Archive for 2009

Inside Star Wars LEGO: “Behind the Bricks” Team | July 9, 2009

For those of you who can’t get enough of your LEGO Star Wars sets, here’s a fun little video from Toys ‘R Us to take you all the way to Denmark to see the LEGO offices (with special guests!) as well as interviews with LEGO staffers and designers! Our favorite tidbit from the video? We find out that LEGO supplied Admiral Ackbar with his own tiny coffee mug!

This fun and informative video from LEGO Club TV entitled “Behind the Bricks” takes you to Billund, Denmark, the home of the LEGO design lab and the birthplace of LEGO itself. It was shot after completion of online voting by fans of LEGO and Star Wars that determined which Star Wars movie scene would be transformed into an exclusive Toys ‘R Us LEGO Star Wars set.

LEGO designer Jens Kronfold Frederiksen discusses the process of making the hugely popular LEGO Star Wars sets and other LEGO toys and Mini Figures. This interview is amazing not only for its content but for all the classic and current LEGO Star Wars sets that are displayed, including a vintage LEGO Star Wars Imperial Destroyer, LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon and tons of other LEGO Star Wars sets we would love to get our hands on!

WATCH VIDEO: Toys’R'Us Presents “Behind the Bricks” LEGO Star Wars Fan Vote Video

SOURCE: Stoogey

No Joke! Tauntaun Sleeping Bag For Reals? Team | July 9, 2009

When Think Geek presented their Tauntaun Sleeping Bag as an April Fool’s Gag, little did they realize how many fans would gladly hand over their cash for the real thing. So the Think Geek gang went into hyperdrive to see if it could indeed become a reality, just in time for the holidays.

Think Geek’s PR guy, Shane Peterman, chatted with LA Weekly about their progress:

Will you ever sell the Tauntaun sleeping bag for real?

We are definitely trying to make it in to an actual item to be sold 
on our site. As of right now, it’s still an “if,” but it’s turning in
to more of a “when.” Things are looking pretty good, we just don’t want 
to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s certainly been enough of a
demand, both from customers and from those of us that work here. Right now, we’re aiming to have it available 
for the holidays, or at the latest, the 30th anniversary of The Empire 
Strikes Back next spring.

Have you gotten the go-ahead from Lucas?

We’re still working with Lucas to get approval for a final design. Again, it’s looking good, we just can’t say too much right now since it’s still in the works.

The joke price was $39 bucks. Is that how much it will really cost?

The price will very likely go up a bit once we actually make the
 sleeping bag. Since we haven’t gotten to the production stage yet, it’s hard to say what the price will be, unfortunately. I think it’s safe to assume that the kids size will be at a lower cost than the adult size, that much I’m pretty sure of. The cost of material and the actual production of it will dictate what the retail cost will be.

Read the full interview here:
Don’t Joke About Tauntaun Sleeping Bags (via LA Weekly)

Princess Leia Visited the King of Pop’s Kids Team | July 9, 2009

This week the world said goodbye to the King of Pop — legendary singer and entertainer Michael Jackson. As the world takes a look back at his long career, little to none is known about his private life with his family at his epic estate Neverland.

The New York Post takes a closer look at his life at home with his three children Prince Michael Joseph, Paris Michael, and Prince Michael II; and reveals how Jackson tried to give them all a childhood that he never had. One surprising holiday, the King of Pop introduced his children to Princess Leia herself!

According to The New York Post:

Last Christmas Eve, Jacko and his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein arranged for Carrie Fisher to surprise the kids by reprising her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars at their rental mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.

“Michael brought the kids down in their pajamas and said, ‘This is Princess Leia,’ ” said family friend Stephen Price. “They were so excited! She did her famous speech for them — the ‘Help me, Obi-Wan’ speech.”

Read the full article here:
Lifting the Veil on Jacko’s Kids: Inside Their Strange & Amazing Fantasy Lives at Neverland (via New York Post)

Capt. Reynolds Says: Vote for Fan Films! Team | July 9, 2009

Actor Nathan Fillion is one of those actors who makes everything he touches awesome. He gave us the heebie jeebies as the evil preacher Caleb in the last epic season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He gave Han Solo a (parsec) run for his money as one of the hottest, most sarcastic heartthrobs in the galaxy as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly and Serenity. He made us laugh as the egostical and dubious superhero Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

So when Fillion tells you to do something, you better listen up. This week, on Twitter, Fillion reminded his followers to head over to Atom to vote for their favorite Star Wars fan film:

Be sure to vote for your favorite flick to win the Audience Choice Award, which will be presented in a lavish ceremony at Comic-Con on July 24! Voting closes on July 10, noon PST!

Watch and vote for your favorites here:
Star Wars Fan Film Finalists (via Atom)

It’s Star Wars Cold & Flu Season!

Bonnie Burton | July 7, 2009

Nothing is worse than being struck down during the summer by a dreaded cold or the flu. Sadly, quite a few of us at Lucas Online (including myself!) are suffering through a rather vicious virus — personally I think it’s Balmorra Flu. Then again, I should be counting my lucky Death Stars that I don’t have Crazed Bantha Fever!

So now is the perfect time to look back at some of the viruses, flu bugs (in some cases actual insects) and other diseases that have attacked various Star Wars characters.

Blue Shadow Virus
The infamous Blue Shadow Virus, a deadly plague wiped from the galaxy generations ago, comes back as a very real threat by the hand of mad scientist Dr. Nuvo Vindi, during The Clone Wars. Vindi has cultivated it once more. Furthermore, he has created an airborne version of the virus — no longer is it contained only to water. Placed within bombs, the gaseous virus is now an incredibly potent weapon. In the attempt to thwart Vindi, Amidala and Ahsoka, as well as a few clone troopers, are infected with the deadly virus, leaving it up to the Jedi to track down the cure in the form of a rare plant root.

Krytos virus
Once it infected a host, the virus destroyed the infected host body cell by cell until the victim’s flesh fell apart completely, resulting in an agonizing death. Highly contagious, the Krytos virus was designed to both target only non-Human populations and be treated by large amounts of bacta. The virus was transmitted by physical contact or through a water supply, but could not spread by airborne transmission. The plague was eventually eradicated by the Vratix, a bacta-producing insectoid species from Thyferra, who combined bacta and ryll kor to develop rylca, the most effective medicine against the disease.

Kaminoan nano-virus
The Kaminoan Nano-Virus was a Nanogene virus created by a Separatist-aligned Kaminoan to kill all clone troopers. It was discovered by the Jedi Kit Fisto and Aayla Secura a few months after the Battle of Geonosis, who were staying at Kamino when they passed a squad of dead troops. After confirming a deadly virus, Prime Minister Lama Su issued Master Cloner Sayn Ta to create a vaccine to protect all clones

Gobindi virus
The Gobindi virus was first discovered by the ancient Gobindi, who were utterly wiped out from its spreading. The Gobindi discovered a cure, but failed to administer it quickly enough to survive. Thriving in hot and humid environments, the virus required a liquid medium to move from one host to another, thus remaining mildly contagious at best. Imperial scientists discovered a way to allow the virus to move through the air and developed it into a biological weapon. The virus itself resembled a tiny, horned eel that wrapped its host in a coating of green slime to maintain its environment. Covered in the slime, the host could continue to move about, spreading the virus. The Empire’s plan to use the virus as a weapon was ultimately foiled.

Check out more illnesses in this handy and sickly index on Wookieepedia: Diseases and Maladies in Star Wars

ILM Puts Optimus Prime in Tonight’s “Late Show” Team | July 6, 2009

Tune in to The Late Show with David Letterman tonight, July 6 (CBS, 11:30PM) to see a different side of Optimus Prime, as the heroic Autobot reads the infamous Top Ten list.  ILM turned around roughly 3,000 frames of animation composited onto the Letterman stage in record time. Congratulations to all of those at ILM who went above and beyond to make this happen! See it now at


Felted Jabba the Hutt Craft

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2009

Jabba wasn’t always a ruthless, intimidating character. Craftster Kit Lane has created this adorable felted Jabba complete with bunny rabbit to show fans the softer side of this Hutt.

Check it out here:
Jabba the Hutt – The Early Years


Chipmunk the Co-Pilot? Team | July 1, 2009

(Photo and Chipmunk Wrangling by Chris McVeigh)

Here’s a new photo from our favorite chipmunk wrangler and photographer Chris McVeigh! This time we see his live chipmunk model Molly hanging out with Han Solo on video as well! This must have been way before Han crossed paths with Chewbacca.

McVeigh writes:

Molly — like any other chipmunks I’ve worked with — is highly motivated. Once she knows that there are almonds available, she will make trip after to trip until either she gets tired or I run out of almonds.

This video shows you just how fast this process can be. I have only eight seconds (or so) to take pictures while she collects the almonds and stores them in her cheeks. Getting the focus and depth of field just right is always a challenge, and to make sure I get the shot I want I will usually shoot multiple times with different F-stops and ISOs.

Originally, I wanted to have her emerging from the Millennium Falcon, but as robust as the new toy is, the ramp is still too small to accommodate a fat little chipmunk.

WATCH VIDEO: Molly Chipmunk is Worst Co-pilot Ever

Read more about his whimsical photos here:
Chewie Meets Chipmunk (via Star Wars Blog)
Chipmunk Trooper Whisperer (via Star Wars Blog)

Check out more of Chris McVeigh’s creative photography here.

Retro Star Wars Scrap Droids Craft

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2009

Building your own legion of loyal droids can be pricey, but thanks to this retro craft from 1978, Pack-o-Fun craft magazine shows you how to make less-sturdy versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 who they call C-Me-Go and Card-Too-Me-Too.

These droids are made with old holiday cards and other materials found in your recycle bin making this a pretty cool green craft as well.

“Gold foil cards are used to create everybody’s favorite computer robot, C-Me-Go. Besides being cute and clever, he’s a marionette! C-Me-Go’s sidekick is Card-Too-Me-Too, a charming ‘droid’ made from Christmas cards. No matter what happens, this robot keeps rolling along – on his spool foot!”

Thanks to artist Michael Fleming for finding this gem and reminding us that crafters and collectors should be on the look out for old issues in the farther reaches of your local thrift shop.

Check out these instructions to make your own scrap droids:
C-Me-Go and Card-Too-Me-Too Craft (via Pack-O-Fun)

SOURCE: Tweedlebop Flickr Set

How to Woo a Nerdy Girl

Bonnie Burton | June 25, 2009

Dating is never easy, but sometimes you get a few helpful molecules of info that helps spark the romance. Liz at The Park Bench Blog is right on the mark about where to find nerdy gals, what they like, what they collect and what might just impress them. So if you’re single and looking to woo a geeky/nerdy girl these tips will come in handy. Oh, and you’re welcome.

Here’s a couple of our faves:

Tip #2: It helps to look like this guy:

Tip #7: Know your pop culture references.

Know the complete works of the Nerd Holy Trinity: Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams and Peter Jackson. Know that Nathan Fillion will always be on your girl’s “freebie” list. When she goes to church and thanks God that Robert Downey Jr. survived the 1980′s so he could play Iron Man, say “Amen” right alongside her. And for the love of all that is sacred and holy, do not EVER get Star Wars and Star Trek confused: one has Wookiees, one has Shatner, it’s not that hard.

Tip #9: Embrace her collectibles.

That is not a euphemism for something pervy. It’s just a fact. When you walk into her apartment for the first time and notice a glass cabinet filled with a miniature TARDIS, a sombrero-wearing Giles, a 17-inch Han Solo and a two-foot long replica of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D, do not say, “What the hell is all this stuff?” Instead say, “What the hell? Why don’t you have MORE of this stuff? And may I mail order something for you?”

Read more tips here:
How to Meet and Woo a Nerdy Girl
(via The Park Bench)