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A disturbance in the library force

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , , on 9 May 2014 by Megan

It’s not always unfortunate when Darth Vader has to bring a garrison in!

These late fees mean I’m gonna have to Force choke you.

Valerie Bogert over at Skipping Through the Stacks shares her experience with the local Imperials via A disturbance in the library force. Enjoy!

Spotlight: Stormtroopers

Posted in Spotlight with tags , , , on 17 July 2011 by Megan

Paul French: The Friendly Trooper

This is not the environment in which you typically expect to find a Stormtrooper. Normally, we expect to find them in Imperial centers or garrisons, working to keep the Empire safe. Sometimes we even find them searching for things such as droids, rebels, or young blond men Darth Vader has expressed interest in. But not this trooper. No, he’s not a deserter — he’s Paul French, and he’s on a 2,485 mile journey for a cause. This cause is raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, an Australian charity that helps sick and injured children and their families. He’s walking, or plans to walk, 20-25 miles each day, five days a week, until he makes it all the way from Perth to Sydney. So that’s pretty cool, right? And all his gear just goes to show you that Stormtroopers don’t try to fit all their stuff in that little fanny pack they wear. (via Daily Geeks & Design You Trust.)

On a lighter note, check out this fun Stormtrooper bit from College Humor, those funny, funny geeks: Where were you when the Death Star went down?

Quality Jackets

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , , on 27 May 2011 by Megan
Replica Jacket

Like a Boss

Well, this is making the rounds today to, I think, mixed reviews. Amazon claims it’s an officially licensed jacket made of authentic materials according to the original found in the Lucasfilm Archives. It comes with the “Medal of Yavin” and a — now this is important — full color certificate of authenticity. It even comes in three different sizes for your bodily convenience. As far as I can see, the only problem with this snazzy, zipper-free jacket is that it costs $148.50 with the Amazon discount.

In case you recently had head trauma and haven’t watched A New Hope since the accident — first of all, let me say how very sorry I am, and reiterate just how much I never saw you standing there — I have here a nice picture that can show you where in the films this sunny piece of clothing is showcased.

Yavin IV Celebration

Luke in his yellow jacket

Funny story about this scene. The first time I ever saw ANH, at the tender age of 12, I thought Luke and Leia were inexplicably getting married, but I didn’t say anything and I was glad when I realized I would have been embarrassingly wrong. Interestingly enough, though, when a couple of months later I watched it with my ten-year-old niece — her first time seeing it — she said what I had opted not to: “What, are they getting married or something?” So apparently in at least two preteen girls, this scene says “wedding.” I’ve never heard of the best man and the groom walking up the aisle together to the bride, but, eh . . . Anyway, I’ve never told that story to anyone before!

Now, the commentary on the Amazon page seems to be, as I mentioned up there, of highly mixed quality . . . and at least one customer image featuring Forever Alone, as though to indicate how the purchaser/wearer of this jacket can anticipate spending his or her days. My primary criticism is that the medal is not, in fact, called the Medal of Yavin — Mr. Amazon.com! shame on you — but rather the Medal of Bravery. That being said, check out this detail:

Detail of the jacket

Check out the detail!

Confession: I really love this jacket of Luke’s. I think it’s snazzy. I did a little silent squee when I saw someone had made a version of it conceivably available for purchase. I, personally, would really love to own this. However, my preoccupation with Luke is probably just about disturbing, and could potentially make Mark Hamill a little uncomfortable if he knew about it. I do have a bit of a preoccupation with dressing up as Luke, as you may have noticed from the welcome page . . . So, yeah, I’m really excited about this product, which is “athletic cut and features no zipper.” So it’s got that going for it, right?

Worth noting, however, is the following customer review from Amazon.com, titled be careful who you give it to:

I bought this jacket for a co-worker in hopes that giving him a gift would inspire him to reveal his true feelings for me. He did look very nice in it, but maybe that’s what caused the problem. He looked TOO nice. And kind of boring. Shortly after I gave it to him, I realized that he felt more like a little brother to me and that I actually have a thing for another guy at work who’s kind of a scruffy smart aleck (a bit of a loser, really) and SO not my usual type at all who hangs around with some totally disreputable characters (some of them look like real hairballs ) and may not be strictly honest. But he has this sexy bad boy thing goin’ on, IYKWIM and I’m finding it hard to resist. Heh, I haven’t resisted AT ALL!
It’s a really nice jacket, even though it kills all your romantic feelings for the nice, responsible and even kind of attractive guy you give it to, so be careful with it.

Spotlight: Easter

Posted in Spotlight with tags , , , , , , on 24 April 2011 by Megan
Stormtrooper Easter Bunny

I’m here to deliver this Death Star egg. What? No takers?

Today, as you might have noticed, was Easter across the Empire. It wasn’t for me because I’ve been doing research papers all day. However, that doesn’t mean that stormtroopers across the galaxy weren’t doing their share to spread Easter cheer.What kind of cheer? Well, Easter eggs, of course!

Star Wars and Easter Eggs go together like ham and bacon. Or something. Here are some of the best Star Wars Easter eggs:

  • The number 1138 appears in every film somewhere.
  • To see the Episode I gag reel, go under the Options menu and hit 10+1 (or 11), 3, and 8. The same will get you the gag reel on E2.
  • E.T. makes an appearance in E1 in the Senate.
  • Two YT-1300s are visible on Naboo as the refugee transport makes its landing (E2).
  • Achmed Best and Anthony Daniels appear out of costume as different characters in the nightclub on Coruscant in E2.
  • One of the asteroids in the asteroid belt Jango chases Obi-Wan through is a shaak from Naboo.
  • On disc 1 of the E3 DVD, in the Options menu, highlight the THX  and select 1, 1, 3, 8 to watch Yoda do a hip hop dance.
  • In the opening scene of Episode III, one of the pieces of shrapnel that flies off the destroyed Separatist ship is a literal kitchen sink.
  • The Millennium Falcon can be seen departing Coruscant in E3.
  • George Lucas and his daughter can be seen in alien getup in the opera house scene in E3. Actually, all three of Lucas’ kids appear in the films–the young Jedi Zett (in E2 and E3) is played by his son.
  • In the special edition Mos Eisely sequence of ANH, Dash Rendar’s ship Outrider can be seen lifting off.
Bunny Trooperes

Seriously, I can’t get any takers?

Some more SW-related Easter eggs dropped off by the Stormtrooper bunny . . .

  • In Star Trek (2009), you can see R2-D2 flying through space. It’s the scene where the Enterprise reaches Vulcan and the camera looks out the viewport over Pike’s shoulder

What? Not the eggs you were looking for? Fiiiiine . . . I find these less cheery than these hip-hoppity Stormtroopers — the rash of these eggheaded villains and heroes I’ve been seeing all over the webs today:

Star Wars Easter Eggs

Star Wars Easter Eggs

Another batch of eggs

And a second batch . . .

Now, no offense to anyone, of course, but those are just freaky. Giant-headed Yoda is far more distressing than the typical brand, and, call me old-fashioned all you like, but stickers on Easter eggs is frankly cheating. The movie stills are kind of cute, but in all, it just doesn’t seem like the egg-making experience I’m looking for. Conversely, these hand-painted eggs ooze adorableness:

Adorable Ewok, Maul, and Chewie

Adorable Ewok, Maul, and Chewie

So there you have it. That’s how the galaxy’s celebrating Easter this year. May the Force be with you!