Star Wars fans wish Kenny Baker a very happy birthday from the convention floor of Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL.
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Hi hi! Katie Linendoll here from Spike TV’s “All Access Weekly.” I am super pumped to be running in Course of the Force! As many of you know Course of the Force is an Olympic-style lightsaber torch run from Santa Monica to San Diego in preparation for Comic-Con. Naturally, I asked my mom to design a one-of-a-kind light-up R2 costume for me. Why? Because I’m obsessed with R2!! From R2 ice cube trays, an R2 robot that patrols my home and my R2 Xbox, he is the one and only man for me. Anyhow, mom delivered a custom R2 costume with an English twist (including fascinator) -formally dubbing it “R2-D2 Across the Pond” – nerd amazingness!! She also hand-painted R2 shoes! What do you think??
With the never-ending energy crisis always on our minds, it’s always a good idea to think of alternative energy solutions, especially when building and operating astromechs like R2-D2. Check out this cool Artoo unit with solar panels! Now all we need are two suns…
Developed by Yosuke Kimura and Daisuke Goto, two electrical systems majors at Hiroshima International University, the radio controlled homage to the Star Wars robot includes two shoulder-mounted solar panels that would conceivably power the droid when its normal energy supply runs down. The robot was recently on display in downtown Hiroshima, Japan as an example of the university’s engineering program.
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Solar-powered Star Wars droid found in Hiroshima, Japan
Star Wars fans hail from all over the world, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of our armed forces have a soft spot for Jedi, Sith, Troopers and even an R2-D2 mailbox spotted in Iraq!
ForceCast co-host Jimmy Mac let us know of this extraordinary fan mail they received from Maj. Yancy Baer:
I am huge Star Wars fan and even though I am in Iraq I try to download your podcast as often as I can. Needless to say I was quite disappointed when I found out I was going to miss Fan Days in Texas, not to mention the Concert tours currently going on. My mom and daughter went to both the concert, in Oklahoma City where I grew up, and to Fan Days, not so much because they are huge fans, or really even fans at all, but to be able to take pictures and meet people for me.
They are really amazing like that but when they told me how generous and kind everyone was at Fan Days as they walked around, not knowing anyone, trying to get autographs and telling people hello for me, I was amazed. I really shouldn’t have been as I attended Celebration Japan and a couple of Disney Star Wars Weekends now and the people are amazing and I have made amazing friends along my journeys. Well, when they got up to you guys they said you were very nice to them and for that I thank you both.
Recently while in Al Asad, Iraq I was in the terminal waiting to catch a helicopter and saw an R2-D2 mailbox, couldn’t believe it! I attached a picture, again, thanks for your hospitality towards them.
Have a great day!
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ForceCast Greetings From Iraq
Our beloved astromech seems to be popping up everywhere. First R2-D2 shows up in Star Trek. And now the film’s visual-effects supervisor, who also worked on Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace, and the same screenwriting team who wrote him into Star Trek, are saying Artoo is in their new movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
MTV News reports:
“There’s an R2-D2 flying around in there somewhere,” revealed ILM’s Scott Farrar, the film’s visual-effects supervisor, who also worked on the Star Wars episodes Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. “There’s a little bit of space junk thrown in there; see if you can find it. It’s a scene in the desert.” Interestingly enough, George Lucas’ charismatic droid also had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Star Trek, which shares the same writing team as Transformers. Is it a coincidence? “Perhaps,” screenwriter Alex Kurtzman grinned mischievously. “Perhaps not.”
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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know (via VH1/MTV)
R2-D2 not only saves the lives of Jedi and clone troopers on a regular basis, he also falls in love with the quiet type…a very quiet type. In this retro episode of Sesame Street, C-3PO discovers that his beeping buddy has fallen dome over wheels for a fire hydrant. Poor fella.
WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 & C-3PO on Sesame Street
Everyone’s favorite astromech droid joins the likes of Tonto (The Lone Ranger), Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes), Willow (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings) and Arthur (”The Tick”), among others in the article “Inventory: 13 sidekicks who are cooler than their heroes” from the A.V. Club section of The Onion.
3. R2-D2, Star Wars
He’s shaped like a trash can on wheels and communicates entirely in digital bloops and squeals, yet the little astromech droid R2D2 is in many ways the heart and soul of the Star Wars movies. Robot or not, he’s one of its most human characters, and he expresses a greater range of emotion than some of the flesh-and-blood actors. Though small and fragile, Artoo is also plucky, resourceful, and reliable enough to earn the trust of the Jedi and pilots who outrank him. Indeed, the first third of A New Hope hinges on Artoo’s top-secret mission to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebellion. True, his underdog heroics in the original trilogy were ballooned into cartoonish super-competence in the prequels. But it’s a testament to the character that his slide into late-period Lucasian mediocrity wasn’t as sharp a decline as that of the newly petulant Darth Vader. When even the new Star Wars movies can’t make a character completely uncool, that’s a sign of endurance.
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Inventory: 13 sidekicks who are cooler than their heroes