Author Archives: Aaron Goins

Star Wars Rebels: Our 6 Heroes Revealed

In an interview with IGN executive producer Greg Weisman said about the cast of Star Wars Rebels, “We have a character who’s our focus character, and then five other characters that make up this group of six rebels. Even within the first season, that cast expands, and there are more people, but the focus is still on this small group of rebels..”

Although more characters may be added to the cast as the season goes on, it looks like our main cast of heroes will number six. Thanks to information coming out of this past weekend’s New York Toy Fair we now know the names and faces of all six. If you haven’t been like me and obsessively following Twitter to keep up with all the info that has been flowing, here is a rundown of what we know about this team of Rebels.

Chopper (C1-10P)

Chopper

Back on January 28th Lucasfilm gave us the first official reveal of one of the good guys in the show. Chopper is the astromech droid of the team. But don’t expect him just to be another R2-D2. Dave Filoni described the character as grumpy yet loyal. “If R2 is your favorite dog then Chopper’s a cat.”

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Shadows of the Death Star – SWBW #18

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Reviews this episode:
Ewoks – Shadows of Endor (comic digest)
Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual (reference guide)

Another episode? So soon? That’s right, it’s still January and we already have two episodes on the books. Since we didn’t do any reviews in last week’s episode we decided to do another episode right away to get back on schedule. Plus Teresa just couldn’t wait any longer to review this Ewoks comic.

  • We welcome collector extraordinaire, podcaster, and official Star Wars artist Dan Curto as our guest
  • Dan talks about his personal fandom, collecting, and classic Star Wars EU
  • E-E-E-E-Ewoks. We talk about everything from the Ewoks animated series to the latest comic release
  • Teresa complains about the lack of good Ewok plushies
  • Aaron reveals the secret to getting the good Star Wars toys at Target
  • We talk about our favorite Death Star collectibles
  • Finally we discuss and review the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual

Ewoks

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Goodbye Dark Horse, Hello Story Group – SWBW #17

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No reviews this episode, just discussion. With all the rumblings around the Star Wars Expanded Universe fandom right now we wanted to take an episode and weigh in on the latest news.

  • We welcome friends of the show Josh Stolte (TechnoRetro Dads, Tron Decoding the Grid) and Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rouge, Fangirl Blog) as our guests
  • Marvel to begin publishing Star Wars comics in 2015. Good news or bad news?
  • Some of our favorite Dark Horse comics memories
  • A new The Clone Wars story is coming in comic form and it features Darth Maul!
  • Tricia gives us a lesson on canon
  • The Lucasfilm Story Group: Are people jumping to the wrong conclusions?
  • We answer a listener’s question about the Inquisitors in the Expanded Universe
  • Stick around after the credits to hear some bonus clips

son of dathomir

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Fire’s Edge – SWBW #16

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Reviews this episode:
Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge (novel)
Dark Times: Fire Carrier (comic volume)

We have been away for a little over a month but we are back with a brand new episode of Star Wars Bookworms! Here is a summary of the episode.

  • We welcome Eric Geller (The Forcecast, TheForce.net) and William Devereux (EU Cantina, We Talk Clones) as our guests
  • Aaron and Teresa shamelessly plug their new podcasts Fangirls Going Rogue and Bad Wolf Radio
  • Thoughts on the current state of the Expanded Universe
  • We all rank our favorite Star Wars novels of 2013
  • Discuss and review the recent novel Razor’s Edge
  • Eric leaves the show early to go watch Agents of Shield
  • William stays to help us discuss and review the comic volume Dark Times: Fire Carrier

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The Prisoner of Yavin – SWBW #15

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Reviews this episode
Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan (comic volume)
Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin (comic volume)

It’s November and it’s starting to get cold outside (depending on where you live). Now is the time of year to snuggle up and read a book… or listen to a podcast about books.

In this 15th episode of Star Wars Bookworms we welcome blogger and first time podcast guest Megan. She writes for fansites Fan Girl Blog and Knights’ Archive as well as her own blog Blog Full of Words.

At the top of the show Teresa asks Aaron and Megan about their time at New York Comic Con. Aaron and Megan do their best to make Teresa jealous by mentioning all the cool people they got to meet. You know, they just had dinner with John Jackson Miller. No big deal. The news revealed at the Rebels panel is also discussed.

In response to some listener feedback Aaron and Megan talk about their personal EU fandom and what were the first things they read (Teresa had to briefly drop out but her answer can be heard in the bonus content at the end of the show). Aaron also asked Megan what her hopes are for the future of the Expanded Universe.

Teresa rejoins the show to help review the comic volume Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan. Are the characters too one-dimentional? Is Shae Koda a stereotypical “strong female”? Is Aaron becoming a shipper? All this and more is discussed.

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