Discover the World of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in the Databank

This past weekend, we got our first look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay, the new video game debuting on consoles and PC later this year. But much to learn we still have.

Set in the dark times, soon after the execution of Order 66, the game’s story takes place at a time in the galaxy when the Jedi Order has been destroyed and remaining survivors have been scattered across the galaxy and are being hunted down by the Empire’s nefarious Inquisitors. Now you can learn all about some of the main characters and other new details in the official Databank entries for the game.

Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Our hero, Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan, has gone into hiding. Living as a member of the Scrapper Guild, Cal conceals his abilities with the Force until a work accident forces him out of hiding.

Bracca in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

The Guild operates on the planet of Bracca, an inhospitable world in the Mid Rim where decommissioned ships are brought to be dismantled and sold off for parts.

The game includes new droids, a never-before-seen stormtrooper design, and other new characters.

Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

There’s BD-1, a companion droid programmed as the ideal assistant for researchers and adventurous explorers, serving as Cal’s lifeline and guide.

Purge troopers in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

And among the young Jedi’s opponents, players will battle the Second Sister Inquisitor, an expert lightsaber duelist assisted by the purge troopers, an elite class of Imperial soldier specially trained to help the Inquisitors hunt down and snuff out Force-sensitive beings across the galaxy.

Plus, explore other entries for hints at what else you’ll discover in-game, from Saw Gerrera to the planet of Kashyyyk.

You can learn more about the gameplay through our coverage of the recent panel at EA Play and our breakdown of the newly-released trailer.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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10 of the Best Force Moments

Whether it’s General Leia flying through space or Master Yoda pulling Luke’s X-wing out of a nasty swamp, if you’re a Star Wars fan, chances are you probably have a favorite Force moment. Tapping into the Force seems personal somehow, as it tends to be symbolic of where the hero or antagonist is on their journey. Today, we’ve picked some of our favorite Force moments from the movies and television shows.

1. Ezra and Ahsoka in the world between worlds. Obi-Wan really knew what he was talking about when he said the Force binds the galaxy together. And I like to think of the world between worlds in Star Wars Rebels as the Force’s central hub. As Ezra makes his way through this mystical plane, he starts hearing the voices of Rey, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and many more, the past, present, and future seemingly interlinked. When it comes to the Force, everybody’s connected in one way or another.

2. Ezra summoning the herd of Purrgil. While most smugglers and space pirates think of them as a nuisance, Ezra from Star Wars Rebels develops a special Force bond with the Purrgil, mysterious whale-like creatures that can hyperjump through space. From summoning the herd to help him take down Thrawn and liberate Lothal to witnessing a vision in one Purrgil’s eye, his connection with these these intelligent beings is truly unique and something to behold.

3. Ahsoka Tano’s possession. In Star Wars: Clone Wars, the Son, who embodies the dark side, tries to turn Anakin by possessing his apprentice. This terrifying moment shows that when wielded in a reckless and disrespectful manner, the Force can be incredibly destructive.

Yoda raises the X-wing on Dagobah in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

4. Yoda lifting the X-wing. Although Yoda’s display of power is impressive and awe-inspiring, there’s always a lesson to glean from his words and actions. Whether you’re big or small, a royal Princess or a scavenger, the Force lives in everyone.

 5. Leia connecting with Luke. The first time we see Leia using her Force abilities is in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. As Luke dangles below Cloud City, injured and exhausted, he calls out to Leia. Sensing he’s in danger, she gets the Falcon turned around to rescue him.

 6. Chirrut fighting the stormtroopers. Chirrut may not be a Jedi in the traditional sense, but his absolute faith in the Force is a powerful thing to see. When he faces off against a group of stormtroopers in Rogue One, his odds aren’t exactly great. But thanks to his keen hearing, amazing fighting skills, and Force sensitivities, he manages to win the fight. I find myself repeating his mantra whenever I need a boost of motivation or confidence.

Rey takes a lightsaber from Kylo Ren.

 7. Rey taking Luke’s lightsaber from Kylo. With their vibrant lightsabers glowing against the snowy landscape, the duel between Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is as beautiful to look at as it is pivotal to the plot. The entire fight is emotionally charged, but my favorite part is when Rey uses the Force to take Luke’s lightsaber from Kylo. I love that she looks a little afraid to wield it. Honestly? I’d be pretty scared, too.

Rey lifts rocks to give the Resistance a way out of Crait.

 8. Rey rescuing the Resistance. This is one of my favorite scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi because it’s chock-full of symbolic imagery. As Rey moves the rocks aside on Crait, she’s forging a new path. Armed with the knowledge she’s gained from Luke, she’s able to bear the weight of it all.

Leia in The Last Jedi.

 9. Leia flying through space. When Leia gets sucked out of her ship in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, my heart sank like a stone. That couldn’t have possibly been the end of her, right? But if anyone could survive outer space, it’s General Leia Organa.

10. Luke astral projecting himself onto Crait. Ah, Luke. From an idealistic farm boy to a prickly curmudgeon, it’s been a pleasure watching his character grow and change throughout the years. But when he projects a version of himself onto Crait in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It really goes to show you how much we still have to learn about the Force.

Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo is an editor at Reviewed, a division of USA TODAY. She also occasionally writes for Geek & Sundry and

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6 of Padmé Amidala’s Greatest Moments

Queen. Senator. Humanitarian. Aggressive Negotiator.

Twenty years ago this week, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace introduced Star Wars fans to the young Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala. Padmé moved from a position of royalty to the role of a politician through the years, always working tirelessly to help others in need. Along the way she fell in love with Anakin Skywalker, adding wife and mother to her long list of roles in Star Wars stories.

Whether you’re a new fan just discovering the Queen of Naboo or a long-term admirer, here are some of Padmé’s finest moments in Star Wars stories over the last 20 years.

Queen Amidala contacts the Neimoidians.

1. Refusing to back down.

In The Phantom Menace, Padmé (here Queen Amidala) is immediately put to the test by the Trade Federation, who have blocked essential shipments to her homeworld of Naboo. Padmé refuses to back down and sign the Federation’s treaty — in her very first scene in the film.

Queen Amidala kneels before Boss Nass.

2. Putting her people ahead of her pride.

Later in The Phantom Menace, Amidala sheds her disguise as a handmaiden in front of Boss Nass and the Gungans in an attempt to win their cooperation in a fight against the Trade Federation’s invading army. Many people in a position of royalty would be too prideful to kneel in front of a fellow leader, begging for help, but Padmé wisely knows that Naboo will be stronger if all of its citizens work together as equals.

3. Saving herself.

Padmé had already survived multiple assassination attempts by the time she and Anakin are carted into a Geonosian arena to the delight of Count Dooku and his fellow separatists in Attack of the Clones. The Jedi are tasked with protecting her, but Padmé isn’t the type of person who waits for someone to come to her rescue. While Anakin and Obi-Wan bicker about their dire predicament, Padmé has already detached her handcuffs. She spends the rest of the Battle of Geonosis fighting right alongside Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the many Jedi Knights who come to their aid.

Bonus saving herself moment: In the Age of Republic – Pamdé Amidala comic one-shot, Padmé’s life is once again threatened by an assassin. But rather than try and merely escape with her life, Padmé outwits and captures the would-be assassin to bring them to justice.

The cover for Star Wars: Queen's Shadow.

4. Persistent politician.

When a seismic event destroys the water supply on Bromlarch threatening planet-wide starvation in E.K. Johnston’s book Queen’s Shadow, the Senate initially votes down a bill to assist them. It would have been easier for Padmé to move on to the next political issue with the rest of her fellow senators, but she refuses to turn her back on a world in distress, especially when the Trade Federation attempts to take advantage of their dire situation.

Padmé succeeds in helping the people of Bromlarch by putting her negotiation skills to the test. Her efforts lead to the passage of a motion that brings together over 12 different systems that simultaneously frustrates the power-hungry Trade Federation, as well as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.

Padme and Anakin in The Clone Wars.

5. Champion for peace.

During the Clone Wars, Padmé warns the senate about the dangers of a bill that would lead the Republic deeper into war in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode “Pursuit of Peace.” After Bail Organa is injured by forces who are trying to sway the vote, Padmé once again risks her own security to give an impassioned speech in front of the full senate. She puts the focus of the debate on how the war is negatively affecting average citizens, such as the family of one of her own handmaidens, and successfully convinces her fellow senators to vote down the bill.

Padme speaks with Anakin on Mustafar.

6. Choosing the light over dark.

The love between Padmé and Anakin plays a large role in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. At the start of Revenge of the Sith, Padmé has been hiding her marriage to Anakin for three years. She now has an even bigger secret and attachment to Anakin — she’s pregnant with his child.

Padmé’s devotion to Anakin remains steady throughout the film, which makes her break from him after his turn to the dark side that much more impactful. Padmé flies with C-3PO to the volcano planet Mustafar to try and talk some sense into her husband after Obi-Wan tells her that Anakin has turned. Padmé isn’t about to give up on anything she cares about — especially someone she loves.

It’s brave of Padmé to try to save Anakin from himself in this scene — and one her best moments when she refuses to join him in ruling the galaxy. The cost is simply too high and any other choice would have undermined everything in which she believed.

Amy Richau is a writer, lifelong Star Wars geek, and diehard Denver Broncos fan. You can find her on Twitter @amyrichau and more of her writing on FANgirl Blog.

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20 Timeless Quotes From Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

It’s the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and is celebrating  with the next best thing to a colorful parade in Theed! We’ve collected some of our favorite quotes from the film, which we still use today. Some contain wisdom from the incomparable Qui-Gon Jinn, some are winks at the original trilogy, while still others are just plain fun to say.

Here are our picks for 20 standout quotes from The Phantom Menace.

1. “But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future.”

“Not at the expense of the moment.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon’s calm teachings aren’t just for trade negotiations. His explanation of mindfulness is useful for anyone feeling nervous or anxious about what the future holds, not just his young Padawan.

2. “My Lord, is that legal?”

“I will make it legal.” – Nute Gunray and Darth Sidious

This early quote from Darth Sidious lets us know exactly who he is without having to say who he is. Endlessly scheming and always one step ahead of everyone else, you can’t help but admire Palpatine’s cunning as he plays the long game.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

3. “You were right about one thing, Master. The negotiations were short.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

A little bit of Obi-Wan’s mischievous side comes out in this quote. Not only does it highlight his youthfulness on his last mission as a Padawan, it also reminds us of his sense of humor, which we get to see in bits and pieces later. “Hello there!”

4. “A communications disruption could mean only one thing. Invasion.” – Sio Bibble

While little more than an ominous warning, this quote uttered in the Queen’s throne room stands out as it was featured in the first few moments of the popular trailer.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

5. “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon isn’t quite sure what to make of Jar Jar Binks when he meets the excitable Gungan, and this memorable line is a bit of a snub (even if it is also a fact).

6. “How rude. “ – Jar Jar Binks

This isn’t just a quote, it’s one of Jar Jar’s favorite things to say! It echoes C-3PO in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and reminds us that the hapless Jar Jar has feelings, too.

7. “There’s always a bigger fish.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

Like so many utterances from the Jedi Master, this quote has more meaning the more time you spend thinking about it.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

8. “Are you an angel?” – Anakin Skywalker

Anakin, who doesn’t know much about the galaxy beyond the sands of Tatooine, innocently poses this question to his future wife the first time they meet. His first words to Padmé are almost unbearably sweet.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

9. “What do you think, you’re some kind of Jedi, waving your hand around like that?” – Watto

This line almost always gets a laugh! The look on Qui-Gon’s face after Watto dismisses him with this comment is priceless.

10. “I can assure you they will never get me on one of those dreadful starships.” – C-3PO

This tongue-in-cheek joke is so ironic that you almost can’t resist groaning. Like Jar Jar, Threepio often finds himself right in the middle of where he doesn’t want to be, but he ends up playing an invaluable role.

11. “This is so wizard, Ani.” – Kitster

A certain host of The Star Wars Show might argue this is the best line in all of Star Wars. Use this quote any time you want to pay someone or something the ultimate compliment.

12. “You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” – Shmi Skywalker

Another great quote for the times when you notice yourself feeling anxious about the future, Anakin’s mother reminds us all to be brave even when everything is about to change.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

13. “I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee.” – Queen Amidala

Queen Amidala’s unwavering devotion to her planet is summed up in this one quote. Confronted with the massive bureaucracy of the Republic for the first time, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to save the people of Naboo, even if it means playing into Palpatine’s political machinations.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

14. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda

Master Yoda sums up Anakin’s path with a prescient description of the Dark Side.

15. “Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn

This quote from Qui-Gon could be used as a mantra for the moments when you find your thoughts straying to the negative things in your life.

16. “Wipe them out. All of them.” – Darth Sidious

There’s the Emperor we know and love. Another quote from the popular movie trailer, it’s one that’s super fun to say along with the Sith Lord.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

17. “We’ll take the long way.” – Padmé Amidala

Padmé is undeterred to reach her goal of saving her people, even in the face of Darth Maul. This is also the moment that signals the start of a lightsaber battle for the ages.

18. “Now this is podracing!” – Anakin Skywalker

This quote from the gleeful young pilot can be used in real life any time you feel the need for speed.

A scene from The Phantom Menace.

19. “And you, young Skywalker. We will watch your career with great interest.” – Sheev Palpatine

This line adds a small amount of dread into what’s about to be a joyful and celebratory scene. Pairing what the audience knows about the future with that smirk and hand falling on Anakin’s shoulder? One of the most unforgettable quotes of the entire movie.

20. “Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master and an apprentice.” – Yoda

More foreshadowing! With this memorable line, Yoda reveals a little about the Jedi and the Sith and reminds us about the fate of Anakin Skywalker.

If it’s been years since you watched the full trailer for Episode I: The Phantom Menace, watch it again to remember the excitement you felt before Star Wars returned to the theater. Or rewatch the whole film in honor of it’s 20th anniversary!

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.

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Why Hera is My Favorite Star Wars Mom

Motherhood does not define Hera Syndulla. For the pilot, leader, freedom fighter, rebel, and eventual general, becoming the mother of Jacen Syndulla is a small part of her story. But long before the end of Star Wars Rebels, Hera proved she was the maternal force that the Ghost crew, the Rebellion, and, yes, those of us watching at home, needed.

Hera at the end of Star Wars Rebels.

From the start, Hera was a powerful role model for the youngest members of her crew. Estranged from her own blood family on Ryloth, she built herself a family, sometimes literally, in her trusted team.

She pulled Chopper from the wreckage of a crashed Y-wing and cared for and tended to the troublemaking droid for years. When Kanan sacrificed himself, it was Chopper who offered comfort with a small mechanical claw slipped into her empty hand, and stayed by her side as she grieved.

For Zeb and Sabine, she provided a stable home and support for two people who had lost their own tribes. In a galaxy at war, she proved that you could fight for what you believed in and still have each other’s backs without abandoning one for the other.

When the rest of the crew dismissed Ezra as a thief, she saw an orphan in need of nurturing. By advocating for the Force-sensitive boy to join them and be trained by Kanan, her partner and counter-balance in all things, she saw an opportunity to help her crew, aid the suffering residents of Lothal, and teach Ezra a lesson in living for someone besides himself for once. “If all you do is fight for your own life, then your life is worth nothing,” she said. And she was right.

Hera and Sabine

Hera tried to protect her found family by giving them little information in the early days of the rebellion, but eventually grew to see them as equals. She advocated courage despite desperate odds, encouraging Sabine and Ezra in particular to learn to trust her as their leader and to find their own paths. She was caring, but knew when she needed to withhold information, even when it left Sabine feeling like she was again blindly following orders. Hera also knew when to let the youngest members of the Ghost family explore their own journeys, supporting Sabine’s trials with the darksaber and her eventual return to Mandalore to rejoin her clan. And Hera was clearly proud of Ezra and Sabine and the warriors they became.

In the face of the staggering loss of Kanan, she persevered.  She already knew all too well what it was like to lose her family and her planet to the devastation of war. Her mother was killed in the resistance on Ryloth, but that only empowered Hera’s quest to follow in her mother’s footsteps and fight for the greater good. And she somehow remained hopeful for the future.

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Hera at the end of Star Wars Rebels.

Nurturing and wise, kind and compassionate, strong and resilient, capable of defending herself and her family, by the time Jacen was born Hera had already essentially raised Ezra and Sabine, Chopper and Zeb.

“My home is my crew and family,” she said. They fought for each other and for what was right.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

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SWCC 2019: 6 Surprises from Inside the Mos Eisley Cantina

Mos Eisley cantina expert/effects artist/Regal Robot founder Tom Spina returned to Star Wars Celebration for another installment of his in-depth cantina history panels. “The cool thing about Star Wars is that there’s always more to discover,” Spina explained. He joined stage host Amy Ratcliffe to unveil some rare trivia and even add a small (but important!) addition to the Star Wars lexicon. 

Left: an alien froma commercial. Right: The alien he would become, Greedo

1. Greedo’s alter ego. The most famous Rodian of them all began his life in a slightly different form. That’s Greedo on the left in his earliest form appearing in an advertisement for Birds Eye Peas in the United Kingdom. Makeup artist Stuart Freeborn and his team created this “pea-pod alien” for that commercial production, and recycled the character’s shell and eyes for their later work on Star Wars, adding skin (warts and all) and antennae. Sadly, this commercial has yet to be discovered.

Who will shoot first? Han and Greedo in the cantina.

2. Han shot through… Of course, poor Greedo’s fate is known well to us all. But perhaps we’ve been so preoccupied with the order of fire in that fateful confrontation that we’ve missed the fact that Han Solo actually shoots Greedo straight through the table. A stunt dummy was used for the close-up of the blaster explosion portraying Greedo’s untimely end.

Luke with the cantina barkeep.

3. “Not Usual Looking People.” Meet Ted Burnett. You might know him as Wuher, or simply the bartender of the cantina, with a particular distaste for droids. Burnett was recruited from the so-called “Ugly Agency” in the United Kingdom. The cantina’s unusual denizens weren’t limited to alien species. The actor himself later made his way into a 1985 music video by Godly and Creme.

As an aside, Spina also mentioned that the bartender himself sports an upside keyboard behind the bar! Perhaps for inputting recipes?

4. Not everyone wore a mask. Ted Burnett wasn’t the only unusual actor hired to populate the cantina. The late Salo Gardner was another human extra roaming the background. Spina uncovered Gardner’s talent file where Stuart Freeborn scribbled a note to remember his conspicuous ears. Gardner returned to the galaxy far, far away playing Trinto Duaba in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, another cantina patron that Garnder was sometimes confused for playing in the original film.

The Mos Eisley cantina, with a crocodile head visible on the wall.

The Mos Eisley cantina, with a crocodile head visible on the wall.

5. Is that a crocodile? No you’re not seeing things. Apparently, the cantina proprietors collected trophies from our own planet. That’s a gharial, or fish-eating crocodile, which inhabit India. And there it is in Star Wars. But it doesn’t end there. The cantina’s walls also sported a sort of large cat skull along with a mysterious decoration whose own identity has eluded Spina. He seems to think it’s a fish, or “space fish,” if you will.

6. A new addition to the Star Wars galaxy. The Gotal species — sometimes known simply as “goats” — are well known to many fans even beyond the cantina sequence. In a rare production photograph, Spina uncovered a Gotal character that had never been separately identified. It was decided that this alien would be named in tribute to a lucky fan in attendance at the panel.

Leland Chee — Lucasfilm’s Keeper of the Holocron — made a special appearance to craft an original name inspired by the fan’s name. That winner turned out to be Kenneth Haynie, a name which Chee quickly morphed into the one and only “Hennet Kayn,” now officially recognized as a denizen of the Mos Eisley cantina. Welcome to the galaxy far, far away, Hennet Kayn!

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Lucas O. Seastrom is a publicity writer at Lucasfilm. He grew up on a farm in California’s Central Valley and is a lifelong Star Wars and Indiana Jones fan.

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Author E.K. Johnston’s 6 Favorite Padmé Moments

Whether forging an alliance with the Gungans, spying for the Jedi Council, or standing up to the entire Galactic Senate, Padmé Amidala, devoted to her civic duty from the young age of 14 when she was elected as Queen of Naboo, often proves she’s a courageous leader who isn’t afraid to take part in even more aggressive negotiations.

In writing her latest book, Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow, author E.K. Johnston had the chance to explore a previously unexamined period in the character’s life. The story is set in the time between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, with a special focus on Padmé and her handmaidens as she transitioned from noble teenage queen to formidable senator from Naboo. When Johnston recently paid a visit to the Lucasfilm headquarters, we asked her to name her personal fan-favorite moments that spotlight Padmé, her forbidden relationship with Anakin Skywalker, and her ingenuity in handling almost any situation that comes her way.

Full disclosure: “Most of Padmé is my favorite Padmé moment,” Johnston says. But here are her top six picks.

1. “We are brave, your highness.” An invasion by the Trade Federation put Padmé and her handmaidens in a dilemma in The Phantom Menace: The queen could stay on Naboo and risk annihilation or flee to Coruscant and attempt to plead for her people before the senate. Either choice was dangerous. And to make matters worse, Sabé had to make the call, dressed as the queen’s decoy. “My favorite possible moment in film is ‘We are brave, your highness,’” Johnston says. “I just love that so much. She has to say, ‘We need to leave this planet’ without actually saying the words. Qui-Gon has probably figured it out by that point, but they’re all agreeing to pretend that he hasn’t so they kind of just have this wonderful moment of synergy. All of them, these girls who are teenagers and running a planet. I just love everything about that.”

Padme takes the Theed palace by force.

2. The long way around. “Just from a pure character moment, during the battle of Naboo when the door opens and Darth Maul is there and she’s just like, ‘We’ll go around,’” Johnston says, laughing. “They just go around and leave the Jedi behind. I love that.”

3. An awkward reunion. “Padmé has one of the best filmed ‘Oh no, he’s hot’ moments in the history of  film,” she says. “There’s this moment in Attack of the Clones where she visibly looks into his face and then says the worst possible thing imaginable in front of  both of their bosses — not just his boss, both of their bosses! Which is essentially ‘Oh little Ani, you’ve grown up.’ And he’s like, I’m gonna die now, this is the worst possible outcome that could happen.” That authenticity is what makes the exchange one of Johnston’s favorites. “I think it’s fantastic because you have this girl who’s really good at talking to people, but not in a personal way. And then you have Anakin, who doesn’t talk to anybody except for Obi-Wan, who is a terrible role model for that sort of thing. I just love that moment where she totally takes the wind out of his sails and you can just imagine he’s been waiting to see her for 10 years. He’s so excited and she says the worst possible thing and then they have to spend time together, which is hilarious.”

4. Basically everything about the lake house retreat. Although the awkward flirting surrounding Anakin’s feelings about sand is Johnston’s favorite moment from this part of Padmé and Anakin’s time together, she’s an unabashed fan of the entire sequence. “Basically everything that happens at the lake house. It’s so pretty and it’s the most relaxed she ever gets to be even though she’s still super awkward around boys. Padmé and Anakin have the most amazing have-never-tried-to-flirt-with-anyone dialogue ever!”

For example, Anakin’s musings on sand. “It’s awkward flirting by a teenage boy who’s trying very hard to say the right thing but has never had the opportunity to say the right thing so he’s very bad at it,” Johnston says. “He has no idea what he’s doing. I like the idea that they really do like each other a lot and they have several really good connections but they  haven’t spent enough time with each other to sort of unpack the differences in the way they grew up, which even throughout the Clone Wars is a pretty big stumbling block. I really like that aspect of their relationship and it’s all in that one conversation. Sand is terrible and it’s this wonderful example of the class difference between them because for her sand is the beach and a holiday. For him, sand is a reminder that he grew up owned.”

Padme and Panaka in the decoy maneuver.

5. The dream team of Padmé and Panaka. There’s a moment towards the end of The Phantom Menace, “when they’re having their standoff in the throne room and Sabé comes in and all the Neimoidians turn around,” Johnston says. “And without talking about it, Padmé and Panaka both go for the guns in the throne. I love that moment. The whole reason the decoy maneuver exists is distilled into that moment and it’s perfect.”

The cover for Star Wars: Queen's Shadow.

6. Johnston’s own decoy scene in Queen’s Shadow. “There is a scene in the book where they have to switch places and it’s at a party and it has to be Padmé on the way in because she has to pass the facial scanner. Then they have to switch to Sabé at the party so that Padmé can go and see something that she has to see with her own eyes. She has to read body language,” Johnston says. “And while she is up in a tree spying on some people, she realizes she has to get back downstairs and back into the queen’s outfit immediately. The whole scene from there until the end when she trips over Bail Organa is my favorite part of the book.”

In fact, Johnston spent a lot of time considering the logistics of Padmé’s sprawling wardrobe as she was writing. “I basically built the whole book around her wardrobe and the developments that Dormé makes to it when she takes over. Not only did they have to change it aesthetically to make her look more like a senator and less like a queen, but it has to be a little bit less formal. With her queen stuff, there’s a physical difference; you can’t get close to her because her skirt goes out too far. And so her senator outfits have to be more accessible. She has to make friends and so I did think a lot about he actual mechanics of her wardrobe and what stuff is made of and how things function. A lot of it is at the very least fireproof and sort of reinforced for blaster fire,” Johnston says, including dresses with trap doors for ease of escape, fancy-looking shoes that are ready to run in, and multifunctional jewelry. “She has hair pins that are lock picks in Attack of the Clones, so I basically just took that and wrote a book about it. Anything that anyone has ever made fun of a girl for doing is exploited by the handmaidens because they are small and they disappear. They’re really good with fabric and blasters and all that. So it was fun to take all those things that are super girly and make them 1) super important to the plot and 2) very, very useful without taking away any of their prettiness, which was also deeply important to me.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

Author E.K. Johnston’s 6 Favorite Padmé Moments

Designing Star Wars: Star Wars Resistance

The look of Star Wars is unlike anything else in popular culture. Step back in time to explore the history and philosophy behind the concepts that define the galaxy far, far away in Designing Star Wars.

In Star Wars, nothing’s ever really gone. More than 40 years after the first film, creators routinely go back to those earliest drawing boards for inspiration. And oftentimes, among the stacks of unused concept art and sketches, they find models and muses for the next generation of Star Wars storytelling.

In creating the new anime-inspired look of Star Wars Resistance, Art Director Amy Beth Christenson turned a forgotten Ewok ancestor into a bird-like business partner, resurrected an impossible droid, and kitbashed pieces of some of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy into something new and unique. “We have a tradition of going back and looking at what didn’t make it,” Christenson says, scouring through the old Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero concepts.

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Concept art by Amy Beth Christenson


BB-8 was already a big-screen star when Christenson and her team were designing the look of Resistance. But to translate Poe Dameron’s beloved droid into animation, she consulted early concept art for the roly-poly astromech’s debut in The Force Awakens.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Christian Alzmann

The idea was to reimagine BB-8 in the anime-inspired style, a slightly rounder, “stylized and squat version of himself.” The redesign was also a conscious effort to differentiate the animated version from his live-action counterpart but retain the spirit of the feisty little droid.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Christian Alzmann

“There’s a level of simplifying that went with it, as well,” Christenson says. The animated BB-8  has just one antenna and “you don’t see the red light in the lens.” But she was meticulous about maintaining the details on the individual plates around the roundy’s body.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Jake Lunt Davies, above, created for The Force Awakens, is shown alongside the final concept of BB-8, below, by Amy Beth Christenson for Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance
Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

“I think the biggest thing was the eye size. The second I started going through the images of the concept art, that was pretty consistent,” Christenson adds. “BB-8 has a pretty small head in proportion to his body but he needs to be up there [on Resistance] acting with all these other animated characters.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Lighting concept by Molly Denmark


Although he’s claimed he’s part Gungan, Flix actually shares some lineage with the Ewoks of the forest moon of Endor. Well, sort of.

Before the showrunners met to settle on plot points, Christenson and her team had drafted pages and pages of character designs for background vendors, mechanics, and racing fans. “Flix and Orka just happened to be on a page together, next to each other on a lineup,” Christenson says. “When (Dave) Filoni saw them together he was like, ‘Those are our acquisitions guys. Don’t change anything about it. That’s them.’ Just the contrast between body types of Flix and Orka, worked really well together.”

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Nilo Rodis-Jamero

In designing Flix, Christenson used two pieces of original Ewok concept art to inspire Orka’s long-legged partner. One was little more than a fuzzy scrawl, a rough idea of a lithe alien in goggles next to what would later become the design for the Yuzzum species.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

A second discarded Ewok design helped focus the idea, with a beaky nose and beady eyes poking out from fuzzy, feathery tufts of fur. “What if I ended up making this a space chicken?” Christenson thought.

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Concept art by J.P. Balmet

“So that’s what I did. There wasn’t really any big ‘A-ha!’ moment. I started drawing it and it sort of came together, the idea of this super simple egg shape with big eyes, a little beak, little antennae, and long legs. Super goofy.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Hype’s droid

To create ace pilot Hype Fazon’s astromech R4-G77, a technological marvel unlike any other droid seen before it, Christenson took a page from original trilogy designer Joe Johnston’s sketch book.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.
Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.
Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

One of those first concepts even appeared to float.. That design would have added new challenges for the special effects team working on the film, but proved to be just what the Aces required. “It’s pretty different from anything,” Christenson says. “It did sort of take a visual jump. You don’t really see that much in the other astromechs.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Concept art by Colas Gauthier

In-world, Hype’s prestigious racing record has netted him fame and fortune through numerous sponsors, represented in patches decorating his jumpsuit. It stands to reason that the cocky Rodian would also enjoy other trappings of wealth — including a unique, customized droid. “He’d want to stand out. He’d want to be different,” says Christenson. “So looking at that, it sort of just fit.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Torra’s racer

To create the fleet of custom racers, Christenson took part in a hallowed Star Wars tradition — ship-building through kitbashing.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.
Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

While the original ship builders and model makers took model rockets and motorcycle kits off the shelves and reimagined the parts as the starfighters and speeders we know today, Christenson looked to those final designs and earlier concept sketches to salvage her own array of parts and pieces for a never-before-seen look.

“Torra’s born with a lot of money and you can kind of tell,” Christenson says. “For her, everything would have been custom built.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Lighting concept by Molly Denmark

Concept Art from Star Wars Resistance

Concept art by Amy Beth Christenson

The A-wing informed the design. but the smooth curves and general shape also took into account the character. The precocious young racer would need a custom ride built for speed, so it had to be aerodynamic. It also had to match her individual style. “It sounds kind of silly but her bubbly personality, literally, we tried to get that into everything. Even her droid is a lot more rounded.”

“We always try to design the ship to the personality for the racers,” Christenson adds. For Hype’s green Ace, Christenson started the design with an X-wing cockpit, “although by the time we got to the final Hype cockpit we would have remodeled it.”

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance
Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

For Griff, the character’s background as a former Imperial TIE fighter pilot informed the design. “Maybe back in the day if he’d been some sort of tester for new TIEs, they were always kind of redesigning the TIE,” Christenson surmised. Maybe this was the new next generation of that TIE,” at least at the base level.

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

Lighting concept by Molly Denmark

Rucklin’s speederbike

When it came to a new speederbike design, Christenson used a similar thought process.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Concept art by Nilo Rodis-Jamero

She revived an old design by Nilo Rodis-Jamero from the archives.  The short answer behind what drew her to the sketch: “Awesome design, wanted to use it somewhere,” she says with a smile.

Concept art from Star Wars Resistance
Concept art from Star Wars Resistance

It was also a logical offshoot of the speederbikes the Empire used in Return of the Jedi. “They’re pretty lightweight looking. They’re pretty thin. They break apart easily,” Christenson says. This more substantial design felt like it could withstand the momentum and sudden drops the episode called for. “You haven’t seen anything that beefy before. It felt like you had something that had a lot of engine to it to be able to handle that drop.”

Lighting concept by Molly Denmark

For Torra’s beloved pet, Buggles, Christenson consulted The Wildlife of Star Wars.

Concept art used to inspire Star Wars Resistance.

Sketch by Terryl Whitlatch

The book of galactic flora and fauna includes this sketch by Terryl Whitlatch of a tiny Voorpak family. “The biggest that Terryl drew it was actually dwarf-rabbit sized,” Christenson says, or “teacup-poodle sized.”

In Resistance, the Ace pilot’s pet needed to be more dog-like, so Christenson scaled it up, but the basic premise was largely perfect. “That design was fantastic because it was like half dog, half cat, half rabbit, half spider,” Christenson says.

She also reduced its spindly legs from eight to just six, “kind of just to help save the animators’ sanity, honestly,” she says. “It was twofold: animator sanity and it was too busy to look at. Having those eight legs, especially with Buggles being bigger, you didn’t know what leg was supposed to be what.”

Featured concept art by Christian Alzmann.

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you love most about Star Wars!

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Mission Briefing: Star Wars Resistance Intel to Prepare You for the Season Finale

Fire up those racers! The two-part season finale of Star Wars Resistance kicks off this weekend with “No Escape: Part 1,” the culmination of a mounting storyline set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you’ve never seen Star Wars Resistance — a series involving spies, pirates, and the occasional giant underwater creature — it’s not too late to jump on board. See below for some key intel that will get you up to speed for what is sure to be a thrilling finale!

The Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

Castilon and the Colossus

The ocean planet, Castilon, is the setting for Star Wars Resistance, and home to the Colossus refueling station. The Colossus is a rough-and-tumble place, with some of the best racers in the galaxy (dubbed “the Aces”) residing there to protect the remote platform — and to fulfill their need for speed in the process. But the First Order has the Colossus in its sights as part of a larger strategy, and manipulates its way into control of the station.

Kaz and BB-8 are shown in a scene from Star Wars Resistance.

Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono

Kaz is a gifted pilot from Hosnian Prime, recruited by Poe Dameron to spy on the growing threat of the First Order aboard the Colossus. On the Colossus, however, Kaz is like a walking wrecking ball, inadvertently causing mishaps at every turn. Whether he is botching work on the Fireball (which has a tendency to burst into flames), or unintentionally creating trouble for the populace of the Colossus, accidents seem to follow him at every turn. An unlikely spy, Kaz nevertheless uses his accidental tendencies to his advantage, and deduces how the First Order has slowly usurped its way into the station.

After boldly risking his life by sinking the Colossus so that he can notify the Resistance about the First Order occupation, Kaz sets out to rescue his friends and get the First Order off the platform. His evolution from Resistance spy to leader continues to impress.

Team Fireball works on their ship in Star Wars Resistance.

Team Fireball

Through Poe’s contact, Jarek Yeager, Kaz becomes part of Team Fireball, consisting of Yeager (a former rebel), Neeku Vozo, Tam Ryvora, and Yeager’s astromech, Bucket (R1-J5). They function very much like a family unit, with Kaz providing much consternation for the majority of the members. His knack for mechanical mishaps often frustrates Tam, who seems to take things much more seriously than Kaz. Initially, only BB-8 and Yeager are aware of Kaz’s real reason for coming to the Colossus.

Yeager is captures by stormtroopers in Star Wars Resistance.

Jarek Yeager

The transition from grumpy repair shop owner to Resistance hero is one Yeager resisted for quite a while. However, his time in the Rebellion manifests itself as he aids Kaz to get a message out to General Leia Organa. His brave act of turning himself over to the First Order so Kaz can escape shows the heart of a true hero.

Tierny and Tam in Star Wars Resistance.

Tam Ryvora 

A tough and hardworking mechanic on the Colossus platform, Tam has dreams of becoming a pilot and racer. Unlike Kaz, however, she does not hate the First Order or their presence on the station, leaving her conflicted when her friends are accused of being Resistance spies.

Kaz and Neeku at Aunt Z's in Star Wars Resistance.

Neeku Vozo

Neeku is a trustworthy and kind-hearted member of the Colossus community, and an excellent mechanic. He speaks directly and without irony, and has proven to be loyal to his friends.

Commander Pyre speaks with Captain Phasma in Star Wars Resistance.

Commander Pyre

A leader in the First Order, the gold-armored stormtrooper is relentless in his attempt to persuade Captain Doza to turn over the Colossus to the new big bad in the galaxy. Commander Pyre eventually manipulates Doza into doing so, and the station comes under First Order control; unwilling to tolerate any dissent, he is determined to find the Resistance spy, Kaz.

Captain Doza with daughter Torra in Star Wars Resistance.

Captain Doza

Stern and not easily intimidated, Captain Doza runs the Colossus, hoping to keep his daughter Torra and the platform’s citizens safe. After a (staged) pirate kidnapping of his daughter, he acquiesces to the First Order, who save Torra — but then assume control of the station, putting him in a difficult position.

Synara and the pirates in Star Wars Resistance.

Synara San

The pirates have a spy of their own in the form of Synara San. Synara was the lone survivor of a pirate raid, then rescued by Kaz and Poe during a reconnaissance mission, who took her back to the Colossus. While she acted as a spy on the platform, a friendship grew between Synara, Team Fireball, and Kaz, causing conflict within her. The last we saw of Synara, she was present when her pirate crew intercepted Kaz’s distress message.

Torra Doza in her room in Star Wars Resistance.

Torra Doza

Daughter of Captain Doza, Torra has spent much of her young life as an expert racer. She has a taste for adventure, and has shown bravery in helping Kaz in sticky situations.

Kaz and Poe on Station Theta-Black in Star Wars Resistance.

Poe Dameron

Poe’s recruitment of Kaz has turned out to be very beneficial. When the two fly through the Dassal system and discover something has obliterated the sun and cored out entire planets, Poe realizes the stakes are even higher than initially believed. After he informs Leia of this startling turn of events, he and BB-8 head to Jakku for an important mission.

Agent Tierny speaks with Commander Pyre in Star Wars Resistance.

Agent Tierny

An intimidating member of the First Order Security Bureau, Agent Tierny has a knack for getting information from her targets by lulling them into a false sense of security. This belies a laser-like focus of ensuring the First Order will supplant any and all forms of opposition.

What’s next for Team Fireball, the Colossus, and the galaxy? Be sure to watch the first installment of the two-part Star Wars Resistance season finale, “No Escape: Part 1,” this Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, to find out!

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Dan Zehr is a high school English teacher with an MS in Teaching and Learning, and is the host and co-creator of Coffee With Kenobi, a podcast that examines Star Wars’ mythology from a place of intelligence and humor.

Mission Briefing: Star Wars Resistance Intel to Prepare You for the Season Finale

Cosplay Command Center, Part 2: Remembering Rebels at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Cosplay Command Center is a special three-part series connecting cosplayers attending Star Wars Celebration Chicago to resources and expert insights to complete their costumes from Star Wars animation.

It’s been almost a year since we said goodbye to Ezra, Hera, and the rest of the Star Wars Rebels gang with the series finale of the beloved show. But in a few weeks, when fans gather to celebrate the Star Wars saga, we can expect that there will be a few Kanans, Sabines, and other cosplayers roaming Chicago as the Ghost crew.

The show itself was an homage of sorts to the striking works of Ralph McQuarrie, which shaped the look of the original Star Wars film, and classic anime, says Kilian Plunkett, who served as art director for both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  “The color palette came from Ralph’s work and the clean, simplified shapes came from our admiration for the work of Studio Ghibli. To match what appeared on screen in Rebels, the outfits would be simple and they would generally be more form-fitting than those of the characters in live-action movies.” Think large swathes of flat color. “To take what was on screen and bring it into a real-world feel, compare the stormtrooper armor of Rebels to that of their real-life counterparts,” Plunkett advises. “Outfits will have more details and pouches, buckles, etc. will break silhouette more. Garments like Hera’s flightsuit or Ezra’s tunic would be looser and have more wrinkles and folds.”

Last week, Amy Beth Christenson helped fans achieve their dreams of joining the Aces in Star Wars Resistance, with insights and images to guide cosplayers in their crafty creations ahead of Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Today, Plunkett offers up his own Jedi-like guidance to recreate some of your favorite looks from the final season of Star Wars Rebels.

Hera in A-wing pilot gear

Hera Syndulla

“Hera is an ace pilot, adept at flying everything from a bulky cruiser like the Ghost to a nimble fighter like an A-wing or X-wing,” Plunkett says. For Season 3, animators designed this look for Hera, but it didn’t show up onscreen until she hopped into an X-wing in Season 4. As Christenson noted, there are two ways to approach bringing animated characters to life: “match what appeared in the show as closely as you can or use the show as inspiration to adapt the costumes into real-life interpretations,” Plunkett says. “Which way to go is up to you.”

In this case, Hera’s flightsuit would be fashioned from the same heavy canvas suits that were worn by the rebels in the original trilogy. “The chestplate and ‘cheeks’ of the helmet would be the same material as that found on other live-action rebel flight gear,” Plunkett says. The vest should be a close match to a typical X-wing pilot.

For Hera’s boots, Plunkett suggests a leather base “with metal guards on the tops of the feet.”

To capture Hera’s everyday look, as seen throughout the series and with some special modifications and updates in the epilogue, Plunkett advises cosplayers follow the basic flightsuit pattern of an X-wing pilot for a costume that’s both loose and functional. “Even the flight harness, with its extra straps, would work really well as a realistic interpretation of this outfit,” he says. “The high-collared shirt could be made from two different cotton or linen shirts stitched together.”

Hera’s standard harness and vest should be crafted from a brown leather or leather-like material, made to match her gloves, goggles, and earphones. To complete her head covering, add in some cotton or canvas stitched to hug your faux lekku. And for aging her gear to match her final look in the series, “looking at the various outfits in Rogue One should give you a good idea of the amount of weathering all of Hera’s gear would display after all her time on the front lines of the Rebellion,” Plunkett notes.

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Jacen Syndulla


The newest member of the Ghost crew, Spectre 7 takes after both his parents. “Jacen has a short amount of screen time so we had to have his costume convey a strong sense of who he was for quick read,” Plunkett says. “His pale grey/green flightsuit is utilitarian, like his mother’s. It’s made from a similar canvas-like cloth. His short jacket is a lightly-padded fabric and could be realized using a standard Rebel Alliance jacket without sleeves or else a shinier finish more like a traditional sleeveless puffy jacket.”

Although his wolf patch would be ironed on or embroidered in place, “the painted decal on his shoulder is courtesy of Sabine and can have a hand-painted look,” Plunkett says.

And since Jacen is still a child, the tech on his outfit should look appropriately oversized. “The Droid Caller on his belt, for example, is the same size as the one on Ezra’s belt but look bigger because Jacen is small.”

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Ezra’s helmet and cadet uniform


Ezra Bridger was a collector of Imperial buckets, including this special helmet with retractable visor, perfect for sneaking around and avoiding detection.

“Just like the live-action helmets, each of Ezra’s helmets would be made of vacuform plastic,” Plunkett says, with “pieces of leather padding and metal greeblies seen in the designs to help finish them off. Like the original trilogy helmets, any decals can be stenciled on or even be made from strips of adhesive tape, depending on the shape of the design.”

Deep cover inside the Imperial Academy calls for a full cadet uniform. “This is an Imperial uniform, very much along the lines of Yularen or Krennic,” Plunkett says, “so the fabrics and construction would closely match those seen in A New Hope and Rogue One.” A sturdy pair of black leather boots, matching gloves, and a jacket fashioned from wool or canvas make up the bulk of the ensemble, with accents including metal buckles and the appropriate rank insignia.

But Plunkett notes that Ezra’s longer locks are decidedly not up to the Empire’s standards. “I doubt that Ezra’s shaggy haircut would have lasted too long if he’d stayed in the academy,” he says.

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Blind Kanan


Viciously attacked by Maul at the end of the second season, Kanan spent the rest of the series blinded and often wearing a special mask with painted accents. To upgrade a Kanan cosplay to match this look from later in the series, Plunkett suggests forming a faceplate with a material similar to Jango Fett’s helmet — metal lined with leather padding — instead of the more plastic-like looking material of a stormtrooper or Royal Guard helmet.

Staying screen-accurate may be tricky since Kanan’s mask is held in place without any obvious ties or straps. “It’s one of the few times that we used the fact that, as a CG show, Rebels isn’t beholden to physics,” Plunkett admits. “Kanan’s faceplate stays on his head as if by magic!”

For cosplayers who need the extra support, “a real-life solution would be to use a brown leather strap to attach the faceplate to the head,” Plunkett says.

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Thrawn’s armor


Thrawn’s cold and calculating personality comes through on the battlefield as he channels another efficient Imperial officer who once marched his AT-AT across the snowy plains of Hoth — General Veers.

“Thrawn’s armored look is intentionally modeled on that of General Veers’ field outfit on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back,” Plunkett says. “It’s made of almost the same pieces and materials as Veers, just in a different palette.”

The accents share similarities with the Chiss commander’s standard tunic, down to pale gold clasps on the shoulders and accents on the helmet that should match his usual gold epaulettes.

To make a costume that’s more of a live-action interpretation, Plunkett would add back in some details that were stripped away for animation. “The chin-strap, the small microphone/earpiece and the ‘lip’ that runs on the edge of all the armor sections would all translate really well into a realistic interpretation of this character, I think,” he says.

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Kallus in rebel gear


Who could forget #HotKallus? The dashing agent from the Imperial Security Bureau defected from the Empire to serve the rebellion by the end of the series, and his buttoned-up look got a little more relaxed along with his all-new wardrobe.

To bring his rebel look to life, look to the costumes of Rogue One for guidance. “When we started Season 1 of Rebels, Rogue One was still just an idea in John Knoll’s head,” Plunkett says. “By the time Kallus joined the Rebellion in Season 4, though, we had a wealth of great reference for Jyn, Cassian and their crew.”

Kallus looks right at home striding around the base on Yavin 4. “His rebel look aims to fit right into this aesthetic with its earth tones and simple materials. His boots, belt, gloves, and holster are all brown leather. His T-shirt is a straightforward cotton shirt.”

Like some of the quilting seen more recently in Star Wars Resistance, details of his jacket hark back to the bundled-up rebels serving on Hoth. “The jacket is intended to evoke the Echo Base look with its padded collar and quilting,” Plunkett says.

He also suggests taking a page from the closets of two very different rebel heroes. “The darker stripe down the shoulders and arms could be piped just like Cassian Andor’s jacket. And the small, greeblie badge on the chest can have higher-fidelity detail, more like the greeblies on Admiral Ackbar’s tunic.”

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Sabine’s last look


Throughout the series, Sabine expressed herself through a rainbow of hair colors and ever-changing art emblazoned on her armor (and sometimes on the very walls of the ship she called home.)

When we last saw the fearless Mandalorian warrior, she had a new deep purple pixie cut and shoulder armor that depicted the majestic purrgil blasting into hyperspace. Sabine’s armor calls for standard Mandalorian construction, similar to any Fett outfit or earlier Sabine look you might already have in your cosplay closet. “The challenge with Sabine is probably going to be the elaborate paint scheme,” says Plunkett. But of all of Sabine’s various armor decos, her last look may be the easiest to emulate. “This one has the most geometric shapes across the armor, so making stencils for the kneepads and other parts should be a little simpler than her other iterations,” Plunkett says.

Her jetpack mirrors one worn by Commander Cody onscreen in Revenge of the Sith, Plunkett says, “although we scaled it down quite a bit to fit Sabine’s frame better.”

And although Plunkett understands why some might guess that Sabine’s bodysuit would be fashioned from some kind of spandex material, “in reality, it’s meant to be cloth, more like the tight, tailored costume worn by Zam Wessel than the bodystocking worn by Aurra Sing.”

Kaz in New Republic gear

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Check back for more Cosplay Command Center as we explore detailed images of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars ahead of Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

Cosplay Command Center, Part 2: Remembering Rebels at Star Wars Celebration Chicago