Meet the Cast: Star Wars Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII fever is in full swing, and will only get bigger as the months roll on and the release date gets closer! Official Star Wars Costumes has been following the news closely, and we’re here now to give you the background scoop on the actors, new and old, picked to represent the future of Star Wars.  Star Wars has officially announced who will be in the newest installment into the Star Wars Series.

Star Wars Cast Reveal
Star Wars Revealed the Cast on April 29, 2014

Returning

Those actors reprising their roles for the new movie include Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker.

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has been in numerous plays and film works, but has become acclaimed for his proficiency doing voice-acting work for animated movies, television, and video games. His most famous role is that of the Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis, starting with the animated series in 1992. He continued to play the character, including movies, and the new Arkham series of video games by Warner Brothers, though those would be his last.

Harrison Ford (Han Solo) has been in more than fifty movies, most famous of which are the Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones movies, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Patriot Games. In 2008, worldwide grosses of his movies passed 6 billion dollars, making him the fourth highest grossing U.S. Star.

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) is best known for Star Wars, but has numerous other claims to fame as well. She wrote a bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, which was then made into a film. Her screen credits include Ringo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and more.

7’ 3” Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) film career is somewhat limited, but he did star in the film Terror, as well as providing a voice for the English version of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy. Outside of that, he constantly reprises his famous Star Wars role for ads and appearances. He is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S., and a business owner in Boyd, Texas.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) has appeared in Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of the Lord of the Rings and other small roles. He has written several Star Wars-related stories, and is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Kenny Baker’s (R2-D2) other films include The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, and Labyrinth.

New Actors

We are as of yet unaware what roles these men and women will play, but we can still give you the details of their career. The new blood is John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

John Boyega, 22, was a performing arts student at South Thames College, getting such roles as Othello in 2010. He’s been in several plays and films, including Attack the Block, Junkhearts, and Half of a Yellow Sun.

Daisy Ridley, age unknown, has yet to be seen outside of television, though Scrawl, her first film, will be opening in 2014. Before this, she has had bit parts in television shows since 2013. While we can’t really predict what her role will be, it’s suspected she’ll play Jaina Solo, Han and Leia’s daughter.

Adam Driver, 30, was the first new actor to be announced, is most famous for his recurring role on the HBO series Girls. He has been in numerous small film roles, and several stage productions. It was reported by Vanity that Driver will play a villain in Episode VII.

Oscar Isaac, 35, is a Guatemalan-born actor that graduated from Juilliard in 2005. He has been a number of film and television productions, including The Nativity Story, Drive, The Bourne Legacy, and, most famously, Inside Llewyn Davis as the title character.

Andy Serkis, 50, is a famous live and motion-capture actor most well-known for playing the insidious Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the Hobbit movies. Other film credits include Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and Longford. He’s also had a career in television, and motion-capture for video games. Here’s hoping he doesn’t play a Gungan!

Domhnall Gleeson, 30, is an Irish actor, director, and writer. You may have seen him in the two final Harry Potter films, in which he played Bill Weasley (He’s also the son of Brendan Gleeson, who plays Alastor Moody in the films). Gleeson began acting in 2004, and has appeared in films such as True Grit, and Anna Karenina, as well as many others. He’s directed two short films: What Will Survive of Us, and Noreen.

Max von Sydow, 85, is a Swedish actor who is well-known for his part in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal as the knight that plays chess against Death. Sydow has enjoyed a long career in film. Famous examples include The Exorcist, Flash Gordon, Minority Report, and Shutter Island.

There you have it! Actors and actresses new and old that we hope will make Star Wars Episode VII something amazing come 2015. Along with the interesting news dealing with the Star Wars EU, lately it’s been quite a whirlwind for fans!

Star Wars Character Corner: Lando Calrissian

Every few weeks, we like to use the Star Wars Character Corner to highlight a character from the series that stays out of the spotlight. Our previous entries Chewbacca and Yoda are well-known characters that stretch from one end of the series to the other, so this week we’re doing a character that has a smaller stage to work with, but is still quite well known: Lando Calrissian!

Lando
Who is Lando Calrissian?

Overview

Lando enters the picture halfway through Episode V as the administrator of Bespin. He is introduced as Han’s friend and rival, and the person that had the Millennium Falcon before Han. He betrays Han and the other rebels to Darth Vader, setting up Han’s capture in carbonite and the battle between Luke and Darth Vader.

He returns in Episode VI after switching sides back to the rebels. He helps Han escape from Jabba, and assists the rebels in the destruction of the Death Star V2.

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Star Wars “This Is Madness” 2014 review

The annual Starwars.com “This Is Madness” tournament has come to an end! Whether or not your bracket was the winner, it was certainly a month of upsets and letdowns.

This Is Madness
Obi-wan is crowned champion of the 2014 This is Madness tournament.

Every year, Starwars.com has a bracket of Star Wars characters, both famous and infamous. Separated in eight distinct light and dark side conferences like “Republic,” “Jedi,” “Sith,” or “Bounty Hunters,” saga titans like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader match up against each other, as well as relative unknowns like Hondo Ohnaka and Admiral Piett. Users on the site can vote on which character they like better, culminating in a battle between the most popular light side character and the most popular dark side character.

On the Dark Side, the wheat was separated from the chaff quickly, knocking out Piett, Asajj Ventress, Greedo, Cad Bane, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Salacious Crumb, and Mother Talzin. The final two in the division, Darth Vader and Boba Fett, both had a tough road to the finals.

Boba Fett passed over Greedo with ease, but the battle with his father Jango wasn’t so simple. Things got worse against General Grievous, until meeting Vader in the semifinals. Vader beat Maul in the first round, and trounced Palpatine in the second. The quarterfinals put him against Jabba the Hutt, his easiest matchup, winning with ninety-three percent of the votes. Vader defeated Boba Fett with sixty seven percent to become the Dark Side champion!

The Light Side wasn’t as cut and dry. Famous characters Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian were knocked out in the first round, facing titans like Obi-Wan and Chewbacca. The Semifinal ended up with Obi-Wan against Han Solo, and neither had an easy path.

Honda Ohnaka fell to a pounding from Han Solo in the first round, who then went up against his furry co-pilot. He triumphed with a two-to-one difference, and then faced Captain Rex of the Clone Troopers, winning with more than three-fourths of the votes. Obi Wan went against Luke in the first round, and two-time champion Yoda in the second. This was undoubtedly the closest match of them all, with Obi-Wan getting ahead by the edge of his beard with fifty-one percent of the vote. He finished his march to the final four with R2-D2, and defeated Han to become the Light Side champion with sixty-three percent.

The final battle! Obi-Wan Kenobi against his apprentice, the powerful Darth Vader. It’s a matchup that happened more than once in the Star Wars movies, and proved to be an exciting event. Obi-Wan emerged the victor and grand champion for the first time, besting Vader with fifty-nine percent of the overall vote!

We hope you enjoyed the Star Wars This is Madness recap! While Official Star Wars wonders why Jar-Jar Binks wasn’t on the bracket, tell us if you agree that Obi-Wan is the most popular!  Any early predictions for who will win next year in 2015?

Best Order to Watch Star Wars Movies?

This week at the Official Star Wars Costumes blog, we’re tackling an age old question for Star Wars fans.  What’s the best order to watch the Star Wars movies, from start to finish?

We’ll explore the options, including one lesser-known option.

In which order do you watch them?
In which order do you watch them?

Release Order

The first option is to watch the movie in the order they were released, i.e. IV, V, VI, I, II, III.

This is the simplest, and the way many people experience the movies the first time, especially those that enjoyed the original trilogy before the prequels came out. The greatest strength of this order is that it allows a new viewer to see the original trilogy without knowing the twists.

However, this order presents several issues (we’re sure you know them). First, once the original trilogy ends and we get to the prequels, all mystery from the series is gone. We already know everything: Anakin becomes Darth Vader, Palpatine is Sidious, Luke and Leia are siblings, and we know the Empire has been crippled. All that the prequels tell us is how it got started. A new watcher has little reason to get invested.

There’s also the fact that, simply, the prequels aren’t that good. We’re looking at you, Phantom Menace. Young Ani, Jar-Jar, Watto, the love story, midischlorians, the dialogue, podracing . . . the list goes on. Episode III treads water, but isn’t free of its own issues.

Chronological order

The second prevalent order, and the one that George Lucas himself says is the right one, is to watch the prequels first, then the original trilogy.

For a first time viewer, this is hardly better. By watching the prequels first, we are told how Palpatine rose to power, how Anakin become Darth Vader, and the relationship between Luke and Leia – but at that point, none of it means anything. Only by watching the original movies does any of it begin to mean anything, but by then, the twists are revealed anyway! The only thing that we get to see is the resolution of Darth Vader and Luke, and the final battle in Episode VI.

There is one more order to watch the movies, and it’s a bit strange:

The Machete Order

This is a popular idea created by Rod Hilton, after adapting a similar idea by Ernst Rister. The idea here is to somehow show most of the movies without ruining either storyline, and here’s how:

Episode IV, Episode V, Episode II, Episode III, and Episode VI.

Wild! You’ll notice a few things. First, the list is missing an entire movie.

By removing Episode I, a lot of the sticking points for the series are removed. Podracing, midichlorians, and Jake Lloyd are gone. Jar-Jar is reduced to a small cameo in the second movie.

Rod takes the time to explain the many reasons why this order works (and the problems that come with it) but it boils down to this: In Episode V, Darth Vader is revealed as Luke’s father. It then shows Episodes II and III, which hold both the twist that Palpatine is Sidious, and that Luke and Leia are siblings. We then see the conclusion of the original trilogy with Episode VI.

The prequels come at a perfect time in the order, with a staggering cliffhanger: Han in carbonite, Darth Vader’s identity is revealed, and the rebellion scattered. Having the prequels inside the original trilogy also raises the stakes in Episode VI – the viewer may wonder if Luke is going to fall to the dark side like his father.

While this order is only effective for a first-time viewer, Rod himself tried it, and has reported that it is quite effective.

There you have it, a few different ways to enjoy the Star Wars movies. Official Star Wars Costumes watches the original trilogy every weekend. Let us know your favorite way to watch, or if you’ve tried to Machete method!  Also, what will happen when episode VII is release, in what order will you watch the movies?

Top 7 Complete Star Wars Costumes

To only our blog and social media fans we will reveal our top selling complete Star Wars Costumes!

Whether you are looking for the perfect costume for your next night out, costume party, or convention Official Star Wars Costumes is the place to go.  These Complete Star Wars Costumes were our top sellers in 2013 and are still scorching hot for 2014!

Star Wars Complete Costumes
We reveal our top Complete Costumes here!

Complete Deluxe Jedi Female Adult Costume

Women Jedi are woefully under-represented in the Star Wars movies! Dress as your favorite female Jedi from the expanded universe, or come up with your own powerful force user in the Complete Deluxe Jedi Female Adult Costume! Comes with a women’s Jedi tunic, pants, belt, lightsaber, and trick-or-treat pail!

Complete Deluxe Han Solo Adult Costume

If you’re always showing the Empire what you’re made of, then we have the costume for you. Become one of the most famous characters from the original trilogy with the Complete Deluxe Han Solo Adult Costume! This costume includes a shirt with attached vest, pants with attached boot tops (pants feature the Corellian bloodstripe, awarded for gallantry under fire), a Han Solo blaster, and a trick-or-treat pail!

Complete Deluxe Princess Leia Costume

With this outfit, you can be one part princess, and one part rebel! This costume comes with a deluxe white dress, matching boot tops, classic bun-head wig, silver belt, plaster, and trick-or-treat bag to help you look like the movie character from the original trilogy whether you’re hitting the town or spending Halloween night gathering candy!

Complete Standard Anakin Skywalker Adult Costume

Become the most important character in the Star Wars saga with the Complete Standard Anakin Skywalker Adult Costume! From a young slave boy to a fierce Jedi, from a Jedi to a dangerous Sith Lord, and finally to redemption at the hands of Luke Skywalker, you can become a part of the epic history of this important character! Costume includes a tunic, pants with attached boot tops, belt, blue lightsaber, deluxe glove and gauntlet, Jedi braid, and trick-or-treat pail!

Complete Standard Jedi Adult Costume

You can be a Jedi of your own creation when you have this costume! Includes a tunic, pants with boot tops, belt, deluxe adult Jedi robe, green lightsaber, and trick-or-treat pail — all the items that you need to carve out your own niche of the rich Star Wars galaxy!

Complete Deluxe Darth Vader Adult Costume

No Star Wars character is more famous than the armored Lord of the Sith! Dress as the Emperor’s deadly right-hand man this Halloween with the Complete Deluxe Darth Vader Adult Costume, which comes with a jumpsuit and attached body armor, boot tops, and collar, a cape, chest piece, mask, red lightsaber, black gloves, and trick-or-treat pail!

Complete Deluxe Stormtrooper Adult Costume

There’s no way we’d forget about the mighty Stormtrooper on our list of complete Star Wars costumes! With EVA armor-attached jumpsuit, PVC mask, blaster, adult Stormtrooper gloves, and a trick-or-treat pail, you can dress as a chilling reminder that the Empire will always have the upper hand!

Now that you have seen our exclusive list of the top seven complete Star Wars costumes, pick your favorite! Be sure to come back for more costume information and Star Wars trivia!

Which Star Wars Sith is for you?

Which Sith Lords is for you?
Which one of the Sith Lords is for you?

Do you chafe under the rule of the Jedi? Does the galaxy cry out for your rule? Do you yearn for power?

Yes, you do.

So take it! You are a Star Wars Sith, and even the Jedi cannot defeat you! But tell me . . . what’s your name?

 

Darth Plagueis:

In Episode III, Emperor Palpatine asked Anaking Skywalker: “Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Palgueis the Wise?” You are Darth Plagueis, an esteemed thinker of the Sith order, and the man that would give Darth Sidious his plans for galactic domination.

Darth Plagueis studied the Dark Side of the Force in great detail, and was able to discover great mysteries about the living force and the power of midi-chlorians. He and Sidious attempted to create a life force by manipulating the midi-chlorians, which resulted in the creation of Anakin Skywalker.

Are you this brilliant scholar? Do your plans span great distances? Then you might be this Star Wars Sith Lord. If not, you might be . . .

Darth Sidious:

Darth Sidious became Sith Lord after he murdered Darth Plagueis during the events of Episode I, something not shown in the movie. Darth Sidious was incredibly strong in the Dark Side of the Force, as well as talented politically. He was able to guide the galaxy into civil war, and gain all the power for himself. After destroying the Jedi order, he took control as Emperor Palpatine.

The Dark Side of the Force gave Sidious powerful strength and skills, and he ruled with an iron fist, destroying the remnants of the Jedi and any rebellion he could find.

Are you a man of action, one that will make sure his plans succeed no matter what happens? Are you the kind of leader that will never let his rule end? Then you could be this Sith Lord.  You certainly won’t be . . .

Darth Maul:

Plans? You don’t care about plans. You just know death. Darth Maul was taken as a Sith prior to the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo, and trained to harness the energy of the Dark Side of the force as potent rage and combat prowess. It was his duty to attack the Jedi and make sure the plan succeeded, and he nearly won.

Darth Maul didn’t flow with the force like his master Darth Sidious did, but his anger and rage made a natural conduit for the power of the Dark Side.

Are you a Star Wars Sith Lord who wants to personally beat down his opponents with dangerous lightsaber combat? Then you might be this Sith Lord. If this Sith Lord doesn’t sound like you, you could be . . .

Darth Tyranus:

After the death of Darth Maul, Darth Sidious quickly took Darth Tyranus, previously a Jedi by the name of Count Dooku. He was a very powerful Jedi, and Yoda considered his fall as one of the Jedi’s greatest failures. Darth Tyranus was responsible for publically leading the Separatist planets under the command of Darth Sidious.

Darth Tyranus was a superior swordsman, second only to The High Jedi Yoda and Mace Windu. He was gifted at telekinesis and use of the force. He also had mastery of the Sith ability Dun Möch, breaking your opponents psychologically during combat, as seen in Episode II.

Do you enjoy commanding your forces and defeating your opponents by any means necessary? You may be this Sith Lord. If you aren’t, there’s only one option left to who you are.

Darth Vader:

Darth Sidious’ machinations brought about the fall of the Galactic Republic, as well as the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force, being re-born as Darth Vader, the most well-known Star Wars Sith Lord in the galaxy. Anakin’s mastery of the force and lightsaber abilities only got more powerful during his time as Darth Vader, and they made him the Emperor’s most dangerous weapon.

If your power exceeds even the greatest Jedi, and your connection to the force is the strongest ever recorded, you might be Darth Vader! Will you stay on the Dark Side of the Force, or will Luke redeem you?

Which Star Wars Sith did you choose?  Which one is the most powerful? Let us know in the comments!

How to use Star Wars Accessories in Everyday Situations

Accessorize your life with Star Wars!

While Official Star Wars Costumes has a lot of great costumes available, we also have a lot of accessories. Masks, weapons, gloves, wigs, and, yes, even Anakin Skywalker’s necklace!

We’re here today to let you know the many ways that our accessories can help you in your day-to-day lives.

What everyday tasks would you use a lightsaber for?
What would you use a lightsaber for?

Lightsabers:

Has a tornado knocked out your power Don’t worry, lightsabers use internal superconductors, which means they can stay lit forever as long as they don’t cut anything. Use them to keep the area bright while you wait out the storm.

Careful handling of a lightsaber allows you to use them in a variety of handy ways. Try shaving if you’re out of razor blades, or slicing meats if you have no clean knives. Even better, slice bread to make instant toast! Get a chic new haircut, or save time mowing the lawn!

Masks:

You can be a Sith Lord, a Jedi, or any other character from the Star Wars universe with any of our cool masks, but there are even more uses than that!

Need to deliver a dynamite presentation this week at work? Show up as the Sith Lord Darth Vader – studies have shown that dark clothing and an imposing voice help improve confidence. Intimidate your sporting opponents as a Tusken raider or a Stormtrooper, and, if your team loses, you can sneak out without anyone knowing you rooted for the wrong side.

Some of the masks we have can make yard work fun and safe. Protect yourself from wood chips or rocks that might get kicked up while mowing the lawn or chopping wood! If the weather is bad, use our masks to save your sensitive face from the harsh elements! Whether it’s a snowstorm and you’re forced to wear a Darth Maul or Clone Trooper mask, or the hot sun is beating down on you and you need to wear a Yoda or an Obi-Wan Kenobi mask, you’ll find what you need.

Gloves:

The diverse styles of Star Wars gloves will help you in a number of situations: Darth Vader’s black gloves will make stylish driving gloves, the Emperor Palpatine Gloves can make cool horror hands for a Halloween display, and if terrorists need a pair of green scaly three-fingered hands or they’ll blow up the moon, the Yoda hands would work perfectly.

These are just some of the many uses for these Star Wars Accessories! Did we leave our your favorite accessory? Don’t worry, we have many others such as blasters & jet packs! Find your use with some of the great costume ideas we offer with our Official Star Wars Accessories!

Top 7 Star Wars Characters of All-Time

Hello Star Wars fans! This week, we’re going to look at some of the most popular Star Wars characters from the movies. It was a difficult task figuring out which ones should make the list, but through rigorous study, seven winners emerged:

Top 7 Star Wars Characters of All-Time
Did your favorite character make our list?

7: Princess Leia

Certainly the most famous female character in the films, Leia Organa, daughter of the Queen of Alderan, is one of the central characters of the original trilogy and one of the starting points of Episode IV. She is one of the leaders of the rebellion, and is willing to sacrifice everything to see the Empire destroyed.

Leia is portrayed by Carrie Fisher in all three original movies. It would be Fisher’s biggest role. While Leia’s actions in the movie are standard fare, along the lines of Han Solo, in the expanded universe, Leia is shown to have developed force powers, and even becomes a Jedi.

6: Boba Fett

No character is more of a cult favorite than the famous Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett! Portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch in the original trilogy and Daniel Logan in Episode II, Boba Fett is a silent, formidable mercenary under the pay of the Galactic Republic. His notable involvement is capturing Han Solo in Episode V, and bringing him to Jabba the Hutt. He is seemingly eaten by the sarlacc in Episode VI, but expanded universe stories reveal that he escaped.

Boba Fett’s silent and dangerous demeanor, adapted from Clint Eastwood’s character in A Fistful of Dollars, has made him a fan favorite for years, and rumors of a Boba Fett film are rushing around the internet.

5: Luke Skywalker

The main character of the original trilogy and one of the silver screen’s foremost heroic characters, Luke Skywalker – played by Mark Hamill in his most famous role – is the galaxy’s most famous hero, and the man that would go on to bring the Jedi back to power and destroy the Sith’s rule of the galaxy.

George Lucas based the character of Luke after the “hero” from the Hero’s Journey, which lays out the prototypical journey of a mythological hero. In condensed form, this is: Meet with a mentor, learn a great power, lose mentor, travel through darkness, resist evil, and defeat evil. An examination of the original trilogy reveals these steps and more as plot points in the movies. This is just one of the reasons Luke is seen as such a memorable character from Star Wars. From dreaming farm boy to powerful Jedi master, fans of all ages love watching Luke’s transformation.

4: Yoda

First Met in Episode V on the swampy planet of Dagobah, the diminutive Jedi master Yoda (No last name given) is one of the few surviving Jedi left when the Empire takes control. He eventually meets and trains Luke Skywalker, and gives him the strength needed to defeat Darth Vader. In  the prequel movies, he is a Jedi Master and leader of the Jedi order, the oldest Jedi on the council – his age is estimated at 900 years – and a powerful warrior. He is one of the youngling trainers, and he fights both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious in lightsaber battles during the prequel movies. He nearly beat Dooku, and fought Sidious to a stalemate.

In the original trilogy and Episode I, Yoda is portrayed by a puppet performed by Frank Oz. In Episodes IV-VI, only the puppet is used, while in Episode I, CGI effects were added to make it more lifelike. In Episodes II and III, a fully-CGI version is used, which allowed Yoda to participate in elaborate fight scenes and more.

3: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi was the Jedi Knight responsible for training both Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke Skywalker. Portrayed by Alec Guiness in the original trilogy, he helps Luke realize his destiny, before sacrificing his life to let him escape the Death Star in Episode IV. In the prequels, we first meet him as an apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn, before becoming a Jedi Master and beginning to train Anakin. He is played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel movies.

Alec Guinness is the only actor for a Star Wars role to be nominated for an Oscar, and was a knight of the United Kingdom. His role gained him world-wide stardom, but he famously grew to dislike the films, the fans he gained because of them. Ewan McGregor had achieved a small amount of fame from movies like Trainspotting, but gained greater popularity for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

2: Han Solo

Who can deny the pervading cool of Han Solo? This great Star Wars character is first introduced when Luke and Obi-Wan meet him in the Mos Eisley Cantina. He immediately became a starring character, returning for all three original movies. Classic lines and undeniable charisma are the trademarks of this classic character. Just like Boba Fett, a movie is rumored to be in production focusing on the character.

Harrison Ford’s very first acting job was playing Han Solo. Before this, he’d struck up a friendship with George Lucas while doing carpentry for him. Harrison Ford would end up being the most famous new actor to come out of Star Wars, going on to star in the Indiana Jones films, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, American Graffiti, Patriot Games, and many more.

1: Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker

Our number one Star Wars character of all time is Darth Vader/ Anakin Skywalker.  With all the power he has on screen, it’s easy to see why. From the very first moment he steps into the Rebel ship in Episode IV, the film world knew it had a classic character on its hands. Darth Vader used to be a Jedi named Anakin Skywalker, and the entire series of movies is based around his development and character, starting from his discovery at the hands of the Jedi to his death on the destructing Death Star at the end of Episode VI. George Lucas has gone on record saying that Anakin / Darth Vader is the main character of the series even during the original trilogy. Anakin Skywalker’s “Tragic Hero” arc is the story that the entire series tells.

David Prowse, a 6’ 5” bodybuilder, played Darth Vader in the original series. James Earl Jones supplied the voice, something that Prowse wasn’t aware of until the first movie came out in theaters. David Prowse starred in some other films, notably A Clockwork Orange, and James Earl Jones is well known as one of America’s most distinguished actors, including parts in The Lion King, Field of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October, The Sandlot, and more. Jake Lloyd plays Anakin in Episode I, though the experience has been a negative one for the actor. Hayden Christensen played Anakin in Episodes II and III, and has been in several other movies such as Jumper and Takers.

So there you have it; the top seven Star Wars characters. Of course, this is a non-scientific ranking. What characters were missed? Was one of your favorites left off the list? Were there any characters that you don’t think deserved to be listed here? Let us know!

Star Wars Fans- Which Lightsaber is right for you?

Become a Jedi with a blue, green, or red lightsaber? Or are you destined to have a Red, Sith lightsaber?
Become a Jedi with a blue, green, or red lightsaber? Or are you destined to have a Red, Sith lightsaber?

Welcome, young padawan! After reading this article one will find which color lightsaber to wield while in battle!

To create a lightsaber, A Jedi or Sith must first meditate on their crystal, which focuses the power of the lightsaber, as well as gives it its color. A Jedi or Sith will custom-make the hilt of the lightsaber, based on his or her respective needs or fighting styles. A lightsaber hilt is normally about  twenty-four to thirty centimeters long and straight, though several Jedi have made special lightsabers with curved hilts.

Unfortunately, there are too many lightsaber colors to talk about them all. Here we will focus on the traditional Star Wars lightsaber colors: blue, green, purple, and red.

Blue Lightsaber

Famously used by: Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Why you should use a blue lightsaber: If you love adventure, dangerous situations, and a good battle, then the blue lightsaber is the color for you! Many famous Jedi have used a blue lightsaber to protect their friends and defeat their enemies!

One of the colors considered “standard” by the Jedi Order is blue. Thousands of years before the Prequel Trilogy, Jedi Guardians — those that focus on peacekeeping and fighting – carried blue lightsabers as a show of solidarity. The symbolism behind these colors began around the year 4,000 BBY, but blue and green lightsabers have since stopped being relegated to certain positions.

Obi-Wan is shown using a blue lightsaber his entire life in the movies, but it is unknown why he chose that color. Anakin Skywalker also has a blue lightsaber, which he created in a cave full of lightsaber crystals during a trance state while he was Obi-Wan’s padawan. Luke Skywalker used his father’s lightsaber until the end of Episode V, when it was lost in Clouds City.

 

Green Lightsaber

Famously used by: Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Yoda.

Why you should use a green lightsaber: If you enjoy keeping things calm and peaceful instead of disorderly, or you want to focus on using your incredible Force powers to solve your issues instead of violence, then a green lightsaber is for you!

Green is the second “Standard” Jedi lightsaber color. Around the year 4,000 BBY, green lightsabers were used by Jedi Consulars, Jedi that focused on improving their relationship with the Force. They focused on non-violent solutions to issues. By the time of the prequel trilogy, the blue and green lightsaber colors had mostly lost their meaning, and were used by all Jedi regardless of focus.

After Luke Skywalker lost his lightsaber in the duel with Darth Vader, he spent time on Tatooine building a new lightsaber, this time with a green blade. Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan’s master, used a lightsaber with a green blade during  Episode I. After Qui-Gon is killed by Darth Maul, Obi-Wan uses his master’s lightsaber to defeat the Sith Lord. It was revealed in Episode III that Yoda has a green lightsaber when he fought Emperor Palpatine.

 

Purple Lightsaber

Famously used by: Mace Windu.

Why you should use a purple lightsaber: Do you revel in battle, but still fight for the side of good? Do you channel your anger into victory, without succumbing to the dark side? Then the purple lightsaber might be right for you.

The only character in the six movies seen using a purple lightsaber is Mace Windu, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson’s favorite color is purple, and he frequently requests his characters to have purple items in the roles he plays. George Lucas agreed to let Mace Windu have a purple lightsaber.

Mace Windu is a powerful Jedi, and part of the Jedi High Council. He is the single master of the Vaapad style of lightsaber fighting, a dangerous style that has brought many weaker Jedi to the dark side. His mastery of the force is great; he is a wise ruler, and strong fighter.

 

Red Lightsaber

Famously used by: Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Count Dooku and Emperor Palpatine.

Why you should use a red lightsaber: Does the power of the dark side of the force flow through you? Do you yearn for power, to rise above the foolish Jedi by using the power they were afraid to use? Take the red lightsaber – it is your destiny.

The only characters seen wielding red lightsabers in the movies are the Sith. The aggressive red hue was used by the Sith to differentiate themselves from the Jedi, who used softer colors. It was originally because Sith used synthetic lightsaber crystals, which they believed to be superior, and were given a red color during the creation process. Some Sith, who mastered their fighting styles, choose to make their lightsabers double-sided, with a blade coming out of each end of the hilt.

Darth Maul wields such a weapon when he fights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn at the end of Episode I. It is destroyed at the conclusion of the battle, when Obi-Wan defeats him. All the Sith in the six movies wield red lightsabers, with the exception of Anakin Skywalker, after becoming a Sith but before fighting his master on the volcanic planet of Mustafar.

 

So, which lightsaber is the best for you? This list is not meant to be all-inclusive; did we miss any famous colors?  Let us know in the comments.