With a new Jem and The Holograms film AND a new Star Wars film coming later this year, I can’t think of a better time to share the art of Ed Harrington with you.
I will admit that I am pretty much a sucker for anything that I might display in my home that will help to showcase what I love in retro pop culture. Of late I have found that perler bead artwork has been taking up more and more of my attention. Especially when it’s crafted by a talented artist like Madam FANDOM as you can see from her perler bead mobiles!
While I would love to have this Donkey Kong mobile in the house…it just kind of has to go to the Arkadia Retrocade, right?
I’ve mentioned before on the site how I was just at the right age to get in on the ground floor of what would become the Star Wars craze that swept the World back in 1977. From that point on everything in my life revolved around this story that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I eagerly devoured any magazine, news clip, or newspaper article that would give me just a little more info about Star Wars and of course that included the sequels as well.
But yesterday on Facebook on a few different feeds I saw something that made me feel like a five-year old again sitting in that Razorback auditorium, the news that in Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back there were costumes that had been actually used in the 1966 Doctor Who story arc The Tenth Planet from back in October of 1966. Thanks to Making Star Wars.Net we can see two of the suits as they appeared in that story arc…by the way, if you are like me I am doing everything I possibly can to avoid spoilers concerning the new Star Wars film in December. Be careful if you follow the link to Making Star Wars.Net!
It sure looks to me like BoShek, who we meet in the cantina scene from the first film is wearing the darker of the two suits.
With the lighter colored suit being worn by Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back.
But thanks to the diligence of Making My 1st Doctor Costume we’ve learned that the suits didn’t originate in the Doctor Who series but came from 1964’s First Men in the Moon!
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, and a little effort from The British Movietone Digital Archive, we can now look back at London’s view of an insignificant little movie called “Star Wars”.
In their words: “The much publicised and long-awaited film “Star Wars” opens in London with queues outside two West End cinemas. At the Science Museum costumes, vehicles and Robots, together with ‘still’ photographs of the film, are on display for the public. We take a look at a scene from the film which has been seen by almost 600,000 in its first month in London.”
Looking further at the recently released AP archive on Youtube, you can also watch John Williams receiving a BAFTA for his film score:
Check out more vintage footage over at the British Movietone Youtube Channel.
It is common knowledge that Star Wars was influenced by the Flash Gordon serials of the 1940s. So how cool was it that Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon in the serials) appeared on stage with Mark Hamill during the Science Fiction Film Awards telecast? It aired in 1978 to recognize achievement in science fiction film for the year 1977.
Hamill shows up at 3:46 of Part II to introduce him. The entire show is worth watching from the beginning, especially to see the opening song and dance number.
I’m just posting Part I and II just to show the flow leading to the Crabbe and Hamill appearance. The special itself is split into 10 parts on YouTube. Rather than blow up the blog with 10 embedded videos just search for “Science Fiction Film Awards 1978” on YouTube if you’d like to watch the entire special. This was the fifth annual but first televised broadcast of the ceremony.
Here is the entire award show in 10 parts:
or if you want to jump straight to Buster…here is part 2.
Are you a fan of Flash Gordon? Follow HAIL FLASH on Facebook to appreciate the history of the character.
If you like Pac-Man and Star Wars, then this design by artist Sergei Usatov was created for you. I think the Storm Trooper works best as a ghost, there is just something about that shiny white helmet that yells ‘scary’ to me.
I’d love to see these as sprites in a game. I’m amazed that an official tie-in hasn’t happened already!
I ran across this vintage Ewok costume from Return of the Jedi recently at a local game store. With a price of only $20, how could I resist? Unfortunately I should have tried it on at the store as it doesn’t fit.