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Star Wars Celebration: Part 2

Star Wars Celebration: Part 2
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Celebration has come to an end, and with that comes the end to our Star Wars Celebration news round up. If you haven’t done so, check out part one where we talk The Rise of Skywalker trailer and the new Clone Wars trailer as well. In this final part, we talk two big panels that happened at celebration; The Mandalorian, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Two very big panels at Star Wars Celebration and both drew huge crowds. Pour yourself some blue milk…this one is a long one folks!

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Star Wars Celebration: Part 2

Star Wars Celebration: Part 1

Star Wars Celebration, The Rise of Skywalker, and The Clone Wars. Oh my! We are back from our mini hiatus to bring you all the Star Wars Celebration news! Ian had the great opportunity to not only go to Star Wars Celebration, but he also got into the highly sought out Episode 9 panel! Join Ian and Kris as they discuss the Rise of Skywalker trailer and panel, going to Star Wars Celebration, and the new Clone Wars trailer reveal with part 1 of our Star Wars Celebration wrap up. And then join us next week for part 2 discussing The Mandalorian, Galaxies Edge, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and so much more SWC news.

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Star Wars Celebration: Part 1

Star Wars News Catch-Up

Welcome back to Echo Station Podcast! Kris and Ian are back from their holiday break to talk Star Wars news that broke during the mini hiatus over the past few weeks. A lot of juicy stories and a lot of news are packed into this episode…including when a possible panel for the station will happen at Kansas City’s very own Planet Comicon this year! So strap in and welcome to Echo Station.

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Darth Maul Character Profile

Your journey towards the dark side is almost complete! Echo Station is proud to present our very first character profile! And who better to kick things off with than everyone’s favorite Nightbrother himself, Darth Maul. Ian and Kris sit down to discuss the enormous impact Darth Maul, who in fact had very little screen time has had in the world of Star Wars. They talk his origins, how things from the “Legends” version of Maul have changed to now fit the canon version, his various histories with characters he crosses blades with, and where we want to see the character go in future Star Wars installments.

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Top Star Wars Villains

The dark side is calling to Kris and Ian as they talk and rank their top four Star Wars villains from each era. Ian takes on the prequels including the Clone Wars tv show, Kris takes the lead with the original trilogy and its various spinoff movies and tv shows, and finally they both talk the new trilogies array of bad guys. So tap into your inner Sith and or crime lord and come join us as we explore the worst of the worst in Star Wars.

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Top Star Wars Villains

Clone Wars is Back!

Welcome all you Force users to another episode of Echo Station. Today, Ian and Kris dive into one of if not the most popular Star Wars show that has been ever produced. We are of course talking about the Emmy award winning animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Clone Wars recently had its 10 year anniversary panel at SDCC this year so naturally Kris and Ian had to talk about the show, favorite episodes, characters, and so much more.

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Top 10 Lightsaber Hilts in Star Wars Movies and TV

“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.” Obi-Wan Kenobi introducing Luke Skywalker to his father’s lightsaber.

This quote has stood with Star Wars fans ever since the first movie premiered in 1977 and we saw a lightsaber for the first time. From that day forward every kid and a lot of adults wanted a lightsaber of their own. To this day, that testament remains the same. Now of course in this day and age we can’t have a real one, at least not yet. But what I love most about the lightsabers in the Star Wars movies and TV shows are how unique every single one of them is. That comes down to the hilt design more so than the color of the blade. Each hilt of a lightsaber is unique and built by hand by the various Jedi or Sith that wield them, or is passed down from person to person. This is my top 10 list of my favorite lightsaber hilts from the movies and Clone Wars/Rebels animated series.

Number 10 Lightsaber Hilt

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This purple-bladed saber was used by the second greatest Jedi on the Jedi Counsel. This sleek and elegant blade was plated with chrome and gold finishes to represent his senior status on the Jedi Counsel. A thinner hilt than some, but it suited Mace well with his style of fighting called Form VII or also known as Vaapad. He sadly lost it, along with his life while dueling Darth Sidious.

Number 9 Lightsaber Hilt

Sidious's hiltDarth Sidious’s Hilts

Little is known about these hilts created by the famed Sith Lord. But what is known is that both of them were constructed while he was still an apprentice to Darth Plagueis out of a nearly indestructible metal. These are also the same blades that killed his former master in his sleep. Most people did not know he created two hilts and was trained in fighting with two lightsabers at once, as seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars when he fights Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress.

Number 8 Lightsaber Hilt

Lukes lightsaberLuke Skywalker’s second lightsaber

This famous hilt was constructed after Luke lost his first lightsaber (his father’s before him) to a duel with Darth Vader on Cloud City in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This particular hilt is reminiscent of Obi-Wan’s third lightsaber that Kenobi constructed during the beginning of the Clone Wars in honor of his late mentor. It now emitted a green blade instead of a light blue, and was used by Luke throughout him teaching a new generation of Jedi, until Ben Solo betrayed him and became Kylo Ren which forced Luke into exile. Little is known what happened to his lightsaber after these events, but it is believed that when he went into exile, he threw away his hilt to forget his past.

Number 7 Lightsaber Hilt

Savage Opress LightsaberSavage Opress’s Hilt

Following in is brother Darth Maul’s footsteps, Savage wielded a duel saber staff during the final years of the Clone Wars. This staff was much thicker than Maul’s to accommodate the new Zabrak’s enhanced skills and size thanks to the Nightsisters. With this lightsaber he killed many Jedi and practically anyone who got in his way. He would also use the hooks on both ends to impale his enemies before igniting his blade and running them through.

Number 6 Lightsaber Hilt

Askoha RebelsAshoka Tano’s second lightsabers

These two lightsaber hilts replaced the ones Ashoka used before leaving the Jedi Order during the Clone Wars. Thin and curved in design, Ashoka used these during her adventures with the Rebel fighters as they fought against the might of the Empire. Her blade color switched from green to a pure white, symbolizing her non-affiliation to the Jedi. Ashoka most notably used these lightsabers to take on two Inquisitors, The Seventh Sister and The Fifth Brother respectively. Although Tano left the order when she was still in training as Anakin’s Padawan, she showed exceptional skill and control while fighting the two Dark Side users.

Number 5 Lightsaber Hilt

Dooku's hiltCount Dooku’s Hilt

This curved hilt was used by Darth Sidious’s second apprentice Count Dooku. Dooku not only had a curved hilt during his apprenticeship with Sidious, but while he was also a member of the Jedi Order. Dooku favored the design over a traditional hilt because of his title and strength as a duelist. He dueled and killed many Jedi with this blade until his demise at the hands of Anakin Skywalker on board General Grievous command ship during the Battle of Coruscant. It is presumed that the hilt was destroyed along with the ship as it broke apart during the battle.

Number 4 Lightsaber Hilt

Darth Maul's SaberDarth Maul’s Hilt

Used by the Sith Lord Darth Maul during the occupation of Naboo, this uniquely designed hilt was actually two separate lightsaber hilts constructed into one long staff. Darth Maul was a force to be reckoned with when he was dueling someone because not only of the twin blades but because of his furry behind each strike to an enemy. Eventually it was cut in half, along with Maul by Obi-Wan Kenobi after the death of his master at the hands of Maul. Darth Maul survived however, and continued to use the severed half of his original blade during the Clone Wars and to duel against his former master on the planet Mandalore.

Number 3 Lightsaber Hilt

Rebel's Inquisitors Inquisitor’s ringed Hilt

Much like Darth Maul and Savage Opress before them, the Inquisitors used duel bladed lightsabers to hunt down remaining Jedi Knights during the years following the formation of the Empire. The one difference when comparing the hilts are that these were one spinning rings that could spin clockwise and counter clockwise depending on how the user wanted it. Very fast and hard to use, the Inquisitors were trained on how to use the ringed blades to not only fight, but to intimidate their enemies as well, making them feared across the galaxy to all who came across them.

Number 2 Lightsaber Hilt

Luke's hiltAnakin Skywalkers Hilt

Possibly one of the most famous hilts within the Jedi Order was used by Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. This hilt was silver in color with black finishes and a bright blue blade. After the fall of Anakin to the dark side, it was taken by his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi and eventually given to Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker, and from Luke it was passed onto a young force-sensitive girl by the name of Rey 30 years after the Battle of Endor. While this hilt won many battles during the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, along saving countless numbers of people, it was also used for terrible deeds. Most notably during the Jedi purge and attack on the Jedi Temple at the end of the Clone Wars, where it was used to slaughter countless Jedi and younglings.

Number 1 Lightsaber Hilt

Asajj VentressAsajj Ventress’s twin Hilts

These twin curved blades belonged to Count Dooku’s most trusted assassin and Dark Side user Asajj Ventress. This former Nightsister and Sith warrior acquired them from Count Dooku as a gift after she showed him her skills in a fighting arena. These blades, however, belonged to Dooku’s first apprentice before her, Komari Vosa, and when her death came at the hands of Bounty Hunter Jango Fett, Dooku kept them until he found a new apprentice to use them. Asajj was extremely skilled in using two sabers at once in either separate forms or formed together in a saber staff., she battled numerous Jedi, most notably Kenobi and Skywalker, and killed countless Padawans and Jedi Knights. What was most unique about these hilts is that at any moment during a battle, Ventress could attach them to form a saber staff to duel her enemies much like Darth Maul. Her’s however, was much harder to handle because of the curved shape. Eventually these hilts made there way to the fallen Jedi Barriss Offee when she stole them from Asajj to try and set her and Ashoka Tano up for sabotage and murder.

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Top 10 Lightsaber Hilts in Star Wars Movies and TV

Star Wars Figures: 1995-Present

When I was 8, I was walking down the action figure aisle with my dad. As I gazed upon the seamless displays of toys, my eyes fell upon a C-3PO glistening in its shiny gold paint. At the time, I had never heard of Star Wars (Mind you, this was at the tail-end of the Star Wars dark age in the 1990s when there were almost no toys or products to speak of. The C-3PO I saw was the beginning of the return.) but I was very much into robots. So, as an avid robot lover, I asked my dad what that was and if I could get it. His response was along the lines of, “Oh, that’s C-3PO from Star Wars. I think you’re old enough for that.” If he knew what would happen next, he probably would have never let me get my first Star Wars figure.

Within a week, I had also gotten R2-D2. Playing with the two droids was odd since I didn’t know what either one sounded like or what their backstory was. But I can assure you that the two of them had some grand adventures even if they had nothing to do with Star Wars. Shortly thereafter, my dad finally tracked down Star Wars: A New Hope and thus officially began my Star Wars action figure collecting. With this article, we shall go through the past 20 years of Star Wars figures leading up to the recent release of The Force Awakens figures. Now, mind you, this is only a part of my collection and not an exhaustive presentation. Let’s just say I would need a lot more space if I were to show my entire collection. Now, without further ado…

1995: The Return of the Figures

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It is a fact that there few to no products released during a certain span of time following Return of the Jedi. This was a dark time for Star Wars fans as they had almost no books and toys to collect. Nevertheless, with the publication of Timothy Zahn’s incredible Heir to the Empire, the products were coming back. Here’s a shot of the original set. Note that Leia was included into this set later and that I considered myself a bit of a painter back then and tried to do the Toy Story 2 restoration to some of my figures. These were quite simple and also very hard to find at the time. For the next few years, though, the main molds for the figures would be used for a variety of figures. Luke and Han always had the same head regardless of the figure. They did not bother messing with the mold until much later. Figures during this era were $4.99 apiece.

1996-1998: The Special Edition

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Shortly after the 1995 releases, Kenner must have realized they could still sell Star Wars stuff without there being a movie in theaters. They therefore expanded the Star Wars line to include some more figures. Of course, when the Special Edition was released in 1997, a plethora of action figures hit the market. It was at this point that I could not keep up. So I had to pick and choose which ones I wanted. You’ll notice that the detail is much more enhanced (the Leia’s don’t look like men!). Yoda included the backpack that Luke carries him around in while the Dagobah Luke was sold separately. In fact, Luke could not stand properly without the backpack. The Jawas’ eyes actually glow when you hold them up to the light. But, with any run, this one hit its end in due time. Tarkin and the spy from A New Hope were the last figures I purchased from this era at around 90 cents apiece.

1999: Figures can talk!

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Yep, that’s right. Star Wars figures could talk! With the arrival of The Phantom Menace, Hasbro included computer chips for each action figure. When the chip was scanned by a Commtech Reader (you can see that under the destroyer droid), the lines from the chip could be heard. The inclusion of the computer chip made the $6.74 price tag more than worth it. You can certainly see an evolution with this line. The figures were much more poseable, which made putting Darth Maul into fighting moves much easier. Detail was insane as well. You just have to look at the C-3PO to see that. You will also notice the battle droid on the STAP. That one was actually an Episode I preview that was released before the actual Phantom Menace line. And the last bit of information on this one pertains to the Sebastian Shaw Anakin Skywalker standing next to Qui-Gon. This one was in a series of flashback action figures in which you had a little card that showed you what the character looked like before and after. By the release of Anakin Skywalker (2001), the commtech chips were no longer offered with the toys but the price remained the same.

2002: Using the force

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First, figures could talk. Now they can use the force… with the help of magnets. Hasbro included a number of magnetic variations into their Attack of the Clones line. You’ll notice Obi-Wan is hanging onto the assassin droid. And, in fact, you could run around the house with that droid with Obi-Wan dangling for dear life (trust me, I tried it). However, the magnets were not as strong as Obi-Wan’s. That’s one reason why Anakin’s arm is somewhere deep inside my Attack of the Clones box… along with the Tusken Raider’s head. Lightsabers had a tendency to fall out of the Jedi’s hand. Oh, and I don’t know what the lightning is all about with Aayla Secura. It came with her and looked cool, I guess. But hands down, one of the coolest toys was the Jango Fett action figure. Not only could you remove his helmet and play shenanigans to Kenobi with his cable, but you could also fire a missile out of his jet pack just like the original Boba Fett. Did I also mention that R2 can blind you with his light because he can. Beware!

2005: Revenge of the Sith

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This was the peak of Star Wars figures during the prequel era. These figures had a good balance of detail along with some fun slashing action. I was disappointed with the Emperor, who does not wear the awesome fighting robe from his duel with Yoda. But it’s sort of full circle with C-3PO, whose appearance looks much like it did in 1995 (albeit more detail) with the shine. These were a good line… even if they may have gone a bit far with the “Anakin battle damage” action figure.

2006 to the Present: End of an era

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With the end of Star Wars as we knew it, the action figures started dwindling down. I more or less went into retirement since my interest had turned to video games and I did not have the budget for both. I occasionally purchased the random figure here and there, but I mostly just looked. Hasbro also seemed to see that they needed to release different items. So they turned to the EU. In particular, Knights of the Old Republic and Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars. Cad Bane was probably the only figure I bought during Lucas’s Clone Wars run. Otherwise, this was a pretty dead decade for me with collecting.

2015: The Force Awakens

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Well, I just had to come out of retirement for the new movie. These new figures are fun, but they are not nearly as poseable as their predecessors. It’s unfortunate really. It’s almost a step back to the days of 1995. They’re still fun, but the Black Series for the 3 and a half inch line seems to be where all of the poseable figures are going. Those are a bit too expensive for my taste. I will say that I got the X-Wing primarily because you can actually remove Poe’s helmet with that set. The single figure has his helmet permanently on and obscuring his face. Also, BB-8 is in the back, but he isn’t removeable. That’s probably a good thing since someone should always stay with the ship.

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Star Wars Figures: 1995-Present