First released several years ago, Star Wars: Frames was a lavish $3,000 limited-edition box set of books compiling George Lucas's favorite 1,400 images from all six Star Wars films. This month sees Star Wars: Frames reprinted in a much more affordable but still impressive package of two hardcover books, one for each of the two trilogies. The list price is $150 but you can pre-order from Amazon for $90. Star Wars: Frames
Stephanie sent this pic of a tiny pink Stormtrooper cosplayer to Fashionably Geek. They say it was a little girl in there, but that seems to be citing facts not in evidence. In any event, this kid is hella cute.
Little Girl Proves Stormtroopers Look Good In Pink [Cosplay] [Amy Ratcliffe/Fashionably Geek]
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Road Wars is a Star Wars/Road Warrior action-figure mashup. (Thanks, Matthew!)
Meco's space disco "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" on Dutch TV music program TopPop, November 5, 1977 (?).
New York Magazine reports on two recent incidents where a police cruiser was heard (and seen) blaring the Star Wars "Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" as it cruised down the street. "The cops were laughing like stoned high-school kids as they drove by," said witness Tyler Sargent.
Here is the first "screen test" of Boba Fett for George Lucas that took place on June 28, 1978. At this point, Boba Fett's armor was all white, based on concept art by Joe Johnston with Ralph McQuarrie. According to an article about "Proto-Fett" that previously was at StarWars.com, the white was "possibly a vestige of his 'Super Trooper' origins."
In (the) black and white video, sound designer Ben Burtt "hosts" Fett's reveal for Lucas and crew, describing the different weapons, functions, and characteristics of the costume (worn by Empire's assistant film editor Duwayne Dunham for the test). The somewhat amusing footage depicts Fett with a mocked-up laser rifle (which used a lightsaber hilt for the barrel) and a Star Wars beach towel doubling as the bounty hunter's tattered serape.
"Proto-Fett: The Birth of Boba
Redditor Txmaluda works at a Whataburger and used their little ketchup-tubs to construct an AT-AT Walker during a slow shift. Bravo!
Update: From the comments, robcruickshank sez, "I hope the rebels mustard a defense." I hope so, too, Rob.
Assault walker I made from ketchup packets when I was bored at work. (i.imgur.com)
Marc Freilich made an R2-D2 birthday cake for his son's sixth birthday. He integrated a pico projector into R2's dome to project the Leia "hologram" and a special birthday message. He's posted the baking and build notes online. "Just another R2D2 Birthday Cake Build"
Peter Mayhew, the seven-foot-tall actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, livetweeted his dustup with the TSA operatives at Denver airport as they attempted to confiscate his light-saber-themed cane, which he needs to walk. The TSA agents apparently objected to the cane because it was too long (Mayhew explains, "Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick.... besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it.."). The tweets came to the attention of American Airlines, with whom Mayhew is a million-mile flyer, and they intervened with the TSA to get him on his flight with his mobility aid.
Mayhew was returning to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from an appearance at Denver Comic Con early this week when TSA agents refused to let Chewie board his plane with one of a kind cane.
Chewbacca Actor Battles TSA Over Light Saber Cane
LEGO announced its Ewok Village, due out September 1. It consists of 1990 pieces including R2-D2 and 16 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewoks, 2 Scout Troopers, and 2 Stormtroopers. Join in the celebration below!
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Last October, IGN's Brian Altano announced a bold design fiction: an imaginary line of "Han Solo in Carbonite" Pop-Tarts. Several months have gone by and this is still not a thing. The world is broken.
Would You Eat These Star Wars Pop-Tarts?
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
The Han Solo in Carbonite light-switch cover combines the 1980s-era Empire Strikes Back kitsch with 1960s era novelty "boner" decor -- yours for $40 from Etsy seller Wicked Studio.
Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Light Switch
Over at Tenth Letter of the Alphabet, a fascinating history of the Star Wars logo. Above left, a decal created during the film's pre-production, to be used on film cans and other early materials. "This was how we first pictured Han Solo," production designer and artist Ralph McQuarrie explained in The Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection
. "It could be a sort of Luke character, but I think it’s more like Han. Anyway, George decided that Han Solo should be a more relaxed character, and his costume was changed. But this decal was designed before the change.” Above right, the early corporate letterhead after "The" was dropped. The lettering, based on the Precis
font, was by concept artist and SFX tech Joe Johnston. "Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars