BB-8 from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Part of the fun for Star Wars aficionados is watching to see where the stories come full circle and history repeats itself. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Naturally, "Star Wars" movies connect with one another. The numbered episodes of the saga all trace the line of Skywalkers from humble beginnings as slaves on Tatooine all the way to the current generation, with Ben Solo, son of Leia Organa and grandson of Anakin Skywalker, taking a turn to the dark side. This is one of the best parts of "Star Wars" — to see where the stories sync up and where history repeats itself. Here are seven times "The Last Jedi" touches on the events of the first three films in the classic saga. Spoiler alert! There are lots of spoilers for "The Last Jedi" so if you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want to be disappointed, you might not want to read on. 1. Darth Sidious In this film, we hear Luke Skywalker utter the words "Darth Sidious," which is the secret Sith … [Read more...] about 7 Times ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ References the Prequels
Mark Hamill, followed by Daisey Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega make their appearance at the Los Angeles press conference for "The Last Jedi" on Dec. 3, 2017. Our lucky author got to attend. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney On Dec. 3, 2017, we were on hand for the global press conference for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Just like the press conference for "The Force Awakens," secrecy surrounding the event and the film was high. Because of that secrecy, the film was not screened for the press, so the cast in attendance and director Rian Johnson couldn't reveal too much. What they did reveal, however, left us with plenty of tidbits. Here are the five juiciest. 1. It's Dark But Fun. The second chapter of a "Star Wars" trilogy film tends to be dark. In "Attack of the Clones," the war that ended the Jedi began. In "The Empire Strikes Back," Darth Vader ran the Rebellion from their base, captured Han Solo and told Luke Skywalker that he was really his father. They get very dark. … [Read more...] about 5 Things We Learned at the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Press Conference
Fans dressed in 'Star Wars' costumes attend the dedication of Mark Hamill Drive on July 30, 2017 in San Diego, California. Daniel Knighton/Getty Images Until January 1997, George Lucas was the barely fallible god of geekdom thanks to "Star Wars." Sure, a few vocal fans had quibbles about ewoks, but, for the most part, George Lucas had given the world a brand-new mythology. The Campbellian hero's journey spoke to a generation about the need to slay one's personal demons and fight an evil empire for the greater good. But Lucas went back to tinker with the films that had made him famous and, in the early months of 1997, released the "Star Wars: Special Edition." Though some fans wondered at the wisdom of making changes to a 20-year-old movie, this re-release brought in hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of new "Star Wars" fans. This was the beginning of the end of George Lucas's honeymoon with fans and the beginning of fractures in fandom. The fractures became full blown … [Read more...] about Why Do ‘Star Wars’ Fans Complain So Much About ‘Star Wars’?
"Star Wars" was responsible for the rebirth of the entire Lego bricks business in 1999, when the company launched Star Wars Lego bricks. © Ruaridh Stewart/ZUMA Press/Corbis To understand how "Star Wars" changed the toy industry, we have to go back a long time ago to a galaxy far, far away. During the 1970s, science fiction was unpopular – or at least forgotten as a genre – and the idea of toys based on movies or TV was in its infancy. But all of that was about to be turned on its head when George Lucas, fresh off the success of "American Graffiti," proposed "Star Wars," essentially a Western set in outer space. It was a bold concept – and one that struggled to find a home. Lucas and 20th Century Fox finally came to an agreement, an unusual one that allowed Lucas to exchange a $500,000 director's salary for the licensing and merchandising rights. It was a decision that would make Lucas wealthy beyond all imagining and change the toy industry forever when … [Read more...] about How did ‘Star Wars’ change the toy industry?
Start the Countdown Kenner’s original blue Snaggletooth looks nothing like the shorter red version we're used to seeing. © T. Klang/HowStuffWorks Since Memorial Day weekend 1977 when fans around the United States first read a block of scrolling text on a theater screen, "Star Wars" has grown into one of the best-selling toy lines in history. In 1978 alone, Kenner sold more than 26 million action figures. By the time the original vintage toy lines were discontinued in 1985, that number had grown to more than 250 million [source: Sansweet and Neumann]. While most of these toys were sold in such large numbers that they're virtually worthless today, a select few have held or increased in value. Check out our list of the top 10 most valuable "Star Wars" toys to see if you're got a potential gold mine collecting dust in the attic. 10: Stormtrooper Luke A few years after "Return of the Jedi" was released in 1983, interest in the franchise began to wane. To keep toy … [Read more...] about 10 Most Valuable ‘Star Wars’ Toys