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Lego’s Star Wars Mural Time-Lapse Video

This Lego-produced video highlights some of the company’s activities and promotions at last week’s Star Wars Celebration V, including life-size statues and fan-made costumes. My favorite part, of course, is the time-lapse of the giant mural’s progress which starts around the 56-second mark.

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Deleted Star Wars Scene: See Luke Become a Jedi!

If you read reports about Star Wars Celebration V, which just wrapped up yesterday in Orlando, you may have heard about a never-before-screened deleted scene from Return of the Jedi that was shown as part of Jon Stewart’s interview of George Lucas. If you’re anything like us, you were instantly jealous of all the folks who got to see it there. Be jealous no more, oh fellow geeks, for here it is. It’s less than a minute long, and the only talking is done by Darth Vader, but it’s still pretty awesome to see it after all this time:

In case the above video is no longer working for some reason, you should still be able to see it on Gawker.TV, which sadly doesn’t permit embedding of its videos.

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Celebrating Star Wars Brick By Brick

My thirty-six blocks. Image: John Booth

No hinge pieces. No tricky angles or layered builds. Just 160,000+ Lego bricks hand pieced onto 4,608 six-by-six-block tiles over the first three days of Star Wars Celebration V.

Watching this 8-by-15-foot mural come together has been one of my favorite things this weekend. You came up to the often-crowded table, received a white tile with a number on the back and color-coded squares on the front, and then spent a few minutes fishing through bins of 1

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You’re Never Too Short To Be A Stormtrooper

Mom (Kathleen) and Dad (Dave) admitted to buying their Leia and Han costumes for Celebration V, but Franki's Asohka and Anthony's Anakin are both DIY projects. Image: John Booth

There are some seriously incredible costumes on display here at Star Wars Celebration V, and more than a few kids who’ve donned armor or cloaks or head-tails which are made all the more impressive because they show off ingenuity and family involvement.

Jacksonville dad Andy Escobar (who’s been a sandtrooper, a Tusken Raider and Darth Vader and crafted biker scout and Galactic Marine costumes for his wife) told me that he’s also recently made a Jawa costume from the ground up for his 6-year-old daughter Lina, and he knows of a few Imperial-focused costume makers who have stepped into the kid-sized arena, too.

On the other side of the conflict, there’s Ryan Soldati of New Jersey, here with his dad Mark and taking in the convention in the uniform of a Rebel Alliance soldier:

Ryan (at right) did his research first, then enlisted family help for his Rebel Soldier costume. Image: John Booth

“We were very surprised at how authentic he wanted this costume,” Ryan’s dad Mark said. “This wasn’t something he threw together.”

It took Ryan about a month to study costume examples online and compare what he wanted with screenshots from the original 1977 Star Wars and then turn those plans into reality with the assistance of his parents and extended family.

As someone who’s best attempt at a Ghostbusters outfit in the 1980s consisted of my dad’s green Air Force jacket and a Micronauts Rocket Tubes launcher strapped to my back, I’ll admit to a bit of jealousy.

Okay, maybe more than a bit: I’ve always wanted to be a snowtrooper.

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Star Wars Celebration V: From A Certain Point Of View

GeekDad John Booth and daughter in the Ralph McQuarrie original art exhibit. Image: Jim Carchidi

My daughter is 13 years old, which means, of course, that keeping her cool exterior even in the face of nearly uncontainable excitement is pretty much as natural as breathing. So when she took a break from goofing on my geek glee during yesterday morning’s drive to Star Wars Celebration V and let a hint of her own sneak through in a grin, I knew we were in for a fun day.

While 2009’s mid-sized Penguicon 7.0 marked her first convention experience, her day at Celebration V was her introduction to group geeking and fandom on a colossal scale. Because we have family here in Orlando – and because she was unsure of how much Star Wars she’d really want to handle – my daughter opted for a one-day pass.

We packed in a lot. And she shared with me the high points of her day: Meeting Bonnie Burton , whose book she enjoyed last year; constructing a tile for the giant Lego mural in the main exhibit hall; the TK Helmet Project display; and receiving a tiny original sketch from artist Katie Cook.

Her favorite thing was the R2 Builders‘ room,  and her least favorite was the walking: It’s a nicely spacious convention center, and the Celebration is spread out enough that hallway congestion hasn’t been a problem, though yes, that does come with a price to one’s feet.

We arrived at 10 a.m. and went just about nonstop until just after 6 p.m., when we decided to just relax and grab a snack. She was pretty worn out (I think she fought dozing off during a panel featuring a couple original Industrial Light & Magic model builders), but when we walked past the main hall doors shortly before they were set to close for the evening, which one of us remembered that we just had to go get our pictures taken in the giant Empire Strikes Back action figure package bubble?

Not me.

And that made my day.

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Lucasfilm’s Crafty Bonnie Burton: Glue, Glitter, and Sometimes Gore

Bonnie Burton and her duct-tape-covered AT-AT planter. Image: Jim Carchidi

How ambitious is StarWars.com editor and author Bonnie Burton when it comes to turning piles of stuff into icons from a familiar galaxy far. far away?

Can you say Hammerhead Sock Doll? How about duct-tape-and-coffee-cup AT-AT planter? Or the couch-sized Jabba the Hutt body pillow?

Image: Jim Carchidi

And those are just some of the projects Bonnie – who’s also the author of the GeekDad-reviewed Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Girls Against Girlshas managed to pull off successfully. During a fun Star Wars Celebration V crafting panel on Thursday, she shared many more, and also a few that didn’t turn out so well, from a roadkill-esque split-belly Tauntaun couch “so disturbing that no one would sit on it” to an ill-fated attempt to turn her Lucasfilm office into a Dagobah swamp. (When Bonnie laughs about stuff like this and compares herself to Jordan in Real Genius, you totally get it.)

And even though my crafting ability probably peaked with a comb sleeve I made when I was eight, I was nonetheless inspired by the enthusiasm and resourcefulness on display.

She’s compiled a lot of these projects into The Star Wars Craft Book , which is due out next March, but she’s always on the lookout for other fan creations.

Macaroni noodle Star Destroyer, anyone?

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Why Look For Droids When You Can Build One?

Ryan Huffman at work on his third R2 unit. Image: John Booth

Despite their similarities, all Astromechs aren’t built alike.

The R2-D2 Builders’ room here at Star Wars Celebration V is just bursting with a display of creativity and DIY know-how from all over the world. Way more to see here than just your father’s Artoo: Expanded Universe variations, full customs, sound systems, RC, the works.

Image: John Booth

Of course, you combine building a life-sized Artoo with another GeekDad favorite toy, and you get this nice piece of work from Virginia industrial automation engineer Andrew Schwartz:

Image: John Booth

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Renfrew’s Earth Celebration Day to feature talking robot

Renfrew’s Earth Celebration Day to feature talking robot
WAYNESBORO, Pa. A talking robot named Cycler will join the festivities during Renfrew Institutes Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art 2010, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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