SDCC 2014: Star Wars Roundup – Rebels, Toys, & the Darth Car

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While Episode VII is still a year away, Disney and Lucasfilms are making a major showing at this years San Diego Comic-Con. From Disney's Star Wars: Rebels to the latest toys from Mattel, GEEK has your SDCC Star Wars news.

 Star Wars: Rebels

Fans filling the hall for the Star Wars: Rebels panels were treated to not one, but two SDCC exclusive clips of the new Disney XD show.

A few of the shows stars, Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren) and Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios), were on hand as well as the show’s executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg. Filoni discussed the team’s goal with the new series.

“We all loved the tone and the essence of the original movies,” he said, “so we wanted to create a show that had that in it and was a precursor to those films. So that was the first decision that was made – that it was going to be pre-New Hope and really be the origin of the rebels and the Rebel Alliance. That gave us a lot of freedom in terms of Sith and Jedi, Force abilities and trying some things that even the movies haven’t done.”

Fans can also check out this new “look ahead” trailer posted on the Star Wars YouTube page this week.

Toys! 

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Darth Car at SDCC (Image: Chadd B. Cole, Mattel, Lucasfilms)

Both Hasbro and Mattel revealed their new Star Wars toys at this year’s Con. Mattel is launching a set of Star Wars themed Hot Wheels in true Comic-Con form, bringing out their life sized Darth Car.

Other cars announced include one designed for Master Yoda, as well as a nod to the 501st, the largest Star Wars cosplay group that currently has chapters around the world.

Hasbro talked new Rebels figures and their goal to stay true to the original style of the original trilogies concept art. The panel turned to the subject of Ralph McQuarrie, whose original art has inspired the new line of action figures, with some designs coming directly from his art.

Hasbro also displayed many of their upcoming Black Series, a new series of toys that re-imagine the classic characters. Sets include a Han v. Greedo set from the iconic Cantina scene with 6-inch figures, a disturbingly accurate Jabba the Hutt and a 3.75 Endor collection.

Here is a little bonus from the man at the helm of the new Star Wars, J.J. Abrams:

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Images: Lucasfilm, Mattel, Chadd B. Cole, Hasbro, Disney

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