How the Next Generation is Discovering Star Wars

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My daughter was 4 years old when she saw the Star Wars films for the first time. I jumped at the chance to take her to see A New Hope on the big screen, which is how it was meant to be seen. And watching an original 35mm print in a darkened theater surrounded by several hundred other fans was enough to make me feel 4 years old again, too.

Soon enough, she could narrate the entire original trilogy. She played with my vast collection of toys, and she discovered her own newer action figures. She listened to the NPR dramatization on an endless loop. She dueled with Darth Vader at Walt Disney World.

Jamie Greene's kids in Star Wars Costumes

When my son came along, his first contact was also with the original trilogy, but at home on a Blu-ray version. He was also immediately captivated.

Everyone has their own unique journey to discovering Star Wars. The galaxy and the franchise have become so massive that there are countless points of entry. But there is always an entryway — a point of first contact, if you will. For many people, it’s one of the films. For others, it might be one of the animated series, a book, or a comic.

Whatever it is, when you sit down to watch or read a story set in that galaxy far, far away, something in it resonates. Something clicks. Something grabs ahold of your imagination and won’t let go. Suddenly, you’re a Star Wars fan.

Fans of a certain age (i.e., those of us who are first-generation fans) discovered the original trilogy at the beginning. Our journey involved darkened theaters, shocking revelations of parenthood by Darth Vader, Kenner toys, and goofy picture books. Brilliant.

A second generation of fans came of age when the prequel trilogy took the country by storm. For many of them, The Phantom Menace was their first exposure and how they discovered Star Wars. Their entryway was populated by young Anakin, Padmé, Darth Sidious, and more Jedi than you could shake a stick at. Wonderful.

Today, another generation is discovering and growing up with Star Wars through the sequel trilogy and beyond. There have never been more points of entry. And many of the fans who made up those previous generations now have kids of our own — and we’re bringing them along with us for the ride.

Nevertheless, one thing remains true: Every fan has his or her own unique journey to discovering Star Wars, even with an established fan acting as a guide and teacher. Today, the characters and stories that we grew up with are not only still popular, but also very much alive and actively growing.

Our kids grow up on a steady diet of Star Wars books, toys, lunchboxes, and games. And in many cases they have all of these things, and an understanding of key characters, before they even see the movies.

My children have found their way through the galaxy together. The films played a huge role in that, sure, but they also forged their own path through Star Wars Rebels, LEGO Star Wars, the Origami Yoda books, Forces of Destiny, and on and on and on.

Their journey to becoming fans has been so different from my own. And I love that. I love that we all have different experiences and find different things to love. I love that Star Wars continues to tell stories for all types of fans of all ages.

Luke in Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.

Being a parent is a constant balancing act. We want to share the things we love, but we also want our kids to come to the story in their own way, on their own terms, and seen through their own eyes. Hopefully, our kids will care enough about the story to make sure their own children discover it (in ways we can’t even imagine).

My kids love Star Wars because of their own experiences with it. They have their own favorite characters and scenes, and there are stories that speak directly to them. And that’s that’s how it should be.

There are so many ways to discover and experience the saga. It doesn’t really matter if you start with The Phantom Menace or A New Hope, The Force Awakens or Galaxy of AdventuresStar Wars Rebels or Star Wars Resistance.

And it doesn’t really matter where you go from there.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He’s also a contributor to GeekDad and runs The Roarbots, where he focuses on awesome geeky stuff that happens to be kid-friendly. On top of that, he cohosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates geek culture by talking to people who create it. With two little ones and a vast Star Wars collection at home, he’s done the unthinkable: allowed them full access to most of his treasure from the past 30 years, opening and playing with whatever they want (pre-1983 items excluded).

How the Next Generation is Discovering Star Wars

Pass On What You Have Learned – The Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guides

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You’ve met Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who would train to be a Jedi like his father before him, and Darth Vader, the twisted and evil remnants of a former Jedi Knight who fell to the dark side.

Together, we’ve explored the courage of  senator and rebel leader Princess Leia, the enduring friendship of Han Solo and his loyal co-pilot, Chewbacca, and learned that size matters not when it comes to the fierce fighting skills of Master Yoda.

But the galaxy is vast and there are many more lessons and stories to share with your younglings in Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.

Luke confronts Vader on Bespin in Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures.

You can check out more conversation guides for parents to explore enduring themes and important truths, like Luke confronting his fears and trusting his instincts in the attack on the Death Star. And there are yet more characters to meet, from the vile Emperor Palpatine to the courageous little astromech droid R2-D2, plus other adventures still to come!

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And may the Force be with you.

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Pass On What You Have Learned – The Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guides

Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and More Join Hasbro’s Galaxy of Adventures — Exclusive Reveal

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A lonely scavenger in search of belonging. A vulnerable and vengeful child in a mask.

The next wave in Hasbro’s Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures action figure line will introduce the next generation to even more of the saga’s heroes and villains, including Rey and Kylo Ren. Joining the stars of the sequel trilogy will be figures of: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master who trained the future Darth Vader; Darth Maul, the Sith apprentice who murdered Qui-Gon Jinn; General Grievous, the brilliant Separatist cyborg strategist from the time of the Clone Wars; and the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Get your first look at the new wave below ahead of Toy Fair 2019 next week, then watch for them on toy shelves this spring!

A Rey action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures. A Kylo Ren action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures. An Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures. A Darth Maul action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures. A General Grievous action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures. A Boba Fett action figure, part of Hasbro's next wave of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures figures.Each pack contains one 3.75-inch scale Star Wars figure, a mini comic, and a code that can be activated with a smart device to unlock more stories online.

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Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and More Join Hasbro’s Galaxy of Adventures — Exclusive Reveal

Wisdom from Master Yoda: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

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One of the most valuable lessons in the Star Wars saga is that looks can be deceiving. Whether it’s the princess who rescues her own rescuers, or the kindly face that turns out to be the vilest evil, what you initially see in Star Wars (and in life) isn’t always what you get.

It’s a powerful, yet simple truth that is exemplified in Yoda. Diminutive as he may be, he’s the Jedi Master who stands tallest among the galaxy’s guardians of peace and justice. His duel with Count Dooku, as seen in “Size Matters Not,” offers a perfect opportunity for you to talk with your Padawan about why they would do well to not make assumptions based on initial appearances.

Princess Leia Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide for parents.

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They’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about our little green friend with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts before undergoing their trivia trials: three questions about Yoda.

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Fun, we hope you have. And as always, may the Force be with you.

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Wisdom from Master Yoda: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

The Force of Friendship: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

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Han Solo. A human orphan from the wrong side of the tracks with prodigious piloting abilities looking to prove himself to the entire galaxy.

Chewbacca. A Wookiee with over 180 years of experience as a warrior, mechanic, and pilot seeking to reunite with a family that was taken from him.

Despite being separated by decades of differences, these two formed an enduring friendship that has become the stuff of legend.

Friendships are at the core of Star Wars. Without the personal connections between the characters of a galaxy far, far away, the Death Star would never have been destroyed, Luke Skywalker would have perished on the icy tundra of Hoth, and Han Solo himself would have remained Jabba the Hutt’s favorite wall decoration forever.

The friendships we make in our own galaxy are no different. Our personal connections affect who we are and how our lives are lived. Understanding them is crucial to understanding ourselves. This principle extends to the children in our lives, whose choice of friends can often illuminate aspects of their personalities we may not notice own our own.

Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide - Han and Chewbacca.

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This Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide offers a helping hand for starting conversations about friendship with your little first mate. Picking up on the themes of “Trusty Co-Pilot,” it draws upon elements of Han and Chewie’s relationship as a starting point for a talk about the friends in their life. It also provides a template for a Millennium Falcon light switch cover you can download in less than 12 parsecs.

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Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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The Force of Friendship: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

Princess Leia’s Leadership: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

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Princess Leia is many things. She’s a soldier, fighting alongside the troops of the Rebel Alliance. She’s a senator, using her voice to speak on behalf of the voiceless. She’s a spy, gathering Imperial secrets to give the cause of light as much of advantage as it can get during dark times.

But above all else, Princess Leia is a leader. Through her words, deeds, and seemingly superhuman ability to persevere in the face of overwhelming opposition, she directly and indirectly inspires hope, as well as action, on multiple occasions.

Princess Leia Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide for parents.

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If we’re fortunate, the children in our lives will grow into adults who have a similarly empowering effect on the people around them. Encouraging such leadership is at the center of this Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide.

Using Princess Leia’s heroism as seen in “A Fearless Leader,” it offers you conversation starters with which you can begin to explore the concept of leadership with your own young freedom fighters.

Also included are instructions for a papercraft honoring Princess Leia, as well as a link to Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts containing even more information about her story.

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Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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11 of Our Favorite Moments from Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures (So Far)

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If you’re looking for a fresh take on the most iconic moments from the original Star Wars trilogy, you’ll definitely want to check out Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of animated shorts on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. Whether it’s Chewbacca arguing with Han or Leia standing up to Darth Vader, these retellings are fun, easy to understand, and impactful. Here are some of our favorite moments from Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures so far!

1. Leia’s grin. Princess (now General) Leia is smart, resourceful, and a gifted leader. In “Princess Leia vs. Darth Vader,” there’s a defiant look in Leia’s eyes as she stares down Darth Vader; despite his intimidating appearance, she stands like she’s ten feet tall. Knowing she pulled one over on him, I absolutely love the mischievous way she grins when she turns away.

2. An upset Wookiee. “Chewbacca vs. Holochess” is a delightful retelling of the scene in A New Hope where we learn why it’s so unwise to upset a Wookiee. When he shakes Lando in a fit of rage, his body swaying about like a rag doll, I was in hysterics.

3. “You hear me, baby? Hold together.” Speaking of Chewbacca, his friendship with Han Solo is the stuff of legends, much like their ship, the Millennium Falcon. When the Falcon refuses to work in “Chewbacca – The Trusty Co-Pilot,” we see the pair hilariously popping in and out of the tangle of wires and pipes in their efforts to fix their ship.

4. Han’s penchant for escaping. Nobody navigates a close call better than Han Solo. In “Han Solo – Galaxy’s Best Smuggler,” we see him escaping the Empire and making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, truly capturing the spirit of his many hair-raising escapes.

5. Luke’s relief. The Wampa scared me half to death as a kid, but in “Luke vs. the Wampa – Cavern Escape,” the scene feels a little more lighthearted. Sure, Luke still channels the Force to cut his bindings and all that, but my favorite part is when he flops in the snow and lets out a sigh of relief at the end of the ordeal. Me too, Luke. Me too.

6. The power of the Force. When Luke first makes contact with Anakin’s lightsaber in “Luke Skywalker – The Journey Begins,” his hair shoots upward and he is transformed before our eyes. This moment really captures the power and legacy of the Skywalker line.

7. Evil Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine plays the long game and he’s really good at it. “Luke Skywalker vs. Emperor Palpatine – Rise to Evil” succinctly lays out how manipulative Palpatine was from the start, as he’s seen whispering lies in Queen Amidala’s ear.

8. Luke using the Force. In “Luke vs. the Death Star – X-wing Assault,” when Luke uses the Force for the first time, everything around him fades away. It’s a beautiful visual representation of the classic moment.

9. Darth Vader in the hallway. Making his way down the corridor, slaughtering everyone in sight, we really see how lost Anakin has become in “Darth Vader – Power of the Dark Side.”

10. A faceless Empire. At the height of its power, the Empire seems to be comprised of never-ending rows of soldiers and ships. In “Darth Vader – Might of the Empire,” we get a stark visual representation of this ideal to erase identity and individuality.

11. A most valuable droid. Personally, I think R2-D2 is the real MVP of Star Wars. I mean, he’s practically a Swiss Army knife on wheels. In “R2-D2 – A Loyal Droid,” as he escapes with the Death Star plans, he whizzes right past C-3PO to get to the escape pod. He’s got the right idea. I love C-3PO and all, but he’s not exactly a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later type of guy.

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

11 of Our Favorite Moments from Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures (So Far)

Darth Vader’s Fearful Path: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

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Fear is a path to the dark side, and no one in the Star Wars galaxy has traveled that treacherous road more than Darth Vader. The former Jedi succumbed to the fear of loss and the promise of power to be reborn as a terrifying symbol of the revenge of the Sith.

One of the most enduring lessons Star Wars teaches us is that understanding our fears is of great importance. Without understanding our fears, and why we have them, we can never hope to overcome them. It’s a lesson that adults often struggle with, which can make having a conversation about it with the children in our own lives difficult.

Darth Vader, interestingly enough, offers us a unique opportunity to start this conversation in a way that isn’t too daunting or scary. The escapism of Star Wars often allows children to talk about the concept of fear through the Sith Lord, a character so ingrained in pop culture that his mystique often overshadows his intimidating presence.

Darth Vader Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide.

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This guide to Darth Vader gives you some prompts for discussing fear with your youngling. Inspired by “Power of the Dark Side,” it uses Darth Vader’s frightening actions and appearance to help you explore what fear means to them, and how they can overcome it.

You can also learn about the Sith Lord’s tragic past with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts. Then, only then, can your Padawan pass their trivia trials: three questions about the history of Darth Vader.

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Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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Darth Vader’s Fearful Path: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

Luke Skywalker’s Journey Begins: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

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In the original Star Wars trilogy, no character embodies dreams like Luke Skywalker. Looking to the future, his mind on what could be…and how much fun he could have on any of the infinite number of adventures waiting for him just over the horizon.

Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.

If there’s one thing Star Wars inspires us to do, it’s dream.

The power of the Force is the power of imagination. Who among us hasn’t waved their hand at an automatic door, or stretched out toward a TV remote that’s out of reach with the thought that maybe, just maybe… it’ll actually work this time.

Through the epic characters and extraordinary adventures of Star Wars, fans of any age can enter a place where anything is possible. For children, it’s the chance to take the first steps into a larger world of powerful imagination in a galaxy far, far away. For parents and mentors, it’s an irresistible opportunity to reconnect with our own child-like wonder as we engage with our young ones, helping them to explore their hopes and wishes.

As we begin to explore Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, the new animated shorts on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, a series of guides will help you pass on what you have learned.

Luke Skywalker Galaxy of Adventures guide.

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This Galaxy of Adventures guide helps you talk to the young apprentice in your life about their fantasies. Taking its cue from “Journey Begins,” which you can also watch below, it uses Luke Skywalker’s aspirations as a jumping off point for a talk about their hopes.

Along the way you’ll also learn how to craft a lightsaber vase, and learn more about Luke’s journey with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts. Then, only then, can your Padawan pass their trivia trials: three questions about the origins of Luke Skywalker.

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Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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Luke Skywalker’s Journey Begins: A Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Guide

“The Timelessness of Leia”: Producer Josh Rimes on the Newest Installments of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures

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Lucasfilm’s new series of animated shorts, Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, reimagines classic moments from the saga in a vibrant, energetic style. With a focus on themes and characters, they’re a great way to introduce younglings to the galaxy far, far away. (We longtime fans are allowed to love them, too.)

Last week, StarWars.com spoke with Josh Rimes, producer of the series, about the genesis of Galaxy of Adventures and his thoughts on the first six installments; five new shorts, which you can watch below, arrive today on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, and Rimes once again provided his own commentary for each.

Princess Leia vs. Darth Vader – “A Fearless Leader”

“For Leia’s first Galaxy of Adventures short, the team always had in mind one of the earliest moments in A New Hope. It’s really when the world first met Princess Leia in 1977 — in the corridor of her ship, breached and boarded by the formidable Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Taken prisoner, she’s marched right up to the hulking Vader, but is unafraid to call him out. That spunky fearlessness is something we wanted to capture and honor. It’s a testament to the timelessness of Leia, but also Carrie Fisher and everything she brought to the role. Stylistically, the animation team really leaned into the theme of light vs. dark as Vader’s side of the frame is awash in shadow, with Leia’s bathed in light. We also utilized montage action to portray Leia the fighter. The action, edited against her explanation to Vader, brings her rebellious spirit into even sharper focus — and that little, knowing smile at the end is just the cherry on top.”

Luke vs. the Death Star – “X-wing Assault”

“Capturing the rhythm and big beats of this battle were imperative. Making the stakes clear and keeping it in Luke’s point of view helped boil down one of the most iconic action sequences in all of Star Wars to a tight one minute and fifteen seconds. We are with Luke the whole way as he dives into the Death Star trench to make his run and take his shot. The trench itself and the X-wings are all 3D CGI models, which makes the frame pop and gives the action a weighty, tangible look and feel.”

Han Solo – “Galaxy’s Best Smuggler”

“For our first spotlight solely on Han, we also looked back to the way the world first discovered him in 1977. We knew we wanted to meet him in the cantina, but it took us a few tries to get to that light-bulb moment of starting with Han leaning in, as if he’s selling his smuggling ability to the viewer. Only at the end do we see this is in fact his meeting with Obi-Wan and Luke. Gotta love the expression on Luke’s face in that final moment! In the montage, we were thrilled to be able to incorporate glimpses of the Kessel Run set piece from Solo. It’s a testament to the character design work from Titmouse that their Han feels timeless and could work as both Harrison Ford’s original trilogy Han and Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo.”

Chewie vs. Holochess – “Let the Wookiee Win”

“Humor was the primary goal of this short. Han’s ‘Let the Wookiee win’ line has become such a part of the pop culture Star Wars lexicon that we had to take this moment on. The question became: How do we make dejarik (holochess) exciting? The team found an answer and went to town in creating a montage that visualizes exactly why one shouldn’t upset a Wookiee. Even Han himself isn’t immune to a Chewie throttling or roar every once in a while!”

Luke vs. Emperor Palpatine – “Rise to Evil”

“Much like the Vader and Luke duel at the end of Empire, we knew we wanted to dramatize the climax of Return of the Jedi. Partly so we could see Luke dressed in black, with his new green lightsaber! Attacking this one proved difficult — another Luke and Vader clash felt redundant and thematically we couldn’t really go too deep, since we wanted to avoid major story points. Instead, focus switched to the man who orchestrated this whole thing — Emperor Palpatine. Through his chilling speech to Luke, we flash back to prequel days as the then Chancellor manipulated, deceived, and rose to power. In the end, as sabers clash, he has Luke and Vader right where he wants them.”

Stay tuned to StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel for additional Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures shorts, fun facts videos, and more.

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

“The Timelessness of Leia”: Producer Josh Rimes on the Newest Installments of Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures