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AUTHOR DANIEL WALLACE TAKES FANS ‘ON THE FRONT LINES’ OF EPIC STAR WARS BATTLES

tThe wars can not make one great, but can make him storytelling— the Star Wars saga is filled with small skirmishes and major battles between the powers vying for control of the galaxy. A new book, Star Wars: On the Front Lines, released this month, takes a look at some of the most spectacular battles of the galaxy far, far away, and presents them in words and pictures to fill out a larger history of the key engagements of the Clone Wars, the Galactic Civil War and beyond. Written by Daniel Wallace, produced by becker&mayer! and published by Titan Books, this beautifully illustrated book deserves to be enjoyed for its artwork and different perspectives as much as utilized as a reference guide. Daniel Wallace, author of Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology and co-author of Ultimate Star Wars, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, and Star Wars: Year by Year, spoke to StarWars.com via e-mail to take us to the front of the class for On the Front Lines.
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THE PLAYLIST: A GUIDE TO THE LEGENDARY DARKSABER

For Star Wars fans who want a better understanding of various topics, there can be a lot of material to wade through. In The Playlist, we’ll curate select installments of Star Wars that will give you that greater understanding of a specific topic. Consider it your own Jedi Archives — or cheat sheet for your Jedi midterms.
The Darksaber is a fabled weapon in the world of Star Wars and has been a symbol of Mandalorian power for generations. When it first appeared in the Star Wars timeline, it was a stunning weapon of mystery and power. Now, we know it to be so much more.
Here is your guide to one of the most unique lightsabers in the Star Wars mythos.SWTOR CREDITS
1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“The Mandalore Plot” – Season 2, Episode 12; “Voyage of Temptation” – Season 2, Episode 13; “Duchess of Mandalore” – Season 2, Episode 14) — In its first appearance, the Darksaber is wielded by Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, a splinter group of Mandalorians.

2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (…

JABBA’S EYES – AND YOUR DESTINY – AWAIT YOU AT STAR WARS IDENTITIES

Two people so similar — bound by blood, reared in the unforgiving desert of Tatooine, strong in the Force but for so long lacking the teaching and discipline — are set on wildly divergent courses by the choices they make along the way.
This is the message at the heart of Star Wars Identities, a traveling exhibit on display at The O2 on London’s waterfront until September 3, examining the evolution of characters both in-universe and behind the scenes, with a healthy dose of costumes, maquettes, and other artifacts, including a treasure trove of original Ralph McQuarrie paintings.SWTOR CREDITS


The interactive exhibit — aimed at children 9-12 but thoroughly enjoyable for all ages — has been on the road since 2012, a collaboration with Montreal-based X3 Productions that weaves a scientific and anthropological storyline through some very familiar faces and scenes.  The moral of the exhibition’s storyline is deceptively simple: “It’s the choices that you make that shape you,” says Laela Fr…

MUCH TO LEARN YOU STILL HAVE: 7 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT TOGRUTAS

Much to Learn You Still Have is a rundown of trivia and fun facts, both in-universe and behind-the-scenes, about the aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. Whether you’ve never set foot in a cantina or you’re a well-traveled Jedi Master, you’ll find the intel you need.
Ahsoka Tano. Shaak Ti. Governor Roshti. Though we can easily tell a Togruta by their unmistakable facial patterns and head tails, there are only a few Star Wars characters that have been given a proper storyline in the saga. Let’s take a closer look at what we do know about the beautifully fascinating Togrutas.


1. Their horns are called montrals.
What sets Togrutas apart from other humanoid species is their interesting head cones, or montrals as they are properly called. Starting as just small bumps in infancy, the horns grow as Togrutas age, soaring high above their heads and reaching to their waist. The montrals are hollow inside and the species uses them to sense the movement of objects around them. This echolocation can r…

NEW STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE REVEALED AND MORE

Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson made a special appearance today at D23, bringing some friends and a few surprises. Here are some of the highlights. 1. That sizzle.
Johnson debuted new behind-the-scenes footage in a thrilling sizzle reel, offering us even more of a glimpse into the film. It features new shots of the Millennium Falcon, Rey, Luke, never-before-seen practical-effects creatures, Captain Phasma, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley training for fight scenes, and much more. “I’m hoping it’ll be a little shocking,” Johnson says in the video, “but I’m hoping it’ll feel real and honest.” But it’s Carrie Fisher who gets the last word. “It’s about family. And that’s what’s so powerful about it.”  SWTOR CREDITS
2. “I had the time of my life making this movie.”
The “Jedi Master” of the film, as Walt Disney Studios chariman Alan Horn called Johnson in his introduction, spoke openly about how much he enjoyed making The Last Jedi, which is now in postproduction. “I had …

5 HIGHLIGHTS FROM STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY: “THE PADAWAN PATH”

Ahsoka Tano’s fate in Star Wars Rebels may still be up for debate and interpretation, but on Thursday we got a glimpse at the fan-favorite Padawan’s further adventures before she left the Jedi order. In the fourth episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, the micro-series deviated from its previous course, with installments that up until now were plucked from the franchise films, to focus on the small-screen heroine. Running late for her own ceremony at the Jedi Temple, Ahsoka must take a detour of her own to help some hapless citizens with a malfunctioning, massive droid on the loose. Can she do it? (Spoiler alert — She can do anything.)  SWTOR CREDITS
Here are five highlights from the short, “The Padawan Path” — which you can watch below!

1. Snips and SkyGuy, together again.
Voice actor Ashley Eckstein hinted at the reunion of master and learner when she tweeted a photo of herself and the man behind animated Anakin’s swagger, Matt Lanter, in the recording studio together last month. …

5 REASONS YOU NEED TO WATCH LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES

Following the events of season one, the Freemaker family has joined forces with the Rebel Alliance. They’re putting their resourcefulness to the test and helping the Rebellion find parts and keep ships in tip-top condition — it’s what they do best. But they wouldn’t be Kordi, Zander, and Rowan if they didn’t stumble upon other adventures in between reassembling X-wings.
If you haven’t been watching the Disney XD series, you have time to catch up before the show returns with season two on Monday, July 31. Why should you make this your summer mission? Here are five reasons to tune into LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.  SWTOR CRETIS


1. A brick apart.
LEGO and Star Wars have played hand-in-hand before with TV specials and shorts, but The Freemaker Adventures is something different. It’s a serialized story, unfolding over multiple episodes. Rather than revisiting an established tale, the animated series delves into fresh territory that brushes up against touchstones in the Star W…