It's been a little over three years since the bombshell news broke of the maker George Lucas selling Lucasfilm to Disney for a whopping $4.4 billion. This news sent ripples through not only the business and entertainment world, but shot through the hearts of fans everywhere. George Lucas, the creator, the innovator, the renaissance man himself, was walking away from his empire, his creation, his baby.
Fans everywhere were left either rejoicing, upset, but all were in shock of the deal. Questions began flying about: What's next? What's to become of Star Wars? Will it be “Disneyfied?”
Well after three years and four months of anticipation, of ups and downs, joy and sadness, I can stand here and tell you this:
The state of the Star Wars saga is great!
True, the fans and Disney may have gotten off on the wrong foot to begin with. The loss of The Clone Wars, the cancellation of much-anticipated video games like 1313, the absorption of LucasArts, and ultimately the non-canonization of the Expanded Universe left a lot of fans lost, upset and disenfranchised. Everything we knew about Star Wars was being rewritten, redirected, and we the fans were left shrugging our shoulders.
What we didn't take notice of was what was being done. Sure, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the new sequel trilogy, sure they announced the coming of Star Wars Rebels, but we were all tied up in the midst of the #SaveTheCloneWars movement to see what was really happening.
It wasn't until Celebration Anaheim when we heard those three little words for the first time. Those three little words that changed fandom and electrified the fan base. Those three words that left grown adults in tears. “Chewie, we're home.”
I didn't have the luxury of being in Anaheim that morning, but I sat on my couch watching the live stream. Episode VII was real. The Force Awakens was truly happening. Something a lot of us had only dreamed about was actually happening.
That kicked off the Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Books and comics began flooding the market giving us an insight into what lay ahead. The best part of all this is that it's all canon.
Star Wars Rebels hit the airways on Disney XD and, now into its second season, continues to push forward with the story of the early Rebellion. Along with the killer cast of voice actors, we have had a flood of special guests and returning favorites. From Lando to Yoda to Ahsoka to Vader to Rex; Rebels bridged a gap that Star Wars fans needed. The familiar roar of a TIE fighter soaring through space to the return of the fan favorites from The Clone Wars.
Video games haven't lacked either. The highly anticipated Battlefront series exploded on to the scene. The multiplayer phenomenon has brought fans together fighting in some for the most intense Star Wars battles ever. Disney hasn't stopped there. Mobile platforms have seen multiple Star Wars titles released. Star Wars Uprising, Galaxy of Heroes, and my personal favorite, the Topps Digital Trading Card apps. These apps have killed my battery more times than I can count. Incredible artwork and state of the art graphics brings a bridge into view from The Force Awakens to the original trilogy to the prequels, there is plenty out there to entertain.
Then as if things couldn't get any better for us, Disney announced that Star Wars Land is coming to both Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. Construction begins soon on what is to be a huge addition to the parks.
So as you can see, there is so much that has come since the merger. This is just the beginning. From the Episode VIII and IX being made, a third season of Rebels already announced, to Star Wars Land, to the anthology, we have so much to look forward to.
Please, tell me what has been your favorite changes that took place since the merger? And of all the upcoming projects, what are you looking forward to the most. You can comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @taharris121079 plus listen for me as we breakdown episodes of Star Wars Rebels during the season on Rebels Reactions!
May the Force be with you.
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