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Star Wars Celebration Japan Recap

Bonnie Burton | July 30, 2008

A few weeks back I went to Star Wars Celebration Japan in Chiba outside of Tokyo. I had never been to Japan before so the elaborate toilets, immaculate train stations and the super-nice hospitality were a bit of a shocker for this jaded American. In a good way! I had some amazing food, met awesome new friends and got to see Japanese Star Wars fans on their own turf. I had a blast!

Here are some of my highlights:


As soon as I took a bunch of photos of this I blog bombed it to everyone I knew from Boing Boing to /Film. Even the celeb-obsessed blog Defamer took notice. This was the thing that got the most press stateside (and still is) from bloggers who wanted to see really weird stuff from CJ. Mission accomplished. I wish we had this thing at Lucasfilm’s offices. We already have Jar Jar in carbonite in the ILM lobby, so I’m thinking this would fit nicely in the LFL lobby. HINT HINT. But maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s most impressive.

BEST ATTRACTION: Life-size Dewback

Yeah, that’s me on Dewy. This fan-made attraction had the longest lines and the fans loved LOVED loved it. I kinda wish Lucasfilm would buy it for our next Celebration in the States. This thing was AWESOME! I interviewed Goro who made it if you want to find out more: The Dewback Project


She was the belle of Celebration Japan — being asked every few feet to get her photo taken by media, fans and smitten teen boys. Makes you wonder if Ewoks looked like her instead of teddy bears with spears, we might have a few more fans of the Yub Nub song.


LEGO Death Star Dream House

Bonnie Burton | June 18, 2008

I love LEGOs and I think minifigs are about the cutest things since puppies, only plastic. The Death Star is pure genius — a sphere of power that can blow up planets!? Heck yeah! The only thing that would make this even better is to combine all three into a one glorious playset where you make the magic happen!

Behold the LEGO Death Star with 21 minifigures!
(via Boing Boing Gadgets)

It’s just like the Barbie Dream House only eviler and not pink! Reenact your favorite Star Wars scenes of Luke and Darth dueling or Luke and his sis swinging to escape stormtroopers. Or skip canon altogether and make your own Star Wars stories.

Make a tiny Twister mat and have C-3PO challenge Chewie to the ultimate game of wits and limbs! Or buy those little dollhouse tea sets and have a civilized meeting between Princess Leia and Darth Vader. Or throw a dance party with the driods vs. the humans. Two words: Stormtrooper Limbo! Yup, first thing I’m doing is redecorating my Death Star with little couches and a Starburst wall clock!

Star Wars “SkyCeiling” Team | April 30, 2008

(Luminous 360 SkyCeiling™
installed in the Star Wars-themed family room
of the Ruiz home in Frankfort, Illinois.)

Is your humble dwelling missing something? Maybe you need a sky light, or better yet a portal into a galaxy far, far away? Sky Factory is here to make your home redux dreams come true with virtual and programmable “SkyCeilings.”

BoingBoing Gadgets Editor Joel Johnson reviews these futuristic home decor sky lights with a couple of ideas that might make Star Wars fans take an interest:

I tried to blow Aaron’s mind with my idea of doing fantasy scenes, but he stopped me mid-blurt, telling me about the large number of installations they’ve already done in home theaters that feature deep space scenes full of nebula and shooting stars. One of Sony’s MMO groups apparently looked into getting one of their game’s sky graphics installed in a board room. Another client was an orthodontist redoing his basement as a tribute to Star Wars (including an X-Wing cockpit mock-up) who recreated the little table at which Chewie and C-3PO play chess. Above it? A custom window looking out into a spinning galaxy.

Read Joel’s full report here:
Sky Factory SkyCeilings: modular and custom drop-in virtual skylights (and spacelights!)
(via Boing Boing Gadgets)

NYC Comic Con Coverage Roundup Team | April 28, 2008

In case any of you missed coverage of New York City Comic Con, here’s a round up of some of the most interesting clips of bloggers, journalists and fans geeking out at the largest comic convention on the East coast.

May April Fool’s Be With You

Bonnie Burton | April 1, 2008

Nothing shows off our fans’ excellent sense of humor more than every site trying to pull a fast one on April 1. While didn’t have a chance to jump in on the fun like we have in the past — April 1, 1979 — we were thrilled to see loads of Star Wars fans — and various sci-fi kids — get in on the act.

Here’s a list of our faves so far…


TED 2008: John Knoll Team | February 29, 2008

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll presented this week at TED 2008 during the “How Do We Create?” session.’s Mark Frauenfelder live blogs from the event:

John compared how visual effects were made for movies from the 1950s with contemporary movies. He showed clips from Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and clips from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The process hasn’t changed that much. You start off looking at the script, have discussions with director, and decide what needs to be shot using visual effects: anything you can’t just go out and shoot, anything that doesn’t exist, anything that’s too expensive, too dangerous, or just not possible.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea used miniature ships in a studio tank (about 200 ‘ x 200′, a few feet deep). The last pictures that used this techniques was Tora! Tora! Tora!. The tank method works pretty well but the scale of the water doesn’t work well. Droplet size is wrong. For Pirates, Knoll also built a tank, but came up with ways to split in full-size water droplets. Adding full scale water in background really helps.


“Luke Arm” Prosthesis

Bonnie Burton | February 4, 2008

(Photo by Dirk Van Der Merwe)

Dean Kamen’s “Luke arm” — a prosthesis named for the remarkably lifelike prosthetic worn by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars – came to the end of its two-year funding last month. Its fate now rests in the hands of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funded the project. If DARPA gives the project the green light — and some greenbacks — the state-of-the-art bionic arm will go into clinical trials. If all goes well, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its approval, returning veterans could be wearing the new artificial limb by next year.

Read more about it here:
Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm” Prosthesis Readies for Clinical Trials

SOURCE: Club Jade,

LEGO Turns 50

Pete Vilmur | January 28, 2008


With all the LEGO steampunk we’ve posted this week, we should have known there was some LEGO mojo floating about. Turns out today is LEGO’s official 50th anniversary, and has devised a cool timeline and list of LEGO curiosities. Here’s an excerpt:

It all first started in 1947, when LEGO bought their first plastic injection machine. The brick was not invented then but took final form in 1958, when the shape of the stud-and-tube brick was patented. Since then, LEGO sets have been going through dozens of iterations, from the younger version, DUPLO, to the most sophisticated LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sets, going through all the different themes of LEGOLAND and, of course, the most successful line of all times according to LEGO, LEGO Star Wars.

UPDATE: just posted a time-lapse video of the largest LEGO set ever offered, the 5000-piece Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon, being constructed by their own Boingboing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson. And if you haven’t visited lately, check out the latest submissions over at the fbtb forums in the ongoing Steam Wars contest.

LEGO Steampunk Naboo Starfighter Team | January 23, 2008

If you frequent our blog, you’re probably aware that we’re big fans of steampunk, especially when it’s got a Star Wars twist. As reported here a couple weeks ago, there’s a LEGO Star Wars steampunk contest afoot, and just posted a heads-up on one of the cooler entries – the “Royal Naboo Airforce One”, or R.N.A.F.1, created by Mark Stafford. We think it’s rather, well, fetching, actually.

Check boingboing’s original post here, or follow this link to see more angles of this cool entry.