Boba Fett bottle opener

This bottle opener, modeled on the nefarious Boba Fett, is awesome!

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Adam Savage proves Star Wars blasters can't be lasers


Whatever they are, blasters ain't lasers. And they're never described as lasers in the flicks! Like it says in those crazy technical manuals, they're slugs of superheated gas or whatever.

Painstakingly examining the films frame-by-frame to see roughly how far and how fast bolts travel, Savage gets results in the 130-135mph range—slow enough for an alert person to dodge after firing, given some distance.

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More Star Wars merch than you can possibly imagine


Kevin McFarland is warning you now: toys are coming, you won't be able to escape them, and this time they are backed by a force beyond human comprehension: Disney.

STARTING YESTERDAY AND continuing today, the Star Wars Youtube channel is livestreaming a product rollout like we’ve never seen, with 15 locations in 12 countries—in an all of them, people unboxing toys. It’s an anticipation-stoking preview for Force Friday, tomorrow’s debut of the first officially licensed merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The product preview, followed by a midnight on-sale release, is a massive and unprecedented event, shrewdly taking advantage of the rise of unboxing videos to unveil the new goodies from the year’s most highly anticipated film. But it’s not the only way Disney has amplified the already dominant Star Wars product line.

I recall that there was a surprisingly precipitous saturation point on the prequel trilogy tat, especially books. It slipped from total marketing war into the remainder bin almost overnight. Disney has its share of bombs, but the world's largest licensor doesn't make that sort of mistake with its hits. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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.


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

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. Read the rest

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever. Read the rest

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

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?" Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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.

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Michael Jackson almost played Jar Jar Binks


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

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. Read the rest

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


Photos for GQ by Mark Seliger

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

News from the Empire.

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. Read the rest

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