Archive for 2011



Early Mark Hamill Interview Surfaces

Pete Vilmur | November 16, 2011

A rare 30-minute interview with Mark Hamill, which appears to have been taped in late 1977 just before the release of Star Wars in Britain that December, has surfaced on YouTube by poster “mhsayers.”

The interview, which is described as having been conducted at Imperial College London, seems to have been broadcast on British television in October, 1978 — although Hamill at one point mentions the film hadn’t yet released in England, likely placing the original session sometime in late 1977.

It’s very rare to find such an extended one-on-one interview with one of the key cast members from this period, which had Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford whisked from one interview to another, often spending only a few minutes with any single interviewer.

Some interesting insights are revealed here that to our knowledge have never been officially publicized — definitely worth the watch if you’ve got a half-hour to spare (and can tolerate choppy editing on black-and-white videotape!)

UPDATE: According to our favorite Star Wars bibliographer/historian Bob Miller, this session was taped December 14, 1977, based on Hamill’s mention of “Blue Peter” being taped the following day (which occurred on December 15). Miller was also able to cross-reference the host’s mention of Hamill’s percentage reported in the Evening News, which was published on December 12.

Dog Vader on The Simpsons

Bonnie Burton | November 15, 2011

On a recent episode of The Simpsons, Bart gets inspiration to build a robo-pet for his science project from his dog Santa’s Little Helper wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Of course, Homer takes the accidental costume a bit too seriously… or just right.

Bart: “Hey what if we make some kind of robo-pet?”
Martin: “What made you think of that?”
(Bart points to his dog wearing a Darth Vader helmet. Dog with helmet walks into the hallway and intercepts Homer.)
Homer: (screams and bows down to dog) “Thy will be done Lord Vader. Just don’t hurt me, oh please!”

WATCH FULL EPISODE HERE:
The Simpsons “Replaceable You” (Season 23, Ep. 4)


Jedi Squirrels!

StarWars.com Team | November 15, 2011

The only thing better than watching a squirrel run around in your backyard, is watching a squirrel run around in your backyard… carrying a lightsaber! Star Wars fan Bryan Harley shows us what can happen when you leave a tiny lightsaber laying around…

Check out his fun fan-made video of just that:

WATCH VIDEO: Jedi Squirrels

Star Wars Cookies From Holiday Cutters

Bonnie Burton | November 14, 2011

While fans are having a blast turning their favorite Star Wars characters into delicious desserts using Williams-Sonoma cookie cutters, you can make even more tasty tributes using basic Christmas cookie cutters!

Turn a bell shape into Darth Vader; skull shape into an Ewok; Chewbacca from Santa Claus; and more!

Read more here:
Star Wars Cookies Using Holiday Cutters
(via Sweetsugarbelle.com)

Rancho Obi-Wan’s Grand Re-Opening!

Pete Vilmur | November 10, 2011

If you’re a fan who frequents any number of Star Wars collecting forums, Facebook pages or twitterfeeds, you probably picked up some heightened chatter starting last Saturday around 4:00pm PST. No, George wasn’t announcing the release of a seventh Star Wars episode, and no, a Blu-ray release of the Holiday Special (which looks bad in any resolution) isn’t imminent – rather, it was the grand re-opening of Rancho Obi-Wan, an enormous museum celebrating the merchandising legacy and fandom inspired by our favorite space saga. Its original — and far quieter — opening occurred way back in 1998, and has since served as a resource and spectacle for those lucky fans who have received a tour.

Around 200 guests file in to the new Rancho Obi-Wan (photo by Victoria Webb)

Rancho Obi-Wan – which houses the personal collection of Star Wars super-collector Steve Sansweet – was unveiling a spacious new addition to display Sansweet’s ever-expanding collection of Star Wars goodies, including full-size arcade games, bicycles, life-size droids, and fan-created artwork. What’s more, Steve announced Rancho Obi-Wan’s new nonprofit corporation status, which will “serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts” (check out ranchoobiwan.org and Rancho’s official Facebook page ).
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VIDEO: Wampug Strikes Back!

Bonnie Burton | November 10, 2011

This Halloween, Dr. Andrews dressed her beloved pug Chubbs as a Wampa, creating an adorkable Wampug. But Wampug is even cuter in action! Here’s a video of Wampug right after a photo shoot in costume!

Every year I make a new costume for my girl Chubbs and this year was no exception. This year she became the dreaded Hoth Wampug! Here she coming directly from her photoshoot and looking cute as can be!

WATCH VIDEO: Wampug in action

The Force is Strong With This Nursery

StarWars.com Team | November 9, 2011

When you bring a new youngling into this galaxy, it’s best to decorate the nursery with the Force. Check out this awesome nursery decorated with lightsaber night lights, a Wampa rug and more!

When Abbey submitted a few pictures of her son Rocky’s Star Wars nursery, we must admit our heart skipped a beat. It is a perfect balance of tribute and taste that brings together a bunch of fun themed accents, a vintage piece of furniture and a cross-stitch from Grandma and pulls it off beautifully. She even answered the age-old question of what to get the guy who has everything — a Wampa rug. Rocky, we envy you.

Read more here:
Rocky’s Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Insider 2012 Special Edition

StarWars.com Team | November 7, 2011

A 148-page Special Edition of Star Wars Insider is on sale from tomorrow at all newsstands for a limited time only!

This collector’s issue celebrates the master behind the Star Wars saga, George Lucas, with highlights from the movies, both on and off camera and exclusive interviews with special effects supervisor John Dykstra, R2-D2 – Kenny Baker, and co-producer Robert Watts!

There are other fantastic interviews included in this special edition from James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher and even respected Animation Director Rob Coleman!

This Star Wars Insider Special Edition also celebrates a rare peek behind the scenes of the Jedi Council from the Lucasfilm Archives. Here we see exclusive photographs of the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas on the sets of the movies.

Plus, the issue features the all-new story ‘Vader Adrift’ starring Darth Vader by Ryder Windham, with art by Joe Corroney.
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Millennium Falcon Pie

Bonnie Burton | November 2, 2011

This may be the tastiest pie to do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs! Check out this apple pie in the shape of Millennium Falcon made by craftty Star Wars fan Amy Ratcliffe!

Find out how to make the pie here:
The Millennium Falcon Makes a Perfect Apple Pie
(via Geek With Curves Blog)

Clone Trooper Cardboard Costume Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 2, 2011

Check out this full Clone Trooper costume (including helmet) made from cardboard! It’s a cool step-by-step project for the whole family!

How to Make a Child’s Clone Trooper Costume from Cardboard
(via Instructables.com)