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Two Reasons to Buy The Lost Missions Blu-Ray (Plus Giveaway)

Note: To win your very own copy of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions simply follow @StarWarsReport and tweet us who your favorite Clone Wars character is and why! Contest ends 11/13/2014 at midnight (tonight)!

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Ok, I may have already given away in my thoughts on the Lost Missions in the headline of this article, but seriously, you need to go out and buy the Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions [Blu-ray] through our Amazon link today!

  1. The quality of the visual effects in simply astounding. The Clone Wars Team truly achieved film quality effects on the small screen. Weather it’s Yoda’s visit to the erie planet of Moraband, or the incredible “Evil Yoda” sequence, you see a dedication to cinematic storytelling unlike anything before.

  2. The exclusive “Clone Wars Declassified” documentary that comes with the set is incredibly insightful. It gives an inside look into the final chapter of the creative process for the Clone Wars team. “Clone Wars Declassified” give us a glimpse of just how tight-knit the team at Lucasfilm was as well as how involved George Lucas was in the creative process. It becomes obvious just how much Lucas passed on to Filoni as a filmaker.

I give The Lost Missions 5/5 glasses of blue milk! More info after the jump!

-Riley

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Rhode Island Comic Con

2014 Rhode Island Comic Con
by Joseph Tavano

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The last time I attended a comic book convention was 1993. It was in the large conference room of a Marriott on the outskirts of town, and there were roughly 20 vendors from all over New England selling hard-to-find action figures, bootleg concert cassettes, VHS tapes of first generation Star Trek episodes, and long-boxes of comics as far as the eye could see. This monthly slice of heaven was free to all who could find it and pretty much the greatest thing my 13 year-old eyes ever gazed upon. My Dad would drive my friend and me to the “comic con” and set me loose among the stacks and tables to burn through the $20 I earned washing refrigerated trucks from his friend’s Italian sausage business.

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Rebels Review: Breaking Ranks

Mitchell SteinHey guys! Sorry for the delay in this week’s article. Things got really busy in my personal life, but now that those things are out of the way for the most part, I’m back reviewing last week’s episode, Breaking Ranks.

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A Trooper’s Point of View: A History

It’s nearly impossible to be a Star Wars fan these days and not have heard of the 501st Legion.  However, I’m constantly surprised by people who know the name, but don’t know very much about the group.  With that in mind I’ll be doing a regular column here on the Star Wars Report talking about the Legion and my time as a Legion member.

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For this first installment we will be covering Legion history, both of the group and my own personal involvement.

The 501st was started by Albin Johnson in 1997 around the time of the Special Editions were re-released into theaters.  Prior to this I don’t recall ever seeing Stormtrooper costumes at events, plenty of Jedi and occasionally a makeshift Darth Vader or Boba Fett, but never any Stormtroopers.  For being such an integral and iconic part of the saga it’s surprising that no one ever built a Stormtrooper costume.

Albin quickly realized that Stormtroopers work best in numbers.  One Stormtrooper is cool, but a whole squad is cooler.  A basic website was created for people to share costume builds and photos and the Legion was born.  It quickly grew into something much larger than anyone could have predicted.

Within 2 years there were over one hundred members.  5 years, over a thousand, and that number would double again within 2 years.  The Legion grew exponentially.  As of October 2014 the membership is over seven thousand active members in over 40 countries.

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I first encountered the 501st at a local convention in 2007 but it wasn’t until a few months later at Celebration IV in Los Angeles that I first saw the troopers en masse.  I was immediately intrigued and thought the armor was just the coolest thing ever.  The next year the con rolled around again and the 501st were in attendance.  I was hooked.  I ordered my own set of Stormtrooper armor two weeks later.

Assembling the armor is a feat unto itself and I will focus a future article on construction of the costumes.

We’ve seen where they come from, but what the heck does a 501st member do?

The 501st Legion are known as the Bad Guys Who Do Good.  We dress in the costumes to spread the love of Star Wars and give back to the community.  We troop events big and small year round.

With so many members spread out all over the world, the Legion is broken up into different smaller regional groups called Garrisons.  Here in the US nearly every state has it’s own Garrison.  Then there are Squads which operate inside an existing Garrison.  Once a Squad has grown large enough it can break off and become it’s own Garrison.  Next there are Outposts, these are generally in different countries or more remote areas where there may only be a few troopers, not enough to form their own Garrison.  Lastly, there are Detachments.  This is a website or forum devoted to a particular costume type to help people build and improve the quality.

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Every Garrison has their own particular method and way of doing things.  In my garrison, Garrison Tyranus, we like to keep it simple.  Our main goals are to support Star Wars, make kids happy and give back to the community.

The 501st does not charge for appearances, however, based on the specific event we may ask if the organizer can make a charitable donation.  In 2011 the Legion helped raise over $11 million for charity both directly through our own efforts and indirectly by attending charitable events.

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How does one join the 501st?  It’s pretty simple, there are only three requirements.  First, you have to own an approved costume.  Second, you must be at least 18 years old.  Third, you must attend at least one event per year in your approved costume.

Hopefully this has been informative and has helped everyone learn a bit more about the 501st Legion.  In future columns I’ll be exploring more about the costumes themselves, both Legion acceptable costume types and Star Wars costuming in general.

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Before & After the Special Editions: Han and Greedo (Part 2)

Before & After the Special Editions:
Han and Greedo (Part 2)
Stuart Tullis

Last week, I proposed that the exchanged blaster shots between Han and Greedo as seen in the Special Edition essentially changed the lovable smuggler from a “man trying to make his way in the universe” to a relatively shallow character who was inevitably poised to become a hero of the galaxy.  This alteration has continued repercussions on his character development throughout the original trilogy as well as affecting the storyline of the Rebellion as a whole.

Before the change, Han Solo progressed from loner to leader.  He made a deal to carry two men and two ‘droids to Alderaan for a hefty sum of money, not for a noble cause, and certainly not to rescue a princess.  He was coerced into marching into the detention area for an even heftier sum of money.  There is no evidence of altruism or heroism in him at all; he is, as the princess states, a mercenary.  He made the trip to Yavin IV to collect his promised credits for passage to Alderaan plus the expected reward for rescuing the princess.  As Y-Wings and X-Wings were being prepared for the battle ahead of them, Han was filling his hold with credits and cargo.  When Luke confronts him about “turning [his] back on them,” Han encourages the youth to join him and Chewie because Luke was “pretty good in a fight”.  As the younger man walks off, dejected, Han explains himself to his copilot — fighting against the Death Star was suicide.  Still true to his character, Han Solo is in it for himself, hurrying to pay off old debts before he pays with his life.

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But in that moment when Darth Vader has Luke’s X-Wing in his sights and his wingmen unexpectedly crash and careen into his TIE, Han Solo’s journey is complete (at least for this first installation in the saga).  Although he claimed that he came back so Luke wouldn’t “get all the credit and take all the reward,” when he playfully shoves Luke at the base of his X-Wing, we all realize that there is more to him than money.  He returned to fight alongside his friend, to come to the rescue when the call came his way.  Han becomes heroic in the footsteps of Luke, who had immediately responded to Princess Leia’s holorecording by making it his mission to deliver the ‘droids to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Han’s motivation seems to stem from personal relationships, however, while Luke’s emphasis is on right and wrong.  Therefore Han isn’t committed to the Rebellion, but loyal to his friends. Continue reading