It’s the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, which happens to be something we have written about a lot here at io9. Like, seriously a terrifying amount. After combing through our archives, we’ve assembled our favorite pieces about the Star Wars movies, games, toys, books, comics, and everything else this universe…
From the very first moment that the world saw Finn meet Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, some Star Wars fans glommed on to the (very plausible) idea that there was a spark of attraction between the two handsome rebels. Aside from a few furtive glances in the movie, though, there’s been no real evidence supporting the…
When Rey leaves Leia and the Resistance to go find Luke Skywalker, she brings two friends with her: Chewbacca and R2-D2. However, that wasn’t originally the case.
The night The Force Awakens premiered in Hollywood, J.D. Dillard finished his first movie, Sleight. Those two events may sound unrelated, but not for Dillard. Without seeing the seventh Star Wars movie get made, Dillard wouldn’t have been inspired to make his acclaimed film.
Part of what made Han Solo’s demise in The Force Awakens so upsetting is that he didn’t get one last moment with his dear friend Luke before he died. But Mark Hamill apparently wanted Han’s death to play out slightly differently—in such a way that would’ve probably had us crying even more.
Rooted in the visual imagery of classic ships like the Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyers, X-Wings, and TIE Fighters, The Force Awakens didn’t get much of a chance to really give us some new iconic vehicles for the Star Wars saga. But one great new design it did give us was Rey’s Jakku Speeder—and it’s getting a…
Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.
Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath books act as a sort of in-between trilogy, bridging a lot of the gap between the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens. Each book has been better than the one before it, and Empire’s End is the best by far. It also brings a lot of changes and additions to the new canon. Here’s…
In March of 2014, Sony announced it would stop supporting its impressive line of AIBO robot dogs, leaving many owners heartbroken. Countless toy companies have tried to create similarly capable robot pets since AIBO’s demise, but they’ve all been a disappointment—until now. Despite being a Star Wars toy, Spin…
Warning: This could be nothing or it could be everything. Sometime in the past few months, the official Star Wars database entries for Rey and Kylo Ren were updated. Admittedly these get updated fairly regularly, adding detail as plot points slide from being considered spoilers to becoming simple facts. But these last…
The Force Awakens did something no other Star Wars movie had done: it made a hero out of a Stormtrooper. But doing that complicates what it means to kill the ubiquitous canon fodder of this fictional universe.
Han Solo says you should never fuck with a Wookie because they’ll rip your arm off, and now we’ve got proof. Ouch.
The sad reality of any celebrity passing is that we have to ask how their death will impact any ongoing work in the future. In the case of Carrie Fisher, that means the continuing Star Wars saga, Episodes VIII and IX.
In case 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, it turns out the man who created some of the most memorable moments in Star Wars through his epic compositions hasn’t bothered to watch any of them in action. That’s right, John Williams hasn’t seen Star Wars.
Soon, the world of acting will be divided among those who’ve appeared in a Star Wars movie and those who had the chance but weren’t picked/were too busy/just flubbed the audition. And no, there won’t be a third group of people who never tried out. Everyone will be considered and only the few chosen will be invited.
Did... did Daisy Ridley get an extended cut of The Force Awakens no one else has seen yet?
The Battle on Takodana is definitely one of the best scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only does it have the amazing arrival of the Resistance X-wings, it also features Finn’s lightsaber battle with the stormtrooper nicknamed TR-8R.
Did you know Harrison Ford wore digital hair extensions in The Force Awakens? Well, that’s just one of the awesome tidbits J.J. Abrams gives up during an illuminating director’s commentary that’ll be available November 15 on the film’s 3D Blu-ray release.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows us another side of one of the movie’s pivotal moments in the new Siege of Takodana DLC. Join Kylo Ren and his Stormtrooper pals as they blow up a perfectly good sci-fi theme restaurant.
Olly Moss has created some truly amazing bits of pop culture art over the years, but not every idea makes it to a final product. Seeing those ideas never make it, from a creative standpoint, is always a little melancholy, but when you see something that’s truly gorgeous that never came to be, it’s heartbreaking.