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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

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Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

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Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

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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

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Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

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Will Muschamp: What a guy!

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


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Sillof's Workshop brings us Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike!

I've sung the praises of Sillof's Workshop before. He's back with a hilarious commission from comedian Patton Oswalt: a Russ Meyer take on Star Wars. As Wikipedia explains, "Meyer is known primarily for writing and directing a series of successful low-budget sexploitation films that featured campy humor, sly satire and large-breasted women such as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!."

Can you pick out the Star Wars characters in the picture above? If you're stumped, or even if you're not, follow the link for more.

Sillof's Workshop: Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike!


Cyber Wars: the latest from Sillof's Workshop

I have sung the praises of Sillof before. He re-imagines Star Wars characters in a variety of other settings, then crafts handmade action figures for them.

Sillof's latest project is Cyber Wars 

This line was actually one of the first redesign idea I had almost 15 years ago, in 99, when I first started to redesign characters. The line is intended to have a 90's sci-fi aesthetic. It has some elements of Cyberpunk, the Matrix, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, etc. I envisioned the movie as a struggle by a group of rebel hackers struggling to break free from the oppressive system of control by a mega technological corporation that controlled all aspects of society. I tried to stay true to my original ideas for characters as I made the line.

The figurine to the side is Sillof's reworking of Luke Skywalker--Link Sourcecoder:

Link is a new to the world of hacking he is forced to go on the run after his family was targeted by Vector.  I went with the classic color scheme but incorporated the mechanical hand to go with the sci-fi feel.

Sillof's Workshop: Cyber Wars

Follow him on Twitter: @sillof


Serial Wars: the latest from Sillof's Workshop

The latest creation from Sillof (@sillof) is Serial Wars. From Sillof's web site:

Serial Wars is a line of custom figures that continues my experiment of isolating elements and emphasizing them individually.  The line is intended to be look like the old retro sci-fi serials of the 40's like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.

I have sung Sillof's praises on this site before (see here). His latest work showcases, as ever, his eye for detail and sensitivity to the genre, in this case the 1940s serials which were such an inspiration to George Lucas. Follow the link below to see more photos of Sillof's work.

Sillof's Workshop: Serial Wars


Sillof's Workshop: Star Wars goes steampunk, samurai, western, WW2 and more

Sillof (not his real name) is a high school history and film teacher who, in his spare time, creates one-of-a-kind action figures of Star Wars (and other) characters re-imagined for steampunk, samurai, western, World War Two, mediaeval, film noir and other settings. Amazingly, he claims to have no formal art training.

Art DeterChip PepperdinoIt is not just the quality of the sculptures that is remarkable. Sillof also has a wonderful sense of the genres he is working in and how best to reflect the traits of Star Wars characters in them. Take, for instance, the Noir Wars line of Star Wars characters re-imagined for the film noir era. C-3PO becomes Chip Pepperdino, a reporter for the San Francisco Sentinel who is always around the action but prefers not to be part of it. His sidekick is Art Deter, a photographer for the Sentinel who tries a little too hard to get involved in the cases and stories he and Chip cover. These are just two of dozens of examples. 

Sillof's Star Wars lines include Noir Wars, Samurai Wars, Long Ago & Far Away, Steampunk Star Wars, West Wars and World Wars. Check out his other ranges, too. Note that these are one-of-a-kind pieces and most are not for sale.

Sillof's Workshop