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Comic-Con 2008: Best Star Wars Costumes

Bonnie Burton | July 31, 2008

When you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to walk more than a few feet and not run into a fan in costume. Every year the convention center is flooded with various versions of superheroes, video game characters, horror film icons, pirates, steampunk kids, vampires, werewolves, manga and anime favorites, food mascots and of course lots and lots of Star Wars characters. Even though it seemed the Joker costumes dominated the con, the 501st and Rebel Legion were out in full force, as were fans dressed as Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Jedi and even a couple of TIE Fighters.

Here’s a recap of some of the best costumes we spotted.

Clones! Clones! Clones!
With the highly-anticipated movie and TV show — The Clone Wars — on everyone’s minds, it was the 501st Legion members dressed as clone troopers and stormtroopers who dominated all the photo ops at the Star Wars Pavillion this year. There’s really no way to outdo the 501st when it comes to their impressive body armor and always-in-character demeanor. Nothing beats seeing a kid’s eyes light up when he sees a trooper walking towards him. It just wouldn’t be a proper Comic-Con experience without them. If you want to learn more about the 501st Legion, check out: Inside the Fighting 501st.

Rebel pilots
In addition to the 501st, there’s the Rebel Legion. These guys and gals dress as Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Princesses and even Wookiees, and show up to conventions, charity events and more, much like the 501st. If you’d like to find out more about them, visit the Official Rebel Legion site here.

Ahsoka Tano and Stormtrooper
Thanks to The Clone Wars, little girls everywhere get a new character to dress as for conventions and Halloween. Meet the latest sassy female to hit Star WarsAhsoka Tano.


Cloning Stormtroopers at LEGO Factory Team | June 19, 2008

There’s more than one way to build a clone army! The lucky kids at Gizmodo blog take a tour of the LEGO factory in Denmark.

Check out this video about how the iconic mini-figure gets its characteristic evil look after getting out of the mold machine. The printing of these mini-figs is one of the most expensive and delicate processes at the Lego factory. The rubber stamping has to be done in a very precise way – printing feature by feature in layers – until it’s done.

VIDEO: Galactic Empire Cloning Stormtroopers in Lego Factory
(via Gizmodo blog)

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!

LEGO LED Stormie

Bonnie Burton | June 6, 2008

Here’s a fun LEGO craft spotted on Flickr by user Onkelond. Give your LEGO Stormtrooper Minifig a cool light-up helmet using a LED and a 1.4 volt battery.

LEGO LED Stormie Craft

SOURCE: Club Jade

Star Wars at Maker Faire

Bonnie Burton | May 5, 2008

Every year mad scientists, robot builders, power tool drag racers, craftsters, and other DIY guys and gals gather together at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds for one of the coolest events in the Bay Area — the Maker Faire!

This year there were plenty of fun things for Star Wars fans to see and do — including crafts, R2-D2 dancing, prop displays, the LEGO Jeep, Steampunk contraptions and more!


Star Wars Fun at Maker Faire

Bonnie Burton | May 2, 2008

Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself mindset. Maker Faire happens May 3 and 4 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in California. It’s a fun event for creative people of all ages who love to tinker and make things.

Whether it’s playing with robots (and there’s a lot of them!), checking out huge fire-breathing contraptions from Survival Research Laboratories, gawking at Tesla Coils, drag racing power tools, making all kinds of crafts, or just having fun geeking out, there’s plenty for everyone to do.

Here’s a selection of Makers and Exhibits that Star Wars fans might dig the most:


History of Star Wars Video Games Doc Team | March 31, 2008

vidgame.jpg has posted the first two parts of a fantastic three-part series showcasing the history of Star Wars video games. From the first Empire Strikes Back cartridge made for Atari’s old 2600 in 1982 to the LEGO Star Wars series and beyond, these short docs walk us through the history of Star Wars video gaming with extensive gameplay footage and the classic old 8-bit soundtracks — no quarters required.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Report from Wonder-Con: Lucasfilm Presentation (Part 2)

Pablo Hidalgo | February 23, 2008

After Brett Rector left the stage. Steve Sansweet turned to the subject of The Man with the Hat– Indiana Jones and his return to adventure this year. First, Sansweet reminded audiences about the final installment of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones coming to DVD on April 29th. He then screened the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (in theaters May 22) as well as the trailer for the LEGO Indiana Jones video game before turning the subject back to Star Wars… From a certain point of view.



Field Report from Toy Fair: LEGO Clone Wars

Pete Vilmur | February 20, 2008

A pair of Bodyguard Magna-Droids from The Clone Wars collection.

In addition to posting images of some of the new products coming from LEGO’s Toy Fair reveal last Friday, we’ve got StarWarsShop’s Matt Martin on the floor to send back images from the LEGO booth itself.

The new line based on The Clone Wars is looking better than ever, and these pictures bring a nice sense of scale and detail to the kits that’s not always apparent in the press kit imagery. Make sure to check out all the images after the jump!


LEGO Clone Wars & Indy IV at Toy Fair

Pete Vilmur | February 16, 2008

2 7673 LEGO V-19 Torrent

Today, LEGO officially unveiled eight new sets from their upcoming Clone Wars and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull lines at New York’s Toy Fair!

Be sure to click below to check out all the images!