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Christmas Troopers: A Little Naughty, Mostly Nice

Albin Johnson | December 20, 2012
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Santa Trooper of the Redback Garrison

There’s something about this time of year that brings out the kid in all of us (which is great, because a guy in Stormtrooper armor isn’t fooling anyone the other eleven months of the year). The holidays are a silly time — one for crazy sweaters, sing-songy music, and wishlists of toys (figurative or literal). But it’s also a time of child-like wonder: seeing the world through new eyes, allowing ourselves to ponder the innocence that mankind is capable of, and being moved by the traditions that came before us. The trick is remembering we can learn a lot from kids. Judge them by their size, do not!

Fifteen years ago, the Ghost of Christmas Past paid me a visit. It told me the Star Wars trilogy was returning to the big screen and just like that my childhood flashed before my eyes. Suddenly I was back to being that eight-year-old waking up Christmas morning to find a Millennium Falcon playset. And as fast as you can say Tiny Tim I was buying my first set of armor with the crazy idea of being a kid again.

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The Saga Continues…

Albin Johnson | December 13, 2012

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Someone pinch me. I need a confirmation that I’m awake, because recently I read that new Star Wars films are in the works. I don’t remember finding an old lamp and rubbing it, and I don’t think my prayers from when I was 12 years old count, so I’m not sure how exactly my wish got granted for an extension on the single greatest saga ever. But here it is!

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Black Milk Star Wars: Fan Fashion

James Lillis | December 11, 2012

Han Solo Dress 2I grew up in the ’80s. I’ll never forget when I was a kid, going down to the store with my loose change to get the latest bubble gum cards from my favorite movie — Return of the Jedi. I would spend hours pouring over all the classic cards in my collection, looking at all my favorite characters. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “Han Solo.”

As it turned out, when I grew up I didn’t become a galactic smuggler — I became a fashion designer.

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Lucasfilm and Google+ Communities: Better Together, Life Is

Matt Waddell | December 6, 2012

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Everyone has a Star Wars story (or two, or three…), and for good reason: like family reunions and Sunday service, the iconic film saga inspires people to come together. When my family moved across the country, for example, it was my Star Wars action figures that helped me feel at home and make new friends. And in high school, my senior class took turns standing and sleeping in line for Phantom Menace.

These days I work on Google+, and we too aspire to bring people together in meaningful ways. You can imagine my excitement, then (Yub Nub!), when I heard Lucasfilm wanted to cultivate a Star Wars community on Google. Today I’m thrilled to make it official.

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Her Universe: An Army of Fangirls!

Ashley Eckstein | December 5, 2012

A fangirl revolution started a few years ago when we launched Her Universe. It was not a single effort by me or my team, it was a united effort by an army of fangirls — starting with Star Wars fans. We were tired of settling for Star Wars clothes made for men and boys and we wanted merchandise made just for women. Lucasfilm recognized its female fans and gave me the opportunity to make Star Wars products as the first collection for my company, Her Universe.

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This Holiday Season, I Am So Thankful For YOU!

Ashley Eckstein | November 26, 2012

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! If you are an international fan, reading this outside of the US, I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Here in the US, we like to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and, in my case, lots of desserts. However, my baking did not turn out so well this past weekend: I took my brownies out of the oven to see if they were done, and when I decided to put them back in for a few more minutes…the pan flew out of my hands and onto the floor!

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Oh well, we still had plenty of food to go around and lots of laughs at my butter-fingers! My two little kids were very hungry and had a great time too…

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The Birth of the 501st Legion, Part Five: Build It and They Will Come

Albin Johnson | November 20, 2012

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One day something unexpected happened. I got an email from a bloke in Canada named Scott McArthur. He said he’d seen my web page and loved it. In fact, he had a Stormtrooper costume of his own! A picture was attached, showing Scott in gleaming white TK armor standing next to a picturesque shore with a sunset behind him. I almost fell out of my chair. Not only was there another crazy armored fan out there, but he’d found my page. And his picture was awesome! Much better than Tom and me hanging around a Suncoast Video store.

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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Jedi Pets in Space

Casey Pugh | November 15, 2012

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Scenes for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut are still rolling in and they are full of vegetables, minerals, and many animals.

One of the best parts of watching each new scene is seeing how fans bring their own personal touches in the creative process. And nothing’s more personal than pets. Man’s best friend(s) pop up in the best places: as a floppy eared Yoda, a downed Tauntaun, or the classic Chewbacca stand-in.

But it’s not just Chewie dogs acting in Empire Uncut — there are many scenes featuring different members of the animal kingdom. Here are some great performances so far.

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The Birth of the 501st Legion, Part Four: Detention Block 2551

Albin Johnson | November 8, 2012

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By the end of 1997 our adventures as Stormtroopers in a little one-tauntaun-town felt like they’d hit their high-water mark. The theatrical re-releases were done and gone, Star Wars merchandising was fading from store shelves, and events where a grown man in armor made sense were getting scarce. Like a watering hole in the desert, any sustaining power of the saga that kept Tom and me armoring up was drying up and leaving us feeling alone and awkwardly out of place.

So the armor went into storage. The helmet got put on display. The black unitard I put into hiding: I didn’t want to be accused of a secret love for interpretive dance.

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Long Beach Comic Con: I Should Have Expected To Find You Here

Lawrence Green | November 8, 2012

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Star Wars fans from around the globe have their minds full of possibilities and excitement since the spectacular news broke that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., and the eye-popping announcement that after many years of speculation and hope, additional episodes of the Star Wars saga will be released! While global fandom and movie news sites wait for the next bit of news on what the future has in store for Star Wars, fans in Southern California were able to enjoy a weekend of Star Wars glory and fun, turning out en mass for the 4th annual Long Beach Comic Con.

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