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David Prowse, the Towering Figure Behind the Armor of Darth Vader, Passes Away

From the moment Darth Vader silently walked on screen in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope — a towering figure clad in black, stalking slowly but with menacing purpose — it was clear that the world had a new icon of villainy. That was the power of David Prowse.

Prowse, the actor who gave the physical performance of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, died this weekend. He was 85. Standing 6 feet 6 inches with a strongman’s physique thanks to his interest in bodybuilding, Prowse’s Vader was an intimidating presence who, with simple gestures, could convey anger, sadness, and lost hope.

“David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character,” Star Wars creator George Lucas said. “He made Vader leap off the page and on to

Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide 2020

The Mandalorian and the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special are in heavy rotation this holiday season. And in our galaxy, we’re shopping for some festive cheer to show our loved ones that they’re a part of our clan of two (or more!) and in our hearts on Life Day and beyond. This year, StarWars.com has pulled together some of the best apparel from shopDisney, toys from LEGO and Hasbro, collectibles from Sideshow and Lladró, and more to make your gift giving as easy as finding a cape fit for Lando Calrissian.

Darth Maul Collector’s Edition Action Figure by Diamond Select

This 7-inch scale action figure features detailed paint and sculpting, display-ready packaging, and the Sith apprentice’s signature double-bladed lightsaber with removable blades, alternate hands, and more.

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Check Out the Cover of Sarah Kuhn’s Doctor Aphra Book – Exclusive

Doctor Aphra fans have a new treasure to hunt.

Sarah Kuhn’s Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original, an adaptation of the fan-favorite rogue archaeologist’s debut story in Marvel comics, will soon be back in a hardcover release. Coming April 6, 2021, and available for pre-order now, you can get a first look at the cover of Doctor Aphra below, exclusively on StarWars.com.

In the story, Doctor Aphra makes a deal with Darth Vader and begins a memorable (if crazy and dangerous) journey involving murder droids, a run in with Luke Skywalker, and more galactic shenanigans.

“The reaction to this project has been wonderful,” Kuhn tells StarWars.com. “It’s no secret that I was a huge Aphra fan before getting to write for her, so I love being able to nerd out

Newcomers Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer Take Their First Steps into the Larger World of Star Wars

Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer had made a mistake. After pitching their idea for a podcast series — volunteering to travel down the rabbit hole of 40+ years of Star Wars films and series for a first-time viewing — the newbies were only partway through Star Wars: A New Hope and they were utterly confused. Think Anakin in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, suddenly second-guessing his choice to turn to the dark side. Here they were in just the first hours of their journey and nothing was making sense. Where was Yoda? And Darth Vader’s galaxy-shaking reveal to Luke Skywalker?

Fortunately, the two comedians had a rotating cast of veritable Star Wars experts among their friends and colleagues to act as wise Jedi Masters in explaining the Force and

Build Happy Holiday Memories with a DIY LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Wreath

You might not have access to a portal that delivers all of your favorite Star Wars characters straight to your door, but with this DIY wreath craft you can create the next best thing.

In the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, a mysterious glowing gateway gathers the galaxy’s heroes, villains, and ships and sends them across time and space. In the real world, the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar does the same with a holiday twist. Turn this year’s Advent Calendar into a DIY Life Day decoration that’s so joyful you might be tempted to leave it up year-round.

Grab the kids because here’s where the fun begins!

What You’ll Need

White artificial wreath LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Battery-powered LED Lights (string of 100) Large sheet of

How The Art of The Mandalorian Takes Readers on a Visual Journey of Creativity

Phil Szostak considers Star Wars his first cinematic love. As a kid, he fell in love with the films and the draws of outer space.

“The river runs deep for me,” Szostak tells StarWars.com. “It’s something that’s just woven into the fabric of my being.”

Now, he is a creative art manager at Lucasfilm, and has worked on a number of concept art books within the Star Wars galaxy. His latest work, The Art of The Mandalorian (Season 1), arrives December 1 and takes a behind-the-scenes look at how the series came together, and the art that brings it to life.

In an exclusive interview with StarWars.com, Szostak lifts the hood on the lunches that helped make him a Star Wars author, the serendipitous moments that brought The Mandalorian to

Bounty Hunting Highlights: 5 of Our Favorite Moments from The Mandalorian – “Chapter 12: The Siege”

Every week, StarWars.com is tracking our favorite moments from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian with “Bounty Hunting Highlights.” Get your jetpacks and helmets on and join us for the ride!

Spoiler alert: This article contains plot details from The Mandalorian “Chapter 12: The Siege.”

Even among friends, there’s no rest for Mando and the Child. With the Razor Crest still in bad shape, Din Djarin and his young charge head to Nevarro hoping to repair their ship. There, the duo connects with Greef Karga and Cara Dune, who need Mando’s help in ridding their planet of Imperial remnants once and for all. “Chapter 12: The Siege” (directed by Greef himself, Carl Weathers!) has moments funny, warm, and ominous, along with a pulsating heist-movie vibe and some killer action set pieces. Here are our

Mando Download: “Chapter 12: The Siege”

The Mandalorian is back! Every week, StarWars.com’s “Mando Download” will round up fun bonuses from each new episode of the Disney+ series. 

Spoiler warning: This article contains images and details from The Mandalorian “Chapter 12: The Siege.”

In “Chapter 12: The Siege,” the Mandalorian returns to Nevarro, reconnecting with old allies for a new mission . Check out the gallery below for a brand-new character poster, stills, and concept art from the episode!

Character Poster

Stills

Concept Art

The Mandalorian concept art by Ryan Church.

The Mandalorian concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Mandalorian concept art by Ryan Church.

The Mandalorian concept art by Ryan Church.

The Mandalorian concept art by Christian Alzmann.

The Mandalorian concept art by Anton Grandert.

The Mandalorian concept art by Ryan Church.

Mando Mondays: Explore The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide and More!

Every Monday, MandoMondays.com is dropping new products inspired by The Mandalorian, and StarWars.com is highlighting just a few of all the major new reveals. Set your tracking fobs and happy hunting! 

This Mando Monday delivers a new Visual Guide for a deeper dive into The Mandalorian‘s details, Moff Gideon in emoji form, and much more!

MandoMondays.com revealed its latest bounty of products inspired by The Mandalorian today, including more new toys, games, and books from Hasbro, LEGO, and others. Many new items are on sale or available for pre-order starting today at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET across top retailers globally, including shopDisney.com. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide by DK Publishing

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Armor Up for a First Look at The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide – Exclusive

DK Publishing will soon take you inside the world of The Mandalorian like never before.

StarWars.com is thrilled to offer a first look at The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide, an image and info-rich deep dive into Emmy Award-winning Disney+ series. Featuring new details on the worlds, weapons, characters, and creatures of The Mandalorian, it’s sure to be a bounty well-worth tracking down. Check out the never-before-seen cover, sporting a striking image of the Mandalorian, below!

“It’s such a rich corner of the galaxy that The Mandalorian has revealed, and it’s exciting to be able to chronicle it in detail,” author Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group tells StarWars.com. “DK is once again bringing their wonderful visual design work and showcasing the series as only they can.”

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