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R2-D2 & Leia Paper Snowflake Craft!

Bonnie Burton | December 20, 2011

Thanks to Jedi Master of Paper Crafts dad Anthony Herrera has us all frantically making geektastic Star Wars Paper Snowflakes of Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Ahsoka Tano, C-3PO, and more!

Now he’s inspiring other crafty fans to come up with even more Star Wars Paper Snowflakes! Check out these R2-D2 from Randy Slavey and Princess Leia by James Rooney.

Learn how to make these cool snowflakes and more here:
Star Wars Snowflakes

Star Wars Frugal Finds for 2011

Pete Vilmur | December 19, 2011

If you’re a Star Wars collector, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve had to pare back some of your hobby purchases in these economically challenging times. But there is still a great way to get that collecting fix on a budget – if you’re willing to explore the world of vintage collecting!

Not the world of mint-sealed-on-card vintage collecting, but the eccentric, exotic, eclectic world of ticket stubs, disco singles, foreign paperbacks and iron-on transfers from the ‘70s to ‘90s. Treasures abound in the under-$10 category of collecting, if you know where to look – and what to look for.

As an exercise in budget collecting – and a way to relive some great finds of the last year — I thought I’d go back through my collectible purchases of 2011 to find those pieces I felt were exceptionally good deals, even if they’re not what some would categorize as mainstream (which frankly makes them even more appealing!). Most of the following – with a few exceptions – were had for under $10, and required just a little bit of adventuring beyond the usual Star Wars collecting categories on eBay:

Jan 10: British Jar Jar Binks Pencil Case (£3.97)

Yeah, I know, first one out of the gate and it’s a Jar Jar collectible. This was actually the fourth piece I picked up after the new year, and just couldn’t resist those cool retro-style graphics that just scream galactic-groovy.

(See more 2011 frugal finds after the jump!)


LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Ornament from Hallmark 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).

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

It’s A Water Stain!

| September 21, 2011

While some people spot the Virgin Mary in toast or Jesus in their tea leaves, others see Admiral Ackbar in a water stain.

Read more about it here:
It’s A Water Stain! (via Buzzfeed)

UK Celebrates Star Wars Blu-Ray Release Team | September 14, 2011

As the UK becomes the first country in the world to release Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, London will feel the Force like never before as droids, Stormtroopers, Jedi and the Sith invade the city in a week-long Star Wars spectacular culminating in the galactic transformation of the BT Tower into the World’s Largest Lightsaber.

The week commenced with a rude awakening from the Dark Side, as Darth Vader and a sinister fleet of Stormtroopers took to the streets in an Imperial March that will sent shivers down the spines of Londoners. The march began at St. James’ Park where they joined Changing of the Guards activities, before proceeding to HMV on Oxford Street to meet shoppers as they queued to get their hands on the highly anticipated Blu-ray release.

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels (C-3PO in all six episodes) provided a lighter touch on Tuesday 13 September as he met fans at the grand opening of the HMV at the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, signing copies of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray.

On Thursday 15 September, from inside the exclusive star-studded launch party at the top of the BT Tower, Daniels will press a button lighting up the London skyline for one night only as it morphs into a Jedi Knight’s elegant weapon of choice, projecting a giant ‘blue ray’ of light from the top of the tower.

In the words of Darth Vader himself, “This will be a day long remembered” by Star Wars fans in the UK and across the world.

Be sure to follow more international news on the UK Facebook Page.

Special Star Wars Blu-ray Events! Team | September 14, 2011

Want to see your favorite Star Wars characters and get cool collectible swag as you pick up the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray? Check out these fun events in the United States below!

SEPT 15, 2011
Best Buy Star Wars Midnight Madness
Various Best Buy Stores -11:30 PM

Meet and take pictures with your favorite Star Wars characters as you celebrate the release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray at this midnight release event at the following Best Buy stores:

  • Best Buy Union Square — 52 E 14th St. #64, New York, NY
  • Best Buy North Avenue — 1000 W North Ave., Chicago, IL
  • Best Buy West LA — 11301 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Receive a free Best Buy-exclusive t-shirt with purchase of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (while supplies last) and as an added bonus, the first 25 people in line receive a $10 Best Buy gift card!

SEPT 16, 2011
Wal-Mart Star Wars Midnight Madness
Your Local Wal-Mart Store – 12:00 AM

Come in costume and enjoy Star Wars-themed cupcakes as you celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray at your local Wal-Mart store. As an added bonus, an exclusive collector’s poster will be available to the first 50 customers to purchase any of the Star Wars Blu-ray sets.

SEPT 17, 2011
Sam’s Club Star Wars Blu-ray Party
Various Sam’s Club Stores (see below) 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray with costumed characters and more at a special event at the following Sam’s Club stores around the U.S.:

  • 3500 S.E. Club Blvd., Bentonville, AR
  • 3081 N. Highway 112, Fayetteville, AR
  • 12920 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando, CA
  • 2601 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA
  • 2151 Shepard Rd., Normal, IL
  • 3415 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS
  • 3900 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA
  • 4240 Winterville Pkwy., Winterville, NC
  • 4900 N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE
  • 600 N. Springdale Rd., Waukesha, WI

Cut Jedi Sandstorm Scene Done With Action Figures Team | September 2, 2011

Artist/photographer Stephen Hayford sends us two fantastic action figure diorama photos commemorating this month’s release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray collection, which includes clips from several cut scenes, including the infamous Tatooine sandstorm sequence that was to follow the heroes’ escape from Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.

Hayford also sends a nod to Lucas’ penchant for never tossing out an idea that might be used later…

Click the images for expanded views and be sure to check out Hayford’s previous Star Wars-inspired dioramas on the main site here!

Never heard of the cut sandstorm scene from Jedi? Get a video preview of it here.

Hoth in the Real World Team | January 31, 2011

With the snow dumping down on the U.S. East Coast, it was only a matter of time before fans spotted a few droids, wampas & tauntauns lurking about!

Check out these Hoth-tastic photos from Colin Mcgreal! More photo here.

The Empire Strikes Chess! Team | September 13, 2010

LEGO builder and Star Wars fan Brandon Griffith built this awesome chess set from Empire Strikes Back LEGO pieces.

MAKE magazine writes:

My favorites are the mini dioramas detailing the bishops: bounty hunters and Han-in-carbonite for the Empire, Chewie w/busted C-3PO and Lando with his Bespin cronies for the Rebel Alliance. The Rebel queen with Han and Leia kissing in the Cloud City was especially well done.