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Now I Am the Math-ter

Pete Vilmur | August 24, 2009

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Ah, the pre-501st days of Star Wars costuming. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, fans with a bent for donning the duds of their favorite Star Wars denizen often scrounged the local Army surplus and thrift stores to cobble together a complete costume. This guy, captured in a ’70s-era photo we recently found on eBay, gets our vote for coolest Star Wars costume to incorporate an electrical appliance — yep, that’s a ’70s-era 10-key calculator strapped around his chest, along with some strangely metallic shinguards and one “massive jock” (in the words of Lucas Online’s Craig Drake) codpiece.

Dark Lord of the galaxy? Not so much. But if you need to figure out how long it will take a TIE fighter and asteroid travelling toward eachother at 565 and 2,655 miles per hour respectively from a starting distance of 26,254 miles to collide, this Sith’s your man.

Panel Report: Star Wars Collectibles

Pete Vilmur | July 24, 2009

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The Star Wars Collectibles panel just wrapped at Comic-Con and the main site has just updated with a video from Gentle Giant and slideshow presentations from eFX and Sideshow Collectibles. Head on over now to check them out!

Panel Report: Hasbro

Pete Vilmur | July 24, 2009

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The much anticipated Hasbro panel just concluded at Comic-Con, and we’ve got the entire presentation available on the main site in a slideshow format — click here to go to the story…

Comic-Con First Pics: Rise of the Star Wars Pavilion

Pete Vilmur | July 21, 2009

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Lucasfilm Senior Events Lead Mary Franklin sends the first photos from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con of the Lucasfilm Pavilion under construction on the Exhibit Hall floor. The round center stage is coming together, and will be the location of several planned Star Wars photo-ops scheduled during the event. Also, crates containing booth materials from Official Pix and Hasbro await placement next to the LFL Pavilion under the round Clone Wars signage overhead.

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Stay tuned for further updates as the Star Wars Pavilion comes together for Wednesday’s sneak preview launch! Keep an eye on the set-up in this Flickr set of the pre-show build-up.

Update: You may have seen some imagery on MTVs website, but the Pavilion will also incorporate some never-before-seen images from Season Two of Clone Wars. Backed with blood red backdrops is a motley assortment of bounty hunters — some familiar, and some not so.

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VC Jawa Figure Makes Comic Appearance

Pete Vilmur | June 8, 2009

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Comics.com updated yesterday with a few panels from their “Get Fuzzy” strip that should make every vintage Star Wars collector cringe a little — especially those familiar with the ever-elusive vinyl cape Jawa action figure from 1978. Check out the full comic here (thanks to Bill Cable for the heads-up!).

Star Wars Fan Site Receives Webby Award

Pete Vilmur | June 8, 2009

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Joshua Budich, whose “My Star Wars Collection” website hosts 564 images from his personal Star Wars action figure collection, has been awarded both a Webby Award and the People’s Voice Winner in the category of “Personal Web Site” for the 13th Annual Webby Awards!

The Webbies have been recognizing “excellence on the Internet” since 1996, and is comprised of a 550-member body of “leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities,” according to the official website.

Here’s a little more information on the awards themselves:

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The People’s Voice Award — in each of its four entry types: Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile. Members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the winners of the Webby Awards. However, you, the online community, determine the winners of The People’s Voice by voting for the nominated work that you believe to be the best in each category. Each year, the People’s Voice Awards garners hundreds of thousands of votes from the Web community all over the world.

Head on over to the Webby Awards site for a full list of this year’s winners, and also make sure to stop by Joshua’s website to check out the 500-plus figures posted, all accessible from the homepage via a staggering array of tiny 8-bit sprite thumbnails.

Found on eBay: $1,000 Star Wars Lunchbox

Pete Vilmur | June 4, 2009

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Well, not just any Star Wars lunchbox, mind you, but the super rare prototype R2-D2 lunchbox made by Thermos back in the late ’70s. This rare collectible, which just sold for $1,036 on eBay, is just one of a few examples known to exist and was briefly featured in our Star Wars for Lunch Turns 30″ story from a couple years ago. We wrote:

Emerging from the merchandising maelstrom of 1978 was an elusive prototype R2-D2 vinyl lunch kit produced by KST, and the few salesman samples that survive have become holy grail collectibles for more than a few Star Wars and lunchbox aficionados. Sporting a zipper closure, strap handle, and plastic dome top with soft vinyl body in the form of R2-D2, the reason for its stalled production is vague, but was probably due to the fragile vinyl hinge created when the kit’s dome was folded back. It was an ambitious design for KST, and speaks to the staying power of the Star Wars brand even a year after its release.

You can check out the original auction here and also get a brief history of Star Wars lunchboxes in our story here.

McQuarrie Honored by Digital Artists

Pete Vilmur | May 29, 2009

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According to the CG Society’s official website, legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie has been awarded the distinction of “EXPOSÉ 7 Grand Master” by the group.

“The CGSociety is the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists,” reads the group’s site. “The CGS supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all aspects of digital art.”

Fitting, then, that such an esteemed group of artists would honor McQuarrie’s work and career with such a prestigious award. Most Star Wars fans would agree that it is certainly well-deserved!

Head on over to the CG Society’s website for the award announcement, interview, and a great look back at McQuarrie’s spectacular career.

Vader Boogies in Star Wars Weekends Vids and Photos

Pete Vilmur | May 26, 2009

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Attractionsmagazine.com recently updated with a bunch of great video and photo coverage of the first 2009 Star Wars Weekend at Walt Disney World. Some really good coverage of the various events, parades, and celebrities in attendance, so if you’ve got a few minutes to spend in the Disney/Star Wars galaxy, head on over and take a look!

Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars and Hyperspace Hoopla video and pictures (Check out those dark side dance moves!)

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12-foot LEGO Blockade Runner Readies for Diplomatic Mission

Pete Vilmur | May 19, 2009

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Gizmodo reports today of a LEGO builder who’s currently bricking together a 12-foot long Corellian Corvette, better known to most as Leia’s Tantive IV blockade runner from A New Hope. Scaled to the ubiquitous LEGO mini figures and featuring interior details throughout, this classic starship follows the flight path of another Corellian craft built by fan Craig Stevens — the Millennium Falcon — although this one measures just four feet long.

Head on over to Gizmodo and have a look!