Posts Tagged Star Wars

501st Littlest Trooper

Logo-501st Legion

A long time ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a post about Katie, the little girl who was bullied at school for having a Star Wars drink bottle. Katie’s story was read around the world and the outpouring of support from thousands of people helped a little girl regain her confidence and stand up proudly as a Star Wars fan.

I recently came across this post again and wondered what had happened to Katie.  I did a little bit of research and discovered that some of her most vocal supporters were members of the 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Imperial officer uniforms, Clone Troopers and other villains from the Star Wars universe.

So, when Katie decided that she wanted to dress as a stormtrooper for Halloween, the 501st Legion stepped up to the plate in an incredibly awesome way!

Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper? Star Wars fans worldwide join to build a Halloween costume for one lucky little girl.

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LucasArts sold to Disney for $4 Billion

So, as some of you will have already read, George Lucas has recently sold all of the rights to  LucasArts and all of it’s subsidiaries to the Walt Disney Company.  For more details on this, please check out the LucasArts, Everything Star Wars Sold to Disney article (at GameTrailers.com) and/or watch the interview with George Lucas & Kathleen Kennedy as they talk Star Wars and Disney.

A lot of people of talking about how this is either a massive sell out for the Star Wars franchise, that Disney will destroy Star Wars.  I, however, think that it is the best news in a long time for Star Wars fans.  Having George hang up his Writer/Director/Producer/Creative Despot boots one and for all means that there is new hope that for a franchise that has struggled with fans in light of the most recent three movies (Episodes I, II & III).  I know that George had a story that he wanted to tell, but because he had too much control with the most recent trilogy, he had no one truly grounding him with a lot of his “creative decisions”… in my honest opinion.

Episodes IV, V & VI had George coordinating with directors that would challenge his vision, and therefore helped him create a better movies (yes, we will avoid discussing Ewoks, thank you very much!).  Now that he is “retiring” from the franchise, and that Disney has stated that there WILL BE and Episode VII, there is an opportunity for new directors, writers, and producers to come together and produce a truly balanced third trilogy.  Of course, there are no guarantees, but at least there is a possibility of this occurring where there was no chance previously.

It also means that Disney will want to make their money back and therefore should be releasing a significant amount of product under their newly acquired franchise.  That means more Star Wars, which can’t help but make the fans happy.

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Bullying over Star Wars?!?!

Ok, I grew up with Star Wars and I freely admit that I am a bit of a Geek about it… no I do not still collect all of the figurines, but if a new movie/tv series/xbox game came out, I’m there!

I also have a very young daughter, who is the absolute joy of my life, and whom I wish I could protect from all of the horrid things that people do/say to one another.

So this blog post caught my attention. Have a read about how a little girl in the First Grade has to deal with bullying for having a Star Wars drink bottle! By all means, show her some support, and let her know that it is fine to be different.

Portrait of an Adoption – Anti-Bullying Starts in First Grade

Special thanks to the lovely Eliza Dushku (of Buffy, Angel, Tru Calling and Dollhouse fame) for the Re-tweet of this that caught my attention. You can follow her on Twitter at @elizadushku

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