Leave it to Japan… A company over there is producing gold and silver sculptures of Artoo and Threepio – actual gold and silver – for the 35th anniversary of Star Wars. According to Highsnobiety, they go for $1,800 and $6,000 USD, limited to 35 each, and will be available in May.
So, for $6,000 you can get a life-sized Darth Malgus… Or a gold Threepio? No idea how big these things are, but clearly there are way too many overly-solvent Star Wars fans out there, and Lucasfilm (or someone…) is fully committed to parting them from that money. Bless.
Select members of Club Jade have long been creating custom Star Wars board games – it’s why we have a Games Night at every JadeCon – but no one has yet approached the game of Operation… But now there’s going to be an official version. Alas, perhaps in deference to the youthful audience, the ‘victims’ are droids. A lost opportunity!
Someday, we hope, some brave Wild Karrde or Star Lady will find it in them to create the game as it should be: With Extra Crispy Anakin Skywalker. Consider the gauntlet dropped.
Build-A-Bear Workshop launched a Star Wars line last year with a Darth Vader and several Clone Wars offerings. This poster Eliz spotted yesterday reveals this year’s selections: A Star Wars bear and outfits for Han Solo, Threepio and Princess Leia.
StarWars.com has a look at the adidas Originals Star Wars Collection for Fall/Winter 2010, including this adorable set of droid shoes!
John Scalzi takes a look at the tip of the iceberg with the design failures of Star Wars, both technical and biological.
ETA: Slashdot is in super-fanboy mode over this, and Scalzi taunts them… It’s beautiful. Knot those panties harder, boys.
From Japan (of course,) the R2-D2 Toilet Tissue Dispenser. Strange, I would think that would be more of a Threepio sort of job. Witness: Continue reading
Someone either made a very good or a very bad investment today… The A New Hope lightsaber in the Profiles in History action sold for $240,000, while Threepio’s helmet went for half that. That’s not quite as much as the last high-priced Star Wars item, but it does beat another (or the same?) ANH saber, which went for $170,000 in 2005. (via)
People: Samuel L. Jackson received the American Cinematheque award earlier this week, along praise from George Lucas, Denzel Washington and Justin Timberlake .
Even Artoo and Threepio showed up!
- Har har har: The Los Angeles Times has a bailout plan for Star Wars. My only question is, does George have a private jet?
- Books: Looking for some light reading? Lawrence Lessig’s Remix: Making Art and Culture Thrive in the Hybrid Economy touches at least a little on Star Wars copyright issues, according to The Mercury News review. In any case, it looks like a must-read for anyone with copyright concerns.
- Crime: Chewbacca Calvin Johnson of Georgia is racking up quite a criminal record. (Thanks, Paula.)
- Travel: Wired takes a look at geek hotels, starting with the Sidi Driss and continuing with some places a little closer to home.
I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe these “vintage Japanese karuta” cards are anything other than horrible (albeit Japanese) fan art. They’re just that bad. (via)