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Learning the Alphabet with Star Wars

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What better way to learn your ABCs than by having a beautifully illustrated Star Wars book to help? Every penny of your book donation will go to the college fund of the author’s child. If I ever have kids, they will totally be learning all about Star Wars, and maybe they will even learn the alphabet.

A is for Ackbar is a collaborative effort by Brandon and his wife Emma. While she was pregnant with their first child, they wanted to come up with an artistic way to decorate their son’s nursery. Being huge Star Wars fans AND artists, they came up with something pretty unique. Thus, the book was born.

Brandon sketched the artwork and Emma colored them in using Illustrator. This team effort turned into something that neither ever expected. In December, they held a “donation drive” to help kickstart their son’s college education fund. They were so overwhelmed by demand that they had to close down the drive a little early – well ahead of their goal.

Keep your eyes on the site in the coming months to find out how you can get a copy for yourself. This is something that will add nicely to any Star Wars collection. I’m not so sure how well it will stand up to real kids, though.

Star Wars Geek Gifts

What’s the best gift for the hard-core geek in your family? Most likely, you will never go wrong with something – anything – Star Wars related. In my case, you totally will be an epic friend if you hand me something that has Darth Vader on it, as well. Thanks go out to my friend Michelle Gamboa and her fiance for this fantastic spatula set.

Does this mean I have to cook now, though?

My First Star Wars Figure

The first Star Wars figurine I ever owned was a TIE fighter pilot. “TIE fighter pilots represent the elite of the Imperial Navy, having undergone grueling physical and psychological testing to achieve their ranks. Only 10 percent of prospective candidates are chosen for duty. The rest are reassigned throughout the Navy as combat gunners and other personnel. ”

My First Star Wars Figure

Do you still have – or even remember – your first collectible from when you were a child? What was it, and do you still collect things like that today?

Star Wars LEGO Slave 1 Review

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The Slave 1, as you know, is the vehicle that you will find Boba Fett riding around in. The LEGO version is well-made, easy to put together and comes with several cool little weapons.

I put my LEGO Star Wars Slave 1 together with a minimum of fuss and muss. There are three bags of LEGO bricks included and they’re numbered. As you follow the assembly instructions, you only need to open one of the bags at a time. You’re not faced with hundreds of little bricks from the onset of the build. That makes it nice for those of you who are anal about sorting your pieces prior to starting. You don’t have to!

The Slave 1 features an opening cockpit that rotates when the startship is rotated. It includes Han Solo, Boba Fett and Bossk minifigs. A Carbonite element holds Han Solo for transport, but you can pop him out easily whenever you wish. There is a secret compartment with a flick-firing missile repeater and side components with flick-firing missiles. You want to give these a light – yet firm – flick in order to make them fire properly.

If you’re an Adult Fan of LEGO, what is your favorite recent build? Do you build from kits, or do you freestyle it and come up with your own creations?

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What if the Empire had Beaten the Rebellion?

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An unidentified person in the chat room asked our beloved Stormtrooper what the world would be like if the Empire had won. I want to make it very clear that the war isn’t over yet, young paladins. The Empire will never give up!

You win some and you lose some, but you haven’t seen the last of the Empire. We’re still around. You killed our Emporer, but the game is not over. These guys need to keep in mind that this is constantly moving forward.

There will be battles until the end of time. The universe wouldn’t be better if the Empire had won… because we haven’t LOST yet.

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How to Become Darth Vader

You can BE Lord Vader if you pay the right price at Christie’s Auction House in London. Christie’s is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the “Star Wars” movie franchise. The costume was made for “The Empire Strikes Back,” which was released in 1980.

The sale will take place on November 25th, and has been offered up for bid by a private collector in the United States. Rumor has it that the ensemble will fetch upwards of $300,000 US dollars.

How badly do you want The Force to be with you? Would you be willing to pay this kind of money for a costume worn in a movie – even if it IS a part of every geek’s history?

The Best Star Wars Video Game – Ever!

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When Star Wars: Trench Run was released in the App Store, I had to buy it right away. I love games on my iPhone, and I am a Star Wars fanatic. I was shocked to discover how awesome this game really is. It’s definitely worth the money, by far. Playing the game is actually quite intuitive.

Use the Force to overthrow the evil Galactic Empire as they attempt to destroy the small Rebel base on the jungle moon of Yavin 4. As part of the Rebel Alliance’s Red Squadron, you dogfight with TIE fighters above the Death Star’s surface before heading into a trench where you are inundated by cannon fire. Dodge obstacles and stay out of Darth Vader’s sights as he tries to gun you down before you have the chance to fire your proton torpedoes into the thermal exhaust port the size of a womp rat. If successful, a direct hit will cause a chain reaction that destroys the Death Star, thus saving the Rebel base from impending doom.

I also had Trench Run running on my computer. As I exited out of the iPhone app, you can see that one of the features is being able to buy a .99 in-game upgrade. I can now use my iPhone as a wireless controller connected to any computer!

Additionally, you can play Trench Run for free – right in your browser.

If you want to demonstrate the capabilities of what the iPhone can really DO – this is an amazing way to accomplish that. Five bucks is not too much for this game, I promise you that. It’s well worth it. Fantastic.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper Videos

Over the weekend, I posted a new Community Challenge. I asked all of you to provide the audio and dialogue for my Stormtrooper dog-walking video. There have been several responses already, and I wanted to share the best ones with all of you.

From Uelogy22:

From DavinDaGeek:

From Falmatrix2r:

Have you been working on your own response? Make sure to upload it to YouTube as a video response to the original challenge video.

Community Challenge: You Create the Stormtrooper Dialogue

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If you’re complaining that there’s no audio… that’s the whole point to this community challenge; YOU are being asked to provide the soundtrack / dialogue.

Yes, it’s your task to download this video, remix it with your own audio, then upload it as a video response to this one.

You don’t have to use the entire video, mind you – just what you might find interesting or fun to play with. And yes, you’re supposed to have fun with this challenge!

If you’re going for that “stormtrooper voice” sound, might I suggest processing your vocal audio through a high-pass filter and/or eliminate all bass, maximizing mid and treble.

You can email your questions to Ask a Stormtrooper. Perhaps they will be featured in an upcoming video segment.

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