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Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2017

Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2017

Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2017
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The eighth volume of Star Wars Insider’s yearly collections of material includes classic features including interviews with actor John Boyega (Finn, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and writer Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) alongside all-new material exclusive to this collection!

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United Kingdom
Titan Publishing Group

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s welcome

“The name’s Finn and I’m in charge.” —Finn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Welcome to the sixth Star Wars Insider Special Edition! We’ve hand-picked the highlights from the last couple of years and added some brand new, exclusive material! This edition features something for all Star Wars fans, from an interview with one of the newest Star Wars stars, John Boyega, to A New Hope’s creature creator Rick Baker going in-depth on his most monstrous creations. Going slightly leftfield, Jon Stewart talks about the funny side of the saga and we explore the epic rivalry between the Wookiees and Trandoshans! Why can’t they just get along? As an added bonus, we take a look at the dramatic Hero’s Journey of Anakin Skywalker, while authors Cavan Scott and Tom Huddleston offer a unique insight in…

16 min.
john boyega is finn

Star Wars Insider: Tell us about the audition process? John Boyega: I got a call about the auditions for Star Wars and my agent told me that J.J. Abrams wanted to meet with me and put me on tape for the role. I didn’t know what part I was going up for and I hadn’t read the script, so I took a train into Central London, met J.J., spoke about the role, and then did the scenes. It was two scenes; I practiced it a few times, and then we put it on tape. It was quite the experience because it was nerve-wracking knowing that it was Star Wars, but not knowing the specifics of the part. After that it was recall after recall, then a screen test with Chewbacca came,…

10 min.
a trip to the light side

Star Wars Insider: What was the last work you did on Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Joel Aron: The very last thing I did on The Clone Wars was with Sean Wells, our colorist, working on the final episodes for color grade. We pushed it a little further than we ever did as we were working on the “Fives” arc last. The very last episode we did was episode 521, which was the final episode of the “Yoda” arc. Sean and I took our time with it, just to make it right. We didn’t get a chance to wrap up the Clone Wars at the Big Rock animation facility; we had to wrap it up here at LDAC where Industrial Light & Magic is. It just didn’t feel the same. We didn’t…

9 min.
the early days of the expanded universe

In the Beginning.... In the late 1970s, the offices of “The Star Wars Corporation” in Los Angeles were a motley cluster of trailers near the Universal lot. Inside, no more than a dozen full-time employees worked on what outsiders thought to be a silly science-fiction movie. “My check literally was made out from ‘Star Wars,’” says Sherry Kaplan, an executive assistant at the time. “You don’t know the funny looks I got at the bank.” Charles Lippincott, vicepresident of marketing and merchandising, received slews of similar funny looks when he tried to make tie-in deals. Company after company said no. His persistence paid off when Marvel Comics editor Roy Thomas and artist Howard Chaykin agreed to tackle a mini-series adaptation. Del Rey Books editor Judy Lynn del Rey also saw value in…

7 min.
the conflict within

The thrilling duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul at the climax of The Phantom Menace brought new kinetic energy to the battle between Jedi and Sith. Stunning in its own right, the battle also set out the promise of what was to come: a similarly frenetic reckoning between Obi-Wan, the apprentice-turned-master, and Anakin Skywalker, the innocent child-turned-Sith Lord. Two movies later and this promise was fulfilled. Only this time, the duel was fraught with as much emotional energy as kineticism. In dramatic terms, it seemed there could be no greater encapsulation of the betrayal that Darth Vader represents. But then we met Ahsoka Tano. Alongside Anakin and Obi-Wan, Ahsoka completed the triumvirate at the heart of The Clone Wars, a long-form story that chronicled Anakin’s heroism in a way…

12 min.
a long time ago, in a toy aisle not so far away....

In 1995, the toy maker Hasbro kicked off a new Star Wars line of action figures, starting with nine characters from A New Hope and vehicles cast from the original vintage Kenner molds. Star Wars was back—and hundreds of figures later, it’s still going strong. Star Wars Insider recently sat down with Hasbro veterans in Pawtucket, R.I., for a freewheeling conversation about the line’s greatest hits, occasional misses, and oddities. 1995’s new Power of the Force line—POTF2 to fans—began with a happy discovery at the old Kenner headquarters in Cincinnati. Mark Boudreaux: Finding the vehicle tools had a lot to do with determining which size figure we would continue with. Someone at Kenner had the forethought to make sure that the tools were put away in really good shape. I mean, they are…