Many have watched Star Wars: A New Hope dozens of times or more, but the colorized image above provides a look at the original cast out of costume during a 1977 photo shoot. Plus, did you know that it was only screened in about 50 theaters when it first opened? In comparson, The Phantom Menace opened in nearly 3,000 in 1999. Or, that before the movie opened, there was a theft issue at the production offices. As the hype built, people were desperate for Star Wars memorabilia and information. Thousands of color transparencies were stolen, and at the time, the going rate for a black-market purchases was $5 each. Continue reading for more incredible colorized historical photos from much simpler times.
The LEGO Super Star Destroyer is a behometh of a set, coming in at a whopping 3,152-pieces, but what if you decide to crash one into a wall at 67mph? Brothers David and Henrik Windestal, who live outside Toreboda in Sweden, decided to find out. After spending countless hours building the Destroyer, they attached it to a 'rocket sled,' capable of accelerating the craft to 67mph. Henrik is quite excited that the Destroyer explodes into 'a big pile of LEGO pieces everywhere," while David said the outcome was far better than previous projects they worked on together. Continue reading for a speed build video and more information.
Without Ralph McQuarrie, there would be no Star Wars because George Lucas himself reached out to the artist to help visualize the planets, vehicles, and characters he only saw in his head. The duo created some amazing artwork that not only helped convince studios to fund Star Wars, but McQuarrie's style crafted the visual design of the entire galaxy to come. The DAVE School in Orlando, Florida created a trailer based on this artwork to shows what such a film would look like. Continue reading for two more videos, artwork and information.
The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit lets you build your very own R2-D2, and even control it with "The Force," all for $99 shipped. Droid-driving is easy with in-app controllers including a joystick, sliders, and tilt mode. The Droid can detect obstacles in front of it and change course like it has a mind of its own. Product page. Continue reading for a detailed hands-on review and more information.
"The Hacksmith" has created a real-life lightsaber, or protosaber to be exact, but for those wondering why it doesn't use a laser, it's because the laser emitter would be the size of the room in order to get any actual cutting power. Containing plasma, like a plasma cutter, could be possible, but still difficult to make into lightsaber form. "Our design is the closest to a functional lightsaber, as it will be able to cut things, it looks like it, and it sounds like it. Remember, how a 'lightsaber works' is a work of fiction, invented by an author, not an engineer. The physics of how it's 'supposed to work' just don't," said its creator. Continue reading for more real Star Wars lightsabers made by fans.
Belgium-based photographer Michael Massart reveals his latest project, "The Empire Against the Crisis," and it's exactly as it sounds. This series of images shows what would happen if the Galactic Empire fell, and the Sith Lord needed extra money to make ends meet. Above, he takes a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant, alongside one of his stormtroopers. Continue reading for more.
East Coast Defender has unveiled their latest project car, and it's a Land Rover Defender called "Millennium Falcon". Featuring a matte gray paint job inspired by Han Solo's ship from the films, a 6.2L Chevrolet LS3 engine generating 430 hp, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, a full roll cage, 18" Boost/Kahn black alloy wheels, and a Borla exhaust. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Hasbro's Chewbacca Electronic Mask became an internet sensation a year ago, and now it's being offered for just $21.48, today only, originally $31.99. A customizable fit not only allows for the perfect face off with the First Order, it keeps Chewbacca talking with those distinctively special Wookiee sounds that echo over many moons! Wherever imagination and adventure may lead. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.
Disney illustrator Brian Kesinger has spent over 16-years at the company, but what has really made him stand out is his work outside of the studio. Simply put, he has combined the worlds of Star Wars and Calvin & Hobbes into one. "Being a kid in the '80s I was raised on a steady diet of Disney, Star Wars, and comic books, so being able to work on so many amazing films and projects has really been a dream come true. I'm not the first to mash-up Calvin & Hobbes with pop culture," the artist who has worked on Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and Tarzan said. "[but] I think the difference here is that I went a little deeper with the idea. Once I really made the comparison that Kylo Ren was probably a difficult child much like Calvin, it really resonated with people. The metaphor was solidified when I made Darth Vader Kylo's imaginary friend," said Kesinger. Continue reading for more.
Star Wars props are nothing new, but this Han Solo Blaster Flask actually lets you shoot first. Modeled after the iconic weapon, but this geeky flask can be used to store 4.4-ounces of your favorite beverage, and the silver barrel even unscrews to become a 1.5-ounce shot glass. Unfortunately, IF Industries has not received official approval from Disney, so it may be a while until we see this product on shelves, if ever. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.