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Todd Wahlstrom

Todd Wahlstrom is a creative and analytical freelance writer and life-long Star Wars fan. He has covered such topics as Darth Vader, the Jedi, Boba Fett, and AT-AT Walkers. Todd has published a non-fiction book, holds a Ph.D. in history, and enjoys hiking, running, and reading about science.

Why Is Andor Better (More Important) Than The Mandalorian, The Book Of Boba Fett & Obi-Wan Kenobi?

The new Star Wars television show Andor follows on the heels of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but is much different from these series.  It is slower-paced and does not have standout characters like Din Djarin, Boba Fett, or Kenobi. It may appear to be a downturn in the success …

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Why Is Star Wars Technology Stagnant?

The Star Wars universe is filled with technological wonders. From light-speed spaceships to armor-piercing lightsabers, this is a world apart from our own.  Or is it? While Star Wars is synonymous with technology, it appears that technology has not advanced much across the films. There is certainly not a lack of technology in Star Wars, …

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How Many Ships Did the Empire Have in Star Wars?

The Empire’s strength came from its Imperial Navy. Yes, Darth Vader and the Emperor were impressive, but a commanding navy was central to the power of the Empire.  The massive presence of Star Destroyers and the menacing sound of TIE fighters announced and spread this power. Without these ships, the Empire would have crumbled earlier …

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Can I Watch Boba Fett Without Watching Star Wars?

The iconic Boba Fett got his own show. After appearing in The Mandalorian, Boba took on the starring role and filled out his character and story arc beyond the two original Star Wars movies that he was in.  Boba grabbed attention back in 1980 with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and captured audiences again …

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How Did Boba Fett Get The Dent In His Helmet?

The famous bounty hunter Boba Fett has many distinguishing characteristics. His jetpack, T-shaped visor, and menacing presence are just some of the things that make him stand out. So too does the distinctive dent in his helmet. Ever since The Empire Strikes Back, that dent has helped define Boba as a hardened bounty hunter. How …

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How Much Did The Millennium Falcon Cost? (In Star Wars & Real Life)

The Millennium Falcon is the ship that Han Solo and Chewbacca made famous. Or, perhaps, the Falcon made them famous.  The Falcon is known for its speed and for eluding Imperial Star Destroyers. With such capabilities, the Falcon must have cost quite a bit.  How much did the Millennium Falcon cost? We can arrive at …

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Is Darth Vader’s Suit Fireproof? Water, Lightsaber Proof?

If we asked Darth Vader about his suit, he would probably say it was “most impressive.” Indeed, Vader’s suit is highly protective and intimidating. In A New Hope, Vader’s entrance is enhanced by his thick armor. Vader’s suit is strong, but we may wonder just how protective his suit is. Is Darth Vader’s suit fireproof? …

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Han Solo And Princess Leia Relationship

The relationship between Han Solo and Princess Leia spans the Star Wars saga. At times turbulent, other times loving, they are the central couple of the franchise.  We remember them racing through the Death Star to make their escape, exchanging insults along the way. And, we remember them coming together as a couple after the …

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What if Palpatine Was A Jedi? (And Even Trained By Yoda)

Emperor Palpatine is a mysterious figure in the Star Wars galaxy. As possibly the most powerful Sith Lord, Palpatine sprang to power from the Senate, and his Force abilities were not known until it was too late. The Jedi were not aware that Palpatine was Force-sensitive or a Sith until he turned on them. That …

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Why Did The Empire Use AT-AT Walkers?

All Terrain Armored Transports, or AT-AT Walkers, are massive combat vehicles used by the Empire. They first captured our attention in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Audiences remember how these four-legged armored mammoths took center stage at the Battle of Hoth. Seemingly invincible, AT-AT Walkers were difficult to stop. Snowspeeders struggled to …

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