Fully Operational Fandom: Looking for Love in Aldera-right Places

Amy Ratcliffe | February 13, 2014

Star Wars fan wedding

It’s been just about a year since I started this column, and I kicked things off by talking about how a mutual adoration for Star Wars can bring two people together. Since Valentine’s Day is almost here, it seemed appropriate to highlight more love stories from fandom. In some cases, couples saw one of the films on their first date and others had big, fat Star Wars weddings (the best kind of weddings). Just like the Force, love surrounds us and binds the galaxy together.

The story can begin with a date to the movies. Troy Pichelman’s first outing with his now wife was seeing The Phantom Menace a week before it was released to the general public. Since her parents owned a movie theater, an early screening wasn’t a problem. If someone got me in to see a Star Wars movie early, I might propose to him on the spot. Troy’s wife made a creative callback to the date by giving him a framed original of an Episode I teaser poster for Christmas.

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Why Valentine’s Day Is Better with Star Wars

Tricia Barr | February 13, 2014

Star Wars Valentine's Day chocolates

With the new year well underway, specialty chocolate boxes and hearts of red, white, and pink on display signal that February has arrived. Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a day for romance and lovers. While talking about the mid-month event on the latest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue with my co-host Teresa Delgado and special guest Amy Ratcliffe, we recalled how we celebrated the holiday in our youth. For children, giving Valentine’s cards isn’t so much about romance, but rather a way to remind others of our friendship. In an age of social media friends, when connections are often electronic, the three of us all decided that the holiday provides a good incentive to express not just romantic feelings, but also to reach out and remind our friends that we were thinking about them too.

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Star Wars Celebration Questions I Love to Ask

Mary Franklin | February 12, 2014

A few weeks ago I was in Anaheim meeting with members of the Reed Expo team, reps from the Anaheim Convention Center, and a few audio/visual companies. We are more than a year out from what will likely be the biggest Celebration we’ve ever done, but planning is well underway.

Now is when we get to ask questions that I’m frankly quite passionate about answering: “Where are the best places for parties?” “How large a screen can we fit in this room?” “Where will the fans naturally gather and meet up?” “Where do we queue up the overnight line folks?”

It’s all about making sure we do the absolute best for the show, and it starts now — before we sign all the guests, before we create and schedule entertainment, and before we sell a single pavilion to a licensee, or create the first exclusive merchandise.

I LOVE this stage of planning. I might be alone in this affectionate obsession, but hopefully some of my site photographs and questions get you wondering too, and looking forward to April 16-19, 2015, in Anaheim. We’ll start the announcements soon at www.starwarscelebration.com.

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Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 5: Zenith of the the Republic

Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart | February 11, 2014

5-hutts

Welcome to the fifth of 12 articles revealing – for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. Each section will be preceded by brief comments discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor.

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Collecting the Galaxy: 15 Years of LEGO Star Wars, Part 1

James Burns | February 10, 2014

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game

LEGO Star Wars celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and some of my next few Collecting the Galaxy blog posts will be devoted to looking back at the history of the mashup franchise. In the first of these LEGO Star Wars-inspired blogs we look at the period between 1999 and 2005, which takes in the releases of the prequels and the first original trilogy sets, too.

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How to Make a Star Wars Paper Rose

Amy Ratcliffe | February 10, 2014

If you’re planning to pick up flowers this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably going with roses. It’s the most popular choice for the holiday, and for good reason — roses are classic. You can’t go wrong. The only negatives are that florists know the stems are in high demand and mark up prices, and no matter how beautiful they are, real flowers die. Why not opt for a paper, Star Wars-themed solution? You can craft lovely, personalized roses from the pages of comic books, magazines, or books. Crafting the faux flowers just takes a few supplies and patience.

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Keeping Star Wars Secrets, Whether We Know Them or Not

Jennifer Heddle | February 7, 2014

Princess Leia quiets C-3PO on Endor

I’ve never had a job that involves quite so much secrecy before. There’s a certain element of surprise when working as a conventional book editor — you want to reveal a cover at just the right time, or you can’t announce a new deal with an author until the contract is signed — but as you might imagine, working at Lucasfilm adds a whole other dimension to the need to keep things under wraps. There are projects we can’t talk about yet, which may or may not be related to entertainment we can’t talk about yet, as well as other things that we just can’t talk about yet.

Unfortunately, all this can make coming up with blog post topics frustrating.

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An Advertising Empire: Creating the Star Wars Rebels Propaganda Posters

Amy Beth Christenson | February 6, 2014
Amy Beth Christenson, Star Wars Rebels artist

Photo by Joel Aron

I get to spend my days designing some of the characters, environments, and spaceships here at Lucasfilm — and also had the very fun task of helping create the six Star Wars Rebels Imperial poster cards that popped up online this week. (Before working on Star Wars Rebels, I was a concept artist on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and several LucasArts games, including The Force Unleashed.)

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The Kessel Run 2014: Helping Rancho Obi-Wan in Less Than 12 Parsecs

Mark Newbold | February 6, 2014

The Kessel Run Google Hangout

What subject could possibly persuade five webmasters, podscasters, and bloggers to congregate on a Sunday via Google Hangout and chat throughout the day (or until the early hours of the morning for some)? Star Wars, of course, and that’s exactly what Randy Lo Gudice, Johnamarie Macias, Jeremy Conrad, Jason Ward, and I did on January 12 as we embarked on the very first Kessel Run, to raise funds for Rancho Obi-Wan.

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Kenner’s Star Wars Playsets, Part 1: Cardboard Death Stars and Creature Cantinas

Tim Veekhoven | February 5, 2014

Star Wars Kenner playset

Bernard Loomis, president of Kenner, decided to make the Star Wars action figures 3 ¾” tall. That decision caused a revolution in the toy industry, as action figures were usually made 12” or 8” tall. The new size meant that the figures could be offered for a reasonable price and that the line could also include spaceships, vehicles, and playsets. Playsets have always been an important part of the toy industry, from those in the Louis Marx Toy line to the Mego sets in the ’70s. With Star Wars, Kenner produced some of the most memorable playsets ever, rivaling classics like Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe’s USS Flagg.

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