I’ve barely rested up from my trip to Star Wars Weekends when some unexpectedly sudden news was released on the official Star Wars website earlier this morning:
“The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen.Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape….
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said. “I think ‘Star Wars Rebels’ will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about ‘Star Wars.’”
With the hints about concept TIE Fighters via Twitter and Vine from Dave Filoni, I never had any doubt in my mind that the new series would be in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This new series has a lot of potential, especially since the Star Wars Rebels team has twenty years that they can cover.
I’m very excited that art director Killian Plunkett as well as CG supervisor Joel Aron will be returning to work on Rebels, and I hope that other talent from The Clone Wars will be involved with the show as well.
Fan speculation flared up immediately now that Star Wars Rebels has been confirmed about which characters will take center stage and how the Expanded Universe continuity will be altered or taken into consideration. Whispers about Mara Jade, Winter, the Rebels from the Onderon arc from The Clone Wars are already circulating the internet. Personally, I’d love to see Boba Fett have a role in this series. The Rebels need other adversaries, don’t they? Vader can’t hunt down the last of the Jedi on his own.
Either way, I trust that if Dave Filoni and his team will put the same effort that they did into Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars fans can expect to see an amazing new series.
With bags packed into our car, my family, clad in Star Wars tee shirts and tanks, climbed into our Speeder and left for Star Wars Weekends! We arrived later than previous years, but the lines were amazingly short so early! My family was able to hop right on Rock N’ Roller Coaster as well as Tower of Terror within the first thirty minutes in the park. The first day, my family went on a lot of rides and saved most of the shows for the second day. We did go to Visit to the Maul on day 1, and it was so incredible! Ray Park astonished everyone with not only his abilities, but his kindness. Seeing him interact with all the kids on stage was adorable!
I knew that a lot of fans that I’ve met through Instagram, the Lakehouse Forums, and Twitter were going to Weekends, but I never thought I would be able to find so many people in one day! On Friday I had the chance to meet the Lady Rogues, Billy Jepma, and Kim for the first time in person:
The Lady Rogues
HUFriday twinning with Kim
I also FINALLY got into Darth’s Maul after baking in the parking lot! I changed into my Padme Her Universe shirt to keep the sun off my shoulders. At least there was some shade provided via a few umbrellas, and the Tower looked incredible from a different angle! As always, the Her Universe section looked incredible, with the perfect combination of feminine and geek! I’m so happy that my mom finally got to meet Ashley!! In the past my dad and my brothers met her at Star Wars Weekends and at Celebration VI, and, although my mom is a Star Wars fan, she usually stayed at home with our animals! I always love getting to see Ashley! This was the first time I’ve seen her since CVI and the launch of Year of the Fangirl on Her Universe, and it was so nice to talk to her again. Her Universe, the Clone Wars, and Star Wars have meant so much to me as a fangirl, and my passion for Star Wars has been able to grow unhindered since I’ve been able to interact with more fangirls in the Star Wars community ♥ Day 1 of Star Wars Weekends was a blast!
I’m very excited that I’m going to Star Wars Weekends this year! Not only will I be going with my family, but I’ll be going with two other amazing Star Wars fan families!!
I’ll be going the first weekend, May 17-19, and the confirmed guest list for Weekend One includes Ray Park (Darth Maul), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex – The Clone Wars), with James Arnold Taylor (the voice of Obi-Wan in Star Wars the Clone Wars), and Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano) as hosts for all four weekends.
I’m also excited for the new Her Universe items that will be debuting at Star Wars Weekends, especially the exclusive Return of the Jedi necklace, and the new Padme shirt. I also love the design of the Ventress top and I adore the Rogue Squadron dress and tank!
I always love Star Wars Weekends because Disney has some awesome Star Wars shows, some great rides, and is bursting with everyone’s favorite Star Wars characters who walk around the park, take pictures, and interact with the fans.
Is anyone going to Star Wars Weekends? What are you most looking forward to?
From the aliens in the Max Rebo Band at Jabba’s palace to the creatures who hang around the lower levels of Coruscant, you can’t have Star Wars and not have a specific alien or two come to mind.
A few popular alien species include:
- Banthas are classified as non-sentient and are large wooly creatures that are usually spotted with their Tusken riders on Tatooine.
- Duros were known for their large red eyes and for their greenish blue skin color. A notable Duros is the bounty hunter Cad Bane.
- Kel Dor species wore masks to protect them when in different atmospheres, since their home world’s atmosphere was not composed of oxygen.
- Mynocks were parasitical non-sentient organisms that could live in the vacuum of space.
- Nautolan Nautolans are from the aquatic home world of Glee Anslem. A notable Nautolan in the Star Wars universe is Jedi master Kit Fisto.