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Anakin Becomes Darth Vader: From Blue to Red Lightsaber

You could make a very convincing argument that Darth Vader is the most famous villain in the history of cinema. His compelling screen presence is largely a function of his ominous jet-black uniform, intimidatingly commanding voice, and general aura of menace. However, the complexity of his character plays into his enduring popularity as well.  Darth […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Lightsaber Guide

Since it was released to an eager world in November 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has captivated gamers everywhere with its sharply rendered landscapes and addictive combat mechanics. With sales on the title reportedly topping ten million copies, there’s no doubt that fans have found a lot to like about this canon chapter in […]

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The Latest on the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What You Need to Know

Star Wars fans are a famously argumentative bunch, fond of debating endlessly about the relative merits of Episodes One through Nine and speculating about the proper “direction” the franchise should take. But there’s at least one thing that fandom tends to agree on: They want to see more of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his legendary single-bladed […]

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What You Should Know About Ahsoka Tano and the TV Spinoff

The Mandalorian season two was well received by TV audiences. For a large subset of devoted fans, its biggest revelation was the appearance of Ahsoka Tano. This fan-favorite character finally made her live-action debut in “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” where it was revealed that she was on the lookout for Grand Admiral Thrawn. It’s the […]

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Why is Mace Windu’s Lightsaber Purple?

With his stoic, commanding presence, Jedi Master Mace Windu captured the admiring attention of many moviegoers when he debuted in Episode I, and he remains hugely popular in fandom. Although there’s certainly a lot to say about Windu, a key figure in the Clone Wars, fan commentary tends to center not on his personality or […]

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Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber Fights

Kylo Ren is without question one of the most dynamic and memorable of all the characters introduced in the third Star Wars trilogy, in large part due to his skill with a lightsaber. That distinctive crossguard lightsaber certainly saw a lot of onscreen action, and made for some especially vivid moments. The following is a chronological […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form V: Shien & Djem So

The development of the first four lightsaber combat forms can be viewed as a logical progression where each subsequent style attempts to compensate for perceived limitations in the previous one. Form V is where that step-by-step evolution gets disrupted a bit. It was not devised as a response to Form IV Ataru; rather, it is […]

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Mace Windu Lightsaber Form: Channeling the Darkness into a Weapon of Light

The last of the traditional lightsaber combat forms to gain official recognition, Form VII Juyo, is known as “the Ferocity Form” because it enables its practitioner to generate an extremely intense, even rage-filled attack on their opponent. That characteristic makes it remarkably effective on the battlefield—but also remarkably dangerous for Jedi practitioners, as the proper […]

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Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber and Combat Form

More than a few Star Wars fans will tell you that their favorite character in the third trilogy is Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa and one-time Jedi apprentice who became dreaded master of the Knights of Ren and, later, Supreme Leader of the First Order before finally breaking away from […]

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