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Fans have sensed a disturbance in the merchandising Force ever since Disney announced a new “Star Wars” film per year for the conceivable future. The iconic movie series is no stranger to tie-ins, toy lines, and Christmas specials but it appears we’ve officially reached the Outer Rim of product placement, as a European company recently revealed a line of “Star Wars” fragrances.
For the past 10 years, sushi chef Okitsugu Kado has been carving vegetables into life-like slices of a galaxy far, far, away for his patrons. Using the Force to manipulate daikon, sweet potatoes and carrots, he’s created more than 90 “Star Wars” figures and scenic displays for guests at his Osaka, Japan, restaurant Oki’s Sushi Bistro to marvel at and devour.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons might not be a match for a good blaster at your side, but even an uncivilized firearm has nothing on an actual, no-kidding Star Destroyer hangar bay.
Need a pilot? We can’t help you. But if you need a to-scale replica of the hangar bay of the Star Destroyer Finalizer from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” complete with TIE fighters, First Order Stormtroopers, and resistance fighters Poe Dameron and Finn, made entirely out of LEGO, then we may have just the thing for you.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we’ll rate this Big Hero 6/Star Wars cosplay a 10, naturally. How could you not?
The work of Benito Garcia of Wetworks SFX, the Baymax/Stormtrooper mashup is so perfect — and perfectly adorable — that you have to wonder why someone didn’t attempt it before — you know, beyond just cute illustrations.
If you’re interested in giving your garden a little charm from a galaxy far, far away, then check out this Think Geek exclusive. They’ve just revealed an officially-licensed R2-D2 lawn ornament that stands at 17.5″ — high enough to keep watch over your lawn, but still too short to really peek into the window of Yoda’s Dagobah hut.
The astromech ornament is made of resin and weighs in at 6.5 lbs., giving off the appearance of real concrete. The little guy also works as a stand-in for an Artoo that’s been turned to stone by Medusa, if you’re working up a complicated Star Wars/Greek mythology mash-up cosplay. You can check out pictures of the R2-D2 lawn ornament below.
At this past weekend’s MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, a working, replica R2-D2 was spotted that donned the Mandalorian armor of everybody’s favorite “Star Wars” bounty hunter (sorry, Bossk fans), Boba Fett.
Cosplayer Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel) captured the following pictures and footage of the impressive R2-D2/Boba Fett droid:
Moving past that unfortunate incident on Starkiller Base, the First Order aims to be operating at full force in time for Star Wars: Episode VIII, with a little help.
Costume company Anovos is accepting preorders for officially licensed First Order Stormtrooper armor in two versions: completed ($6,915), meaning you’ll be ready immediately to ship out to Jakku, or the kit ($2,225), which you’ll have to assemble yourself. Yes, it’s pricey — many times more than the classic Imperial Stormtrooper armor — but what’s money compared to the approval of Captain Phasma?
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave audiences plenty of in-atmosphere dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters, something that had rarely been seen before. Now, the crew at Corridor Digital have taken that idea one step further by creating epic dogfight videos using drones, GoPros, 3D-printed cockpits and “Star Wars” figures.
Using drones from Rotor Riot, the Corridor Digital team filmed GoPro footage of drones going head to head in the skies. They then 3D-printed some X-wing and TIE fighter cockpits, filmed them making all the moves separately, and mashed the footage together for a jaw-dropping action sequence. There’s even a surprise Sith reveal at the end.
We’ve seen 1977’s Star Wars retold with gorgeous papercraft, adorable Tsum Tsum plushies and, some would argue, with The Force Awakens. However, this may be the first time it’s done with an infographic.
And it’s not just any infographic. It’s a glorious 123-meter “infinite scroll” work of art by illustrator and graphic novelist Martin Panchaud, whose two areas of expertise combine to recount the entire story using impressively detailed recreations of ships and weapons, dialogue, and little colored dots to represent characters.
If those Marvel Tsum Tsum toys can score their own comic, you’d think these equally adorable — and undoubtedly far more delicious — superhero rice balls could do the same.
They’re the creation of Thai food artist Nawaporn Pax Piewpun, aka Peaceloving Pax, who devotes her Instagram feed and Facebook page to “cute foodies” — whimsical rice balls, delightful dumplings and silly dumplings made to resemble characters ranging from Captain America and Superman to Harry Potter and Pikachu.
With construction of the Star Wars theme lands beginning just last month at Disneyland and Disney World, we have years of rumors to look forward to — but this early one is awfully promising.
We already know a fair amount about the 14-acre areas at the two theme parks, which will feature as their centerpiece a Millennium Falcon attraction that will allow visitors to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, and another that places guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
Just when you thought Irregular Choice‘s Star Wars shoes couldn’t get any wackier than those lightsaber heels or fuzzy Chewbacca boots, the U.K. company has summoned Darth Vader. And the Dark Lord appears ready to party.
The first sneakers, high-top or otherwise, in the collection, the R-Series Vader trainers are — as you can see — so far over the top that they’d turn heads at Jabba’s Palace.
The Star Wars franchise is jam-packed with iconic scenes, but few reach the dizzying heights of the Cloud City lightsaber duel in The Empire Strikes Back, which ends with Darth Vader revealing that he’s Luke Skywalker’s father. That moment could be immortalized as a LEGO set, with a bit of support.
Mos Eisley may be, as Obi-Wan Kenobi once warned, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but it looks downright adorable in LEGO form.
Australian brick fanatic Joshua Morris offers a snapshot of the Tatooine spaceport with this 4-foot by 6-foot Star Wars diorama. We’re permitted a peek inside Challum’s Cantina mere moments after Obi-Wan separated a customer from his arm, while outside C-3PO and R2-D2 await Luke Skywalker (“We don’t serve their kind!”) even as Imperial Stormtroopers patrol the streets.
Perhaps the problem with the Death Stars wasn’t the ridiculous design flaw, but rather that they were constructed from the wrong materials. Maybe if that first moon-sized space station were made from, say, bamboo, the Battle of Yavin would’ve ended differently. Or at least with more splinters.