Droids

1985’s Star Wars: Droids Gets An Updated Intro?

Well, friends. In all honesty Star Wars: Droids has received a fan made update to the classic 1985 intro. With Al Scott’s student work placing this during the time of 2015’s The Force Awakens. Having said that it of course means that BB-8 is now tagging along with C-3P0 and R2-D2!
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I stumbled across this video the other day although in fact it was released back in May of 2016. I really like what Al was able to accomplish with his reimagining for the Droids opening. Using the legendary “Trouble Again” theme song by The Police’s Stewart Copeland works rather well with the threats to the Droids by Captain Phasma and the First Order as well as Unkar Plutt.

Moreover I truly wish that Disney might think about resurrecting the ’85 television series. I believe that with the popularity of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and of course Star Wars Rebels – it’s time for a return to Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3P0…and BB-8.

From his YouTube Page, Al said of the student project:
“…this is a contemporary reimagining of the cartoon “DROIDS” from the 1980’s! This newly imagined version of “Droids!” follows the day to day adventures of C3P0, R2-D2, and BB-8 as they constantly find themselves in trouble again avoiding the First Order, Bounty Hunters, Scavengers, and helping the noble Resistance further their cause across the galaxy!


Now while it’s nice to think about what a new animated series might be like. I would be remiss to not mention how much of a fan I was of the 1985 show. Certainly that puts me in the miniority as many fans of Star Wars seem to not look at the show as fondly as I do. Then again I also am a huge fan of the Droids that populate the movies, comics, animated series, and games. Even in my youth there were cases where I cared more about R2 or even the likes of 2-1B than Chewbacca.

I hope all of this has got you thinking about the 1985 animated series now. Which has yet to receive a DVD or Blu-Ray release, by the way. Because the Retroist has you covered with episode 59 of his podcast – in which he is joined by R2!
Retroist Star Wars Droids Podcast

Star Wars, Halloween, and Me

Dressing up as characters from Star Wars has been a long running tradition in my family.

This picture of me is from Halloween, 1978.

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That’s me on the left as Chewbacca, and my sister as an adorable Scooby Doo. As the legend goes, my sister was trying to emulate what I was doing, resulting in the “paws in the air” pose you see there. Having a Mom who loved to sew and a Dad who loved taking pictures made for great Halloween experiences!

I’ve passed the “Star Wars” bug on to my kids. In 2005, my son dressed up as a Jedi.

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That same year, his cousin dressed up as Yoda.

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The following year, my daughter went as Princess Leia …

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… and my son dressed up as Darth Vader.

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Not one to let the kids have all the fun, a few years ago my wife and I dressed up as a Tusken Raider and Queen Amidala.

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My kids are drifting away from Star Wars costumes. This year my son wants to be a zombie and my daughter wants to be Little Red Riding Hood. Oh well. Does anyone know if they sell Greedo costumes in an extra, extra, extra large?

Chewbecca, What a Wookiee…Costume!

Welcome to Chewbacca Tuesday! (Wookiee Wednesday would have been better, but too late for that, need a Tuesday post!) Entertainment Weekly named Chewbacca as the fourth “greatest sidekick” (out of 50) — a well deserved status for this lovable, sensitive, masterful hyper-drive mechanic.

Notice that four out of five pics below show Chewy with a buddy? That totally supports his high sidekick ranking…and I didn’t seek out “buddy” images, Chewbacca is just usually with a pal. I hope you enjoy these retro Halloween costume pics of our favorite walking carpet.


This little Chewy is pretty snazzy. His body language seems to say either “Ta Da” or “Ha-cha-cha-cha!” Or maybe his outstretched arms are meant to be menacing?
Photo by gritphilm
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Semi-homemade costumes are the best, aren’t they? This Chewbacca looks more like a giant plushy than a hairy bipedal humanoid, but I bet he’s darn soft to hug. Great looking Yoda too, love the feet.
Photo by The Felt Mouse
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Remember when you were a little kid and could easily share a velour lounge chair with a chum, so cute.
Photo by colormagickid



I’m curious, why do the vintage vinyl costumes include a picture of the character on the smock when the kid’s overall look represents the same character?
Photo by Mike McInnis
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You’d better watch out when Chewbacca teams up with the Boys in White. I’m sure that at any moment Chewy will turn his blaster on that Empire snowman.
Photo by unexpectedtales
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