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Rebels Review: Empire Day

Mitchell Stein: After much buildup, we finally arrived at the Rebels episode we’ve been waiting for. I think it’s safe to say that Empire Day was easily the most impressive Star Wars Rebels episode yet, from nearly every aspect. I was completely blown away at what was displayed throughout this episode. Something Rebels is great at doing is showing us the aftermath of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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Fifteen years following the events of Episode III, the galaxy is celebrating yet another “Empire Day”, a forced celebration that the Imperials enforce. One of my favorite moments is after Minister Tua mentions Emperor Palpatine, and Imperial troops have to force audience members to start cheering for his name. It’s a perfect example of the darkness that ruled the galaxy during that time frame.

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But what was really special about this episode is what it’s setting up for the future. It explores stories with incredible potential. This episode is setting up a lot, and it’s the first of the series to have a direct continuation with the next episode which airs this Monday on Disney XD.

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All of the villains return in this one episode, including the diabolical Inquisitor. I’m absolutely loving the Inquisitor’s character on this show. He returns at the most unexpected of times, and acts as the vicious and mysterious villain that the show very much needs, and is very much in character to the era of the Star Wars canon that this show takes place in. I’m loving how they’re keeping the Inquisitor in this mysterious role for now, but the other villains, who are can be forgetful and one-dimensional so far need some time to develop. At this point they’re not memorable enough for me to remember their names yet. There’s Minister Tua, the guy with the beard, and long-face guy who seems to conveniently appear wherever the Rebels strike. That part doesn’t seem to make much sense, but perhaps we’ll figure out more about him soon.

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But really, this episode was a truly brilliant one, and something that I’ve been waiting for from this series from the beginning. I can hardly wait until part two of this episode, and all I can say is, we’re in for a pretty sweet ride!

Mitchell Stein is a major Star Wars/Disney/Muppet/Marvel fan. He co-operates the website The Mickey Mindset (link: mickeymindset.comwhere he celebrates all these and more, daily! Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook! (facebook.com/TheMickeyMindset)

Review: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham

Review: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham (or, The Bossk Show feat. Ezra Bridger)

Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham sees the very first appearance of one of our new characters, Ezra Bridger, from Star Wars: Rebels. As such, I went into the reading of this book thinking it would be a sort of coming-of-age story. One where we see a young(er, for this book takes place just before the video short Property of Ezra Bridger. We even get to see that clip in the book) Ezra get his first taste of danger, which sets him on the path to wanting to be a rebel. Instead, we don’t get that in this book. Which makes sense, I realized much later (I’m a little slow on the uptake, you may gather), because that’s what the TV show is for. With all that in mind, it makes for an odd introduction, so it’s best to not think of it as that. It is, at its heart, an adventure story. Also it has Bossk, the famed bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back. So there’s that.

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Roundup: Black Series Wave 6, Gentle Giant Maquettes, and More!

The weekend is finally upon us, giving most of us a much needed break from our busy workweeks and allowing us to catch up with the latest Star Wars merchandise news. From updates about The Black Series Wave 6 to Star Wars Rebels figure variants, this roundup will catch you up to speed and bring you back on track with what you need to know and where to find more information.

roundup016-inch The Black Series Wave 6 Appearing in Retail Stores

For fans who enjoy the hunt and finding the latest figures on the shelf, Rebelscum recently reported that The Black Series Wave 6 are hitting retail stores, specifically Target. Wave 6 includes Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi, Episode IV TIE Pilot, Episode V Yoda, and Clone Trooper Sergeant. The report also includes Wave 2 sets of Star Wars Command (Clone Trooper Clash, Droid Destruction, and Rebel Alliance).

roundup02New Gentle Giant Ltd. Maquettes

Designs of Ezra Bridger/Chopper and Zeb Orrelios maquettes appeared earlier this year, and now, Gentle Giant Ltd. brings fans the Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper, which is a design based on Ralph McQuarrie’s initial Stormtrooper concept art. Sadly, no sign of Hera Syndulla or Sabine Wren, who, unlike the Stormtrooper, are main characters of the series.

Other new/pending statues include Han Solo Hero of Yavin Bust and Ugnaught Jumbo Kenner Figure.

roundup03Packaging Revealed For Hasbro’s Star Wars Rebels Imperial Troop Transport

The original Kenner’s Imperial Troop Transport in 1979 was the source of inspiration for the vehicle we see in the series. As seen on the left, we have the packaging for Hasbro’s new Imperial Troop Transport, revealed via Star Wars Figuren.

roundup05Ezra Bridger Figure Variation

Collectors are always looking for variants, and the first one for Star Wars Rebels has been spotted. Several collector sites, including From 4-LOM to Zuckuss, have reported that there is a variant of the Ezra Bridger figure included in the Toys ‘R’ Us Star Wars Rebels Mission Series The Ghost Pack. Happy hunting!

Hasbro’s Star Wars Figures Timeline

MTV.com recently published a timeline of Hasbro’s Star Wars figures. The simple timeline educates new fans on the placement of the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, in relation to the movies. Despite the useful information it provides, it neglects Star Wars: The Clone Wars and specific figures lines, such as The Black Series and more.

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Rebels Review: Out of Darkness

Mitchell Stein: Star Wars Rebels just can’t stop getting better and better!

Although not really that much happened story-wise in this episode, it still stands as a really superb piece of Star Wars action and story-telling. It raises a minor question which of course is on its way to be answered in a future episode, and it finally shines some light on Sabine and Hera, the two characters who never nearly got enough screen-time. This episode packed a whole lot of awesomeness into twenty-two jam packed minutes.

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I don’t think this series has the ability to pick up as easy as The Clone Wars did, and these episodes are a fine proof of that. Regardless of the fact, the writers are working with brand-new characters in this series, and they must create new character situations and development to make these characters shine, and this episode was by far the most impressive in that aspect.

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Fans have been waiting to learn a little more about Sabine, other than the small bits of screen-time she made in the other episodes. This episode was clearly about Sabine, and her relationship with the group, and specifically Hera. Sabine feels she isn’t trusted when she discovers Kanan and Hera are being provided with info from a mysterious individual named Fulcrum, who we have yet to find out about.

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Sabine allows us some information about her past in the Empire, which wasn’t that much to be honest, but will hopefully build to a fuller story. Regardless of her previous life before joining the Rebel team, I’m just really excited this character is being built up on, and we’re finally seeing some more of these awesome characters. Now that everything has been set up, the writers should be moving forward pretty quickly from here on in.

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If I were to describe what exactly happened in this episode, it wouldn’t end up being a very long explanation. To be honest, not that much happened in this episode, but this episode was anything but boring. This week was a wonderful blend of great character development and mystery, combined with some seriously exciting action. Rebels is getting better and better every week… can’t wait to see which direction they’ll be heading in next!

Mitchell Stein is a major Star Wars/Disney/Muppet/Marvel fan. He co-operates the website The Mickey Mindset (link: mickeymindset.comwhere he celebrates all these and more, daily! Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook! (facebook.com/TheMickeyMindset)

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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