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Origami X-Wing

Bonnie Burton | August 23, 2009

You may never step into the cockpit of your own X-Wing, but you can at least a make a very tiny version with this handy origami step-by-step guide.

Origami X-Wing instructions

Star Wars Money Origami

Bonnie Burton | August 21, 2009

If you feel like your money is constantly flying away thanks to buying so many Star Wars collectibles, no you can literally make dollars fly into space as the Millennium Falcon, TIE Interceptor, X-Wing and more.

Check out these fabulous money origami creations by Won Park.

Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder,” a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not — both in stunning detail.

Check out the rest of his work here:
Won Park – The Master of Origami Paper Folding

Star Wars Bedrooms: AT-AT Loft! Y-wing Bed!

Bonnie Burton | August 12, 2009

Star Wars fans are a crafty bunch, and when they make over a room to celebrate their love for the saga, they don’t mess around. Just this week, two separate extreme Star Wars rooms popped up on blogs inspiring us all to do something more with our ordinary living spaces.

Y-wing Bed:
Sure we’ve all daydreamed about flying in the cockpit of our very own Y-wing, but why not sleep in one? Check out more photos here.

AT-AT Loft:
Or perhaps you want to sleep knowing that your bed can take you to the far reaches of Hoth? Check out this video and tutorial on how to make your own Imperial Walker Loft Bed.

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SOURCES: Gizmodo, Instructables, Club Jade

Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets

Bonnie Burton | August 10, 2009

We’re a big fan of Star Wars finger puppet crafts. So when we spotted these adorkable finger puppets made by Heather Mann from Make and Takes blog, we had to blog it!

Heather writes:

Tips: If you have specific characters in mind (like these Star Wars guys), I recommend doing a quick sketch in your sketchbook so you know what pieces to cut out. I glued additional pieces to the backs of the heads to reinforce the puppets, since regular craft felt is not very stiff.

Not confident in your drawing skills? No worries – just use basic shapes like triangles (body), ovals and circles (heads). You can always pre-cut shapes out to trace to make it easier. Don’t get too detailed in extra body parts (see how I simplified the faces and the arms/feet?).

Also, don’t be too critical of your art skills!! This is very important. Your child won’t care if everything looks perfect, and will learn a lot from seeing you create without criticizing yourself! This will not be graded!

Check out the full craft here:
Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets (via Make and Takes)

Fancy a Cuppa Star Wars?

Bonnie Burton | July 15, 2009

Any kid of the ’80s who ever needed a late night drink of water before bed usually grabbed a Dixie Cup from the handy wall dispenser in the bathroom. Lucky for us, these Dixie Cups often depicted characters from our favorite TV shows and movies, which of course included Star Wars.

Most of us have fond memories about our first encounter with the Star Wars Dixie Cups. I remember being at a friend’s slumber party and I literally smuggled out 10 Star Wars Dixie Cups from her bathroom that apparently belonged to her younger brother who kept wondering why I was so thirsty.

Reis O’Brien from Geek Orthodox blog recalls his favorite Star Wars Dixie Cup memory:

The unexpected huge hit of the day was the fact that they were serving plenty of “orange drink” from a giant cooler and handing them out in these awesome Star Wars Dixie Cups! Now, this was 1981, when we were still covered in the warming glow of The Empire Strikes Back and we pounced on those cups like they were made of gold!

We kept going up to the lady by the cooler and asking for more, which she kept giving us, each time in a new Star Wars Dixie Cup, then we’d chug the orange drink, wipe out the cup with a napkin and ad it to our rapidly growing stack, which we were hiding in our jacket pockets, worried that if our teachers knew we were trying to keep the cups, they would make us throw them away. We knew that they wouldn’t understand and would look at our treasures as “trash.”

They did notice us going bonkers over the cups, though, and I remember them shaking their heads and kind of laughing as if they didn’t get it. What’s not to get?! We’re all 9 years old, it’s 1981, and we’ve just been presented with free Star Wars collectibles! It’s simple math, people!

Read more about it here:
Star Wars Dixie Cups!

Fan-made Knitted Bantha!

Bonnie Burton | July 9, 2009

Inspired by our Cuddly Bantha Craft on Starwars.com, this talented fan decided to knit a bantha instead.

Check it out here:
Knitted Bantha by JediYvette
(via Star Wars Crafts Livejournal Community)

It’s Star Wars Cold & Flu Season!

Bonnie Burton | July 7, 2009

Nothing is worse than being struck down during the summer by a dreaded cold or the flu. Sadly, quite a few of us at Lucas Online (including myself!) are suffering through a rather vicious virus — personally I think it’s Balmorra Flu. Then again, I should be counting my lucky Death Stars that I don’t have Crazed Bantha Fever!

So now is the perfect time to look back at some of the viruses, flu bugs (in some cases actual insects) and other diseases that have attacked various Star Wars characters.

Blue Shadow Virus
The infamous Blue Shadow Virus, a deadly plague wiped from the galaxy generations ago, comes back as a very real threat by the hand of mad scientist Dr. Nuvo Vindi, during The Clone Wars. Vindi has cultivated it once more. Furthermore, he has created an airborne version of the virus — no longer is it contained only to water. Placed within bombs, the gaseous virus is now an incredibly potent weapon. In the attempt to thwart Vindi, Amidala and Ahsoka, as well as a few clone troopers, are infected with the deadly virus, leaving it up to the Jedi to track down the cure in the form of a rare plant root.

Krytos virus
Once it infected a host, the virus destroyed the infected host body cell by cell until the victim’s flesh fell apart completely, resulting in an agonizing death. Highly contagious, the Krytos virus was designed to both target only non-Human populations and be treated by large amounts of bacta. The virus was transmitted by physical contact or through a water supply, but could not spread by airborne transmission. The plague was eventually eradicated by the Vratix, a bacta-producing insectoid species from Thyferra, who combined bacta and ryll kor to develop rylca, the most effective medicine against the disease.

Kaminoan nano-virus
The Kaminoan Nano-Virus was a Nanogene virus created by a Separatist-aligned Kaminoan to kill all clone troopers. It was discovered by the Jedi Kit Fisto and Aayla Secura a few months after the Battle of Geonosis, who were staying at Kamino when they passed a squad of dead troops. After confirming a deadly virus, Prime Minister Lama Su issued Master Cloner Sayn Ta to create a vaccine to protect all clones

Gobindi virus
The Gobindi virus was first discovered by the ancient Gobindi, who were utterly wiped out from its spreading. The Gobindi discovered a cure, but failed to administer it quickly enough to survive. Thriving in hot and humid environments, the virus required a liquid medium to move from one host to another, thus remaining mildly contagious at best. Imperial scientists discovered a way to allow the virus to move through the air and developed it into a biological weapon. The virus itself resembled a tiny, horned eel that wrapped its host in a coating of green slime to maintain its environment. Covered in the slime, the host could continue to move about, spreading the virus. The Empire’s plan to use the virus as a weapon was ultimately foiled.

Check out more illnesses in this handy and sickly index on Wookieepedia: Diseases and Maladies in Star Wars

Felted Jabba the Hutt Craft

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2009

Jabba wasn’t always a ruthless, intimidating character. Craftster Kit Lane has created this adorable felted Jabba complete with bunny rabbit to show fans the softer side of this Hutt.

Check it out here:
Jabba the Hutt – The Early Years

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SOURCE: BoingBoing.net

Retro Star Wars Scrap Droids Craft

Bonnie Burton | July 1, 2009

Building your own legion of loyal droids can be pricey, but thanks to this retro craft from 1978, Pack-o-Fun craft magazine shows you how to make less-sturdy versions of C-3PO and R2-D2 who they call C-Me-Go and Card-Too-Me-Too.

These droids are made with old holiday cards and other materials found in your recycle bin making this a pretty cool green craft as well.

“Gold foil cards are used to create everybody’s favorite computer robot, C-Me-Go. Besides being cute and clever, he’s a marionette! C-Me-Go’s sidekick is Card-Too-Me-Too, a charming ‘droid’ made from Christmas cards. No matter what happens, this robot keeps rolling along – on his spool foot!”

Thanks to artist Michael Fleming for finding this gem and reminding us that crafters and collectors should be on the look out for old issues in the farther reaches of your local thrift shop.

Check out these instructions to make your own scrap droids:
C-Me-Go and Card-Too-Me-Too Craft (via Pack-O-Fun)

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SOURCE: Tweedlebop Flickr Set

How to Woo a Nerdy Girl

Bonnie Burton | June 25, 2009

Dating is never easy, but sometimes you get a few helpful molecules of info that helps spark the romance. Liz at The Park Bench Blog is right on the mark about where to find nerdy gals, what they like, what they collect and what might just impress them. So if you’re single and looking to woo a geeky/nerdy girl these tips will come in handy. Oh, and you’re welcome.

Here’s a couple of our faves:

Tip #2: It helps to look like this guy:

Tip #7: Know your pop culture references.

Know the complete works of the Nerd Holy Trinity: Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams and Peter Jackson. Know that Nathan Fillion will always be on your girl’s “freebie” list. When she goes to church and thanks God that Robert Downey Jr. survived the 1980′s so he could play Iron Man, say “Amen” right alongside her. And for the love of all that is sacred and holy, do not EVER get Star Wars and Star Trek confused: one has Wookiees, one has Shatner, it’s not that hard.

Tip #9: Embrace her collectibles.

That is not a euphemism for something pervy. It’s just a fact. When you walk into her apartment for the first time and notice a glass cabinet filled with a miniature TARDIS, a sombrero-wearing Giles, a 17-inch Han Solo and a two-foot long replica of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D, do not say, “What the hell is all this stuff?” Instead say, “What the hell? Why don’t you have MORE of this stuff? And may I mail order something for you?”

Read more tips here:
How to Meet and Woo a Nerdy Girl
(via The Park Bench)