(In)Definite Article #4: Expected Universe

Or “A New Hope: Why the High Republic isn’t the Old Republic, but that is Alright Probably. And Star Wars discourse is incredibly annoying.”

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Definite Article: The Rise of Skywalker Unpacking Your Disappointment (or How Nerds Need to Learn to Calm Down)

Love it or hate it, The Rise of Skywalker is a movie.

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Imperial Reinforcements: Flame Troopers

Had to build these after seeing them in Jedi Fallen Order. All purist, largely a snow trooper with a different setup for the head. This uses an Imperial combat driver head (the white version) with a white Imperial officer helmet. The kama could be optional, as could the white ninja bandana, but I think they add nice layers to the build.

Castle Vader Comes to Lego

There was a short rumor period surrounding this set before it was officially revealed by Lego this week. Weighing in at 1,060 pieces (a respectable $0.12 per piece), Darth Vader’s Castle is now available for preorder exclusively through Amazon and Lego stores. The importance of this castle is being expanded upon as we speak through comics, novels, and video games since the lair’s first appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And there’s a lot to love in this big set. Let’s break it down and see what Castle Vader has to offer. . .

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Watch “Star Wars Resistance: Meet Team Fireball” on YouTube

The first look at Star Wars: Resistance is here! See it all in motion and hear the characters’ voices for the first time. I’ve been saying for years that anime needs to meet Star Wars, and this looks to be a good start at bridging that gap.

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What if Darth Vader Exploded? (Part One)

Think back to the last time you watched Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We aren’t here to talk about how much you liked or disliked it. It could be 1999, it could be ten minutes ago. I don’t care. Actually, I want to talk about a curious throwaway line. Anakin Skywalker and his mother Shmi are sitting at dinner, giving some insight to their guests Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jar Jar Binks, and Queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala, about life on Tatooine. A sandstorm rustles and wails outside, and then Anakin gives some insight into the cruel methods used to keep slaves in line. He mentions a transmitter inside his body (as well as all local slaves) that will detonate if the slave attempts to escape.

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Watch “Solo: A Star Wars Story In-Home Trailer (Official)” on YouTube

Han and Chewie get into a snowball fight on Vandor in the teaser for the home release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. If that doesn’t fill an empty space in your heart you didn’t even know you had, I don’t know what to tell you. Don’t go solo – watch it with a friend this September! And if your friend was one of those annoying boycotters, don’t lend it to them and explain (perhaps re-explain) how a boycott works!