Monday, July 29, 2013

First look at Star Wars: Rebels

At the past weekend's Star Wars Celebration Europe convention the first images from the new Star Wars animated series, Rebels, were revealed. The series will be set between the the prequel and original trilogies, focusing on the Rebel Alliance (or its fore-bearers), as StarWars.com describe:
It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
The series is being heavily influenced by the aesthetic of Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the original trilogy - Which I think is an excellent decision; I really like that look! The logo above, and the following images were released by StarWars.com, as you can see, they really capture the crisp clean and bright look of McQuarrie's art:



The central ship in the above image is the hero ship of the series, the Ghost. TheForce.net uncovered a schematic of the ship, from a url hidden on badges given away at the convention:


Hoth Bricks posted photos from the Rebels presentation at the convention, there are a few highlights after the jump, but you can see lots more of the Ghost, new stormtroopers, droids, and location designs on Hoth Bricks:


If you missed it before, here's a video StarWars.com posted a couple of months ago, with executive producer Dave Filoni talking a little about the series:



I was, and still am, rather annoyed that The Clone Wars was so abruptly cancelled. The successful and enjoyable series should have been allowed to wrap things up, even if they did want to move on to something else. But I'm also quite pleased this is what they've moved on to, as it looks and sounds great, and many of the same people are involved in it. Hopefully they'll have the opportunity to pick up some of The Clone Wars' dangling threads while having fun exploring this new era.

On an extra cool note, there will inevitably be new Star Wars Lego sets to accompany the series, including surely a McQuarrie-esque stormtrooper minifigure or two! I really hope they find some reason to give a few of the stormtroopers lightsabers, as seen in the original concept art.

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