Archive for 2011

Chewbacca Hates Shoveling Team | April 21, 2011

Hate shoveling snow off your sidewalks and driveway? You’re not alone. In this amusing little video, Chewbacca is tasked with shoveling a sidewalk after a big storm.

WATCH VIDEO: Chewbacca Hates Shoveling Snow

WonderCon Recap: Star Wars Puppet Craft Tutorial

Bonnie Burton | April 14, 2011

photos: Amanda Jean Camarillo

There’s something magical about kids crafting puppets out of paper bags, construction paper, googly eyes and glitter…especially if they happen to be Star Wars puppets!

For the first time ever at WonderCon, I hosted a Star Wars Craft Tutorial on how to make Star Wars bag puppets. I did a similar Star Wars puppet tutorial at last year’s Bay Area Maker Faire, but this was a packed room of kids and their parents!

Armed with construction paper, scissors, glue, colored markers, glitter and of course, googly eyes — kids and adults alike made some very creative bag puppets of their favorite Star Wars characters including Yoda, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, R2-D2, Admiral Ackbar, Rancor, Tauntaun, Clone trooper, the Emperor, and more!

You can learn how to make your own Admiral Sackbar bag puppet here.

Below are some of our favorite puppets! May the Craft Be With You!

Princess Leia!


The Emperor!


Clone trooper!


Check out the full set of photos on our Flickr:
WonderCon 2011: Star Wars Craft Tutorial

Chewbacca in the Civil War? Team | April 13, 2011

(Columbus Dispatch photo by Jeff Hinckley)

Civil War re-enactors are joined by pop culture cosplayers including members of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion who got into the fun at the Ohio Statehouse lawn to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Sunday, April 10 , 2011.

WonderCon 2011 Recap Team | April 8, 2011

The Rebel Legion group shot at WonderCon.Death Trooper posing for photos? Pint-sized Ahsoka Tano and Clone Trooper hanging out? Jabba the Hutt lurking in the food court? Yup, it’s that time of year for WonderCon in San Francisco. Three full days of comics, movies, TV shows, costumes, celebrities, artists, droid builders and more!


MythBusters Grant Imahara Inducted into the 501st Team | April 7, 2011

Amongst the cosplayers, droids, and comic book fans attending this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco, California, MythBusters Build Team member Grant Imahara was inducted as a 501st Legion Honorary Member by the Golden Gate Garrison (with special help from the Southern California Garrison.)

WATCH VIDEO: The 501st induct Grant Imahara at WonderCon

Grant is well-known on Discovery Channel’s hit show Mythbusters, but he started at THX then went on to make some amazing sets, droids and props at Industrial Light and Magic as a modelmaker. His robot-building skills are legendary — not only for his work on R2-D2 alongside ILM’s Don Bies, but for the lovable Energizer Bunny, his intimidating fighting robots, and his latest creation of first robotic talk show sidekick Geoff Petersen, for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

In 2004, the ILM rock stars were asked to compete in Junkyard Mega-Wars: At The Movies. Grant and his ILM team made a gigantic, flame-throwing R2-D2, and of course won the competition.

You can see that awesome R2-D2 in action here:
WATCH VIDEO: Junkyard Mega-Wars: At the Movies

Grant has also been featured over the years on for Putting Star Wars to the MythBusters Test, for being a big fan of The Clone Wars and for his w00tstock spoken word performance about dressing up as C-3PO.

We chatted with Grant about his induction into one of the coolest Star Wars groups in the galaxy — The 501st Legion — and whether this means we can expect his droids to be moonlighting for the Empire…

Was it a complete surprise?
Actually yes! You kept hinting at a surprise during WonderCon, with a specific time and place that I needed to be. If you watch the video, I don’t actually realize what’s happening until they announce it! You know, I talk on camera all day long and I’ve done tons of public speaking, but I was so surprised and overwhelmed in that moment that I feel like I was a bit tongue-tied.

If you’re now in the 501st, does that mean all robots you build will be secretly working for Darth Vader?
Ha! I think all my robots secretly work for me! Think about it: the Energizer Bunny, Geoff Peterson (the robot skeleton sidekick from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), my combat robot Deadblow, and certain R2 units… that would be a pretty formidable army!

Why are you proud to be part of the 501st Legion?
It’s a real honor to be inducted into a group that not only strives for accuracy in representing these characters from a saga that I love, but also does volunteer community service and is considered a part of Lucasfilm’s “extended family.”

Be sure to follow both Grant Imahara and The 501st Legion on Twitter.

Wookiee or Doggiee? Team | March 30, 2011

(photo by Sof1a)

In honor of Wookiee Week and a younger Chewbacca appearing in the season 3 finale of The Clone Wars, here’s a selection of some of our favorite photos of dogs that could easily be mistaken for everyone’s favorite Wookiee.

(photo by Fabio Casadei)

(photo by happy1butterfly)

(photo by Nabila Verushka)

(photo by Julie Le Venhagen)

(photo by Mary Bell)


Star Destroyer Ice Luge

Bonnie Burton | March 24, 2011

Skip the ice cubes and make a Hoth-cold drink using this elaborate Star Destroyer Ice Luge.

While this doesn’t have instructions, I used a chainsaw, electric drill with a one inch spade bit, and a 300 pound block of ice. I bought two blocks, but only needed one. The one was so heavy, that it broke a picnic table.

Read more about it here:
Star Destroyer Ice Luge (via Instructables)

Dark Lord of the Board

Bonnie Burton | March 24, 2011

Indonesian artist Abell Octovan recently showed his custom “Lord on Board” figure (8″) + a prototype of his upcoming Boycott resin figure in the Plastic Culture booth at the Jakarta Toys and Comics Fair.

Vinyl Pulse reports:

The deep blue shreddin’ figure is a follow-up of sorts to his wave cravin’ Lord on Vacation. The Lord figures are great — iconic culture mash-ups executed with minimal sculpting and paint which increases the power of the imagery.

Read more about this art piece here:
Abell’s Lord on Board + Boycott Figures (via Vinyl Pulse)

Check out more images here:
Lord on Board

Stilt Wars! Team | March 24, 2011

A lightsaber duel with Darth Maul is no easy feat, especially when you’re on stilts!

WATCH VIDEO: Stilt Wars: Darth Maul and two Jedis fighting on lightstilts

Lightsaber Badminton Team | March 24, 2011

Replace the racquets with lightsabers, and badminton becomes Force-tastic.

WATCH VIDEO: Badminton Jedi