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)
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.
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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:
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.:
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.
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.
We all know that filmmaker George Lucas was influenced by the old sci-fi serials of his childhood when he made the Star Wars films. But now you can see how much those shows really did make their mark with this fan-made tribute to The Empire Strikes Back using old film footage. Bravo!
Let’s turn back the clock, shall we? Back to a distant time in an alternate universe far, far away… The 50s! It was a simpler age of 3-D movies, and robots named Robby, Gort, and Tobor. A hidden gem of this period in cinema is a little film called The Empire Strikes Back, the second chapter in a planned three-part epic science fiction trilogy.
While the preceding and succeeding episodes were never actually produced due to budgetary constraints, Empire shines as an example of 1950s 3-D space opera. The re-release of this trailer coincides with the 60th anniversary of this amazing film.
VIDEO: Frame By Frame Breakdown
Rhode Island fans may want to drop by Rochambeau Library of Providence on Saturday, May 15 to check out author Ryder Windham’s presentation of rare Empire imagery, an event which also includes a visit from the 501st Legion. Here’s some details from provlib.org:
Ryder Windham, author of over sixty Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, will make a presentation of rare photographs and illustrations related to Empire, and also reveal how vintage Star Wars toys, comic books, and comic strips helped shape our memories of the movie.
If you own books by Ryder Windham, bring them along and he will be happy to sign them for you. We will also be giving away signed souvenirs.
Get details at provlib.org.
Jackson Crawford takes his fandom a step further by re-writing Star Wars as an old Icelandic tale. Most impressive!
Over the next several years, we follow the career of Anakinn as he falls in love with Irish princess Paðéma after killing her father at the Battle of Confey, and his mentor Víga-Óbívan continues to encourage him to betray Falfaðinn, the King of Kóruskantborg. Eventually Falfaðinn learns of Víga-Óbívan’s duplicity and exiles him. Víga-Óbívan returns to Tattúínárdalr, and Anakinn is conflicted when he learns that Paðéma has been in league with Víga-Óbívan and sails to Tattúínárdalr with him.
However, Anakinn is loyal to his oaths to King Falfaðinn and remains with him in Kóruskantborg, where he rises to great honor in the service of the king and is the recipient of many good gifts. He also begins the planning of the construction of the great ship Dauðastjarna, which when completed will be the crown jewel of Falfaðinn’s fleet, and will hold a crew large enough to sack a city single-handedly. Because of his great skill in hunting, Anakinn is now known to most as Veiðari-Anakinn, “hunter-Anakinn,” or often simply Veiðari.
Back in Tattúínárdalr, Paðéma gives birth to twins, Lúkr and Leia, before dying from her grief at having betrayed her husband. One of the most memorable lines in the saga is given to her on her deathbed:
Þá mælti Paðéma: “Þeim var ek verst er ek unna mest.” (2)
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It’s Rebels vs. stormtroopers in this 100% LEGO Star Wars foosball creation posted by builder Connor Flynn over at theslipperybrick.com. While we’d love to see some close-ups of this piece, it is possible to discern Admiral Ackbar, an X-wing pilot and others pitted against an army of stormtroopers. Regardless of how functional this thing may or may not be, the display value is what really kicks on this piece.
Thanks to StarWars.com contributor Jeremy Beckett for the heads up!