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LEGO R2D2

Somehow I missed the announcement for this fantastic LEGO R2D2. This Ultimate Collector Series kit is just beautiful.

Packed with several of R2s coolest tools, my favorite detail is the extendable rotary cutting arm (it deploys via a lever on R2s back!) The completed droid stands just over 1 foot tall and is comprised of just over 2,000 pieces.

This kit also comes complete with a lovely display placard and an R2D2 minifig.

LEGO Ultimate Collector Series R2D2

Science-y paper explains Force-sensitivity in Wookiees

Dave Ng writes, "The Science Creative Quarterly, a web publication that runs out of my science education lab, is working on producing a new scientific (sort of) journal which will be named 'The Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics.' Here, the first volume will showcase a collection of scientifically authentic looking articles on Wookiee genomics, and is slated for release in the fall of 2014. In the meantime, however, you can take a peek at these Wookiee genomics (or 'Wookieenomics') papers as they are published at the SCQ."

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I Love You/I Know Star Wars nightshirt with hidden glow-in-the-dark message

Her Universe's "I Love You/I Know" nightshirt recreates Leia and Han's romantic moment with a glow-in-the-dark gag. Nice typography, too!

I Love You I Know Sleep Shirt (via The Mary Sue)

Just look at this stand-up made of rotten banana peels.


Just look at it.

Dark Forces by Matthew j Mahoney

(via Neatorama)

Bill Hader's Star Wars impressions

TV writer/actor Bill Hader's excellent Star Wars impressions on Conan: Jabba the Hutt... dying! A tauntaun... dying!

Epic stop-motion action-figure videos: Einstein vs Darth Vader

Patrick Boivin is a stop-motion animation genius who does insanely amazing and expressive things with cheap action figures. I could watch Einstein kicking Vader's ass for hours.

Patrick Boivins' channel (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

C3PO and Stormtrooper onesies


The C3PO onesie isn't quite a kigurumi, but it sure does look cozy. $70, sizes S to XXX-L. Pair it with a Storm Trooper armor onesie and order now to get it in time for a Valentine's Day game of "Naughty droid and stern Imperial foot-slogger."

[Insert "droid you're looking for" joke here.]

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Elaborate, detailed Star Wars dioramas


Carl "Boutros77" BouMansour is a fine artist and modeller in the UK who makes elaborate diaoramas based on science fiction movies, especially Star Wars. These are lavishly documented in his Flickr sets. There's a lot to love here, but I recommend starting with the pictures of the Cantina on Tatooine. It's such an ambitious miniature set, and the attention to detail left me amazed and delighted.

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Carrie Fisher: she, Ford, and Hamill due on Star Wars set soon

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Carrie Fisher told TV Guide that she is due on the set of the next Star Wars film later this spring and that Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be joining. The movie is due out at the end of 2015.

"I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair," she said. "I think that would be funny."

As reported in The Guardian, JJ Abrams, who is directing, confirmed that the script is complete and that he has met with Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and others about roles in the movie.

Behind the scenes shot of Empire Strikes Back opening crawl

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Behind the scenes shot of the "opening crawl" filming from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The Star Wars opening crawls were inspired by those used in the Flash Gordon (at right) and Buck Rogers film serials of the 1940s.

"The crawl is such a hard thing because you have to be careful that you're not using too many words that people don't understand," Lucas has said. "It's like a poem."

More on the Star Wars Opening Crawls at Wikipedia.

(Photo via @TheWookieRoars)

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"On-set Star Wars photos from Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew"

On-set Star Wars photos from Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew

On January 8, Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, who tweets as @Thewookieroars, began to post a remarkable stream of candid shots (with very funny captions) from the sets of the original Star Wars movies. The postings continued sporadically until January 10 (and who knows, they may resume again!). I've embedded my favorites below the jump.

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Disney to rid Star Wars canon of spinoff books' "expanded universe"

And good riddance, writes Lee Hutchinson, "because almost all of it was crap." Rob 94

Gorgeous silver Star Wars rings


Jap does a gorgeous line of Star Wars rings in silver and gold. There's no pricing info and they date from 1999, so I fear they're long gone, which is a pity, as that R2D2 ring is particularly inspired (and there's also a seemingly extinct line of Alien vs Predator and Planet of the Apes rings).

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If Star Wars was 1980s anime

Nacho Punch created a contrafactual Star Wars/1980s anime adaptation from an alternate timeline that is pretty funny and eerily plausible (especially given the poor grade of animation adaptations undertaken by Lucas in that period).

Star Wars: The Lost 1980's Anime

Endor Speeder Bike floaty pen


ThinkGeek's scored a lot of the Star Wars Endor Speeder Bike Floaty Pens sold at this year's Star Wars Celebration Europe. As they note, it depicts "probably the only Biker Scout to actually MISS trees." (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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