2016 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar


This years Star Wars Advent Calendar does not end on Wookie Life Day, but I like the minifigs.

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'Star Wars: Ahsoka' is finally here

The long awaited Star Wars: Ahsoka offers a glimpse into the time between the fall of the Republic and the beginning of the rebellion against the Empire.

Ashoka Tano, dedicated padawan Jedi and apprentice to Anakin Skywalker, was tossed from the Jedi order on trumped up charges. After clearing herself, the Togrutan force user declined to rejoin the order and disappeared, conveniently allowing her to survive 'Order 66.' We know that in time Ahsoka will aid the budding rebellion and face off against her dreaded former master, but what happened in between?

Star Wars: Ahsoka not only picks up with the story of WHAT HAPPENED??!? after the Jedi fell, it shares a few excellent tidbits about her past well, like where those white lightsabers come from! Ashoka is aided by old friends, and new, as well as enemies. See the Inquisitors begin to rise, and the Jedi light fades from the galaxy.

I'm a huge Ahsoka fan, and this one of the best pieces of Star Wars fiction I've read in a long while!

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

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Artoo-Deco, an art deco droid from author/maker Kurt Zimmerman


Kids' author/droid builder Kurt Zimmerman created "Artoo Deco," an Art Deco take on R2-D2, capable of movement under radio control, and with an in-built sound-system that makes cool, droidish noises. Read the rest

Rogue One: a bunch of character posters


The new Star Wars film, Rogue One has released a bunch of new character posters today. You can download them here.

Brand new character posters from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY are here!

Featuring Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), with Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), these posters are now available to share with your readers.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is in U.S. theaters December 16 in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

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San Francisco's competitive lightsaber academy opens this week


LudoSport is an international network for "sporting lightsaber combat" and they've just landed their first US location in San Francisco.

Via the SF Chron:

Light saber fighting is really a thing and has been for some time. In the past, light saber classes allowed wanna-be Jedis to learn the basics of saber handling. But thanks to LudoSport, one can now actually sign up for light saber tournaments and compete locally, nationally, and internationally.

Founded in Italy 10 years ago, LudoSport’s light saber academies and tournaments have swept Europe. Really. The whole concept is a bit complicated, although for “Star Wars” fans who wish to compete in international light saber duels, the detailed (and we mean DETAILED) rules, logistics, and philosophy behind the “sport” might be right up their alley.

There are seven forms of lights saber combat and ten rules. Much like karate belt colors, light saber athletes must wear the correct uniform for their level of light saber skill. Players are rated on experience, fighting skills, and technical quality (presumably by someone who fancies himself a present-day Obi-Wan Kenobi.) Points are earned by attending classes and meeting up with fellow light saber athletes in the LudoSport network for actual duels. The results must be deposited online after every battle.

LudoSport takes the whole thing very seriously. This isn’t “Star Wars” camp. LudoSport is making the leap to the United States by opening an academy right here in San Francisco. Classes begin October 15th at Studiomix on Van Ness.

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This is the Rogue One trailer you're looking for


"Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction." Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.

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How haunters remember their own among 2016's deaths


Dan Howland from the dearly departed Journal of Ride Theory snapped these all-the-feels tombstones at this year's Davis Graveyard (previously) haunt. Read the rest

R2-D2 French press pot


Thinkgeek's $40 R2D2 French press coffee-pot starts shipping in early November, in time for Xmas delivery. Holds 32oz, BPA-free, and the carafe is dishwasher safe. Read the rest

AT-AT cardigan

70% cotton/30% nylon, sized S-XXL, $40 from Thinkgeek. Read the rest

Lawn Jawas with solar-charged light-up eyes


Thinkgeek's $80 Lawn Jawas are a weird mix of kitsch, bad taste, technology, and fandom. Read the rest

Dan Golding's brilliant response to the Marvel soundtrack originality debate


After Every Frame a Painting analyzed The Marvel Symphonic Universe (see last week's post), Dan Golding expanded on that great video arguing that film music, and films themselves, have an interesting relationship with originality. Read the rest

Vader Vinyl: Picturedisc reissue of Star Wars' OST, featuring a 33 1/3RPM Death Star


John Williams' original score for the first Star Wars movie has been reissued as two picture-discs: the Death Star, Vader, Tie Fighters and Chewie and Han; it's $35 to pre-order for shipping on Sept 30. (via Bonnie Burton) Read the rest

$12 R2-D2 bento-style lunchbox


This bento-style R2-D2 lunch box is pretty cool. I hope my daughter likes it as much as I do.

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The Making of 'Star Wars,' 1977: Amazing photos of ILM filming Death Star explosions


Here's how Star Wars movies were made before the green screen and advanced CGI. Photographer unknown.

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Dig the Beastie Boys soundtrack for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If only.

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Watch George Lucas and Star Wars characters in 1987 Japanese Panasonic TV commercials

Every Sith Lord has his price.

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RIP, R2D2: Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died

Kenny Baker starred in the first six Star Wars films, from 1977 to 2005. Photograph: Rory Gilder/Rex Shutterstock

The British actor who played R2-D2 in the classic Star Wars films died today, age 81, after a long illness.

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