grand admiral thrawn

Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of delicious, bite-sized, and surprisingly healthy bits of Star Wars news. In today’s edition:

  • Star Wars Rebels brings back a fan-favorite character.
  • Disney Cruise Lines previews its Star Wars day.
  • An extended preview of Star Wars: Rebellion.
  • A close examination of the various divisions of the clone army.
  • Look into the future of Star Wars video games.
  • Preview the newest edition of the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia.

When Lucasfilm removed the Star Wars expanded universe from official canon, they did something very crafty – they rebranded all of the old novels and stories and characters as “legends,” implying that some of them may very well turn out to be true and make a grand a return. And now, Star Wars Rebels is taking advantage of this to bring back a beloved character who only existed in the expanded universe. Yes, we’re talking about Grand Admiral Thrawn here. Here’s Making Star Wars on this crazy development, which is still at least one season away from happening:

I have heard that in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels we will be introduced to none other than the original blue guy himself, Grand Admiral Thrawn from Heir to the Empire. From the sound of things, we’re going to see Thrawn as the tactical genius of capital starship warfare he was to Expanded Universe readers in the ’90s. However, this time he will be using his evil brand of genius against the the heroes of the starship Ghost. 

Thrawn first appeared in author Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, the first novel in the beloved “Thrawn Trilogy.” If a popular “legend” character can edge back his way back into canon, then maybe there’s hope for your other favorite characters. Start prepping your Mara Jade petitions now…

Everyone draws a line somewhere when it comes to fandom. For many Star Wars fans, that may be spending an ungodly amount of money on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean just so you can participate in a Star Wars-themed day in the middle of the ocean. But you know what? No judgment. If we were already on a boat, we wouldn’t say no to sipping rum drinks alongside Stormtroopers. Anyway, Disney has revealed a first look at what this event looks like via the video above. Here’s how they describe it:

Taking place during select Western Caribbean cruises from January through April, the event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations for Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike. Check out this video to see how Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other!

Between this and the upcoming theme park expansions, Disney is doing everything in its power to drain your wallet dry. And we’re probably going to let them do it, huh?

The always interesting Star Wars Minute YouTube channel has released a new episode delving into the major divisions of the Republic’s clone army during the Clone Wars. If you’re like me and aren’t quite up to snuff on your prequel knowledge, this is good stuff.

If you want to know if the upcoming Star Wars: Rebellion board game is for you, The Dice Tower network has posted a complete play through of the game on their YouTube channel. Watching two guys play a tabletop game for a few hours may not be the most dynamic thing in the world, but if you’re on the fence about buying a $100 game, this may be what you need.

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