Archive for 2012



Rancho Obi-Wan: From dream, to reality to “Experience”

Steve Sansweet | July 30, 2012

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I didn’t set out to amass the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, or WLPCoSWM for you acronym fans. It just kind of happened. It’s like a baby’s first steps: First one tentative foot forward, soon followed by the second, then a quicker third step…and the next thing you know, little Carl Lewis is winning nine Olympic gold medals in Track and Field!

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A Sneak Peek at the Sneak Peek

Dave Filoni | July 27, 2012

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Good news! I’ve selected the Clone Wars season 5 clips that will be shown at Celebration VI – and I think you will be very pleased. To give you a small preview, take a look at this photo of me and Mattias (one of our editors) finalizing a scene. I had fourteen different clips pulled for consideration, but we narrowed it down to a final list. It may surprise you to know that getting these clips together is no simple task. Many come from episodes that are not yet finished, and still require sound design and final lighting shots before they are presentable. Never fear! Matthew Wood and David Accord will be working on the sound design to make sure you have the best possible experience watching these clips at Celebration.

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Star Wars Uncut: Malcolm Sutherland

Casey Pugh | July 27, 2012

When Star Wars Uncut was first released I was curious to see if fans could not only recreate Star Wars, but also reimagine it. Just two months after Uncut’s release, Montreal-based animator, Malcolm Sutherland, submitted three scenes that blew everyone away.

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Introducing… Casey Pugh

Casey Pugh | July 26, 2012

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t heard of Star Wars Uncut, you must have just recently discovered the internet (in which case welcome!) but as quick refresher to those of you with internet access and short memories, Star Wars Uncut is a film made up of hundreds of fan-created 15-second segments put together to create a shot-for-shot remake of the original Star Wars film. It’s one of those ideas so brilliant that we here at StarWars.com could only scratch our heads and think “wish we’d thought of that”! But we didn’t: our newest contributor, Casey Pugh, did. Read on to find out a bit more about him and how Uncut grew from a spark of an idea into an internet sensation!

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… And Tarfful is on the synchronized swimming team.

Katie Cook | July 26, 2012

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Katie Cook is a cartoonist and writer. She is kind of a big deal… to her cat. You can find her art and comics at katiecandraw.com, gronkcomic.com and find her mumbling like a raving lunatic at on Twitter @katiecandraw.

Pics from LEGOLAND’s Star Wars Miniland

StarWars.com Team | July 25, 2012

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to tag along with Course of the Force during its epic journey from Santa Monica to San Diego — which conveniently took a quick detour through LEGOLAND California. While we were at the park we couldn’t help but shoot some pictures of the awesome LEGO Star Wars Miniland, a whole area devoted to LEGO recreations of iconic scenes and characters from the Star Wars universe.

What’s Inside Star Wars Insider #135

| July 24, 2012

The new Star Wars Insider is out on newsstands this week. As one of the folks who helps determine what’s inside each issue, I figured I’d best be blogging about issue #135. Figuring out where to start was easy – the cover – but I just realized this issue is more than just the videogame issue. Quite stealthily, it’s also the wedding issue. I’ll explain as I rattle off ten highlights of Star Wars Insider #135.

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Interviewing George Lucas

J.W. Rinzler | July 24, 2012

This would be the fifth or sixth time I’d be asking George about the making of one of his films. In this case, we’d be talking about The Making of Return of the Jedi. The first official interview was back in 2004 for a book on The Making of Revenge of the Sith. Then we went back in time to Star Wars, the Indiana Jones films, and Empire, for their respective books. For each I always bring lots of backup: extra batteries, a second recorder, notes, laptop (optional)… and of course the questions. (The last thing I want to be doing is scribbling frantically—though that’s what I had to do on set, as it wasn’t practical otherwise.)

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Introducing… Jonathan Rinzler

J.W. Rinzler | July 23, 2012

Editor’s Note: Even though it has been 35 years since Star Wars was released in theaters, and almost 30 since Return of the Jedi, we remain fascinated with untold stories and unseen assets that take us inside the production of the movies. Few people are more devoted to unearthing and telling these stories than Lucasfilm’s J. W. Rinzler. With an unprecedented level of access to the Lucasfilm archives, and to the cast and crew who helped create Star Wars, Rinzler has authored definitive accounts about The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Empire Strikes Back, and is now hard at work on The Making of Return of the Jedi. And, with all of his spare time, Rinzler has agreed to join us a regular contributor to the blog. Read on as he introduces himself and shares more about what you can expect in his future posts!

With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).With the signed photo that ILM gave George Lucas upon completion of their first ever visual effects shot for Star Wars, in front of the Main House, SR (we reproduced this in the Making of ESB book).

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Weekly Roundup: July 20, 2012

StarWars.com Team | July 20, 2012

Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed last week, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 sneak peeks, Comic-Con highlights, Celebration VI updates and more!

THE CLONE WARS SEASON 5 SNEAK PEEKS
The Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con International revealed two previews of major events unfolding in the show’s fifth season: the return of Darth Maul and the Mandalorean Death Watch to the Star Wars galaxy! Check out the Darth Maul clip here and the Death Watch sequence here.

COMIC-CON HIGHLIGHTS
Star Wars had a major presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, with panels showcasing new and upcoming collectibles from Sideshow, eFX, Kotobukiya, and Hasbro. There were also previews of upcoming books, the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a bunch of on-scene coverage reported right here in the official blog! Be sure to also check out our slideshow coverage of the many Star Wars-related sights witnessed at this years Comic-Con.

STAR WARS READS DAY
Star Wars book publishers will be staging events in bookstores and libraries across the US on October 6, 2012, an occasion that promises raffle prizes, promotional giveaways and more! For more information (including volunteer costumer sign-ups), check out our Star Wars Reads Day announcement!

CELEBRATION VI UPDATES
In addition to revealing the final set of Celebration VI artwork prints, another collector-interest announcement also broke this week: The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience — a collection of items from the world’s largest Star Wars collectibles museum — will be appearing at Celebration VI! Also, today (July 20) at 11:59PM (ET) is the last chance for fans to purchase Celebration tickets and receive them in the mail. Get your tickets now!