Star Wars: Under-Appreciated Characters

We talk about a lot of the characters from Star Wars, but are there some that could use more talk? Five under-appreciated characters follow, and why we should think better of them.

Mon Mothma

Mon Mothma
Stately

Played by British actress Caroline Blakiston, Mon Mothma was on screen for all of twenty-six and a half seconds, in a scene where she describes the plan to take out the second Death Star and Palpatine, she nevertheless is important for a simple reason: She is one of the few female characters that doesn’t get unceremoniously murdered by Jabba in the original Trilogy. In the Extended Universe, she’s an influential character that leads the Rebellion, and later the Renewed Galactic Republic, through trying times.

Wedge

Wedge
Ace

We’ve already given Wedge Antilles some time in the limelight, but consider this: Wedge is the only fight pilot for the Rebels, besides the main characters, that survives all three movies. He ends up leader Red Squadron and Rogue Squadron, and is the also the character to find Han and Luke on Hoth, saving them from a slow, cold death.

Shmi Skywalker

Shmi Skywalker
Caring

Despite the confounding metaphysics of the midichlorian-induced virgin birth, Shmi remains one of the prequel trilogy’s most important characters due to her effect on Anakin. It was her motherly care that created Anakin’s fear of losing her, gave him his first step to the dark side when he slaughtered the Tusken Raiders that had captured her, and provided the perfect way for Palpatine to turn Anakin fully – his fear of losing loved ones.

 

 

 

Count Dooku

Count Dooku
Dangerous

Count Dooku’s screentime in Episode II set him up as a powerful villain, able to defeat even the surprisingly spry Yoda in a one-on-one match. And, in Episode III, he is ultimately defeated by an angered Anakin. His ignoble end may be depressing to those who wanted him to do greater things, but nobody can deny the power that Christopher Lee gave this Sith Lord. This would be the same Christopher Lee who is currently ninety-two, descended from Charlemagne (That’s Emperor Charlemagne to you), and has recorded several metal albums.

Ewoks

You heard me.

Ewoks
You heard him

A lot of people don’t like the Ewoks – they call them childish, stupid, or worthless. These people are wrong. Ewoks were stone-cold, black-hearted killers, who not only planned to eat the main cast (including Chewbacca), but successfully fended off the Empire, taking down battalions of soldiers and AT-ST walkers.

Ewok
You won’t get out alive

Kids love Ewoks. They’re Teddy Bears that will fight to protect their home . . . and you best not get on their bad side.

Ewok
No escape

Are there any other characters you think are under appreciated? Some on this list you think don’t belong?

Star Wars
You watch yourself

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

The Official Star Wars Costumes blog will be taking a short break for Christmas. For your enjoyment, here is the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” revamped for Star Wars. We’ll be back on January 2nd:

‘Twas the night before Life Day, when all Coruscant
Held quiet their fine speeders, and left from their haunts;
The baubles were hung on the wroshyr with care,
Would The Master of Ceremonies be there?
The younglings were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sparklemint danced in their heads;
And Leia with her hair buns, and me with my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the pad there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the viewport I flew like a flash,
Slid open the shutters and accessed the cache.
The moons on the sides of the buildings so white,
Gave a shine to the city that lit up the night,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature ship and eight tiny white zeer,
With a little old driver; none could go faster,
I knew in a moment it was the Master.
More rapid than mynocks his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now Wampa! Now Jar-Jar! Now Logray and Boga!
On, Salacious! On, Mardji, On, Acklay and Jabba!
To the top of the spire! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to rooftops the coursers they flew
With a ship full of toys, and the old Master too-
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I turned off the screen, and was turning around,
Down the exhaust vent the Master came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all dirtied with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked just like a peddler, opening his pack.
His eyes – how they sparkled! His dimples, how merry!
His nose was colored like a fresh rainbow berry!
His big happy mouth on his face like a swath,
And the beard on his chin was as white as cold Hoth;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face a round little belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl of Spice-jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Helped me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And placed all the presents, then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the roof vent he rose;
He sprang to his ship, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-
“Happy Life Day to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry ChristmasIf you like this version, take a look at the Superhero version on our sister blog.

Holiday Star Wars costumes

Christmas is nearly upon us, and you may be trying to find a great last-minute costume for the Star Wars fan in your family. We’ve collected the most popular Star Wars costumes for kids during the Holiday season below:

#5: Deluxe Jedi Kids Robe

Holiday Star Wars costumes
Deluxe Jedi Kids Robe

Our very first Holiday item is a generic one, and it’s no surprise this is one of our most popular items for kids. This long, heavy-weave robe, featuring an attached hood, is a great item to let your child become any of the famous Jedi characters from Star Wars, their own original characters, or any outfit that requires a long, comfortable brown robe!

#4: Deluxe Anakin Skywalker Kids Costume

What child wouldn’t want to look just like the main hero of the Star Wars prequel movies? This fun outfit is the perfect thing for a young force-user that’s ready to fight against droids and Sith. From the overwhelming excitement of the movies to the fun and adventure of the Clone Wars television series, this costume is the perfect fit!

#3: Deluxe Darth Vader Kids Costume

The greatest villain to ever grace the silver stage can be here for Christmas with this fine costume! The Dark Lord of the Sith and right-hand man to the Emperor, Darth Vader is perhaps the most memorable movie character to ever make a pop-culture splash.

#2: Deluxe Princess Leia Girls Costume

Make her a bastion of girl-power this year with a costume based on the amazing first appearance of this legendary character! The Deluxe Princess Leia Girls Costume is a classic long white dress that will make your girl look like the pinnacle of space royalty!

#1: Deluxe Luke Skywalker Kids Costume

It’s simple to get a costume of the most famous hero in the entire galaxy! From his low standing as a poor Tatooine moisture farmer to the most powerful Jedi that has ever lived, Luke Skywalker is the classic hero tale, and the most popular Star Wars kids costume for this Holiday season!

Now you know the most popular items; don’t miss out on getting a last-minute stocking stuffer or present!

Jabba the Hutt Character Corner

Jabba the Hutt
Jabba the Hutt

It’s time again for the Star Wars character corner, an in-depth look at one incredible characters that populate this series. This week let’s learn about the galaxy’s most notorious crime-lord and giant . . . slug . . . thing: Jabba the Hutt.

History:

Born Jabba Desilijic Tiure six hundred years before the battle of Yavin, Jabba the Hutt  is the child of Zorba Desilijic Tiure. At the young age of eighty, gangster Jabba established himself on Tatooine, moving it into an old monastery building. He worked as a gun-runner, defeating other criminal empires such as Sise Fromm and Prince Xizor, heir to the Black Sun criminal empire. He acquired minions, such as his majordomo Bib Fortuna, who can be seen in Episode VI.

The crime lord was very active during the Clone Wars, smuggling slaves, guns, and supplies to both sides of the conflict. He found himself in the interesting position of aiding a general of the Republic during a battle on Tatooine, and briefly allied with the Jedi to retrieve his son Rotta in exchange for passage through Hutt space after Rotta’s was kidnapped by Separatists, but despite this, he always attempted to profit from both sides of the war. He had dealings with notorious Jedi hunter Cad Bane, the Chairman of the Pantoran Assembly, and was even forced into an alliance with Darth Maul, Savage Opress, and Pre Vizsla.

After the end of the Clone War and the rise of the Galactic Empire, Jabba’s criminal empire continued to grow. He discovered the smuggling skills of a young Han Solo, and became the true head of the Desilijic kajidic crime empire after the death of his grand-uncle. At the beginning of the rebellion, Jabba had become the most powerful crime lord in the outer rim, perhaps the entire galaxy. It was at this time that Han Solo dumped a load of smuggled spice to avoid detection, resulting in Jabba setting a bounty on him.

It was that bounty that led to the crime lord’s eventual death. After Boba Fett captured Solo in a carbonite slab, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and the disguised Princess Leia Organa arrive. Their plan to free Solo fails, forcing the new Jedi Luke Skywalker to intervene. This led to an execution attempt by Jabba at the Sarlacc, Skywalker’s exciting escape, and Jabba’s death by strangulation at the hands of Leia.

Behind the Scenes:

In several of Lucas’ early drafts of Star Wars, Jabba was a human smuggler, pirate, and finally crime lord. He was original going to appear in Episode IV, but the scene was cut for time. The puppet used to film Episode VI weighed one ton, took three months to build, cost half a million dollars, and required six puppeteers to control. Larry Ward, the voice for Greedo, provided Jabba’s as well. The sounds of Jabba’s limbs and mouth were created by running a hand through a bowl of cheese casserole, and a muddy towel scraping the inside of a garbage can.

Jabba’s appearance and legacy in the original trilogy created a famous and recognizable character that would be featured in popular culture many times. . Action figures, comic books, toys, and, of course, Halloween costumes have all featured Jabba. His appearance has been parodied many times, including in Family Guy, South Park, and Mel Brooks’ 1987 Spaceballs, and his name has become synonymous with weight, greed, obesity, and corruption

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Star Wars Character Corner; be sure to come back often for more cool fan information!

Feast your eyes on Jabba
Feast your eyes on Jabba