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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Critical Opinion: The Empire Strikes Back‘s Original Reviews

Mark Newbold | January 23, 2014

The Empire Strikes Back logo by Ralph McQuarrie

The Empire Strikes Back logo by Ralph McQuarrie.

Sitting here in 2014, the 34th year since its release, it can be hard to believe that The Empire Strikes Back wasn’t always lauded as the movie masterpiece it clearly is. On the contrary, its arrival back on May 20, 1980, was welcomed with an array of mixed, lukewarm, and indifferent reviews on both sides of the Atlantic from newspapers, magazines, and TV critics alike. But of all the entries in the saga, time has been kindest to Empire‘s reputation and standing. Not to us fans who have adored the film since its release, but to the wider world who perhaps needed the resolutions brought to us by Return of the Jedi to fully appreciate the nuances and dangers that Empire presented.

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Star Wars Comics Preview: January 22, 2014

StarWars.com Team | January 22, 2014

Star Wars: Legacy #11 preview

It’s Wednesday, which means one thing: new comic books! Check out a preview of new Star Wars comics available today after the jump!

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Jedi

StarWars.com Team | January 22, 2014

The StarWars.com 10: Best Jedi

Welcome to The StarWars.com 10, a feature where StarWars.com’s editorial staff huddles to discuss — in a committee — various topics relating to a galaxy far, far away. Today we’re looking at the top guardians of peace and justice of a galaxy far, far away.

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Slugthrowers: An Overview of Popular Music and Musicians in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Part 2

Ed Erdelac | January 21, 2014

Star Wars bands and music

The establishment of the Galactic Empire following the end of the Clone Wars brought with it an age of draconian censure to the music of the galaxy.  The Imperial Board of Culture was founded, whose purpose was to foment pro-Imperial thought and limit or outright ban any message contrary to the New Order in popular entertainment. The board reviewed all holo-films, novels, and sound slugs prior to their uploading to the galactic distribution nets, and issued them one of three ratings. Pro-Imperial or totally innocuous works, such as “The Mantooine Minuet” (a personal favorite of Emperor Palpatine), the Navy’s imposing parade anthem, “Imperial March,” the neo-waltzes and ganther dances of Nabicci Futana, and the ballads of the Ho’Din diva Annadayle Fayde were passed outright. Works deemed worthless or mildly offensive received a scarlet rating, such as mainstream Core World band Starburst, the track listing of whose second release Only In Your Dreams was deemed offensive and possibly political in nature. Scarlet releases were issued with a warning message, but more significantly, possession of scarlet material could be considered a misdemeanor offense at the discretion of Imperial officials, leading to artists and consumers being conveniently arrested or penalized as subversives (like the Alderaanian band Red Line who disappeared entirely after their vocal condemnation of the Ghorman Massacre at a live performance). The third action of the Imperial Board of Culture was to outright ban politically charged, anti-Imperial works, fining artists and consumers alike up to 1000 credits and imprisoning them. The rowdy scrak band Billi B And The Paradise Gang were early victims. Anti-Imperial group Deeply Religious dutifully submitted all three of their albums, Deeply Religious, The Emperor Of Air And Darkness, and Advanced Explosive Handbook, to the IBoC. All three were banned and subsequently released and distributed on the black market.

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