Archive for 2011



Typographic Star Wars Posters to Benefit Children

StarWars.com Team | September 27, 2011

UPDATE: These posters are now available for a limited time on eBay. Also, starting November 25, canvas editions will be available (10 of each) for 100 euros each. Sales for all the posters and canvas editions will end on December 31, 2011.


H-57 Creative Station, a boutique advertising agency and design studio based in Milan, Italy, had a small idea that blossomed into an Internet
phenomenon.

Its three principles, Matteo Civaschi, Gianmarco Milesi, and Sabrina Di Gregorio, all happen to be huge Star Wars fans and last November they decided to make a series of promotional posters of Star Wars characters exclusively through the use of existing—and mostly older—
type fonts. They printed some as gifts for customers to show H-57’s creativity. Then the images of Darth Vader, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper—using typefaces with names like Bodoni Bold and Helvetica Light Condensed—were posted online and within days went viral. The agency received hundreds of emails from new fans all over the world.

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The “As You Wish” Charity Project Announced

| September 27, 2011

The official Celebration VI site just posted an announcement for the “As You Wish” charity art helmet project, which will present scores of artist-designed Boba Fett and Stormtrooper helmets to be auctioned off online after the show.

Art Andrews from The Dented Helmet costuming group, and Chris Romines from the 501st Legion are heading up the effort with support from eFx.

“Some of the artists involved in this project include Joe Johnston (the original designer/painter for Boba Fett and the director of Captain America); Weta Workshop (New Zealand FX Studio: Lord of the Rings and District 9); and Jim Lee (DC Comic Artist),” says Andrews.

Check out the full announcement at the CVI site and get updates on the project at Facebook.

Star Wars: Scourge Coming in April

StarWars.com Team | September 27, 2011

Coming April 24, 2012 is Star Wars: Scourge by Jeff Grubb, which will be available in paperback and ebook formats. We’ve posted a sneak peek of the cover above.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.

While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Read more at Random House

Muppet Troopers!

StarWars.com Team | September 26, 2011

In honor of Jim Henson’s birthday, 501st members Mike Lica and Derek Lane-Waters paid homage to their favorite Muppets with these hilarious modifications to their armor while attending Detroit Fanfare!

StarWars.com chats with Mike and Derek about their Muppet-tastic Stormtrooper costumes!

What made you want to dress up as a Muppet Trooper?

Mike Lica: Before Star Wars there were the Muppets . I was 9 years old when the Muppets came out and the Muppets were still a big hit when Star Wars arrived. These were the two things all kids talked about and then it happened — Star Wars and the Muppets meet on The Muppet Show. This was great because back then you really looked forward to Star Wars characters appearing on shows like the Muppets, Donnie & Marie show etc. One day Derek and I were talking about this project and knew it would be possible if the right planning was done and after month’s of preparation we finally made it a reality. I look forward to the next time we can make another appearance as Muppet Troopers.

Derek Lane-Waters: I grew up watching Star Wars and the Muppets. I have always connected with both, especially when Frank Oz performed as Yoda. Plus my favorite episode of The Muppet Show was the Star Wars episode with Luke, Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Ewoks Photobomb Vacation Photos!

Bonnie Burton | September 26, 2011

While most of our parents let us believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, Hanukkah Harry and the Tooth Fairy for as long as they could, not every many of them would photoshop them into your family vacation photos.

So when awesome “Dad of the Year” Anthony Herrera photoshopped imagines of Ewoks into his family’s vacation photos so his kids could continue believing that the beloved inhabitants of Endor really existed.

You can check out all his Yub Nubtastic photos here:
This is What Happens When Your Dad’s A Graphic Designer: Ewoks!

Anthony Herrera writes on his blog:

Being the Star Wars geek that I am (so is she), I told her that this is where the Ewoks live. She spent a good chuck of our time hiking keeping a lookout for any Ewoks. Coming home I can’t say that she wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t find any. I had to explain that they are extremely shy and hardly ever let anyone see them. After we got home, and after I had a little time alone with the photos, I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures.

We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image. You can imagine how surprised and excited she was when we discovered that we didn’t see any Ewoks, but they saw us, and had certainly taken an interest in her and her little brother. Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care. She’ll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

Read more about it here:
A Dad Photoshopped Ewoks Into His Family Pictures to Convince His Kids Ewoks Were Real (via Gizmodo.com)

1977 Star Wars Celica: Have You Seen This Car?

Pete Vilmur | September 23, 2011

With today’s auction for the 2012 Star Wars Volkswagen Passat ending soon, another legendary auto will soon join the ranks of Star Wars custom cars, which already includes a 1997 Special Edition Hummer and 2005 Vader Viper. And so the time feels right to once more question the whereabouts of the first officially-sanctioned Star Wars custom car, one 1977 Star Wars Celica Liftback GT awarded in a sweepstakes a few months after Star Wars‘ release that same year.

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Lightsabers Spotted on Japanese Trains

Pete Vilmur | September 22, 2011

Lucasfilm associate Ken Ogawa recently sent us a handful of snapshots from Japan depicting the lightsaber handrails being used to promote Star Wars on Blu-ray in the Land of the Rising Sun. And just in case riders didn’t get the not-so-subtle hint that something Star-Wars-y was afoot, several transit posters promoting the Blu-ray release were also displayed throughout the train cars.

For more images of Star Wars Blu-ray related promotions seen throughout the world, check out our ever-expanding Flickr series here.

It’s A Water Stain!

| September 21, 2011

While some people spot the Virgin Mary in toast or Jesus in their tea leaves, others see Admiral Ackbar in a water stain.

Read more about it here:
It’s A Water Stain! (via Buzzfeed)

Sneak Peek: Phantom Menace Expanded Visual Dictionary

StarWars.com Team | September 21, 2011

Coming from DK Publishing on January 12, 2012 is an updated, expanded edition of The Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary, fully redesigned and sporting several new spreads throughout! This will make the perfect addition to DK’s expansive library of Star Wars Visual Dictionaries that already span the entire Star Wars saga! Check out several of those new spreads here (PAGES NOT FINAL). Also, expect a special cut-away view of Darth Maul’s lightsaber in this edition (not pictured)!

FREE Digital Edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine

StarWars.com Team | September 21, 2011

Here’s your chance to take a close look at Star Wars Insider, the official magazine of the Star Wars saga. This free digital sampler edition is packed with sensational features from the magazine, including:

  • The Return of the Jedi — Mark Hamill on playing Luke Skywalker, and more.
  • Myth Makers — Star Wars creator George Lucas, and Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars reveal the secrets behind the hit show, and how to create the perfect villain!
  • Interrogation Droid — Suave, stylish and always ready to charm the ladies! How will Billy Dee Williams fare against Star Wars Insider‘s Interrogation Droid?
  • My Star Wars — Actor and writer Simon Pegg reveals to Star Wars Insider why he loves the saga so much!
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO’s Greatest Hits! — A look at ten memorable expanded universe adventures of the dynamic droid duo!
  • Clone Wars Comic Strip — A double-helping of comic strips that join together to form an epic adventure from Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine, featuring Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Ahsoka Tano!

To read this free digital sampler edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine, click here

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