Fan Creations that Astound

Fandom can go many ways. Some are content to enjoy the original creation and then go about their lives; others will pursue more of what they love. Some, however, will but hours of time and hundreds of dollars into creating something special that all fans can enjoy. Today, we’ll be listing a number of fan creations from the Star Wars realms that might just make you go wow.

“Portrait of Darth Vader”:

Most art is done via the computer these days for obvious reasons: easier, quicker, and cheaper. But there are some pieces of work that only physical art forms can recreate, including this following picture:

Oil-painting of Darth Vader
Fan Creation: Art

Done with oil-based paints in the form of classic portraits from the renaissance, this wonderful piece of art stands out even among the waves of Star Wars creations. By Steven J. Levin.

AT-ST “Costume”

What? What?!

AT-ST Costume
Fan Creation: Costume

Scott Holden, creator of this beautiful thing, doesn’t mess around. Take a look at the video!

An Incredible Star Destroyer:

One man is making a forty-eight inch star destroyer model, and it looks amazing:

Star Destroyer Model
Fan Creation: Model

His website appears to be down at the moment, but even in its unfinished state, the workmanship is boggling.

A Full-size Landspeeder:

Built on top of some sort of motorized vehicle, this landspeeder looks like it could zoom around (but, sadly, no other information could be found). It’s certainly an accurate representation!

Life-size Landspeeder model
Fan Creation: Vehicle

It’s pretty easy to find most of the above, but the final item is a bit more unique.

THE FINAL ITEM:

This one isn’t going into the header because I don’t want it to be spoiled. This item should be the last seen after spending time reading the above sections, dwelling on them, marveling at them. Then, once that is all through, you scroll here and find out what the final ridiculous fan-created piece of Star Wars fun is. It’s a life-size Millennium Falcon.

Yes, you read that correctly: A 1:1 model of the Millennium Falcon built using everything from concrete to fiberglass. A team of hyper-dedicated Star Wars fans is working outside of Nashville Tennessee is being funded out of pocket (though still accept donations), and is being constructed by only seven people! Work is slow-going, and completion is many years away, but it continues still.

Life-size Millennium Falcon part
Fan Creation: Life-size

We hope you’ve enjoyed this small review of wonderful fan creations. Post pictures of your favorites!

Fan Films for Star Wars

Fan Films
Fan Films

To no one’s surprise, a film series as famous and well-loved as Star Wars has attracted many to the idea of creating their own movies set in the same universe. “Fan films,” as they are simply known, are independently-developed creations made from a love of Star Wars and cinematography. There is, in fact, an official Star Wars Fan Film Award in different categories such as audience choice, best comedy, best original concept, and the “George Lucas Selects Award.” Since there are a lot of ways to point at one certain film and say “that is the best,” we’ll be collecting a number of highly-regarded or famous films for your enjoyment:

Star Wars Uncut

Perhaps the most famous fan creation, Star Wars Uncut is a novel idea that requires, from the filmmakers themselves, only the position of editor. The movies (so far, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back have been released) are split into fifteen-second segments, segments are claimed by contributors, and then those segments are filmed in any manner they choose: live-action, action figures, Legos, animation, and more. That’s just in the first five minutes! The fifteen-second segments will be compiled and re-made into the feature length film! Enjoy the films here

Troops

One of the earliest fan films, Troops is a mash-up of the Star Wars universe – specifically the Stormtroopers – and the classic television show Cops. However, instead of the subdue-and-arrest method featured on Cops, the law enforcement in Troops has a shoot first, ask questions later approach. The film was first featured at the San Diego Comic Con in 1997, and not only has the classic look and feel of Cops, but features special effects and easter eggs about sections of Episode IV. You can watch it here.

I.M.P.S. The Relentless

Short for Imperial Military Personnel Stories, I.M.P.S. shows a number of troopers that are part of missions across the galaxy. Including some of the cast and crew of Troops, the filmmakers went a more serious route, instead filming as if it was a documentary about military forces and not a TV show. The first chapter is approximately forty-one minutes, the second is twenty-one, and the third has yet to be released. With original music, special effects, and characters, I.M.P.S. is one of the most impressive fan films to date. Watch the first episode here.

Star Wars Retold

In a very different form of fan film, Star Wars Retold is the story of Star Wars . . . as told by someone that hasn’t seen the movies. Joe Nicolosi recorded his friend Amanda trying to tell the Star Wars story, having only seen bits, of all three original trilogy movies. Aided by hilarious photoshop magic and a little bit of banter, this film will have any fan laughing out loud. Watch it here.

This is just a tiny sample of some of the fan films that have risen to fame. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Mara Jade Character Corner

Mara Jade
Mara Jade

Every few weeks we highlight one of the many characters from the Star Wars universe to talk about, and detail their history. This month, we’ve elected to talk about Mara Jade, The Emperor’s Hand and eventual wife of Luke Skywalker, a character from the Extended Universe, not present in any of the movies.

History

Mara Jade was born seventeen years before the battle of Yavin, during the Emperor’s initial reign. It was a time of struggle in the galaxy, and the few Jedi remnants were fighting to go into hiding or against the Empire. Mara was taken from her family due to her force attunement – she would have likely been taken by the Jedi council had it not been destroyed – and put through an intensive training regiment to develop her physical, mental, and force skills.

At the age of fourteen she became the Emperor’s Hand, one of his personal assassins. She was first tasked to uncover information about Jedi that had gone into hiding, though she soon switches to finding more about the rebel alliance. During the events of the third movie, Mara Jade was ordered by Palpatine to disguise herself as a dancing girl in an attempt to kill Luke Skywalker. She was kept from boarding the barge Jabba took to the sarlacc pit by his slave overseer, who believed she meant to kill Jabba.

With the Emperor dead and the Death Star destroyed at the end of Episode VI, Mara Jade’s tenure as the Emperor’s Hand ended. Moments before his death, the Emperor handed her her final mission: Kill Luke Skywalker. With the Emperor dead, however, her resources had dried up. She was consumed with hatred for Skywalker thanks to the Emperor’s presence in her mind.

She finally ran into Skywalker while working for a smuggling operation run by Talon Karrde. She at first intended to kill him, but was forbidden by Karrde. Soon after, Mara was attacked by a bounty hunter and left drifting, quickly discovered by Skywalker, who saved her from death by exposure. She was helped by Skywalker, who removed Palpatine’s presence from her mind. She eventually rebuked the dark side and joined the Jedi, becoming a padawan.

During this time – and, of course, numerous dangerous adventures – her relationship with Luke grew until the two were romantically attached. The days leading up to the wedding (in grand Star Wars fashion) were fraught with danger, including: a bar fight, angry formal imperial guardsmen, and a separate Imperial plot that included a Moff and Stormtroopers.

It was during the Yuuzhan Vong war that Mara Jade Skywalker became a Jedi Master, a time that also saw her infected with comb spores, a deadly Yuuzhan Vong poison that killed everyone it infected save her, thanks to her connection with the force. However, she was severely weakened, culminating in a collapse into unconsciousness during a critical battle. Afterward, and with care, she experienced a gradual return to health. Some time later, after a period of good health, Mara detected a change in her body’s chemistry. Thinking her disease was returning, she probed her body with the force. Instead she discovered, to her surprise, that she was pregnant.

The child was named Ben, after Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine alias. After the end of the war, Mara Jade remained an important operative for the New Republic. In the years that followed, Mara fought enemies new and old, and helped her husband keep the growing new Jedi council alive. When their nephew Jacen Solo fell to the dark side and became Darth Caedus, Mara believed him too dangerous to leave alive, engaging him on the planet Kavan. After a lengthy battle in the sewers he killed her with a poison dart. Her final words to him were that she found him more vile and more cruel than even Emperor Palpatine.

Behind the Scenes:

Mara Jade first debuted in Timothy Zahn’s Expanded Universe book Heir to the Empire. She has become a very popular character, even ranking 20th in a character poll, the highest-ranking character that wasn’t in a movie. She was one of the first Expanded Universe characters to receive an action figure. Mara Jade has been portrayed by several models, most often by Shannon McRandle, who first portrayed her in the Star Wars customizable card game.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Mara Jade character corner. Come back often for more fun fan information!

Star Wars Resolutions

Resolutions
Jabba doesn’t like it

It’s a new year, and, traditionally, the time to recognize a way to better yourself. This could be a dedication to giving money to charity, spending more time with your siblings, or learning to do the moonwalk. Today, we find out what certain characters would choose as their new resolutions:

The Prequels

Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Spend some time with Anakin. The boy seems troubled by something. He could use a stable relationship in his life. Though he does seem to be spending a lot of time with Senator Amidala…”

Mace Windu: “Find a way to combat my male-pattern baldness, or buy a nice hat.”

General Grievous: “Learn to fight with five lightsabers.”

Padme Amidala: “Figure out a way to talk to Anakin about my family without him feeling awkward.”

Yoda: “Find a retirement planet, I must.”

Jar-Jar: “Write home.”

C-3PO: “Install that new framework update that will keep my memory from being wiped, and upgrade my RAM. I should write this one down.”

Anakin Skywalker: “Work harder at keeping Obi-wan from discovering Padme and I are married.”

Original Trilogy

Luke Skywalker: “Build a backup lightsaber. Ooh! I wonder if I could do it with one hand?”

Princess Leia: “Get used to living on Hoth, I guess.”

Darth Vader: “Tell Luke I’m his father. I bet he’ll be excited.”

Lando Calrissian: “Hire a better Minister of Galactic Relations, I don’t want the empire breathing down my neck. Also gamble less.”

Emperor Palpatine: “Work on evil laugh. Practice speech. Right now it’s just ‘Something something something dark side, something something something the force.’”

Admiral Ackbar: “Figure out those Chinese Finger things.”

Han Solo: “Practice my dance moves.”

Chewbacca: “Learn Basic.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of New Year’s Resolutions. Can you think of more? Comment with new versions or different characters!