Roundup: April Fools in Star Wars fandom and elsewhere

You know the drill. APRIL FOOLS!

Has Del Rey even done a prank before? I don’t even remember. But this year, they whipped up a doozy. Beginning with ‘An Apology,’ and then the reveal of the post-Fate of the Jedi series, The Clone Wars 2, by Timothy Zahn. “A series with no end, as long as clones are available there are stories to tell.” (And yes, Zahn actually wrote the excerpt!)

Other Star Wars pranks: introduced the TIE Swatter; Wookieepedia is merging with the Fanon Wiki with the blessing of Dave Filoni, who unmasks himself as SuperShadow; Tom Taylor announces Zombie Fett; Mimobot introduced a limited-edition Jar Jar model; Roqoo Depot begins a ‘Grand Ewok Escapade;’ Jedi News on the sequel trilogy, and the 501st was hacked by the Rebel Legion.

The April Fools Day MVPs at Thinkgeek did it again. Their Star Wars offering is the Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass. The rest are pretty good, too. Some highlights: Keurig 5-Star Meals, Star Trek Inflatable Captain’s Chair, the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie, Game of Thrones Fire and Blood perfume and a Barbie™ Digital Fashion Styling Head for iPad.

Another winner is Spielburgers, a theme restaurant based on the films of Steven Speilberg. Menu offerings include the The Bruce burger, Catch Me If You Cannelloni, Jurassic Pork Pulled Sandwich, and Raiders of the Lost Artichoke.

On the book side, has a few gems. The biggest is a manga adaption of last year’s prank, John Scalzi’s Shadow War of the Night Dragon. (All in good fun, Scott Lynch took some expection to the news. They also found a massive Game of Thrones leak and a surprising Robert E. Howard collaboration.

We weren’t the only ones to pull in My Little Pony; MC Chris wrote a song and WeLoveFine is offering hoof-hands and, for fans of another 80’s classic, Jem and the Holographs Projecting Earrings. Synergy!

Pablo announced that he’s going to the Brony Side with the My Little Pony Vault.

Of course, there are plenty of other pranks out there! Some of the most popular are AdBlock’s Catblock, Youtube on DVD, Charlize Theron’s phone hacked, Reddit Timeline and, of course. Google Maps 8 bit (for NES!) Adfreak collects some of the best brand pranks, while April Fools on the Web collects… Well, everything.

Roundup: Star Wars April Fools from the web

As you no doubt already figured out, we’re not actually quitting news blogging to become a recipe blog, as tempting as that may be. However, Club Jade did produce The Ewok Cookbook way back in the mists of internet past, and most of the recipes in that post were from it. Hell, if you can’t joke about eating Ewoks in Star Wars fandom, what can you joke about?

There were quite a few Star Wars pranks this year, but the one that probably got the most coverage was ThinkGeek’s Lightsaber Popsicles. Will they be their next prank to become a real product? Only time will tell! And be sure to check out all of Thinkgeek’s pranks. ‘rediscovered’ an old zine that ‘predicted’ parts of the prequel trilogy. Wookieepedia went 3-D, TFN reported that The Holiday Special was coming to Blu-Ray, while RebelScum introduced the Vintage Mini Collection. Improve Everywhere’s Jar Jar got ‘accidently’ beaten up on the New York subway. Artist Grant Gould announced a new comic, Jawa Rebellion, while the forums killed off Artoo.

My favorite: The 501st is switching gears to become a costume club for Monty Python And The Holy Grail on their Facebook page.

There are just so many pranks out there, that from here on out I’m just going to link you to Cinema Blend’s April 1 roundup. This is in no way connected to the fact that they link us.

What were your favorites? What did we miss? Go ahead and tell us in the comments.

Turning over a new spit: Cooking with Club Jade


I’ve been hanging around fandom a long time. But now, every year brings less and less Star Wars that actually appeals to me. The Old Republic? Not a gamer. The saga in 3-D? Meh. Novels focused on brand-new characters? That’s what the rest of the SF/F section is for. The Clone Wars? No thanks.

And there are so many news blogs out there right now, run by young, fresh names and faces. You don’t need us anymore.

So what’s left that really excites us about Star Wars? Why are we still here? What is the deep dark secret of Club Jade? Continue reading “Turning over a new spit: Cooking with Club Jade”

Back to basics with Lucasbook’s new youth project

I finally had a chance to catch up with my usual source the other day. S/he has proved a bit skittish on the classified information since last year blew up so spectacularly. (Rumor has it that someone close to George is a recovering Anita Blake addict, unknown to LucasBooks, and when the word of Jaded Conquest trickled up The Maker himself squashed the book.)

Luckily for all of us, this next project is a great deal more G-rated. Continue reading “Back to basics with Lucasbook’s new youth project”

Dream a dream of sleeping in Tauntaun guts

L.A. Weekly checks in with the progress of making ThinkGeek’s April Fools TaunTaun sleeping bag a reality. Thinkgeek PR guy Shane Peterman says:

We are definitely trying to make it in to an actual item to be sold on our site. As of right now, it’s still an “if,” but it’s turning in to more of a “when.” Things are looking pretty good, we just don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s certainly been enough of a demand, both from customers and from those of us that work here. Right now, we’re aiming to have it available for the holidays, or at the latest, the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back next spring.

But what of Lucasfilm?

We’re still working with Lucas to get approval for a final design. Again, it’s looking good, we just can’t say too much right now since it’s still in the works.

Well, we’re patient.

April Fools! Continuing adventures in Star Wars internet prankage

ThinkGeek's Tauntaun sleeping bagIn the hefty realm of Star Wars pranks, the big hit seems to be ThinkGeek’s Tauntaun sleeping bag. What kid wouldn’t love that!

Meanwhile, Wookieepedia has gone purist: “…the consensus of the Wookieepedia administrators is to only accept the Star Wars films as canon. Expanded Universe material will be treated as non-canon from here on. ”

And Firefox News has Diablo Cody tapped to Write Star Wars Episode VII; Get a feel for the concept by flashing back to If Diablo Cody Wrote Star Wars.

Big thanks to for the enthusiastic replies to Laurel K. Hamilton’s Jaded Conquest, and to CJ’s Heather W. for the title. We actually have a great run of title suggestions on the list, including Journey into Skywalker, Jedi in Chains, Under The Hand, and Hard Jade Knight. I think it might call for a poll…

Other EU tomfoolery: The Movie Blog reports that George Lucas is making a Legacy movie; TFN’s Lit forums celebrate the release of Bib Fortuna and the Rise of the Dark Falls and the announcement of Republic Commando: Tipoca Thunder, while there is mass outrage of Dark Horse’s decision to reshuffle the NJO timeline for Invasion.

As for the rest of the internet…