Posts Tagged ‘star wars’

How the Millennium Falcon decided the height of every Star Wars figure

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Logbook looks at the design issues Kenner faced with the first Star Wars toys:

Kenner’s designers had to come up with the Falcon first for a very simple reason: the scale of the vehicle would determine the scale of the figures. Prior to Star Wars, it was generally accepted that action character toys aimed for boys were along the lines of the foot-tall G.I. Joe toys. Obviously, a Millennium Falcon scaled for that kind of figure would have been less an action vehicle and more of a piece of furniture. With a certain price point in mind for the Falcon, the vehicle was scaled down until it wouldn’t cost Kenner too much to produce and wouldn’t cost mom and dad too much to buy – and that, more than anything, determined the 3 3/4″ scale of the figures that would fit inside it.

Yoda had a make-up artist?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 98.

I know that there would have been a huge amount of work going into the design and look of the puppets and masks in Star Wars, but I can’t help seeing Chewbacca getting his eyebrows plucked by a busy little man who never stops chattering about his kids.

This is why George Lucas isn’t getting any more toys.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Looks like he’s given up on the current generation and attempting to snare the kids with Jar-Jar.

What if George Lucas was replaced twenty years ago by an evil twin…

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

…why you’d have a superb action thriller two decades later called “George Lucas Strikes Back.” Stick with it:

For the record, if this played at a cinema, I know¬†exactly¬†which line the audience would whoop and cheer at. No spoilers, but it’s right after “How do you take down an Empire like that?