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Iceland names street after Darth Vader. It's called "Black-head."

The Reykjavík City Council has approved a citizen-led effort to rename a street Svarthöfði, translated as Blackhead, which is the Icelandic name for Darth Vader.

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Watch this birdie do a pretty much perfect R2D2 impersonation

“We taught Bluey the budgie how to do R2-D2 and now he drives us crazy! He has two other budgies in his cage, and I think he's driving them crazy too!”

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Anakin is one of the "top baby names" in the U.S.

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Granted, by "top" they mean "top 1000," but still: what on Earth are you thinking, parents?

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Massive Star Wars lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World


They're the largest-ever single-themed expansion of a Disney theme park in 60 years, but they're still a fundamentally conservative approach to the Star Wars franchise.

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HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever.

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How hard is it to find the original 1977 Star Wars?

87723825202a459e866do It's nearly impossible, writes fan Sean Hutchison, who is into Star Wars enough to know it's better, and hates not being able to see it: "I couldn’t shake the question: Am I a Star Wars fraud for having never seen them?"

Star Wars Storyboards – see what changed between conception and the screen

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy gives you a peek behind the curtain into the making of three movies set long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. This beautifully printed book takes the reader from the very first shot of a Star Destroyer coming directly overhead to the very last shot of a celebration on the Forest Moon of Endor. In between, there are rescues, space battles, Jedi training, Jabba the Hutt, speeder bike chases, and lightsaber battles. This is, in other words, Star Wars shot by shot, frame by frame.

Fans will recognize the story beats, of course, but one of the joys of a book like this is seeing what changed between conception and the screen. Certain characters, like Chewbacca and C-3PO, underwent radical revisions even in the course of storyboarding a single movie, while others, like Darth Vader, went through fewer, yet still noticeable changes over the course of a few pages. Likewise, seeing deleted scenes and certain scenes laid out differently from the edited sequence of the finished films bring a sense of joy and re-discovery to fans who have seen these films countless times over the years.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is the sheer variety of pen and ink art styles contained in the storyboards. Color is used sparingly, but stunningly on a few pieces. The storyboards are presented unaltered with stains, notes, re-dos, and all. Commentary from the original artists provides insights and anecdotes of the creative processes that went into creating the movies. Altogether, the book is a veritable course on filmmaking that will be of interest to Star Wars fans, artists, film-makers, and book-lovers alike. – Joel Neff

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
by J.W. Rinzler (editor)
Harry N. Abrams
2014, 352 pages, 9.5 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches
$30 Buy one on Amazon

Video: HOWTO make a 3D origami Darth Vader

Origami enthusiasts have created a number of small foldable units that can then be assembled into all kinds of 3-D shapes, like this Darth Vader.

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Darth Vibrader: a Vader mannequin made from sex toys

Adult film star Kayla-Jane Danger, SFX guy Todd Devlin and porn producer Seth Beard skinned a mannequin with sex toys, hooker boots and other stuff from a sex shop to create the 7' tall Darth Vibrader, which will adorn the offices of Wood Rocket, an LA-based porn studio.

Michael Jackson almost played Jar Jar Binks

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Makes sense. Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Binks, tells the story:

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Get the new Wilco album 'Star Wars' for free

In case you missed it, Wilco is offering its ninth album Star Wars free on iTunes and Amazon for a limited time.

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Star Wars "didn't approve, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner"

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Photos for GQ by Mark Seliger

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Word Wars: Daily war headlines transformed into an automated Star Wars intro crawl

Julien Deswaef's “Star Wars: News From the Empire” coding project gathers each day's war-related news headlines from the New York Times, and presents them in the style of the Star Wars opening crawl. Fully automated, updated and uploaded to YouTube daily.

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R2D2 Rollaboard


This would be way better as a 4-wheel spinner, but it's still a sweet piece of kids' luggage with handle sized for small people and flashing lights and beeps -- a worthy successor to the hardcase version.

R2D2 Metal Model Kit

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Two laser-cut sheets of steel, some needle-nosed pliers and a bit of patience are all that stand between you and a “museum-quality” 3-D model of your favorite astromech droid! In no time at all, this thermocapsulary dehousing assister will be reflecting light on your bookshelf as only it can.

The evening that my wife and I put this together was a lot of fun.  It was amazing how quickly we went from this:

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to this:

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You can find a set of 4 Metal Earth 3D Model Kits at Amazon.

It's the best deal that I found, and it includes Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, R2-D2, An AT-AT Walker and The Millennium Falcon (Glas-Conduit-Protien not included.)

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Unknown See Michael, a passionate collector of artifacts and designer of unique puzzles, at Boing Boing's three-day extravaganza, the Weekend of Wonder, running Sept. 18-20. A weekend of workshops, tech demons and wild performances, there'll be plenty of fun surprises!

Star Wars, as Japanese woodblock prints

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This splendid work was crowdfunded at Makuake.com, reports James Vincent: "The painstaking and laborious techniques of ukiyo-e don't come cheap."

The available prints are of Vader, the Battle of Hoth, and a scene of Amidala, R2 and Anakin.

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The world of Star Wars vintage apparel collecting

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