Archive for 2011

Stormtrooper Model in Art Class Team | March 23, 2011

Most life drawing classes have nude models for their artists to sketch. But we have to admit, stormtroopers are way cooler.

WATCH VIDEO: Stormtrooper Model In an Life Drawing Class

Jedi Master Yoda Tarsier? Team | March 23, 2011

While this might look like a cuddly, furry version of Jedi Master Yoda, this big-eyed, pointy-eared critter is actually a tarsier.

The unusual-looking animal was spotted clinging to a tree by photographer Erik Mikhailov while he was on a tour of the rain forest in the Philippines.

Learn more about the tarsier here:
WATCH VIDEO: Tarsier: The Littlest Alien

Read the full story here:
Yoda’s twin is this? Star Wars character spotted in Philippines rain forest

Star Wars Broom Ball! Team | March 16, 2011

Recently, the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion battled it out on ice by way of broom ball at the Port Huron Fighting Falcon’s Star Wars Night event. Extra points for Darth Maul checking a Jedi into the wall.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars Broom Ball

Best of #SXStarWars Twitter Meme Team | March 15, 2011

If you were hanging out on Twitter for the last few days you might have noticed a merging of Austin’s most popular digital, film and music fest South By Southwest (SXSW) mixed with your favorite Star Wars characters thanks to the #SXStarwars hashtag meme.

Interactive storytelling consultant Jay Bushman has brought back the #SXStarwars social experiment, as he does every year during SXSW since his first attempt of the Twitter Trench Run was such a geektastic success!

This time fans tweeted about attending #SXStarwars as panelists, party-goers and more.

Below are some of our favorite tweets!

Just met a Pit Droid who CLAIMS to have worked for Anakin. Now he works at a BBQ. That’s right, he’s a BBQ Pit Droid. – @novysan

The Core Conversation “How to Motivate Droids, not Punish Them” was taken over by Jabba justifying his hot iron technique. – @tara

A lot of flirting going on in line for “Astromech Romance: How to Find the Droid You’re Looking For” panel. – @bonniegrrl

Trying out that Alderaanian flatbread deli — smells delicious, but there’s no way that roast gorak is still fresh. – @GMSarli

There’s that guy with the blue telephone booth again. He’s at the front of every line! HOW IS HE DOING THAT!? – @novysan

Passed a homeless Power Droid on 6th St., panhandling for electricity. Heartbreaking. – @jaybushman

Just walked by two battle droids making out. I can’t believe I missed the Droid Pride Parade! – @bonniegrrl

Note to all Con attenders who are in the food court: DON’T order the Tauntaun Tacos. – @LadyVader66

There’s a Bothan Spy advocacy group here pushing for workplace safety reforms. Mon Mothma will be happy. – @erier2003

Wow. There sure are a lot of hipsters at the Jawas’ Fixed Gear Bikes Demo. Just saw @hipsterstarwars rolling his eyes. – @bonniegrrl

Oddly colored foam on this latte. I thought it might be some rebel scum, but Ackbar yelled, “It’s a Frap!” so I drank it. – @novysan

Modal Nodes reunion concert is sold out. Guess I’ll check out Lobot’s DJ set instead. *sigh* – @starwars

Does anyone know how to get a Hutt out of an elevator? They need to know on three different floors, actually. – @jjmfaraway

At Dex’s Diner. Booth full of Ewoks are looking at me hungrily. That “Ewoks Eat People” is a rumor, right? – @bonniegrrl

Worst. Panel. Ever: “Mating Habits of the Rancor,” presented by Jawa Tteel Kkak. – @scott_walker

Everyone seems really excited to see a giant cloud of Mynocks come shooting out of a bridge or something tonight on Congress. – @novysan

Protocol #droid just stormed away when I asked the odds of the guest speaker being on time. – @DonBuley

First featured panel of the day: Multi-Species Interface Design, or How Can a Wookiee pilot that thing? – @sxstarwars

The Modal Nodes are playing at this party and everyone keeps asking for “The Cantina song.” They look annoyed. – @erier2003

Only 10 min til big Keynote by Admiral Ackbar: “It’s A Trap” is just another way of saying “It’s An Opportunity.” – @sxstarwars

This creep in black keeps trying to buy me a drink at the Fourdroids party, but he is a heavy breather and needs a breath mint. – @tara

Got stuck in elevator with Uncle Owen. Tried pitching me his Desert Farmville FB game again. Give it up, dude! – @jasonhall

Drama Droid Alert! Someone just mistook Gonk for a trash can at the Power Droid Tweetup. Awkward! – @bonniegrrl

5 credits for a tauntaun milk latte!?? Really??? They’re 3.5 credits outside the convention center. Galactic gouging! – @vpisteve

Anyone who can give me a lift to coruscant? My YT-1300 just broke down. – @Inspirementt

Max Rebo Band record release party tonight at Stubbs. Sy Snootles returning on vox. Should be good. – @bsharbaugh

Excited for keynote from TK-421 entitled “The Business Value of Staying at Your Post.” – @bsharbaugh

I hate it when a Hutt can’t keep his monkey lizard quiet throughout a conference. That crazy laughter is very distracting! – @PatrixCjous

Left the “I don’t like you. My friend doesn’t like you either” personal actualization workshop. They didn’t like me. – @Maestroboombatz

Read more here SXStarwars Tumblr.

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Are The Droids You’re Looking For

Bonnie Burton | March 15, 2011

Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost dress up in low-fi droid costumes to re-enact the famous scene between R2-D2 and C-3PO in the Tatooine desert. While dressed as R2-D2, Frost notices those little things that make a hardcore fan proud.

WATCH VIDEO: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s Star Wars

Be sure to check out Pegg and Frost in the new sci-fi comedy Paul.

Back to Space-Con Premiere

Pete Vilmur | March 14, 2011

Anyone who’s followed my articles on knows that I’ve got a soft spot for Star Wars’ first fandom – that is, those early fans who pre-empted the official costumes, books, and other merchandise in the months following A New Hope’s May ’77 release and created their own homespun papier mache masks, fanzines, bumper stickers and buttons to share their enthusiasm for the newfound faraway galaxy.

Luke Skywalker costume from a ’70s Space-Con

The appeal of those often clumsy, awkward early days lead me to a small premiere screening at Michaan’s Theater in Alameda this weekend, a somewhat forgotten early century movie palace nestled along the edge of San Francisco Bay near Oakland, California. A new documentary was debuting on DVD celebrating the history of Space-Con, a series of Star Trek/science fiction conventions that got their start at a Bay Area high school in 1975 and made seven more successful runs through 1980, becoming a fondly-recalled facet of Bay Area fandom thereafter.


A Home Theater Worthy of Hyperspace Team | March 9, 2011

Why watch Star Wars on your TV in a boring living room when you can pretend you’re hanging with R2-D2 and C-3PO in the cockpit of a Corellian Cruiser? writes:

The house has 6 flat panel HDTVs each with their own futuristic touchscreen remote from Creston (each with one button – “WATCH DVD” – that sets all the correct inputs and eliminates headaches). But I’m pretty sure I’d be spending all my time in the theater.

It has life-size R2-D2 and C-3PO replicas that talk to the audience (I assume 3PO stays quiet during the actual screenings), a ceiling featuring a three-dimensional fiber optic scarscape, and a motorized pocket door that serves as the entrance, just like you’d find on a Corellian Cruiser.

Read more about this awesome home theater here:
The Most Impressive Home Theater in the Entire Star System

Baby Star Wars Adidas Posters

Bonnie Burton | March 8, 2011

Hong Kong artist Dorothy Tang created these whimsical posters to celebrate the launch of the Star Wars x adidas Originals Collection.

Done in the Chinese propaganda poster art style of “Nianhua” (New Year prints) these chubby babies called “pang wa wa” sure would have made the Star Wars saga extra-cuddly.

See more of these posters below.


Sad Stormtroopers Get Their Own Love Song

Bonnie Burton | March 2, 2011

Indie band Scattered Trees make a music video for “Love and Leave,” worthy of Emo stormtroopers everywhere. Directed by J.M. Harper, the video not only features stormtroopers but Boba Fett on drums and a very somber Amidala with a few lightsaber tricks up her sleeve.

WATCH VIDEO: Scattered Trees – “Love and Leave”

Below are some of our favorite screengrabs from the music video.


A Galaxy of Misfit Toys

Pete Vilmur | March 2, 2011

Joe Yglesias collects Star Wars bootlegs — that is, quasi-Star-Wars-related merchandise that sports names like “Star Force”, “Star Battle”, “Space Gambler”, and “Star Knight” — which bear more than just a passing resemblance to characters, hardware, and weapons from our favorite faraway galaxy. Most of this stuff has been ignored, or even shunned by collectors — until now. Star Wars bootlegs and knock-offs have begun taking on a novel appeal among a growing number of fans, especially those who recall spying the stuff on their local dime store shelves back in the ’70s.

“When I started getting into bootlegs it was just for the novelty factor,” says Yglesias, who recently devoted an entire room of his house to display his Star Wars knock-off collection. “As I delved deeper into bootlegs, they took over as my prime interest. I was intrigued by them, partially for the cheese factor of the badly made, oddly-colored toys, and partially for the history of the items and how/where they were made. Now, easily 15 years later, I’ve sold or traded the majority of my licensed items and turned my collection area into a shrine for misfit Star Wars toys from around the world.”

Check out Yglesias’ Flickr set of over 130 pics from “Mos Yglesias”, a motley, expansive collection of Star Wars knock-offs from the US to Yugoslavia (and in some cases, even the molds that made them!).