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You want heartwarming Star Wars stories? We’ve got ’em. You want new posters? We’ve got ’em. You want insane fan theories about how Jar Jar Binks is actually a super villain? We’ve got that too! In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Director J.J. Abrams helps a dying fan see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early.
  • New posters and cardboard standees!
  • The latest news from the Star Wars comic book canon.
  • Our best look yet at Kylo Ren’s helmet.
  • The wacky prequel fan theory that changes everything.

Force for Daniel

In July, Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. With Daniel worried that he wouldn’t live long enough to see The Force Awakens in theaters, his friends and family took to social media, using the #forcefordaniel hashtag to see if they could arrange for him to see the movie early. Soon, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Peter Mayhew had joined the cause. Now, Daniel’s wife, Ashley has taken to Facebook to reveal that director J.J. Abrams came through and arranged a screening:

To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniel’s final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all ?#forcefordaniel !!!!

This isn’t the first time Abrams has helped grant a dying wish. In 2012, he arranged an early screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for a terminally ill Star Trek fan. No matter how the finished film turns out, this was an amazing thing for Abrams, Lucasfilm, and Disney to do.

Nothing says “the Star Wars marketing is in full swing!” quite like a large cardboard standee! This one is cooler than most. Note how the art from the one-sheet is integrated into the negative space of the iconic Star Wars font. It’s slick enough that you want to rescue it from your local cinema’s dumpster in a few months and store it in your closet because you don’t have room to display it in your home!

And speaking of posters, extremely high resolution versions of those Star Wars: The Force Awakens character posters have shown up online (via Stitch Kingdom). This is your chance to zoom in and examine every spark flying from Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, to pore over ever pore on Rey’s face, to submerge yourself in the crags of Han Solo’s aged visage! Check out the hi-res versions in the gallery above.

sana solo

Speaking of Han Solo, a few months back, Marvel’s (in-canon) Star Wars comic series introduced Sana Solo, the supposed wife of everyone’s favorite roguish space smuggler. Fans debated back and forth about whether or not she was lying – after all, the comic takes place between the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Now, in the most recent issue, the truth has been revealed: Han arranged a fake wedding to cover big job he pulled a while back… but Sana decided that their nuptials were real. Bleeding Cool has scans from the comic, if you want to hear Han’s whole side of the story.

star wars comics

Speaking of Marvel, the publisher is assembling a free, 56-page “sampler” that will allow new readers to get a taste of their various comics set in the Star Wars universe. The Hollywood Reporter says that the Star Wars Sampler will be sent to comic retailers on December 9, but don’t be surprised to see these being handed out at movie theaters and fan events. Included will be previews from Marvel’s ongoing comics like Star Wars, Darth Vader and Star Wars: Kanan as well as glimpses at miniseries like Princess Leia, Lando, and Shattered Empire. Marvel’s been on-point with their Star Wars game (each of those series has either been good or great), so you’re going to want to pick one of these up.

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