Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim Screenwriter, Talks Star Wars

Bryan Young | February 3, 2014

Luke Skywalker versus rancor

Easily one of my favorite movies of the summer was Pacific Rim. It had everything a big summer blockbuster needed and, thanks to a carefully written script and first-class direction from Guillermo Del Toro, it was one of the smartest and most fun summer movies I’ve ever seen. And let’s face it, giant robots punching giant monsters is a lot of fun.

Over the summer my Full of Sith co-host Mike Pilot and myself were able to interview the screenwriter of Pacific Rim, Travis Beacham, about the movie and his love of Star Wars.

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The History of Mandalorian Armor

Tom Hutchens | January 31, 2014
Early Mandalorian armor

Crusader armor (3996 BBY), Neo Crusader armor (cir 3060 BBY), and Supercommando armor (60 BBY).

Few sights strike as much fear and awe in the Star Wars universe as the sight of a Mandalorian warrior clad in traditional armor. Star Wars fans were first introduced to it with Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, with its iconic helmet, sleek weaponry, and very cool jetpack helping to make the bounty hunter a fan favorite. Since then it has made appearances in subsequent Star Wars movies, television shows, books, comics, and games. The armor is, without a doubt, the most iconic symbol of Mandalorian culture.

Mandalorian armor is known as beskar’gam (iron skin) in the Mandalorian language, and is worn exclusively by warriors. It is worn by both men and women, and while it gives excellent protection, it also creates a common appearance regardless of species or gender. The highest quality sets are made by lightsaber-resistant beskar (Mandalorian Iron), but the exceptionally high cost and rarity of beskar has led to the use of durasteel, alum, and duraplast in armor production. Mandalorian metalsmiths have traditionally kepth the methods for working beskar into an alloy a highly guarded secret, but the element could be mixed with other metals such as ciridium to create a highly dense and almost indestructible set of armor. (a)

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Ewok Hater Vs. Warwick Davis: Horror Beyond Imagination

Jason Surrell | January 31, 2014

Warwick Davis with some Ewok friends at Star Wars Weekends

With apologies to Blue Harvest (in reality Return of the Jedi, née Revenge of the Jedi), I would argue that the tagline “Horror Beyond Imagination” actually applies to another, far lesser known Warwick Davis production. And I was the one who experienced the horror. Allow me to explain.

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R2-KT and the Power of the Pink Side

Albin Johnson | January 30, 2014
R2-D2 and R2-KT in the Clone Wars feature film

R2-D2 and R2-KT in the Clone Wars feature film.

Much has been said about the plucky astromech that faithfully served Anakin, then Obi-Wan Kenobi, and finally Luke Skywalker. R2-D2 was my hero growing up. So much better than a dog: he could fly a space ship, swim underwater, hack into computer systems, and even zap creepy Muppets. Who wouldn’t want an astromech droid as a friend?

Today there’s a droid living in my house. People who visit are blown away at the mere sight of her. And when she goes on trips, people are amazed to see her rolling on her own steam, dome a-twirling, lights flashing, and that familiar chirp-beep-whistle coming from her speakers. But every time I get the same thing: why is your droid pink?

Okay, so if you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan maybe you’ve heard of her. R2-KT is the pink astromech droid that was built in honor of my daughter, Katie, and that’s why she bears the name “KT.” But some may not know the full story.

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Fully Operational Fandom: Every Celebration Needs an R2-D2 Cake

Amy Ratcliffe | January 29, 2014

Rice Krispie Mos Eisley Cantina by TK Peggy

Star Wars fans continually impress me with the ways they incorporate the saga into their lives. It’s a testament to the lasting power of the films that people spend time and resources to create their own space in fandom. Sometimes it’s costumes, sometimes it’s dioramas, and sometimes it’s baked goods. Peggy Eisenhauer, a.k.a. TK Peggy, has created several Star Wars inspired treats over the years from easy to complex. From an awesome R2-D2 cake to a Rice Krispie version of Mos Eisley Cantina, she’s used her baking skills and creativity to make the galaxy far, far away look delicious.

Even if we don’t get to devour the desserts, Peggy has posted detailed instructions for her recipes so that they can be replicated at home. Like she says, anyone can do it!

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WeLoveFine Keeps You Warm Inside a Tauntaun (Hoodie) and More Hoth-Worthy Fashions

Nicole Campos | January 28, 2014

WeLoveFine's Empire Strikes Back sweater

At WeLoveFine, we know that year-round fans are looking for ways to express their passion for the things they love. And unless you live in certain parts of the globe (or on Tatooine), you probably can’t get by with just a T-shirt during the winter months. How can we pair up some of our most beloved Star Wars icons and characters with fashion that not only looks awesome, but will make you feel awesomely warm when there’s a Hoth-like chill in the air?

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Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy — The Brazil Imperio Series By Adriano Ticiano

Mary Franklin | January 28, 2014

Brazilian Adriano Ticiano is not only a talented artist, he is a lifelong fan of the Star Wars universe. In his series of illustrations entitled Brazil Imperio, Ticiano portrays different regions of his country as he imagines they would appear under the Imperial rule of the Star Wars Empire in a galaxy far, far away.

Ticiano, who says he’s so happy to have his work in Bantha Tracks that he could “pull the ears off a gundark,” plans to show this article to his students at school, who, he says are “Star Wars fanatics.”

Vos Gassu - Bantha Tracks: Art Galaxy

Vos Gassu

Foz do Iguacu, which means “Iguazu river mouth,” is in the southern part of Brazil, and is known for the spectacular Iguacu waterfalls. Iguacu falls have three times the flow capacity of Niagara Falls, which gives some idea of their power to anyone who has visited the US waterfall.

The shape and power of Iguacu called Mustafar to Ticiano’s mind, where hot lava replaces thundering water.

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Collecting the Galaxy: UK Toy Fair 2014

James Burns | January 27, 2014

ToyFair 2014 logo

This past week saw Toy Fair come to London, and over three days, 236 companies exhibited their products for members of the UK toy industry. I was lucky enough to go on Press Day, normally the first day of the show.

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Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station

Keith Kappel | January 24, 2014
Centerpoint Station (Art by Drew Struzan)

Centerpoint Station (Art by Drew Struzan)

The galaxy is vast and filled with wonders. There are ancient wonders, like Belgoth’s Beacon, which predates the Republic. There are massive wonders, like the Shawken Spire, which stood freely on the ground and reached low orbit. There are mysterious wonders, like the 35,000 Brass Soldiers of Axum. However, there are very few wonders in the galaxy that are ancient, massive, and mysterious all at once, like Centerpoint Station.

Throughout galactic history, Centerpoint Station has been many things to many beings. For the Killik hives, it was a religious duty. To cosmic threats, it was a prison. Colonists called it home, while criminals called it good for business. Governments have viewed it as a doomsday device, while Jedi thought it as a threat to galactic peace. For the Corellians, its power represented true independence. Centerpoint has been all of these things and more.

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Hoth: Wish You Were Here?

Jennifer Heddle | January 24, 2014

Han and his tauntaun on Hoth

With the extreme cold weather much of the country has been facing this winter, the Hoth references have been flying fast and furious across social media. Just this month, welovefine.com released a tauntaun hoodie, complete with tauntaun guts drawn on the interior. Much of the Mythbusters Star Wars special last month focused on Hoth. What is it about Hoth that makes it so iconic? After all, we don’t reference Tatooine when it’s hot during the summer — not yet, anyway. So what is it about Hoth?

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