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

Star Wars Merchandise

Star Wars may very likely be the most popular media franchise ever made, and its merchandise history is a long and intricate one. Today we’ll take a short look at the salable materials of everyone’s favorite science-fantasy series.

Boba Fett Kenner figure
Boba Fett Kenner figure

In the years during and following the original trilogy’s release, Kenner, a division of Hasbro, released some of the first Star Wars merchandise: action figures. Over 100 unique action figures were released, and between the years of 1978 and 1985 over 300 million were sold. These toys were usually smaller than four inches, and typically had five moveable points on their bodies. One story you may be familiar with is someone choking on the rocket from the Boba Fett toy, but this was actually caused by a Battlestar Galactica item.

It was also at about this time that the Expanded Universe began to form, beginning with the novel “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye,” a sequel to “Star Wars” (which would later become Episode IV) in which Luke and Leia land on the swamp planet of Mimban and hunt for a crystal. The Expanded Universe (EU) would continue to expand with comic books, television shows, TV specials, and an ever-growing mountain of books.

Beginning in 1983, over 120 video games have been published bearing the Star Wars name; the first was “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” for the Atari 2600, developed by Parker Brothers. After the video game crash of 1983, development halted until 1991. Since then, flight simulators, platformers, mmorpgs, real-time strategy games, first/third-person shooters, and many more have since come and gone, and some gained critical and commercial acclaim.

From its very first release, Star Wars has also been a Halloween mainstay. Darth Vader is consistently the most popular, though recent years have seen surges in many other characters. While the classic styles may be falling out of favor, newer characters like those from the prequels and the Clone Wars animated series continue to show up at our doors.

Star Wars merchandise
These look warm

Star Wars merchandise has stretched from one end of the spectrum to the other. From the cool and creative to the . . . downright terrifying, it seems possible to make your entire house a repository of Star Wars items. What’s your favorite piece of Star Wars merchandise?

Han and Chewie verses the Fetts

Here at Official Star Wars Costumes, we like to ask the tough questions. Not everyone has the courage to ask who would win in a fight between Han Solo and Chewbacca verses Boba and Jango Fett. But we do!

We’re going to overlook the silly questions like “why is Jango Fett alive?” or “how are Boba and Jango wearing the same armor?” or “why doesn’t Chewbacca have to wear pants?” Instead, we’re going to jump right in with a look at what each combatant has to offer, and how they’ll stack up in a no-holds barred two on two fight.

Han and Chewie
Han and Chewie

Han Solo:

While not force-sensitive, Han has spent enough time around force users to become attuned, and he is far from helpless. His unorthodox solutions to difficult problems have frustrated many enemies. His supranatural luck, skill with a blaster, and piloting ability have all served him in dire times. He is also ambidextrous.

Chewbacca:

This giant wookie’s obvious advantage is his great strength, but that strength hides many other aspects. He is an accomplished tactician, having lead Wookies against Separatist forces during the Clone War, and is a master at the game dejarik. He is a superior shot with his bowcaster, and his teamwork with Han Solo has led to the defeat of many of their opponents.

Boba Fett:

Despite having a high-tech arsenal, Boba Fett never let himself become dependent on it. He had access to considerable weaponry, and was a skilled marksman and unarmed combatant. With a jetpack and anti-vehicle weapon, carbine rifle, sidearms, mini concussion rocket launcher, and much more, Fett’s full armament is known only to him.

Jango Fett:

The Fetts
Boba and Jango Fett: http://www.iamfatterthanyou.com/2012/06/star-wars-boba-fett-jango-generations-paper-giclee-print/

While very similar to his son, Jango Fett has several changes in his suit such as Kamino Saberdarts, a flame thrower, and a wrist laser. He also had several different systems in his suit such as sonic beam weapons, boot spikes, and electromagnetic devices in his gloves, allowing him to attract his guns from short distances.

The Battle:

Meeting on an even field of battle would still leave the Fetts with an advantage due to their advanced mobility. However, Han and Chewie can be quickly expected to find ample cover. Both teams will try to outsmart the other, but both will find it difficult or impossible. Out-and-out combat will suit the Fetts more, while stealthy tactics would give Han and Chewie a chance to sneak up on them.

Without a doubt, the battle would be furious. The Fetts would try to overpower Han and Chewie; Han and Chewie would most likely need to find a way to defeat the Fetts that utilized more than just the weapons they had with them.

Who do you think would win this battle between Star Wars titans? Let us know in the comments!

Mace Windu Character Corner

Let’s talk about Mace Windu. This powerful warrior and wise leader is one of the strongest Jedi in its history, and today we’ll take a look at his history, and behind-the-scenes information.

Mace Windu
I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of how cool I am

History

Born seventy-two years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) on the planet Haruun Kal, Mace Windu brought to the Jedi temple at the standard age of six months. At an early age, he developed the strange Shatterpoint ability, able to see how he would affect future actions, as well as the vulnerabilities of opponents. He traveled to the planet of Hurikane to create his distinctive purple lightsaber. Before becoming a Jedi Master, he went on many missions and trained several force-adepts as Jedi.

Prodigious in the force, Windu became a Jedi Master at the age of twenty-eight. He would eventually rise to become Master of the Order, making him the leader of the Jedi Council. He was only behind Yoda in rank.

Windu would stay active while on the council, leading diplomatic and peace-keeping missions, including ones to Yinchorr, Malastare, tracked and killed murderers, dealt with revolutions and civil wars alike, dealt with terrorists on Coruscant, as well as adding to the great reservoir of Jedi teachings. He also developed a new style of lightsaber fighting, Vaapad, to help make his weakness to the dark side a valid strength.

During the invasion of Naboo, Windu first met Anakin, voting not to train him due to his age and uncertain future. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s death, Windu and the other masters appointed Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Skywalker.

Mace Windu was present at the first battle of the Clone Wars on Geonosis, fighting and killing Jango Fett. Like all the Jedi, Windu was busy during the Clone Wars, acting as high Jedi General. He encountered his old friend Sora Bulq, who was a Jedi against involvement in the war, but who was tricked into fighting Windu by Asajj Ventress. Bulq revealed he was a confederate agent, and had fallen to the dark side, and Windu killed him.

Windu battled on many worlds, including Simocadia, Haruun Kal, Ryloth, Juma 9, and many others. Near the end of the war, Windu and other council members detected a dark side influence around Chancellor Palpatine. They saw him turning into a dictator, and did not trust him to return his emergency powers. When Windu was told by Anakin Skywalker that Palpatine was actually the Sith Master behind the Clone Wars, Windu resolved to arrest him.

Windu and three others attempted to arrest Palpatine, but were forced into a battle with the Chancellor instead. Windu was the only one who survived the initial charge, and a furious battle followed. Windu overpowered the Chancellor, but Skywalker intervened and gave Palpatine the opportunity to kill Windu.

Behind the Scenes

Mace Windu was originally from the thirteen-page treatment that George Lucas wrote for Star Wars, though entirely different from how he is in the movies.

Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Windu in the movies, strived to add his own originality to the character, asking to have a purple lightsaber (purple is Jackson’s favorite color, and likes to have an item of that color in each movie he’s in), keeping his head bald, and asking that, for Episode III, Mace Windu “Not die like some punk.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Star Wars character corner, and will come back here for more fun Star Wars information and trivia.

Explaining the Slave Leia Outfit’s Popularity

What happens when you combine Carrie Fisher, a crime lord, and an outfit inspired by Frank Frazetta?Slave Leia

It’s one of the most famous moments from Star Wars, and remains an enduring pop culture reference. But why? The obvious reason, of course, is that it’s attractive, but could there be a deeper reason? Let’s discuss:

One of the things someone might notice is when the “Slave Leia” costume began to appear in popular culture. Appearances includes Family Guy, World of Warcraft, Bring Back . . . Star Wars, Chuck, Fanboys, and perhaps most famously, Friends. All of these appearances have several things in common: the age of the intended audience.

In Chuck, Sarah Walker wears the Slave Leia outfit for the titular Chuck, much to the delight of him and other male characters. Chuck, as stated in the show, is in his mid-twenties when the show begins in 2007, which would have made him a child when The Return of the Jedi came out in theaters. The character Ross Geller from Friends is an even better example, as he would have likely been a teenager when the movie came out. If the characters aren’t the target age, then the audience is (or, both). World of Warcraft, Robot Chicken Star Wars, Family Guy . . . the list goes on.

This is likely due to the fact that being both an exciting, action-packed film, and suitable for younger children, many of the actors, directors, writers, and producers – not to mention viewers – of the titles listed above are now people who may have viewed the Star Wars movies at a young age, as opposed to older men and women that saw it in their twenties or thirties.

Why, then, does viewing Slave Leia’s saucy outfit at a young age drive such an appreciation for the costume? It’s easy to determine: For many children of the era this is likely the first sexualized character they’ve seen, though Princess Leia does nothing more than wear the outfit. Due to its generally kid-friendly appeal, most parents would see nothing wrong with allowing their children to see the movies, even as young as six or seven, and while seeing the outfit may not have exactly jump-started viewer’s puberty, it is often discussed as the moment many male viewers began to realize there is something more to women – we’ll leave it at that.

So this poses the question: is the Slave Leia outfit enduring? Will she go the way of bombshells such as Farrah Fawcett, Linda Carter, and Betty Grable, female icons that are tied to a specific era? Will her look and effect spread farther or last longer, due to Star War’s intense and enduring popularity? It’s hard to tell. What do you think?

19 Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a night of mystery, scares, and fun, but your trick-or-treat outing or costume party shouldn’t be dangerous. There are plenty of ways to stay safe and fun on the 31st! Here are 19!

Decorating tips:

  1. Don’t let kids use the knives, and make sure they aren’t in the way when the pumpkin is being cut.
  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 difficulty.
  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. Costume accessories such as swords or knives should be dull and used carefully; 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.

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

By following these tips, Halloween will be a fun time for everybody! Now get out there and enjoy!

Star Wars Costumes Clearance Items

Trying to get through Halloween without breaking the bank? Official Star wars Costumes has you covered. We’ll talk about a few items that are currently on clearance.

Better Than Cookies!
20% might be even better than cookies!

Accessories:

The Green Jedi Lightsaber is a simple item that will help you make your own unique Jedi outfit, a Qui-Gon costume, or Luke Skywalker from Episode VI. The Sith Lords won’t have a chance to beat you this year!

The Deluxe Darth Maul Lightsaber will push your Sith Lord outfit from standard to deluxe! Unveil your double-sided saber & defeat the Jedi to get revenge!  If you’re looking for great deals and want to collect incredible items to complete your collection or prove your fan dedication, you can get the Supreme Edition Star Wars FX Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber. No Jedi warrior is complete without his weapon!

Costumes:

We have a wide selection of Star Wars costumes for you to choose from, and several that are even cheaper than normal:

Let your pet join in the Halloween fun when you get the Pet Princess Leia Costume, or let your young Star Wars fans make the most of a great night with the Baby Commander Cody Costume or the Economy Star Wars Child Sith Robe, which is a great item to improve any item.

Adults won’t be left out in the cold either. Find great choices like the Economy Star Wars Adult Darth Vader Costume or the Boba Fett Women’s Dress Costume.

We offer plenty of choices for a night of Halloween fun; be sure to check out our wide selection and low prices before the big night! To guarantee delivery by Halloween, order by 1 P.M. Central Time on Monday, October 27th. If you wish to receive your order by October 30th, you may select UPS 3-Day for only $9.99. Find the perfect Star Wars Costumes for you, and have a Happy Halloween!