You have to admit, the villains from geek movies are often more memorable then the good guys. I know that sounds odd, but hear me out. You are standing outside at a new school the first day, and there are two cliques of kids. You see the “Luke Skywalker” kids, and they all have shaggy hair and look kinda dopey and safe. Then, you look over to the other group, and it is the “Darth Vader” kids. Donned in all black, with menacing scowls and the ability to pretend choke you just by lifting their hand. Which group do you become friends with? The “Darth Vader” kids, and this proves my point. The villains from geek movies are often the best thing about said movies. And considering I already talked about him, might as well start with the Granddaddy of them all….
Move over, Han Solo in carbonite.
Darth Vader has arrived, and he’s in carbonite, too. Then again, this might just be the best revenge one can have.
This project is the brainchild of Salient Technologies, a company that offers services such as product design, reverse engineering, 3D modeling, prototyping, animation, and then some.
While all that sounds like so much work, the team also knows how to have fun (seems like a great place to work, doesn’t it?). And what better way to prove that than to make Darth Vader in carbonite?
Based on their blog post about how Darth Vader in carbonite was made, the process the team used is called vacuum foaming.
I’ll be honest here. I have no idea what that is all about, so here’s the explanation straight from the horse’s mouth:
Vacuum forming works when you heat up a sheet of plastic in a jig and lower it over a positive form of the shape you want to create. As it lowers onto the mold, a vacuum table (like the reverse of an air hockey table) sucks the air out from under the plastic, forming it around the mold shape. This is a really handy process for making cases, large panels, and packaging.
That makes more sense, doesn’t it?
Here’s a video of how Salient Technologies made this awesome thingamajig.
If you want to make your own – yes, you can! – check out the instructions here.
One last thing: the guys at Salient Technologies are really cool. They also 3D-printed a Dalek for Yahtzee! last year.
If this doesn’t impress you, you’re one tough customer.
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Has anyone else wondered which of your favorite comic book, movie, or game characters would win, if they were ever pitted against each other? I know I’m not the only one who has thought about this. However, Marvel characters aside, most of my favorites aren’t suddenly going to appear in each others story-lines, just to duke it out.
If a grand battle was to take place, it would have to be fan-made.
The seven members of Super Power Beat Down have taken the theoretical “I wonder who would win in a battle between…” and pushed it to a whole new level, making a mini-series of superhero, villain, and comic book character battles.
According to their website, the premise of Super Power Beat Down is to “take two super powered legends and make them battle! Each new episode viewers will be able to vote to determine the winner.”
They are on episode 15 now. Each Episode is high quality, witty, and authentic.
In the next episode, they are showing Ryu vs Green Ranger, so make sure to head over to their site to vote.
“I am your father.” “Impressive. Most impressive.” “The Force is strong with this one.”
That Darth Vader is one quotable guy. DeviantArt user etrav689 took Vader’s many quotes — even some by Anakin Skywalker — and crafted this tribute to the Sith Lord, made entirely out of typography. What do you think of the finished product?
In the event of a dire situation — like, for example, finding out you killed the only woman you’ve ever loved while in the midst of a psychotic rage — press this button.
Wish I had that as a ringtone. It’s pretty much how I feel every time I have to talk on the blasted thing.
Sure Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers may have the dark side to aid them in their battles, but there’s nothing like staying nice and limber as well, that’s where a daily routine of Tai Chi comes into play.
Notice the lazy Stormtroopers in the background who are doing little more than standing around.
Watch as Darth Vader does his Lift Knee Thrust Upward pose and his Turn Body, Thrust Downward Pose among 40 other moves in the style of Star Wars.
Here’s the video:
David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films is no longer allowed to attend official Star Wars and other related Lucas Film based events.
Prowse has been attending official events since the Star Wars Trilogy debuted, however he has had an ongoing feud with George Lucas after his lines were dubbed over by James Earl Jones before the first movie debuted, that dubbing occurred without his knowledge. Prowse was also replaced by actor Sebastian Shaw in the famous scene in which Darth Vader finally removes his mask to reveal his face.
The Lucas/Prowse feud allegedly hit full steam ahead when it was believed Prowse told the press in 1983 that Darth Vader was going to die. Prowse claims he never made the statement because he didn’t know about the death of Vader at that time.
Prowse released an official statement about his ban on his website. Here’s what he had to say:
You are about to see geeky viral marketing at its very best.
These two videos showcase Yoda and Darth Vader recording lines for new Star Wars-themed TomTom Voices. (TomTom is a GPS navigator system.) It’s kooky fun to see these two infamous characters acting silly while remaining in-character.
Just watch. You’ll thank me.
My only language is English so I’m not positive what this video is promoting, but I’m pretty sure it’s a line of Star Wars friendly notebooks with internet and TV service. In any case it’s pretty funny.
In the video Darth Vader is setup for a shootout kick in which he pushes the ball past the goalie using the force, never actually placing a foot on the ball, a move that pisses off a player from the other team, leading Vader to choke the player with the force.
Yeah it’s a little goofy but it’s a really clever promotional tool.
Here’s the video:
Say what you will about Episodes I-III of the Star Wars series, one thing they did very well was the lightsabers. Right off the bat they were slicing through doors, turning robots into victims of a laser-formed ginsu knife, and let’s not even get started about Darth Maul’s double-sided piece of awesome. It was one of the neat things about those films.
So what better way to keep all of that Star Trek fan fiction you’ve been writing in one place than with a pair of lightsaber bookends? That’s right, you too can have it appear like your books are the victim of a Sith lord’s lightsaber, all for just $49.99. But wait, there’s more! Once you install a pair of batteries, just flick a switch and watch the lightsaber glow! Still not cool enough? Then go buy something else, I really don’t care.
Seriously though, I have this empty bookshelf over my desk right now and I’ve been looking for things to put on it and add some personal flair at the same time. I’ve thought about Futurama figurines, Legos, but now, maybe I’ll consider something like this. It’s got just the right mix of Geek and cool all in one.