Star Wars: Ahsoka LEGO Set Hints at Rebels Character Redesign

An intriguing revelation has emerged from a Star Wars: Ahsoka LEGO set, hinting at a subtle but significant alteration to the design of a Star Wars Rebels character set to appear in the upcoming Disney+ series. Jacen Syndulla, the son of rebel leader Hera Syndulla and the late Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, makes an appearance as one of the LEGO minifigures featured in the LEGO Star Wars: Ahsoka Ghost & Phantom II playset, which is currently available for pre-order. Joining Jacen in the set are General Hera Syndulla, Lt. Beyta, First Officer Hawkins, and Chopper. Keen-eyed Star Wars enthusiasts analyzing the LEGO set's packaging have observed a notable difference in Jacen's hair color compared to his depiction in Star Wars Rebels.

In his singular appearance on Star Wars Rebels, specifically in the epilogue of the series finale episode "Family Reunion — and Farewell," Jacen sported green hair, likely reflecting his hybrid human-Twilek heritage, as the hue closely matched the color of Hera's skin. However, the LEGO set portrays Jacen with brown hair, creating an intriguing departure from his previous depiction.

Please note that pre-order for the LEGO Star Wars: Ahsoka Ghost & Phantom II playset is currently available, allowing fans to delve into the fascinating world of Star Wars.

(Photo: LEGO Star Wars: Ahsoka Ghost & Phantom II promotional image. Jacen is on the bottom right, next to the droid Chopper.)

The alteration in Jacen Syndulla's hair color in the LEGO set can be interpreted in various ways, with several potential explanations. While information about human-Twi'lek hybrids is limited in the Star Wars canon, it is possible that Jacen, unlike other hybrids, displays a stronger resemblance to his human side. Consequently, his green hair may have naturally changed color over time. Alternatively, the brown hair could be intentionally dyed as a personal choice, possibly to conceal his heritage or identity, motivations that are yet to be unveiled in the series.

Another possibility is that the change in Jacen's hair color is a logistical decision made behind the scenes, similar to the instance where Luke Skywalker was given a green lightsaber in Return of the Jedi. It's conceivable that a future Disney Gallery episode exploring the production of Star Wars: Ahsoka may shed light on the reasoning behind this alteration.

Jacen Syndulla's Star Wars Future

Interestingly, there appears to be an uncanny resemblance between the new hair color of Jacen Syndulla and the artistic depictions of another character named Jacen in the Star Wars Legends expanded universe continuity. The character in question is Jacen Solo, who, coincidentally, shares similarities with Jacen Syndulla. Like Jacen Syndulla, Jacen Solo is also the child of a rebel pilot and a Jedi, namely Han Solo and Leia Organa-Solo. Furthermore, Jacen Solo's storyline takes a dark turn as he falls to the dark side, ultimately becoming the Sith Lord known as Darth Caedus, mirroring the path taken by Kylo Ren, the canon son of Han and Leia. However, it appears that the similarities between the two Jacens end with their name, hair, and their parents' occupations. Dave Filoni, in a previous interview with io9, disclosed that he named Jacen somewhat haphazardly as a nod to Jacen Solo from the expanded universe, without anticipating the opportunity to further explore the character.

Filoni explained, "Naming him 'Jacen' was a small way to pay homage to the expanded universe character of Jacen Solo, who no longer exists due to the changes in the timelines. It was a subtle nod to acknowledge that I knew Jacen Solo was an important character, and perhaps there's a connection that lives on through this new character. I don't know yet."

Star Wars: Ahsoka Cast and Release Date

The beloved Star Wars hero, Ahsoka Tano, makes her highly anticipated return in the all-new Disney+ series. Rosario Dawson takes on the lead role in Star Wars: Ahsoka, set to premiere in August exclusively on the streaming platform. Continuing the story from The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka embarks on a mission to locate the enigmatic Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) while aiding Luke Skywalker in training Grogu. Joining Ahsoka on this thrilling journey are her steadfast allies Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) and Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), as they set out to track down Thrawn, who vanished into the depths of space after a fierce encounter with Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi). Star Wars: Ahsoka is the latest addition to the impressive lineup of live-action series crafted by Lucasfilm's visionary duo, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.

Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated debut of Star Wars: Ahsoka on August 23rd, exclusively on Disney+. While Star Wars Rebels is currently available for streaming on Disney+, Filoni assures viewers that prior knowledge of the show is not necessary to fully enjoy Ahsoka. However, he does suggest watching some select episodes for an enhanced viewing experience.

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