Archive for 2009

PVC Lightsaber Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2009

Using a swimming pool foam noodle, PVC pipe and an end cap and an electrical tape, you too can make this crafty lightsaber for younglings to act out their favorite Jedi battles.

Do your kids (boys in particular) love swords and/or lightsabers? Mine do. In fact everything at our house can be turned into a sword with a little imagination. We saw some of these swords at a craft fair a few years ago and decided to make some on our own. They are super easy.

We have a outdoor use only policy and strict rules about not hitting one another with them. The swords can only touch swords. They are only to be used in pretend combat as they could do some serious damage. My boys have also used them as baseball bats to hit tennis balls around our backyard.

Read the full craft tutorial at The Idea Room:
PVC Swords/Lightsabers

Darth Vader Gives Blood Team | November 12, 2009

Darth Vader might like to end board meetings with a Force choke or two, so when he cares about something enough he’s bound to spill some blood, even if it’s his own. Luckily, in this case it was all for a good cause.

Adam Lochowicz and 10 other 501st Legion members of the Red Back Squad in Queensland dressed as Darth Vader, stormtroopers, a sand trooper and other evil characters from Star Wars to give blood at the Robina blood bank.

Northern Star reports:

Lochowicz said he gave a regular blood donation at the Southport blood bank recently and asked if he could bring some storm trooper friends to the Robina bank for a mass donation.

“There were 11 walk-in donations because we were there so it turned out well,” he said. “It would be good to have a national day where all storm troopers in Australia went out in force and donated blood on the same day.”

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Garden Jawa Tips: Bugs Be Gone!

Bonnie Burton | November 11, 2009

While his fellow Jawas tinker with discarded droids, Garden Jawa prefers to tend to a small garden of herbs and veggies.

Every once in awhile those pesky Geonosians infest his plants and he has get rid of them organically — and we’re not talking Jedi.

Here’s a few tips on how you can keep pesky, destructive insects out of your garden!

  • Aim strong sprays of water from a garden hose at your plants to kill aphids.
  • Spray aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies with insecticidal soap and homemade garlic spray.
  • Onion and mint are natural flea-beetle repellents.
  • Place rocks around your garden so spiders (who eat many harmful bugs) have a place to live.
  • Put up a bird house close to your garden. They’ll eat nasty slugs that slime up your garden.

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Widevision Artist Sketch Cards – Step by Step Team | November 11, 2009

Star Wars artist Joe Corroney shows off his process for creating his sketch card art for Topps’ Star Wars: Clone Wars Season One Widevision Artist Sketch Cards from the blank card to the final illustration.

The entire technique process for my 125 cards took just over a month to complete. The back of each card is then hand signed, packaged up and shipped back to the publisher for release of the product in stores.

Topps’s Star Wars: Clone Wars Season One Widevision Trading Cards are shipping this November so feel free to purchase a pack or a box and hopefully you’ll come across one of my exclusive hand-drawn artist sketch cards for your collection.

Read the full article here:
Clone Wars Widevision Artist Sketch Cards – Step by Step

Star Wars Meets Shakespeare Team | November 9, 2009

This week on Twitter, Star Wars fans are trying their hand at re-imagining a galaxy far, far again from the Bard’s perspective. By using the hashtag #ShakespeareStarWars fans have been quoting famous Shakespeare plays with Star Wars characters.

Here’s a listing of some of our favorites:

RT @TroyBeast: A plague on both your droids!

RT @RHicks: Tis a trap!

RT @gaikokujin: TK-421, TK-421, wherefore art thou TK-421?

RT @TopherPolack: Doeth or don’t doeth, thou thall not try.

RT @inter_zone: What lightsaber through yonder window breaks?

RT @inter_zone: A bantha, a bantha, my empire for a bantha!

RT @Grippin_It: Double, double toil and trouble; Mustafar burn, and Gungan bubble.

RT @ficklampa: The Force looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

RT @darthpiper: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the Jedi.

RT @Tlieso: Taming of the Sarlacc

RT @pixelmatt: Hath not a Jedi eyes? Hath not a Jedi midi-chlorians?

RT @IndieEwok: AT-ST You Like It

RT @IndieEwok: Something Wookiee This Way Comes


About That Princess Leia Sunbathing Photo Team | November 8, 2009

Oh, I’m sure you saw that photo. It was tearing up the internets this past week: the snapshot of Carrie Fisher, in Princess Leia metal bikini-wear, sunbathing with her identically clad stunt double while on set in Arizona for Return of the Jedi.

It really started spreading once Gizmodo posted it, and could be found on JWZ,,,and It was when the Daily Mail got a hold of the story, though, that it took a peculiar turn.


Catch that wrinkle? The “pictures have just been leaked onto the internet, more than 20 years since they were taken.” That definitely makes the story even sexier, which, come on, this is a story that hardly needs it. As exciting as the idea of leaked photos is, it’s not entirely accurate. In fact, we can offer you a “top secret” way to uncover this and even more “leaked photos.”


Tim Biskup’s Darth Vader

Bonnie Burton | November 7, 2009

Artist Tim Biskup created this rather unique portrait of Darth Vader for his show titled “I Hate Everyone But You.”

SOURCE: BoingBoing

Verizon Droid Phone vs. C-3PO Team | November 6, 2009

You’ve probably already seen the commercial for Verizon’s new phone Droid — as well as the fan spoof iDon’t Care. But how would the Droid phone measure up against a Star Wars droid?

Josh Wigler at MTV Movies Blog takes a closer look at why owning an actual droid from Star Wars would be so much cooler than Verizon’s Droid phone.

The Verizon Droid can connect to the Internet, which gives you access to a whole host of useful information from around the globe. But with your very own 3PO model, you could not only access all of that same information, you’d also have better storage space thanks to the droid’s AA-1 VerboBrain. In some cases, you’d even be able to take advantage of the droid’s TranLang III Communicator module, which allows for fluency in six million different forms of communication. If that feature doesn’t speak your language, I don’t know what will.

Even if the Verizon Droid doesn’t have the same storage space as a 3PO model, it certainly has more room than most affordable cellular devices on the market. What it most assuredly does not have, however, is a hidden lightsaber compartment with ejector like the R2-series astromech droid. That feature really comes in handy, particularly when you’re staring down into the sandy maw of a Sarlacc Pit.

For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that the Verizon Droid does have space for a hidden lightsaber compartment. It still wouldn’t beat out robot assassin IG-88, one of the galaxy’s single-greatest cybernetic bounty hunters. Most of us aren’t looking to contract out a mercenary — let alone a robotic one — but if ever the situation arises where somebody really grinds your gears, wouldn’t you at least want the option of a self-aware, rail-thin android killer at your disposal? It’s a fair question worth mulling over.

Read the full article here:
Is The Verizon Droid The Droid You’re Looking For… Or One Of These Star Wars Droids Instead?
(via MTV Movies Blog)

Adorkable AT-AT Dog Costume!

Bonnie Burton | November 6, 2009

This may just be the happiest little AT-AT ever. A crafty fan made this adorkable costume for his little dog and then shot a video of him wagging his tale to the Imperial theme. Cute overload!

I made this for my Mini-Pinscher for Halloween as he has about the same size and profile as an AT-AT. It is made out of picture backing board, hot glue, a sharpie, pillow stuffing, and my skin — I used a real scalpel to cut it out, plus the hot glue took a chunk of skin off as well.

(via Youtube)

(Thanks for the tip, spladow!)

Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 5, 2009

Using foam sheets, glue, Velcro strips, spray paint and a few other inexpensive items you can make these impressive stormtrooper costumes for your little ones, just like this crafty fan did.

This is my cheap attempt at stormtrooper costumes for my 4 and 6 year -olds. It’s made to be lightweight and flexible for comfort but still hold true to the movie armor and look cooler than the store-bought stuff out there. Because of the materials used, these costumes won’t hold up to rough play or prolonged wear. Actually, they got pretty beat up after simply trick or treating.

Within the steps I’ll tell you how I did certain things and what I would do differently. My son’s costume was my first attempt and spent about 18 hours on it, not including drying time for paint and glue.

My daughter’s costume took less time because I based it on my son’s templates just smaller and I gave it a little less detail (and I was less careful with cutting and gluing). Anyway, hope you find the instructions helpful. The result was a ton of fun and the kids got a lot of attention. Cheers!

Read the full instructions here:
Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume