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Beyond a couple of forays into dangerous bars, and Anakin and Padme unwatchable getaway to Naboo’s Lake Country, the Star Wars films haven’t offered much of a window into the characters’ leisure time. Granted, conquering galaxies and toppling evil empires doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for play.
And that’s a shame, really, because seeing how a Sith Lord or a Jedi Grand Master unwinds — does Darth Vader prefer chamomile to help him relax? — might provide insight into the characters. That’s where artist Kyle Hagey comes in, with this terrific series of images depicting Star Wars characters enjoying their down time.
Inspired by Ben Brucker’s amazing superhero office murals, a team of employees from the U.K. office supply company Viking Direct set out with several thousand Post-It notes and a mission: to create a series of Star Wars-themed murals.
The result is as fun and colorful as you might expect, with R2-D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper rendered using 3,597 Post-Its in an enviable assortment of colors. “If we laid all the notes end-on-end it would stretch 899 feet!” the company adds. The murals took four people about five hours to complete.
Even after George Lucas
nearly ruined him revealed his backstory in the Star Wars prequels, Boba Fett retains a mystique that proves irresistible to fans — and fan-filmmakers. It was only a couple of months ago that the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy was viewed through the lens of a spaghetti Western in “The Twelve Parsec Stare,” and now he’s back as the star of another, more traditional short.
And director Eric Demeusy‘s “Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology” is short: At just one minute and 25 seconds, it’s more like a trailer for a fan film — please let it be a trailer for a fan film! — but it’s pretty great, nonetheless.
There have been a lot of PC mods for Grand Theft Auto V, but none will likely be more pleasing to Star Wars fans than these two.
TwoDyamic showcases one mod that transforms the video game’s blimp into a Star Destroyer, and another that allows you to go for a ride in Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder.
Never mind that DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, Singapore’s biggest selling point may be that it has its own Jedi Academy. Seriously.
Established just last year, the Saber Authority — “Your Source For the Force” — teaches lightsaber dueling based on a blend of Asian martial arts. “When it comes to saber dueling, we don’t believe in fictional styles or make-believe combat,” the website states. “We also don’t believe in learning skills that cannot be used in real life or self defense situations. Why spend time learning something that does not help you in any way.”
If carbon freezing is suitable for transporting tibanna gas — or, say, a certain charming smuggler — over long distances, it should be good enough for hauling your textbooks from home to class.
This Previews-exclusive Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Plush Back Buddy (say that five times fast!) will either make you the envy of the campus or the target of the galaxy’s vilest bounty hunters. Whatever the case, it’s available for preorder for $39.99.
If you were floored by the shot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer of a crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku, prepare to have your mind blown: A UFO devotee claims to have spotted an eerily similar, if significantly smaller, object on Mars.
Scrutinizing images from NASA’s Curiosity rover, Scott C. Waring has discovered a vaguely triangular object he says “looks like a crashed UFO.” However, while the Imperial Star Destroyer, measures 1,600 meters in length, Waring estimates this craft is smaller — much, much smaller. Like, Wookiee-sized.
In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.
But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.
Parents don’t always think through the names they give their children, sentencing them to years of schoolyard taunts or scatalogical rhymes. A name is a powerful thing that can shape how a child is perceived, and even what path he might take — in other words, his destiny.
So it’s perhaps understandable if we’re a little alarmed that the Star Wars-inspired “Anakin” was the 957th most popular name among boys last year in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration. You know, the horribly annoying kid from The Phantom Menace who grew up to be the horribly annoying man in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, who became Darth Vader, one of the greatest villains of all time?
When eight-year-old Layla Murphy began to get bullied for her love of “Star Wars,” the 501st Legion used the Force to show her a new hope by gathering together and showing her support (via CNN).
The trouble started when Layla, who lives in Norfolk, Virginia, transferred schools. According to her mother Nicolette Molina, the girls at the new school teased Layla’s love of “Star Wars” and told her it was for boys. “Layla started coming home more quiet and less of herself, and started asking not to wear her shirts or R2-D2 jacket,” Molina explained. “She was asked if she was turning into a boy.”
The 501st Legion came to the rescue after photos of her at a fan convention with “Star Wars” fan Jason Tuttle, a member of the group, surfaced online. Tuttle took to the group’s Facebook page to encourage Layla and sent her patches, stickers and trading cards to show her support.
If there were anywhere in a galaxy far, far away where weed was being smoked, it was probably the Mos Eisley cantina. Or Jabba the Hutt’s pleasure barge — oh, and anywhere depicted in the Star Wars Holiday Special. OK, there are a lot of possibilities, but wherever they were sparking up, they were likely using something a lot like these lightsaber and blaster bongs.
Custom-made by Ninja Glass, they’re described as “fully functional,” although I’m pretty sure they’re useless in a fight against the Empire. In this case, it means the battery-powered lightsabers feature LED lights, a sound card and motion detector — and you can smoke out of them.
R2-D2 won’t have the skies to himself for long. Japan’s All Nippon Airways, which in April unveiled plans for an R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, is expanding its fleet of Star Wars aircraft.
While there are no X-Wings or TIE-Fighters to be seen, ANA will follow the October debut of the R2 motif with a Boeing 767-300 with a Star Wars livery featuring R2-D2 on one side and franchise newcomer BB-8 on the other. That will be followed in the spring by a Boeing 777-300 that BB-8 will have all to itself. All three will make
NOTE (Aug. 20): The images have been removed at the request of the LEGO Group.
Along with the avalanche of Star Wars movie news rumbling out of Disney’s D23 Expo arrives the first official look at seven LEGO sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Presumably available in December, ahead of the film’s premiere, the first wave of LEGO sets will include an updated Millennium Falcon, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, Rey’s Speeder and four First Order ships — chief among them, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle.
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 Star Comics, located at 2014 34th St. in Lubbock, Texas. We spoke with owner Robert Mora.
No matter how many cute things you’ve seen today on Facebook and Tumblr, they pale in comparison to this: an adorable Star Wars: Return of the Jedi-inspired custom rocking speeder bike, built by Tez_Gelmir for his (even more adorable) daughter’s first birthday. Just look at her in her little Princess Leia cosplay!
Tez_Gelmir, hereafter known as the Galaxy’s Coolest Dad, created the rocker using plywood, PVC tubing and a 3D printer. He walks through the process at Instructibles.