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'Star Wars Rebels' gets propaganda poster treatment

To promote its forthcoming TV special and series, Lucasfilm has put out a series of stunning artistic posters.

This is one of six "propaganda" posters Lucasfilm has put out to promote "Star Wars Rebels." Lucasfilm

"Explore the Galaxy," the poster reads. "Join the Imperial Navy."

Clearly, this is a propaganda poster, along the lines of what Americans might have seen plastered on walls everywhere during World War II. But, no, this isn't imploring people to join the US Armed Forces. It's urging people to join the evil Empire.

Lest anyone think that's an anti-Soviet reference, it's not. Rather, this is all about the "Star Wars" universe. In this case, it's specifically a reference to Lucasfilm and Disney's new TV show "Star Wars Rebels."

Lucasfilm has released a series of six stunning propaganda-style posters to promote "Star Wars Rebels," which will air sometime this year first as a one-hour TV special on the Disney Channel, and then later as a regular TV series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Set in the time period between "Revenge of the Sith," the third of the major "Star Wars" prequels, and the original 1977 "Star Wars," "Rebels" takes place "in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy," Disney said last year, "and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape."

The period between "Revenge of the Sith" and the original "Star Wars" has never been deeply explored, Disney said last year, suggesting that it plans on doing its best to fill gaps in the massive "Star Wars" canon.