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The Empire Strikes Back ’50s Premake!

Bonnie Burton | May 19, 2010

We all know that filmmaker George Lucas was influenced by the old sci-fi serials of his childhood when he made the Star Wars films. But now you can see how much those shows really did make their mark with this fan-made tribute to The Empire Strikes Back using old film footage. Bravo!

Let’s turn back the clock, shall we? Back to a distant time in an alternate universe far, far away… The 50s! It was a simpler age of 3-D movies, and robots named Robby, Gort, and Tobor. A hidden gem of this period in cinema is a little film called The Empire Strikes Back, the second chapter in a planned three-part epic science fiction trilogy.

While the preceding and succeeding episodes were never actually produced due to budgetary constraints, Empire shines as an example of 1950s 3-D space opera. The re-release of this trailer coincides with the 60th anniversary of this amazing film.

VIDEO: “Premakes” The Empire Strikes Back (1950)

VIDEO: Frame By Frame Breakdown

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Ewok Karaoke!

StarWars.com Team | April 22, 2010

Forget singing hits from Journey, Madonna and Lady Gaga. What fans really want is to sing the Ewok celebration song!

You’re in luck!

WATCH VIDEO: Ewok Karaoke
(via CollegeHumor.com)

Best of Star Wars April Fool’s Round Up 2010

StarWars.com Team | April 1, 2010

Wrecked X-wings circa 1942, tauntaun steaks, Jar Jar mystery books? Must be April Fool’s Day! Here’s a roundup of some of the best Star Wars-related jokes that some of you may have accidentally fallen for. Let us know if we missed any!

“Galactic Empire State of Mind” Music Video

StarWars.com Team | March 29, 2010

Sometimes our fans do something so amazing, that even Darth Vader has to be impressed. The Jedi Masters & Sith Lords over at CollegeHumor.com made this awesome fan movie to the soundtrack of Jay-Z & Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind.”

There’s a rapping Darth Vader, a singing Princess Leia playing Max Rebo’s keyboard, not to mention some sweet dance moves from various Rebel pilots, Ewoks, stormtroopers and Chewbacca. Even Boba Fett, R2-D2 and C-3PO stop by.

Our lightsabers salute you, College Humor.

WATCH VIDEO: Galactic Empire State of Mind
(via CollegeHumor.com)

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That’s No Moon! It’s a Melon!

Bonnie Burton | March 23, 2010


Photo by Silverisdead

At your next dinner party, remind your guests who’s in control of the table topics with these Death Star melons!

If Star Wars were an Icelandic Saga

Bonnie Burton | March 21, 2010

Jackson Crawford takes his fandom a step further by re-writing Star Wars as an old Icelandic tale. Most impressive!

Over the next several years, we follow the career of Anakinn as he falls in love with Irish princess Paðéma after killing her father at the Battle of Confey, and his mentor Víga-Óbívan continues to encourage him to betray Falfaðinn, the King of Kóruskantborg. Eventually Falfaðinn learns of Víga-Óbívan’s duplicity and exiles him. Víga-Óbívan returns to Tattúínárdalr, and Anakinn is conflicted when he learns that Paðéma has been in league with Víga-Óbívan and sails to Tattúínárdalr with him.

However, Anakinn is loyal to his oaths to King Falfaðinn and remains with him in Kóruskantborg, where he rises to great honor in the service of the king and is the recipient of many good gifts. He also begins the planning of the construction of the great ship Dauðastjarna, which when completed will be the crown jewel of Falfaðinn’s fleet, and will hold a crew large enough to sack a city single-handedly. Because of his great skill in hunting, Anakinn is now known to most as Veiðari-Anakinn, “hunter-Anakinn,” or often simply Veiðari.

Back in Tattúínárdalr, Paðéma gives birth to twins, Lúkr and Leia, before dying from her grief at having betrayed her husband. One of the most memorable lines in the saga is given to her on her deathbed:

Þá mælti Paðéma: “Þeim var ek verst er ek unna mest.” (2)

Read the entire entry here:
Tattúínárdœla saga

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SOURCE: ClubJade

Star Wars Collectors Archive Podcast Launches

Pete Vilmur | March 5, 2010

If you’ve got a bent for all-things-vintage Star Wars and want to drop in on some hardcore collector discussion of 12-backs, Brazilian Vlixes, and C-3PO Underoos (fear not — the hosts keep the discussion accessible for beginners — however, if Underoos need to be explained to you, better do some brushing up on your kid-skivvy history), check out the new Star Wars Collectors Archive Podcast, or “Chive Cast” for short.

Hosted by Skye Paine and Stephen B. Danley, the first entry in this new series has a healthy dose of vintage discussion but also touches on Celebration V, Hasbro’s new Vintage Collection, focus collectors, and a new Jawa collector site.

Give it a listen and post your responses here! And don’t forget to check out the very cool ForceCast if you find collecting conversation to your liking.

The Foos Who Follows Him

Pete Vilmur | March 5, 2010

It’s Rebels vs. stormtroopers in this 100% LEGO Star Wars foosball creation posted by builder Connor Flynn over at theslipperybrick.com. While we’d love to see some close-ups of this piece, it is possible to discern Admiral Ackbar, an X-wing pilot and others pitted against an army of stormtroopers. Regardless of how functional this thing may or may not be, the display value is what really kicks on this piece.

Thanks to StarWars.com contributor Jeremy Beckett for the heads up!

Ke$ha + Star Wars “Tik Tok” Music Video Spoof!

StarWars.com Team | March 4, 2010

Ever wonder what would happen if Princess Leia “woke up one morning feeling like P. Diddy” and had to find her way home while running from stormtroopers with the help of Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewie — all while singing Ke$ha’s dance hit “Tik Tok?”

Check out this impressive Star Wars themed Ke$ha “Tik Tok” music video spoof by the talented fans Eddie King and Tyler Marshall!

Bonus points to the crew for the hilarious low-rent C-3PO costume and for turning a mini-van into the Falcon! The dance party scene at the end makes us wish Comic-Con hosted a geek prom just for us.

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO:
Ke$ha + Star Wars “Tik Tok” Music Video Spoof!

Here’s some of our favorite screengrabs:


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SOURCE: ClubJade.net

Darth Vader Rides Cat into Battle

StarWars.com Team | March 2, 2010

We’re not sure who to pat on the back for making this awesome photo happen, but we had our suspicions that Darth Vader was indeed a cat person from the start.

Thanks to Eliza Henshaw for letting us know about it!