Thank you Disney and LucasFilm for sending over all the Solo: A Star Wars Story fun
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available September 14th on Digital and on Blu-Ray September 25th!
In May, Ron Howard and the crew of the Millennium Falcon took us on a wild ride through the galaxy. We watched a young Han Solo, expertly portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, meet his best friend Chewie, escape Corellia, and learn what it means to be the best smuggler in the galaxy. Plus we got to see that insanely awesome Kessel Run! After all, when you round down it totally only took 12 parsecs.
Also along for the ride are Lando Calrissian, gambler and swag extraordinaire (is that a thing? it is for him) and Qi’Ra, Han’s former girl and first love of his life.
Solo is a true love letter to Star Wars fans. Not only is Solo a great addition to the Star Wars franchise (seriously stop listening to the haters), it is heck of a lot of fun for everyone in the family.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Bonus Extras:
Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable – Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
Team Chewie– See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
Kasdan on Kasdan– Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
Remaking the Millennium Falcon– Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
Escape from Corellia– Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
The Train Heist– Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
Becoming a Droid: L3-37– Meet the newest droid and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso– Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run– Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
- Proxima’s Den
- Corellian Foot Chase
- Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
- The Battle of Mimban: Extended
- Han Versus Chewie: Extended
- Snowball Fight!
- Meet Dryden: Extended
- Coaxium Double-Cross
The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park- An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
Back-to-School blues got you down? Then you and your little co-pilots need a pick-me-up Han Solo style!
Solo: A Star Wars Story Must Haves
Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie
New from FurReal Friends is this adorable, interactive Chewie! He has over 100 sound and motion combinations. Chewie responds to external movements and sounds. Speak Wookie and Chewie will roar back! He is soft and his legs are poseable as well. From nap time to galaxy exploration, the kids are going to love him. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I want to share him with my kids. Sorry not sorry kiddos!! Get your own Co-Pilot Chewie at ShopDisney.com!
Chewbacca Electronic Mask
Transform your voice into one that every Wookie in the galaxy will understand. Growl, howl, and of course roar with this mask.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Nerf Glowstrike Han Solo Blaster
Every smuggler needs a blaster. Lights and sound effects accompany your Nerf blaster. Fire on targets up to 70 feet away! Get your Nerf Glowstrike Han Solo Blaster at ShopDisney.com
Star Wars: Han Solo Card Game
Challenge your Jedi mind with this Han Solo Card Game. Players draw cards in an effort to score as close to zero as possible, so they can collect bounty tokens. The one with the highest bounty in the end wins the Millennium Falcon token. No cheating Lando! Take a chance with the Han Solo Card Game at ShopDisney.com
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Mission on Vandor
When your children wear their Force Link technology and pick up any of these figurines they activate authentic phrases and sounds.
More Smuggler’s fun for Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available September 14th on Digital and on Blu-Ray September 25th!
We received an advanced press copy in exchange for this post.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4
When I got the chance to meet the cast of Star Wars Rebels and Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration, they announced this would be the last season. There was a lot of bummed fans in the room, not just me! Over the years, I have come to love the crew of the Ghost and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. But Dave and the cast did not disappoint when it came to Season 4.
The last season was packed with unforgettable moments. From Ahsoka and Vader to that last fight of Kanan, our house was kept on the edge of our seats. And I will admit I totally teared during the finale. Ahem. Moving on.
The Blu-ray is PACKED with bonus content that all Rebels fans do not want to miss!
Bonus Extras Include
Six Audio Commentaries from Dave Filoni
Ghosts of Legend
As paths come together, we explore the journey of the Ghost crew with some of the talented people who brought them to life.
Force of Rebellion
Executive Producer Dave Filoni shares insights into the Force and its importance across the Star Wars saga.
Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony
Go behind the scenes with composer Kevin Kiner to discover what inspired some of the most iconic music in the series.
Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in 8 entertaining and information-packed episode recaps!
Bonus DVD Content:
Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in 8 entertaining and information-packed episode recaps!
Try this Chopper approved popcorn while you watch the show.
Star Wars Rebels Popcorn
- One bag of Popcorn (you could pop your own or be like me and buy some at the store)
- 1/3 cup orange candy melts
- 1/3 cup yellow candy melts
- In separate microwave safe bowls, melt the orange and yellow candy melts.
- Add 2 cups of popcorn to one bowl, 2 cups to another (there should be plenty of popcorn left in the bag after this)
- Pour the orange candy melt over the popcorn in one bowl and stir until coated.
- Repeat this with the yellow candy melt and the other bowl of popcorn.
- Allow to cool. I stuck mine in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine the orange, yellow, and regular popcorn.
- Enjoy the show!
Bring home Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD July 31st!
Ron Howard and crew did not disappoint with Solo. It was an awesome, fun ride from start to finish. We finally got to see the infamous Sabaac game, the Kessel Run, and learn just what made New Hope Han, Han. Not only did I enjoy the film (worried about Solo? Don’t be), but I loved keeping my eyes and ears open for Easter Eggs. I have over 25 that I spotted. Did you miss these- Solo A Star Wars Story Easter Eggs?
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
1. Lucky Dice
Han’s dice have always hung in the Falcon until Luke takes them to give to Leia at the end of The Last Jedi. Ron didn’t forget about them for Solo. The dice show up almost immediately as Han races through the streets of Corellia with a stolen speeder.
Rio calls Han a flyboy, something we have all heard him called as well.
3. Han’s Corellian Disguise
The hat and cloak he throws on to escape notice in Corellia reminded me of Benicio Del Toro’s DJ in The Last Jedi.
4. Punch It
Was your favorite moment when Chewie took is rightful place as Han’s co-pilot? I know we all cheered.
5. Let The Wookie Win because otherwise..
In a New Hope during a game of Dejarik, Han warns C3-PO to let the Wookie win. When he protests Han replies
“That’s cause a droid don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.” In Solo, we see that Han has seen first hand the raw power of an angry Wookie, when Chewie rips the arms off of one of the slavers at the mine.
Speaking of the game, it shows up in Solo, with Beckett trying to teach Chewie how to play. It also serves as a lesson to Han, with a side of foreshadowing, that you should always be thinking several steps ahead of your opponent, anticipate their moves, and above all to remember people are predictable.
7. Han’s Blaster
Han’s unique blaster was a gift from Tobias when he joined the crew.
Scariff got a mention in the movie as a possible place for a job. Scariff is the planet where the rebels in Rogue One steal the plans for the Death Star.
Ah, the infamous game of Sabacc. We knew Han won the Falcon from Lando in a game of Sabacc. Land has insisted it wasn’t a fair game and we know why now. Although I would argue Lando doth protest too much. Someone wasn’t being fair that’s for sure!
10. “I hate you.” “I know.”
This was my daughter’s favorite Easter Egg. Han just knows how people feel about him, so it doesn’t really surprise him. Love him or hate him, he knows.
11. Lando and Sharu
At one point during the Kessel scene, Lando is busy making his own space vlog. He mentions the Sharu which is a nod to the first book in the Lando Calrissian Adventures: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu.
After Lando won the Millennium Falcon, he journeyed to the Rafa System, home of the Sharu, in search of life crystals and anything else he can sell for credits. Maybe we will see more of Lando’s chronicles when the rumored Lando movie makes its debut.
12. “I have a bad feeling about this.”
In every Star Wars film, someone says they have a bad feeling about this. Turn out before the events of Solo, Han was a more positive guy. He says “I have a good feeling about this.”
13. “Piece of Junk”
The poor Falcon. It has been called a lot of names, mostly garbage and a piece of junk. As they follow Lando to his ship, Han mutters that the ship will probably be a piece of junk.
14. Antenna Broken
In Return of the Jedi, the Falcon’s antenna is broken off and was eventually replaced. Turns out that wasn’t the first time the Falcon lost it. During the flight from Kessel, it gets knocked off for the first time.
15. Millennium Falcon Distinctive Shape
When the new images of the Millennium Falcon were released we all noticed the familiar notch was missing. Turns out there use to be an escape pod there. Han sent it off to distract the monster inside the maelstrom. And I guess during all his adventuring, forgot to replace it.
16. Tobias’ Mining Disguise
Matches Lando’s in Return of the Jedi, when he sneaks into Hutt’s palace to save Han.
17. Star Wars Cameos
Warwick Davis has played several Star Wars characters. He reprises his role as Weazel, in this film. an arms dealer who appeared in The Phantom Menace.
Tak is a human slave on Kessel. You can see him when he shouts for the Wookies to come “this way!”
18. Tatooine and a Big Shot Gangster
The trailers were cut in a way that Dryden seemed like the big shot gangster Beckett kept referring to. Turns out, he was actually telling Han about the ultimate job with everyone’s least favorite slug- Jabba the Hutt. At the end of Solo, Han and Chewie are headed to Tatooine to join this gangsters crew.
19. Enfys Nest, Cloud-Riders, and Swoop Bikes
Enfys Nest, the Cloud-Riders’ Swoop Bikes all hail from the original Star Wars canon. In Solo, Enfys turns out to be a teenage girl, who is helping to seed The Rebellion. Rumor has it she is signed on for 2 more films, maybe she will show up in Bobba Fett or Enfys Nest might get her own origin film.
The Cloud Riders also include Benthic Two-Tubes, a Tognathian who was part of Saw Gerrera’s crew in Rogue One.
20. Kessel Run
Turns out if you round down, you can make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. We see Han already touting his amazing race to the first life forms he meets.
21. Darth Maul
Fan-favorite Darth Maul turned out to be the leader of Crimson Dawn. And in retrospect, the symbol of Crimson Dawn burned into Qi’Ra’s arm is Maul’s saber design. Light bulb moment!
Maul tells Qi’Ra to join him on Dathomir, his home. I don’t think this is the last we will see of Maul and Qi’Ra. Perhaps he is recruiting her to his Shadow Collective.
Pronounced Kira, was the original name for Rey. The rumors are strong that Qi’Ra could be Rey’s mother, with even Han being her father. Not during the time period of this film but later. Han and Qi’Ra might meet back up, Carrie Fisher always said Han was a wanderer and their marriage included breaks. It might also explain the immediate paternal love Han seemed to feel for Rey.
24. The Black Spires
Months ago I read that Solo would tie-in to the new Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disney Parks. Now we know what they meant. Disney parks revealed the name for the outpost would be Black Spire Outpost. The Black Spires exist on the planet Batuu and have never been seen in the Star Wars Universe until now.
L3-37 touting her own navigational brilliance, mocks Lando’s lack of being able to find even Black Spires by himself.
25. The Crystal Skull
Inside Dryden’s office are quite a few knickknacks, and if you thought something might be an Easter Egg in there you were right. The Crystal Skull seen is not a nod to Indiana Jones, but is actually from the cover of the book Han Solo And The Lost Legacy.
26. Teras Kasi
When Qi’Ra takes down the mine director she tells L3 she was using Teras Kasi. Teras Kasi is the name of a martial art, first mentioned in the Legends novel Shadows of the Empire.
27. The Pike Sisters
Val unimpressed with Han and Chewie joining their crew, mentions they would be better of with the Zan Sisters. Likely, she is referring to Zan and Zu Pike, The Pike Sisters, who also happen to be masters of Teras Kasi.
28. Han Shot First
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now!
Worried about Solo? Don’t Be.
I will be the first to admit I wasn’t above worrying about this film. Just like you, I saw the rumors flooding Twitter and since Han is one of my favorite characters I was cautiously optimistic about this film. Once Ron Howard took the helm I breathed easier. Ron is a legend, he’s got this under control. As we began to see more of the film and I pulled myself from the Infinity War rabbit hole, I thought, Solo is looking better and better.
After screening the movie I can tell you it was great. A true love letter to Star Wars fans that honestly didn’t feel like your typical Star Wars movie. This film focuses on the mob, gangsters, and seedier individuals you find hanging out in the Cantina. Solo is not just great, it is heck of a lot of fun for everyone in the family.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
Alden Ehrenreich stepped into some big shoes and he delivered. He had the mannerisms, the swagger, everything we love about Han from the originals down. If Alden’s portrayal of Han has you biting your nails, stop gnawing. I loved him as Han and that’s high praise from someone who swore no one could ever pull off a performance even close to Harrison’s original.
He is playing a younger Han Solo than what we are accustomed to. Going by the time period of the film and Han’s age, Han was born toward the end of the Old Republic. That puts him in his late teens/early twenties in this film, whereas he is 29 in New Hope. So while New Hope Solo is an arrogant scoundrel who only does nice things when he thinks no one is watching, this Solo is unsure of himself and his place in the world. But underneath it all he maintains a good heart and some serious cunning.
The Extended Universe (EU) back in canon
When the sale of Star Wars took place the EU was pretty much thrown out. Bits and pieces have made their way back into the canon over the years. I was curious if Solo would address any of Han’s EU backstory and now we know as much as I think we will ever know, officially, about him.
In the original EU, Han was an ex-Imperial soldier who rose through the ranks thanks to his pilot skills. He then left the Empire because they are evil and Han is a good guy. That story is changed slightly to better service the film. Han wasn’t always a smuggler, but he did grow up on the mean streets of Corellia learning how to take care of himself. He dreams of becoming a pilot but finds himself stuck on Mimban as a ground trooper.
This is where he meets Tobias Beckett and his crew. Seizing the opportunity to make a better life for himself, he joins up with Beckett. After ditching the Imperial life, Han goes on to meet Chewbacca. The two form a “life-debt” bond that sees them become the best of friends for the rest of Han’s life (RIP).
Also from Star Wars Legends days comes Enfys Nest on their Swoop Bikes, Tag and Bink, and Han’s first love interest Qi’Ra. The interesting thing to note about her, is one it is pronounced Kira and two, that is the original name for Rey. Could she end up being tied to Rey in the future? Maybe.
Millennium Falcon – Punch It!
Every Star Wars fan knows Han wins the Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game of Sabacc, which Lando claims may not have been a fair game. In Solo, we finally get to see the infamous game go down and what really happens at the Sabacc table.
The other big Falcon moment we have all waited to see: The Kessel Run. No one ever wants to believe it, but Han maintained the Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Does the run live up to the hype? I would say so. The third act of Solo is an awesome ride which naturally includes the Kessel Run and a mint condition Millennium Falcon.
Behind the Scenes “Scoundrels”
Other Things Worth Noting
Chewbacca stole every scene he was in. The Wookie sass, prowess, and loyalty make him a stand out character now as much as he has ever been.
Donald Glover as Lando. I swear if I didn’t know any better and couldn’t see the screen, I would have bet money that Donald was Billy Dee. The inflections in his speech, swagger, and style all screamed Billy.
The other question I was asked besides is it good, is it kid-friendly? Rogue One was a deep, emotional ride and one that I have yet to let my kids see. Solo on the other hand is perfect for the family. It has some parts in the beginning that might drag a bit for the younger crowd-what backstory/origin film doesn’t have these moments? but a quick promise that soon Chewie will be doing what he does best and the falcon will jump into light speed should hold them over.
For a more in-depth explanation for the kids in the audience, my friend Patty has a great review: Is Solo: a Star Wars story kid friendly?
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters everywhere May 25th 2018!
New Solo Clips and Movie Stills
This May, board the Millennium Falcon and learn more about one of our favorite heroes from Star Wars. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. Qi’Ra is by his side, as someone who truly knows who and what Han Solo is. What that is exactly? Well, we have to wait to find out.
“You think everything sounds like a bad idea.”
“Hairy and the boy.”
I don’t know about you but this Star Wars fan is excited to see when Han met Chewie, Lando, and of course takes control of the Millennium Falcon. It looks all shiny and probably smells like a new space ship. I wonder if the hyperdrive works without being hit a few times by Chewie.