Recently, we received a cool e-mail from a fan that took us back to the past and one of the simpler, but more fun aspects of Star Wars. Check it out after the jump!
Here's the cool e-mail from an avid reader and fan (wishing to remain anonymous) who sent us an interesting blast from the past:
Circa 1986 the Star Wars/Lucasfilm Fan Club included a subscription to Bantha Tracks Newsletter, with the Bantha prominently featured on their letterhead. Un-fortunately, as you've read, that signaled the end of the fan club after the Original Trilogy.
In the late '90's, with Lucas releasing the Special Editions and ramping-up production on the Prequel Trilogy, the Fan Club was reborn, eventually moving away from Bantha Tracks and the Lucasfilm magazine to "Star Wars: Insider."
In 2005, while Episode III was at the height of hyper-hype, George Lucas declared that we'd be getting no more Star Wars. The saga was to be concluded with the fall of Anakin Skywalker. Lucas re-iterated this intention in a May 2008 edition of a "Total Film" magazine Q & A:
Total Film: Are you happy for new Star Wars tales to be told after you've gone?
Lucas: I've left pretty explicit instructions for there not to be any more features. There will definitely be no Episodes VII-IX. That's because there isn't any story. I mean, I never thought of anything. And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn't at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn't come back to life, the Emperor doesn't get cloned and Luke doesn't get married."
The conclusion of the Prequel Trilogy, despite what was said about it, brought another cycle to a close and presumably for good. With this conclusion came one of the forgotten casualties in the closure of the Star Wars Fan Club. No movies meant a drastic drop in interest. I, among many, let my subscription to "Insider" magazine as well as my fan club membership expire.
In 2004, when "Insider Magazine" was sold to IDG Publishing, the Fan Club transferred back to Lucasfilm Ltd. where it was renamed "Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club." But after a massive overhaul of StarWars.com in 2011, the Hyperspace Club was disbanded for good.
Well, now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and plans to make Star Wars for the next 100 years, I ask, "What better time than now to reactivate the Fan Club?" The time is ripe. The demand is there again now that the fans know there will be no more "dark years."
I suggest the fans get on their social media accounts and start calling for it, just as families all over the world did recently when they asked Disney why Princess Leia toys weren't being made. Disney responded to those cries and will be releasing a whole bunch of new Princess Leia merchandise, stating:
“The current assortment of Star Wars products at the Disney Store launched earlier this year, and is just the beginning of what is to come,” Disney spokeswoman Margita Thompson told TIME. “We’re excited to be rolling out new products in the coming months, including several items that will feature Princess Leia, one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars galaxy.”
So hop to it intrepid Star Wars fans -- get out the vote and let Disney know that you want your beloved Fan Club back!