Star Wars

A 24K Gold Darth Vader Mask Can Be Yours For $1.4 Million

In May, Star Wars: A New Hope celebrates the big 4-0. The iconic film was released on May 25, 1977, and fans around the world are marking the milestone with special screenings, sweepstakes, and limited-edition merchandise. But the most over-the-top anniversary homage to George Lucas’s space opera may belong to Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry, a fine jewelry retailer in Japan. Mashable reports that the company has created a solid 24-karat-gold sculpture of Darth Vader’s mask, priced at $1.4 million.

The 33-pound gold mask is…

Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020

Lion King Live-Action Remake

Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the openings for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.

The fifth film in the long-running “Indiana Jones” series will now gallop into theaters on July 10, 2020. It was previously slated to debut on July 19, 2019. The delay isn’t surprising. Director Steven Spielberg still has several projects on his dance card, including “Ready Player One,” a big-screen adaptation of a best-selling science-fiction novel, and a drama about the Pentagon Papers with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The delay also gives the filmmakers more time to cook up a script that both Spielberg and Harrison Ford approve of, though it does mean that the action star will be in his late seventies when the film opens. By that point many globe-trotting adventurers would be forgiven for thinking about retirement.

Disney’s announcement will likely have ripple effects throughout the industry. The studio is the leader in terms of market share. Because it owns the rights to Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar’s libraries, it has an enormous competitive advantage over other studios that don’t have the same reservoir of animated favorites and superheroes. That enables them to snap up the prime summer, spring, and holiday release dates for its films for years in advance, planting a flag that requires other studios to stake out other parts of the calendar where their films won’t be dwarfed by “Avengers” and “Star Wars” sequels and spinoffs.

There was a great deal of musical chairs involved in all the release dating. The company also…

This Week in Making: Star Wars Droids, Comic Con, and Deadly Paper Cuts

K-2SO is arguably one of the best parts of last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The reprogramed Imperial droid takes C-3PO’s charm and incessant need to always speak his mind, and puts it in a body designed to intimidate and kill.

Photo courtesy of RPF

Darren Moser (@DrSciFi), a costume and prop builder and fan of Star Wars, decided to bring K-2SO to life. He has been making a 1:1 scale replica of the droid, and just this past Friday moved on to the torso. Ultimately, Moser wants the replica to be a fully functional puppet with working joints.

You can follow the playful antics and inventive projects of the creators that use a makerspace in Durban, South Africa on the YouTube channel theMakerSpaceCOZA. These makers clearly love both what they do and that they do it together. It makes them fun to watch (the quality of the filming and editing does not hurt either), and you really cannot go wrong regardless of which video of theirs you choose to start with.

However, you definitely want to check out the video they just posted this past week called “What Is The MakerSpace?” It touches on the importance of creating a place where technology and ideas can be shared and experimented on together. The video has some of the best descriptions of what a makerspace is, and I am honestly a little inspired to go out and join one myself.

Comic Con returns to the Bay Area for its second year this weekend. Although not nearly as big as its older siblings held in New York and San…

Theme Parks will be Fully Immersive

Two new Star Wars-themed parks will open at Walt Disney World in 2019. We don’t know how much tickets will cost by then, but if you plan to go, you better get your story straight first. The places you go and the things you do will have consequences. Choose wisely.

During a panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend, it was revealed that the fully immersive theme park areas will allow visitors to develop a reputation. That’s right. If you ride the attraction…