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LEGO Minis for Midi-chlorians?

Pete Vilmur | February 5, 2008

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Gizmodo.com updates today with an incredible gallery of mini LEGO Star Wars ships custom built by Tim Goddard, who says he’s constructed about 200 of the thumb-sized props for expansive dogfight dioramas.

Here’s a bit of the interview:

JD: How do you reach to these super-simplified constructions? Do you do some planning first or you go straight for it?

TG: Just go for it! Well, mostly. Loads of reference pictures are essential and I often use an architect’s ruler in the scale I’m working in; making the dimensions as accurate as possible is key to getting the look (but you can’t help a bit of chunkiness, this is LEGO after all!) It can take ages to get the smallest model to look just right, endlessly taking it apart and putting it back together again.

JD: Yeah, I can imagine… how long have you been doing LEGO?

TG: Pretty much all my life. Space Lego was my favorite as a kid, and when they released Star Wars LEGO it was a match made in heaven! I’ve been making my own custom Star Wars stuff for maybe 5 years but I’ve always enjoyed building.

Check out the gallery and interview here, and while you’re in a LEGO Star Wars state of mind, check out the Millennium Falcon “pirate ship” just posted over at clubjade.net.

Jedi Ginsu Knife

Pete Vilmur | February 4, 2008

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Here’s some fantasy tech that’s right up there with flying cars and Star Trek transporters to get your geek on – the Jedi Ginsu knife, which “will replace all of your knives because it cuts through anything with its amazing blade of light.” And it doesn’t even scorch the food – amazing!!!

Let’s hope technology gets us one of these before food pellets replace the need for knives altogether. Check out the fun ad over at metacafe.com.

And for some lightsaber fun that’s actually within the realm of reality, check out the new lightsaber lamps from Japan reported over at slashfilm.com.

LEGO Turns 50

Pete Vilmur | January 28, 2008

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With all the LEGO steampunk we’ve posted this week, we should have known there was some LEGO mojo floating about. Turns out today is LEGO’s official 50th anniversary, and Gizmodo.com has devised a cool timeline and list of LEGO curiosities. Here’s an excerpt:

It all first started in 1947, when LEGO bought their first plastic injection machine. The brick was not invented then but took final form in 1958, when the shape of the stud-and-tube brick was patented. Since then, LEGO sets have been going through dozens of iterations, from the younger version, DUPLO, to the most sophisticated LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sets, going through all the different themes of LEGOLAND and, of course, the most successful line of all times according to LEGO, LEGO Star Wars.

UPDATE: Boingboing.net just posted a time-lapse video of the largest LEGO set ever offered, the 5000-piece Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon, being constructed by their own Boingboing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson. And if you haven’t visited lately, check out the latest submissions over at the fbtb forums in the ongoing Steam Wars contest.

LEGO Steampunk AT-AT

Pete Vilmur | January 25, 2008

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The coal fires driving the LEGO “Steam Wars” contest get stoked again with this fantastic new submission discovered via clubjade.net. The mammoth tusks and top-deck cannons were inspired additions to this entry. Check out the full Flickr gallery here.

More LEGO Steam Wars

Pete Vilmur | January 25, 2008

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Gizmodo.com continues their coverage of the LEGO steampunk Star Wars contest, recently updating with several new entries, including “Steam Speeder”, Pod Racer, “Imperial London Shuttle”, and TIE Fighter. Click on over to check them out!

Rebelscum Japan Launched

Pete Vilmur | January 21, 2008

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Our friends over at rebelscum.com have just launched an all-new site dedicated to Japanese Star Wars collecting, posting an informative tutorial on the history of the hobby in the Land of the Rising Sun. Here’s a bit of the intro:

In 1978, turmoil from a galaxy far, far away finally reached the big screens in Japan. Tickets were selling by the thousands, and in every big city everyone was talking about the new Star Wars movie. The stage had been set for a new promotional era in Japan. The first company to realize this potential was Coca Cola. They had devised an ingenious marketing plan that not only boosted sales, but also began a race for toy products throughout Japan. They began advertising new bottle caps which would contain a small vinyl picture of characters and scenes from the movie. There would be 50 designs total. There were even 3 color variations which included a gold background, a silver background, and a pink strip design. It seemed the collecting and trading, among the anxious consumers was endless.

Read the entire article here. As big fans of Japanese Star Wars collectibles, this is one we’ll be watching!

Star Wars LEGO Contest Picks Up Steam

Pete Vilmur | January 8, 2008

Star Wars steampunk aficionados, crack out those old LEGO sets with helicopter propellers, domed canopies, harpoons, gears and other Victorian accoutrements – the From Bricks to Bothans Forums has announced a “Steam-Wars Contest” and is giving away some great LEGO Star Wars sets for prizes.

To get an idea of what Star Wars steampunk might look like, check out some of the photos posted at the WIRED Blog Network.

Better hurry – contest ends January 31st!

Thanks to theforce.net for the heads up!

Wrecked AT-AT Wins the Day

Pete Vilmur | December 4, 2007

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Starship Modeler recently hosted a contest that asked contestants to submit their best model “wreck” — that is, any model that might be defined as“derelict, broken, abandonned, war-weary, busted, beat up, junker, hangar queen, crashed, pranged, in disrepair, poorly maintained and held-together-with-baling-wire-and-prayers”, etc.

Scratch modeler Dimitri Kaliviotis took home the first place prize with his stunning 1/32 scale AT-AT, which truly looks like something post-apocalyptic from that galaxy far, far way. Check out the rest of the entries for more Star Wars-inspired wrecks.

Astromech Speakers

Pete Vilmur | October 19, 2007

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Soon you’ll be able to hook up a pair of astromechs to your laptop or iPod to listen to your favorite music or movies – Techdigest recently sneaked a peek at this cool R2 unit duo –

Released in December by Taito Japan, two R2′s are sold together in a set in blue and orange, each standing 12cm high. You can connect to a computer or MP3 player via a standard 3.5mm stereo plug, with a flip of the head opening up the speakers for use.

Looks like they’ll only cost about $40, too. First salt and pepper shakers, now speakers. Is there anything your standard-issue Artoo unit can’t do?

Yoda Sculptor Visits London Exhibit

Pete Vilmur | October 11, 2007

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Star Wars legend Stuart Freeborn, sculptor/designer of Chewbacca and Yoda, among others, was recently invited to Star Wars: The Exhibition at County Hall in London. There, the 92-year-old Freeborn toured the scores of original props and costumes, accompanied by Bob Keen (who worked for Freeborn during Empire and Jedi) and Jonathan Sands of Weird & Wonderful (see image above).

Sands says he will be shooting a short documentary of Freeborn for another exhibition which will be taking place at County Hall shortly.