Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Week: The Secret Jedi by Benjamin Harper


My inner Jedi couldn't pass up the chance to have my own holocron! The Holocron in this book is a sturdy cardboard square, that opens in various directions, and shows pictures of the Rebels Crew. I really love that Hera and Sabine are wonderfully represented in the holocron along with Chopper. The Holocron however is not just for fun. There is a special code inside that opens up additional content online. I suggest opening the extra content before you start reading the story. The code is a little tricky so you may need to try it a few different ways. Hint: look under the Hera and Zeb flap.
Holocron extras aside, this  book is all about Kanan. If you've seen the Rebels TV show the text of this novel will be very familiar to you. We learn a little about Kanan’s past in the introduction including that his real name is Caleb Dume. As you read the book symbols are on the side of the text that correspond to information about Coruscant, The Force , Holocrons and The Sith. This book narrates the events of the first few episodes of the show, ending with Kanan’s resolve to train Ezra,

There are also some great video clips from the show on the Secret Jedi site. A really cool read. It’s wonderful to see that information is being streamlined across the various Rebels franchise products. Reading Star wars books is so much more enjoyable when you know the various stories are now planned and supported under the Umbrella of canon.

Star Wars Rebels Week: Product Review: Chopper Ear Buds




In my fruitless search for Hera and Sabine merchandise at Toys R Us I came across these Ear Buds. First off look at this awesome packaging! I really love the Rebels Logo and the plastic case really showcases the product. As a Chopper fan the Price point of $9.99 made these a must buy.


When I opened the package I was blown around by the detail of Chopper on the buds. They are really cute and have several extra covers for future use.



Next step was to use them! This is where the trouble started. Because of the size of the buds they often popped out of my ears during use. Even though there is a plastic “stem “ of sorts to keep them in place, I had to adjust them frequently. I don’t know if they are meant to only be worn by children or not. I’ve worn other ear buds with character designs without problems.


Final Verdict

I’m still addicted to the cute look of these, but I’m saving them for home use instead of taking them to work, or using them at the gym.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Week: Servants Of The Empire: Rebel In The Ranks








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I was so excited to get this book! Of all the new Star Wars books that have been released recently,

this series has been my favorite. Once again we are given insight into the Imperial training facility on Lothal through the eyes of Zare Leonis. Zare has continued to try to gather information about his missing sister Dhara with little results. His girlfriend Merie is also investigating through the Imperial information systems with a little more success. Her quest for truth however is putting Merie at risk for discovery the deeper she digs.


Zare’s quest is also complicated by the appearance of a transfer student at the Academy named Dev Morgan. Zare feels something is off about Dev. He easily excels at many of the tests and seems to be seeking out information as much as Zare. When Zare catches him trying to steal an important device from a commander he realizes he might have an ally.


I really loved this book! It was a quick read but a very satisfying one. Fry folds in the events from the Rebels TV show wonderfully. You don’t need to have seen the TV show to follow the narrative of this story but their are some really cool connections between the show and the books that fans will enjoy! Zare holds his own amongst the Rebels crew. It’s also entertaining to see the Ghost crew through another characters eyes.


A wonderful read! This book really builds upon the previous books story threads and makes me excited for book three in the series.