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To mark the debut today of the entire Star Wars saga on digital platforms, Lucasfilm is releasing LEGO recreations of legendary artist Drew Struzan’s posters for all six films. LEGO will have them available for attendees next weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.
The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm have a relationship that dates back to 1999, when Star Wars became the toymaker’s first licensed property. From those first few playsets, their successful partnership has expanded to encompass video games, animation, comics and even theme parks (Legoland California just last month added a massive Death Star model to its four-year-old LEGO Star Wars Miniland).
R2-D2 has captured the hearts of millions of Star Wars fans over the past four decades, yet he still runs into problems when it comes to finding that special someone.
In the wonderful short “Artoo in Love,” Evan Atherton, TRUE MVMNT, Grant McKinney and Sargam Atherton depict the little astromech droid’s pursuit of romance in a galaxy not so far away. He experiences a setback along the way, but if R2-D2 is anything, he’s determined.
Looking at Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper from Square Enix’s Variant line of Play Arts Kai figures, I’m reminded of Marvel’s 1977 adaptation of Star Wars, with its frequently wildly off-model characters. Here, of course, the deviation is purposeful — the Variant collectibles are all reimagined — and it works pretty well.
Sure, all three original designs are classic, but it’s kind of fun to see each of these armored warriors souped up, their looks taken more in a mech-infused direction (although as Star Wars reimaginings go, it’s tough to top Bandai’s samurai-styled Darth Vader and Stormtrooper).
Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.
The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.
But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.
Just as we spotlight one impressive display of Star Wars fandom, another one surfaces in the form of “Star Wars: TIE Fighter,” a four-year labor of love by animator Paul Johnson.
A two-minute version has floated around for the past couple of years, but now Johnson has released the completed ’80s anime-inspired short film that depicts an epic space battle from the perspective of the Empire.
Devotees making the pilgrimage next month to Anaheim, California, for Star Wars Celebration should make sure to check out one of the most intricate expressions of Star Wars fandom any of us will likely see: “The 20th Century Space Opera,” a 15-foot by 8-foot oil painting by San Francisco artist Robert Xavier Burden.
Employing patterns the artist says combines “French tapestry designs, Moroccan and Persian carpets, Gothic stained glass, and some invented design,” the painting features more than 160 Star Wars action figures, as well as depictions of such George Lucas influences as Joseph Campbell and Flash Gordon.
When you realize this painstakingly detailed 38-inch model of the Millennium Falcon is made almost entirely of paper, you’ll understand why it took Bernard Szukiel four years — four years! — to build.
As you can see from the photos, Szukiel didn’t gloss over anything; there are even teeny-tiny lights in the instrument panels of the cockpit and gun tub.
The Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor customized quadcopters are without a doubt impressive, but this radio-controlled Star Wars scout trooper mounted on a speeder bike takes things to another level.
Created by Adam Woodworth using a Hasbro toy and some serious know-how, the speeder bike can actually race through the trees like a scene out of Return of the Jedi. Even better, Woodworth equipped the scout trooper with a tiny camera, so he can capture first-person footage of the craft in action. Watch the video below.
If you didn’t quite buy that LEGO diorama explanation for how Boba Fett escaped the Great Pit of Carkoon (something to do with a Jawa distillery?), perhaps you’ll find the fan film “Star Wars: Beyond the Dune Sea” more convincing.
Written and directed by Oliver Thompson, the nine-minute short is at turns surreal — the talking disembodied head of a protocol droid? — and obviously low-budget, but clearly made with love for the characters and the Star Wars universe.
If you’ve never really gotten into soccer, it’s may be due to the sports disappointing lack of optic blasts, lightsabers and magic spells. Luckily for you, this video “Super Hero Soccer” remedies all of that.
Produced by Four32Productions and Dark Pixel, the short brings together a disparate group of heroes — from Superman and Wonder Woman to Neo and Desmond Miles to Spider-Man and Hermione Granger — for a no-holds, and no-powers, barred soccer match. It’s unclear who wins, or if they were even keeping score, as the game is called because of … well, you’ll see.
George Lucas surprises customers and staff at Midtown Comics in Times Square when he stopped by Monday to catch up on a little reading.
“He was only in for about 15 minutes, his driver was waiting outside,” an unidentified store employee told Page Six. “Fans were pretty excited to see him and he signed a comic book. He was saying he hadn’t read any of the new Star Wars comics.”
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly visit into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves comes from Chad, who shows off his graphic novels, action figures, original art, Star Wars stuff and more.
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When “Super Power Beat Down” last fall pitted Darth Vader against Batman in a battle aboard the Death Star, some Dark Knight fans weren’t at all pleased with the results. (Spoiler alert: In turns out Bruce Wayne’s lack of faith was, indeed, his downfall.)
Perhaps heeding that cry, Bat in the Sun has released an alternate ending that, as you might expect, goes a bit better for the Caped Crusader, who demonstrates he’s definitely the smartest guy on that moon-sized battle station.
The best of two geeky worlds collide in a new poster series by artist Steve Berrington that mashes together the beloved R2-D2 with iconic superheroes (and a couple of antiheroes).
Available for $30 each from My Modern Shop, the posters feature the beloved Star Wars droid as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, The Flash and Deadpool.
If this morning you felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million voices suddenly cried out in joy, it may be because Legoland California will officially unveil its massive model of the Death Star today.