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Get a Glimpse at Star Wars Rebels' Ships, Tech, and Shiny Lightsabers in This Gorgeous Artbook

The weapon of a Jedi...and a fallen Jedi, too.
The weapon of a Jedi...and a fallen Jedi, too.
Image: Dark Horse/Lucasfilm

Star Wars Rebels was a stepping stone between the work done (and still being done) by Clone Wars and the end of the prequels, and bridging the gap to the aesthetic made iconic by the original Star Wars. Rebels had to walk a line between two tonally very different worlds while bringing its own flair to the table—and io9 has an exclusive look at a new book that shows how.

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Originally planned to launch early next month but now rolling out as of today in a surprise move (and a little bit of pre-Star Wars day force-magic, no doubt), Dan Wallace’s The Art of Star Wars Rebels, published by Dark Horse, provides a definitive look back on the concept work and design process that went in to making the Lucasfilm Animation show come to life.

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As well as insight from the production team, The Art of Star Wars Rebels provides detailed looks at everything from the tiniest security stick, to how the legendary Tantive IV, the flagship of Bail Organa and his daughter Leia, was brought to life in the show’s animated style. io9 has an exclusive first look in a series of never-previously-seen spreads below!

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Illustration for article titled Get a Glimpse at iStar Wars Rebels/i Ships, Tech, and Shiny Lightsabers in This Gorgeous Artbook
Image: Dark Horse/Lucasfilm
Illustration for article titled Get a Glimpse at iStar Wars Rebels/i Ships, Tech, and Shiny Lightsabers in This Gorgeous Artbook
Image: Dark Horse/Lucasfilm
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The Art of Star Wars Rebels—available as both a standard hard-back release and a special edition featuring an alternate cover, an exclusive piece of folio concept art, and a light-up slipcase depicting the crossing lightsaber blades of the Grand Inquisitor and Ezra Bridger—is starting to roll out in availability today.

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DISCUSSION

Much as I loved Rebels, I wish the lightsaber blades looked like the ones in the that drawing. The actual animated blades were just too thin, even for an homage to McQuarrie’s paintings.