The Force is strong with this Volkswagen bus. San Diego-based artist César Aguzzoli had wondered how to transform his family’s old-looking vehicle into something more exciting. After a Star Wars movie marathon, he and his crew decided to pay homage to a lovable droid. They did so with a custom Star Wars-themed vehicle wrap made to resemble the character R2-D2. It was a large undertaking, and Aguzzoli was involved in every step of the process. He designed the wrap, printed it, and applied it to the bus using a heat gun.
To create the look of R2-D2, Aguzzoli and his team reproduced every object on the droid and adapted them to fit the shape of the bus. All of the measurements and computer work took about 50 hours, and that doesn’t even include the time they spent vinyl wrapping. But, in the end, he and his family have a totally unique-looking Volkswagen that any Star Wars fan will appreciate.
Star Wars: The Cruise is now officially available as a holiday option. Vacationers can book single-day excursions aboard the good ship Disney Fantasy, commencing January 2016. There are eight day-trips currently planned, advertised as setting sail from "the Western Caribbean", which makes them much nearer than "a galaxy far, far, away", if no less vague as to their actual location.
The Star Wars cruise does also boast "the only at-sea screenings of Episode VII", an exclusivity deal that will come as a devastating blow to all other seafaring cinemas. Though this does, of course, put the film at greater risk of piracy.
Des mariages sur le thème de Star Wars, nous en avons déjà vu un bon nombre, mais celui de Jennifer et Joshuan n’a pour une fois rien de « kitch », bien au contraire ! Ce mariage décidé par la mariée s’est déroulé à Los Angeles il y a quelques semaines, les photos viennent de Cacá Santoro Photography.
Marco Garza is a Texas-based electronic instrument technician who posts his various DIY projects on his Picotek blog. Thumpcalled our attention to the coolest one: a modified 1977 Millennium Falcon toy that now houses a Technics 1200 turntable.
Garza details the step-by-step process, which included reinforcing the toy so that it could hold the weight, cutting aluminum for the plate, and using parts from a mountain bike and a VCR to finish the job.
Fantasy worlds collide in Steve Berrington’s delightful illustrations that depict Star Wars icon R2-D2 dressed up as superheroes from other realms. The lovable droid crosses Marvel, DC Comic and Lucasfilm lines to don a Superman cape, pick up Captain America’s shield and try on Wonder Woman’s tiara. But R2-D2 doesn’t only masquerade as other heroes. He is also re-imagined wearing the costumes of notorious villains such as the Joker.
Berrington’s illustrations represent the ultimate fan-fiction fantasy, creatively answering the question “What if all my favorite characters were part of the same universe?” The London-based artist tends to create graphic illustrations centering around superhero pop culture, often juxtaposing characters and realms in surprising combinations.
Stefaney Giordano and her husband Tony are dedicated Star Wars fans, so they decided to turn Stefaney’s perfectly round baby bump into an adorable art project before she gave birth. Artist Nick Wolfe visited the couple’s kitchen to transform Stefaney’s belly into a painted version of R2-D2. He started by painting big, blue squares. Then, the artist filled the spaces between the squares with silver paint and added red and black accents. When the painting was completed, the Florida couple (that actually had a life-sized R2-D2 model in attendance at their wedding) posed for portraits in Star Wars-themed attire. They also visited friend and artist Daniel Deutsch at his office for photo ops with his realistic R2-D2 model. The couple named the ultimate fan masterpiece "R2Belly2."
steel fire pit handcrafted in the likeness of the Death Star has become a Reddit sensation and touched off a new family business. Jennifer Allison, who goes by Bandia5309 on Reddit, received the galactic fire pit as a Christmas gift from her 84-year-old grandfather. He welded the fire pit from discarded propane tank end caps at his home in Farmington, New Mexico. Allison requested the particular design, and her grandfather delivered skillfully — but without really grasping the cultural implications. “He has little knowledge of Star Wars or just how awesome this is,” she says.
After the photo was posted, Allison’s page was swamped with people begging for a chance to buy their own Death Stars. “This has been his hobby project, but I think he's going to need to go into production,” Allison wrote the week after Christmas. She sprang into action putting together an Etsy store, and her grandfather got busy manufacturing more Death Stars. Currently, two fire pits are listed for sale for about $1,600 each.
Star Wars fans can excitedly anticipate the metalworker’s upcoming projects. “We have been taking screen shots of the [Darth Vader] funeral pyre scene to send to him and see if he can make it work,” Allison says.
Alors qu'une bande annonce du septième volet des aventures de Luke Skywalker, Han Solo et la Princesse Leia est sur le point d'être mise en ligne aujourd'hui, révisez vos classiques en (re)découvrant les répliques cultes des six premiers volets de la saga.
...in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.
It wasn’t a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but recently, right here in the streets of New York City that Princess Leia silently walked the streets for ten hours and recorded every catcall, every “Hey Princess….”, every attempt to introduce her to an “aid” named Lobot that was flung at her.
It’s the latest parody of the Hollaback! PSA, which captured the experience of a woman walking the streets of NYC and getting catcalled to raise awareness about street harassment. The spoof manages to be fun to watch without making too light of the original video’s serious message.
As Leia drifted down the street wearing a conservative ankle-length, turtleneck white tunic and simple ear buns, she was called after by everyone from Darth Vader to creepy hooded Jawas to supposed good guy Luke Skywalker and even Boba Fett, who just walked silently along side her for several minutes. While obviously noted sleaze-ball Lando Calrissian hollered at his girl, even Jedi Master Yoda couldn’t help but shout-out to the princess who was just trying to mind her own business (and probably save Alderaan).
Mashable's resident little kids, and Vine superstars, Arwen (age 10), Leia (age 8) and Neo (age 5) stopped by to give their take on the latest 'Star Wars' trailer, complete with their own sound effects and narration. The results are as adorable as those ewoks from 'Return of the Jedi'.
Un Français est donc chargé de la BO d'un épisode de la célèbre franchise intergalactique ! Espérons pour lui qu'il s'en sortira mieux que René Joly et Etienne Roda-Gil, qui ont imaginé une version française du thème incontournable lors de la sortie du premier épisode, en 1977
art Artist David Hamilton recreates iconic paintings in the style of famous artists — but with an added Star Wars twist. Hamilton started the series when he remade Ilya Repin’s Tolstoy Plowing by inserting an armed storm trooper into the foreground.
By strategically placing quirky elements in the paintings, he adds new meaning to the classic works. The placement of the elements create amusing interactions within the canvas. Regarding his rendition of Edgar Degas’ La classe de danse, the artist says, “I like the way the dancer at the front of the picture is looking down her nose at Oola like she doesn’t belong there … which, of course, she doesn’t.”
Some of the added elements are subtler. For example, in the re-creation of Paul Cezanne’s Pyramid of Skulls, C3PO’s head appears discreetly in muted colors on the bottom of the pyramid.
In June 2014, Spain-based designer Nerea Palacios caught our attention with her fantastic mock up of strips inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones TV series. In a bid to build her portfolio and tempt Nike into employing her skills, Palacios has added another series, turning her attention to Star Wars to inspire a new series of 10 equally brilliant kits.
From a panel-covered ensemble based on R2-D2, to a sash-wearing Chewbacca design, each of Palacios' designs looks to incorporate an outfit worn by a character from the original (and superior) trilogy. Which means there's no Jar Jar Binks.
Vworp. Whistle. Beep, beep, zert. Since 1977, the outbursts of everyone's favourite protocol droid have remained a mystery to Star Wars fans. All except Eclectic Method, who - like the Google Translate app in human form - thinks he's cracked R2's indecipherable chatter.
It's at this point that we have to disappoint those of you hoping for a complex, intelligent explanation as to what R2 is actually saying - the following video is rooted in humour rather than anything scientific.
Adding subtitles to scenes from the original and prequel trilogies, Eclectic Method has translated R2's dialogue that fit within the wider context the droid finds himself in. Accurate, no. Funny, yes.
There's a small chance that you've heard about a new sci-fi film that's due later in the year. Star something...what was it? Oh yes, Star Wars. Well, a lot of people are getting very excited, and one of those is illustrator Gerard 'George' Folz.
As a fun project, he's spending every day this year turning a scene from one of the existing movies into a comic book panel. We're a week in and it's looking very good so far, with immaculate recreations of Darth, Leia and the rest of the gang.
Follow him on Twitter here to get your daily Star Wars comic dose direct into your feed and in the meantime check out the first seven of the series below.
2015 is going to be the year of Star Wars, so what better way to kick it off than with some seriously stylish headphones.
50 Cent's SMS Audio released a limited edition first run of Star Wars-themed cans last year - featuring Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire insignias - but they're rolling out the big boys this time around.
R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the TIE Fighter are featured in this set, and there's new features as well, including 3D detailing of R2's projector and Darth's chest box.
They're going to hit the UK later this year and will reportedly feature passive noise cancellation technology, 40mm drivers and "enhanced bass" response; no word on pricing yet, but the first set were around £150 so we'd be surprised to see them any less than this - and probably more, considering they're a cut above the previous models, design-wise.
After first debuting at select theaters around the country, inspiring nerds to line up outside movie theaters like it was 1999, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now, at last, online. Put down your lightsabers and behold.
Candid photos taken by script supervisor Ann Skinner on the set of the original 'Star Wars' have been revealed at a new exhibition at the BFI Southbank in London. The photos show an unmasked Greedo, Peter Cushing mugging for camera, Mark Hamill larking around, and perhaps most interestingly for hardcore fans, new snaps of Koo Stark, Garrick Hagon, and Anthony Forrest as Luke's pals Camie, Biggs, and Fixer from the film's famous deleted Anchorhead scene. 'On-Set: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' runs in the Atrium, BFI Southbank until 4 January 2015 as part of the BFI's UK wide sci-fi season 'DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER'.
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