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Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Theory

Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5

With Kylo’s mask being reconstructed with some form of “red crystalline glue” for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, could this be related to the Japanese philosophy of Kintsugi: The Art of  Precious Scars, where they reconstruct broken crockery by putting a lacquer mixed with gold on the breakage?

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5

Kintsugi relates to the Japanese philosophy of “no mind”, which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change, and fate as aspects of human life. So that we can learn from negative experiences, let the wounds leave a mark on us and take the best from them, convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique, precious.

Taking that as a basis can we speculate on how that philosophy could apply to Kylo and also Rey reforging the Skywalker lightsaber and how those things end up being related to the story.

One of the key messages from The Last Jedi was about failure and its implications, and how we should not hide them, talking about it along with the good things. Taking the breakage as a failure, we can try to trace what the reconstruction of the broke artefacts can mean in Episode IX.

Is it possible with Kylo repairing his helmet, it will give him a new lease of life and become even more powerful thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride, as Kintsugi belongs to the Zen philosophy of wabi-sabi, embrace the broken and flawed.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Kylo Ren and the Kintsugi Philosophy 5

Kylo says in The Force Awakens he feels the pull to the light, and that he wants to see again the power of darkness. Referenced in The Visual Dictionary it says “As his power rises, it eclipses his past life leaving the young man isolated, Kylo Ren aspires to build immunity to the light side…to succeed where Darth Vader and his sentimentalism once failed”, bring us back to the fact he sees Vader’s atonement as a failure.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Official High Resolution Images
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Official High-Resolution Images

With Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi, we clearly see how he apparently wasn’t fully immune to that “maudlinism“, since his conversations with Rey in the Supremacy’s throne room and how he killed Snoke and protected Rey from the Praetorian Guards, yet later we also see him revealing himself as the new Supreme Leader, pleading with Rey to join him at the expense of the Resistance and the Light Side. So if we apply the Kintsugi philosophy to Kylo and the reforging of his mask, we can expect him stronger in the Dark Side than ever before, eager to “finish what Vader started”, using the broken mask as a reminder of where he failed, from his certain point of view.

With the reconstruction of Skywalker lightsaber, can it mean an acceptance of the failures of the Jedi, and mean the regeneration of the Jedi Order as a whole, and the learnings that come with the failures the Jedi have committed in the past. Now with Rey being the last Jedi alive, the reconstruction of her lightsaber can mean acceptance of those failures and discover and reaffirm what the non-attachment rule, don’t be attached to the power of the Force or trying to command it, just letting it flow through you.

If we speculate and look at it through the theory that Rey is, in fact, a Skywalker, this could have a much bigger meaning, since reforging hereditary weapons are a common analogy that comes with the acceptance of the failures of her own family. Reforging the Skywalker Lightsaber could represent Rey’s acceptance of Luke’s failures, his absence and not being what she needed him to be. Luke could also come to terms with his own failures, following on from his conversation with Yoda, it could also combine the acceptance of change and fate aspects of the philosophy for Rey, since she would have to cope with the burden of being a Skywalker, a burden Luke didn’t want her having to carry, but it would be her fate, and this could finally finish with a great force ghost father-daughter reconciliation scene, just like the ending to Return of the Jedi.

But regardless of whether she’s a Skywalker or not, overall this could be a great final Skywalker Saga setup, Kylo wanting to be stronger than Vader, but Rey will certainly be stronger than Luke, as he’s passed on all that he knows, and a thousand generations of Jedi now live inside her.

So, reforging the Skywalker lightsaber is the symbolism of a journey to restore a broken family’s story since Anakin, yet Kylo’s reconstruction of the helmet is a Kintsugi reminder of his failure.

Sources: Wikipedia/Reddit/Stefano Carnazzi/Guy Keulemans

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Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 13

Time is moving on quickly, we’ve now already started The Return of the Jedi with only 5 more movies to go until we reach Star Wars: Episode IX.

Topps who is celebrating the generational culmination of the Star Wars saga with a commemorative set highlighting some of the greatest moments from a galaxy far away. The Topps Star Wars Saga set features characters and iconic scenes from the original trilogy, prequels and newest films concluding with Episode IX. Topps will only bring out three new Star Wars Galactic Moment cards each week, as they countdown to Episode IX.

Jabba the Hutt _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 37
Jabba the Hutt _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 37
Jabba the Hutt _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 37 Back
Jabba the Hutt _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 37 Back
The Droids Arrive _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 38
The Droids Arrive _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 38
The Droids Arrive _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 38 Back
The Droids Arrive _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 38 Back
Setting Han Free _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 39
Setting Han Free _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 39
Setting Han Free _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 39 Back
Setting Han Free _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13 Card 39 Back

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 13

Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13
Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 13

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 14-52 …Coming Soon

Star Wars: The Only Hope …Possible Title Leaks?

And yet another possible Star Wars: Episode IX title has been thrown into the hat, this via Reddit Star Wars Leaks.

Star Wars THE ONLY HOPE Episode IX Title Logo Hi Resolution HD
Star Wars THE ONLY HOPE Episode IX Title Logo Hi Resolution HD

STAR WARS : THE ONLY HOPE …sounds plausible?

The Force Awaken  – The Last Last Jedi  – The Only Hope ?

Star Wars Episode IX THE ONLY HOPE Title Logo Hi Resolution HD
Star Wars Episode IX THE ONLY HOPE Title Logo Hi Resolution HD

But I’m not buying it, the leak came via some rather dubious branding guidelines, which many of us in the design and marketing trade have debunked as fake, as you can see below, they are rather amateur, as if someone has done it Microsoft Paint. One obvious mistake is the old Lucasfilm logo, not used since 2105, also the use of the word lettering to describe the ‘Type or ‘Font’ which is the correct terminology for branding guidelines, also the Hex Codes are no reflection of the colours used… Nice try!!!

Star Wars THE ONLY HOPE Episode IX Title Logo Guidelines Leak
Star Wars THE ONLY HOPE Episode IX Title Logo Guidelines Leak
Star Wars Episode IX THE ONLY HOPE Possible Title Logo Hi Resolution HD
Star Wars Episode IX THE ONLY HOPE Possible Title Logo Hi Resolution HD

 

 

The Star Wars Haynes: TIE Fighter Owners’ Workshop Manual

Star Wars Tie Fighter Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual
Star Wars Tie Fighter Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual

After  the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star, Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas have returned with what will be there next in the series of Star Wars Haynes Manuals, as they focus on the different models of the TIE series, which are used by the Empire and the First Order. The book TIE Fighter Owners’ Workshop Manual, which is due to be released on May 1. And that’s not all, it’s been announced another title is on the way, a Rebel Starfighter Owners’ Workshop Manual will be available from October.

Star Wars Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals for 2019
Star Wars Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manuals for 2019

This is a Haynes manual based on the Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Fighter, the iconic space superiority fighter which has been piloted by Sith Lord Darth Vader in the original Star WarsTrilogy, and Kylo Ren during the First Order was with the Resistance.

Star Wars Tie Fighter Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual Cover
Star Wars Tie Fighter Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual Cover

TIE Fighter variants, making it essential reading for all Star Wars fans.

Fully authorised and approved by Lucasfilm.

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 12

It’s the last  week of cards from The Empire Strikes Back, as we now move onto The Return of the Jedi.

Topps who is celebrating the generational culmination of the Star Wars saga with a commemorative set highlighting some of the greatest moments from a galaxy far away. The Topps Star Wars Saga set features characters and iconic scenes from the original trilogy, prequels and newest films concluding with Episode IX. Topps will only bring out three new Star Wars Galactic Moment cards each week, as they countdown to Episode IX.

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 12

Stormtrooper _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 34
Stormtrooper _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 34
Stormtrooper _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 34 Back
Stormtrooper _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 34 Back
Loading Up Slave 1 _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 35
Loading Up Slave 1 _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 35
Loading Up Slave 1 _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 35 Back
Loading Up Slave 1 _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 35 Back
Darth Vader's Revelation _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 36
Darth Vader’s Revelation _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 36
Darth Vader's Revelation _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 36 Back
Darth Vader’s Revelation _ Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12 Card 36 Back
Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12
Star Wars Galactic Moments Countdown to Episode 9 _ Week 12

Topps : Star Wars Galactic Moments: Countdown to Episode IX : WEEK 13-52 …Coming Soon