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Autodesk Launches New Droid Design Contest in Celebration of May the 4th

There’s a new droid in the galaxy, and Autodesk is celebrating.

The highly-anticipated Star Wars series, The Acolyte, will introduce Pip: a chipper, handheld repair droid customized with a wide array of tool attachments, who’s always eager to help. Pip was developed by creature effects legend Neal Scanlan, who used Autodesk’s Fusion software to bring the lovable droid to life. 

To honor both Pip’s debut in The Acolyte and Star Wars Day, Lucasfilm and Autodesk, a global leader in technology and software for Design and Make industries, are teaming up to launch a limited-time droid-design contest*. Fans can go to to submit their own designs for a chance to win special grand prizes including a trip to and guided tour of the Lucasfilm headquarters at the Presidio in San

Apple Debuts New Commercial Starring Star Wars Fans

Sometimes, a Mandalorian could use a little help finding their clan. That’s the story told in a new commercial from Apple and Lucasfilm for the iPhone 15 “Precision Finding for Find My Friends” feature.

Directed by Kim Gehrig and debuting in time for Star Wars Day, the clever spot follows a Mandalorian costumer (played by real-life fan Owen) as he journeys to meet up with friends at a local con. He starts off the day feeding his cat, Leia, and checking for the essentials (“Keys, phone, thermal detonator”), before heading out. He picks up a boba tea (naturally), grabs the bus, and uses his iPhone 15 to chat with and find his Mandalorian clan. Finally together, they share greetings and some in-sync head-bobs to Channel Tres’ “All My

The Saga of Barriss Offee

Barriss Offee is a friend, a student, a prodigy. And to some, a traitor.

First appearing on-screen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Barriss was the young Mirialan Padawan of another Mirialan, Jedi Master Luminara Unduli. With stark black tattoos across the bridge of her green-skinned nose, Barriss was hard to miss, even in the background of the Jedi delegation present in Chancellor Palpatine’s office.

She was also on the ground during the initial Battle of Geonosis, wielding her blue lightsaber to protect the Republic alongside her master. But she did not enjoy the field of battle, preferring studying and learning to fighting, and in fact suffered a great amount of distress and nightmares afterward.

Though Barriss has exceptional skills, she did not consider herself a warrior by any means. Nevertheless, she

What Do We Know About Morgan Elsbeth?

“Where is Grand Admiral Thrawn?”

After Ahsoka Tano uttered these words in Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth quickly cemented herself as one of the most mysterious and intriguing villains in the entire galaxy. How does this cold, seemingly innocuous bureaucrat know Thrawn? What is the rest of her story?

A Force-sensitive Nightsister witch, Morgan Elsbeth was one of the few who survived the massacre of her people during the Clone Wars. Fueled by rage and an intense sense of revenge, she then built a business empire for herself, constructing ships for the Imperial Starfleet while simultaneously destroying worlds to harvest their resources. It was during this time that she first interacted with Mitth’raw’nuruodo, the Chiss Imperial better known as Thrawn. She became his loyal follower, and eventually devoted

Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025 Tickets On Sale Now

Fire up the hyperdrive and check your star maps! is excited to report that tickets for Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025 are available now. You can head to to purchase single or multi-day tickets for kids and adults, as well as VIP packages. Hotel and travel packages will be added soon.

Announced last year, Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025 is set for April 18-20, 2025, at the Makuhari Messe. Get ready for major announcements, immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, costumes, and other surprises celebrating all things Star Wars! 

For more on Star Wars Celebration Japan 2025, check out select merchandise, now available for purchase with your ticket, as well as celebrity guests

In Tales of the Empire, Meredith Salenger Reconnects with Barriss Offee

Meredith Salenger, like the rest of us, has been waiting a decade to find out what became of Barriss Offee. “I was left wondering forever just like the fans!” Salenger tells “Dave [Filoni] told me there were things to come for her, but he never said what.”

The actor stood in a line that wrapped around the block when she went to see Star Wars: A New Hope in theaters with her father the first time and her affinity for the galaxy far, far away only grew when she was first cast to voice Barriss in the second season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. “Just being in the booth with Dave Filoni is so special because he gives you such a great backstory on the character,” Salenger says. “After

In Tales of the Empire, Diana Lee Inosanto Resurrects Morgan Elsbeth

Inside the recording booth, Diana Lee Inosanto swapped her beskar spear for a pen. She wore comfortable clothes instead of one of Morgan Elsbeth’s costumes. The rest of the performance, however, was much the same.

“It’s still the same approach, the same commitment, the same breathing, the same physicality,” she tells “Now, when I watch Pedro Pascal doing his behind-the-scenes [recordings, holding a pillow in place of Grogu,] I get it.”

But the first time Dave Filoni suggested that Elsbeth might live on in animation, Inosanto thought it was a joke. They were in production for the Ahsoka series at the time, set after fans first met the Magistrate of Calodan in The Mandalorian. “He said something about being able to go to work in sweatpants. And then when I got

Bad Batch Declassified: 5 Highlights from “The Cavalry Has Arrived”

The final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is here! In Bad Batch Declassified, we’ll explore our favorite moments from each episode, available only on Disney+. Armor up and join us for the ride.

Spoiler warning: This article discusses details and plot points from the Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode, “The Cavalry Has Arrived.”

All missions come to an end.

“The Cavalry Has Arrived” brings Star Wars: The Bad Batch to a close in epic fashion, as the Batch and nefarious Imperial scientist Dr. Hemlock collide one last time. The series finale picks up with Hunter, Wrecker, Crosshair, Echo, and Emerie all looking to save Omega from Hemlock and his experiments at Mount Tantiss, though the young clone takes the initiative to free herself — and in classic Omega style. A