Merchandise from Left Field

Not as bizarre as the Star Wars window blinds, but Lightsaber Pendants? For $200 a pop? Really? Ladies, can you honestly see yourself wearing these? Because I honestly can’t see dropping almost enough money to score an iPod on something nonfunctional that screams “I’m a huge geek.” People are going to know that the minute I open my mouth.

Insider #80

The next Insider, due in subscriber mailboxes somethime this week, features a cover article about the next round of Clone Wars cartoons, interviews with Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee, a history of the Mandalorians and a tour of Jango and Boba Fett’s apartment set, as well as the usual Prequel Update, and all new photos (including a pic that’s already setting Anakin fangirls around the off in high-pitched squees of lust.) Non subscribers can expect the issue in stores by the end of the month.

We Break for Nobody

SFX magazine conducted a poll to find the greatest ever special effect, and Star Wars comes out on top for the opening scene of A New Hope.

Only four of the effects in the top ten were created digitally. Other pre-CGI honorees include the climax of 1933’s King Kong (#2), the skeleton warriors from 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts (#4) and the chest buster from 1979’s Alien (#9.)