Posts Tagged ‘Wired’

San Francisco Builds Giant LEGO Yoda Santa Team | November 21, 2011

Photo by transbay.

This weekend, Star Wars fans in San Francisco gathered in Union Square to help LEGO Master Builders construct a 12-foot tall LEGO Yoda Santa from about 250,000 bricks!

Wired reports:

Contributing some brick building to an undertaking like this is a strangely satisfying thing. Participants create large ‘bricks’ which are used to scale up from a model. Because the whole thing builds so quickly, you really feel like you’re part of making a LEGO creation. The crowds of adults and kids getting involved today were all having a wonderful time building, chatting and sharing hints.

Read more here:
Help Build a 12-Foot Tall Lego Yoda Santa, You May
(via Geek Dad on Wired)

Yes, Leia, there is a Yoda Santa — made of LEGOs (via CNET)

Be sure to check out the upcoming LEGO Santa Yoda website – – for Star Wars online greeting cards. LEGO will donate toys to United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program for each card sent.

Shogun Stormtrooper Travels Back to the ‘70s

| December 22, 2010 recently posted a great set of photos that magically capture the retro-inspired Super Shogun Stormtrooper toy in settings decades before its release. Well, “magically” if you’ve never heard of Photoshop.

From Wired:

In Super7’s Christmas-themed ad campaign, the 2-foot-tall toy — which is a mashup of classic Star Wars action figures and vintage Japanese Shogun Warriors robots — makes an appearance in a series of warm-and-fuzzy photos supplied by Star Wars fans. The images pack the same vintage vibe as the “lost” ’70s-style Stormtrooper Super Shogun TV commercial that Super7 produced earlier this year.

For the postcard series, photographer D. Martin Myatt, who also works at, asked fans from the collectibles site to donate actual ’70s and ’80s photos of themselves holding Star Wars toys. (The names used on the cards are the names of people in the pictures.) With a little Photoshop magic, the Stormtrooper Super Shogun became a part of the memories.

Check out the pseudo-retro Shogun goodness at

Super 7 is also hosting a charity auction that will award the winning bidder a SUPER SHOGUN STORMTROOPER Engineering Test Prototype – get the details here.

Wired Chats With Cad Bane Team | September 2, 2009

Wired magazine has chatted with everyone from Bill Gates to the Maker himself George Lucas, so they never shy away from intimidating interview subjects. So it shouldn’t surprise fans that they would go a step further and interview bounty hunter Cad Bane from The Clone Wars.

Wired reports:

Unless you’ve got a pile of money to throw at him, you’ll have no luck hiring Bane. And he’s no easier to get hold of for a simple interview. But managed to do so without getting gunned down by his dual blasters. In fact, he was in a less-deadly mood than usual due to good business coming his way during the long galactic conflict.

“I don’t suffer fools easily, so I prefer to work alone. People in my line of work don’t care much for socializing. Sometimes the job demands that I work with specialists, and that’s when other folks come in handy. But make no mistake: I call the shots.”

Bane has no personal recollections of the late Jango Fett, but he confesses that the Republic’s clone armies, generated from Fett’s genetic code, have given him “no end of trouble.” He hears rumors of Fett’s son (Boba) perhaps taking up his father’s business, but he’s not concerned.

“I don’t have time to keep track of every little whelp in the galaxy,” Bane said. “I’m the best there is. If he doesn’t get into my business, I won’t get into his. I’d be happy to track him down — but it’ll cost you. I don’t work for free.”

Read the full interview here:
Bounty Hunter Cad Bane Brings Pain in Season 2 of Clone Wars

Star Wars Influence Map Team | September 5, 2008

In 2005, Wired magazine mapped out how exactly the Star Wars saga (including innovations from ILM, Skywalker Sound and LucasArts) has influenced pop culture, technology, entertainment companies and more over the years.

Read all about it here:
How Star Wars Changed the World (

Here’s a large easy-to-read image of the map from Kottke as well.


Wired Profiles Fanboys Team | March 25, 2008

Wired magazine takes an in-depth look at the movie Fanboys — which has had a bit of controversy lately from fans wanting the original cut (and not the Cancer-free plot) to be released in theaters.

The magazine chats with Fanboys screenwriter Ernie Cline, who’s proudly been a Star Wars fan since childhood. Cline reveals not only his love for the saga, but also his very personal reasons for making the original plot of Fanboys have a more deeper meaning than just geek boys on a quest to see The Phantom Menace before everyone else.


Chewie Makes Wired‘s Sidekick List Team | March 10, 2008

What do Spock, Dana Scully, Beaker and Chewbacca have in common? No, not a love for best friends who believe in the truth or even an appreciation for apple-scented hair conditioner. They all made Wired magazine’s Best Sidekicks List — which also included the likes of K.I.T.T., Willow Rosenberg, Waylon Smithers, Samwise Gamgee and Robin.

Here’s what they had to say about our favorite Wookiee:

Sidekick to Han Solo
STRENGTHS: Size, muscle, mechanical aptitude, and supreme navigational skills.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks pants and is largely incoherent. Also, Chewie is indirectly responsible for that 1978 holiday special.

Read all about the other sidekicks here:
Best: Sidekicks, From Mr. Spock to Waylon Smithers

Star Wars Pop-up Book Wows Wired

Bonnie Burton | September 17, 2007

Wired magazine’s Geekdad gives Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart a glowing (as in lightsaber) review. Check it out here:

I cannot express to you how wickedly cool we all think it is, even the Tweener who doesn’t think anything is cool. The 5-year-old asked to see it again for a bedtime story and complained that it was too short once my wife was done opening the more than 35 pop-ups.

We’re big fans of of pop-up books around here, and this one is in a class all of its own. The detail is simply stunning, with a level of intricacy I have never seen before. Think pop-ups on top of pop-ups, and when we opened the last page and Luke and Vader’s light sabers actually lit up, well, let’s just call it a slam dunk success for some quick and geeky family entertainment.

Read the full review here:
Geeks of the Galaxy Take Note

Read more about the book on
First Look: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy

Hovercraft Today, Landspeeder Tomorrow?

Bonnie Burton | August 15, 2007

When Luke Skywalker’s beloved T-16 skyhopper wasn’t functioning, his only escape from moisture farm drudgery came from his beat-up brown landspeeder. Hovering aloft on a cushion of antigravity, the speeder got Luke and his passengers (droids and a wacky Jedi Master) around maybe not in style but it did the job.

Well, if that’s happening a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, why aren’t we commuting in our own landspeeders yet? Good question. Luckily for us, Wired magazine takes a look at the history of the hovercraft, from mid-1950s Popular Mechanics covers to Survival Research Laboratory’s Pulse-Jet Hovercraft!

Here’s a snippet from Gareth Branwyn’s stellar article:

An artist friend of mine once said: “When I think about the future, all I wanna know is: When do we get to wear the tinfoil?” That statement perfectly encodes those kitschy, iconic images we have of the future, a world in which we dress like space people from bad ’50s sci-fi, and travel through elevated cities on jetpacks or in flying or hovering cars. We’re still waiting for the jetpacks and skycars, but, to paraphrase sci-fi author William Gibson, “the hovercraft is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” And it likely never will be.

Read the full article here:
“Fifty Years of Hovercraft: The Tech That Barely Takes Off”