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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Entries in luke (7)


I spoil it for Siri


Aug 1983 diary entry: "I wish I was Luke Skywalker"

My Twitter pal @mspratt did this in 1983, then tweeted it out last night. It's pretty great.




For sale to the highest bidder: Luke Skywalker's left hand 

This year's annual Hollywood Prop & Art Auction claims to be offering the prop of Luke Skywalker's severed hand from The Empire Strikes Back. But you've got to read the fine print. It turns out this is not Luke's severed hand (which was his right hand) but a sculpt of his left hand:

This piece was created by Stewart Freeborn (creator of Yoda) who was in-charge of make-up and special creature design on the film. It was the original piece created for the final battle until George Lucas decided it should be Luke's right hand. This is the casting of Mark Hamil's [sic] left hand holding the hilt of his lightsaber. 

So it's a bit of a scam. If you're still interested, follow the link. Bids close 30 March 2013. Luke Skywalker Severed Hand

(via, who did not read the fine print)


Gorgeous '80s videogame style clip from Empire Uncut

This is Alex Engelmann's contribution to Empire Uncut, the crowd-sourced retelling of The Empire Strikes Back in fifteen second segments. Boy it is good! What a great idea, and what gorgeous execution. 

There are still 16 scenes up for grabs, if you're interested in contributing.

Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes Back


Why did Kenner make Luke Skywalker's lightsaber yellow?

This video doesn't have the answer, but it does have 10 minutes of questions...


io9: Luke should have died in tauntaun's belly

io9 examines, at surprising length, the weighty question, Could Luke Skywalker have really survived a Hoth snowstorm warmed only by tauntaun innards? From the piece:

Using Newton's Law of Cooling, we can estimate the time it takes for the tauntaun's body temperature to reach levels detrimental to Luke's survival. Luke is swimming in a sea of blood, bodily fluids, and organs during his time inside the tauntaun.

This is essentially a liquid-like environment, one that will transmit the body temperature of the tauntaun well. To best model this scenario, merging Luke's body with the tauntaun becomes necessary, creating a one body system.

Forensics teams use Newton's Law of Cooling to estimate the time of death of a newly discovered body. Dead bodies will acclimate to the surrounding temperature of the room as the bodies no longer metabolize nutrients or generate heat. By measuring the rectal temperature of the cadaver and temperature of the room, the time since blood circulation ceased (i.e., death) can be calculated. Let's just let the idea of obtaining a Tauntaun's rectal temperature sit with you a moment.

If you can bear any more of this--and there's a lot--follow the link.

io9: Science Proves Luke Skywalker Should Have Died in the Tauntaun's Belly


Father films son's reaction to ESB reveal

Somehow Faris made it to four years old without ever learning the truth about Darth Vader. His father captured it on video for the benefit of the YouTubing public. Yet another reason not to show your children the prequels.