Bigger, badder, and just like all of Kylo Ren’s and General Hux’s ideas, completely over the top.
I can imagine their brainstorming session:
KR: The Death Star was really cool. Darth Vader was a genius.
GH: Hrmph, he failed! He was not thinking BIG enough.
KR: WOAH! You mean A BIGGER Death Star?
GH: Yes. The problem with the first 2 Death Stars was that they were not big enough to conquer the universe. The New Order is more powerful than the Empire ever was, and as such we need something that will cause the appropriate fear and destruction throughout the galaxy. We need a (Hux almost whispers)… Starkiller Base… made from a real planet.
KR: #$&*#(@ BADASS!
(Official Star Wars people: if you want to hire me for writing dialog on Episode VIII, you know how to find me)
As, erhm, silly as that dialogue is, the sentiment is accurate. That kind of talk is completely within their characters – they so desperately want to be greater than generations past. But more importantly than their funny delusions of grandeur, I think JJ wanted to say something about human nature. We humans make the same mistakes over and over again. (The Death Star was blown up. Let’s make ANOTHER!) And we certainly don’t learn from our parents or grandparents mistakes (THEIR Death Stars were blown up. WE can make it work though, let’s make a STARKILLER Base!)
Speaking of making a Starkiller Base… If you want to make your own, here is the 18th of our The Force Awakens patterns, and #47 in the Perler bead/cross stitch/crochet/knitting/Lego/pixel/mosaic pattern series.
NOTE: We spent A LOT of time making these designs, and are absolutely thrilled to see that they are becoming so popular, but we want to remind you that we should get credit when they are used. So, if you show your work using our designs anywhere (online as well), put a “Pattern © Anette Nam Design” and link to “Maythefourthbewithyouparty.com” somewhere close by. THANK YOU! … and as always, you may not sell any products made with these patterns.
Needed if you make Perler Bead Coasters:
- Perler Beads
- Tweezers (optional)
- Perler Clear Pegboards
- Removable Tape
- Printout of Pattern (download above image)
- Baking Parchment Paper (Perler Ironing Paper)
- Heavy Object with Flat Bottom
- Cork sheets with Adhesive Backs
- Scissors or X-acto Knife
- Bantha Milk (optional)
- Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
- Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
- Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
- Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
- Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
- Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
- Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heatproof underneath to make ironing easier)
- If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
- Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
- Don’t forget the Bantha milk. Enjoy!
Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”. With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.
Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.
Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.
Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them. Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!