at Xavier University. The following year, Satterfield moved it to the Duke Center. This year, he had worked with the 501st to create a Star Wars Zone complete with a Dewback.

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We three Fetts sat together in the Zone and were swamped by fans and innumerable Star Wars cosplayers. Note the land-line service adjacent to the Zone was little use to these two members of the Legion and 501st. ET isn’t the only one who can’t phone home.

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Ubiquitous at the con was Comic Book Central’s producer and host Joe Stuber who did a recorded interview of Dickey and Dak plus other con guests for his podcast. Dak’s daughter Emily snapped evidence of Daniel and Dickey with Ada, Ohio, video-gamer Courtney Walland.

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Indeed, Dak too was ever on the lookout for a uniquely catching interview. He couldn’t resist recording this shoulder tattoo below that captures the yin and yang aspects of the balance in the Force.

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Here modeling is the 23-year-old Emily Hannon, a Slave Leia cosplayer who is by day an administrative assistant at Transamerica Financial Advisors. “When I’m not at work,” she told Dak, “I’m reading science fiction, playing video games, or studying to obtain my life insurance license at my home in Fairfield, Ohio.”  Emily attends comic and gaming conventions through the year with her fiance, Anthony Johnson. “We cosplay as Mandalorian Johan Kordav and Slave Leia, Brock and Misty from Pokemon, Hobbits from The LOTR [The Lord of the Rings], and aspire for more. I’m interested in creating custom Mandalorian armor to join my soon-to-be husband in the Mandalorian Mercs.”

The Mercs were very much in evidence at Cincy. Bespin Boba’s clan, the Blue Moon Clan of Kentucky, was there supporting their hosts, Ohio’s Rancor Clan. With them was with his fave Merc, the beasthunter Skanah Dala (Abbie Rich), who is here below sitting on her speed racer.

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These fantastically committed Mercs gave us Fetts a huge welcome.

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Their booth was next to the equally welcoming Shadow Squadron of the Great Lakes Base/Rebel Legion and the 501st Ohio Garrison.

At the far end of the hall, was a large area that housed the Ohio Kentucky Indiana LEGO User’s Group (OKI LUG), one of Satterfield’s partner organizations. Its founder and current president is Rodney Dicus, a Lego artist, by day a firefighter/paramedic who also serves as a fire chaplain. Like the Expo, OKI LUG dates from 2010. The group is based in Florence, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Dak was particularly taken with one LEGO construct that returned him to the scene of his demise at Hoth.

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Folks came to Cincinnati from afar. One cute little Ewok who came to our table was there with her mom and hailed from Cartersville, Georgia, an hour northwest of Atlanta.

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Her dad, Chris Bern, was running a booth for an outfit called Fans for Christ. Bern, a pastor and sometime stormtrooper, is one of the founders and also the current director of the fan group that serves as a ministry for Christians who are fans of Star Wars, comics, anime, steampunk, and Goth culture, sci-fi, and fantasy. Membership includes folks that cosplay, do gaming and roleplay gaming and attend conventions, renaissance fairs and gatherings of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) that recreates the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

Further down the aisle was the Cinematic for the People (CFTP) booth that was featuring a locally produced DVD inspired by Star Wars called Star Odyssey. Founded in 1999 by Cincinnati radio DJ and videographer Jim Hanson and multimedia designer Mike Dellheim, CFTP is a home-made independent Internet-based television show and the riffing group. In 2003-06, Hanson and Dellheim kept the group going as a webcomic, before returning to video production.

Across the way was the Cincinnati Geek Meet table, hosted by cosplayers Karen and Peter. They are the ringleaders of a geek-oriented social club that numbers in the hundreds. The group is “about all things geek” and includes writers, artists, gamers, movie fans, cosplayers and musicians. The group was a testament to alternative Cincinnati scene that is a vibrant and creative corner of the Galaxy.

In sum, we Mandalorians had a most entertaining trip to Bountiful. And we’re next scheduled to reconvene on November 7-9 at the Shatterdome Con near Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.

John appeared as Dak, Luke Skywalker’s back-seater in the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. He also appeared in the film substituting for Jeremy Bullloch as Boba Fett on Bespin when he utters his famous line to Darth Vader, “He’s no good to me dead.” Follow him on Twitter @tapcaf.

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The Star Wars saga is the story about the Skywalker family and how their lives had an impact on an entire galaxy. This family connection also exists outside of the movies, with a lot of actors and crewmembers being related to each other. This holiday season we bring you and your family a look at these special bonds.

The Kenobi connection.

The Kenobi connection.

Probably the most well known family connection that exists, besides the Lucas family, is that of Denis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy and his nephew, Ewan McGregor.

Denis Lawson grew up in Crieff, a tiny provincial Scottish village, but realized that for his chosen career path of acting he had to leave his beloved town. After beginning with a small role on West End in the stage production of The Metamorphosis, his star rose quickly thanks to roles he played in the TV series Merchant of Venice and Rock Follies before landing the role of Wedge Antilles. He’s been busy in the 37 years since, appearing in too many series, movies, and theater productions to mention here now. In 2001 he returned to his role as Wedge to voice him for the Nintendo GameCube game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II — Rogue Leader.

His nephew Ewan McGregor grew up seeing the strange life his uncle lived and his first brush with acting came at the age of six (in 1977) when the young Ewan was given the chance to play David in a Sunday school production of the Bible story of David and Goliath. There was only one problem: Ewan could not read at that point. Still, he studied hard and managed to give away an impressive performance, with each line remembered word-perfect. The second significant event of his life would come a year later, when Star Wars premiered in the UK, starting his life-long fascination with acting and the Star Wars saga. His uncle would always be a guiding light for Ewan; Denis helped him prepare for his first big role as Private Hopper in the TV series Lipstick on Your Collar. Together they did a couple of stage and film productions together, with Denis directing his nephew. It wouldn’t be until 2011 that they starred together in a movie: Perfect Sense.

Talking about Ewan McGregor, our next family connection has to do with him, as well. Ewan’s stunt double for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith was Nash Edgerton. His brother is Joel, who played the younger incarnation of Uncle Owen as seen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The elder of the brothers by a year, Nash is mostly known for his work as a director (among his credits are three music videos for Bob Dylan) and as a stuntman. Besides being the stunt double of Ewan, Nash worked on The Matrix trilogy and Superman Returns. His biggest starring role as an actor was Zero Dark Thirty. Joel Edgerton has done lots of work on and off stage, and besides the part of Uncle Owen, he is well-known for his role as William McGill in the Australian television series The Secret Life of Us, which got him noticed in the industry, leading to his international big break with Star Wars. Besides working together on Star Wars, the brothers worked together on several film projects, including the music video of Ben Lee’s 2002 single Something Borrowed, Something Blue in which Nash directed his brother.

The real-life Skywalkers.

The real-life Skywalkers.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi brings Anakin Skywalker’s newborn son to Uncle Owen in Revenge of the Sith, baby Luke (as well as baby Leia) was played Aidan Barton, the son of Revenge of the Sith editor Roger Barton. Roger Barton has worked as a film editor on many Hollywood productions ever since his first movie, James Cameron’s Titanic. The latest projects he worked on were Transformers: Age of Extinction and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.

While we all know that Mark Hamill played Luke in the original trilogy, and returns to the role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his son Nathan also appeared in the saga. In The Phantom Menace he played a minor character seen on Naboo, later identified as Rehtul Minnau. But the connection of Nathan to Star Wars does not end there. He was born in the middle of the film shoot for The Empire Strikes Back, early in the morning of the day that his father had to shoot the scene in which he drops from the weathervane and onto the exterior of the Millennium Falcon. Nathan also illustrated sketch cards for the Topps Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 trading card set that came out in 2009.

Original Trilogy connections.

Original trilogy connections.

With Billy Dee Williams’ expanded role for Return of the Jedi, it became apparent that they needed a body double to stand in during some of the more dangerous stunts. Billy Dee immediately turned to ask his son, with whom he often went to the gym, so he knew he was in shape for this tasking job. Corey, having spent quite some time on sets watching his father work, knew how tedious a job it could be so he was reluctant. Corey was also trying to finish some demos for his band, so when it turned out that it was possible for him to bring his close friend, Stephen Costantino, the band’s guitarist, Corey accepted. Stephen was put into the costume of a Gamorrean Guard, while Corey was standing in for his father. The shoot turned out to be a strain on many of the stunt men involved, with many of them getting injured. This led to Corey also donning the costume for Klaatu.

Ever since 1960, when Robert Watts started to work in the movie industry, he wanted to try and get his half-brother actor Jeremy Bulloch in a movie that he was working on. Despite Jeremy Bulloch having appeared in quite a few major productions, like a James Bond movie and two episodes of the British sci-fi classic TV series Doctor Who, it was not until 1979 that it finally happened. Working as an associate producer, Watts had to find someone who would fit in the costume of Boba Fett. He called his half-brother and told him that if the costume fit him, he had the role. When Jeremy Bulloch arrived and put on the costume, it fit him like a glove. George Lucas saw Bulloch as Boba and said, “You look fantastic.”, and thus, an iconic character of the saga was born.

More Original Trilogy connections.

More original trilogy connections.

The very first chronological family connection that exists behind the scenes must have been when producer Gary Kurtz brought his two daughters along with him to Tunisia to stand in as Jawas. Melissa and Tiffany L. Kurtz played these diminutive junk dealers in scenes like the purchase of the droids at the Lars Homestead, but also in the canyon where the Jawas captured R2-D2. Gary Kurtz’s wife at the time, Meredith, planned the wrap party for The Empire Strikes Back in 1979.

Jack Purvis played many characters throughout the saga, starting with the head Jawa who shoots R2-D2, the Cantina patron Kitik Keed’kak, and a gonk droid in A New Hope. He was also the chief Ugnaught, Ugloste, that freezes Han Solo in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. For Return of the Jedi, he returned as an Ewok, Teebo, and his teenage daughter played the Ewok mother who holds the (very cute) Wokling.

Femi Taylor, a dancer, starred in the musical Cats before playing Oola in Return of the Jedi; her adoptive brother, Benedict, was seen in The Phantom Menace as the Naboo pilot Porro Dolphe (Bravo 2).

Prequel connections.

Prequel connections.

Like Gary Kurtz before him with A New Hope, Rick McCallum, the producer of the prequels, brought his daughter Olivia “Mousy” McCallum along to the sets of Revenge of the Sith, where she served as a set production assistant. She also played the Jedi character called Bene, seen killed by Darth Vader in the hologram recording that Obi-Wan Kenobi watches.

Husband and wife Hilton McRae and Lindsay Duncan are well-respected for their various acting roles on TV, film and theater, before and after Star Wars. Hilton McRae appeared in Return of the Jedi as the A-wing pilot Arvel Crynyd, who crashes into the bridge of the Super Star Destroyer Executor. Lindsay Duncan was the voice of TC-14 in The Phantom Menace.

Also seen in The Phantom Menace are the twin sisters, and models, Nifa and Nishan Hindes. They played An and Tann Gella, Sebulba’s masseuses.

Brothers Zac and Jesse Jensen originally worked as set carpenters and set up various departments for Attack of the Clones. Through the course of his work, Zac befriended Matt Sloan from the creature shop crew. While Sloan was going to play Plo Koon, he offered Zac the role of Kit Fisto. Zac then brought his brother Jesse in when he heard they were looking for someone to play Saesee Tiin.

More Prequel connections.

More prequel connections.

Fresh from starring in the movie Jingle All The Way, Jake Lloyd played 9-year old Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. When filming the end ceremony in the UK, he brought his younger sister Madison with him, and she appears in the scene behind him. These days Jake is working behind the scenes as a freelance editor.

Anakin’s childhood friends also share relatives with people behind the scenes. Melee was played by Megan Udall and is the daughter of Jeanie Udall, the Unit Nurse for The Phantom Menace. Seek, as played by Oliver Walpole, is the son of set decorator Peter Walpole.

The son and daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, a longtime friend of George Lucas, appear together in The Phantom Menace. Sofia Coppola played the handmaiden Saché and her brother Roman appeared as the Naboo Security Forces corporal Cid Rushing.

Longtime fan of Star Wars Seth Green married his wife Clare Grant on the Skywalker Ranch grounds in 2010. The year before saw Seth’s debut as Todo 360 in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which he would also voice the character Ion Papanoida, based on George Lucas’ son, Jett. His wife voiced the character Latts Razzi in The Clone Wars.

The Lucas family.

The Lucas family.

And we end this article with the man behind it all: George Lucas. It was not until Revenge of the Sith that would make his first on-screen cameo; his daughters and son can be seen in every Star Wars movie since the saga returned in 1999 with The Phantom Menace.

In The Phantom Menace, Amanda (the eldest of the siblings) was credited as Tyger for doing the voice of Tey How, the Neimoidian seen on the Trade Federation battleship. She also played Diva Funquita, standing next to Gardulla the Hutt during the Podrace. In Attack of the Clones, she appears during the Outlander Club scene as Adnama and in Revenge of the Sith she played senator Terr Taneel appearing in the background in a couple of scenes. In the Galaxies Opera House, she can be seen talking to a man in green clothing; this man is her husband, Jason Hallikainen, later identified in Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels as the character Són Halliikeenovich. The Clone Wars character Che Amanwe Papanoida was based on her.

Katie Lucas played Amee in The Phantom Menace (although she was credited as Jenna Green), Lunae Minx, a purple skinned Twi’lek seen in the Outlander Club in Attack of the Clones, and also portrayed Chi Eekway Papanoida in Revenge of the Sith. She wrote 14 scripts for episodes of The Clone Wars, including the episodes surrounding the return of Darth Maul in “Brothers” and the episode “Sphere of Influence” featuring the Papanoida family.

While Jett Lucas did not appear in The Phantom Menace, he played a Jedi Padawan named Zett Jukassa in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In Attack of the Clones, he asked Jocasta Nu for help, and in Revenge of the Sith, died at the hands of clone troopers. His name was also the inspiration for the last name of Dexter Jettster.

And there you have it — Star Wars is truly a story about families, both on the screen and behind the scenes.

Sander de Lange (Exar Xan) from the Netherlands worked on the Rogues Gallery feature in Star Wars Insider and has written the back-story for Niai Fieso through “What’s the Story?”. He is an editor for TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars Fanclub and an administrator for the Star Wars Sourcebooks page on Facebook Being born in Deventer, a city used to shoot the world-famous movie A Bridge Too Far, he always had a passion for shooting locations and tourism, in which he hopes to find a job.

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Long before he was blowing up planets as commander of the Death Star, Grand Moff Tarkin was known as the Imperial Governor of the Outer Rim. One of Tarkin’s legacies was the forced relocation of citizens on the planet Lothal, where displaced people took refuge in a slum they called “Tarkintown.” A nod to the historic “Hoovervilles” made famous during the Great Depression, this location in Star Wars Rebels draws inspiration from the economic difficulties of the 1930s: an event that led to World War II.

In Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, our heroes make a stop in a slum removed from the capital city of Lothal. There, they find hungry citizens displaced by the Empire who wanted their land. Left with almost nothing, the citizens of Tarkintown find temporary relief from the crew of the Ghost who share food stolen from the Imperials.

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Tarkintown, as seen in Spark of Rebellion.

After the stock market crash of 1929, the global economy took a downward turn that lasted over a decade. Massive unemployment, the failing banking system, and lost investments left many people homeless. The president at the time of the crash was Herbert Hoover, who was criticized for being out of touch with reality and not taking enough action in the wake of the crisis. The shantytowns and slums that popped up in cities across America were named to mock him.

Hoovervilles were an all too real location in the United States. Families from many walks of life moved into the clusters of shacks made of cardboard and other found materials that were forming across the nation. They filled New York’s Central Park and the riverside of Portland, Oregon. Seattle, Washington, had multiple Hoovervilles, full of out-of-work fishermen, loggers, and more. One of the largest was in St. Louis, Missouri, where 5,000 homeless gathered along the Mississippi River.

A Seattle Hooverville (King County Archive Photo)

A Seattle Hooverville (King County Archive Photo).

In the early days of the Great Depression, relief was sparse. American policymakers felt that private charity, not government intervention, was enough to support the unemployed masses. Like the residents of Tarkintown in Star Wars Rebels, charity from private individuals and organizations was what kept many people afloat in the early years of the depression in the United Sates.

Who wants free grub? Residents of Tarkintown rely on the charity of the rebels.

“Who wants free grub?” Residents of Tarkintown rely on the charity of the rebels.

The economic situation of the world in the decades leading to World War II was a major cause of the Second World War. Economic uncertainty around the world, and near economic collapse in some nations, was the catalyst for the political unrest, nationalism, and militarization that led to global conflict.

Ongoing economic hardship after World War I provided the perfect platform for Nazism to flourish in Germany. In Japan, the economic crash of 1929 led to a series of events that placed greater power in the hands of the military. By 1939, the Great Depression was a key reason why many Americans did not want to enter the war at all. In fact, one of the most vocal anti-war figures was the man who served as president during the economic crash: Herbert Hoover. An isolationist like many Americans, Hoover was famous for wanting to avoid what he called “foreign entanglements.” In the end, the attack on Pearl Harbor transformed America’s opinion of the war almost overnight, changing the course of history and the war.

In the end, the economic recovery fueled by the war ultimately led to the end of Hoovervilles in America. The last Hooverville was demolished in the early 1940s. Yet for millions of people around the world, slums and temporary residences remained a way of life. Bombed out cities, forced relocations, ethnic expulsions, and government internment forced millions from their homes, proving to be one of the ghastliest side effects of the war.

As an excited viewer of Star Wars Rebels, I’m curious to see what the future holds for Lothal and the residents of Tarkintown. Will they find relief? Will the Empire’s grasp only get worse? We’ll all just have to follow along to find out.

Cole Horton is an R2 builder and historian featured on StarWars.com and Marvel.com. You can find him on Twitter @ColeHorton.

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If you’re like me, you’ve maybe gotten some of your holiday shopping done by now, but not all of it. There are always those few last gifts you’re not sure of, a couple more people on your list. But if any of the stragglers on your list are people who like Star Wars (and we would hope they are), we have you covered in the world of publishing! Here are a few of our favorite things this season.

Our children’s editor Frank Parisi recommends three books with very different styles of art that are all nonetheless beautiful and essential to the stories they tell:

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Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker by Tony DiTerlizzi and Ralph McQuarrie is a beautiful book unlike anything we’ve done before. The original trilogy shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary Star Wars conceptual designer. The art accompanies New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi’s thrilling retelling of the story of Luke Skywalker, from A New Hope to Return of the Jedi. Both children and adults will find much to appreciate in this lavishly illustrated volume.

A New Hero Picture Book

Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero by Pablo Hidalgo is another book featuring concept art, but this time from the talented team behind the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Ezra Bridger might not have much, but every day is an adventure when it comes to outwitting Imperial stormtroopers who have overrun his little corner of the galaxy’s Outer Rim. But the excitement of collecting trooper helmets and gadgets gets a little old when you’re all alone. And it’s nothing compared to what Ezra discovers when he meets the rebels and goes on board their ship, the Ghost, for his first-ever outer space adventure! But joining the rebels isn’t all fun and games. Ezra quickly realizes that his new friends need his help to take on the Empire just as much as he needs them to help him realize his true potential. Learn all about Ezra Bridger and the dedicated crew of the Ghost alongside beautiful Rebels artwork that you won’t find anywhere else.

Jedi Academy 2 CoverJedi Academy 2: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown follows up the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: Jedi Academy with another tale of Roan, the aspiring Jedi Knight who has to make it through middle school first! Year two sees Roan taking on pilot training, with less than stellar results. Feeling lost, Roan starts hanging out with the class bullies, who aren’t as bad as Roan thought they would be…or are they? This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more.

Our nonfiction editor Jonathan Rinzler suggests two books that feature incredible works of art and one that appeals to the more…orderly side of things.

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Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy by Brandon Alinger is an incredible book, and not just because my girl Princess Leia is on the cover. For the first time, we were given full access to the original costumes of Episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life. Just go take a look at it, okay? You’ll love it.

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Star Wars Art: Posters Limited Edition is another lavish book filled with breathtaking pieces of art. From Tom Jung’s iconic one-sheet for Episode IV to Roger Kastel’s Gone with the Wind-inspired painting for Episode V and beyond, Star Wars has enjoyed nearly four decades of poster art from some of the most renowned artists working in movies. The fifth book in the George Lucas-curated Star Wars Art series, Posters collects the best artwork from all six Star Wars films, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, and limited-edition prints. What really sets this book apart is that the poster art is reproduced without text or logos, so you are free to appreciate the art purely for what it is.

imperial handbookStar Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide by Dan Wallace takes you deep into the world of the Empire. It provides a comprehensive overview of the Imperial war machine from coordination between the various military branches to Imperial battle tactics, mission reports, and equipment supply chains and its role within the Emperor’s long-term plan for galactic domination. Research stormtrooper specializations such as Incinerator stormtroopers and Lavatroopers. Memorize the four principles of the Imperial soldier and the Imperial Naval Code. Learn from the best by studying mission reports written by decorated officials. Get access to inside knowledge on the galaxy’s greatest threats and cutting edge technology. And it’s all housed in a protective case that opens with lights and sounds, making it a perfect conversation piece! Sure to liven up any boring holiday party.

Finally, here are my suggestions from the world of novels and comic books…

The Star Wars Deluxe Edition

The Star Wars deluxe edition by J.W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew collects the eight issues comprising the comic book series The Star Wars, based on George Lucas’ rough-draft script of a galaxy far, far away. Annikin Starkiller is the hero, Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general, Han Solo is a big green alien, and Vader is a guy with a questionable helmet. This deluxe edition contains Issues #0-8 of The Star Wars saga, a portfolio of the comic covers, and an introduction by writer Jonathan Rinzler, all collected in three deluxe, foil-stamped, hardcover volumes, and enclosed in a clothbound clamshell box. This is a truly exquisite package that will be savored by anyone who loves Star Wars or art. And isn’t that pretty much everybody?

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Tarkin by James Luceno is an in-depth look at the one man who could get Darth Vader to stop choking a dude. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion. Under Tarkin’s guidance, a weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of rebellion will be brought to heel — by intimidation…or annihilation. Rich with vivid descriptions of Tarkin’s homeworld and plenty of high-stakes action, Tarkin is the perfect gift for the voracious Star Wars reader on your list.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set by Ian Doescher includes all three volumes in the original trilogy: Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; and The Jedi Doth Return. Also included is an 8-by-34-inch full-color poster illustrating the complete cast and company of this glorious production. It’s all packaged in a very attractive casing featuring all-new art from illustrator Nicolas Delort. A great gift for students, literary types, and people who like mash-ups. You know who you are.

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The Star Wars phenomenon had only been underway a few months when my dad received a postcard from Larry Cuba, creator of the animated Death Star plans as seen at the Rebel base on Yavin 4. It thanked people who helped him, both directly and along the way.

postcardMy father worked at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), in capacities including manager of the Space Flight Operations Facility, and as I learned, met Cuba sometime in the early ’70s. The ensuing story has been told to me many times over the years (and hasn’t changed), but here it is in my dad’s own words.

“Larry Cuba and another CalArts student, Gary Imhoff, made an early computer graphics film for a project for school. I had slipped them in many times to use the JPL computer without any official permission, so when the film was done they showed it to me and the programmers that had helped them. At the end it acknowledged the generous assistance of the Jet Propulsion Lab, and I said, ‘TAKE THAT OUT, JPL doesn’t know they allowed government-owned computers to be used.’

They replaced it with an acknowledgment of the programmers by name individually, and since my help was not technical, there was another screen that said ‘a special thanks to Mike Plesset,’ which made the viewer wonder just how ‘special’ I was to them.

Later, he got a job from Lucas to do a screen for the movie. He came to JPL to look at screens we used in mission control.* When he told me what it was for and described pilots manually hitting targets, I said that even current fighter plane firing was automated, not aimed by the pilot, because of the speeds, so futuristic ones would definitely be. He said, ‘Well this isn’t high-class science fiction.’ I said, ‘So they’ll be leaning out the window shooting at each other?’ And we laughed about it.

Boy were we wrong, it was the most successful science fiction film of all time by a long, long way.”

(A few years later I had a chance to meet Cuba myself at a party**. The release of The Empire Strikes Back was only a few months away, and I asked if he was working on it; he wasn’t. I also got to hear him describe the rigors of doing the Star Wars CG, which sometimes necessitated working in the middle of the night — whenever his system would work. I brought along my copy of The Art of Star Wars (I had recently gotten it for Christmas), which he autographed.)

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*”I don’t think Larry learned anything from the screens at JPL,” he added, “they just had numbers.”

**The party followed a screening of CG shorts, many of them JPL depictions of Jupiter but there was other material, too; one depicted a sleek, highly-maneuverable spaceship (which I found impressive and promising).

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