Archive for 2011



Happy New Year 2012!

StarWars.com Team | December 31, 2011

The characters of Episode I get into the spirit of New Year’s courtesy of artist Stephen Hayford and DJ Jar Jar. Shall old acquaintances be forgot? Padmé — and Darth Maul, we think — certainly don’t appear to think so.

Happy New Year!

Keep the Han in Hanukkah!

StarWars.com Team | December 20, 2011

We love this awesome fan-made image of Han celebrating Hanukkah!

While you celebrate Hanukkah this year, be sure to include R2-D2 in on the festivities by making this easy Droidel Papercraft!

R2-D2 & Leia Paper Snowflake Craft!

Bonnie Burton | December 20, 2011

Thanks to Jedi Master of Paper Crafts dad Anthony Herrera has us all frantically making geektastic Star Wars Paper Snowflakes of Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Ahsoka Tano, C-3PO, and more!

Now he’s inspiring other crafty fans to come up with even more Star Wars Paper Snowflakes! Check out these R2-D2 from Randy Slavey and Princess Leia by James Rooney.

Learn how to make these cool snowflakes and more here:
Star Wars Snowflakes


Vintage Star Wars Holiday Greetings

Pete Vilmur | December 20, 2011


“That’s Droid Talk for Happy Holidays”

This set of quirky Star Wars holiday greetings comes courtesy of a rare set of cards printed by Drawing Board Greeting Cards in 1977. As Artoo would say, “VREEP ADOOT BLEEP!” (translation above)…


“From our galaxy… to your galaxy… Happy Holidays”
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Star Wars Frugal Finds for 2011

Pete Vilmur | December 19, 2011

If you’re a Star Wars collector, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve had to pare back some of your hobby purchases in these economically challenging times. But there is still a great way to get that collecting fix on a budget – if you’re willing to explore the world of vintage collecting!

Not the world of mint-sealed-on-card vintage collecting, but the eccentric, exotic, eclectic world of ticket stubs, disco singles, foreign paperbacks and iron-on transfers from the ‘70s to ‘90s. Treasures abound in the under-$10 category of collecting, if you know where to look – and what to look for.

As an exercise in budget collecting – and a way to relive some great finds of the last year — I thought I’d go back through my collectible purchases of 2011 to find those pieces I felt were exceptionally good deals, even if they’re not what some would categorize as mainstream (which frankly makes them even more appealing!). Most of the following – with a few exceptions – were had for under $10, and required just a little bit of adventuring beyond the usual Star Wars collecting categories on eBay:

Jan 10: British Jar Jar Binks Pencil Case (£3.97)

Yeah, I know, first one out of the gate and it’s a Jar Jar collectible. This was actually the fourth piece I picked up after the new year, and just couldn’t resist those cool retro-style graphics that just scream galactic-groovy.

(See more 2011 frugal finds after the jump!)

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Star Wars Holiday Cards Craft

Bonnie Burton | December 19, 2011

Want to send this year’s seasons greetings from Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Yoda? Making your own holiday collage cards is fun and easy.

To make a collage card all you need is a collection of images from your favorite magazines and comics, glitter glue and construction paper!

Famous surrealist artists used the collage technique to make interesting art from photos, newspaper clippings, ribbons, magazine images and fabric scraps.

Just follow the simple instructions provided below. And soon you’ll be giving friends and family members one-of-a-kind holiday collage card creations for the season!

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Darth Vader Conducts Christmas Choir Flash Mob

StarWars.com Team | December 16, 2011

College students can feel extra stressful during final exams week, and sometimes it takes a Sith Lord to put it all in perspective. This week at Algonquin College in Ontario, the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir performed a “Carol of the Bells” flash mob conducted none other than by Darth Vader himself to put students in the festive spirit.

WATCH VIDEO: Darth Vader Conducts Christmas Choir Flash Mob

Inspired by the Christmas Food Court Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus, the Television Broadcasting students at Algonquin College wanted to showcase the new Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence by lightening the mood with the help of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and Darth Vader. Please note: Lord Vader is not enrolled or on faculty at Algonquin.

Well played Darth Vader, well played.

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

StarWars.com Team | December 15, 2011

Last year to show support for a little girl named Katie who was bullied for liking Star Wars, fans everywhere wore their Star Wars shirts to show support for “May The Force Be With Katie Day.”

This year, on Dec. 16, Katie’s mom urges fans to show off their Star Wars pride by wearing a Star Wars shirt — but to also consider donating a Star Wars gift to toy drives with the condition that it can go to a boy OR a girl, not just a boy! This helps spread the word that Star Wars is for both girls and boys!

Read more about this special event here:
Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day

Carrie Goldman (Katie’s mom) writes:

Please join us in the second annual Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars event on December 16, 2011. Celebrate this day of geek pride and anti-bullying by wearing something Star Wars or science fiction-related.

Since it is the holiday season, please also celebrate the day by donating a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but be sure to put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys!)

You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any organization collecting toys. Feel free to host a similar toy drive at your child’s school, although you could call it “Proud To Be Me Day,” like Katie’s school does, so that the reach goes beyond science fiction.

Here’s our goal: let’s get Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars to spread to as many people as possible! Every time you read or write a blog post about the event or upload a photo of what you’ll be wearing, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #WearStarWarsShareStarWars.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the event here.

Deck Your Toys With Holiday Headwear

Bonnie Burton | December 15, 2011

While everyone knows Darth Vader for his intimidating black helmet, another famous fella can be spotted a mile away — even way up in the sky — from his signature headwear as well.

To celebrate the holiday season, here’s a handy guide on how to make festive Santa (and elf) hats for your Star Wars action figures, statues and toys!

What You Need:

1. Red and Green felt
2. Red and Green construction paper
3. Red and Green ribbon
4. Cotton
5. Craft glue
6. Needle and thread
7. Paperclips
8. Stapler
9. Scissors
10. Tape
11. Adult-sized Santa hat

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Star Wars Insider #130 Preview

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2011

Star Wars Insider #130 hits the street this week, and publisher Titan has sent us a content breakdown and two article excerpts, including an interview with clone voice actor Dee Bradley Baker!

Here are the highlights from issue #130:

  • A feature-packed 100-page issue of Insider kicks off with an interview with Dee Bradley Baker, who talks about voicing the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Plus, coverage of the show continues with an interview with Animation Supervisor Keith Kellog.
  • As Star Wars: The Old Republic hits stores, Insider features an interview with James Ohlen, Senior Creative Director at Bioware.
  • Artwork from the Star Wars Art: Visions book is profiled, there’s a visit to the amazing LEGO Miniland, Star Wars in 2012 is previewed, and it’s discovered what it takes to be a member of the 501st!
  • Jason Fry discusses how following the Force doesn’t always work, film critic Mark Kermode looks at five films that heralded Star Wars, and all the latest books, comics, and merchandise goes under the spotlight!

Check out two article previews after the jump!

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