Archive for 2009

What If Venture Bros. and Clone Wars Writers Swapped Places?

Bonnie Burton | August 25, 2009

We’ve reported before about the awesome Star Wars references in the Venture Bros. animated series on Adult Swim. However, our blogger friends over at take the idea even further and ponder the idea of how much more different The Clone Wars and Venture Bros. would be if their writing staffs switched shows!

What would happen if you turned the Lucasfilm writers loose on the Venture Bros., and let the Venture staff have a crack at The Clone Wars?

The main difference between these shows, says io9 writer Graeme McMillan, is that the Venture Bros. writers are deeply bitter whereas The Clone Wars‘ writers are, at their heart, very sincere.

So maybe if the Venture Bros. writers got to take a turn writing The Clone Wars, you’d immediately have more weird pop-culture humor. But you’d also get more investigation into the bitterness that’s just under the surface of the Star Wars universe — the fact that Anakin is a jerk who’s destined to become the scourge of the galaxy.


Rock Out to “Jedi Song”

Bonnie Burton | August 25, 2009

Ready to have your mind blown by a Jedi playing a lightsaber GUITAR!? Check out this music video made by the folks over at Cartoon Network to help get you in the mood for the next season of The Clone Wars.


Here’s some of our favorite screengrabs from the music video:


That’s No Moon! It’s a Death Star Cake!

Bonnie Burton | August 25, 2009

Why have a traditional cake when you can celebrate your birth with a symbol of something that wiped out Princess Leia’s home planet?

Our fave geektastic blogger Great White Snark finds another fab Star Wars cake and writes:

Take this “fondant and our Strawberries Chantilly flavor” Star Wars Death Star cake by the perennially-talented Rick Reichart of Cakelava Bakery, for example. This cake by far presents the best representation of the Empire’s battle station I’ve yet seen.

This Death Star birthday cake was made for Andrew, a 6-year old whose parents started a tradition of ordering a sculpted cake each year for his birthday based on what he’s into.

This year it was Star Wars. In our initial contact with the client she explained: “…having a sculpted birthday cake has been a tradition of ours that I would like to uphold – I know it’s excessive for a 6-year-old, but the cakes are so beautiful and they always represent a ‘stage of life’ for our son and what he is really into that year (his cake last year was Racer X from Speedracer!)”

Utini! It’s a Jawa Cake!

Bonnie Burton | August 25, 2009

We’ve seen loads of Star Wars birthday and wedding cakes, but this is the first Jawa cake worthy of screaming Utini!

From Great White Snark:

The Jawa cake comes to us courtesy of Melbourne-based cake artisan Sweet Libertine Cakes, who describes the cake thusly:

A cake for a huge Star Wars geek’s 40th. Rum and Raisin Chocolate cake, 3×6 inch cakes and 1×5 inch carved. All accents are gumpaste or fondant. “Utini!” is the only legible word said by the Jawa in Star Wars and everybody at the party knew exactly what it was. Geeks and Nerds Rule ;)

Mos Eisley Cantina Nod in Defying Gravity? Team | August 24, 2009

If you’ve been watching the astronaut sci-fi drama Defying Gravity you might have noticed a quick nod to Star Wars — more specifically the Mos Eisley Cantina and what looks like IG-88′s Derwent flame tube head.

We doubt bounty hunter IG-88 will be making a cameo in the show, but at least we know space travelers venture to similar-looking pubs.

Watch the full episode here:
Defying Gravity: “H2IK” (via

Thanks to Chris James for noticing!

Now I Am the Math-ter

Pete Vilmur | August 24, 2009


Ah, the pre-501st days of Star Wars costuming. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, fans with a bent for donning the duds of their favorite Star Wars denizen often scrounged the local Army surplus and thrift stores to cobble together a complete costume. This guy, captured in a ’70s-era photo we recently found on eBay, gets our vote for coolest Star Wars costume to incorporate an electrical appliance — yep, that’s a ’70s-era 10-key calculator strapped around his chest, along with some strangely metallic shinguards and one “massive jock” (in the words of Lucas Online’s Craig Drake) codpiece.

Dark Lord of the galaxy? Not so much. But if you need to figure out how long it will take a TIE fighter and asteroid travelling toward eachother at 565 and 2,655 miles per hour respectively from a starting distance of 26,254 miles to collide, this Sith’s your man.

Cow Trooper! Team | August 24, 2009

The 501st Legion’s Noel Green (TK-8541) is very close to winning the top spot in the Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day contest on Facebook!

In true Star Wars fan fashion, Noel has pledged to donate the potential grand prize (a year’s worth of meals) to his local food bank in New Mexico, but he can’t do it without the support of fellow Star Wars fans everywhere.

DAILY VOTES are now critical with voting ending in just a few days on August 31st!

Once per day, go to the following link, then click ‘Vote’ and then click ‘Highest Rated’ and you’ll see the black and white Cow Trooper among the top contestants!

Origami X-Wing

Bonnie Burton | August 23, 2009

You may never step into the cockpit of your own X-Wing, but you can at least a make a very tiny version with this handy origami step-by-step guide.

Origami X-Wing instructions

Star Wars Money Origami

Bonnie Burton | August 21, 2009

If you feel like your money is constantly flying away thanks to buying so many Star Wars collectibles, no you can literally make dollars fly into space as the Millennium Falcon, TIE Interceptor, X-Wing and more.

Check out these fabulous money origami creations by Won Park.

Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder,” a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not — both in stunning detail.

Check out the rest of his work here:
Won Park – The Master of Origami Paper Folding

Cheap Cantina Aliens Look Awesome Team | August 20, 2009

One of the most beloved scenes of A New Hope is when Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi look around the Cantina for a suitable pilot and we all get an eye-full of crazy-looking aliens enjoying their ale. recently blogged about their favorite non-CGI aliens. Of course, Greedo and Cantina aliens make the list!

Weirdly, later live-action Star Wars movies have never featured aliens that felt as interesting and lively as the first glimpse we got in that Cantina scene. Of course, we’ve already exposited about our love for Greedo, but all of the quick glimpses of aliens in this scene have a liveliness that makes you feel like they’re each the star of a cool story. Not bad for an underdog film with a tiny $8.5 million budget (not much even in 1977) whose crew was busy trashing the set and making fun of the Wookiee costume.

Read the whole article here:
Dirt-Cheap Aliens Who Still Look Awesome

Be sure to check out our lineup of some of the coolest looking aliens lurking in the Cantina:
Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases