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Jawa Sandcrawler Built to Figure Scale

Pete Vilmur | October 9, 2007

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Since building big seems to be a theme this week (see X-wing rocket story below), we thought we’d share what one fan from Brooklyn, New York has built to accommodate his band of Jawa action figures – a sandcrawler built to action figure scale! (you didn’t think the old Kenner version was actually to scale, did you?)

The intricately-detailed sandcrawler measures a hulking two and a half feet tall and over five feet long. Here’s an excerpt from darklord1967’s post:

About 2 months ago, I went up to my collection room and spent some time admiring my horde of TAC Jawas. I’m not entirely sure why, but I just LOVE those new little buggers! Anyhow, I decided to see what my new little scavengers would look like in a makeshift droid auction in front of their Sandcrawler. I pulled my Vintage Kenner Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler down off the shelf, posed a bunch of droids and TAC Jawas around it… and my heart sank. That tiny, dinky, out-of-scale, pathetic Sandcrawler looked ridiculous next to my new Jawas! I loved this Sandcrawler as a kid, but now… it just wasn’t working for me.

Head on over to theprivateuniverse.co.uk forum to check out the pics and full description.

5,000-piece LEGO Falcon Built in Under 3 Hours

Pete Vilmur | September 28, 2007

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For those who plan to pick up the new 5000-piece Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon LEGO set (which includes a 4-pound instruction manual!), check out the short time-lapse video posted by some German fans who were able to cobble the Corellian freighter together in just 2 hours and 53 minutes!

Bay Area TV Show Tours Lucasfilm at Presidio

Pete Vilmur | September 23, 2007

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The local TV show “Bay Area Backroads” recently took a tour of the Lucasfilm digs at the Presidio, and even got a peek at our very own starwars.com servers!
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Edlund Talks ILM’s Pre-digital Days

Pete Vilmur | August 31, 2007

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Americanheritage.com recently posted an expansive article on the era of pre-digital special effects, featuring an interview with ex-ILMer Richard Edlund. The article spans the founding of Industrial Light & Magic two years before Star Wars’ release in 1977 through the end of the decade, when Star Trek – The Motion Picture defined how not to do a special effects movie. Here’s an excerpt:

The storyboards described the movie starting with an enormous “Imperial Star Destroyer” pursuing a much smaller spacecraft into the frame right over the audience’s head, hauling them into the adventure. “We knew how important this was,” Edlund explains. “If the audience didn’t buy that shot right away, they might not buy into what follows, but the only Star Destroyer we had was barely three feet long. We’d discussed plans to build a huge model that would stretch out along the side of the building, talking endlessly about how we’d light and shoot it while we kept banging away on the easier shots, always pushing that massive opening shot off, until eventually we started running out of stuff to shoot. By then the money was getting thin, and time was pretty much up.” And so, just as they’d always done, Edlund and John Dykstra, the movie’s visual-effects supervisor, and their crew at the fledgling visual-effects house Industrial Light & Magic, tackled this latest problem with sheer inventive pluck.

Before you head over, grab a snack and a beverage – it’s a long ride, but well worth the trip!

Never Tell Me the Odds

Pete Vilmur | August 10, 2007

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Belgian playing card manufacturer Cartamundi, which is Latin for “cards of the world”, recently acquired a Star Wars license to produce playing cards and – you guessed it – the very first official poker chip set!

Still hot off the success of landing the contract to produce the cards and chips appearing in the latest James Bond film Casino Royale, Cartamundi will be unleashing a stellar poker set this October for Star Wars fans, complete with 200 chips, two exclusive casino-quality card decks, a chrome Death Star dealer button, and Star Wars branded case.

The stand-out feature of this set, of course, is the presentation. The 100 blue, 50 green, and 50 red 10.2-gram translucent chips are illuminated within the case by 72 LEDs shining through diffuser lenses, brilliantly illuminating the set when opened. It’s no mistake that the colors resemble lightsaber blades – just be mindful of how you wage them at the table.

Expect to ante up about $200 bucks for this baby — yes, you can buy your own chips for that — and StarWarsShop will be posting this shortly –- stay tuned….

What Brings You Out This Far?

Pete Vilmur | August 7, 2007

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One of the cooler pieces of Star Wars-related swag to be found at Celebration Europe was a poster depicting the actual Mos Espa filming site from Episode I that reads “In a land not so far away…” and “Come and Feel the Force: Tunisia”.

Yup, a travel poster promoting tourism to Star Wars fans, with a breathtaking sunset image of Tatooine to boot. This one’s getting a frame.

Anyway, there are actually tours dedicated to Star Wars fans offered by at least two travel agencies — Tunisia First and Wigmore Holidays — which appear to hit several of the Star Wars shooting sites, such as Mos Espa (Ong Jmel), Anakin’s Slave quarters from Episode I (Tataouine), and the Lars Homestead interior (Matmata).

Be warned that Dewbacks will cost you extra.

Listening and Living in These Star Wars

Pete Vilmur | August 3, 2007

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You’ve heard of The Star Wars Holiday Special, and maybe Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, but have you ever heard Living in These Star Wars by The Rebel Force Band? No? Well brace yourself.

This unlicensed 1977 homage to Star Wars is one of those rare gems known mostly to hardcore Star Wars audiophiles, noteworthy for its sincere (although disastrous) attempt to honor the first film in song. checkthecoolwax.com now has the full album available for download, which is pretty slow, but definitely worth the wait.

With ditties such as “Don’t Fall in Love with an Android”, “Chewie the Rookie-Wookie”, and “A Respirator for Darth Vader”, this is a can’t-miss. Here’s a taste of lyrics from “Leia”:

“Leia – Oh -Be my lady, tonight
Be my lady, I love you
Over the planets
The places we’ll see
We’ll fly on forever
Then we’ll be free”…

Check out the original post at checkthecoolwax.com.

LEGO To Award Bronze C-3PO to Comic-Con Attendee

Pete Vilmur | July 24, 2007

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According to LEGO Comic-Con booth insiders, there will be a one-of-a-kind bronze C-3PO given away in a drawing at their booth sometime during the show. This is the only exclusive from LEGO at Comic-Con, so make sure to stop by and drop your name in the hat!

Han Solo to Star in Western

Pete Vilmur | June 27, 2007

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Well, not exactly. Blogger Daniel Messer of Gilbert, Arizona spotted the space pirate donning some western duds on a book cover printed by Linford Western Library. You’d think the artist could have at least lifted an image of Ford from 1979′s The Frisco Kid, the actor’s first — and last — Western comedy.

Thanks to clubjade.net for the link. Read the original blog post here.

Veteran ILMer Lorne Peterson Interview at Sideshow

Pete Vilmur | June 25, 2007

Veteran ILMer and model maker Lorne Peterson discusses a bit of Star Wars history and the recent Sculpting a Galaxy book in a cool video interview posted at Sideshow Collectible’s official site.

Learn more about Sculpting a Galaxy from our October coverage here and November update here.