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Star Wars Original Trilogy Blu-rays: Has The Time Passed?

Rumours swirled over the weekend that fans of Star Wars may finally see the original trilogy released on Blu-Ray without all of George Lucas’ “improvements” on board. It’s a long shot, and I’m left wondering if it’ll ever happen.


The New Stormtrooper Helmets For Star Wars: Episode VII

The new Star Wars hardware keeps trickling out. This is the new stormtrooper helmet, an updated model that looks way more modern but also less menacing than the original one. The left one is an actual unit in a warehouse. The right one is a render. They look nice but I have a question for all of you.


A Star Wars Making Of Book That Focuses On Models, Not CG

Computer graphics and digital effects are integral to blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, but back in 1976 when Lucas created his visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic to help realise the original Star Wars, miniature models were the tools of the trade for special effects — as this limited edition version of Sculpting A Galaxy beautifully illustrates.


Slip Into The Sweet, Ambient Sounds Of Science Fiction

A specific number of variables need to be in place so I can shrug off procrastination and get some real work done. Chief among them is setting the right aural mood. Now, I love listening to music, but the kind of audio I consume — mostly hardcore and post-punk rock — is only a distraction. It’s hard to focus on the words in front of you when a band screams its existential crises and unending nihilism straight into your ear canal. I need something more nuanced.


This Industrial Paper-Cutter Sounds Like A Star Wars Blaster

Video: Just listen to this thing. YouTuber Michael Asher’s dad has a print shop, equipped with this very scary but totally mesmerising paper cutter. It zips through a ream of paper like a hot Storm Trooper Blaster through the air around Han Solo.


Disney Is Reportedly Building A Major Star Wars-Themed Attraction

Star Tours! You’re gonna have company! After hints last year of a potential Star Wars Land in the works, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today that the theme park(s) would be getting new attraction(s) tied to everyone’s favourite space saga, and the elusive plans will be revealed next year.


Japan Is Creating A Militarised Program To Deal With Space Junk

Last week, the world was transfixed by the story of a gecko sex satellite that Russia lost contact with after it was knocked by some space debris. Apparently, it was the wake up call we needed as a species: Japan has announced the creation of a program aimed at monitoring space debris, a military-based project that will fight on the “fourth battlefield”.


Being A Kitchen Timer Is R2-D2's Latest Side Job

As far as resumes for droids go, the skills and experience section on R2-D2′s must be at least 100 holograms long by now. This latest Star Wars tie-in sees Artoo back in the kitchen as a simple $US20 timer, counting off anywhere from one to 60 minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome.


The Most Accurate Vader Costume Ever

Anovos has been outfitting geeks with replica costumes from popular sci-fi franchises for years, but at Comic-Con this year the company has what is easily the ultimate power in the cosplaying universe. Based on the design created for The Empire Strikes Back, this Darth Vader getup is the most accurate, and surprisingly comfortable, costume you’ll find anywhere.


Skip The Gnome And Put A Fallen AT-AT On Your Lawn

The exact reason why people feel the need to adorn their lawns and gardens with ceramic gnomes may never be known, but maybe it’s a not-so-secret way to show their allegiance towards a race of tiny human-like fantasy creatures? If that’s the case, why not instead display your loyalties for something a little more based in reality? Like the giant walking robot AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back.