Crucial Details To Know About Star Wars

Star Wars Trivia

Get Ready for Some Crucial Details To Know About Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was the little sci-fi movie that could – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. At the time, though, it was just known as Star Wars, and it created a franchise unlike anything seen before.

In 2005, Forbes magazine estimated that the Star Wars franchise, from the time it began in the late seventies, had generated more than twenty billion dollars in revenue, and with six big screen success stories, at least three spin-off films, five licensed television shows, and thousands of books, comic books, and toys, it’s no surprise. What might be a surprise, though, is that by the time Star Wars creator George Lucas finished the first film, he was over-budget, out of time, and convinced the film would be a flop. Early screenings of the film did little to improve Lucas’ ideas that the film would be any kind of success, but when it was finally released in the summer of 1977, the film earned nearly seven million dollars in its first weekend. It is considered to be the second highest profitable film of all time.

More than Great Films

Ask any Star Wars fan, though, and they’ll tell you it’s not just about the movies, it’s also about the associated merchandise. The initial film was predicted to be a flop, so no merchandise was created to debut with the film’s release. The toy company, Kenner, though had purchased the license to sell associate products By Christmas of 1977, demand was so high, Kenner created an “Early Bird Special” kit. The kit held a certificate fans could send in for four 3 ¾ inch figures as soon as they became available. On Christmas morning, thousands of kids got empty cardboard envelopes that held only a display stand, a Star Wars club card, a few stickers, and a certificate they could put their name and address on, mail in, and wait for several months for the first Star Wars toys ever produced to arrive. Months later, lots of kids did get Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and Chewbacca in the mail, and years later, these four figures are considered to be some of the most valuable action figures on the collectors’ market today.

Explosive Industry Growth

As you can probably imagine, the Star Wars toy and merchandise franchise has grown considerably since the Christmas of 1977. Once Kenner geared up the production machine, it slowed for no one. From additional action figures to vehicles, playsets, and lightsabers, the vintage Star Wars toy market had everything. As Episodes V and VI were released, more toys hit the market. T-shirts, bed sheets, toothbrushes, combs, and watches were all part of the marketing campaign as well.

After the release of Return of the Jedi, though, the Star Wars marketing machine slowed considerably. People seemed to think the Star Wars market was nearing the end. However, in the late 1990s, a new line of Star Wars action figures was released. Dubbed “The Power of the Force” line, these green carded figures created a whole new generation of collectors, and with the release of the special edition of the original trilogy, and the subsequent release of Star Wars Episode I, the marketing machine kicked back into high gear. From bubble bath to sandals, the Star Wars name can be found on almost anything these days, and with talk of additional television series, DVDs, and even other films, it’s hard to tell when the franchise will ever slow down.

Ready for a Challenge?: Star Wards Trivia

‘Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and destination?’


VADER: Where is that shuttle going?

PIETT: Shuttle Tydirium, what is your cargo and destination?

PILOT VOICE: Parts and technical crew for the forest moon.

VADER: Do they have a code clearance?

PIETT: It’s an older code, sir, but it checks out. I was about to clear them.


In modern cryptography, a system is designed so that it is difficult to break. The only part that must be kept secret are the keys used to encrypt the message. Changing Keys is necessary from time to time because an attacker who learns the key can easily break any message that is encrypted.

If  the rebels steal  their keys, re-entry of periodic information ensures that the problem is limited in time.

In a military situation where your opponent will go far to steal the keys, there is a logistics problem of how to distribute new keys. You can not send on a channel that is set by the old keys. You must use a separate system (and how to ensure that these keys are safe?) Or by mail. But when their units are scattered throughout the planet or galaxy, one can not have a daily courier service. You should also plan your mail service to fail, either because the mail is intercepted, or the rendezvous point is not available. So you have to send a set of keys to be used in the next N cycles.

In World War II, the Allies took advantage of it, attacking the Nazis weather ships. (The plan may come from Ian Fleming, who went on to write novels of James Bond.) For the capture key, the Allies were able to read the Nazi traffic.

In any case, Piett was about to authorize the landing of the shuttle. The history of cryptography is full of examples that happened not too long ago, but the pattern is the same. The desire to believe that all is well, the pressure of the routine, and the belief that the operator that the little abnormal is pretty close to normal combine to justify bending the rules a bit.

Piett is about to accept a key release date, a decision that is militarily and psychologically cryptographically probably take sensible. The process design means that such anomalies are expected. This is why the expectation is heroic effort worth stealing keys. (Such efforts are the reasons behind the work of Jack Shaftoe in Stephenson “the Cryptonomicon.”) Even with systems designed in accordance with the principle of Kerkhoff, key management is a difficult challenge.

Also, be sure to check out the gallery Piett, whose image today, asked me borrow. On Friday, we can make a detour to Tatooine to answer a question reader, or I can start in the classic Saltzer and Schroeder. I’m always looking for a good web version that I can link. Finally, thanks to DM noticed some flaws in the first draft.

The Tydirium

The Tydirium was a Sienar Fleet Systems Imperial Lambda-class shuttle, which operated as a courier and a transport in the Prefsbelt system. It was later present at Outpost 327 over Zhar, where it was captured by General Crix Madine of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor – Return of the Jedi

Madine hoped to use the shuttle and the clearance codes it carried to have a strike team infiltrate the Forest Moon of Endor, around which orbited a new Imperial battlestation, the second Death Star. The strike team would then, if all went as planned, deactivate the deflector shield protecting the still-under-construction Death Star.

Despite this effort, the ship itself later fell into Imperial hands, and was held at the Prefsbelt Naval Academy on Prefsbelt IV. With Madine once again coordinating the operation, the shuttle was once again stolen, this time by pilot Wedge Antilles. The Tydirium was then used by General Han Solo and his strike team to infiltrate the moon of Endor, as planned.

His mission to deactivate the deflector shield was coordinated by General Brenn Tantor, who stayed aboard the Tydirium while the rest of the team ventured out onto the moon. Following the Battle of Endor, in which the Death Star II was destroyed, Solo used the Tydirium to capture the Imperial Star Destroyer Accuser.