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Star Wars Rebels is truly some fantastic storytelling, and a series that our whole family enjoys watching together each week. That said, I was excited when the news hit my inbox that production is underway on the fourth season of the acclaimed animated series from Lucasfilm. The fourth season is scheduled to premiere on Disney XD later this year continuing the thrilling and inspiring galactic adventures of the Ghost crew.

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As Toy Fair New York and Star Wars Celebration Orlando approach, Star Wars fans are getting exceptionally eager to learn what plans have been made to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Star Wars Saga. While May is likely the big month (A New Hope was released on 5-25-77), we've got some time before that, and the folks at Hasbro have no shortage of new toys yet to come. Yesterday some rumors were confirmed as my favorite line - the 3.75" action figure assortment - will get new characters from Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. Check out a full gallery below, along with details on some new offerings beyond the realm of figures!

Star Wars 40th AnniversaryI have been singing the praises of Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels for years, and now, with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story taking audiences back to a galaxy far, far away - but in a time period just prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope, there's even more pieces of the puzzle that are falling into place. In a masterful form, 'Rebels as been filling the gaps between The Clone Wars and the original trilogy, and with the release of the Season 3 Mid-Season Trailer, we see some new faces to 'Rebels that will be completely fresh in the minds of those who have just enjoyed Rogue One. A ton of Mandalorians, Saw Gerrara, Mon Mothma, and even some "crazy old hermit" known as "Old Ben" are ready to join the action...

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With Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story having just hit theaters this past weekend, I'd held off on a reveal that initially snuck out in an unlikely place - a poster at Toys "R" Us. Today the official announcement has been made that Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who stars as Rebel freedom fighter Saw Gerrera in Rogue One, will join the cast of the hit animated series Star Wars Rebels, which is set in a time period just prior to the events of Rogue One. Whitaker will reprise his role as Gerrera, providing the voice of the character as he makes his debut on Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Geonosis, Parts One and Two premiering SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 (8:30-9:30 p.m. EST), on Disney XD. Check out a clip below!

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Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS keeps the hit coming, and this Saturday Hera’s rebel supply mission to Ryloth becomes personal when she and the Ghost crew brave overwhelming Imperial forces to recover a memento from her ancestral home in "Hera's Heroes." Today comes a new clip and a batch of images that shows just how menacing Grand Admiral Thrawn can be - a character than fans have long-wished to see more of... a desire now being fulfilled. Check it out below...

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While many will point to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as the definitive relaunch of the STAR WARS franchise under Disney, I look at STAR WARS REBELS as being the real spark that started it all for a new generation. For our girls, it certainly lit the fire, and with its third season off and running on Disney XD, there's many new adventures awaiting viewers in the months ahead - filling in gaps that will no doubt be important stories in the lead-up to the December release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story. Now comes news that the crew of The Ghost (Kanan Jarrus , Ezra Bridger, Hera, Sabine, Zeb & Chopper)  is finally getting a treatment that many icons from a galaxy far, far away have already had - Pop! Vinyl editions from the folks at Funko, and they're headed to shops just in-time for the holidays. Check out the basic assortment (available for pre-order via my allies at Entertainment Earth) along with a pair of retailer exclusives (Ahsoka Tano and Masked Sabine Ren)...

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