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San Francisco Builds Giant LEGO Yoda Santa

StarWars.com Team | November 21, 2011


Photo by transbay.

This weekend, Star Wars fans in San Francisco gathered in Union Square to help LEGO Master Builders construct a 12-foot tall LEGO Yoda Santa from about 250,000 bricks!

Wired reports:

Contributing some brick building to an undertaking like this is a strangely satisfying thing. Participants create large ‘bricks’ which are used to scale up from a model. Because the whole thing builds so quickly, you really feel like you’re part of making a LEGO creation. The crowds of adults and kids getting involved today were all having a wonderful time building, chatting and sharing hints.

Read more here:
Help Build a 12-Foot Tall Lego Yoda Santa, You May
(via Geek Dad on Wired)

Yes, Leia, there is a Yoda Santa — made of LEGOs (via CNET)

Be sure to check out the upcoming LEGO Santa Yoda website – www.LEGOsantayoda.com – for Star Wars online greeting cards. LEGO will donate toys to United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program for each card sent.

Rancho Obi-Wan’s Grand Re-Opening!

Pete Vilmur | November 10, 2011

If you’re a fan who frequents any number of Star Wars collecting forums, Facebook pages or twitterfeeds, you probably picked up some heightened chatter starting last Saturday around 4:00pm PST. No, George wasn’t announcing the release of a seventh Star Wars episode, and no, a Blu-ray release of the Holiday Special (which looks bad in any resolution) isn’t imminent – rather, it was the grand re-opening of Rancho Obi-Wan, an enormous museum celebrating the merchandising legacy and fandom inspired by our favorite space saga. Its original — and far quieter — opening occurred way back in 1998, and has since served as a resource and spectacle for those lucky fans who have received a tour.

Around 200 guests file in to the new Rancho Obi-Wan (photo by Victoria Webb)

Rancho Obi-Wan – which houses the personal collection of Star Wars super-collector Steve Sansweet – was unveiling a spacious new addition to display Sansweet’s ever-expanding collection of Star Wars goodies, including full-size arcade games, bicycles, life-size droids, and fan-created artwork. What’s more, Steve announced Rancho Obi-Wan’s new nonprofit corporation status, which will “serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts” (check out ranchoobiwan.org and Rancho’s official Facebook page ).
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Halloween, Industrial Strength

Pete Vilmur | October 25, 2011


2011 — Shawn Feeney (video here)

For one night every year, the creative minds of Industrial Light & Magic are loosed upon the world to determine which among them — artist, sculptor, rigger, or animator — can conjure up the coolest, cleverest, creepiest or kookiest Halloween costume.

The annual ILM Halloween Party has long been a tradition for the Bay Area special effects house, an event originally staged at Industrial Light & Magic’s San Rafael, California address. Though the venue has changed in recent years, the party goes on, and with it, a new festive invitation for company employees.

Until recently, ILMers and employees of the various Lucasfilm divisions received a physical invitation to the Halloween party, which often exhibited cool and quirky artwork designed and illustrated by the ILM Art Dept. In 2009, the invitations went digital, and for 2011, the very first video invitation has been created, courtesy of ILM’s Shawn Feeney (you can check out Feeney’s stop-motion pumpkin-carving prowess here).

Be sure to also check out the last fifteen or so year’s worth of ILM Halloween Party invites below (some have been slightly modified to hide venue info), and if 2005 turns up, we’ll update the post!

2010 – Designer: Shawn Feeney

2009 — Designer: Marci Velando

Detail:
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Star Wars at New York Comic-Con!

StarWars.com Team | October 12, 2011

Hey Star Wars fans, get ready to invade New York Comic-Con, Oct 13-16! Whether you’re in the Big Apple to check out the latest Star Wars news or to add some cool swag to your collection, there’s something for everyone!

Here’s all the fun Star Wars events and panels planned for NYCC!

STAR WARS EVENTS/PANELS:

FRIDAY

Star Wars: The Blueprints by J.W. Rinzler
Date: Friday, October 14
10:45-11:45 am
Location: 1A03
New York Times best-selling author and Lucasfilm Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler (author of The Making of Star Wars) discusses his latest book–about the unsung heroes of the Star Wars movies: the production designers, set dressers, and draftsmen in UK art departments. Rinzler will show how they designed the iconic sets of the original trilogy and show exclusive photos–from Star Wars: The Blueprints. Special guest: Les Dilley, Academy Award winning art director of Star Wars.

Star Wars Collectibles with Chris Spitale
Date: Friday, October 14
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: 1A15
Lucas Licensing’s Senior Manager of Global Product Development, Chris Spitale, moderates a Star Wars collectibles panel, previewing the latest offerings from eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.

Dark Horse Presents: 25 Years of Publishing and Beyond
Date: Friday, October 14
1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Room 1A15
Join Dark Horse’s senior managing editor, Scott Allie, and director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, for a look at all that the publisher has on tap for the coming year. In addition to news about all of the hot new fall titles, like Orchid, The Strain, and House of Night, we look to 2012 for a sneak peek at what fans can expect in not only the company’s flagship anthology Dark Horse Presents, but also Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more! Guests include Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Orchid), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, The Massive), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force, The Punisher), Jerome Opea (Fear Agent, The Punisher), Tony Moore (Fear Agent, The Walking Dead), and more.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Main Panel
Date: Friday, October 14
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
Check online guide for further details on this panel.

Robot Chicken Signing
Date: Friday October 14
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Room 1E07
Featuring: Seth Green (co-creator), Matt Senreich (co-creator),
Zeb Wells (writer) and Doug Goldstein (head writer and co-producer)

Star Wars Crafts with Bonnie Burton
Date: Friday, October 14
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: 1B03
Give in to the power of the crafty side! Find out how to turn felt and googly eyes into a Jedi Master with this fun hands-on bag puppet tutorial. The Star Wars Craft Book (Del Rey/LucasBooks) author Bonnie Burton shows fans of all ages how to make Star Wars bag puppets from her new book. Bonnie is also the author of You Can Draw Star Wars (DK Publishing) and Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Klutz Books).

Star Wars Trivia Contest
Date: Friday, October 14
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Hasbro Stage
Come and compete for great Star Wars prizes in New York Comic Con’s Star Wars Trivia Contest. This last person standing contest is open to all and will be hosted by Star Wars artist Kevin Liell. So brush-up on your Star Wars knowledge and get ready for the biggest trivia contest in the galaxy!

Hasbro Star Wars Action Figure Panel
Date: Friday, October 14
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: 1A23
Join members of Hasbro’s Star Wars Marketing and Design team as they discuss current and upcoming toys and action figures and reveal some never before seen upcoming figures!

Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Date: Friday, October 14
5:15 – 6:00 pm
Location: IGN Theater
Seth Green (co-creator), Matthew Senreich (co-creator), Zeb Wells (writer), and Doug Goldstein (head writer and co-producer) discuss their incredibly-popular and award-winning series Robot Chicken and provide a sneak peek of season 5.5, premiering Oct. 23 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

Star Wars: The Old Republic — Q&A Panel with MMORPG.com
Date: Friday, October 14
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: American Airlines Theater, 1A06

Mark Hamill Spotlight
Date: Friday, October 14
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
While most known for his lead role in the classic Star Wars Trilogy, Mark is also a prolific voice actor who has lent his voice to hundreds of cartoons including Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls. Also, an avid comic book collector and writer, Hamill created his own comic book anti-hero, The Black Pearl, for Dark Horse Comics. Meet Mark Hamill in the spotlight panel!

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LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Ornament from Hallmark

StarWars.com Team | October 6, 2011

Hallmark Gold Crown Stores has its annual Keepsake Ornament Debut event this weekend, Oct 8 & 9, which will include the launch of the highly anticipated LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader ornament.

This comes in addition to this year’s collection of Star Wars ornaments announced in July, which includes “Showdown at the Cantina,” Jedi Master Yoda, and Boba Fett’s Slave I (the limited edition Bossk is sold out!). Check out the 2011 collection!

For those making it to New York Comic-Con October 13-16 this year, an exclusive two pack of astromech droids featuring R2-Q5 and R2-A3 will be sold in limited quantities while supplies last at their booth #110 (see our previous announcement here).

Washington Square Park Lightsaber Flash Mob!

StarWars.com Team | October 3, 2011

On Saturday, September 24, Star Wars fans in New York City invaded Washington Square Park for a massive lightsaber flash mob organized by Newmindspace.

StarWars.com chats with New Yorker Lisa Reid about her experience as a Jedi for the night at the Washington Square Park Lightsaber Flash Mob event.

How did you find out about the lightsaber flash mob?

I’ve lived in the Washington Square Park area for about 7 years now. Back in 2008, I came across this — pretty much a bunch of college kids in the park with lightsabers, dueling amongst themselves. A few weeks ago, I saw an event posted on Facebook for a lightsaber duel in Washington Square Park and I was like, “There is no way I’m going to miss this!”

Who organized it and why?

I don’t know too much about Newmindspace — the guys who organized the event. I do know they’re the same guys who organize the huge pillow fight in Union Square every year. The lightsaber battle is more my speed.

Did people bring lightsabers or did they give them out?

A lot of people brought their own, but the organizers did make lightsabers available for sale — reserve them prior to the event, pick them up at the event, and if you didn’t, they sold them first come, first serve. The girl next to me had a one of those retractable/antenna lightsabers that you can get at Toys ‘R Us for $10.

Have you ever been involved in a flash mob before?

Of course! Via YouTube, like 99.5% of people out there.

Describe what it was like seeing all those lit lightsabers waving in the air?

It was cool. You really have to hand it to all of the people who made it out that night. I’m guessing there were about 500 to 600 people wielding lightsabers on Saturday night. I mean, you see a lot of things in the park. But it was really nice to see all of that positivity — people just out to have a fun time.

What was the best costume you saw?

I’m so sad! I saw Twitpics of some pretty cool costumes but unfortunately none of them were near me so I didn’t get any pics of them! Most of the people around me were decked out in robes — I think one of the sponsors was giving them out. My kid flirted with a Princess Leia, so I guess she gets best costume in my book.

Why do you think Star Wars fans rock?

Star Wars fans are awesome. There was a grand mix of college kids, young kids, people with kids, kids at heart. I fall into the People with Kids camp. When the Star Wars fans were touching their lightsabers in the air together, one guy was sweet enough to give a lightsaber to my one-year-old son to hold up. Made his night.


Star Wars Art: Comics Interview: Carlos Garzón

StarWars.com Team | September 29, 2011

Original cover art by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzón for Marvel’s Star Wars #39

Star Wars Art: Comics, a new book from Abrams which showcases the best original artwork from the past three decades of Star Wars comic-book publishing, has just been released this week, much to the delight of Star Wars comic art aficionados. One of the artists prominently featured throughout the new book is comic legend Carlos Garzón, whose Star Wars illustrating career reaches all the way back to Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back series in 1980. Friend, author, and StarWars.com contributor Ryder Windham caught up with Garzón during last year’s Celebration V to discuss his long and varied career in the world of comics —

The Star Wars Art of Carlos Garzón
by Ryder Windham

Longtime fans of Star Wars comics will recognize the name Carlos Garzón as the artist who worked with writer Archie Goodwin and artist Al Williamson on the Marvel Comics adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and several episodes of the syndicated Star Wars comic strip. I had the great pleasure of meeting Garzón and seeing his portfolio of original art at Star Wars Celebration V, and he graciously answered many questions about his life and work.

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Drew Struzan Doc Panel at NYCC

Pete Vilmur | September 29, 2011

Drew Struzan, the artist responsible for many of the iconic poster images used throughout the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie sagas, will soon be featured in an upcoming documentary which examines his life, craft and expansive portfolio of film posters.

To celebrate the near completion of Drew: The Man Behind The Poster, a portion of the documentary feature film will screen at the New York Comic Con on October 15, 2011. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with the film’s creators and special guests from the documentary itself, and audience members will be given a limited edition Drew Struzan poster (while supplies last)!

The NYCC screening will take place October 15th at 9pm at the Jacob Javitz Center, Room 1A24.

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster delves into some of Struzan’s most memorable works, including the Back To The Future, Indiana Jones and Star Wars film series, as well as The Thing, Harry Potter, E.T., along with much of the original artwork for the early Muppet films. Stories are told via an impressive lineup of Hollywood talents, including exclusive interviews with, among many others, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont, Michael J. Fox, Alice Cooper, Michael Uslan, Thomas Jane, Sam Witwer, Bob Gale, Leonard Maltin, Carroll Spinney, Greg Hildebrant, Steven Spielberg and, of course, Drew Struzan.

The full feature, which is expected to be completed next month, will premiere at a film festival this coming year.

Read more about Drew: The Man Behind The Poster at the official New York Comic Con website or visit the official movie website.

The “As You Wish” Charity Project Announced

| September 27, 2011

The official Celebration VI site just posted an announcement for the “As You Wish” charity art helmet project, which will present scores of artist-designed Boba Fett and Stormtrooper helmets to be auctioned off online after the show.

Art Andrews from The Dented Helmet costuming group, and Chris Romines from the 501st Legion are heading up the effort with support from eFx.

“Some of the artists involved in this project include Joe Johnston (the original designer/painter for Boba Fett and the director of Captain America); Weta Workshop (New Zealand FX Studio: Lord of the Rings and District 9); and Jim Lee (DC Comic Artist),” says Andrews.

Check out the full announcement at the CVI site and get updates on the project at Facebook.

NYCC Droid 2-Pack Hallmark Exclusive

StarWars.com Team | September 15, 2011

Hallmark will continue its 2011 celebration of the Star Wars saga with a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament two-pack to be sold exclusively this fall at New York Comic Con, October 13-16.

The astromech droids R2-Q5 and R2-A3 will be featured as Keepsake Ornaments sold together during the popular culture convention, scheduled October 13-16 at the Javits Center in New York City.

You’ll recall the black and bronze-bodied R2-Q5 being assigned to the second Death Star as the red-trimmed R2-A3 flew along with X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles. This special-edition Keepsake Ornament two-pack was created specifically for the event with a limited production of 800.

Visitors to the Hallmark booth will receive a series of collectible buttons featuring quotes from the 2012 line of Star Wars gifts, which will be available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. A different design in the series will be given away in limited quantities on each day of the convention.

Other activities include visits from Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion, a sneak peek of Hallmark’s Star Wars products planned for 2012 and fun giveaways. If you are attending New York Comic Con this year, be sure to drop by Hallmark at Booth 110 within the dynamic Star Wars Pavillion to catch all the action.