When Star Wars Rebels™ first appeared on our screens, the fans’ hunger for the first canonical glimpse of the period between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith™ and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope was finally sated. This new series offers tantalising information that has huge repercussions on our understanding of the Star Wars galaxy, from the introduction of the intimidating Inquisitor to other more curious facts…
1. Who wants a standard single-bladed lightsaber?
While a lot of discussion online revolves around the broadsword-like lightsaber from the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the lightsabers in Star Wars Rebels are even more unusual. Kanan’s lightsaber can be easily disassembled into two parts for easy storage, so he can hide his Jedi nature. Ezra’s one has a built-in blaster for those times when an enemy is just out of reach.
The Inquisitor’s design is even more incredible! It has two different modes. In its crescent mode, it only has one blade, but, in its other mode, this lightsaber forms a disc and has two blades that spin around it! The other Jedi and Sith must be jealous.
2. Yoda wasn’t just a hermit in his swamp
When Grand Master Yoda began his exile on Dagobah after Order 66, we imagined that he lived as a recluse, perfecting his stews, until Luke Skywalker visited him decades later. We were wrong. Star Wars Rebels revealed that Yoda guided at least two Jedi from his swampy home. As a disembodied voice and with some flashy lights, Yoda guided Kanan and Ezra through their Jedi tests in the Jedi Temple on Lothal. The Grand Master of the Jedi Order was more active than we thought.
3. Star Tours is canon….
Well partially anyway. In 1987 in a galaxy not so far away, this galaxy in fact, the incredibly popular Star Tours ride launched its first voyage at Disneyland California. Star Tours allowed visitors to embark on a tense, terrifying trip aboard the Starspeeder 3000 to the forest moon of Endor. The droid RX-24, voiced by Paul Reubens, was the Captain of this rocky voyage. Little did fans expect that, almost 30 years later in a Star Wars Rebels episode, RX-24 would land on Lothal to pick up an Imperial senator and a handful of our favorite rebels. A character invented for a theme park ride had been enshrined in canon on-screen.
4. We visited Kessel
While Kessel was the first planet mentioned by name in Star Wars: A New Hope, we knew very little about it. C-3PO was incredibly concerned about being sent there after the Tantive IV was captured by the Empire: "We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel, smashed into who-knows-what!" They mine spices? Paprika? We had to wait until the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series for the revelation that spices in this galaxy were not for food and had a more illicit flavor. Finally Star Wars Rebels opening episode revealed the dreaded spice mines. Our plucky rebel heroes saved a group of Wookiee prisoners destined for the mines from a likely death sentence. Star Wars Rebels finally revealed the first planet mentioned in the entire saga.
5. Pigs can’t fly in a galaxy far, far away, but Star Wars pigs can be pretty special
Star Wars Rebels introduced us to the Puffer Pig. In our galaxy, some pigs can sniff out rare truffles in the dirt, but the Puffer Pig can detect rare minerals in the ground. When threatened, these pigs can expand to incredible sizes – much like puffer fish. The one and only Lando Clarissian wanted a specimen for some dastardly scheme, and he happily traded Hera to the sleazy Azmorigan, a Jablogian crime lord, for one. Hera escaped this criminal’s clutches with the puffer pig’s invaluable assistance. Who would want a flying pig, if you could have a puffer pig instead?
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Written by Matt Jones
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Matt Jones is an editor at DK, who loves working on everything Star Wars™ related.
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