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Yoda Costume for Kids Craft

Bonnie Burton | October 15, 2009

Crafty gal and Star Wars fan Susan Beal made this awesomely adorable Yoda costume for her 18-month-old daughter Pearl, and was sweet enough to post all the instruction on how she did it in case others would like to make one for their younglings.

Susan Beal writes:

I used an Empire Strikes Back Yoda action figure for inspiration, and carried him around the fabric store to loosely match fabric colors to him and his outfit. The central piece, a simple brown robe, is altered from an adult T-shirt, and the other elements (a hat, snake, belt, and walking stick) are all quick sewing projects using basic templates.

Find out how to make this adorable costume here:
Kids Yoda Costume (via Craft)

Let Them Eat Plo Koon Cake!

Bonnie Burton | October 14, 2009

If you’re headed to a party where you know Clone Wars director Dave Filoni will be in attendance, bring this cake and you might end up with a new BFF.

Everyone knows that Filoni’s fave character is Jedi Master Plo Koon, and now that he’s in cake form, this could end up being Filoni’s favorite cake.

Great White Snark blog reports:

This French vanilla with butter cream Star Wars cake with an uncanny, life-sized, fondant-y likeness of Plo Koon comes to us thanks to Patty of MeMe’s Treat Boutique, who created it “this past summer for the VIP dinners with Jeremy Bulloch (actor who played Boba Fett), David Filoni, and Ashley Eckstein of Clone Wars.” Neat.

Stormtrooper Road?

Bonnie Burton | October 14, 2009


(Photo: Don Day/KTVB.com)

Somewhere in Idaho there’s a graffiti artist who wants to remind us that ALL roads lead to the dark side — even desolate farm roads.

Read more here:
Where did the mysterious Stormtrooper come from? (via KTVB.com)

Star Wars in Concert: San Jose

Bonnie Burton | October 11, 2009


(Photo by Matt Martin)

Now that Star Wars in Concert is in full swing, touring around the United States, we’re excited to see what fans are saying about the spectacular show.

During the Star Wars in Concert performance in San Jose, Lucasfilm’s own Matt Martin showed fans images during the performance as well as of the Star Wars props and costumes on display.


(Photo by Matt Martin)
“Across the Stars at Star Wars in Concert!”


(Photo by Matt Martin)
“Imperial March at Star Wars in Concert!”


(Photo by Matt Martin)
“Leia’s theme at Star Wars in Concert!”

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Star Wars in Concert: Los Angeles

Bonnie Burton | October 11, 2009


(Photo by Rob Sheridan)

As the Star Wars in Concert tours around the United States, it’s always fun for us to see what fans are saying about the spectacular show.

During the Star Wars in Concert performance in Los Angeles, George Lucas and a few other celebs came to be wowed by the show.

Below are some of the comments and photos from director/photographer Rob Sheridan, director Kyle Newman and C-3PO himself Anthony Daniels.

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Jabba Jam?

Bonnie Burton | October 9, 2009

The next time you’re looking for the perfect topping for your Darth Vader toast, consider using Strawberry or Mandarin Orange Jabba Jam. Of course, you’ll have to make your own jam because it’s no longer on store shelves.

Novelty story Archie McPhee tried to make a jam as a worthy add-on to their Jabba toys, but it never really took off.

Archie McPhee Blog writes:

In the early 1990s, we found some musty boxes of Jabba the Hutts on the third floor of an open air parking garage in downtown Chicago. We haggled down to ten cents each for the Jabba heads and slightly more for the whole Jabbas. We had greedy visions of rabid Star Wars fans beating down our door for this rarity. Once we offered them up for sale, the whole Jabbas sold quickly, but the pieces didn’t move at all. What were we supposed to do with thousands of Jabba heads and arms?

We decided to match them with plastic fruit slices that didn’t sell and turn them into jam! This was back in the days when anyone with Print Shop considered themselves a graphic designer, so it took no time at all to print out the labels and bottle Jabba.

We never sold a single one. Like Boba Fett in the belly of the almighty Sarlacc, they sat on the store shelves and in our warehouse gathering dust for years. No one is entirely sure what happened to them. Some think they went in Surprise Bags, others think they were sold to the Science Fiction Museum at vastly inflated prices. The only thing we know for sure is that we wish they were in that warehouse fire and we had never seen them at all.

Click to see the image bigger here:
Jabba Jam

Yoda: See Lee Strasberg

Bonnie Burton | October 7, 2009

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is world-famous as the place to learn Method Acting. Some of the greatest actors on film studied there such as Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Harris, Paul Newman and Al Pacino.

At the institute, Lee Strasberg was a respected and beloved teacher whom the actors nicknamed Yoda for his wisdom, humor, and stature.

It’s easy to see the comparisons between Yoda and Strasberg when he would tell his students: “Don’t plan. Be.”

So when reading her best-selling memoir Official Book Club Selection, we were excited to learn that comedian and actress Kathy Griffin mentioned the affectionate Jedi Master nickname in her book.

Strasberg would come to the Institute, too. We called him Yoda (his looks had a little something to do with it.)

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer

Bonnie Burton | September 21, 2009

When you draw R2-D2, does he look more like a watermelon on roller skates than a cool droid? Does the Yoda you see in your head look nothing like the green blob that ends up on paper? Don’t go to the dark side yet! Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook — Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars — from Klutz.

Written by the editors of Klutz and Lucasfilm’s Bonnie Burton, and illustrated by Star Wars artist Grant Gould, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap.

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars hits stores in October 2009.
Here’s the trailer to Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Enjoy!

WATCH VIDEO: Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer
(via Starwars.com)

Read more about the book here:

Sith Fashion at The Emmys?

Bonnie Burton | September 21, 2009


(Photo by WireImage.com/Mathew Imaging)

We already know how Star Wars costumes have influenced designers from Project Runway, but this is the first time we’ve seen a celebrity show off a designer dress that would easily blend in at any formal party thrown at the Death Star.

Granted, we would never give actress Kristen Wiig a Grade D (like Yahoo did) for her fashion sense. We proudly give her an A for Awesome!

Read more here:
2009 Emmys Red Carpet Report Card
(via Yahoo)

Plush Darth Vader Craft Tutorial

Bonnie Burton | September 18, 2009

Star Wars fans are a crafty bunch, so whenever we come across fan-made toys we can’t help but be impressed. Here’s a great craft tutorial on how to construct your own adorkable plushy Sith Lord.

Read more here:
Plush Action Figures: Darth Vader vs. Donatello
(via Instructables.com)