Awesome Speeder Bike Star Wars Moments

I loved the Imperial Speeder Bike as featured in Return Of The Jedi.

Whizzing through the trees at breakneck speed offered on a Speeder Bike was some of the best action scenes in a sci-fi movie.

The 74-Z speeder bike was a military variant of the civilian 74-Y.

Speeder bike Star Wars
Speeder bike Star Wars

Manufactured by Aratech Repulsor Company, these speeder bikes were capable of reaching speeds up to and beyond 500 kph and could fly up to a height of 25 m.

The speeder bikes main purpose was for reconnaissance purposes but could also be used for rapidly transporting troops in combat zones.

The bikes were controlled by handlebars which controlled direction and the footpedals controlled speed and height.

The 74-Z was also equipped with a comlink, a jammer device and a rotating blaster cannon.

 

Speeder bikes in real life.

Somebody has managed to build a speeder bike using quad copter tech:


A real life prototype has also been made:

Star Wars Battlefront ‘Open Beta’ Coming For 5 Days

In just over a week’s time, Star Wars Battlefront opens its doors on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

A Star Wars Battlefront open beta will be available on the October 8th through to the 12th for just five days.

Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta
Star Wars Battlefront Open Beta

The three missions available to play in the open beta will include the At-At strike at Hoth and also a survival mission set on Tatooine.

But you won’t be able to play single player, as it has already been announced that Star Wars Battlefront will be multi-player only.

 

In a hark back to the good old days, Star Wars Battlefront does however feature split-screen multiplayer so you can finally make use of that huge TV screen and play with your buddies all in the same room!

There is also talk of an included card game called Star Wars Battlefront Companion which allows you to unlock extra weapons.

 

Star Wars Battlefront Released November 17th
Star Wars Battlefront Released November 17th

The game itself is released on November 17th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

The 2 Most Hilarious Star Wars Videos

Hilarious funny Star Wars videos that will make you laugh!
  1. Darth Vader falls in love

    Lol, some of the scenes are actually quite funny!
  2. Star Wars Cops (Bad Boys)

    I remember this from years ago, probably the funniest star wars video ever!

21 Most Famous Star Wars Quotes

Obi Wan High Ground

With over six Star Wars movies, there many memorable, most famous Star Wars quotes.

In this article I look over the very best Star Wars quotes including the most famous Mos Eisley quote (!) , Darth Vader quotes and some funny Star Wars quotes.  U have also included some Obi Wan Kenobi quotes, some of my favorites and I try to skip the most obvious Star Wars lines, so enjoy …

  1. Asteroids do not concern me Admiral, I want that ship, not excuses.

    Darth Vader
    For some reason I love this quote, it is kind of random but also threatening in a classic Vader tone.
  2. The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.

    Qui-Gon Jinn
    This is funny, not so funny was the major role Jar Jar Binks played in The Phantom Menace!
  3. Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

    Princess Leia Organa
    Sassy, sexy and demeaning. Brilliant!
  4. That’s no moon, it’s a space station.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    One of the very best Obi Wan quotes, made better by the fact Han Solo quickly dismisses it and then quickly finds out he is wrong.
  5. Evacuate in our moment of triumph? I think you over-estimate their chances.

    Grand Moff Tarkin
    Fateful and brilliantly delivered just before the first Death Star’s destruction.
  6. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Another classic Obi Wan Kenobi quote, with a touch of the Force.
  7. And I thought they smelled bad on the outside!

    Han Solo
    Clever one liner during the only time we will see Han Solo operate a lightsaber.
  8. Never tell me the odds!

    Han Solo
    From one of my favourite scenes during a frenzied tangle with an asteroid field.
  9. What a piece of junk!

    Luke Skywalker
    A bravely declaration, prompted by a young hotshot’s first look at the Millennium Falcon.
  10. Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Obi Wan sets the scene for what is to come. A classic Mos Eisley quote.
  11. Apology accepted Captain Needa.

    Darth Vader
    Typical Vader cool after a quick murder.
  12. It’s against my programming to impersonate a deity!

    C-3PO
    One of 3PO’s funnier lines providing a light hearted look at an impending cannibalistic feast.
  13. Why do I get the feeling you are going to be the death of me?

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    Clever and ironic Obi Wan quote that foretells what will happen in a few decades.
  14. Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops boy!

    Han Solo
    Solo putting Luke down a peg or two.
  15. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

    Darth Vader
    Vader proves there is always a bigger fish (see what I did there?).
  16. The Force is strong with this one.

    Darth Vader
    The only reference that implies Vader might know there is another Jedi in the A New Hope.
  17. I suggest a new strategy Artoo, let the Wookie win!

    C-3PO
    A rare quiet moment in a New Hope during a game of Holochess onboard the Millennium Falcon.
  18. When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.

    Yoda
    Poor old Yoda winding down to transcend to the Force.
  19. It’s a trap!

    Admiral Ackbar
    Became a famous Internet Meme decades after the movie was released.
  20. You don’t want to sell me death sticks … You want to go home and rethink your life.

    Obi Wan Kenobi
    One of my favorite funny scenes from the prequel trilogy.
  21. I find your lack of faith disturbing

    Darth Vader

    Possibly one of the best lines as Vader makes his point.
  22. When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master.

    Darth Vader
    Another Vader classic dripping with destiny.

When I Saw Star Wars The Return Of The Jedi At The Movies

Star Wars The Return Of The Jedi

Although I was Star Wars mad as a kid in the eighties and then again as a young adult in the nineties, I was actually too young to experience Starwars A New Hope, or Empire Strikes Back at the cinema.

As fate would have it in 1983, I would be old enough to go and see Star Wars The Return Of the Jedi at the movies and so I have vivid memories of the experience.

Luke ROTJ

Seven years old, I went with my dad to an old fashioned type cinema, back in those days two or three screens was the norm.

Queuing around the block outside in the dark was also normal for big movie releases.

At this point I had already seen the first movie on TV several times, but I hadn’t seen The Empire Strikes Back, because (a) we didn’t have a video player and (b) ESB wasn’t available on video in 1983 and wouldn’t be for another few years.

Luke carrying Vader

My favourite scenes are near the end during the Battle Of Endor, those space fights around the Star Destroyers and the Death Star just looked epic and in my opinion no other movie matched it for many years.

One of my favourite things about Star Wars is how timeless it is. I think the movies still looked great in the Nineties, they didn’t look aged at all, but in the late seventies, early eighties they looked fantastic and nothing else touched them.

Back at school, Star Wars would stay fashionable and we would act out scenes in the playground for at least another six months or so but then the vogue started to fade and was pretty much forgotten about most people by the mid-eighties.

I never quite forgot it though during the sleepy years and then in 1991 a certain book became a best seller and effectively relaunched the Star Wars universe again.

But that is for another blog post…

360 degrees Star Wars Video

Wow, incredible 360 Degrees video from Star Wars The Force Awakens is released on Facebook!

Star Wars 360 video
Star Wars 360 video

 

In a very clever marketing promotion, Disney have launched a ground breaking 360 degrees immersive video showcasing a scene from the forthcoming Star Wars The Force Awakens movie.

It seems, you can only play the video from facebook, as the video uses brand new technology that allows you to look around at will while the video is being played.

 

Click here to Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

Did You Know Star Wars DL-44 Blasters are Gas Powered?

Those colored laser bolts that Star Wars DL-44 blasters fire have to come from somewhere you know

In fact, blasters don’t even fire lasers.

All Star Wars blasters whether pistols, rifles or heavy cannons, use the same basic principle.


So uncivilized” Obi Wan Kenobi

 

Star Wars Blaster
Star Wars DL-44 Blaster

 

To operate, Star Wars blasters need to be loaded with a cartridge of high energy gas (typically from the gas mines of Tibanna) in addition to being charged with a power pack.

The main core tech inside the blaster called an XCiter converts the released gas as it is excited by energy from the power pack.

Once supercharged, the extremely high energy gas passes through a crystal or lens generating a deadly particle beam fired from the blasters nozzle as a bolt of energy also known as a blaster bolt.

The colour of the blaster bolt is determined by the lens crystal and type of gas used.

Most blaster pistols (the most common blaster type) weighed about 500 grams and required a new power pack every 100 shots, and a new gas cartridge every 500 shots.

 

Hokey religions and Ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side Kid” Han Solo

 

Solo's DL-44 blaster
Solo’s DL-44 blaster

 

Han Solo carried a heavy type pistol called a DL-44 which could blast large chunks out of stone walls and was powerful enough to penetrate stormtrooper armour.

Because of this, the Empire placed a restriction order on the DL-44 and effectively outlawed the weapon.

To facilitate his quick-draw, Solo removed the barrel-sight from his DL-44 which was considered by the Empire as an illegal modification.

 

The Wonderful Atari Star Wars Arcade Game

I have great memories of the Atari Star Wars arcade game which was released back in 1983.

The video arcade was at the height of its popularity and bearing in mind the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, it is quite astonishing really that among all the space invader type games of the era, the Atari Star Wars game was the first ever Star Wars arcade game.

I remember the first time I came across a cabinet in a seaside arcade, which was the sit down version.  I was probably 7 or 8 years old.

I climbed inside the cabinet and was immediately dazzled by the seemingly life like 3D graphics.

 

Trust me, in the early-mid Eighties wireframe graphics was 3D!  

 

The digitized audio sound effects and actual speech samples also made the game seem real.

The fast moving graphics were ground breaking at the time so the game required customized beefed up hardware with separate processors to handle the video and audio.

The controller, which didn’t look out of place in an X-wing cockpit, was also inspired ; based on a military version of Battlezone another older game that used wireframe 3D but at a much slower pace.

Atari Star Wars
Atari Star Wars

The Star Wars arcade game featured three main sections, a dogfight in space shooting at Tie Fighters, a run across the surface of the Death Star avoiding enemy towers and firing turrets and finally a Death Star Trench run where the pilot has to avoid turret fire and trench structures. At the end of the tench run the player is asked to fire into the Exhaust port and if judged correctly successfully destroying the Death Star.

 

More Star Wars arcade game facts

Before the game actually starts, the player is allowed to choose which level of difficulty to begin at, with compensating bonus scores for each higher level of play. Then the battle begins, and the incredibly smooth first person perspective and 3-D effects take over.

Stand up Star Wars arcade game
Stand up Star Wars arcade game

The steering mechanism and four built-in triggers enable pinpoint shooting and flying accuracy as well as rapid-fire. The four laser-cannons that are located on the sides and bottom of the video monitor hit the cross-hair in the center of the screen, which is controlled by the steering mechanism that also controls the direction of your ship. The mechanism is a good copy of the x-wing firing triggers in the movie.

During the game, you are assaulted by fireballs and lasers, which you must destroy or avoid. Each hit on your ship destroys one of your shields. Any collision will also lose you a shield and the game ends when you run out of shields and you get hit. You do, however, receive an additional shield every time you destroy the Death Star.

The game featured a dramatic state-of-the-art for the time, color vector graphics system that produces surprisingly realistic effects. The sound track includes familiar voices of Luke Skywalker “Red Five standing by.”, “I cannot shake him!”, “This is Red Five. I’m going in!”, etc., Obi-Wan Kenobi “Use The Force, Luke!”, “Remember, The Force will be with you. Always.”, etc., Han Solo “Yahoo! You are all clear, kid!”, Darth Vader “I have you now!”, “The Force is strong with this one!”, etc., Wedge, and even R2D2 various beeps and electronic sounds, documented in the manual as “Yes”, “No”, “I agree”, “Sequence completed”, “Ouch!”, and “That really hurt.”. There are also seven different musical tunes from the movie that are played throughout the game including the Star Wars Theme, Ben’s Theme and the Mos Eisley Cantina Band’s number.

Your Favorite Star Wars Expanded Universe Books

Dark Empire

I have a Star Wars confession to make.

It is well known to most Star Wars fans that in the early Nineties when Star Wars fever was seemingly at its lowest, a book came out called Heir To The Empire by Timothy Zahn.

Heir to the empire

This one book became a best seller and seemed to show to the world including George Lucas that there was still an appetite for Star Wars and prompted many more books to be published many of which were set several years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This new found fever would gradually culminate into the Special Edition movies and the announcement of a new prequel trilogy.

Sorry, I’ll get back to my confession… during the mid-Nineties I devoured these new Star Wars Expanded Universe books. They were pretty much all I read for about three or four years.

Dark Empire

I’m not surprised at all that Disney announced that the EU stories would no longer count as part of the Starwars canon.

It just would have been too complicated to produce three more movies that kept consistent with the complex tapestry that is the Expanded Universe.

Looking back twenty-odd years later (it feels strange just saying that) some of the books were awful and are probably better forgotten.

However, some of the books in my opinion were as cool as the original movies that inspired them.

Jedi Academy Trilogy

Here are some of my favorite Expanded Universe Star Wars books :

Dark Empire by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy

Actually a graphic novel with a story squeezed in between Zahn’s Heir Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy depicting the return of the Emperor. Luke decides to join the Emperor in an attempt to master and defeat the Dark Side.

Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J Anderson

Exciting and dark adventures about the foundation of Luke’s academy.  Anderson attempts to one-up the Death Star’s menace and almost succeeds with a sleek fighter weapon that can destroy entire star systems.

Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina

I actually loved all three of the Tales… books, each author was given a chapter to write a short story on a character that might have only been given a few seconds of screen time. The stories are surprisingly good and always consistent with the events that happened in the movies.

X-wing Book Series by Michael A Stackpole

Inspired not only by the movies but also the Xwing computer games, these brilliant books centered on Wedge Antilles Rogue One squadron of pilots adventures. Surprisingly adult, with occasional mature themes but plenty of space dog fighting action, something I think the prequel movies forgot about! 😉

The Han Solo Trilogy by A C Crispin

Not to be confused with The Han Solo Adventures another trilogy written long before in the late Seventies, these more modern books detail Solo’s earliest years, his first love and how he became a love-able scoundrel.

What is your favorite John Williams Music?

John Williams music is known as some of the most memorable film soundtracks.

Williams has been conducting and producing music for Hollywood hits such as Star Wars, Jaws and Harry Potter over a career of six decades.

Williams defining music has won so many awards and has been nominated for Academy Awards no less than 49 times, making Williams the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.

 

Here are some of John Williams highlight movie soundtracks:

  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
  • Jaws
  • Star Wars (all six movies)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Indiana Jones (all four movies)
  • Superman
  • Home Alone
  • Jurassic Park
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Harry Potter
  • War Horse

 

Star Wars Music

For me, John Williams music was an essential ingredient to the magic formula that made the original Star Wars movies.

Let me share with you one of my favorite scenes from Star Wars that showcases one of John Williams most exciting pieces:

 

Very often, the music in a movie or a video game can be overlooked, but some psychologists have said that music can contribute up to 50% of the viewers overall experience, as the music can set or enhance the tone of the scene.

John Williams was recommended to George Lucas by Steven Spielberg who has had a close working relationship with Williams. Almost all of Spielberg’s feature films have been composed by Williams.
Williams is also composing the music for Star Wars The Force Awakens and has said that he will be including themes from the original movies.