You know when fans bid up a set of 1980 Boba Fett Underoos to $104 that the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunter has still got it. For that price, the underwear better be really fun to wear!
(photo by Larry Lars)
This holiday season show off your creativity and the Christmas spirit by making your own Star Wars-themed nativity scene. Check out this LEGO Star Wars Nativity made by fan Larry Lars who has a few tips of his own for others who want to make one as well.
What made you decide to make a nativity scene from LEGO Star Wars figures?
I made the scene to be my entry in a contest held by a SW LEGO fan site FBTB.net. Limited to only a baseplate with 12×12 studs you’re supposed to combine Christmas and Star Wars and hopefully show your creativity and building skills. This idea came to me when trying to think up a reason, for the amount of different characters I wanted to have, to actually have a meeting on such a small space.
What is your favorite part of the nativity scene?
The twins of course. I also really like how the stable and the star tricks you into thinking it is the traditional setup before you take a closer look.
Any inside jokes in it that fans will appreciate?
The characters, besides the main family, are chosen for the most variety and Star Wars feel. But with this combination of characters from different movies and with the weight of the nativity story there’s going to be some interesting details to think about. Why so many evil ones? Who is the trooper on the roof? and so on. I think the biggest appeal for fans is going to be the depiction of the Skywalker family together in a moment they were bound to never have.
Any advice for fans who want to make their own Star Wars nativity scene?
Try to find a balance in the scene. I think you need to have a few things that really connects to the traditional scene. You have to know when to stop adding clever Star Wars references. And that can actually be kind of difficult.
Get a closer look here:
LEGO Star Wars Nativity (Flickr)
This winter pretending your backyard is Hoth just got a little easier with this Millennium Falcon sled. Made from Polyethylene with hand levers to help to control speed and direction, this could be the fastest hunk of junk on the slopes! Helpful Wookiee not included.
Check it out here:
Millennium Falcon Sled (via Amazon.com)
We caught this item on eBay a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty cool. According to the seller’s description, movie posters in some West African regions hand-painted oversize movie posters back in the day in order to travel with the film as it toured several theater venues. From the description:
The artist had the freedom to add or change scenes seen or not seen in the film in order to make the poster more attractive!…These posters were rolled or folded and easy to move around with the mobile Cinema…The profits of the mobile Cinema operators were also reduced and they were not able to afford the “expensive” talented artist to paint their signboards anymore!
This artwork is actually based on a similar poster used internationally for the video release of Battle for Endor in 1986, although in this instance the artist’s sense of proportion appears a bit skewed (we’ve heard of strong-headed heroes, but big-headed?). Gladly, the piece was successfully sold to one lucky bidder who might want to proudly display it over the living room sofa.
Anyone who breezed by the eFX booth at San Diego’s Comic-Con this year got an eyeful of this baby back when it was still an unpainted hunk of gray resin. Well gizmodo.com just revealed some striking new images of the fully painted and detailed snub fighter, which measures nearly two feet long! Check out the high-res pics and a breakdown of the specs over at gizmodo.com.
If you collect Star Wars and Indiana Jones Mighty Muggs, you may be wondering about the artist who gives them such character and whimsy. Blogger Darlene from Ursula and Olive interviews Mighty Mugg artist Chris Hicks about his job and what collectors can expect next.
How did you get such a cool job?
I honestly don’t have the slightest clue. The cliché answer would be “right place, right time” but that seems to slick and elegant. It’s more like a Mr. Magoo cartoon where I’ve bumbled and flailed around and somehow landed in a spot with a chance to do something awesome. The details are a blur!
Are there any new Mighty Muggs coming out soon that you can tell us about?
I was a HUGE Transfan growing up, back when Transfan wasn’t even a word. And I still am. So I was very excited about doing Transformer Muggs. I tried to pump as much of the detail and my memories of those characters as possible. Soundwave was my first Transformer, and still my favorite, so getting to do him as a Mugg was A LOT of fun!
Read the full interview here:
Chris Hicks – Sole Artist and Designer of the Mighty Muggs
‘Tis the season for giving — an animated Boba Fett lapel pin! Order now to ensure delivery before Christmas! Washington DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club (DCSWCC) has inventoried and verified the last of their third bi-annual charity lapel pin and updated their store.
First announced during Memorial Day weekend, the 2008 pin features animated Boba Fett with DCSWCC’s signature Washington Monument as his rocket, in honor of the 30th anniversary of his appearance in The Star Wars Holiday Special. Third in DCSWCC’s series of high-quality cloisonne lapel pins, officially sanctioned by Lucasfilm Ltd., each pin is individually stamped and numbered on the back. Only 1,000 were made.
All proceeds from the sales of this pin benefit the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Program, whose mission is to prevent burns and improve the quality of life for young burn survivors and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region. ACBC provides funding for research, annual therapeutic residential burn camps, and other year-round activities that support their physical, psychological, and social needs. For more information about ACBC, visit their web site here.
To order your Boba Fett pin, visit the DCSWCC store here.
DCSWCC is one of the largest and most active collecting clubs in America, with over 50 members. The club meets monthly and holds special events such as socials and “Roadshow” appraisal events throughout the year. For more information, visit the club’s website at DCSWCC.org.
Chewbacca collector and Star Wars fan Skye shows off his awesome Chewbacca stash of toys, towels, dolls, art, and more while explaining why he’s decided to cut off his hair for the charity Locks of Love this holiday season.
“A while ago a dear family friend of mine’s child came down with very serious Cancer and at the same time I heard of this charity. Once I got my nerve up, I knew what was to be done. My goal with the video was to raise awareness for the charity and to inspire other long haired Star Wars to dedicate their hair to people who need it more than they do.”
VIDEO: Chewbacca for Locks of Love
Think Hasbro’s new Millennium Falcon toy was a huge cut above the original 1970′s version? Well, it looks like one enthusiast has upped the stakes and served up a professionally detailed, screen-accurate version of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy by enhancing the toy with some model-weathering know-how.
From the auction description:
This craft has been totally repainted by a professional and is now screen accurate! Lots of time and detail went it to authenticating the Falcon right down to is grill vents. References come from many sources to include Magic of Myth and productions stills. The cockpit is repainted to match up with the screen version and looks awesome! Pictures just don’t do this auction justice! The entrance ramp was repainted to look more like the movie version! Med bay was painted to look more realistic and most of the Falcon was weathered to give it that rustic feel that the ship truly had!
The auction closed without any bidders, but we’ll admit, we were pretty tempted to pick this up for the Online office! Check out the original auction here.
Last night on The Daily Show, show host Jon Stewart did his share to talk about Black Friday by rubbing it in our faces that he beat out holiday shoppers to a C-3PO bobblehead.
He’s also a tad worried about the recession, now that he claims to have bought a lifesize Millennium Falcon made of LEGOs.
VIDEO: The Daily Show
(watch from 2:10 to 3:11)