Archive for 2013

The Star Wars Holiday Special Cantina: Who’s Who

Bea Arthur in the Star Wars Holiday Special

The Star Wars Holiday Special celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The show aired in the US on November 17, 1978, on CBS for the first and only time. The 97-minute special would also air in other countries. It’s safe to assume that it probably wasn’t what most fans had expected it to be. It featured Leia singing lyrics to the Star Wars Main Theme, it featured Luke who apparently hadn’t visited a Sullustan Barber (and with a lot of make-up), and it showed a bunch of strange (musical) intermezzo’s that were more than awkward. Since its initial release, there hasn’t been much love and appraisal for the Holiday Special. Therefore it has never been officially released on any medium by Lucasfilm.


Star Wars Is on Instagram

| December 2, 2013


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Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2013

Tricia Barr | December 2, 2013


In its third year, Seattle’s GeekGirlCon highlights what fans can accomplish when they put their hearts and minds into a passion project. The convention, which is run by fans for fans, sold out before the doors opened. My experience with GeekGirlCon exemplifies the best thing about conventions: getting to meet new people — specifically, in my case, lots of new Star Wars fans.


Star Wars Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2013 Deals! Team | November 27, 2013


Feel the Force…of savings! There will be sales and savings on almost everything Star Wars-related this holiday weekend and has compiled a guide to some of the best discounts available. Check out the list below and consider your search over: These are the deals you’re looking for.


The 10: Best Yoda Quotes Team | November 26, 2013

The StarWars.Com 10: Best Yoda Quotes

Welcome to The 10, a feature where’s editorial staff huddles to discuss — in a committee — various topics relating to a galaxy far, far away. Today we’re looking at the most memorable quotes from the Emperor’s “little green friend.”


Somewhere in the Ventilation Shaft: Bounty Hunter Reunion At RICC

John "Dak" Morton | November 25, 2013


By skybridges and streets, according to event organizer Steve Perry, well over 30,000 attendees descended on Providence’s Rhode Island Convention Center to gather at the 2013 Rhode Island Comic Con. Among a huge list of media guests and artists, Perry featured what he billed as a “very, very rare bounty hunters reunion.” Several jumped across The Pond via the Leisure Corridor. Dak made the transit north from Tierfon on the I-95 hyperlane, re-entering realspace somewhere to the west to stay at the baronial hall of a local lord and lady (a noted paleontologist pair) on the Waterman Reservoir. Headlining the con was the debonair onetime gambler and baron administrator of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian. RICC proved to be an epic Underworld gathering.


Star Wars in the UK: Read-Along Adventures

Mark Newbold | November 22, 2013
Being a proud member of the initial generation of Star Wars fans who marvelled at the first film back in 1977 it’s always nostalgic look back at the time, remembering those first releases of comics, books, novels, toys and audio.  One of the many Star Wars products to arrive in the late 70′s was the latest in an ongoing line of Read-Along Adventures, released by Buena Vista Records (known here in the UK as Rainbow), part of the Disney empire.
The format had been in existance since 1958, when Disneyland Records released their first large format record of Sleeping Beauty and soon a slew of Disney titles including Herbie and The Love Bug, Treasure Island, Frosty’s Adventures in Wonderland and Pirates of the Carribean (based on the ride of course, not the film) were released.  1977 arrived, bringing with it Star Wars and by 1979 and under the freshly monickered Buena Vista Records label the galaxy far, far away dropped into a million kids cassette decks and record players.
The format was simple.  A 24 page colour book came packaged with either a cassette or a 7″ vinyl record and once opened the adventures could begin.  Folks who listened to and read those early releases will fondly remember this introduction:
“This is the story of Star Wars.  You can read along with me in your book.  You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear Artoo-Deetoo beep like this…LET’S BEGIN NOW”
While those early releases had some wayward vocal performances other than Luke, which was by far the best) they evoked perfectly the spirit and romance of the blockbuster they were based upon and for kids in the late 70′s without access to the film anywhere but on the big screen this was a must-have.  In 1979, the year the first book was released, the video release was still three years away and the book gave a swift precis of the film as well as original sound effects, great stills, some airbrushed by the great Ralph McQuarrie himself and in it’s brief running time it promised  - and always delivered – a great adventure.
Just one year later and The Empire Strikes Back (151DC/BOW514) arrived, bringing a new story that once again sumarised the epic into 24 pages and 15 minutes.  This time out the audio was cleaner, the performances much sharper, especially an impressive Yoda and in it’s truncated format it swiftly became an essential part of the wider audio Star Wars story.
In 1983 Return of the Jedi (152DC/BOW517) completed the original Star Wars trilogy and once again sales were strong and the quality of the audio had improved.  With strong sales, Buena Vista knew they were onto a good thing and so they mined the then-popular Marvel Comics stories for fresh adventures.  The first in the Star Wars: The Further Adventures series, Droid World (153DC/BOW515) was adapted from issue 47 of Marvels run, originally released in February 1981 and written by the legendary Archie Goodwin.  This release was available in 7″, 33 1/3 RPM and cassette format, all coming with a 24 page book with artwork by Dick Foes.  The much-loved Planet of the Hoojibs (154DC/BOW516), taken from Marvels issue 55, Plif! written by David Michelinie, came next featuring lavish Greg Winters artwork and another great performance.
But expanding upon the wider Star Wars comics universe wasn’t all Buena Vista was about.  In 1983 it was clear that the Ewoks were a runaway hit, especially with the younger members of the audience, and so The Ewoks Join The Fight (160DC/BOW518) was released, adapting Random House’s childrens book release with art by Diana de Groat, telling the story of Return of the Jedi from the point of view of our diminutive and furry friends. And just one year later, to accompany the record breaking showing of The Ewok Adventure (467, aka Caravan of Courage) Buena Vista rolled out the Read-Along Adventure adaptation (in the States only, not in the UK) followed in 1985 by Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (470).  Filled with hard-to-find images, these two adaptations of the television movies are among the very best of the releases and tough to locate.
Star Wars audio stories were at an end by 1985, as the Dark Times were about to begin, but prior to that in 1984 two educational releases arrived in the USA.  Star Wars: Adventures In Colors & Shapes (180DC) and Star Wars: Adventures In ABC (181DC) both featured Artoo and Threepio and educated youngsters in the basics of reading, shapes and colours, continuing a series of releases since the 70′s that had used the two droids to impart information to young readers.
The success of this series launched a slew of other titles, including E.T, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Gremlins, Goonies and Tron.  Throughout the 80′s and right up to the release of two Dick Tracy books in 1990 they were an often-seen feature on shelves across the States and the UK, but by 1990 Buena Vista was no more, renamed once again, this time to Disney Audio Entertainment.  Major Disney releases continued to receive the Read-Along Adventure treatment, including Special Edition re-releases of the original trilogy and the first prequel The Phantom Menace.
With the swift turn-around of movies from screen to home video formats and downloads it’s likely that the days of the Read-Along Adventure are largely over, but like 7″ records, cassettes and 8-Tracks it’s a part of the fabric of Star Wars, a vessel that carried the spirit of the Star Wars universe and its inhabitant to the kids of the 70′s and 80′s.  The media is retired, but the adventure is far from over.



Being a proud member of the initial generation of Star Wars fans who marveled at the first film back in 1977, it’s always nostalgic look back at that time, remembering those first releases of comics, books, novels, toys, and audio. One of the many Star Wars products to arrive in the late ’70s was the latest in an ongoing line of Read-Along Adventures, released by Buena Vista Records (known here in the UK as Rainbow), which is part of Disney.

The format had been in existence since 1958, when Disneyland Records released their first large format record of Sleeping Beauty and soon a slew of Disney titles including Herbie and The Love Bug, Treasure Island, Frosty’s Adventures in Wonderland and Pirates of the Carribean (based on the ride of course, not the film) were released. 1977 arrived, bringing with it Star Wars, and by 1979 (under

the freshly monickered Buena Vista Records label) the galaxy far, far away dropped into a million kids’ cassette decks and record players.



Slugthrowers: An Overview of Popular Music and Musicians in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Part 1

Ed Erdelac | November 21, 2013

In a galaxy of 400 billion stars, where sentient life emerged on some 20 million distinct worlds, music, one of the hallmarks of civilized culture, has evolved in an almost limitless variety.

Some styles remain planetary bound, their appreciation limited to their progenitors. Gamorrean opera and baka rock has mostly failed to find an appreciative audience in the galaxy at large, outside of expatriate Gamorreans, who tout its snorting and squealing as sublime. Likewise Verpine choral arrangements, whose members rub their legs together to produce their version of music, are not particularly well-regarded other than by insectoid species. In a pangalactic community of such varied biology and aural temperament, some sonic compositions even have negative physical effects which their creators are immune to. The deafening noise of Aridinian folk music famously causes human ears to bleed within the sounding of a few notes and has thus been strictly regulated outside of its native system. The smazzo percussion group Shluur was once escorted off the planet Clak’dor VII after it was found the music of its avant-garde composer Wurokk provoked violent aggression in the native Bith population and nearly leveled the capitol city of Weogar in destructive riots.

Yet other genres, such as the perennially popular jizz, seem to break orbit from their homeworlds and join the Galactic community at large, changing and in turn being changed by its interactions with other cultures. Symphonic classical composition has been a kind of neutral musical ground for the expression of heterogeneous cultures for millennia.  A few musical styles, such as the traditional music of the reptilian Tarasin of Cularin, achieve popularity because of the unique, pleasing effect they have on extraterrestrial species; in this case, inexplicably soothing the gills of aquatic peoples.

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It is known that the Wookiees of Kashyyyk beat their tree drums in celebration of Life Day as early as 1,500,000 BBY, and early writings found in the Petrax Historic Quarter of Coruscant speak of attempts to duplicate with woodwind instruments the haunting moonsong that occurs when wind passes through the wingflutes of ringed moon shadowmoths. Millennia before the Battle of Yavin, the fragile-boned, flying reptilian Vors of Vortex in the Glythe sector were already performing their annual storm solstice Concert of the Winds, manipulating the passage of wind through the myriad tunnels and apertures of the mountainous, delicate crystalline Cathedral of Winds to produce complex, ethereal music unheard anywhere else in the galaxy.


World Record Night at Rancho Obi-Wan Comes with Auctions, Celebrities, and Even Balloon Pops!

Steve Sansweet | November 20, 2013

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Party time! Who among us doesn’t love to hear those words…especially if Star Wars is involved. Well, perhaps the party planner who has hundreds of details to attend to, tight budgets, deadlines to meet, occasional quirky people to contend with — and a reputation to uphold.

We’re just beginning to recover from the Nov. 2 World Record Night at Rancho Obi-Wan, an evening designed to mark our second anniversary as a nonprofit museum and to celebrate our inclusion in Guinness World Records 2014 as the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia.” As important, the event was a fundraiser to help us continue our mission of Inspiring through the Force of Imagination, which is a nice way of saying — like any nonprofit — we need to keep raising money to stay alive. More on that later.


R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made Team | November 19, 2013

The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who can now confirm will indeed be in the film. But who are the two men standing behind Artoo, looking very protective of the “overweight glob of grease”?