One of Han Solo’s original blasters just sold at auction for $200,000. At that price, it’s a wonder the Rebellion can afford to compete with the Empire. No wonder all their gear was second-hand. More info on that after the break, along with:

  • Tim Curry is rumored to be back as a voice on Star Wars Rebels,
  • If you’re already ready for next Christmas, Spike has a chorus line of Xmas stormtroopers,
  • But no holiday-themed Star Wars footage can compare to the awful grandeur of the original Star Wars Holiday Special, which you can watch below, if you dare.

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The Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in its entirety only once, and has never been released on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray (although it isn’t hard to find bootleg copies online and at local comic book conventions). For those who haven’t seen the special, here is a short description from wikipedia:

In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Attichitcuk, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpawarrump. During the special, scenes also take place in outer space and in spacecraft including the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer. The variety-show segments and cartoon introduce a few other locales, such as a cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine and a gooey, reddish ocean planet known as Panna.

There is no reason for anyone to sit through the entire 97-minute special, even if you’re a hardcore Star Wars geek. It is as bad as everyone says it is. Paul Seattle has done the work for you, and has edited the abomination down into a five minute abridged version. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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