With Disney taking over Star Wars, you can be sure that the brand is going for nothing less than world domination (Sorry Star Trek fans) and while Star Wars may someday taking over Disneyland, there are still plenty of things that the common non-Disney person can do to make the world a little more Starry in a Lucasfilm sort of way.
Star Wars Speeder Bike
One man in Australia, writing under the name Tez_Gelmir showed how he made his own daughter feel like a Princess and not your usual Disney princess. He built her a model 74-A Speeder Bike rocker and then dressed her up like Princess Leia. The vehicle was first seen in the 1983 “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”
That’s when the Imperial troopers where on the moon of Endor and pursuing Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
You can read his description and directions for the project on Instructables.
Cosplay fans if you want cause other people to gnash their teeth in jealous rancor, watch this video of Frank Ippolito as he describes how he researched, funded and made a Rancor suit that he unveiled at San Diego Comic-con. Ippolito has worked on the 2006 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and the 2004 “The Chronicles of Riddick.”
According to the Star Wars wiki, rancors are warm-blooded reptomammals although another source claims rancors are hybrids between a crustacean and an arachnid. Rancors are 5 to 19 meters tall. They lay eggs and suckle their young. They eat things, like humans, but humans apparently like to use their skin to make expensive boots. And yet, the rancors can read and write. This is sort of like an abominable snowman. The rancor first appeared in “Return of the Jedi” and was described as “a cross between a bear and a potato.” The sound it makes are dog-like, reportedly from a dachshund.
Some great tips? Using the sculpting wax CX5. You’ll need to be familiar with what maquettes are. CX5 is made by Adam Beane Industries.
Ben Bayouth was the foam fabricator so this was a team project. Got a team? Check out this video and think big or at lest better. Ben Bayouth has worked on NBC’s “Grimm” and was a finalist on the SyFy show “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.”
Bayouth uses different types of foam. One thing he mentions is L200.
Instead of just making a foam suit, he also talks about make a backpack to help keep the weight up and make an aluminum cage that is bolted to the backpack. So in a sense, he’s forming a cage that is carried over the person’s shoulders. It seems to work somewhat like that hoop skirt frame that was worn by women to give them a bell shape.
Travel to Star Wars
At D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
Current Star War themed experiences will also be enhanced. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.
A Star Wars Launch Bay will be an interactive experience that will take guests into the upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Also at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay will share the space with a re-done Super Hero HQ, featuring opportunities to meet and take photos with super heroes like Captain America and Thor, as well as experience the returning Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries. Both experiences will be available for guests later this year.
Ever want to go to school? You can do it at Disneyland at the Jedi Training Academy. This has been a favorite for younger fans and will be revamped to include new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
The Season of the Force, a new seasonal event, begins in early 2016, and brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.