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When nearly 18 inches of snow fell earlier this week on Rochester, New York, Rebekah Ford didn’t complain. Instead, she built a monument to the villains of Star Wars.
Carving a snow bank into a sculpture that one person likened to “an evil Mount Rushmore,” Ford paid tribute to Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. “When Rochester gives you snow,” she wrote, “JOIN THE DARK SIDE.”
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.
Their aim with a blaster may be a punchline in every corner of the galaxy, but these Stormtroopers have some demonstrable skills with longboards. Just don’t ask them to pass through a low doorway.
Directed by Scott Winn, the short video “Stormtrooper Longboard Race Gone Bad!” follows a couple of smack-talkin’ Imperial soldiers as they ride “borrowed” electric skateboards down streets, on sidewalks and through offices, passing C-3PO and R2-D2, listening to “The Imperial March” on Muzak and spouting lines like “I’m gonna drop you like a Rebel base!”
The Star Wars saga is sometimes referred to as a “new mythology” or, more often, simply a modern classic. However, one artist has taken his praise for the franchise even further, reimagining some of its best-known characters as classic Greek sculptures.
The life of an Imperial Stormtrooper isn’t all about searching for droids, firing wildly at Rebel scum and fleeing exploding Death Stars. It has its mundane moments too, spent shopping for groceries, relaxing with co-workers, filing taxes and figuring out how the heck you’re supposed to pee while wearing that armor.
Photographer Jorge Pérez Higuera captures those moments, and more, in his series “The Other Side,” which depicts the Emperor’s soldiers participating in everyday activities. “They represent the galactic working class,” he told Wired. “Let’s be honest, if that future existed, we would probably be imperial soldiers and not heroes or villains.”
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.
There’s no quiet before the storm: Even as attendees and exhibitors prepare for Preview Night, there’s already plenty of Comic-Con International-related news unfolding. Here’s just some of what we found this morning.
• With a trial looming following the car crash that marred last year’s ZombieWalk: San Diego, organizers have announced that the popular annual event has been canceled. “The event is on indefinite hiatus due to legal matters stemming from the vehicular incident following last year’s walk,” they posted on their Facebook page. A woman was injured last year when driver Matthew Pocci drove through the crowd of spectators; Pocci, who is deaf, claims his family was frightened by the walkers. A judge has ordered him to stand trial on charges of felony reckless driving. [NBC 7 San Diego]
…at least that’s how Larry Young’s son described it when he saw the above piece that The Boys artist Darick Robertson drew for Young. Click over to Young’s blog for more on how the piece came about and the cute story around how his son ended up with it in his room.