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David Lynch's Return of the Jedi

Sulka sez, "Someone just released a beautiful work of art at YouTube. If you like Star Wars or are a movie aficionado in general, this is a must see:" In 1981 George Lucas approached David Lynch to direct the final installment of the STAR WARS trilogy. For years fans of Lynch and Lucas have wondered what that surreal vision would look like. Now we finally know.... in David Lynch's RETURN OF THE JEDI.

Ikea's Death Star lamp

As redditor Tomcruiseama points out, the $70 Ikea PS 2014 lamp is basically a Death Star: it's a Hoberman-sphere-like lampshade that can be mechanically expanded or contracted to control the amount of light it emits.

Han Solo in Carbonite beach towel

If you missed Thinkgeek's sold-out Han Solo in Carbonite rug, here's your chance: the Han Solo in Carbonite towel which is part of a Star Wars Towel set that also includes minimalist Vader/R2/Chewy options. But seriously, the Han Solo is the one to get. $25 each or $70 for the set.


Star Wars Towels

Princess Leia as a Haunted Mansion stretch-portrait


Deviantart's Khallion (who has quite a line in Princess Leia remixes) has posted this Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery/Star Wars mashup that seems to have dropped in from an alternate universe in which the Mansion gets a Star Wars skin. Not that I'd want such a thing to be an annual event, but one special May the 4th event would be something fine indeed.

Leia's Corruptible Mortal State (via Super Punch)

Imperial Melody Discharger - Stormtrooper helmet art build notes

I built the Imperial Melody Discharger, an articulated Stormtrooper helmet music box, for the Star Wars Day ("May the 4th be with you") vinyl Stormtrooper helmet art show . For the event, artists across the Walt Disney Company, including DisneyToon Studios where I work, were invited to participate by using a blank 6" helmet as the canvas for their work. What follows are my build notes and work in progress images.

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Art exhibit: Stormtrooper helmets reimagined

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Artists from across The Walt Disney Company including Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, Marvel and Pixar—as well as select street artists chosen by Neff and celebrity Star Wars fans –all come together to create individualized interpretations of the iconic stormtrooper helmet in celebration of the global fan holiday, Star Wars Day or “May the 4th be with you.”

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast announced

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From the official Star Wars website today, a long-awaited announcement: the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Taxidermied teacup tauntaun made from antique ram's head


Rogue taxidermist Lupa writes, "This is my latest altered taxidermy piece: an antique Corsican ram taxidermy mount turned into the fluffier, cuddlier--and smaller--cousin of the Common Tauntaun, complete with information booklet ('The Tragic Treatise of the Teacup Tauntaun'). It's a piece I made for a Star Wars themed group show this May at an art gallery here in Portland."

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Star Wars creature pancakes


Amazing pancake artist Nathan Shields and his kids (previously) love commemorating their lives' milestones with artful carbs. Most recently, six-year-old Gryphon Shields got to enjoy Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time, and Nathan memorialized the occasion with these gorgeous Star Wars creature pancakes.

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Winnie the Pooh does Darth Vader

Here's voice-actor Jim "Winnie the Pooh" Cummings doing Darth Vader's lines from Star Wars in the voice of Winnie, and other key characters as Darkwing Duck and his other best-known voices; he appears with Lauren Landa, another voice actor with a distinguished resume of anime and game voices. It's pretty much perfect.

Jim Cummings CtCon 2013 - Star Wars with Winnie the Pooh (via Kelly the Mortal Girl)

The Birth of the Lightsaber, a mini-documentary

George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt provide deep background on an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.

Darth Vader announces Ukraine presidency bid

Photo: Reuters

Promising to restore the former soviet republic's downtrodden fortunes, Darth Vader announced his plans to run for election as its president. AFP:

The Sith lord, or at least an unnamed costumed protester often seen on Kiev's Independence Square flanked by his loyal stormtroopers during the winter protests, has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet party (UIP) which has become known for its theatrical public stunts.

"After winning intra-party primaries by a landslide, comrade Vader will be our party's candidate," said the UIP leader, Dmitry Golubov, who spent time in prison after being convicted of using the internet to run a credit card fraud scheme.

Polygon-art Star Wars character cushion-covers

On Etsy, The Retro Inc sells a nice line of custom-sized cushion slips screened with polygon art renderings of Star Wars characters. They range from $34-$42 depending on size.

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Adding Star Wars characters to thrift-store art


Dave Vancook buys thrift store paintings and adds Star Wars characters to them.

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Star Wars cup ad, 1977: you like laser swords, right?

Matt sez, "The Danny Devito-like schlub in this ad feigning excitement for 'Stah Woiz' and its 'layzah swoids' in order to pawn off some collectible cups has had me laughing all evening."

Star Wars Cups (1977) - Majik Market Commercial (Thanks, Matt!)

Carved crayons -- now with color!


Both Mark and I have sung the praises of Hoang Tran's hand-carved pop-culture crayons (I have one in my office!).

But Tran has really gone to a new level, adding detail and sparing color not seen in the earlier works. These new pieces are on display in a Tumblr called Wax Nostalgic, and they're magnificent.

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AT-AT rocking horse


Jen from Cake Wrecks made this amazing AT-AT rocking-horse, documenting the build online (she's promised plans to follow). It will be auctioned for charity at Megacon by the Florida chapter of the 501st Legion.

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Tauntaun hoodie with guts lining

Thinkgeek's Tauntaun Costume Hoodie not only has horns and ears, but its lining includes line-art innards and gore, to really bring home the feeling of climbing inside your trusty steed's guts to be shielded from the elements.

Tauntaun Costume Hoodie (via The Disney Blog)

Meet Sabine, a character from Star Wars Rebels who "likes to blow things up"

A fun video from the creative team making Star Wars Rebels, about Sabine, a character with a "love for blowing things up and tagging her work with graffiti."

Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. I have not been a fan of Star Wars movies except for the first two, but I'm willing to give this a try.

AT-ATs versus the Olympics

This is the only footage from Sochi that you really need to watch: when the AT-ATs of Russia attacked the skiers, it was sheer, Olympian magic. Watch it now before the IOC exercises its right to humorlessly obliterate anything that interferes with the corporate integrity of its celebration of human potential and indifference to human rights.

Star Wars OL (via Kottke)

Science fictional assemblage mosaics


Elisa Naranja Metálica Insua's Flickr stream is full of gorgeous, mosaiced assemblages that the Argentine artist makes in Buenos Aires. I love her style.

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The Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual

Is your YT-1300 no longer making the Kessel Run in anything close to 12 parsecs? Maybe you need The Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual.

The diagrams are excellent and the book is far too full of fun facts about one of the greatest all-time movie spaceships. It'll be on my coffee table for a long while.

The Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual by Haynes

The Coruscant Tapestry: 30' long Star Wars cross-stitch


Aled Lewis's "The Coruscant Tapestry" is a 30 foot long, 13" high tapestry depicting the tale of Star Wars in cross-stitch. In the manner of the Bayeux Tapestry, its borders are embellished with writing -- quotes in Aurebesh from the films. It's for sale for $20,000 at Los Angeles's Gallery 1988.

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Lego R2D2 timelapse

Via @CaldwellOne comes this great timelapse by Reed Stoner of the R2 unit we shared over the weekend.

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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.

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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!)