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Forever: Disney’s Plan for Star Wars

Can Star Wars continue forever?Traditionally, more is better. More time to sleep is better than less time to sleep. A greater amount of cottage cheese is better than less cottage cheese. More time before hitting the ground after leaping out of an exploding plane is better than less. So, more Star Wars should be better than less Star Wars, right? (Insert your own prequel trilogy joke here) Let’s assume yes, because we like Star Wars. Here’s the question we want to pose: could we ever run out of Star Wars? Can Star Wars continue forever?

We have already seen two large-screen examples of new Star Wars goodness since Disney purchased it, Episode VII in 2015, and Rogue One in 2016. This year, we get Episode VIII (“The Last Jedi”), and next year is the Han Solo anthology story. 2019 gives us Episode IX, and 2020 is—supposedly—when the Boba Fett movie will arrive. Beyond that, plans are in place for movies extending through 2030. What other stories will Disney show us?

Will they opt to continue to sew new plots out of thin air? Will they take stories from the old Expanded Universe, such as the Yuuzhan Vong, Thrawn, or Dark Empire? Perhaps we’ll see more anthologies, such as origin stories for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, or other favorites?

Star Wars Can Go Forever

If Disney had its say, Star Wars would go forever, for a simple reason: that sweet cash, yo. The Force Awakens earned over two billion dollars, and Rogue one has earned more than one billion, amounts of money known as Scroogian. Disney wants to dive in and never hit bottom, and there’s no reason to stop making movies—and, hence, stop making money—if people are still going to movies and buying merchandise. Star Wars is the biggest name in Hollywood, and they will always have top talent to pick and choose from.

Did you know Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, was in The Force Awakens? He was the Stormtrooper Rey manipulates on Starkiller base. A world-renowned actor played a faceless bit part because it’s Star Wars. Directors will fight each other to the death to direct the next installation. Unknown actresses will line up around the block to become the next Daisy Ridley.

With these facts, Star Wars has staying power like none other. Maybe it will continue forever. Would it be so bad?

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Star Wars’ Universe Problem

the Star Wars universeWith new movies, novels, comic books, and TV shows bearing the Star Wars brand, we fans now have a unique problem: How to Deal with Duel Universes. We have the canon universe and we have the “legends” universe.

On April 25th, 2014, Lucasfilm announced changes to the Star Wars canon. Officially, the only pieces of canon remaining were: the original trilogy films, the prequel trilogy films, the Clone Wars television series and film, the Star Wars Rebels series (and its supplementary material), “Star Wars Insider” fiction, beginning with “Blade Squadron” in Star Wars Insider 149, information found in the StarWars.com Databank, information previously found in the now-defunct StarWars.com Encyclopedia, and all officially-licensed source material released following the September 2, 2014 novel A New Dawn. This canon universe now includes The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and their supplemental material.

So how does the common fan continue enjoying the expanded universe, now known as Legends, and the new canon? It doesn’t require fracturing your mind into two distinct halves, each containing a sector of your memory within—don’t do that.

A Universe in both hands

However, it can still be difficult to appreciate the expanded universe when the new movies are now taking over. Likewise, watching the new movies and placing their events alongside what would be happening in the expanded universe. The EU has a great deal of incredible moments—Chewbacca’s emotional death, Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker’s romance, General Thrawn’s incredible brilliance—and we can still take inspiration and enjoyment from them.

We—as fans—must take joy in the things we have received.  We can still enjoy and cherish the EU, and certainly there is enough to last a lifetime if we want. Star Wars is a work of fiction, and it should be a small step from understanding the events did not actually happen to holding the distinct universes separate and enjoying both.

Just like for any piece of entertainment, mileage may very. There will be parts of either universe we may not like, but those parts don’t lower it below the other. A specific instance may show why one universe is bad, but it does not show why the other is better.

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Fans of Star Wars in 2016

Fans make huge AT-ACT model2016 was a big year for Star Wars. We saw more Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One, and more. Beyond those powerful feats, a number of star wars fans found themselves in the spotlight, big or small. Therefore, today we list those people, who tell us being a fan of this great series is never dull.

Chewbacca Mask Lady

Perhaps the biggest event for Star Wars fandom was Chewbacca Mask Lady. When Texas mother Candace Payne went to get some Star Wars toys for her kids, she found something for herself as well. She posted a four-minute video on Facebook of herself wearing an electronic Chewbacca mask, laughing with joy in the driver’s seat of her car. The video has over 140 million views, consequently breaking the previous record. The video is a simple exhibition of Star Wars, good cheer, and the simple joys of life. It, the video, also has a Wikipedia page.

Kid with the Tauntaun costume

For Halloween, one young fan’s handy parents created a one-of-a-kind tauntaun costume for trick or treating in the cold. The costume features a tauntaun bottom, while the child acts as the legs, and a top dressed like a Hoth rebel soldier. Cloth rider legs dangle at the sides, and he looks ready for anything.

Fan who got to see Rogue One early

After a worldwide campaign, terminally-ill Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey got a chance to see Rogue One on (or shortly before) August 22nd, 2016. Several well-known Star Wars figures, including Mark Hamill, furthered the #RogueOneWish hashtag created to help make Neil’s wish come true. Neil died on August 23rd, 2016.

Fans make homemade AT-ACT

When YouTube engineer Colin Furze got a small model of the AT-AT, he decided small wasn’t good enough. He built a massive 18-foot tall construction of the AT-AT’s predecessor, an AT-ACT (which is the beast we see fighting the rebels in Rogue One), and filled it with Star Wars merchandise (including “proper decent stormtrooper helmets”) thanks to a partnership with eBay. In addition, Colin then gave it away to two local children. With a push of a button, a ladder descends and it all becomes a playhouse, and it also has a moveable head.

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Happy Holidays from OC

You’ve wrapped all the presents, you’ve put up all the decorations, and a blanket of fresh snow covers the yard. You aren’t at home, of course, because you’re watching Rogue One for the third time, with your family. We don’t want to disrupt anything; we’re only here to wish you happy holidays. Therefore, enjoy your time off, take the chance to spend time with family or friends, and romp around in the beautiful winter weather.

So from everybody at Official Costumes, Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Rogue One Day

Stormtroopers at Rogue OneToday is Rogue One day! We’ll take a quick look back at the past year to see how the world has changed. We’ll also include a few fun activities to help you get ready for the movie!

How the world has changed:

Since The Force Awakens came out:

Exactly one movie has won a best movie Oscar (“Spotlight”).

There is one additional real-world Pokémon mobile game.

Bob Dylan, a musician, won the Noble Prize for literature.

The world has at least one less gorilla.

How the world has stayed the same:

Since The Force Awakens came out:

The Cleveland Browns have won no games.

Patrick Rothfuss has still not completed the third book in the Kingkiller trilogy.

Julius Caesar is still dead.

No new technology has been added to the ball pit experience, and they remain stuck in the Stone Age.

Getting ready for Rogue One:

In preparation for the latest addition to the Star Wars movie canon, we have a few things for you to do.

First, head to your nearest keyboard. Slam your fingers upon it, typing with abandon. After a few seconds, you’ll have your Rogue One name! Mine is Pwej Ciot!

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Next, take a few of the words “rebellion,” “hope,” “force,” “empire,” “Death Star,” “plans,” and “Darth Vader,” and put them in a random order, with words in between for flavor.  This is your character’s stirring line. Mine is: “Hope is the Force, a light skyline demon.” You can use this site and this site to help randomize things for you.

Finally, don’t forget your Star Wars movie etiquette: turn off all lightsabers during the movie, remove large items from the head so others can see, and spoil nothing, or you won’t get to go to the next movie.

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Thankful for Star Wars

Thankful for Star WarsIf you’re in the United States, you’re probably aware today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s one of the few Holidays where the entire point is to have a big meal, and Official Star Wars Costumes hopes you enjoy your day off.  If you want to find out how a Star Wars Thanksgiving might go, check out this blog post from last year. It has food, family, football, and much more. There’s plenty to be thankful for this year.

And stay tuned for Cyber Monday! Online’s biggest shopping day has tons of deals, and you’ll be able to grab free shipping on any size order Monday November 28th. Visit our website and check out incredible costumes. We also have plenty of great gift ideas for the Star Wars fan in your life like lightsabers and masks.

Thankful for new movies

With the holiday season just beginning, we have plenty to look forward to. The sixteenth is Rogue One Day, and preview viewings have been painting it in a very favorable light. Additionally, recent information from Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, tells us we’ll be seeing plenty of new Star Wars in the coming years, including the second and third films in the sequel trilogy. On May twenty-fifth 2018, we’ll get a Han Solo anthology film starring Alden Ehrenreich as our titular rogue. The movie also stars Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) as Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke in an unknown role. Director Josh Trank backed out of the planned Boba Fett movie, and consequently pushed the film back.

Still, there’s plenty to be thankful for this Holiday season. We hope you’ll take a break from the rushing around this year to settle down and enjoy a nice meal. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more cool Star Wars information, and have a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Songs in Star Wars

Which songs comes to mind when you see the following pictures?

Star Wars Binary Suns songs

What about this one?

Emperor songs

And this one?

Duel of the Fates Songs

If you’ve seen the Star Wars films, it’s likely one of John William’s pieces of music. They’ve been famous and well-known since their arrival inside our ears in 1977. Like almost no others, the soundtrack for the Star Wars movies have stuck in our minds, but why? Lots can be said about the stellar compositions of John Williams, the wonderful work of the London Sympathy Orchestra, or the choir, but one of the most important things we can take from these songs is the idea of themes and repetition.

Songs in the Stars

Take this as an example: Perhaps the best sequence in the prequel trilogy is Order 66. Clone Troopers cut down Jedi from behind, Anakin betrays the Jedi and slaughters hundreds at the temple, and the Force splits asunder. This song plays as we watch the tragedy. At approximately 1:55, the soundtrack changes from the familiar brassy sound to a string-focused melody and mournful choir. Now, listen to Battle of the Heroes. Quite similar, aren’t they? It’s easy to come up with a reason for this. Order 66 plays during a dramatic, emotional moment, and Battle of the Heroes reprises many of the same elements to revive those emotions. Tragedy, loss, betrayal.

There’s also the “Force Theme,” the official name for the song playing during Luke’s wistful look at the setting Tatooine suns. The song (also known as “Luke’s theme,” “Binary Sunset,” and “Obi-Wan’s Theme”) plays through the entire trilogy in different formats, but the most powerful version is in episode IV, showing us, along with Luke’s far-away look, the adventure awaiting us. It’s no wonder trailers for both “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” feature the song. The Rogue One trailer also uses a modified version of the Imperial March during the first half.

We could go on for days. The “Love Theme” first introduced for Han and Leia in Episode V is re-used in Episode II. Yoda’s theme shows up in every movie the small Jedi appears in. “Dies Irae,” a classic gregorian choir melody, shows up in numerous places. All of these help us follow the emotions the movie wants, and only improves the experience.

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Rogues: A History

Rogues emblemRogue One premieres in less than two months. Every Star Wars fan looks at their circled “December 16th” on the calendar with increasing glee. The movie promises action, adventure, and entirely not enough Donnie Yen beatin’ up on Stormtroopers. For new fans, Rogue One is a call sign for the ship Jyn Erso and her companions use. For older fans it evokes memories and nostalgia. Walk with us, if you will, through the history of the Rogues.

The Beginning of the Rogues

Canonically, the Rogues (or Rogue Squadron) first appeared in-universe between the battle of Yavin, and the battle of Hoth. Built from the remnants of pilots during the battle of Yavin, the group became famed for its skill, and was the squadron rebel leaders called upon to conduct clandestine raids and strikes. We, the viewers, first hear of the Rogues during The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker commands a team of snowspeeder pilots he calls “Rogue Group”. The radio drama version of the movie calls it “Rogue Flight.”

Timothy Zahn, he who gave us Admiral Thrawn, first coined “Rogue Squadron” in his novel Heir to the Empire. The Rogues became the focus of numerous expanded universe works, such as the novels by author Michael A. Stackpole, as well as his series of comics from Dark Horse. LucasArts and Factor 5 made three Rogue Squadron video games: “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” for the Nintendo 64 and computer in 1998, “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader” and “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike” came out in 2001 and 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube.

After Disney announced the title of the first Star Wars anthology movie, many speculated about how much the story would take from the expanded universe. While the Rogues we’re going to see in the movie seem to function in the same space—a group of the best for special missions—the mission to find the plans for the Death Star is far earlier than most sources say the Rogues first appeared. Hopefully the movie will make some effort to meld our old universe with this brave new one.

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Halloween is Here – 2016

Halloween StormtroopersIt’s Halloween once more! We want to wish everyone a great night of trick-or-treating and costume parties, or whatever else your spooky night entails. We want to remind everyone to stay safe, and we have a few tips to make sure the night is fun for everyone:

Decorating tips:
  1. Don’t let kids use the knives, and make sure they aren’t in the way when you cut the pumpkin.
  2. Be sure to clean up – pumpkin guts are messy and could cause falls.
  3. Try using a glow stick or a light bulb inside the finished pumpkin rather than lighting a candle, which can be a fire hazard.
  4. Halloween Decorations can be scary, but avoid dangerous decorations that might have a tripping hazard, a falling hazard, or objects with sharp points.
Tips for preparing your costume:
  1. Shoes should fit well to avoid trips.
  2. Masks should not block your vision.
  3. Baggy costumes can make moving difficult.
  4. Test makeup in a small area of the skin to make sure that it is safe to use and no allergic reactions occur. Some costumes may contain latex, which can cause allergic reactions.
  5. Make sure your costume avoids open flames or hot lamps – some materials can catch on fire or melt, burning the wearer.
  6. Use costume accessories such as swords or knives carefully. They should be dull, with no waving around or stabbing at people or items.
  7. Colored or decorative contact lenses shouldn’t be worn unless they’ve been prescribed by an eye doctor.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:
  1. Always go trick-or-treating with a flashlight.
  2. Never run. There are a lot of things to hit or trip over, including other people.
  3. Attach reflective tape to your costume to help cars and other vehicles see you if you walk in the road.
  4. Don’t go trick-or-treating alone; go with a group or a trusted adult.
  5. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you can trust the person that gave it to you, or an adult says it’s all right.
  6. Don’t visit dark homes. Only enter homes of the people you know unless a trusted adult is with you.
  7. If you do not have an adult with you, someone in your group should have a cell phone, and you should travel an agreed-upon route.
  8. Brighter neighborhoods are safer than dark ones, and well-traveled areas are best. Stay on the sidewalk.

Remember: when driving on Halloween, be sure to drive slowly and watch out for party-goers or trick-or-treaters on the street.

Follow these easy tips to ensure Halloween ends with everyone happy and safe. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun Star Wars information.

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.