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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.

Star Wars Engagement Photos

StarWars.com Team | November 18, 2011

When a couple takes a big step like marriage, they want to document every moment of their commitment to one another. Engagement photos showcase happy couples romantically walking hand in hand in a serene forest, kissing in a meadow, looking longingly into each others’ eyes, etc.

But when a couple loves Star Wars as much as they love each other, you get some pretty amazing engagement photos like these taken by Michael James Photography!

See more photos here:
Star Wars Engagement Shoot


The Force is Strong With This Nursery

StarWars.com Team | November 9, 2011

When you bring a new youngling into this galaxy, it’s best to decorate the nursery with the Force. Check out this awesome nursery decorated with lightsaber night lights, a Wampa rug and more!

When Abbey submitted a few pictures of her son Rocky’s Star Wars nursery, we must admit our heart skipped a beat. It is a perfect balance of tribute and taste that brings together a bunch of fun themed accents, a vintage piece of furniture and a cross-stitch from Grandma and pulls it off beautifully. She even answered the age-old question of what to get the guy who has everything — a Wampa rug. Rocky, we envy you.

Read more here:
Rocky’s Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Jack ‘O Lanterns!

Bonnie Burton | October 28, 2011


Darth Maul by Rob D

We asked our fans on Twitter to tweet pics of their Star Wars Pumpkins and you all impressed us with your carving skills! And you didn’t even need a lightsaber!

Here’s some of our faves:


Yoda pumpkin photo by Tory LaPrath


AT-AT pumpkins photo by Jedi Zaugg


Star Wars pumpkins by Ashley Lynn


Boba Fett pumpkin photo by Travis Thomas


Darth Vader pumpkin photo by Teresa


Droids pumpkin photo by Jordan

Halloween Diorama: “The Cons of Being a Gonk”

Pete Vilmur | October 28, 2011

Artist Stephen Hayford shares a couple of his classic Star Wars Halloween action figure dioramas from his ever-expanding catalog of Star Wars-inspired photographs. This pair from a few years ago still gives us a giggle, although it’s hard not to feel a little sorry for our favorite little power droid (or the unfortunate trick-or-treater inside). Click the images for expanded views!

Yoda Helps an Autistic Flower Girl

StarWars.com Team | October 20, 2011

Yoda is the kind of Jedi Master who gives great advice, but he also serves as a symbol for bravery. To one young fan, Yoda became a friend she could lean on when a crowded wedding made her nervous.

Offbeat Bride Blog this week reports of an autistic flower girl who wore her Yoda backpack during a wedding to give her extra courage.

T, the flower girl, had spent the morning hiding under the bed. She has autism, and the prospect of an event with all those people was pretty daunting. T’s aunty finally coaxed her out from under the bed with the promise of a Yoda backpack. Her aunt took her to the toy shop, and from that moment on Yoda sat on her shoulder and she seemed to feel safe with him there.

When it came time to put on the dress and head to the church T flat refused to go without Yoda on her shoulder. Her mother, the bride, said to her family “If Yoda helps T get to the church and walk down that aisle with all those people watching, then Yoda is coming!”

Read more here:
Help you down the aisle I must: The day Yoda empowered an autistic flower girl (via Offbeat Bride)

Meet Bones the AT-AT Dog!

StarWars.com Team | October 19, 2011

photos: John Nolan

This adorkable AT-AT dog costume made the rounds last week online. As a craftster, I am always curious how fans make their elaborate cosplay costumes, especially for their pets.

StarWars.com chats with artist and photographer Katie Mello — who works as a Character Fabricator at LAIKA/house, an animation studio (Coraline) in Portland, Oregon — about how she made the AT-AT costume for her dog named Bones!

What is the back story of these photos? Why dress up your dog as an AT-AT?

I have been a Star Wars fan forever. When I was younger, I wanted to work for Industrial Light & Magic when I grew up. I studied everything I could about “special effects.”

By the time I got into college it was clear that everything would be done with computers and I was more interested in making tangible artwork. Lucky for me I discovered stop-motion animation. Now I build puppets for stop-motion productions, and have developed the skills that I need to make just about anything I want.

From the first time we saw Bones, an Italian Greyhound, my husband and I thought he looked like an AT-AT. He has such an unusual shape. Three years later, I finally made him this costume. I also used this opportunity to improve my patterning and sewing skills.

What did you make the costume out of?

First I made a costuming dummy out of upholstery foam, so I could minimize the amount of fittings that I would have to do on Bones. His comfort is important to me. To make the form, I carved the foam into Bones likeness and made sure it matched his measurements. This made the whole process much easier, and I can make other costumes for him very easily now.

The main body is a super-stretchy cotton/spandex, which I patterned for Bones using a shirt that he wears to keep warm. I also made a stretchy cowl to go over his head. I airbrushed this while it was on the costume dummy using airbrush paint.

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Get Your Lightsaber Moves Into The Clone Wars

StarWars.com Team | October 10, 2011

Got a cool lightsaber move you’ve been secretly rehearsing in front of the mirror? Well get those moves in front of a camera and submit it to JointheJedi.com for a chance to see your moves animated into a fifth season episode of The Clone Wars!

JointheJedi.com also includes some other cool interactive features as well as a chance to win one of 2000 Ultimate FX lightsabers from Hasbro:

  • Train Like a Jedi – Train with a master Jedi through a series of sessions to sharpen your lightsaber skills
  • Look Like a Jedi – Create a Jedi photo of you as Anakin, Yoda or other Clone Wars characters!
  • Act Like a Jedi – Show off your best lightsaber moves with the all new Ultimate FX Lightsaber. The best move will be animated into an episode of The Clone Wars TV series!

While the overall promotion — including the Ultimate FX lightsaber instant win game — ends December 31, 2011, the video submissions will close on October 31. So dust off those saber skills and get them uploaded for your chance at fame in an upcoming episode of The Clone Wars (be sure to read the official rules for video guidelines, content restrictions, judging, and more)!

Muppet Troopers!

StarWars.com Team | September 26, 2011

In honor of Jim Henson’s birthday, 501st members Mike Lica and Derek Lane-Waters paid homage to their favorite Muppets with these hilarious modifications to their armor while attending Detroit Fanfare!

StarWars.com chats with Mike and Derek about their Muppet-tastic Stormtrooper costumes!

What made you want to dress up as a Muppet Trooper?

Mike Lica: Before Star Wars there were the Muppets . I was 9 years old when the Muppets came out and the Muppets were still a big hit when Star Wars arrived. These were the two things all kids talked about and then it happened — Star Wars and the Muppets meet on The Muppet Show. This was great because back then you really looked forward to Star Wars characters appearing on shows like the Muppets, Donnie & Marie show etc. One day Derek and I were talking about this project and knew it would be possible if the right planning was done and after month’s of preparation we finally made it a reality. I look forward to the next time we can make another appearance as Muppet Troopers.

Derek Lane-Waters: I grew up watching Star Wars and the Muppets. I have always connected with both, especially when Frank Oz performed as Yoda. Plus my favorite episode of The Muppet Show was the Star Wars episode with Luke, Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Ewoks Photobomb Vacation Photos!

Bonnie Burton | September 26, 2011

While most of our parents let us believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, Hanukkah Harry and the Tooth Fairy for as long as they could, not every many of them would photoshop them into your family vacation photos.

So when awesome “Dad of the Year” Anthony Herrera photoshopped imagines of Ewoks into his family’s vacation photos so his kids could continue believing that the beloved inhabitants of Endor really existed.

You can check out all his Yub Nubtastic photos here:
This is What Happens When Your Dad’s A Graphic Designer: Ewoks!

Anthony Herrera writes on his blog:

Being the Star Wars geek that I am (so is she), I told her that this is where the Ewoks live. She spent a good chuck of our time hiking keeping a lookout for any Ewoks. Coming home I can’t say that she wasn’t disappointed that we didn’t find any. I had to explain that they are extremely shy and hardly ever let anyone see them. After we got home, and after I had a little time alone with the photos, I told her I thought I saw something strange in a few pictures.

We viewed them on the TV to get a larger image. You can imagine how surprised and excited she was when we discovered that we didn’t see any Ewoks, but they saw us, and had certainly taken an interest in her and her little brother. Maybe I’m a little wrong for lying to her and falsifying the pictures, but I don’t care. She’ll never forget the time she spent in the big woods with Ewoks.

Read more about it here:
A Dad Photoshopped Ewoks Into His Family Pictures to Convince His Kids Ewoks Were Real (via Gizmodo.com)