This Pixel Monday post is a follow-up on last week’s post and pattern of Darth Vader: today we have Vader’s TIE Advanced (TIE Fighter). I always though it was very interesting that Vader did not simply stay in the safety of the Death Star or his Imperial Star Destroyer. He got right in the action. I love how different that makes him from Kylo Ren.
Darth Vader is the greatest, and most influential villain in any movie ever made. I am usually not one for hyperbole, but really, I don’t think there is much to argue with here. Even if you don’t like Star Wars, or you don’t particularly LIKE Vader, you have to respect the character for what he is: Our Greatest Hopes and Greatest Fears all wrapped into one.
Today, we are doing a simpler version of the Lightsaber Hilt Napkin Rings. This easier version requires less time, less mess, and less sharp tools… but is just as much fun to make…maybe even more so. ‘Cuz who doesn’t enjoy doing crafts with paper towel rolls and Duct tape 🙂
I have mentioned before that my mom (“M4P Mom”), regularly calls with ideas for the blog. Unfortunately, she has more ideas than we have time. What we really need are some Minions to keep up. (Where are Bob, Kevin, and Stewart when we need them?)
So we have to prioritize – and doing these Lightsaber Hilt Napkin Rings were a no-brainer. I think this is one of the coolest things we have done in a long time, here at May the Fourth Central.
Darth Maul has seen a big resurgence in the past couple of weeks with the release of the Star Wars fan film Darth Maul: Apprentice by Shawn Bu. I’m glad! (And if you haven’t seen it, take a look here)
Though I don’t hate the prequels (as many do), I do think they have their problems. One of the biggest being how little screen time Darth Maul is given. A back story, as well as more scenes to set up his skills, abilities and “evilness” would have gone a long way to add suspense and urgency to The Phantom Menace.
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)