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Brickgasm: LEGOLAND Announces STAR WARS MINILAND

After seven straight years of growth, LEGOLAND has made a very special announcement: more growth. Like, over 2000 Star Wars models and 1.5 million pieces growth. Together it’s just one more excuse to go back.

“On March 31 LEGOLAND California becomes the first of three LEGOLAND Parks to launch a new STAR WARS Miniland area. Guests can enjoy seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS movies, as well as a scene from the animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS™  all made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale.”

“The models for the new STAR WARS area are being developed and built by See the rest »

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Family Guy: It’s A Trap! Trailer

Yes, bikini Ewok-pillow fights, gaseous carbonite thawing, it certainly looks like “… a fantastic adventure through time, space, and the boundaries of good taste.” Again.

This makes the trifecta for Family Guy Star Wars specials. Re-watch the other trailers here: See the rest »

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Want: Super Shogun Stormtrooper from Super7

Yes, it has rotating wheels on the bottom of the feet.

Yes, it has a spring-loaded Rocket Punch firing fist.

Yes, you are crazy for wondering if you need it. Of course you need a two-foot tall Star Wars Super Shogun Stormtrooper.

In the world of jumbo-sized Japanese toys known as Jumbo Machinders, or even Shogun Warriors, no new characters have been produced in this size for over 25 years. Until now.

San Francisco‘s Super7 brings us the limited edition Super Shogun Stormtrooper in all its two-foot glory.

More info and killer pics at starwars.super7store.com »

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BONUS: JUMBO MACHINDER VINTAGE TV SPOTS
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Moustache: The Lando Calrissian Disguise Kit

If only this included the Lando perm, too. I’d be uncanny.

Huge ups to Scott Ruether for bringin’ these back for the Fam from Star Wars Celebration V. Rad!

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Star Wars: Stormtrooper Singin’ In The Rain, Missing Lightsaber Scene & ‘Made In China’ Lightsaber

Some nice CG effects by Danny Choo. No doubt inspired by the VW GTI spot with David Elsewhere puppet-dancing for Gene Kelly.

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This lost lightsaber scene from Return of the Jedi just debuted at Celebration V (via) reminded me of an auction Mel and I went to where George Lucas donated an ‘authentic’ Obi Wan lightsaber …

… complete with ‘authentic’ Made In China sticker still present. You know, for added realism.

Add this to the list of How See the rest »

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Awesome: $TAR WAR$ MONEY

This is old, but new to me. ¿Y tú? More Art for George Lucas »

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Pop Quiz: What Beer is Princess Leia Toasting? CORRECTED

Can you name what beer can Carrie Fisher is holding in this 1976 Star Wars: A New Hope shot?

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HINT #1
The beer she’s drinking is popular in the States now but not then.

HINT #2
This shot was from a set near London.

UPDATE1: AND THE ANSWER IS … See the rest »

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Rad: Victorian Star Wars Portraits

San Francisco’s Greg Pelts created this fantastic series of Victorian Star Wars portraits. Check out Boba Fett, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Civil War-era Lord Vader.

You can’t buy any prints but you can make a custom request on his commission pieces. Perhaps a Victorian boudoir Slave Leia portrait for the parlor? (via Kottke)

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iPad: Dog Plays Air Hockey (and Wins)

Nick Bilton, writer of The New York Times Bits Blog, filmed his dog beating him on iPad Air Hockey. Now I see the magic.

Too bad the Rebel Alliance doesn’t …

BONUS: iPAD BRIEFING ON STAR WARS

MORE iPAD, DOGS, STAR WARS:   See the rest »

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World Cup: Star Wars x Adidas Originals “Cantina 2010″ with Daft Punk, Beckham, more

It’s not just tiny, bearded streakers promoting FIFA World Cup viewing parties. Attik just joined the game with a follow up to their awesome Star Wars x Adidas vid:

adidas Originals invites you to join David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong and some of your dear, old friends for an intergalactic 2010 FIFA World Cup viewing party that you’ll never forget.”

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Fab: Moog Filtered Ale from Asheville Brewing Company + Bönus Moog Mix

[UPDATE 6.4 –> Now available for purchase at Bruisin’ Ales]

This limited edition brew from Asheville Brewing Company will benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.

When you drink this in your egg-shaped chair with built-in speakers, rocking out to my Moog Mix below,  take additional comfort in knowing proceeds will support the Foundation’s interactive educational programs to teach science through music—as well as the eventual creation of a Moogseum. Yes, a Moogseum. Full story at Craft Beer News »

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THE ÜÜ MOOG MIX

Killer Watts “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” from The Many Moogs of Killer Watts

The Electric Moog Orchestra “Cantina Band” from Moog Music From Star Wars

Stereolab “Variation One” from Moog Soundtrack

Robin Workman “Mamma Mia” from Moog Plays ABBA

Midlake “My Young Bride” (Moog) from Roger O’Donnell Moog Mix

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