Barely seen in Return of the Jedi due to Visual Effects problems, the B-wing fighters of the Rebellion nonetheless remain an intriguing and beloved fighter craft, seen in the above storyboards as a vital part of the Battle of Endor.
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Our week-long celebration of Darth Vader ends full circle, leading into A New Hope: the Dark Lord's arrival on the damaged Profundity cruiser and his quickly unforgettable massacre of its brave Rebel troops buying escape time for a certain Blockade Runner to slip its moorings, during the superb and genuinely brutal ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
This last-minute sequence (in which stuntman Daniel Naprous was in the suit), shot and added to the film in its post production phase, would cement Vader's reputation anew as one baddie you don't want to run into!
Saturday, 25 June 2022
Deep within the still lethally environs on the forbidden Sith world of Malachor, fugitive Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano is locked in tense battle - in a thrilling and brutal lightsaber duel - against her former master whom she once believed dead, Anakin Skywalker, now very much alive and well in his intimidating and shocking-to-see identity as the evil Darth Vader.
|Dave Filoni's superb Burbank Office board illustrations for the scene, which everyone on staff was reluctant to rub out, including Rian Johnson.|
This was the sequence, he dramatic post Order 66 scene, the personal conflict between such gifted friends and Jedi, that all fans of The Clone Wars animated series had been waiting years for, and whose onscreen realisation, carefully planned for by producer Dave Filoni. they were not disappointed by, during the extended Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale: Twilight of the Apprentice.
Friday, 24 June 2022
|The special rare cover variant of Vader, menacingly gracing Star Wars Insider back in 2015.|
Thursday, 23 June 2022
With the now confirmed revelation that Darth Vader was once his father: Anakin Skywalker, Luke has come to terms with the fact, despite it nearly destroying him psychologically and physically during The Empire Strikes Back. Knowing that there may yet still be some kind of good present in such a dark soul, the young Jedi is determined to free his father from the grip of the Emperor/Darth Sidious, even if it means the cost of his own life.
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Young Luke Skywalker has recklessly travelled to Bespin's Cloud City in an ultimately futile attempt to save his captured friends from Darth Vader. Now Vader has unleashed the full power of the Dark Side, and his considerable lightsaber duelling skills, against the boy, slowly diminishing his confidence and strength, crippling him, then delivering a shocking revelation to the young Jedi-to-be that will change Luke's life and destiny forever, during the exciting, genuinely dark and often chillingly unnerving finale to the outstanding first sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.
If anyone knows the name of the artist of this superb modern piece, please get in touch...
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Despite looming large in all of the original Star Wars publicity and merchandise of 1977/78, Darth Vader had spent a lot of time in the original first film operating his evil-dom alongside that of another notable villain, Grand Moff Tarkin, as played so effectively by Peter Cushing. But with Tarkin's demise on the Death Star, The Empire Strikes Back would go on to solidify Vader's superstar icon platform as the central antagonist chasing the ongoing rebellion (as captured in this great unused concept poster art from film industry legend Tom Jung), and most notably its top Jedi-to-be hero, Luke Skywalker.