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Star Wars fashion by Marc Ecko

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I can’t imagine when I would ever actually wear any of these but they are pretty cool–meet the Star Wars Collect by Marc Ecko, a series of Star Wars-themed hoodies and t-shirts by Marc Ecko with an urban edge.

The collect includes Storm Trooper and Boba Fett hoodies, a Death Star explosion t-shirt and several designs with prices ranging from $24 to $98.

For more info check them out at shopecko.com.

[Via Gizmodo]


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo coming this week

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Star Wars fans eager to get their hands on the upcoming Star Wars video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will have their chance this week when the demo version of the game hits for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on August 21st.

It’s only one level–a Tie Fighter construction facility–so I wouldn’t expect a very long demo, but for most I’d imagine just being able to get their hands on it after so much hype might be enough. Unless the gameplay is crap. Guess we’ll find out in three days…

[Via Kotaku]


Early review trashes The Clone Wars movie

Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, got a chance to check out a screening of the new Star Wars animated feature The Clone Wars, opening in the US on Thursday. What did he think?

Lucasfilm asked him to pull the review if that gives you an idea.

“I hated the film. HATED IT. REALLY HATED IT.”

Since the review has been pulled you can’t see it on Ain’t It Cool News anymore but luckily Valleywag scored a copy so here’s the complete review:

Harry hated THE CLONE WARS!

I’ve never hated a STAR WARS film before. I have weathered Jar Jar and any number of Ewoks. I survived Hayden and a wooden Portman. I even accepted Jake Lloyd. I handled all that because it felt like STAR WARS.

I can accept all of Lucas’ flaws, so long as at its heart it felt like Star Wars. I can deal with politics in Star Wars. I can deal with trade skirmishes in Star Wars. I can deal with musical numbers, breathing in the vacuum of space. Basically – so long as it feels like STAR WARS – I can watch any of it.

Was I looking forward to STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (2008)?

******** A!

I was dying. After Genndy’s CLONE WARS – I felt that perhaps Lucas “got it” – and that this new animated series was taking a lead from Tartakovsky’s brilliant assembly of pieces. Genndy’s CLONE WARS got STAR WARS better than anyone has got it since Lawrence Kasdan and Irvin Kershner. Genndy took designs and characters that folks were dissatisfied with and made them cool. He did this by using and adapting the themes created by John Williams, the wholly perfect entity involved with Star Wars along with… the sound effects of Ben Burtt. He understood speed and motion – not just with action, but in editing. He understood classic film composition and iconography. And he knows what BADASS is.

The folks behind this STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS movie… you could tell, they looked at what Genndy did – but they didn’t understand any of it. There’s a ****load of battles and ***** going boom. There’s noise everywhere – fury everywhere… but none of it is directed. The music by Kevin Kiner is criminally bad. Why they didn’t employ Paul Dinletir and James Venable is beyond me. No, no – let’s hire the composer of WALKER, TEXAS RANGER. Ahem.

Now – I made excuses for this film as I was watching it. I don’t think you understand how much I love STAR WARS. Maybe you do, maybe you do too.

Before the movie started I was firing myself up to go out after the film and buy that new $200 Hasbro Millenium Falcon. I really wanted to go buy it, and I wanted this movie to empower my brain to go through with that. Instead, I found myself at home – putting on Genndy’s THE CLONE WARS – to try and rebuild my passion – so I can go get that new Falcon.

Instead – I’m thinking I’ll just be here at home enjoying this and that’ll be all I need.

Anyway – as I was watching the film, I was excusing the sloppy shots, the sloppy use of the Clone Troopers and Droids – undoing all the awesome work that Genndy had done – and the droids are silly again. The Clone Troopers are limp. And the Jedi – they’re at 25% power from the mind of Genndy. But I was accepting that. I figured that was Lucas dialing back so that the animated series wouldn’t overpower his features.

Then they introduced Baby Jabba aka Rotta the Huttlet aka Stinky. At the point of this character’s introduction – it officially became, the worst character in the history of STAR WARS. If you hate George Lucas cutsiepoo bull**** – oooooooh boy. You’re gonna have a field day of venting and hatred directed at this unbelievably ****ing awful little ****.

Oh – but wait… Little Stinky the Hutt isn’t the worst character in the history of STAR WARS… because Stinky got introduced earlier in the film. As much as I hated lil Stinky… I was weathering Stinky. I seriously was. But later there was a character of such immense **** – offensively bad. The character was so bad, so incredibly awful – that it was a slap to the face. It woke me out of my ****-accepting stupor and made me angry. SUDDENLY my “inner fanboy rage” was awoken.

As I watched this terrifyingly awful character named Ziro the Hutt. A seemingly female Hutt – with tattoos and make-up that sounds like a racist take on a Black New Orleans Crack-Dealing Whore. Because this Hutt speaks ENGLISH – and it is many times worse than I’m actually describing. This character was actually too much for me. So bad that every flaw I was looking past, was now a road sign to inadequacy and mediocrity. All of a sudden my brain realized that Asajj Ventress’ voice no longer was acceptable – and sure enough – the amazing Grey DeLisle, who originally voiced the character back in 2003 – had been replaced by a Nika Futterman – and that voice was missed. The character didn’t have that snarling menace anymore.

I realized that nothing in this animated film felt right. I felt time expanding. It seemed that the film was dragging – nevermind that lots of **** was firing all over the place – and stuff was going boom and things were being revealed. I just didn’t care because this wasn’t what I wanted.

I hated the score, the animation, the shots, the characters and most of all the retarded ******** idiot story.

I hated the film. HATED IT. REALLY HATED IT.

Does this mean the whole Star Wars Animated Series is doomed? No – but it isn’t a good sign. So much of this is awful because of the Hutt plotlines and character. I also feel that Dave Filoni must be a hack. His work here is sloppy – and depending on writers and directing talent – individual episodes may be better. This film was several episodes all strung together – my prayer is that the individual episodes will be both great and awful – and we’ll discover which talents are responsible for each.

That said – the audience did have light applause. My father liked it. My sister felt too much was going on. Me nephew really liked it. That said – Yoko was complaining right along with me. She thought it was **** too. I know Moriarty liked it. Wonder what Quint and Massawyrm thought.

****. I hated a STAR WARS. That ****ing sucks.

This doesn’t mean that EVERY reviewer will feel this way but it certainly is a bad start.

[Via Valleywag]


PhoneSaber pulled from App Store

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One of the first apps many new iPhone owners download is PhoneSaber, a simple little program that shows a Star Wars lightsaber on the screen and, using the iPhone’s accelerometer to detect motion, will make lightsaber-like sounds as you move and swing your phone around.

Unfortunately the popular app has been removed from the App Store so if you don’t have it by now it looks like you won’t be able to get it, at least not for a while and not in this form.

THQ Wireless, owners of the rights to mobile Star Wars apps, spoke with the developer and they agreed to take down the free PhoneSaber. No legal actions, etc., just plain old telephone call.

The developer agreed to take it down and it looks like THQ Wireless will be working on their own similar app.

No word yet on price or release date for that one yet.

Sorry, PhoneSaber fans. Hopefully THQ Wireless won’t just throw out something inferior and charge for it to try and make a few bucks off of the Stars Wars franchise.

For more info about what happened check out the developers post here.

[Via CrunchGear]


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed coming to the iPhone

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The upcoming Star Wars-themed game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a title that a lot of console gamers are looking forward to, especially Wii owners who can’t wait to wield their Wii Remote as a lightsaber.

But, the new gaming platform on the block–the Apple iPhone–will be getting the game as well thanks to THQ Wireless.

Don’t worry–you won’t have to swing your iPhone around as a lightsaber and risk smashing your precious into something. The iPhone’s accelerometer will only be used to switch between portrait and landscape view.

You will, however, be able use the iPhone’s touchscreen to control the action o the screen and to navigate through dialog boxes.

CrunchGear got their hands on a video of the game in action–definitely worth checking out if. Beginning around the 2:42 mark things start to get a bit more interesting as you’ll see how to use the touchscreen to control action including the use of force powers.

You can watch the video here.

[Via CrunchGear]


Death Star wedding cake

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A Gizmodo reader send in a picture they had taken at a wedding they had just returned from.

The grooms cake was the Death Star.

There’s…really not much more to say about it, but you have to admit–it’s pretty well done.

[Via Gizmodo]

 

 

 


Make yourself an R2-D2 beanie

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If you’re a Star Wars fan and could use a hat to keep your melon warm, check out the R2-D2 knit beanie.

You can’t buy it, but you can make it (or talk someone into making it for you). All you need is some yarn, a pattern, and some free time.

For all the details you’ll need to make your own, check out this post at Carissa Knits.

[Via Gizmodo]


New Star Wars animated feature ‘The Clone Wars’ coming to big screen, small screen

clone_warsUSA Today has confirmed that a new Stars Wars movie is hitting theaters this year, but it might not be what you’re thinking.

Yes, George Lucas is working on 3D versions of his films to be released beginning in 2010, but this movie is based on the popular ‘Clone Wars’ animated series from the Cartoon Network a few years ago and will be called ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’.

The new movie will be computer animated and will take place between Episodes II and III, where Anakin is not yet Darth Vader and the story will focus on the Clone War that began in Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

The movie is scheduled to be in theaters August 15th, and coming this fall the story will spin off into a new Clone Wars animated series to be aired on Cartoon Network and TNT.

For more information and to see a sneak peak trailer, check out the official site here.

It looks like it could be pretty good…but some of the CGI looks a bit simple compared to what we’re used to with computer animated features from the likes of Pixar, so we’ll see. I guess its really the character models I have a problem with. The ships, backgrounds, robots, etc. all look great.

[Via FirstShowing]


Darth Vader, Death Star Transformer toy

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This is…unique. Many people love Star Wars and many of those same people love the Transformers. What could be better than each on their own? Combining them, of course.

Meet the Star Wars Transforming Death Star.

The nearly 11-inch tall Darth Vader figure transforms into a Death Star that is roughly 6.75-inches in diameter.

In addition to the transforming Darth Vader figure, this set comes with a firing blaster pistol, lightsaber, 3 Tie Fighters, 1 mini Darth Vader figure, and 3 mini Stormtrooper figures.

Interested? It will set you back $49.99 and you can order it at ThinkGeek.

[Via Play Gadgets]