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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Emerald City Comics, located at 4902 113th Ave. N. in Clearwater, Florida. We spoke with general manager Chad Rivard.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, the feature that takes you into the home of a fan without getting arrested. Today’s collection comes from David in San Antonio, who shares a space-faring collection that features Star Wars, Star Trek, Silver Surfer and more.
If you’d like to see your collection here, you can find instructions on how to submit it at the end of this post.
And now here’s David …
Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.
Now that the New Horizons mission has provided NASA with the most detailed images yet of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, it’s time for scientists to put names to the previously unknown surface features. And things have gotten pretty nerdy.
Maps the New Horizons team will submit to the International Astronomical Union for approval include nods to mythology, naturally. But there are also shout-outs to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien and H.P. Lovecraft.
If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan and have a bit of disposable income, this is most definitely the car you’re looking for.
Ebay user easternvette has listed a used 1974 Corvette with a custom airbrushed Star Wars theme–with the current bid at $8,100.
While it isn’t a warm-and-fuzzy Baymax lamp, under no circumstances should it be mistaken for a moon. It’s a Death Star Mood Light, designed to destroy darkness, rather than planets, and emit a soothing glow.
Had that been the intent of the Empire’s battle station, the original Star Wars trilogy might’ve played out a lot differently.
A Jedi Master or Sith Lord might use the Force to levitate themselves, but this weekend, they’ll just need a little hot air.
The 33rd annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is under way, and this year’s special balloon designs include a pair of Star Wars-themed entries, with Yoda and Darth Vader vying for bragging rights as the show’s most popular.
As incredible as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game looks, it wouldn’t seem right to play it on just any PlayStation 4. You need something like this, a custom R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4.
Constructed by Eddie Zarick, with some assistance from the folks at Astromech, it’s effectively a scaled-down, rectangular version of the fan-favorite droid, with a 3D-printed case and realistic sound effects. As you can see in the video below, the console features an R2-style red/blue light and makes appropriate sounds when certain buttons are pushed.
You’ve likely read that Hot Toys will debut a 1/6th-scale Millennium Falcon this weekend at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong. However, if you’re having trouble envisioning the sheer size of the 18-foot by 12-foot replica spaceship, these early images from the convention will help.
Those are 1/6th-scale Star Wars figures, and full-size humans, in the above photo. Although Hot Toys recently announced the release of a 1/6th-scale cockpit (and showcased it at Comic-Con International), as far as we know there are no plans to sell the full Millennium Falcon.
For more than two decades, the residents of Inakadate Village in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture have transformed their centuries-old rice paddies into large-scale works of art. Using four varieties of the grain, with their different-colored leaves, they typically recreate classic Japanese paintings. This year, however, they drew from a galaxy far, far away.
If that 18-foot replica of the Millennium Falcon has you yearning for more classic Star Wars collectibles, you’re in luck: This morning Hot Toys unveiled its Princess Leia 1/6th-scale figure from A New Hope.
Based on the likeness of Carrie Fisher from the 1977 film, the figure comes with two blasters and a display stand. A special edition, available only in select markets, will feature a “specially designed backdrop.”
A long time ago, in a publishing universe far, far away, Little Golden Books were practically the only game in licensed children’s publishing. And since the small square volumes with their ubiquitous gold foil spines most frequently teamed with the Walt Disney company over its many years, it’s no surprise that the latest Little Golden offering comes from the House of Mouse’s most recent acquisition.
EW has the word that the now Random House imprint will soon publish six Little Golden Books based on the films of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. The adaptations will arrive in stores on July 28 with a special boxed set of all six following on September 1.
“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” Disney Publishing Worldwide SVP Jeanne Mosure told the magazine. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”
No creators are named for the books, but traditionally Disney’s Little Golden Books are created in house by animation staffers. Whoever will be adapting the Star Wars films, it’ll be interesting to see how they make events like Anakin’s murder of the padawan younglings or the slicing of Luke’s hand work for a pre-K audience. Check out covers for all six books after the jump.
Hot Toys is known for its high-end, 1:6 scale figures of characters from Marvel, DC Comics and other genre properties like Star Wars and Terminator — detailed and, at frequently a couple hundred books a pop, spendy.
The Hong Kong-based collectible company is set to take its Star Wars output to a new level this weekend at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong with a 1:6 scale Millennium Falcon on display (for exhibit, not for sale) at the show. If you’re wondering what one-sixth of the Millennium Falcon equals, according to Hot Toys on Facebook it’s 18 feet long by 12 feet wide, making it larger than some studio apartments and capable of taking out a 1:6 scale Death Star.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong this weekend and in the mood to gawk at giant Star Wars replicas — Hot Toys promises more unique Star Wars items on display — ACGHK, the territory’s largest pop culture event, runs through July 24-July 28, and the Falcon can be seen at Hot Toys’ booth (E15-16).
Who hasn’t wanted to experience the life of a Jedi at least once in their life? The adrenaline of facing down an AT-AT walker, the unbelievable power of throwing Storm Troopers aside with the wave of a hand, the feel of a lightsaber’s hilt in your hand — it’s every fanboy’s dream.
Well, one talented Star Wars aficionado has taken it upon himself to offer you as close to a real-world Jedi experience as you can get while sitting at your computer. YouTuber BillyWarp1 strapped on a GoPro and took to the desert to wave around a metal pole. After using his computer graphics expertise to add in some Storm Troopers, a TIE Fighter, and even some Rebel air support, he created a viral video that’s essentially a first-person perspective of being a real-life Jedi knight.
Watch the short clip below:
The Force is strong with watchmakers MB&F, who have designed an elaborately crafted music box in the shape of a TIE fighter that plays the theme songs from “Star Wars,” “Mission Impossible” and “James Bond” on its right speaker and “The Godfather,” “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” and “The Persuaders” on its left.
According to Gizmodo, MB&F’s latest project will hit the market with only 99 handcrafted pieces, each of which carry a hefty price tag of $18,400+. The music box, called MusicMachine 3, features two speakers, both of which have over-sized rollers dotted with over 1,400 tiny pins placed by hand into an equal number of small drill holes. Of the 99 pieces available, 33 pieces will have a white finish; 33 pieces will have a black finish; and 33 pieces will have a chrome finish.
Hit the jump to check out a video of the MusicMachine 3 in action, as well as a few more photos.