In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Toy Empire: The British Force Behind Star Wars Toys on BBC
  • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars Vr Series Is Coming to Playstation VR
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark Audiobook Excerpt
  • First Editions of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising Pay Homage to the Grand Admiral
  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special to Premiere on Disney+
  • Funko Reveals New the Child Pop! Bobblehead
  • And More!

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Ahsoka vs Maul

If you aren’t watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you probably missed one of the best lightsaber fights in the franchise’s history in last Friday’s episode. Ahsoka Tano and Maul clashed on Mandalore, and since executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni knew that confrontation was a big deal for fans, he wanted to make sure the lightsaber fight was taken to the next level.

So he utilized performance capture technology and brought in Ray Park, the actor who portrayed Maul in The Phantom Menace (and briefly again in Solo: A Star Wars Story), to embody the character one more time. Check out this new featurette that shows how the scene was achieved.
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Ray Park Solo interview

Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t land with quite the splash that Disney and Lucasfilm wanted, but one moment that was a big hit with fans was the secret cameo of Darth Maul, embodied once again by actor Ray Park.

I had a chance to catch up with Park in advance of Solo‘s home video release, and he told us about Lucasfilm’s hardcore secrecy, shooting that sequence, working with actor Sam Witwer (who provides the character’s voice), and more. Plus, he even showed us a few lightsaber moves and shared a story about filming the iconic lightsaber duel at the end of The Phantom Menace. Check out our Ray Park Solo interview below. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Season Finale Zero Hour

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post mistakenly referred to the season finale as “Twin Suns,” which was last week’s episode. The finale is titled “Zero Hour.”

The Star Wars canon will never be the same again after the Star Wars Rebels season 3 finale, titled “Zero Hour,” airs this Saturday.

The highly anticipated two-part finale sees a final showdown between Grand Admiral Thrawn and the Ghost crew, along with one unexpected cameo (although it all has to find a way to live up to last week’s Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul rematch). Before it all comes to a head this weekend, get a sneak peek at some brand-new images and a preview clip from Disney XD’s animated show.

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Craig Drake Millennium Falcon metal

Some Episode VII speculation, lots of video game news and the ultimate Star Wars champion are all in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Peter Mayhew comments on potentially coming back for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • The creative director of Uncharted is in charge of the a new Star Wars video game.
  • Footage from a cancelled Darth Maul video game is now online.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is the 2014 Star Wars champion.
  • One of the latest rumors is Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan could be in Episode VII.
  • Check out a new poster for Star Wars Rebels, which may reveal new info next month.
  • Watch a blooper reel for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
  • Artist Craig Drake released three amazing new Star Wars posters, available now.

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Raise your hand if you went to see Meet Joe Black in 1998 just to catch the first teaser trailer for The Phantom Menace. (And, unwittingly, to see Brad Pitt bounced around by cars.) Now raise your hand if you would pay to see an unrelated movie just to catch the first glimpse of Star Wars post-converted to 3D. I think the numbers will be a lot different this time.

But the October 21 release of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D The Three Musketeers will be the first chance for most people to see the new 3D-converted Phantom Menace trailer. Get your tickets now! And speaking of The Phantom Menace, turns out the death of Darth Maul in that film wasn’t actually the character’s end, as he’s due to be resurrected this fall in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Details on that are below. Read More »