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Wired’s GeekDad Reviews Drawing Clone Wars

Bonnie Burton | November 30, 2009

Matt Blum from Wired magazine’s Geekdad blog reviews Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars book from Klutz, and gives readers a chance to win a copy.

I was very excited to receive a review copy of the new Klutz book Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. My wife, who’s a far better artist than I am, sat down with my kids to try out the techniques the book teaches. It instructs you to follow a step-by-step process, working from the inside of each character to the outside, which is good advice (according to my wife) for drawing any sort of figure, whether Star Wars-related or not.

The book includes a set of colored pencils, a Star Wars-branded automatic pencil and marker, and a good eraser. Tracing sheets are interspersed with instructions on how to draw the various characters, droids, and accessories, making the process even easier to follow.

There is a very good variety in the figures chosen, from humans like Obi-Wan and Anakin to “big, sloppy” creatures like Jabba the Hutt to Battle Droids and Droidekas. The text is well-written, containing plenty of story-oriented detail along with the drawing directions – I particularly liked the page that allows you to customize and name your own clones.

I heartily recommend the book for anyone who enjoys or whose kids enjoy the TV series. I, even with my lack of drawing talent, was able to create a few drawings that were, if not great, at least identifiable as what they were intended to be. And my kids have been having a blast drawing the characters they like — Yoda is their current favorite.

Read the full review here:
Review and Giveaway: Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Win a Copy, You Can! (via Wired)

Tokyo’s Robots Come With Lightsabers

Bonnie Burton | November 25, 2009

Looks like the Jedi and Sith are about to be outsourced. Just when you think IG-110 lightsaber droids were fiction, this happens…

Three Motoman robots from Yaskawa perform coordinated moves with lightsabers at Tokyo’s International Robot Exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

WATCH VIDEO: IREX 2009 – Robot lightsaber dance

SOURCE: Gizmodo, Club Jade

Elvis Trooper Cube Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 19, 2009

Our favorite Stormtrooper in Flares, Elvis Trooper is now a Cube Craft!

Now everyone can have their very own Elvis Trooper action figure, some assembly required. Big thanks goes out to our friend Paulo from Portugal for designing this awesome papercraft Elvis Trooper figure and not only is a FREE for everyone to build but it will also finish off all the leftover in your fridge too. Build yours today, heck build a full army and send us photos!

Download the Elvis Trooper Cube Craft!

Check out more Stormtrooper and Indy Cube Crafts!

Amazing Tauntaun Costume

Bonnie Burton | November 16, 2009

It seems like tauntauns are the new zombies. First we had the tauntaun sleeping bag, then the tauntaun groom’s cake, and now one of the coolest tauntaun costumes ever!

Crafty Star Wars fan Scott Holden blogs about this amazing costume and how he made it. After designing his costume on the computer in Solidworks, he went straight to work.

Using wood, expanded metal and Plaster of Paris I made a skull, then sculpted clay over the skull to add the detail.

Then came more foam, plaster, clay, silicone, plastic, PVC, a back pack, drywall stilts, snowboard bindings, felt, craft fur, steel concrete stakes, paint, and a saddle!

Getting into the costume is difficult, it requires the ‘rider’ to first put the stilts on. Then the ‘handler’ lifts the body up and over the rider where the rider then has to put the backpack straps on. Then the handler runs to both sides of the costume and snaps the fur onto the hips hiding the riders real legs and stilts.

I was just recovering from knee surgery, so my buddy Brian agreed to wear the costume for me. We arrived at the Zone Ball at 9:30, had a couple beers in the parking lot, then mounted up.

As Brian strolled through the massive crowds, we were constantly being stopped for pictures. Getting on stage was difficult. There was a handicap lift, but it ended up being broken. It took an additional two security guards and a Zone staffer to climb the stairs, but once on stage, it was all worth it.

Check out the costume in action here:
WATCH VIDEO: Tauntaun costume 2009

Read all about it here:
Scott Holden’s Tauntaun Costume

SOURCE: MAKE magazine

Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking Art Prints

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2009

In honor of Carrie Fisher’s spoken word tour for Wishful Drinking, she’s commissioned artist Ryan Haworth to create limited-edition 18″x24″ silver emulsion prints of his original 30″x40″ oil on canvas painting. The prints are signed by Carrie Fisher and Ryan Haworth.

You can check them out here:
Carrie Fisher Store

PVC Lightsaber Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 12, 2009

Using a swimming pool foam noodle, PVC pipe and an end cap and an electrical tape, you too can make this crafty lightsaber for younglings to act out their favorite Jedi battles.

Do your kids (boys in particular) love swords and/or lightsabers? Mine do. In fact everything at our house can be turned into a sword with a little imagination. We saw some of these swords at a craft fair a few years ago and decided to make some on our own. They are super easy.

We have a outdoor use only policy and strict rules about not hitting one another with them. The swords can only touch swords. They are only to be used in pretend combat as they could do some serious damage. My boys have also used them as baseball bats to hit tennis balls around our backyard.

Read the full craft tutorial at The Idea Room:
PVC Swords/Lightsabers

Garden Jawa Tips: Bugs Be Gone!

Bonnie Burton | November 11, 2009

While his fellow Jawas tinker with discarded droids, Garden Jawa prefers to tend to a small garden of herbs and veggies.

Every once in awhile those pesky Geonosians infest his plants and he has get rid of them organically — and we’re not talking Jedi.

Here’s a few tips on how you can keep pesky, destructive insects out of your garden!

  • Aim strong sprays of water from a garden hose at your plants to kill aphids.
  • Spray aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies with insecticidal soap and homemade garlic spray.
  • Onion and mint are natural flea-beetle repellents.
  • Place rocks around your garden so spiders (who eat many harmful bugs) have a place to live.
  • Put up a bird house close to your garden. They’ll eat nasty slugs that slime up your garden.

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Tim Biskup’s Darth Vader

Bonnie Burton | November 7, 2009

Artist Tim Biskup created this rather unique portrait of Darth Vader for his show titled “I Hate Everyone But You.”

SOURCE: BoingBoing

Adorkable AT-AT Dog Costume!

Bonnie Burton | November 6, 2009

This may just be the happiest little AT-AT ever. A crafty fan made this adorkable costume for his little dog and then shot a video of him wagging his tale to the Imperial theme. Cute overload!

I made this for my Mini-Pinscher for Halloween as he has about the same size and profile as an AT-AT. It is made out of picture backing board, hot glue, a sharpie, pillow stuffing, and my skin — I used a real scalpel to cut it out, plus the hot glue took a chunk of skin off as well.

(via Youtube)

(Thanks for the tip, spladow!)

Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 5, 2009

Using foam sheets, glue, Velcro strips, spray paint and a few other inexpensive items you can make these impressive stormtrooper costumes for your little ones, just like this crafty fan did.

This is my cheap attempt at stormtrooper costumes for my 4 and 6 year -olds. It’s made to be lightweight and flexible for comfort but still hold true to the movie armor and look cooler than the store-bought stuff out there. Because of the materials used, these costumes won’t hold up to rough play or prolonged wear. Actually, they got pretty beat up after simply trick or treating.

Within the steps I’ll tell you how I did certain things and what I would do differently. My son’s costume was my first attempt and spent about 18 hours on it, not including drying time for paint and glue.

My daughter’s costume took less time because I based it on my son’s templates just smaller and I gave it a little less detail (and I was less careful with cutting and gluing). Anyway, hope you find the instructions helpful. The result was a ton of fun and the kids got a lot of attention. Cheers!

Read the full instructions here:
Kid’s Stormtrooper Costume