This week on StarWars.com

Another exhaustive look at the differences between the original movie and the 2004 DVDs, this time focusing on Empire Strikes Back. Also check out 1980: The Empire Theatrical Experience.

Artist Lawrence Noble is profiled. I want that ESB fan club poster!

New stuff from Hasbro, including a really cool Sith Starfighter I can’t recall ever seeing before.

What’s the Story, Round 6
Road Trip in Seattle
Original Trilogy Lenticular Posters
Drawing LEGO Lando and Chewbacca
New VIP blog: Mike Quinn

Video Monday

Trailer for 5-25-77. That’s an upcoming movie I haven’t heard of for a long time…

The Phantom Menace, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, and Return of the Jedi in 60 seconds, with Attack of the Clones and Empire Strikes Back in 10.

British Phantom Menace spoof. I believe this is from French and Saunders – that’s Jennifer Saunders as Qui-Gon, anyway. Some of the funny must have gotten lost in the trip over the Atlantic, but screenshots of the Queen Amidala scene have been amusing me for years so I had to link it. Sorry. This action figure parody of game show The Crystal Maze may amuse more.

Ewoks and Stormtroopers, just because:
Injured stormtrooper.
Ewoks cartoon promo.
Return of the Jedi trailer.
Classic Clip: Stormtrooper hitting his head.

From the Blogside

This week’s highlight: Pablo Hidalgo’s On the Internet, Everything is a Big Deal. You’re on the internet, right? Read it.

Abel G. Peña looks back at “The Emperor’s Pawns,” a piece he did several years ago that defined and (in some cases) retconned the position of the Emperor’s Hands as we know it today.

Matril on why she loves Star Wars.

Anakinside1 looks inside the belly of the beast.

Oboe-Wan finds a telling moment in Empire Strikes Back.

Mike Beidler continues his NJO retrospective with a look at Mike Stackpole’s Dark Tide dulogy, Onslaught and Ruin.

From the Blogside

David Louis Edelman on The Day The Empire Strikes Back Changed Everything.

The Infinite Force has some thoughts on the release of the unaltered original trilogy. So does Jkthunder. And Dan Wallace.

Darth Rex0 considers the Dark Side

Lord_Noctifer ponders The Tragical History and Romantic Redemption of Anakin Skywalker.

Averii compiles a list of Moments when I love the EU: Old Republic and Prequel edition. In a similiar vein, how about a collection of the slash-leaning bits from Matthew Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization?

Meanwhile, on the VIP end of things…

Don Bies on how R2-D2: Beneath the Dome came to be.

Pete Vilmur lets us know that if you’re in prison, you can’t get a Fan Club kit. That kind of sucks. But considering I finally got my Insider today, there’s always a chance that by the time the kit comes around, the next guy will have served his sentence.

From the Blogside

There’s a Star Wars Friending Frenzy going on at Livejournal. Go, meet, friend!

Master Ki-Aaron-Mundi takes a look at the A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back novelizations with modern SW continuty in mind.

The Dark Moose dispenses wisdom on fandom and the sterotypes within it.

It’s a Padmé-go-round: Imadra-blue posts some thoughts on Padmé in ROTS; Lazypadawan has her own take on the character, as does Kenobi-fan. Phew.

Fernwithy ponders George’s comments on the end of the blockbuster.

Rynne has some thoughts on the Expanded Universe.

The Infinite Force considers Wikis. I’m not sure I agree, but then I’m secretly an idealist. (Don’t tell!)