It’s Star Wars summer school as we take a look at the incredible Star Wars Educational film strip that was sent to schools in 1978! YES! Before George Lucas donated all of the Disney sale money to educational charities, there was this powerful representation of The Force in classrooms around America. Join us as we examine the film strip that tells a 20 minute version of Star Wars! Be amazed as we go over the quiz sheets that accompanied the strip! Be shocked as we reveal the connection to HARDWARE WARS! It’s a laugh filled episode where you might just learn a little bit along the way too! Go with your feelings, celebrate the love and listen today!
This week Jason and Gabe along with our friend Regal Robot’s Tom Spina welcome the legendary creature effects and makeup artist NICK MALEY! Nick worked on some of our favorite cantina aliens but also had A LOT to do with the creation of the original YODA puppets used in Empire Strikes Back. Join us as Nick talks all about his time with YODA on Empire, making the cyclops and beast fro KRULL, working on LIFEFORCE, what he’s up to these days and A LOT more. It’s an inspiring, epic conversation and we were so happy to have Nick with us! So watch out for centipedes and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
Saga Year continues as this month we take a look at ROGUE ONE and the amazing Art of Rogue One book by Josh Kushins. Looking through it is like looking through your Rogue One dreams and it’s been often overlooked when discussing the Star Wars creative process and the making of the film. From John Knoll’s original and fascinating Destroyer of Worlds pitch to the stories that almost were and Gareth Edward’s unique creative process, Rogue One was taking risks from the beginning. The bold ideas Rogue One created on screen and behind the scenes can still be felt today and we’re examining all of them! Save the rebellion, save the dream and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
This is THE episode you’ve been waiting for. Join us as we perform full audio dramas of THREE classic Ewok children’s books from the 1980s. First it’s the literary staple, The Baby Ewok Picnic Surprise. Do Ewoks make good babysitters? And what about these secret berries Ewok can’t get enough of? That is followed by the darker middle chapter, The Ewok Who Was Afraid. This is a daring tale of cruelty, courage and magic gems that aren’t really magic. Finally we close with the controversial Three Cheers for Kneesaa! A tale of empowerment, archery and the originator of #NotMyWicket. So come along as we travel to that forest moon and celebrate the love!
This week we are taking a look at the long and fascinating history of the original Star Wars Fan Club and the newsletter that was the source for all Star Wars information, Bantha Tracks. From Celebration to The Star Wars Show, Bantha Tracks set the standard for what it means to be a Star Wars fan. How did it relate to the zine fandom culture of time? Who is Maureen Garett and why is she so important to Star Wars fan history? What was the story of the sequel trilogy in 1980? And just WHO is Professor Tumbleseed? Listen today and celebrate the love!
Retracing Bantha Tracks by Kevin Fitzpatrick, Star Wars Insider 41
Following the Bantha Tracks by Chris Fawcett, Star Wars Insider 59
The Making of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi books by JW Rinzler
This week we are thrilled to be talking with the creative art manager at Lucasfilm and the author of the Art of books for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Solo : A Star Wars Story and The Rise of Skywalker, PHIL SZOSTAK. Join us as we talk with Phil about his love for the saga, the importance of influences at a young age, talking to Rick McCallum, the power of Star Wars art, mystery dolphin movies, Star Trek V’s good parts and pineapple on pizza. It’s an episode we’ve wanted to make happen for a long time and we can’t thank Phil enough for talking to us. So listen today & celebrate the love because the club is open!
This month’s addition to SAGA YEAR is a driver and a winner!! Join us as we look back on that rare little diamond in the saga, 2018’s Solo : A Star Wars Story. How was the newer Star Wars stuff made Solo a different experience in the last couple years? What still works for us and how could we possibly see these characters again? After that we tackle listener submitted questions that can be answered YES, NO, OR MAYBE SOLO! Lots of shower & seafood talk!! AND : no surprise, lots of Dryden Vos, Lady Proxima and naked Wookiee talk. So go commit a minor crime for Solo 2 and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!
We heard what the people want and the people want STAR WARS HATS! When things get serious like this, there is only person we can call and you know it’s our friend and Regal Robot’s own TOM SPINA! Together we all dive head first into the legendary hats of the original trilogy. We’re talking Rebel Blockade Trooper hats, Hoth hats, cantina hats, pointy hats, floppy hats and everything in-between! PLUS : We dive into ancient Star Wars mysteries like Cloud Car Pilots, their hats and the ongoing riddle of Weeba Weeba! It’s an epic episode that’s ahead of all the rest!! So put on your best hat, climb on a Dewback and celebrate the love!
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, this week are looking at the cast influence TESB director Irvin Kershner has had on the galaxy far far away. A director who in 1980 seemed to have come from nowhere but had deep connections to the early days of Lucas’ career. What did his unique perspective add to Star Wars? How did his influence almost make Empire get shut down? It’s a fascinating story of a person who’s role in the saga is not talked about enough! So get out that pasta sauce recipe and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!