WASHINGTON: May the Fourth be With you. Today we celebrate the pop-culture Star Wars holiday, a franchise now in its 42nd year. Last year, we lost Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). Luke Skywalker became a shimmer of his former self. And decades after George Lucas first wrote Luke Skywalker as a girl, we finally have our kick-ass female Rebel Leader Rey. Who we are teased to believe has Skywalker blood as she is able to command Luke’s lightsaber. But then there is that kid at the end of the “The Last Jedi” so maybe not.
Who can forget the Chewbacca mom, Candace Payne, who took her viral video and created Defiant Joy? Proving Star Wars is not just for the kids and that happiness is just a good laugh away.
We can all be happy Chewbacca’s, sharing our defiant joy in all things Star Wars, celebrating May the Fourth be With You, with our very own Chewbacca Mask. Yes, despite Payne saying that she got the item on clearance, they are back on the shelves and waiting for you.
In the final scene of the The Last Jedi (spoiler alert if you are living on Tatooine and have not seen the film yet), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill a talented voice artist) channel’s his friends voice, saying Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) oft-repeated line, “See you around, kid” to Kylo Ren, son of Han Solo and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Tonight, turn your dining room into a Cantina and create some fun Star Wars-inspired treats (our favorite is the Hans Solo Carbonite Jello and the Light Saber pretzel sticks) and break out the Star Wars Han Solo Card Game.
Toss the dice and play to win the Millennium Falcon.
A side note, the sabacc dice in The Last Jedi that Luke hands to Leia are an homage to the Lucas/Ford project, American Graffiti. Or they are a memento that Han Solo keeps after winning the Falcon from Lando Calrissian while playing a game of Corellian Spike. IGN explains:
The dice in the movies, including a teaser from Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Blasters are not included.
Might Muggs and Pop big head figures
Some of the cutest, and oh so collectible, toys out of the Star Wars galaxy are the Mighty Muggs and Pop! big head figures featuring the faces, and personalities, of our favorite Star War’s characters. The Mighty Muggs, with a push on top of the head, face flips from happy to grrrr.
The Pop! Star Wars Vinyl Bobble-Heads are just too adorable. Will make a great “guest gift” to your Star Wars May the Fourth be with you party.
Star Wars Trivia
Wether you make it into a true-false game or just want to keep the conversation lively, Star Wars as a movie franchise has been going strong for, wait for it, forty-two years. A long time, particularly for those of us who attended the first 1976 movie and fell in love with Rebels Alliance. Show your Star Wars dominance with some trivia knowledge.
Are Jedi doomed to a celibate life?
We know that Anakin Skywalked and Padmé Amidala fell in love resulting in the birth of Luke and Leia. But did you know that Jedi are not doomed to be sexless warrior monks? George Lucas has confirmed that “Jedi Knights aren’t celibate—the thing that is forbidden is attachments—and possessive relationships.” Because, yeah, we saw how that over possessiveness worked for Padme, and the kids.
C3PO’s Silver And Gold
Almost everyone missed that in a New Hope, as the C3PO and R2D2 are wandering in the desert, C3PO’s right leg is not gold, but silver. Anthony Daniels confirmed this in his interview with Today:
Luke, I am your father
Is not quite what he said. The actual quote is “I am your father.’ People probably add the “Luke” to put context into the quote. However it is an epic light-saber battle
Happy Birthday Chewey
In A New Hope, Chewbacca is 200-years-old. He looks good for his age.
Dance to the music
The Cantina music featured in The Force Awakes was writter by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Who is also the creator and original star of Hamilton.
A close encounter
While George Lucas was creating A New Hope, Steven Spielberg was working on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Visiting Spielberg’s set, Lucas panicked saying, according to Spielberg and as reported by Time (George Lucas Lost a $40 Million Bet to Steven Spielberg Over Star Wars):
“He said, ‘Oh my God, your movie is going to be so much more successful than Star Wars! This is gonna be the biggest hit of all time. I can’t believe this set.’ He said, ‘All right, I’ll tell you what. I’ll trade some points with you. I’ll give you 2.5 percent of Star Wars if you give me 2.5 percent of Close Encounters.’ So I said, ‘Sure, I’ll gamble with that.’”
The result of the bet is that Star Wars made $775 million at the global box office compared with Close Encounters’ $304 million. Adjusted for inflation, TIME reports, “Spielberg’s edge could come out to as much as $40 million.”
Ewok are not so cute
They may be little and furry, but they are not that cute. In fact, Ewoks are blood thirsty carnivores with a fondness for human meat (they say it tastes like chicken.) c3PO tells Han that he will be “…the main course at a banquet in my honor.”
Ewoks evolved from the Wookie race, making them a cousin of Chewbacca. In a 2004 commentary, George Lucas says he modeled the Ewoks guerrilla fighting style after the Viet Cong.