Rogue One News Tidbits

Rogue One's charactersThe second Rogue One trailer came out October 13th. If there was ever a demand for a way to turn visual images into edible delicacies, it was then. While there’s no big news about the movie, or star drama behind the scenes, there have been plenty of cool stories to help fan the hype flames in the months leading to the next Star Wars installment.

Rogue One mini-news:

Both Rogue One trailers have been well-received, but one fan (or perhaps a group) decided to go the next step. They cut together video and dialogue from both trailers into an ambitious and stirring six-minute video, building from the scenes of Jyn Erso and her father, to Jyn’s recruitment, to the mission to steal the Death Star plans. It looks like it could be a professionally-made trailer.

A few months before “The Force Awakens” came out, terminally-ill fan Daniel Fleetwood, 32, got to see the film early. Early November of 2015, Daniel was able to watch the film in a private, early screening. Only a week later, he would succumb to spindle cell sarcoma. A similar story—of fan Neil Hanvey—happened in August. After fighting cancer for three and a half years, Hanvey’s family began a hastag campaign on Twitter, asking the filmmakers give him a chance to see the movie. He got his wish, and died a week later. We assume this is a result of the cancer, not the movie’s quality.

Alan Tudyk, famous for his portrayal of Wash in “Firefly,” won’t have his face shown—he plays hulking droid K-2SO. However, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) revealed he did have an acted cameo, but it didn’t make the cut. Apparently, he played the character as played by his “Con Man” character, Wray Nerely. The character Wray is a struggling actor shoe-horned into SF roles and makes the rounds at cons.

As we get closer to Rogue One, more information and news is sure to come out; we’ll be sure to include it. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun Star Wars information.

Terrible Star Wars costumes

We like to think we’re positive people. However, we also know we know costumes, especially Star Wars costumes. Every Halloween you’re probably going to see some cool homemade costumes and flashy outfits to drool over, but you will also find some costumes able to benefit from a little more work. Again, we’re positive people, so we can ignore costumes from younger fans, or those meant to be low-quality or cost, but some Star Wars costumes just make you laugh. Here are 4 terrible Star Wars costumes:

The Best of the Terrible:

Terrible three charactersOur first picture presents us with a strange quandary: Who are these characters? From left to right it’s Giant White Solo Cup with blue decals, King Midas ready for a battle, and someone trying desperately to keep the rain off. Oh, he has buns duct taped to his head. Duct taped. That’s going to be a difficult removal process. For C-3PO as well! R2-D2 is the best costume here for just removal purposes.

Terrible Darth Vader MaskSpeaking frankly, the Stormtrooper helmet doesn’t look very bad at all. Maybe a bit misshapen, but aren’t we all? The other mask, however, looks more like Futurama’s Bender than a Lord of the Sith. One of the most defining features of Darth Vader’s helmet is the shape, and this example misses the mark. Don’t worry kid, keep at it.

Terrible R2-D2 costumeDon’t stare too long; it may cause nightmares. Honestly, this isn’t the worst costume we’ve ever seen, or even near to the worst, but the…entire package is a bit disturbing. Best we can come up with, during a monster movie this is the joke monster the protagonists would see while escaping something much worse. Not really very scary, but not very fun to look at, either.

Terrible Jabba the Hutt CostumeJabba the Hutt, why are you packed full of bowling balls? It’s a question for the ages. Not every crime lord has the body volume to carry so many orbs. This costume is the lumpiest thing since Chewbacca’s son. We’re also rather unsure of what he’s holding, though it could be a poker, in case the helium balloons taking up this costume’s space make it float away.

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Panaka Character Corner

If you’ve seen Star Wars Episode I, you’ve probably seen Captain Quarsh Panaka, though you may not know his name. He is the stoic, pessimistic, and conserved head of Amidala’s security, who helps Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan protect Amidala and drive out the Trade Federation. What happens to him after the movie?

Panaka’s Rise and FallCaptain Panaka

When Amidala’s term as queen of Naboo ended, Panaka remained to protect the next queen, Jamillia. When Amidala became a galactic senator, he spent some time protecting her, but for the most part stayed on Naboo. He assigned his nephew, Captain Gregar Typho, to the senator.

After the Clone Wars had broken out, Panaka learned of Amidala and Anakin’s marriage. He informed Palpatine, who used the knowledge to his advantage, turning Anakin against his friends, leading to the destruction of the republic and the Jedi.

During the Galactic Civil War Panaka stayed loyal to the emperor. Eventually promoted to Commander, he was tasked with exploring an uncharted planet. He met a Human-Sephi hybrid and battled interdimensional “Rozzums,” and became Moff of the Chommell sector.

Following the death of the emperor, Panaka met with Princess Leia Organa. He found Leia’s new republic illegitimate, despite her attempts to draw him to her side. Even after a threat of attack, he refused to relent. In 13 ABY, the empire fell for good, and the New Republic replaced him with a Gungan senator.

Moff PanakaBehind the Scenes

Captain Panaka prepared for the worst. Humorless and grim, he was often on alert, and was called “the quickest eyes on Naboo.” His officers found him distant, demanding and professional. He was bilingual, and could speak Huttese.

Hugh Quarshie plays Panaka in Episode I. Jeff Coopwood voices the character in most video games. Quarshie decided not to return for Episode II, saying he did not think the studio offered him enough money. The Brazilian dub changed his name to “Panassi,” since his original name is similar to “panaca,” which translates to “douchebag.”

2016 Top Five Star Wars Costumes

Rey, one of the top 2016 costumesYou only have one month left until Halloween — have you found the perfect costume for yourself yet? If you haven’t, there’s no need to be afraid. Here we will list five of the most popular Star Wars costumes for 2016 so far.

2016 Top Costumes: Deluxe Rey Girls Costume

To no one’s surprise, Rey is one of the most popular characters this Halloween. As the first of the next generation of Jedi, she’s destined for great things while she’s training with her new master Luke Skywalker. With the Deluxe Rey Girls Costume, turn a young Jedi into this incredible new weapon against the Sith for Halloween!

Princess Leia Slave Womens Costume

This outfit will surely outlast us all! The Princess Leia Slave Womens Costume is a titillating outfit great for adult-themed events. The Hutt crime lord Jabba forces Leia’s embarrassing look on her in Episode VI before Luke manages to rescue her, and has become an iconic look in pop-culture. Family Guy, World of Warcraft, Dancing with the Stars, and even Friends have all featured the outfit.

Deluxe Luke Skywalker Kids Costume

The original hero of Star Wars! The Deluxe Luke Skywalker Kids Costume is based on the young Jedi’s look during his life on Tatooine. Perfect for classic fans of the original trilogy, this outfit goes well with a lightsaber, and is a look anybody will be able to recognize.

Standard Jedi Adult Robe Costume

The Jedi are the famous protectors, warriors, and peacekeepers of the galaxy. Anyone can join their storied ranks for Halloween! With the Standard Jedi Adult Robe Costume, it’s possible to turn any number of outfits into an original Jedi costume. You can also create an Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, or Anakin outfit!

Deluxe Kylo Ren Kids Costume

A new villain has appeared! Kylo Ren’s powerful performance in Episode VII has made him the new Sith warrior for Halloween! While Darth Vader will never die, the Deluxe Kylo Ren Kids Costume is ready to make waves as the new cloaked and masked costume for Star Wars fans in 2016!

Thanks for reading about the 2016 costumes! We hope your Halloween end up fantastic. Come back next week for more fun fan information. Finally, don’t forget to enter our official sweepstakes!

Battle: Vader and Luke against Rey and Kylo Ren

Luke and Vader battle against Kylo Ren and ReyA few times in the past, we’ve pitted Star Wars character from different eras against each other, investigating who would emerge victorious. We’ve had Han and Chewie against the Fetts, Mace Windu against Darth Maul, and more, and now we have a collection of new characters to pick and choose from. Now, for your enjoyment, we present the battle of Rey and Kylo Ren against Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

At first it seems like a very one-sided battle. Darth Vader, the most powerful Jedi ever, and one of the few to ever beat him, Luke Skywalker, against an upstart Sith and a nameless Jedi? Might as well just end the blog post here. So, to make it a little more fair, we’re going to say Luke is Episode IV Luke, with little training and just the barest notion of what the Jedi and Sith even are. Let’s look at each character, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how the battle might end up going.


Strengths – Rey Nolastname is a dark horse in this fight. Though she clearly has the powers of the Jedi, and was even able to beat Kylo Ren in a fight, Rey is untrained and unsure of her own abilities. She can shoot, handle a lightsaber, use minor force abilities, and has a definite willpower. She is also a talented mechanic.

Weaknesses – With no training of any kind, physical or mental, she is at a huge disadvantaged with juggernaut Vader on the field. Getting into a straight duel would spell the end for her.

Kylo Ren:

Strengths – We just said Rey beat him, but there is a caveat. Earlier, Chewbacca shoots Kylo Ren with his Wookiee bowcaster, a weapon powerful enough to disembowel at a distance. Not only does he survive the blow, but he then fights Finn and Rey in the climactic battle. Clearly, the man has more physical power than he gets credit for. He’s also talented with his lightsaber, well-versed in the force, and ruthless.

Weaknesses – As the heartbreaking bridge scene tells us, Kylo Ren is wracked with guilt and unsure if he should really be playing his part as Sith Lord. He also can sometimes lose focus, as well as losing control when his anger gets the best of him.

Darth Vader:

Strengths – Power, armor, lightsaber skills, force mastery.

Weaknesses – despite his imposing size and strength, he is a hurt man. Striking his life-support systems could put him out of commission, and a long, drawn-out battle would tire him. Finally, if somebody can reach the emotional side he’s hidden deep within it may stun him.

Luke Skywalker:

Strengths – Luke is a talented pilot, and engineer. He also has his ligthsaber in hand, is a good shot, and has a deep connection to the force. He also has youthful pluck in spades.

Weaknesses – Not very well-trained, not very strong, and without the quiet intensity Rey has, Luke is a huge handcuff for Vader in a two-on-two.

The battle:

Of the four, Kylo is the most likely to rush into battle. The question is would he go after Luke or Vader? The point seems moot, since Vader would probably leap to Luke’s defense. Either way, the two battles would be Kylo against Vader and Luke against Rey.

Luke and Rey, both beginning their Jedi lives, would likely take things slow. However, Rey seems more aggressive of the two, as well as having even more natural abilities than Luke. The close-quarters battle we see at the end of Episode VII gives credence to the thought Rey will quickly overpower Luke, leading to her victory.

Kylo might catch Vader off-guard, but his skill is no match for Vader’s experience, as well as the incredible power Vader possesses naturally. His armor also provides him more. It’s more of a toss-up than Rey and Luke, but still trends in Vader’s favor.

With Rey and Darth Vader left, victory all but seems certain of the original trilogy villain. If Vader teases and tests her, as he did with Luke at the end of Episode V, she may find an opening and poke through, but most of the time Vader will emerge victorious.

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Grand Heritage New Costumes

Trying to find a costume with a little more oomph this Halloween, but still want to show off Star Wars style? We now offer a new set of grand heritage costumes that are sure to make you feel ready to take on the Sith, conquer the galaxy, or rule Cloud City!

A Grand Heritage of Star Wars!

Kylo Ren Grand HeritageAs the new villain of the Star Wars movies, Kylo Ren still has a lot to show us. He dueled Rey, sent Han Solo down an endless shaft, and even took a bowcaster bolt straight to the chest. Pick up the Grand Heritage Kylo Ren Adult Costume to turn yourself into the next generation of the Sith. Continue Darth Vader’s legacy of power over the galaxy!

Rey Grand HeritageWear the Grand Heritage Rey Adult Costume to become the newest heroine of the sequel trilogy! She may not know much about her history and heritage, but she knows she has a great destiny in store. As she battles against Kylo Ren and the First Order, this young Jedi looks to save the galaxy from the Sith once again!

Han Solo Grand HeritageHe isn’t the first space rogue, but Han Solo is the progenitor of every morally-ambivalent spacefarer since the beginning. When you get the Grand Heritage Han Solo Adult Costume, you’re ready to join Luke, Princess Leia, and your dependable co-pilot Chewie at what will eventually turn into one of the greatest movie events of all time!

Lando Calrissian Grand HeritageIn the Grand Heritage Lando Calrissian Adult Costume, become the famous ruler of Bespin’s floating Cloud City! The Empire made a grave mistake when it double-crossed this sharp-witted smooth talker. Don’t miss this character from the Empire Strikes Back–looking good has never been easier!

X-Wing Fighter Grand HeritageThe Rebels must always be ready to fight a larger and more powerful force. In the Grand Heritage X-Wing Fighter Pilot Adult Costume, you’re part of the Rebel’s space-fighting force. Launch the attack against the Death Star, defend Echo base, and battle among dueling fleets over the forest moon of Endor!

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Sabine Wren Leads Rebels Season 3

Ezra and Sabine gracing the season three posterThe third season of Star Wars Rebels debuts on September 24th, and it promises exciting adventures and classic action to rival the previous two seasons. Main characters Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren will lead us through the events following the end of season two: Kanan Jarrus’ blindness, and Ahsoka Tano’s death. Season three also promises a fan-favorite in the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This brilliant and analytical leader is featured in the famous Timothy Zahn Expanded Universe novels. The crew of the ghost, now with a base on the planet Atollon, must contend with the Empire’s growing power and escape the unbeatable Thrawn.

Sabine and Ezra’s new roles

After his meeting with former Sith Lord Darth Maul, Ezra has become closer to the dark side. His anger has come to the front. After the respective death and blindness of Ahsoka and Kanan, he is determined to not let anything hurt his friends. Thanks to the influence of the Sith Holocron, Ezra now fights more aggressively. Fights against stormtroopers ends in death instead of just injuries. With his long locks cut and his focus on defeating the empire, it’s clear we have a new leader in Ezra.

Furthermore, Sabine Wren looks to take on an even larger role. The rebel fleet comes to rely on her more and more as the danger increases. Her armor and hair color may be different, but her skills remain fresh. With Thrawn on the other side of the table, will she be able to triumph?

Marc Buhaj, senior vice president of programming and the general manager of Disney, said: “We are proud to bring our audience a third season of Star Wars Rebels, a series that has resonated across generations.” Buhaj added, “The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a Star Wars property including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil.”

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Kids Princess Paradise Costumes

There is no age barrier to loving Star Wars. Ever since the first movie touched down, kids and adults alike have loved it for its adventure, action, and excitement. Halloween is the perfect time for young fans to show their appreciation, especially with Episode VII and Rogue One. We are now offering a group of delightful Princess Paradise costumes in a number of styles for kids and toddlers!

Ready for Halloween

Kids Wicket costumeIn the Premium Wicket Kid’s Costume, your child becomes the very first of the short, cuddly, and helpful Ewoks. Ignoring the time they tried to eat most of the characters. Wicket is the Ewok who first comes across Leia after the tense and exciting speederbike chase on the forest moon of Endor, and now your child can wear a warm jumpsuit and hood to make him or herself look just like this original trilogy character!

Toddler Premium Chewbacca costumeIt’s easy to call almost any Star Wars character a fan favorite, but Chewbacca is, for all purposes, a fan favorite. In the Premium Chewbacca Toddler Costume, get a huggable, furry jumpsuit and bandolier pouch. Make a tiny fan one of Star Wars’ biggest characters. Whether she’s on her way to Alderaan with Luke, Han, and Obi-Wan, or going to one house after the other on Halloween, this is the perfect costume!

Girls R2-D2 DressPrincess Paradise includes a collection of out-of-this-world dresses like the Classic R2-D2 Kid’s Dress! While the little astromech droid can only communicate in beeps and whistles, this stellar Star Wars fan will have plenty other words at her disposal to signal her approval. Pair up with one of our fun C-3PO costumes for kids or adults, and make one of the classic duos of movie history!

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Prizes From our Third Sweepstakes

For the third year in a row, Official Costumes is offering a spectacular Halloween Sweepstakes! Grab one of five weekly $50 gift cards, as well as one of two $500 grand prizes!

Starting yesterday, you can sign up on our website for your chance to make Halloween incredible. We offer five weekly prizes of $50 – drawn and announced on our Facebook pages September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, as well as October 7th. These prizes are available at any of our Official Costumes websites, including Star Wars, Superhero, and our hub site, which has it all! By entering for these weekly prizes you’re also entering into the grand prize drawing. Two lucky winners will receive $500 gift cards, chosen randomly on October 14th. All you have to do is enter your email.

Good luck to everyone who enters our third annual sweepstakes, and here’s hoping everyone has a happy Halloween season!

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Mon Calamari

Mon CalamariIn Return of the Jedi, Tim Rose and Erik Bauersfeld combined their talents to produce Admiral Gial Ackbar. Rose puppeteered and Erik voiced a character seen on film maybe a total of five minutes. He is one of the Mon Calamari — a bipedal, amphibious race from the planet of Dac (commonly known as Mon Cala). This is their story.

Squid Society

Like other species in the Star Wars universe, there is a great deal of information about the Mon Calamari, though much is officially non-canon. Able to breathe through both gills and lungs, Mon Calamari are more comfortable on land, and they can still drown. With bulbous heads, huge fish-like eyes, and webbed hands, they are easy to recognize. Their hands feature suction cups, and they see in a different wavelength than humans. Since Mon Calamari faces are rather stiff, eyes are used to show emotion: staring with the left eye shows surprise, while the right eye is a challenge or an expression of love. Things are complicated in the dating scene, it seems.

Advanced and civilized, the Mon Calamari culture included great creativity in arts, music, literature, and science. They tended to be soft-spoken and gentle, extremely tempered and slow to anger. Many saw them as determined and dedicated, not willing to give up. This combination of temperament and focus made them famous allies for both the Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance.

Due to the fact they saw their work as art rather than simply function, the Mon Calamari also became known as first-class starship builders,. Efficient and unique while still remaining useful to other species, we can see numerous examples of Mon Calamari ships in the battle scene of Return of the Jedi.

Ride of the Mon Calamari
Mon Cala Shipyard
Mon Cala Shipyard

Though they cherished peace, the Mon Calamari were not above fighting. Long traditions of military service extended down family trees for generations, believing their warrior skills second-to-none. When the Galactic Empire took control, warfare began to define the Mon Calamari. They allied with the rebels, and began producing warships. Thousands of soldiers filled the ranks of the rebellion.

Rivaling the wookiees in their resolve, the Mon Calamari could fight on land, and pilot their unique craft with expert precision. They were also, naturally, well-suited for amphibious assaults. Even after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, they continued supplying the Republic with ships and weapons, eventually creating an artificial shipyard ring around their planet.

Famous Mon Calamari Admiral Ackbar was in The Force Awakens. Following the death of Erik Bauersfeld, the character may end up retired for future films.

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Admiral Ackbar
You’re reading this in my voice!