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The Honcho Round-up #88: Star Wars: On this day – July to December

By Alex Wiggan

Hi heroes!

We’ve reached the end of 2017 and as such that also means we’ve reached the end of a year-long series of posts, titled: ‘Star Wars: On this day’.

As a quick reminder this year Star Wars celebrated its 40th anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, the Honcho-SFX blog presented 365 specially created posts all related to Star Wars.

Today, The Honcho Round-up is collecting together the second six months’ worth of these posts – that’s July to December. Should you want to check out January to June, you’ll need to take a look through the first part of this Round-up special.

Before presenting six months of Star Wars, let me say I hope you’ve enjoyed all 365 days of ‘Star Wars: On this day’. Next year another big anniversary is on the horizon, so make sure to check out the blog from tomorrow to see what that’s all about.

For now, here’s July to December…

 

July

July 1st – On this day in 2005, Lucasfilm releases a special cinema promotion in conjunction with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The promotion – called ‘May the Fourth be with you’ offers cinemagoers the opportunity to receive a fourth free cinema ticket with the purchase of three tickets to see Revenge of the Sith. The promotion is released to celebrate the July 4th weekend.

July 2nd – On this day in 2002, short-lived gaming magazine, Star Wars: Gamer ceases publication with the 10th issue. The final issue features Count Dooku actor, Christopher Lee on the front cover, and includes articles on Expanded Universe character, Mara Jade, bounty hunter Zam Wesell and droid starships.

July 3rd – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an image of Obi-Wan Kenobi taken from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The image includes a text quote from Alec Guinness that states: “It was a darn good story dashingly told, and beyond that I can’t explain it.” The image is accompanied by a caption that reads: “How do you explain the magic of #StarWars? #BehindTheScenes”.

July 4th – On this day in 2017, Americans everywhere celebrate American Independence Day, with many fans posting memes featuring the slogan ‘Happy Force of July’.

July 5th – On this day in 2016, Star Wars: Rebels – Deadly Battles the Ultimate Sticker Collection hits shelves. The 96-page sticker book, which boasts more than 1,000 stickers, is published by DK.

July 6th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a Yoda quote: “Always in motion is the future.” The accompanying caption reads: “#WednesdayWisdom #StarWars”.

July 7th – On this day in 2003, LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment launch Star Wars: Galaxies – the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The launch comes three years after the game was officially named in an announcement on Star Wars.com. During the first week of its launch, 125,000 players sign up to play the game.

July 8th – On this day in 2016, reports appear online that director Rian Johnson has shared set photos of Star Wars Episode VIII, as filming enters the final stages of production.

July 9th – On this day in 2008, Entertainment Weekly posts a trailer for forthcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, exclusively via its website. The action adventure game, designed for release across multiple platforms, is released two months later.

July 10th – On this day in 2016, London hosts the annual Star Wars day at the park! Star Wars fans meet and greet characters from the Star Wars saga as part of the Storybook Gardens event.

July 11th – On this day in 1997, Modesto, California dedicates a town plaza to Star Wars creator, George Lucas. The plaza includes a bronze statue of an adolescent boy and girl, making reference to Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age movie, American Graffiti.

July 12th – On this day in 1989, Star Tours Tokyo opens to the public. The ride – which opens at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba – includes six simulators, as well as a ‘Pan Galactic Pizza Port’. The ride opens two years after the first Star Tours ride opened in California. Star Tours Tokyo promises to be ‘the ultimate Star Wars adventure’.

July 13th – On this day in 2000, Lucasfilm announces that American actor, Jimmy Smits has been cast in Star Wars Episode II, as Alderaan Senator, Bail Organa. The character will appear in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

July 14th – On this day in 2000, Star Wars Insider publishes its 50th issue. To mark the occasion, Star Wars Insider boasts a cover featuring newly-appointed Anakin Skywalker actor, Hayden Christensen, as well as an extensive interview with the Canadian star.

July 15th – On this day in 2016, Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 takes place in London. The event, which runs from July 15th to July 17th takes place at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre and is hosted by Warwick Davies and David Collins. According to Star Wars Celebration.com, “Star Wars Celebration is the ultimate fan experience focused on a galaxy far, far away…”

July 16th – On this day in 1985, the 100th issue of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars comic hits shelves. The issue – which includes an October cover date – focuses on an attack on the Rebel base on Endor. The ‘special double-sized 100th issue’ is written by Marry Jo Duffy, with a cover by artist Frank Cirocco.

July 17th – On this day in 2016, Alden Ehrenreich is officially cast in the role of young Han Solo in the standalone Star Wars movie, tentatively titled, Han Solo. Ehrenreich’s casting comes after months of rumours and speculation which suggested he already had the role in the Ron Howard-directed movie.

July 18th – On this day in 1977, C-3PO appears on the cover for People Weekly. The cover image of Threepio is accompanied by the text: “The talented folks (all under 40) who gave us C-3PO and the summer’s box office sizzler.”

July 19th – On this day in 2013, the documentary film, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster makes its debut at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. The documentary discusses the career of legendary artist, Drew Struzan and features interviews from George Lucas and Harrison Ford, amongst others. During the course of his career Struzan created poster art for Star Wars Episode I-VII.

July 20th – On this day in 2016, an offline mode arrives for players of Star Wars game, Star Wars Battlefront. The offline mode gives players the opportunity to take part in Fighter Squadron and Walker Assault battles.

July 21st – On this day in 1978, 14 months after it first arrived in US cinemas, Star Wars is re-released in theatres. The re-release includes an additional line of dialogue, from C-3PO, that was not included in the original release. This is just one of the many additions and revisions that will take place in the Star Wars Saga over the next 40 years.

July 22nd – On this day in 2017, American voice actor and author, James Arnold Taylor celebrates his 48th birthday. Born on July 22nd 1969, James has voiced Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in several Star Wars projects, including the 2003 Clone Wars series, the 2008 Clone Wars series and the 2014 animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Happy birthday, James!

July 23rd – On this day in 2012, the New York Mets team with Lucasfilm to host the second annual Star Wars Night at the Citi Field. The event takes place as the Mets host the Washington Nationals.

July 24th – On this day in 2008, Kevin Spacey makes a guest appearance at the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge Awards. The awards take place at the San Diego Comic-Con.

July 25th – On this day in 2007, Hasbro releases a special edition R2-KT action figure. The pink droid is released to honour Katie Johnson, a young Star Wars fan who passed away in 2005 from brain cancer at the age of seven. To further honour Katie’s memory, Hasbro donate $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina and San Diego. Well done, Hasbro!

July 26th – On this day in 2013, Star Wars Celebration Europe II takes place in Essen, Germany. The three-day event, which takes place at Messe Essen includes a panel with Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. More than 30,000 fans, from 40 different countries, attend the event.

July 27th – On this day in 2001, Jodie Berry an employee at Hooters, Florida sues her employer after winning a ‘toy Yoda’ in a work-based competition. Berry claims the competition was to win a ‘Toyota’. The lawsuit is eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

July 28th – On this day in 1995, San Diego Comic-Con celebrates the original Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars Day. The event is used to promote Lucasfilm’s forthcoming project, Shadows of the Empire – a multi-media trilogy tie-in, which includes a novel, a game and a range of toys.

July 29th – On this day in 2017, Star Wars actor, Jeremy Bulloch rubs shoulders with fellow sci-fi actors during an appearance at the London Film and Comic Con 2017.

July 30th – On this day in 2016, Make A Wish gives young Star Wars fan, Bryce Amiel a special Star Wars day. During the course of the day, Bryce meets Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and R2-D2.

July 31st – On this day in 1981, 14 months after it arrived in US cinemas, The Empire Strikes Back is re-released in theatres. The re-release is accompanied by a poster featuring artwork by Tom Jung.

 

August

August 1st – On this day in 1998, the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Iron Fist hits book shelves. Published by Bantam Spectra, the book is written by author, Aaron Allston. Iron Fist is the sixth instalment in the Star Wars: X-Wing series of books.

August 2nd – On this day in 2014, the Brooklyn Cyclones hold the second annual Star Wars Night at MCU Park. To mark the occasion, the first 2,500 fans in attendance receive a Padawan Pee Wee bobblehead featuring the Cyclones mascot in the form of a Jedi apprentice.

August 3rd – On this day in 1977, the handprints of C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader are immortalised in concrete outside the Mann’s Chinese Theatre. More than 8,000 Star Wars fans turn up at the event to watch history taking place.

August 4th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a behind the scenes image from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The shot shows director Irvin Kershner talking to Carrie Fisher. The accompanying text reads: “Creating a scene that would become a pop culture touchstone. #StarWars #ThrowbackThursday #IKnow”.

August 5th – On this day in 2000, English actor, Alec Guinness passes away. The actor, known for his successful career on stage and in films portrayed Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In a statement, Star Wars creator, George Lucas says: “He was one of the most talented and respected actors of his generation and brought an amazing range and versatility to his work.”

August 6th – On this day in 2001, the second movie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy is official given a subtitle – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The new name is announced on Star Wars.com. The movie is released in US cinemas nine months later.

August 7th – On this day in 2008, the Star Wars book, The Clone Wars: Press Out ‘n’ Build hits UK shelves. Aimed at young Star Wars fans, the book is published by Ladybird books.

August 8th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an illustration by Magali Villeneuve, depicting the scene where Princess Leia and Darth Vader first meet in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The post is accompanied by a caption which reads: “The old, ‘I’m a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan’ trick didn’t work this time.”

August 9th – On this day in 2016, TT Games releases downloadable content (DLC) for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The DLC is titled, ‘The Phantom Limb’ and revolves around C-3PO.

August 10th – On this day in 2009, Nintendo releases the digital edition of Super Star Wars, the classic computer game from 1992. The game is made available for the Wii via the Virtual Console store. Well played, Nintendo.

August 11th – On this day in 1994, British actor, Peter Cushing passes away at the age of 81. The actor best known for roles in the Hammer horror movies, starred in Star Wars Episode I: A New Hope as Grand Moff Tarkin.

August 12th – On this day in 1980, the Star Wars novel, Han Solo and the Lost Legacy is published by Del Rey. The novel is the third and final book in The Han Solo Adventures trilogy, after Han Solo at Stars’ End and Han Solo’s Revenge. The book is written by Brian Daley.

August 13th – On this day in 1982, Star Wars: A New Hope is re-released in US cinemas for a fourth time. The re-release is accompanied by a trailer for the second Star Wars sequel, Revenge of the Jedi. Later this year, Revenge of the Jedi is retitled to Return of the Jedi.

August 14th – On this day in 1984, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #89. The comic is written by Ann Nocenti, with cover art by Bret Blevins. The cover features Luke Skywalker.

August 15th – On this day in 1979, Star Wars is re-released in US cinemas for the second time (the first re-release was on 21st July 1978). This release of the movie is accompanied by a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, which would arrive in cinemas nine months later.

August 16th – On this day in 1983, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars comic, Star Wars issues #77. The comic is written by Mary Jo Duffy, with cover art by Tom Palmer.

August 17th – On this day in 1982, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #65. The comic is written by David Michelinie, with cover art by Tom Palmer. Princess Leia appears on the front cover.

August 18th – On this day in 2009, Star Wars guide, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas hits bookshelves. The book – published by Del Rey – is written by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry and includes maps, charts and information about the planets and locations featured in the Star Wars Saga.

August 19th – On this day in 2017, American actor, Ahmed Best celebrates his 44th birthday. Born on August 19th 1973, Ahmed Best is an actor and musician known to Star Wars fans as the voice and performance capture artist behind Jar Jar Binks. Happy birthday, Ahmed!

August 20th – On this day in 2016, the original Star Wars trilogy screens at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. The screening is part of a month-long series of Star Wars screenings at the US Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain.

August 21st – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an image of Princess Leia, taken from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The accompanying text reads: “Leia Organa. The princess who rescued her rescuers. #StarWarsSpotlight #StarWars”.

August 22nd – On this day in 2017, German-born American film producer, Rick McCallum celebrates his 63rd birthday. Born on August 22nd 1954, Richard McCallum is known to Star Wars fans for his collaborations with Star Wars creator, George Lucas, including work on the special edition releases of the Star Wars trilogy and Star Wars Episodes I-III. Happy birthday, Rick!

August 23rd – On this day in 2012, Star Wars Celebration VI takes place in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Centre. The four-day event sees a host of special guests in attendance, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Ian McDiarmid, as well as a surprise appearance from Star Wars creator, George Lucas.

August 24th – On this day in 2012, news sites report information on Star Wars comedy show, Star Wars: Detours – an animated series from Robot Chicken creators, Seth Green and Matt Senreich. The reports include preview footage of the proposed series. Less than a year later, the series is shelved following Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney.

August 25th – On this day in 1977, Star Wars stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford (and Chewie) appear on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The issue includes features on Dolly Parton and Fleetwood Mac, as well as an interview with Star Wars creator, George Lucas.

August 26th – On this day in 1997, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment re-release the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS, this time as Special Editions. The trilogy is available in two formats: widescreen and pan-and-scan. To create a further buzz around the VHS release, the cassettes are only on sale for 97 days – referencing the year 1997.

August 27th – On this day in 2015, the latest edition of film magazine, Empire goes on sale. The magazine features two distinct covers, both of which feature Star Wars characters. The Darkside cover features Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and General Hux. The lightside cover features Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron. A third cover, exclusive to subscribers features BB-8.

August 28th – On this day in 1978, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #29 (cover dated November). The comic is written by Archie Goodwin, with cover art by Carmine Infantino. The cover features Darth Vader.

August 29th – On this day in 1995, Twentieth Century Fox re-releases the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS through its home video division, Fox Home Entertainment. The cassettes, which are made from the best quality tape on the market, also include the THX Digital Mastering Process to ensure the video and audio quality is the highest it can be. When the cassettes are released the tagline states: ‘The original. One last time.’ This is not technically the original versions of the films and it is not the last time the trilogy is released on VHS.

August 30th – On this day in 2016, the second season of Star Wars: Rebels arrives on three-disc Blu-ray & four-disc DVD. The home video release arrives a month ahead of the television premiere of Star Wars: Rebels season three.

August 31st – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Twitter account posts the latest episode of The Star Wars Show. The accompanying caption reads: “This week, The Star Wars Show exclusively reveals a BRAND NEW droid from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Rayne Roberts of the Lucasfilm Story Group discusses The Force Awakens, Rogue One and more!”

 

September

September 1st – On this day in 1998, Bantam Spectra publishes the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Vision of the Future. The book – which is written by fan-favourite author, Timothy Zahn – is the second of two novels under the banner heading, Hand of Thrawn. American poster artist, Drew Struzan provides the cover art.

September 2nd – On this day in 1980, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #41 (cover dated November). The comic is written by Archie Goodwin, with cover art by Al Williamson. The comic continues the official comic book adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back.

September 3rd – On this day in 2008, legendary movie poster artist, Drew Struzan announces his retirement. In a statement, Struzan says: “I am grateful and honoured to have had the opportunity to do all the work I did. I am well pleased to have been able to give a gift of beauty and peace through my artwork to so many throughout the world. Now I have laid down the burden and have peace and happiness as the reward for my day’s labour.” Struzan is best known for his collaborations with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, including his iconic poster art for the Star Wars films.

September 4th – On this day in 2002, Dark Horse publishes the first issue of Star Wars: Empire. The comic, which is set during the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, begins with a four-part storyline, ‘Betrayal’, written by Scott Allie.

September 5th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an image of five Stormtroopers. The image is accompanied by the caption: “Tomorrow, they’ll still be wearing white. Happy #LaborDay! #RogueOne”.

September 6th – On this day in 2000, Dark Horse publishes issue #1 of Darth Maul – the Star Wars comic book mini-series written by Ron Marz. The four-part series features artwork by Jan Duursema, which is based on concept art by Iain McCraig.

September 7th – On this day in 1985, the first episode of animated show, Star Wars: Ewoks makes its TV debut. The opening episode – ‘The Cries of the Trees’ – is written by Paul Dini and directed by Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelice. The first episode of short-lived animated show, Star Wars: Droids also makes its television debut. The opening episode – written by Peter Sauder and directed by Ken Stephenson & Raymond Jafelince – is called ‘The White Witch’.

September 8th – On this day in 2016, The Telegraph posts an online article in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Amongst the discussions on 50 years of Star Trek, the post includes a look back at an article titled: Star Trek Vs Star Wars: The space battle that will never end.

September 9th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an image of Senator Palpatine from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The accompanying caption reads: “With Palpatine’s secret revealed, Anakin has some tough choices to make. What would you have done? #StarWars #ThrowbackThursday”.

September 10th – On this day in 2004, Warner Bros releases a director’s cut of the 1971 science fiction film, THX 1138 – the directorial debut of Star Wars creator, George Lucas. The director’s cut includes a number of new visual effects shots, as well as an extensive restoration.

September 11th – On this day in 1994, the second episode of The Simpsons’ sixth season airs on the Fox network in the US. The episode – titled, Lisa’s Rival – includes references to Star Wars action figures and Ralph Wiggum’s memorable line: “I bent my Wookie.”

September 12th – On this day in 2001, Dark Horse publishes issue #1 of the four-part comic book series, Star Wars: Jedi Quest. Set four years after the Battle of Naboo, the comic is written by Ryder Windham, with cover art by Pop Mhan.

September 13th – On this day in 1986, Star Wars: Ewoks Season Two debuts on television. The episode, ‘The Crystal Cloak’ is written by Paul Dini and was directed by Ken Stephenson & Dale Schott.

September 14th – On this day in 2011, Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm transform London’s iconic BT Tower into a huge lightsaber. The stunt – which is attended by Star Wars actor, Anthony Daniels – is initiated to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga.

September 15th – On this day in 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announces that Michael Giacchino is to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Giacchino is to take over from Alexandre Desplat, who was originally slated to score the Star Wars standalone movie. Reshoots and scheduling are the reasons given for the change in composers.

September 16th – On this day in 2011, the original Star Wars trilogy and the Star Wars prequel trilogy is released on Blu-ray. For the Blu-ray release of The Phantom Menace, Yoda is given a slight makeover, so that the puppet used to portray the Jedi master is replaced with CGI.

September 17th – On this day in 2003, principal photography on Star Wars Episode III concludes. The final shot captured during this shoot is a scene featuring Darth Sidious, Darth Vader and Governor Tarkin. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith arrives in cinemas in less than two years.

September 18th – On this day in 1998, Lucasfilm releases the Star Wars CD-ROM, Star Wars: Behind the Magic. The two-disc set promises to be ‘the insider’s guide to Star Wars’ and includes exclusive interviews, rare film footage and a sneak preview of Star Wars: Episode I.

September 19th – On this day in 1996, hit US television sitcom, Friends airs the first episode of its third season titled ‘The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy’. The episode – written by Michael Curtis & Gregory S. Malins – features a scene in which Rachel dresses up as Princess Leia (complete with iconic bikini) to fulfil Ross’ ultimate sexual fantasy. The episode is watched by 26.8 million viewers.

September 20th – On this day in 2000, principal photography completes on Star Wars Episode II. The production ends a day and a half ahead of schedule. The movie – which stars Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor – is released in less than two years.

September 21st – On this day in 2004, the original Star Wars trilogy is re-released on DVD. A number of alterations are made to the DVD release to improve sound and picture quality. In addition, a few alterations are also made to each movie, so that the films line up a little better with the prequel trilogy. Chief amongst the changes is the inclusion of actor Hayden Christensen, who is added to the final scene of Return of the Jedi, replacing actor Sebastian Shaw who had previously played the role of Anakin Skywalker.

September 22nd – On this day in 2000, The Lego Star Wars Galactic Challenge World Championships take place in Legoland California. The competition sees 35 children from 18 different countries compete to construct ten Lego sets in two hours. The grand prize – a family trip to the Lego headquarters in Denmark – is won by David Michon and Peter Nagy, of the United States and Hungary, respectively.

September 23rd – On this day in 2007, US television station, the Fox network airs the first Star Wars-themed episode of hit animated series, Family Guy. The episode, titled ‘Blue Harvest’, retells the story of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with the cast of Family Guy taking on the roles of Star Wars characters. The episode attracts 10.86 million viewers.

September 24th – On this day in 2016, Disney XD airs episodes 38 & 39 of animated series, Star Wars: Rebels. Written by Steven Melching & Matt Michnovetz and directed by Bosco Ng and Mel Zwyer, the two-part story ‘Steps into Shadow’ features the debut appearance of fan-favourite character, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

September 25th – On this day in 1998, the first film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy is officially given a name. Star Wars.com announces that Star Wars Episode I is to be called Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

September 26th – On this day in 2006, Del Rey publishes the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. The book is set within the Star Wars era known as the Old Republic and is written by Drew Karpyshyn.

September 27th – On this day in 2017, Scottish actor and director, Denis Lawson celebrates his 70th birthday. Born on 27th September 1947, Lawson portrayed the role of Rebel Alliance pilot, Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy. Happy birthday, Denis!

September 28th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a trailer for a forthcoming episode of The Star Wars Show. The accompanying caption reads: “The #StarWarsShow reads classic Star Wars lines with the voice of #StarWarsRebels’ Zeb, goes behind the scenes of @Target’s #RogueOne #ad & more.”

September 29th – On this day in 1997, phase one of principal photography on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace concludes. The film – which kick-starts the second Star Wars trilogy, known to fans as the prequel trilogy – is released 20 months later.

September 30th – On this day in 2016, Star Wars toy collectors are treated to Force Friday – a special day dedicated to the release of Star Wars toys. This is the second annual Force Friday and focuses on the release of toys and collectables associated with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

 

October

October 1st – On this day in 1996, the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, The Krytos Trap hits book shelves. Published by Bantam Spectra, the book is written by author, Michael A. Stackpole with cover art by Paul Youll. The Krytos Trap is the third instalment in the Star Wars: X-Wing series of books.

October 2nd – On this day in 2009, Cartoon Network broadcasts the first episode of the second season of animated show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ‘Holocron Heist’ is written by Paul Dini, is directed by Justin Ridge and attracts 2.58 million US viewers.

October 3rd – On this day in 2016, British actor, Dave Prowse – famous for playing the role of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy – announces his retirement from the international convention circuit. A statement on his website reads: “It is with great sadness that I announce that, as of today, I will no longer be attending international shows. I have had a wonderful time meeting so many incredible fans from countries all over the world. I truly thank each of you for your support and the opportunity to meet so many of you. May the Force be with you. Dave.”

October 4th – On this day in 1978, Star Wars Weekly issue #35 is on shelves. The UK comic reprints material that originally appeared in US Marvel comics. The cover text states: “You and Luke will learn his awesome secret in a tale you’ll never forget!” The comic costs 10p.

October 5th – On this day in 1999, Star Wars novel, Vector Prime hits bookshelves. The book is published by Del Rey and is the first novel in The New Jedi Order series. Written by R.A. Salvatore and featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen, the book is most notable for killing off popular Star Wars character, Chewbacca. Fans are not happy.

October 6th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a Gif of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé. In the Gif, Anakin asks Padmé the question: “Are you an angel?” The accompanying caption reads: “Ani got game. #StarWars #ThrowbackThursday”.

October 7th – On this day in 2011, Cartoon Network airs the 71st episode of animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ‘Mercy Mission’ is the 5th episode of the show’s third season, is written by Bonnie Mark and is directed by Danny Keller. The episode attracts an audience of 1.35 million viewers.

October 8th – On this day in 1998, Hasbro Inc releases an exclusive mail-away action figure. Available for $2.99, plus six Kenner proofs-of-purchase, the Mace Windu figure is one of the first toys made available from forthcoming movie, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

October 9th – On this day in 2015, kickstarter documentary, Elstree 1976 is screened at the London Film Festival. Written and directed by Jon Spira, Elstree 1976 tells the story behind the making of the very first Star Wars movie, as well as the legacy it has created. The movie features appearances from Star Wars stalwarts, Dave Prowse, Garrick Hagon and Jeremy Bulloch.

October 10th – On this day in 2009, DK Publishing releases Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. The book, which boasts a Darth Vader cover, celebrates ten years of Lego Star Wars and includes a free, exclusive mini-figure: Celebration Luke. The book is written by Simon Beecroft.

October 11th – On this day in 1977, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #7 (cover dated January). The comic is written by Roy Thomas, with Gil Kane providing the cover artwork. Chewbacca and Han Solo appear on the front cover.

October 12th – On this day in 2016, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a Star Wars quote, which reads: “When there’s a will, there’s a way”. The quote is accompanied by the caption: “#WednesdayWisdom #StarWars”.

October 13th – On this day in 2009, Del Rey publishes the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Death Troopers. The book is written by Joe Schreiber and features cover art by Indika. The book is regarded as the first adult Star Wars horror novel.

October 14th – On this day in 1997, Lucasfilm announces it is to partner with Hasbro Inc and Galoob Toys Inc to produce toys for the forthcoming Star Wars prequels. The partnership includes standard-size action figures and vehicles, as well as small-scale figures and playsets.

October 15th – On this day in 2007, Orchard Books publishes the educational book, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy. Written by Matthew Reinhart, the book – released in partnership with Scholastic Inc and LucasBooks – includes various characters and vehicles from the Star Wars Saga.

October 16th – On this day in 2001, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released on DVD. The Phantom Menace – a two-disc set – is the first Star Wars movie to ever be released on DVD.

October 17th – On this day in 2017, English actress, Felicity Jones celebrates her 34th birthday. Born on 17th October 1983, Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is known to Star Wars fans as Jyn Erso, lead character in the Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Happy birthday, Felicity!

October 18th – On this day in 2008, American actor, Samuel L. Jackson presents Star Wars creator, George Lucas with the Comic-Con Icon Award at the Scream Awards 2008. Jackson is accompanied by 50 Stormtroopers.

October 19th – On this day in 1977, Star Wars goes on general release in France. The movie plays in French theatres five months after it appeared in the US, however, it plays two months ahead of its release in the UK. The film starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

October 20th – On this day in 2003, Hasbro releases a special edition Star Wars action figure – Holiday Yoda. The toy is based on a Lucasfilm holiday card illustrated by Star Wars concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. Holiday Yoda is priced at $12.95 and is initially sold to members of the Star Wars Fan Club.

October 21st – On this day in 2016, Lucasfilm officially announces the casting of Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian in the standalone Star Wars movie which is tentatively titled, Han Solo. Glover will appear alongside Alden Ehrenreich in the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-directed movie.

October 22nd – On this day in 1998, DK Publishing releases two Star Wars reference books: Star Wars The Visual Dictionary and Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections. Both books are written by David West Reynolds and feature detailed information about the characters and vehicles that appear in the original Star Wars trilogy.

October 23rd – On this day in 1978, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #31 (cover dated January). The comic is written by Archie Goodwin, with cover art by Carmine Infantino. The cover text reads: ‘Luke defies the Empire on his homeworld!’

October 24th – On this day in 1982, Star Wars makes its UK television premiere. The movie is shown on ITV at 7:15pm. Television magazine, TV Times runs a special feature on the film’s UK TV debut, as well as a competition to meet Darth Vader and win a collection of Star Wars toys.

October 25th – On this day in 2007, the US Postal Service releases a special edition Yoda stamp. The stamp – released to commemorate the 30th anniversary year of Star Wars – costs 41 cents and is available in sets of 20.

October 26th – On this day in 1999, model Shannon McRandle takes on the role of Star Wars Expanded Universe character, Mara Jade. Baska portrays the fan-favourite character for a series of trading cards. The shots are also used for a Mara Jade-themed cover of Star Wars Insider magazine (#47).

October 27th – On this day in 2005, Lucasfilm officially opens the doors to Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. The first project from the studio is Star Wars: The Clone Wars – the second animated Star Wars television show to be based around the Clone Wars storyline.

October 28th – On this day in 2016, Boba Fett actor, Jeremy Bulloch attends the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas. The event runs from 28th October until 30th October at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre.

October 29th – On this day in 1997, Star Wars: The Magic of Myth exhibition opens in Washington DC. The exhibition takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and showcases more than 200 props, costumes and models from the Lucasfilm archives.

October 30th – On this day in 2012, Disney announces that it is to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. As part of the announcement, Disney confirms that it will begin production on a seventh Star Wars film to be released in 2015.

October 31st – On this day in 1997, Star Wars console game, Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi is released in North America. The game – which is developed and published by LucasArts – is released exclusively for the PlayStation. The game features numerous iconic characters, including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Fan-favourite Expanded Universe character, Mara Jade also appears in Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi.

 

November

November 1st – On this day in 1992, the Super Nintendo (SNES) game, Super Star Wars is released in North America. Developed by Sculptured Software and LucasArts, the single-player game follows the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and features iconic Star Wars vehicles such as the landspeeder and the X-Wing.

November 2nd – On this day in 1999, the casting process begins for Star Wars Episode II – chief on the list is a call-out for young actors to play the role of adolescent Anakin Skywalker. Casting agents are presented with a character breakdown, which states that the successful candidate should be “self-determined, extremely intelligent and forthright.”

November 3rd – On this day in 1994, more than 50 companies arrive at Skywalker Ranch for the Star Wars Summit. The two-day event is being held so that licensees and agents are informed of the future plans for the franchise. The event is held within the ranch’s Technical Building.

November 4th – On this day in 2003, Del Rey publishes the Star Wars novel, The Unifying Force. The novel is written by James Luceno and marks the 19th (and final) entry in the series, The New Jedi Order. The hardback edition includes a CD-ROM of Star Wars novel, Vector Prime.

November 5th – On this day in 1999, five months after it opened in the United States, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace arrives in China. The movie’s debut marks the conclusion of a staggered release schedule for the Star Wars prequel.

November 6th – On this day in 1989, author Timothy Zahn is hired to write a novel focusing on the events after Return of the Jedi. The first novel becomes the fan-favourite story, Heir to the Empire – the first book in what will become known as The Thrawn Trilogy.

November 7th – On this day in 2003, the first episode of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon is broadcast on Cartoon Network. ‘Chapter 1’ is set four months after the battle of Geonosis and features characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

November 8th – On this day in 2012, mobile game, Angry Birds Star Wars is launched for Windows, iOS and Android devices. The puzzle game, takes the already popular Angry Birds concept and adds the Star Wars mythology – including characters and vehicles – to the established format. Angry Birds Star Wars is developed by Rovio Entertainment and published in conjunction with LucasArts.

November 9th – On this day in 2016, The Telegraph publishes an online article listing the Top 12 Must Have Toys This Christmas. Lego’s Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter is the fourth must have toy on the list. The article says the U-Wing Fighter is “the ideal gift for any wannabe Rey and Finn’s out there, this Rebel U-Wing Fight model includes four big engines, an opening minifigure cockpit, and wings that sweep backwards to create a bigger model. It also comes with five minifigures (a U-wing Pilot, Bistan, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and a Rebel Trooper) and extra ammo.”

November 10th – On this day in 1999, Lucasfilm announce that actor Ahmed Best will be returning to the Star Wars saga to reprise the role of Jar Jar Binks for Star Wars Episode II. Best is the first cast member to be announced for the Star Wars sequel.

November 11th – On this day in 1999, Star Wars characters, C-3PO and R2-D2 appear on a poster for the Canadian Association of Transplantation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. The poster includes the text: “Transplantation a new hope… be a hero in any galaxy, consider organ and tissue donation.” In the illustration, C-3PO comments: “Sir, if any of my circuits or gears will help, I’d gladly donate them.”

November 12th – On this day in 2002, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is released on two-disc DVD and pan-and-scan VHS. The home video release of Attack of the Clones marks the final time that a Star Wars movie will ever be issued on VHS.

November 13th – On this day in 2009, Cartoon Network airs the 28th episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ‘Weapons Factory’, the 6th episode of the show’s second season is written by Brian Larsen and directed by Giancarlo Volpe.

November 14th – On this day in 2000, LucasArts releases the Star Wars console game, Star Wars: Demolition. The game is a vehicle-on-vehicle action game, created by both Luxoflux and LucasArts. The game is initially available on PlayStation, however a Dreamcast port arrives a week later.

November 15th – On this day in 1999, Lucas Learning – a division of Lucasfilm – releases a children’s CD-ROM adventure book called Star Wars Jar Jar’s Journey. The storybook adventure is aimed at ages 4 and up and focuses on the story of Episode I, told from Jar Jar’s point of view.

November 16th – On this day in 2008, Cartoon Network airs the second Robot Chicken Star Wars special – Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. The animated special is broadcast as part of the channel’s Adult Swim block of programming and includes guests appearances from Ahmed Best, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams.

November 17th – On this day in 1978, the infamous Star Wars: Holiday Special airs on CBS. Directed by Steve Binder, the television special is the first official Star Wars spin-off and features many original cast members, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels. Although it is disliked by most fans, as well as Star Wars creator George Lucas, the Star Wars: Holiday Special remains an important part of Star Wars history, as it marks the first appearance of Boba Fett.

November 18th – On this day in 2016, Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition opens in London at the O2. The exhibition showcases various Star Wars objects and props from the Lucasfilm archives – many of which had not been exhibited before. In addition, visitors are also given the opportunity to design their own Star Wars character.

November 19th – On this day in 1982, The Empire Strikes back is re-released in US cinemas for a second time, following the first re-release in July 1981. This re-release nets the movie more than $13 million dollars.

November 20th – On this day in 2015, Spanish Star Wars documentary film, I Am Your Father is released. Written and directed by Marcos Cabotà, the film focuses on Darth Vader actor, Dave Prowse and his contribution to the Star Wars Saga. The film features contributions from Star Wars stalwarts, Dave Prowse and Jeremy Bulloch.

November 21st – On this day in 2000, Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment re-release the original Star Wars trilogy on home video. The release comes five years after Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment previously stated the 1995 re-issue would be the last time the trilogy would be available on VHS. The cassettes are available in pan-and-scan and widescreen formats.

November 22nd – On this day in 2005, Del Rey publishes Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Star Wars: Dark Lord – The Rise of Darth Vader. The hardback novel is written by James Luceno and focuses on events that take place immediately after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

November 23rd – On this day in 1993, Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores re-issues the soundtracks to the original Star Wars trilogy under the title: Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology. The four-disc set covers all three films (one disc per film), with the fourth disc reserved for bonus material.

November 24th – On this day in 1985, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor is broadcast on ABC TV in the US. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor was the second feature-length Ewok movie, following 1984’s Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure.

November 25th – On this day in 1984, Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure is broadcast on ABC TV in the US. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure was the first feature-length Ewok movie. The film was successful enough to produce a follow-up, 1985’s Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.

November 26th – On this day in 1996, Star Wars.com launches. The site – which continues to run to this day – contains information on the original Star Wars trilogy, including character profiles, trivia, screenshots and print out colouring sheets.

November 27th – On this day in December 2010, American director Irvin Kershner (born Isadore Kershner) passes away. The director, known for helming genre films Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2 directed The Empire Strikes Back.

November 28th – On this day in 2016, less than a month before its release, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The trailer is accompanied by the caption: “Deep breaths. Tickets are now on sale for #RogueOne: A #StarWars Story.”

November 29th – On this day in 1989, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! features a Star Wars-parody in the episode, ‘Star Koopa’. Written by Phil Harnage, the episode is the 51st story in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and sees King Koopa become Darth Koopa.

November 30th – On this day in 1983, issue #24 of Return of the Jedi Weekly is on shelves. The UK comic – a continuation of the UK Marvel Star Wars comic series – features Han Solo and Chewbacca on the front cover. Return of the Jedi Weekly issue #24 costs 25p.

 

December

December 1st – On this day in 1997, Bantam Spectra publishes the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, Specter of the Past. The book – which is written by fan-favourite author, Timothy Zahn – is the first of two novels under the banner heading, Hand of Thrawn. American poster artist, Drew Struzan provides the cover art.

December 2nd – On this day in 2000, the official website for Star Wars-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Star Wars: Galaxies launches. The game is developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. Although the website goes live today, the game is not released until June 2003.

December 3rd – On this day in 1996, Star Wars computer game, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is released. Developed by LucasArts, the game is a third-person shooter set after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, but before the events of Return of the Jedi. The game allows the player to control a new Star Wars character, Dash Rendar who is created specifically for Shadows of the Empire. The game is part of the Shadows of the Empire collection, a multi-media offering (books, games and toys) that promises to be a ‘movie without a movie’.

December 4th – On this day in 2008, Xbox Live releases new downloadable content (DLC) for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The content includes a new single-player level, as well as a collection of character skins.

December 5th – On this day in 2002, LucasArts releases the console game, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter on PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. The game focuses on bounty hunter, Jango Fett (father of Boba Fett) and features a story which takes place between Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

December 6th – On this day in 1997, American actor, Samuel L. Jackson appears on popular British talk show, TFI Friday where he mentions that he would like to appear in a future Star Wars film. Jackson would later be cast in the role of Jedi Master, Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – a role he would reprise for sequels: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

December 7th – On this day in 1983, Return of the Jedi Weekly issue #25 is on shelves. The UK comic – a continuation of Star Wars Weekly – costs 25p and reprints material originally printed by Marvel Comics in the US.

December 8th – On this day in 2005, John Williams’ score to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is nominated for two awards for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. The nominations are for Best Score Soundtrack Album and Best Instrumental Composition for ‘Anakin’s Betrayal’. When the awards are announced in February 2006, Williams’ loses out on both occasions.

December 9th – On this day in 2008, Del Rey publishes Star Wars: The Complete Encyclopedia. Written by Steve Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Daniel Wallace, Mary Franklin, Bob Vitas, Josh Kushins and Chris Cassidy is an extensive and exhaustive guide to the Star Wars Saga, with material on the movies, games, comics and television shows that comprise the Star Wars Universe.

December 10th – On this day in 2008, Lucasfilm issues a special set of Star Wars-themed chopsticks for use at SIGGRAPH Asia – Asia’s largest annual computer graphics and interactive techniques event. The chopsticks are available in two different designs. The first set has Star Wars written on one side of the chopsticks, while the other has The Clone Wars written on the side.

December 11th – On this day in 2013, Dark Horse publishes Star Wars #12. The comic – which features the cover text: ‘Leia’s decision’ – is written by Brian Wood, with art by Carlos D’Anda and cover art by Hugh Fleming. Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo appear on the front cover.

December 12th – On this day in 2008, Cartoon Network airs the tenth episode of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ‘Lair of Grievous’ is written by Henry Gilroy and directed by Atsushi Takeuchi and attracts an audience of 2.14 million viewers.

December 13th – On this day in 1977, Marvel Comics publishes Star Wars issue #9 (cover dated March). The comic is written by Roy Thomas, with cover art by Gil Kane. Han Solo appears on the cover.

December 14th – On this day in 2016, one day ahead of the release on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the official Star Wars Instagram account posts an image of the Death Star accompanied by a review quote which states: “The most exciting blockbuster in years”. The image caption reads: “Fully operational #RogueOne Click the link in our bio for tickets”.

December 15th – On this day in 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in UK cinemas to positive reviews. James Dyer of Empire calls it “The ultimate Star Wars fan film”, while Peter Debruge of Variety says for fans, “Rogue One” is the prequel they’ve always wanted.”

December 16th – On this day in 1998, Dark Horse launches its ongoing Star Wars comic set during the time of the prequel trilogy. Star Wars #1 features prequel character, Ki-Adi-Mundi and begins the first in a six-part story arc called ‘Prelude to Rebellion’.

December 17th – On this day in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas to positive reviews. The film is the first Star Wars movie to be released by Disney and kick-starts a new Star Wars trilogy.

December 18th – On this day in 1997, Star Wars digital comic, Star Wars: Crimson Empire #0 appears on Star Wars.com. Published by Dark Horse Comics, Star Wars: Crimson Empire is written by Mike Richardson & Randy Stradley, with artwork from Paul Gulacy and P. Craig Russell. The comic is set several years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

December 19th – On this day in 2016, British newspaper The Mirror discusses the ‘Top Christmas Toys for 2016’. Amongst the list – which includes Nerf guns and PieFace Showdown – is Lego’s Star Wars Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle – a Lego set based on a vehicle seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

December 20th – On this day in 1998, US television network, Fox airs the ninth episode of The Simpsons’ tenth season – ‘Mayored to the Mob’. Written by Ron Hauge, the episode features a number of science fiction references, as well as a guest appearance from Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill.

December 21st – On this day in 2010, the third Star Wars-themed episode of hit animated show, Family Guy premieres on DVD and Blu-ray. The episode, titled ‘It’s a Trap!’ is a parody of Return of the Jedi and features guest appearances from Michael Dorn, Patrick Stewart, Mary Hart and Carrie Fisher.

December 22nd – On this day in 2009, the second Star Wars-themed episode of hit animated show, Family Guy premieres on DVD and Blu-ray. The episode, titled ‘Something, Something, Something, Dark Side’ is a parody of The Empire Strikes Back and features guest appearances from James Caan, Phil LaMarr, James Woods and Kevin Michael Richardson.

December 23rd – On this day in 1994, English actor, Sebastian Shaw passes away at the age of 89. Born in Holt, Norfolk Shaw was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and enjoyed a successful career in television and theatre. Long before Hayden Christensen took over the role of Anakin Skywalker, Shaw played the fallen Jedi in a significant scene in Return of the Jedi.

December 24th – On this day in 2016, reports begin to surface that a casting call has been put out for the Han Solo standalone Star Wars movie. Released under the title ‘Red Cup’, the casting call confirms that principal photography will begin in February 2017. A statement on the casting call states the “untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film” centres on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”

December 25th – On this day in 1988, The Empire Strikes Back makes its UK TV debut. The film is shown on ITV at 3:55pm. Oh and… Merry Christmas! We hope you’re having a fantastic day.

December 26th – On this day in 1989, Return of the Jedi makes its UK TV debut – almost a year to the day that The Empire Strikes Back is shown on UK television. The film is shown on ITV at 2pm.

December 27th – On this day in 1977, Star Wars officially opens in the UK – seven months after it opened in the US. The film initially opens in London at two venues: the Leicester Square Theatre and the Dominion on Tottenham Court Road. The film remains at these two locations until late January 1978, when it rolls out to theatres around the UK.

December 28th – On this day in 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in South Korea. The film arrives two weeks after making its debut in the UK/US. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first standalone Star Wars movie since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012.

December 29th – On this day in 2017, Mexican actor, Diego Luna celebrates his 38th birthday. Born on 29th December 1979, Diego Luna Alexander is known to Star Wars fans as Rebel Alliance officer, Cassian Andor in Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Happy birthday, Diego!

December 30th – On this day in 2003, Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine is published. The novel, which is based on events that take place in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Star Wars Galaxies is written by Voronica Whitney-Robinson and Haden Blackman.

December 31st – On this day in 2015, Business Insider UK reports the highest grossing movies of 2015. The website lists Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens fourth in the top ten highest grossing movies behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 and Jurassic World. Once The Force Awakens had finished its theatrical run in 2016, the movie had reached the top spot with a worldwide gross of $2,068,223,624.

 

 

 

About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.

 

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