This past weekend saw Dragon Con come and go. Fans of everything from Doctor Who to Harry Potter met in Atlanta to costume, hang with friends, and generally geek-out over all their favorite things. For us Star Wars fans though, there was one place at the con we just had to congregate. The Star Wars Track room at the Marriott. This is where you could find all the great Star Wars panels and a room packed full of like-minded fans.
One such panel took place on Friday and was titled “Goodbye Clone Wars, Hello Rebels.” The title kind of gives you an idea what the panel was all about. Fans from a number of different Star Wars fan sites were on the panel to discuss the passing of the animated series The Clone Wars and also to welcome the new animated series coming in October, Star Wars Rebels.
This episode is the second part of our one-year anniversary celebration! We invited the guys from the Rebels Report podcast (Pete Morrison and Andy Ury) to talk about the Rebels characters revealed so far and Star Wars Expanded Universe characters they remind us of.
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.
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.”