In commemoration of The Empire Strikes Back‘s 40th anniversary, Star Wars Obscura is proud to present an extended look at the early Legends histories of the film’s six iconic bounty hunters up through the events of Episode V.
More properly known by his full name of Gir Kybo Ren-Cha, Kybo Ren was the Ropagu leader of the Pirates of Tarnoonga fifteen years before the events of A New Hope. He was first introduced in “The New King,” the sixth episode of the Droids animated series, and served as a reoccurring villain during the show’s second story arc. Operating near the Tammuz-an, he coveted the planet’s wealth and plotted to steal it for himself. However, Ren’s various schemes were foiled through the combined efforts of Jann Tosh, Jessica Meade, R2-D2, C-3PO, and even IG-88, and he ultimately found himself incarcerated on the very world he’d planned on plundering.
Kybo Ren was voiced by Don Francks, who also played Jann Tosh and a multitude of other characters in Nelvana-produced animated Star Wars projects.
He has no known connection to Kylo Ren or the Knights of Ren.
Year of introduction: 1985
- “The New King”
- “The Pirates of Tarnoonga”
- “The Revenge of Kybo Ren”
In A New Hope, the dusty streets of Mos Eisley spaceport weren’t just prowled by some of the worst scum and villainy this side of the Dune Sea, but also played host to a landspeeder inspired by the EVA pods featured in the seminal 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrik.
“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
When Obi-Wan gave Luke his father’s lightsaber, he told him of the supplantation of the Old Republic by the Empire and of Darth Vader’s betrayal and destruction of the Jedi Knights, the broad strokes of a detailed backstory developed for A New Hope but absent from the final film. Famously, its 1976 novelization included a prologue that filled in many of the details, which now reads like a rough outline of the events that would decades later be depicted in the prequel trilogy. The 1983 novelization of Return of the Jedi would provide an updated version of this account, excising outdated elements like Palpatine being controlled by his subordinates and the existence of later emperors, while also recounting the fall of Anakin Skywalker in remarkably extensive detail.
Back during the early years of the Expanded Universe, several sources, seemingly coincidentally, focused heavily upon the colonization of the galaxy following the end of the Galactic Civil War. However, neither account properly aligned with contemporary EU, and both have been largely forgotten today. These are The Maverick Moon storybook (1979) and the backstory for Star Tours (1987) as imagined by the Disney Imagineers and printed in the pages of Starlog 118.
There is probably no ship as synonymous with Star Wars than the Millennium Falcon. For over forty years, this so-called piece of junk has graced the silver screen in seven of the ten theatrically-released live-action films, and has been the focus of various stories, reference books, and even video games. In the lead up to the opening of the Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the ongoing Flight of the Falcon multimedia project is exploring the history of the Falcon up through The Last Jedi in anticipation of the ship’s role in the events of the Smuggler’s Run attraction. However, it is far from the first work to bear the name.
“Here lies the sum total of all droid kind’s hopes and aspirations, the resting place of our souls.” – Brother Fivelines
A junk hauler flies low over a vast junkyard. Below, twisted spires of scrap metal loom against an ochre sky. When you look more closely, you realize that the planet’s surface is comprised of the corroded forms of countless droids, fused together over the span of hundreds of years. Eerily, they almost look like they’re screaming. Welcome to Ronyards. If you happen to be a droid, welcome home.
When you were a kid, did you ever pretend to be Luke Skywalker as he takes on the Death Star in A New Hope? With R2-D2 as your faithful companion, you zoom down the battle station’s trench in your X-wing, dodging laser fire as you accelerate towards the thermal exhaust port. You turn off your targeting computer, close your eyes, and pull the trigger.