List of “Star Wars” In-Universe Merchandise (and Franchise Shout-Outs) in “Star Wars Resistance” Episode 5

Star Wars Resistance is now five episodes into its inaugural season on Disney XD and Disney Channel, and so far the reception’s been quite good. After all, it’s filling in the blanks space after the original Star Wars trilogy and the yet-to-conclude sequel films. The fact that the same show-runners from Star Wars Rebels are at work here’s another bonus.

Episode 5 of Resistance, “The High Tower”, finally brings the overall plot to some progression by marking the first in-series appearance of the Imperial remnant First Order, bad guys from Episodes VII to IX. They’ve been who Kaz (Christopher Sean) has been assigned by General Leia Organa’s Resistance to spy on at Colossus after all.

So we have Kaz trying to do his spying thing that he’s been waiting for. He gets discovered and must hide before the First Order troopers find him. His hidey-hole turns out to be the room of his fellow Ace pilot Terra Doza, and it’s filled with items that are both in-universe merchandise from the Galaxy Far, Far Away, and clever references to stuff from the decades-spanning sci-fi saga loved by millions of fans around our world. Here’s the list:

  1. Poster for the Boonta Eve Classic (the Tatooine pod-race organized by Jabba the Hutt, which Anakin Skywalker races on in The Phantom Menace)
  2. Poster of graffiti art by Sabine Wren (the Mandalorian anti-Imperial bounty hunter, TIE pilot washout, and graphic artist from Star Wars Rebels)
  3. Model of T16 airspeeder (mentioned by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope; he had a personal T-16 and a similar scale model in his old Tatooine home)
  4. Imperial Stormtrooper action figure
  5. Ubese bounty hunter action figure (aliens from planet Uba IV; one of them, named Boushh, was impersonated by Princess Leia following his death elsewhere, to infiltrate Jabba’s palace in Tatooine during Return of the Jedi)
  6. Bantha doll (based on the quadruped mounts of the Tusken Raiders/Sand People as seen in A New Hope)
  7. Tooka doll (based on alien cats in the Star Wars Galaxy, first mentioned in the Expanded Universe/Legends before being introduced in The Clone Wars as both dolls and the actual creature; a particular Tooka breed is the Loth-cat seen in Star Wars Rebels)
  8. Ewok doll (based on the small humanoid bearlike natives of Endor, who helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the Empire in Return of the Jedi; current-continuity books have even mentioned Ewoks as therapy animals)

Information courtesy of Star Wars.com

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