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Happy Holidays from Lord Vader

StarWars.com Team | December 24, 2009

This is how Santa Vader delivers presents.

Yoda & Hal Sparks = BFF!

Bonnie Burton | December 22, 2009

Comedian and actor Hal Sparks is already known to be a Star Wars fan, so it’s no surprise that Hal would tweet a photo of him having a tender moment with Yoda.

“I love the scene where Yoda eats his food stick and for a moment you are wondering what exactly he’s eating,” Sparks says in our interview with him on Starwars.com. “Because of that I thought in the future all we’d eat would be candy bars. And so I’m a firm believer that while Star Trek is probably responsible for cell phones, Star Wars is most certainly responsible for Power Bars.”

You can read our full interview with Hal here:
Hal Sparks: Vader’s a Jerk
(via Starwars.com)

And be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Star Wars Weather Report

Bonnie Burton | December 21, 2009

Whether it’s raining in London, snowing in Nebraska, or sunny in Los Angeles, there’s a Star War planet out there that represents your current climate.

Star Wars fan Tom Scott has made this accurate Star Wars Weather Forecast that searches for your city and gives you the results based on the corresponding Star Wars planet.

Nathan Fillion’s Jedi Christmas Tree

StarWars.com Team | December 18, 2009


Actor Nathan Fillion decorated his tree for the holidays with a little help from none other than Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Be sure to follow Nathan on Twitter here.

Facebook CEO’s Lightsaber Skills

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2009


(Photo by Jocelyne Takatsuno)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for turning the word “status update” into a compulsive mantra for social networkers worldwide.

Recently, Facebook changed their privacy policies regarding how others can see your info, photos, postings and fan pages. Ironically, Zuckerberg’s own page became quite public during the transition.

Gawker.com spotted the CEO with a lightsaber proving once and for all, Zuckerberg could be slightly Force-sensitive after all.

Read the full article here:
Facebook CEO’s Private Photos Exposed by the New ‘Open’ Facebook (via Gawker)

How Long Could Luke Survive in a Tauntaun?

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2009

Here’s something to think about the next time you’re complaining about how cold it is outside. At least you’re not stuck inside a tauntaun trying to stay alive.

In a normal environment, a carcass gets cold in 8 to 36 hours losing an average rate of 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. However, the ice world of Hoth is not an average environment. The Star Wars database lists that Hoth reaches nightly temperatures of -60 F. In a frigid, sub-zero environment, body heat can be lost almost 32 times faster. This means a Tauntaun’s body heat could drop almost 51.2 F every hour. Considering that Han Solo’s Tauntaun died of severe hypothermia even before it was cut open with Luke’s lightsaber, one could assume it’s core body temperature was already well below normal.

The problem for Luke is if the Tauntaun’s body temperature reaches freezing point those once toasty guts, blood, and assorted alien goo, will in fact become a frozen coffin. If the Tauntaun died of cardiac arrest due to hypothermia with an average body temperature of 75 F (23 C), and if Tauntaun blood freezes at 28.4 F (-2 C), then Han has roughly 56 minutes to set up a shelter before Luke once again is in danger of losing his life in the barren wasteland of Hoth.

Read the full article here:
How Long Could Luke Survive in a Tauntaun?

Darth Stewie Invades FOX Lot

StarWars.com Team | December 14, 2009



Creator of TV series Bones, Hart Hanson tweets today that his co-worker Dean Lopata just spotted none other than a gigantic Darth Stewie on the FOX Lot.

The Ewoks Are Not What They Seem

StarWars.com Team | December 9, 2009

SciFiWire.com gives a heads-up to a video that recently surfaced showing David Lynch (director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, etc) explaining why he turned down the offer to direct Return of the Jedi. From scifiwire:

At a seminar last month at New York’s Russian Tea Room, sponsored by the Hudson Union Society, the director of Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive talked about the James Bond-like arrangements he had to make to meet with Lucas, how he reacted when he saw a Wookiee for the first time and why Lucas shouldn’t be driving a Ferrari.

Of course, the directing role ultimately went to Richard Marquand, but one has to wonder what might have been if Lynch had accepted — check out the story and video here .

(SciFiWire.com via JoBlo.com)

Silent Night, Hutt Night

StarWars.com Team | December 7, 2009


(photo courtesy W.H Steels)
If you’re hanging out on Twitter, and do a search using the hashtag #StarWarsXmas, you find out quickly how many fans are decorating during the holidays using Star Wars as a muse.

We’ll be posting throughout the month, some of our favorite Star Wars Christmas trees, festive cookies, nativity sets, outdoor lights, snowmen and more.

Here’s one of our faves:

Star Wars fan W.H Steels shows off his love for Jabba by making him a lucky stand-in for Joseph in this holiday nativity scene.

Years ago I bought a Nativity Set From a discount club! But it never came with a Joseph, so every year I have to go through my toys to find a stand in!

Star Wars Twitter Avatars by Apelad

Bonnie Burton | December 4, 2009


(Art by Adam Koford)

Artist and illustrator Adam Koford (aka Apelad) is known for his comic The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats as well as his adorkable Greedo he created for the Empire Muggs Back charity art project.

So we were thrilled to see his Twitter avatar art of his favorite sci-fi characters including Boba Fett, Yoda and Chewbacca, among others. Up close they’re fun Star Wars portraits, but in smaller form they look like the little Twitter bird avatar.

Check out his full set here:
Apelad’s Twitter Avatars