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With Valentines Day rapidly approaching, it’s important to remember: Nothing says “I love you” like a plush symbol of the Galactic Empire’s might.
Of course, if your significant other is a Star Wars fan, this Darth Vader bouquet will probably make a bigger impact than roses (and it’ll definitely last longer).
I’ve never been a fan of those wretched Ewoks or their “Ewok Celebration” song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which was virtually unavoidable on the radio in 1983, some 14 years before it was scrubbed from the special edition (perhaps one of the few good things to come out of the re-release). However, I may be forced to soften my position on “Yub Nub.”
Why? Musician Chris Nandor, aka Pudge, has released a performance of “Ewok Celebration” that’s almost … heartfelt. Seriously, it may be good enough to make you shout, “Allay loo ta nuv!”
It should surprise no one that Star Wars was the hottest toy property last year in the United States. Still, you may be shock at just how huge of a merchandising phenomenon the Force awakened.
Retail research firm NPD Group tells Reuters that Star Wars toys generated sales of more than $700 million in 2015. That’s more than products related to Avengers, Jurassic World and Minions combined.
After inventing a real-life lightsaber, Allen Pan plays Jedi Master to the Padawans of Node, instructing them in the weapon’s use in this entertaining, and probably kind of dangerous, video.
Like a Sith Lord in some kind of galactic fraternity, Pan advises that anyone who wields the elegant weapon for a more civilized age keep some beer on hand — in case the lightsaber would happen to spray fuel on them, of course. Yes, of course.
On the heels of “Rebel Scum” arrives another impressive Star Wars film, set not on the icy wastes of Hoth but on the scorching sands of … Tatooine, maybe? Jakku?
Written and directed by Joe Sill, “Kara” introduces who a father and daughter who come to the aid of a Rebel pilot shot down in a fierce dogfight, only to quickly find themselves on the run from Imperial Stormtroopers. However, they’re not exactly defenseless.
With AR500 Armor’s Mandalorian ballistic armor, you’ll have no need for the Force.
In collaboration with Heckler & Koch, TEA Headsets, Sog Knives & Tools, Armasight, SureFire, Wilcox Industries Corp, Team Wendy and artist Ryan B. Flowers, body armor manufacturer AR500 Armor has produced a set of ballistic armor modeled after the Mandalorians, a fictional culture from the “Star Wars” universe. Notably, fan-favorite character Boba Fett was one of these nomadic warriors.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close several attractions and take down its iconic Earffel Tower to make way for eagerly awaited theme lands based on Star Wars and Toy Story.
Disney announced the April 2 closing of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and “nearby locations around Streets of America,” with the Orlando Sentinel adding to the list the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, a Monsters, Inc. meet-and-greet and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant.
This week LEGO kicked off a series of stop-motions shorts for its Star Wars toys, beginning with “Freeze Frame,” a lighthearted spot set in Cloud City. It’s a fun 15-second spot that, as it turns out, required a lot of work.
Brotherhood Workshop breaks down the laborious process in a fascinating video that takes us from the storyboards and the construction of the tiny carbon freezing chamber to the practical lighting effects and post-production work.
Political cartoons | The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is in the headlines again, this time because of a cartoon that asks “What would little Aylan have become if he grew up? A groper of buttocks in Germany.” The cartoon shows two lecherous men running after women; in an inset is a drawing of the famous photograph of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, who drowned off the coast of Turkey while fleeing Syria. The cartoon refers to reports that large numbers of men who appeared to be Arab robbed and sexually assaulted women in several German cities during the New Year’s celebrations. While many critics accused the magazine of racism, others countered that the cartoon is a commentary on how quickly European public opinion has swung from sympathy to xenophobia. The cartoon was drawn by Charlie Hebdo staffer Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who survived the deadly January 2015 attack on the magazine’s Paris offices.[CNN]
The excitement surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens has inspired countless mashup illustrations, but few are as adorable as James Hance’s “Wookiee the Chew.” Because, seriously, can it get any sweeter than this?
As you might guess from the name, the series reimagines Star Wars characters (original-trilogy variety) as Winnie-the-Pooh and friends, with Chewbacca standing in for Pooh Bear, R2-D2 for Piglet, an AT-AT for Eeyore, a pair of tauntauns for Kanga and little Roo, and so on.
Your Star Wars fan cave may be tastefully decorated with framed movie posters and home to the only the rarest of action figures, but it may that special something that only these beautiful villain sculptures can provide.
Crafted from combinations of bronze, brass and dolomite by Hong Kong design studio Hidden Lab, these museum-quality busts of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper are even licensed by Lucasfilm.
The Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ended with the Alliance forced to abandon Echo Base and scatter its fleet across the galaxy. Odds are that, in the confusion, at least some Rebels were left behind.
“Rebel Scum,” a new fan film from Blood Brother Cinema, tells the story of one pilot stranded in enemy territory following the crash of his snowspeeder. Cut off from the Alliance, and desperate to return to his family, Echo 12 uses his wits to avoid capture and a frozen death.
Luke Skywalker could destroy an AT-AT with a tow cable, or a lightsaber and a well-placed bomb. But what’s it take to build an Imperial walker out LEGO — lots of LEGO?
BrickVault has the answer in this terrific time-lapse video that chronicles the construction of a 6,000-plus piece build that required 26 hours, two people, and a bit of trial and error.
With construction about to begin on the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland, the company teases that one of the rides will be “unprecedented, in a way.”
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering said that’s because of the involvement of Industrial Light & Magic, the renowned visual-effects studio acquired by Disney as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.
In the style of Olly Moss’ stunning original trilogy posters, Nakatomi Inc and Joshua Budich have teamed up to awaken the Schwartz in some stellar new parody posters that mashup “Star Wars” and its number one spoof, “Spaceballs.”
Inspired by Mel Brooks’ seminal “Star Wars” parody, Budich’s posters feature the characters of “Spaceballs” actors Joan Rivers, John Candy and Rick Moranis, with the caption, ‘The Schwartz Awakens.”
Check out each poster below, which are available separately on Nakatomi Inc’s website on 18×24 4-color hand printed paper, or as a foil print set for $200 USD: