In praise of Star Wars Rebels

I'm changing the name of this blog, and #WeWantLeia is why

I spoil it for Siri

Guest Post: How I came back to Star Wars action figures by YASWB

Beatrice and I watch Star Wars together

[Review] William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

Breakneck boredom: an old time Star Wars fan's thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness

They put me on the news to talk about Star Wars

More from Steve Sansweet on Star Wars and gay marriage

Carmine Infantio has died

I can die happy: I've been interviewed by Dungeons & Dragons

Star Wars Episode 7: All My Children?

What JJ Abrams needs to really succeed with Star Wars 7

Star Wars: The Old Republic is gay--on one planet at least

Tongal and Pringles bring us DYI desecration of Star Wars

Reminiscences about West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Here's the biggest Star Wars news of 2012

Stephen Quinn interviews me about Star Wars on CBC Vancouver

Star Wars: modern myth or global franchise?

Parents turn child's 1st birthday into extended Lucasfilm/Hasbro advert

Me reading from A Long Time Ago

Highlights and lowlights of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI

Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Beggar's Canyon Toys offer Star Wars toy "restoration" service

Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

LaserSaber: Unlicensed, dangerous and yours for only $99

Is this the future of Star Wars?

Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

Comme des idiots: Star Wars teams up with poncy fashion house

US Christian activist attacks SWTOR for being gay

Yodaphone--the latest product pitch from Star Wars Inc.

Attention tortoise-fanciers: do you like Star Wars?

History of Star Wars as related by a bot

Is Star Wars a travesty of science fiction?

Luke Skywalker and company on the Muppet Show

Yoda now shilling instant soup in Japan

Commander who?

$6000 for a toy you can't even play with

Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

Star Wars and disco: the forgotten love affair

Will Muschamp: What a guy!

Oi, fanboy: grow up! A reply to Darren Franich


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Why Star Wars is dead to me

An intelligent blog post by gamer Neon Kelly on how his passion for Star Wars died. In part he blames video games. I'm not a gamer, but I can readily understand his complaints:

There's no point in going over the various afflictions that have blighted Star Wars over the past 12 years. If you've even vaguely followed the franchise since the release of The Phantom Menace, you'll be acquainted with the many criticisms that can be levelled at the prequel trilogy, and everything that has followed in its wake; if you're a really ardent fan, you may even know the arguments that can be raised in its defence. By now, we all know the score. And yet for me, I think it was only last week that I realised just how dead the series now is to me.

But here's the kicker: In terms of killing my love, I think that video games carry almost as much blame as the recent films. Almost, but not quite. Why Star Wars is dead to me


Profile on the creators of Star Wars Uncut

Wake Forest Magazine (the alumni mag for WFU, apparently) has a nice profile of the creators of Star Wars Uncut, the fan-made remake of Star Wars in fifteen-second segments.

CASEY PUGH (’06) already has a place for his new Emmy. The surprisingly heavy statuette, which he decorated with Star Wars action figures, rests on his desk. His older brother CHAD (’02), however, hasn’t yet given his a permanent home. “Maybe I’ll put it in my office,” he says. “Wait, no, I’ll attach it to a necklace.” Stressful as the decision may be, making room for an award of that stature is a problem these two natives of Naples, Fla., feel lucky to have.

The Pugh brothers got to walk the red carpet last August thanks to an idea Casey had in January of 2009. At the time, he was working at, a video-sharing website. “I spent a lot of time thinking about how to get filmmakers to collaborate remotely,” says Casey. He noticed that “crowd-sourcing” — inviting a large community to join together to complete a task — was gaining popularity. So Casey started a Web project that involved a well-known movie, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (the original 1977 classic). After splitting the film into 473 15-second scenes, he created a website and posted them all online, asking people around the world to re-create one favorite scene and submit a video to him through The incentive? He promised to link all 473 homemade scenes into one continuous Web video.

And in case you haven't seen it: Star Wars Uncut

Homage to Atari Star Wars arcade game (1983)

I spent hours at the 7-11 playing this game. The graphics were like nothing I had seen before. Everything moved so fast. You really felt like you were in the cockpit of an X-Wing in a trench run. 

Pinball Rebel: Atari Star Wars Vector Arcade Video Game of 1983


Nice overview of Kenner Star Wars toys

I don't know what value, if any, this may have to serious collectors, but for nostalgic middle aged men like me it's a fun little trip down memory lane. 

Go figure! Kenner didn't know what they were in for, and neither did we. No one thought that the George Lucas 1977 space epic was going to re-define filmmaking, science fiction, and yes... merchandising forever. Caught with their blasters in the holster, Kenner knew they couldn't have their first collection of action figures in stores for Christmas of 1977, so they teased them in a pre-sale campaign. They sold envelopes containing a cardboard display for the forthcoming figures and a mail-in certificate that would insure the owner a set of the first four figures to be released. In the first quarter of 1978, Kenner made good on the promise and shipped mailer-boxes containing the first Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 figures along with peg displays. The galaxy was never the same.

Squidoo: Vintage Star Wars Action Figures & Accessories


The worst couple in the universe

OneMinuteGalactica has a number of silly Star Wars instructional videos and mash-ups on its YouTube channel. Here's a good example.

OneMinuteGalactica's YouTube channel

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