Columbia Sportswear Launches Echo Base Collection Inspired by ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’

Columbia Sportswear Launches Collection Inspired by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Limited edition jackets celebrating classic film for sale December 8

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Sportswear today unveiled three limited-edition jackets inspired by iconic characters in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The officially licensed collection will be available in limited quantities on www.columbia.com/starwars and at Columbia’s brand retail locations in the United States and select countries beginning Friday, December 8.

Inspired by the costumes worn by Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, the collection is named after the Rebel’s secret base on ice planet Hoth. In developing the Echo Base Collection, Columbia’s designers worked closely with Lucasfilm and the archives team to capture and incorporate the smallest of details of the original jackets worn in the classic film. The collection is constructed with Columbia’s “Tested Tough” promise, and delivers the brand’s industry-leading technologies to ensure that they stand up to the freezing conditions on planet Hoth, or other galaxies closer to home. Details on each jacket follow:

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume Two Review

These reviews of Star Wars Forces of Destiny will contain spoilers. Reviews for Volume One can be found here.

At long last! The latest batch of Star Wars Forces of Destiny shorts are here. As with the previous collection, this collection of shorts features a mix of old and new. Four of the shorts aired over the summer: “The Imposter Inside,” “Beasts of Echo Base,” “BB-8 Bandits,” and “The Padawan Path.” They are joined by four new shorts, with wrap-arounds by our storyteller, Maz Kanata — this time cooking up some delicious stew to go with her tea. And it looks like she’s made a new friend, too!

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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Leia and Good Intentions

As I was reading Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan I was struck by the following exchange between Leia and her friend Amilyn Holdo:
Amilyn: “The Force gains strength from our intentions as well as our actions.”
Leia: “Good intentions aren’t enough. They’re not meaningless, but – that’s where we have to start. Not where we end.”

The Star Wars galaxy would be a much different place if not for a lot of good people acting on their good intentions. Most of us have probably heard that the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions, but good intentions aren’t the problem and they aren’t themselves bad things. The problem comes when we are satisfied with our good intentions and don’t act on them. What would have happened if our favorite Star Wars characters would have been content with simply having good ideas?

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New Marvel Comic Features Luke and Leia in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait’ #1

Journey To A New Planet With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1!
A new adventure for Luke and Leia begins this December

New York, NY—September 15, 2017—Marvel’s STAR WARS comics have pulled back the curtain on fan favorite Captain Phasma, introduced the world to rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra, and crafted stories that have enthralled fans across the galaxy. This December, even more secrets will be revealed when Marvel releases STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join The Resistance) with art by Mike Mayhew (Star Wars, The Star Wars), the new mini-series gives fans a look behind the curtain at one very special planet in the galaxy: the mineral planet Crait.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it becomes a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order,  but that wasn’t the first time Crait became a place where heroes and villains clashed in their fight for the galaxy. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa once took up arms on Crait and led the rebellion as they as they searched for a new home – and a new base for the Rebel Alliance. Tying in to the eagerly anticipated December film, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT promises to be a new and exciting adventure for all Star Wars fans – and a story that will change the galaxy as we know it.

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What We Can Expect from Carrie Fisher in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ [Possible Spoilers]

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly revealed exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers featuring Luke Skywalker and Rey, as well as a plethora of new images. These were just a taste of The Last Jedi coverage in the special fall movie preview issue scheduled for release this Friday. In addition, several features have been released online, and the latest turns its gaze to Carrie Fisher. The Last Jedi will be the last we see of Princess Leia in the films, and by all accounts she turned in a memorable performance.

Here are a few highlights from EW.com:

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Bounty of Trouble”

***This is a review of the Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode “Bounty of Trouble.” There are spoilers!***

This episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny takes us back to the era of Star Wars Rebels as Princess Leia and Sabine Wren join forces against the bounty hunter, IG-88. (Click here to watch this episode now on Disney’s YouTube channel.)

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Ewok Escape”

***This is a review of Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode three, “Ewok Escape.” It contains spoilers.***

The third episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “Ewok Escape,” shifts focus from Rey over to our beloved Princess Leia during the time of Return of the Jedi on the forest moon of Endor. (Click here to watch this episode.) The action picks up not long after Leia first encounters the Ewok known as Wicket.

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VIDEO: Star Wars Forces of Destiny Sneak Peek | Disney

Just released today! Here’s a sneak peek at Star Wars Forces of Destiny, which makes its debut next week on Disney’s YouTube channel. Find out more below:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — New City, Characters, and Images Revealed by Vanity Fair

Yesterday we saw the four new limited-edition Vanity Fair covers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They promised us even more images today and have delivered in a massive way! Not just the new images, though, but new character and city reveals as well.

With the new images released today, all captured by the great Annie Leibovitz, we get a closer look at the characters we already love — Luke, Rey, Leia, Kylo Ren, Poe, Finn, and more — but we also get our first look at new characters such as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern, and a shady grifter-type character called “DJ,” played by Benicio Del Toro.

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