In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Making of The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Blast Points Podcast’s Cavalcade of Content
  • The Rise of Skywalker Novelization: Additional Scenes & Easter Eggs
  • An interview with Star Wars Creature & Special Make-up Effects Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan
  • And more!

The Making of The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Phil Szostak is the Creative Art Manager at Lucasfilm. He’s also the author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hit shelves on March 31. Over at StarWars.com, Szostak discusses his latest book and chronicling the concept art phase of the final entry in the Skywalker Saga. Check out an excerpt from the article below:

“Looking at our database as I write this, there were upwards of 20,000 pieces of concept art created for The Rise of SkywalkerThe Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has 684 pieces squeezed into its pages, the precise number of pages (256) that each of the Art of Star Wars books have. So, there’s a surprising amount of math that goes into it, knowing that I have X amount of subjects to cover and only so much room to cover them. I do my best to stick to those numbers when placing art into the rough layout.”

While on the subject of concept art, Szostak recently took to Twitter to show off an early exploration of Kylo Ren in his sanctuary by concept artist Andrée Wallin:

If you haven’t picked up Szostak’s excellent book yet, our friends at Gizmodo have an exclusive look at some of the concept art featured in the hardcover tome, including a BB-8 Battle Tank!

Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection

Arriving on October 20, 2020, Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection canon reference book from Insight Editions, written by Daniel Wallace, will be a detailed visual guide showcasing every lightsaber from the Star Wars canon. You can pre-order the book at Amazon. Here’s a snippet from the leaked product description, via Reddit:

“Each spread features a detailed illustration of each lightsaber, allowing readers to see the intricate detail in the hilts and the brilliance of each energy blade, as well as information about the construction and filmmaking secrets about the creation of each weapon.”

Lando Calrissian Trilogy Posters

The Calrissian Chronicles – Amazing Retro Posters By Peter Stults

Artist Peter Stults has created a trio of posters for a Lando Calrissian film series called The Calrissian Chronicles, based upon Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Lando Calrissian Adventures novels of the ’80s.

This imagined trilogy would be directed by Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run), with a script Stanley Mann (Conan the Destroyer), Irvin Kershner (director of The Empire Strikes Back), and story by George Lucas himself. However, instead of John Williams doing the movie, Peter Bernstein (The Ewok Adventure) would be composing the score.

Check out the Lando Calrissian trilogy posters and all the cool details here.

Podcast: Blast Points Celebrates the Love!

The Quarantine Can’t Stop Blast Points Podcast

Blast Points Podcast hosts Jason Gibner and Gabe Bott have generated a ton of excellent content to keep us entertained during the quarantine. The duo put out seven episodes alone in March, with topics covering the classic Dark Horse Star Wars comic series Tales of the Jedi, The Skywalker Legacy documentary, and the rise of Ahsoka Tano.

In Episode 211 – The Star Wars FEET Discussion, topics include: what’s inside Chewbacca’s feet, what’s under a Jawa’s robes, and why Max Rebo is only feet. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel weird inside as you celebrate the love with Jason, Gabe, and special guest Tom Spina of Regal Robot.

Then, in Bonus Episode – QVC 1996 Star Wars Collectibles Show (Commentary), Jason and Gabe watch the two magic Steves, Steve Bryant and Steve Sansweet in a classic Star Wars QVC special! It’s nonstop good times as the duo travels back to 1996, and you can watch along with their commentary thanks to the magic of YouTube:

The Rise of Skywalker’s Bad Robot Cameo

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many fans have spotted B1 Battle Droids in Babu Frik’s workshop, but did you catch the cameo by the red mechanical mascot of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions? Reddit user u/NickMoore30 posted a behind-the-scenes image of the robot – a screengrab from The Skywalker Legacy documentary, included with the home video release of The Rise of Skywalker:

The Star Wars Show Presents: Mad Props

Lucasfilm Archivist Madlyn Burkert gives us an exclusive look at some never-before-seen props featured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, including the Sith Wayfinder, Leia’s lightsaber, and more!

Toy Polloi Brings Boba Fett Back to Life

If you’re unfamiliar with Youtube user Toy Polloi, the vintage toy collector has a channel devoted to the repair and restoration of vintage and modern toy lines, including Star Wars, Transformers, Mego, Masters of the Universe, Micronauts, Six Million Dollar Man, and GI. Joe. Check out his paint repair guide for a vintage Kenner Boba Fett:

Speaking of vintage Kenner action figures, did you spot Greedo, Walrus Man, Snaggletooth, and Hammerhead’s cameos in The Clone Wars episode “Gone With a Trace,” based on their Kenner action figure appearances?

ICYMI: An Interview with Neal Scanlan

With The Rise of Skywalker now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD, I recently got the chance to speak to Creature & Special Make-up Effects Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan about his work on the film. He discussed the process of creating creatures for the saga, the origins of Babu Frik, and some tantalizing details on a character we didn’t see. You can read the full interview here.

Galaxy of Adventures Returns

Have you watched Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures? This series of animated shorts, which you can check out at StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, reimagine some of the saga’s greatest moments and characters. The series recently began its second season and you can check out two of the latest episodes below:

Alex Explains It All on Star Wars Explained

And finally, Alex over at Star Wars Explained has been churning out a bunch of great content lately, specifically around The Rise of Skywalker. Check out the videos below to learn all about the five additional scenes included in Rae Carson’s novelization, as well as all of the easter eggs, references, and connections found within the book, which I’d highly recommend!

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