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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!

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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Nien Nunb Character Corner

Nien Nunb
Nien Nunb

Born on the caves of his homeworld Sullust, lovably goofy-looking Nien Nunb went from a pilot to a smuggler to a war hero, and you’re about to learn about him.

Biography:

Nien Nunb became a pilot for the SoroSuub freight corporation. As the company started allying itself with the Galactic Empire, Nunb and his childhood friend Sian Tevv, a politician, founded a group to fight against the Empire and SoroSuub, independent of the Rebels. The corporation retaliated against the group with a Star Destroyer, but even this didn’t hinder Nunb.

Joining the Rebel alliance, Nunb was chosen by Lando Calrissian as co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon during the attack on the second Death Star, receiving the Kalidor Crescent for heroism. He would again co-pilot the ship while Chewbacca was spending time with family on Kashyyyk. Han was initially suspicious of the Sullustan’s skills, but his respect grew during their mission; Nunb even saved Han’s life from a Stormtrooper.

In 13 ABY, Nien was made administrator of the Kessel spice mines after Calrissian purchased it. Nien was able to increase the profits from the mine by replacing the slave labor with species that preferred to live underground, such as his own. During the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, Nien increased the defenses of the mines enough to hold off attackers. Decades later, Nien was able to assist Ben Skywalker finding a Sith apprentice, and the name of the ship she rode.

Behind the Scenes:

Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian
Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian

Nien Nunb was portrayed by a puppet for Return of the Jedi, controlled by Mike Quinn and Richard Bonehill, operating the face and body respectively. The name comes from the fact that the character was “number Nine” on the packing list. Voiced by Kipsang Rotich, from Kenya, Nien speaks the Kenyan language Haya, as well as Kikuyu, another Kenyan dialect.

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July Fourth Star Wars Battle

May July Fourth be with youIt will soon be July Fourth. A time when, in the U.S. at least, we celebrate our country’s independence and beginning. We also have long firework displays that begin only after sitting in a large field for too long while being devoured by bugs, have barbeques with shaped meat tubes and fruit that is almost literally red-colored water and black seeds contained in hard rinds, and sit alongside roads as multi-colored cars roll down them, followed by people making noise with instruments and little guys with fezzes in tiny cars.

So instead of those things we’re going to look at what our favorite fictional characters would be doing a July Fourth analog.

For the fireworks display, our heroes gather on the canopy village of Endor, surrounded by the furry Ewoks, enjoying some interesting percussive music and native treats while they wait for their hosts’ galaxy-renowned display to be ready. They’ve already seen an example during the celebration feast after the battle of Endor, and they can’t wait to see it again.

Unbeknownst to them, Imperial remnants are closing in on their position! Their laser rifles are primed and ready to take down the fledgling New Galactic Republic. As they take aim at our heroes, they- This doesn’t really seem very July Fourth, now does it? Let’s adjust a few things.

Weapons trained, they prepare to fire. Suddenly, water balloons and squirt gun blasts rain upon our heroes! They jump into action, furiously pumping their own squirt guns until the pressure is high enough to return fire. Before they can take aim, a volley of water balloons lands near them.

The devastation!

Han Solo stumbles to his feet. Water sheeting down his face obscures his vision. He rolls and finds the defense of a cambylictus tree, clothes soaked. He shakes a still Ewok body at his feet before more blasts of water force him farther into the village.

Luke, having decided to spend some quiet time before the fireworks, hears the attack and races to help. His lightsaber is no help against the water, and in fact it shorts the weapon out! He runs, trying to find a weapon to fight back. He runs into his sister Leia, whose hair has come undone – she looks like a drowned wookie.

Han Solo gets deeper into the village, pursued by the Imperials, and find Chewbacca, angry, wet, and stinking. The wookie grabs a huge bucket of water and slams it over a Stormtrooper’s head, flooding the soldier’s armor and stunning him. Han and Chewie abscond to the largest tree in the village, meeting with the Jedi siblings. Within the tree: a potent armory of water-based warfare. They arm themselves and fend off the approaching battalion!

Get ready for July Fourth!

It is a ferocious battle. After hours, the Empire is defeated, and they retreat. Our heroes, and the Ewoks, celebrate with delicious cooked Dindra and sweet Cardellian mint, watching the delayed fireworks display with relish. Their July Fourth is complete.

Greedo Character Corner

Greedo in Cantina
Greedo in the Cantina

Usually, on the Character Corner, we talk about cool characters. Popular characters. Interesting characters. This week, it’s Greedo.

History:

Born on Rodia in the persecuted Tetsu Clan, Greedo’s father (Greedo) was an esteemed bounty hunter that made his family famous. A rival bounty hunter named Navik the Red, leader of the Chattza Clan, killed the elder Greedo and stole his fortune, forcing the pregnant Neela to flee with her clan to U-Tendik. The clan elders decided to never tell the children what had happened. As a teenager, Greedo discovered three silver starships with his younger brother Pqweeduk. Their mother reluctantly revealed their clan’s past, and only a month later Navik the Red found the Tetsu clan once more, killing many and forcing Greedo and his family to Nar Shaddaa.

There, Greedo learned the ins and outs of the black market and learning more about the galaxy at large after a sheltered childhood. Later, the family moved to Tatooine, during which we can see Greedo in Episode I, pestering Anakin Skywalker. He became a mercenary, kidnapping and fighting for the highest bidder. After the end of the Clone Wars Greedo again found himself at Nar Shaddaa, which fueled his desire to become a bounty hunter. After saving the lives of two of them, he became a protégé to Spurch “Warhog” Goa. During this time, Greedo tried to steal power couplings from what turned out to be the Millennium Falcon, prompting Han Solo to steal Greedo’s rancor-skin jacket in exchange.

Soon after, Imperial agents attacked a rebel enclave, causing an explosion and killing Greedo’s family. Greedo began his bounty-hunting career in earnest, though he found himself out of his element. On Tatooine, he took the contract to kill Solo, tricked by his mentor into believing it would be simple. After the end of the disastrous job, Greedo’s body was ground into a powerful liqueur by Wuher, the Cantina’s bartender, who disliked the Rodian and proudly displayed his head – the only part that wasn’t ground up, on a stake. The details of Greedo’s death were told in different ways by those present, and eventually he became post-humously famous.

Behind the Scenes:

In Episode IV Paul Blake played Greedo in shots with Han Solo, and a special articulated head was used for close-ups, using a woman named Maria De Aragon to play the bounty hunter. The language he speaks is actually the South American language Quechua. In the Star Wars: Clone Wars series, he is voiced by Tom Kenny, who also does the voice for Spongebob Squarepants and the Ice King from Adventure Time.

Greedo in heels
Greedo in heels

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Han Should Shoot Second

Han Solo in the Cantina
Han relaxin’

Let’s imagine: you’re watching Star Wars Episode IV, “A New Hope,” and you’ve gotten to the Mos Eisley cantina scene, when Luke and Obi-Wan meet Han and Chewbacca. It was your favorite from when you were a kid! But then you remember you’re watching the remastered DVD version, since your taped edition from 1991 was accidentally put down the garbage disposal by your hamster. Han has his famous encounter with Greedo, retaliating a split-second after Greedo fires a blaster with a laser bolt of his own. You mutter in disgust “Han shot first.”

He did; that’s not what we’re arguing. But what if he shouldn’t have?

Han shot first because:

In writing, there is a masterful technique called “show, don’t tell.” This means that, if you want to convey a piece of information, reveal it naturally instead of having a character (or the narration) say it point-blank. This may be even more important in filmmaking, since it’s primarily a visual art. A lot can be shown in scenes without dialogue, narration, or even many actions.

Say for instance you’re making a space opera film in the seventies. You have a loveable rogue character, someone that guys want to be and women want to be with. He’s smug, cocky, and skilled. You have two main options to display him: the first is to have another character, a farm kid out on an adventure let’s say, tell another, perhaps older character that this rogue character is “Smug, cocky, and skilled.” The rogue character looks on with pleasure. Maybe not a bad idea, as long as your character proceeds to act accordingly.

Your second option is through the character’s actions. He’s got his foot up on a table, arm draped over the back of his booth, and he’s telling a bounty hunter “don’t worry; I’ll get Jorba the money.” The bounty hunter threatens to kill him if he doesn’t, so your rogue blasts away. The bounty hunter smolders, the rogue flips a coin to the bar owner and tells him “sorry about the mess.”

The character has described himself by saying nothing about himself, only through his actions and body. We’re being shown the character, instead of having it told to us. So when Han fires at Greedo mere moments after Greedo has threatened to kill him, Han is set up as someone not afraid to break the rules, someone who shoots first, asks questions later, and someone who has to act fast to keep himself safe. Han’s actions later in the movie build on this formative scene, fleshing out everyone’s favorite bad boy space captain.

Let’s look at another example. So your space opera story is a hit, and you decide to make an unrelated sequel, using the space-rogue’s son as the main character. The son is a failed revolutionary, captain to a small smuggling ship with a diverse and interesting crew that flees the ruling empire, constantly breaking down, running out of gas, and coming into contact with flesh-eating humanoids from the edges of space.

This description may sound familiar to an entirely unrelated character, Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. Multiple times in the short-lived series, Captain Mal unloads on unsuspecting, defenseless, and even surrendered enemies because it keeps him, his crew, and his ship safe. Mal is a close second on our all-time favorite space rogue list, so it’s no surprise the parallels are drawn so smoothly. He’s dangerous, crafty, and refuses to back down.

Why Greedo shot first:

That said, and understood, there’s something that needs to be recognized: Malcolm Reynolds is not a good guy. He is the bad guy. We see him fight against the “Alliance,” the show’s Empire analogue, and even lose a civil war, so we’re meant to root for him. But why? The Alliance has created space fleets, we see boxes upon boxes of medicine, and any planet under their control is flourishing. On the other hand, the planets on the fringes are ruled by lunatics, killers, and space mafiosos. The only things we see the Alliance do that can be construed as absolutely bad (the experiments on River and SPOILER their turning the citizens of Miranda into the reavers) can easily be called the unfortunate and unforeseen consequences of attempts to do good.

But Han isn’t a bad guy. He saved Chewbacca from space-death after the wookie tried to kill him, is actually attempting to pay Jabba back, and offers to fly a couple of backwater hicks to Alderaan, even without the money up front. He kills Greedo because Greedo will absolutely kill him if he doesn’t get Jabba’s money. In fact, the struggle between Han’s rogue side and his “good” side is apparent in the very first movie; a good example would be his triumphant return to the Death Star run.

Han is constantly at odds with himself on how to act. Save the Princess and help the rebellion, or get a reward and clear his debt with Jabba? His attitude flips on a dime a number of times in the original trilogy.

Greedo and Han
Koona t’chuta Solo?

Yes, certainly, the ham-fisted change to the original scene is jarring, and Lucas’ desire to adjust the original movie is unwarranted, but there may be more here than changes just for changes’ sake.

Valentine’s Day Plans

Whether you’re heading out with your love or staying in for a quiet night, we know you’re really wondering what your favorite Star Wars characters are going to be up to this Valentine’s Day. Well, we have just the thing. Read on, and be enlightened!

Valentine's Day
The Solos celebrate Valentine’s Day

Han and Leia:

Leaving the kids in the capable hands of C-3PO and R2-D2 (who are robots, and thus incapable of love), Han and Leia will likely take a trip to a romantic, out-of-the way locale, such as the diamond planet or the Umbex III “Rings of Passion”*. Later, they may have a shopping trip on Coruscant, or swing their political power for a comfy table on one of the metropolis-planet’s best restaurants.

*Not canon.

Luke and Mara Jade:

Still dating, Luke wants to make Valentine’s Day a special event. His options are many; there is no shortage of romantic sights out in the galaxy, both among the stars and on planets (Luke is also trying to one-up his father’s sorry attempts at romance). However, given the track record that these two hold, they both come heavily armed, expecting at the very least an Imperial remnant out for blood. In the end, it just helps to draw them closer together.

Chewbacca:

Chewbacca has the opportunity to travel home and visit his wife Mallatobuck and son Lumpawaroo. He will mostly enjoy a home-cooked meal of wookie staples, and healthy amounts of cortyg brandy before a quiet night spent with his family.

Lando Calrissian:

Mothers, lock up your daughters – and yourselves, just to be safe . . . in fact you’d better just lock up everything – Lando is looking for love. He’s going to hit the hot spots in Bespin, Coruscant, and all the other planets that are full of eligible ladies ready to spend time with a real charmer. His exploits will go down in legend.

Whatever your plans, we hope your Valentine’s Day is great. Thanks for reading, and be sure to visit next week for more fun Star Wars information!