Star Wars: Adversaries by Orlando Arocena

Wonderfully creative Star Wars digital vector illustrations by  Orlando Arocena.

“I’m a very BIG FAN of STAR WARS – ever since 1977 when I saw the first movie about 5 times in one day. Since then the Star Wars galaxy has been a major influence to me and my creativity.”

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Star Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Darth Vader and Boba FettStar Wars: The Force Awakens Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Finn vs Kylo RenStar Wars: The Force Awakens Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Chewbacca, Han Solo and Captain PhasmaStar Wars: The Force Awakens Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Kylo Ren and Luke SkywalkerStar Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Darth Vader, Padmé Amidala, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker

Star Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Stormtrooper vs Princess Leia

Star Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Emperor vs YodaStar Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - General GrievousStar Wars: Adversaries By Orlando Arocena - Darth Maul vs Obi Wan Kenobi

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Star Wars pancakes by La Ricetta

The Italian restaurant La Ricetta, based in La Kanagawa Prefecture, Zama Richetta, Japan features an ever growing selection of pop culture pancakes on the menu. Step by step photographs show the skill involved in bringing these edible characters to the table.  Here we have Star Wars R2-D2 & Darth Vader and Rey & Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens plus you can also request your own personal anime favourites. May the nom-nom be with you.

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Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
Star Wars R2-D2 Pancake
La Ricetta, Japan
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars Darth Vader Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake
Star Wars The Force Awakens Captain Phasma Pancake

Geeky recycled burners, firepits and BBQs by Caddyshack Creations

Hand crafted Star Wars, Star Trek, Minions, Alien and Judge Dredd  wood burners, firepits and BBQs by Barry Wood of Caddyshack Creations. Eco-friendly reconditioned piece’s of working art, bringing old gas bottles back to life as something totally new and unique. More via CaddyshackCreations  and Star Wars Handcrafted Firepit Wood Burners.

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Star Wars X-Wing by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars AT-ST Scout Walker by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars AT-ST Scout Walker by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Mandalorian Helmet by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Darth Vaders Tie-Fighter by Caddyshack Creations
Star Wars Darth Vaders Tie-Fighter and Star Trek USS Enterprise by Caddyshack Creations
Star Trek USS Enterprise by Caddyshack Creations
Judge Dredd by Caddyshack Creations
Minions by Caddyshack Creations
Minions by Caddyshack Creations
Rambo Minions by Caddyshack CreationsGeeky recycled burners, firepits and BBQs by Caddyshack Creations

Star Wars woodburned keepsake boxes by Kathleen Kaderabek

Wooden keepsake / jewellery / secret stash boxes by Kathleen Kaderabek of OtherNamesWereTaken. Each piece is made by hand, signed and numbered on the bottom and finished with lining, clasps and quotes. Featured here are classic trilogy favourites Darth Vader (for  your cookies), Yoda and Boba Fett along with BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Do you like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings? You do? Great, go take a look at my next blog post featuring more of these fantastic boxes.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

“Because each piece is done by my own hands, each has slight variations which adds character and uniqueness”

You can find these designs, and many more, on Kathleen’s OtherNamesWereTaken Etsy store and via her Faceook Page.

Star Wars Yoda woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek
Star Wars Boba Fett woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek
Star Wars Boba Fett woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

Star Wars Darth Vader woodburned keepsake box by Kathleen Kaderabek

Geeky wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design

I often use over the top words to highlight how immense some of the things I stumble upon really are. Amazing, Excellent, Superb and Outstanding are amongst my favourites. Guess what? They all apply here. These hand built pop culture wood burners and fire pits by Alex Dodson of Burned by Design are hot, hot, hot! From Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to Iron Man, Alien and Predator these burners are literally turning up the heat when it comes to functional works of art.

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UPDATE 04 Jan 2016: New design Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Captain Phasma

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Captain Phasma
These amazing wood burners and fire pits ship worldwide and are available as commissions via the Burned by Design Facebook pageYou will also find a huge library of build photos, video footage and article links.

Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Stormtrooper & Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Boba Fett
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Star Wars Darth Vader
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Lord of the Rings The Witch-king
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Batman
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Iron Man
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Ultron
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Predator
Wood burners & fire pits by Burned by Design - Alien vs Predator

Super Geeky Sand Sculptures 2015

With the summer almost over (it never really started in the UK) here are some amazing geeky sand sculptures from Australia and Findland.  I’ve rummaged through loads of images online and found the best pop culture sand sculptures via Instagram, DeviantArt and blog posts.

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Doctor Octopus, Catwoman and Predator Sand Sculpture
Hellboy, The Thing and Wolverine Sand Sculpture
Finland’s largest sand castle expo is held in Lappeenranta throughout the summer months, this years theme being ‘Heroes’ but a few villains have crept in to balance things out. Images from Lappeenranta come by way of Bemari on DeviantArt and Mikko Kelavaara on Twitter. Australia hosts a huge summer sand sculpture event on Frankston Waterfront, Melbourne, January through April. Images from Frankston Waterfront come via a blog post by Dr Sze Wey Lee. Go show everyone some internet love (including me *waves*).

The Legend of Zelda - Link Sand Sculpture
Rocky IV - Ivan Drago Sand Sculpture
Megaman Sand Sculpture
Superman Sand Sculpture
Super Mario Sand Sculpture
NASA Sand Sculpture
Albert Einstein Sand Sculpture.
Star Wars - Darth Vader Sand Sculpture
The Joker Sand Sculpture
Disney Villains Sand Sculpture
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Yoda Sand Sculpture
Star Wars Jabba's Palace Sand Sculpture
Star Wars The Galactic Empire Sand Sculpture

Lifelike sculpts and movie props by Godaiking Studios

These lifelike sculptures by artist and painter Godaiking are something else, the attention to detail is mind blowing. From Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator to Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson the skin, hair, blemishes and wrinkles make these very familiar faces look almost real. Even the Star Wars replicas are of such a high standard it’s difficult telling them apart from the real thing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator by Godaiking Studios

You can find more photos of the sculpting and painting process on the artists DeviantArt and Facebook page. You can also ask about commission work while your browsing.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator (2) by Godaiking Studios
Robocop by Godaiking Studios
Bruce Lee by Godaiking Studios
Michael Jackson by Godaiking Studios
Star Wars Stormtrooper, Darth Vader & Boba Fett by Godaiking Studios
Star Wars Yoda by Godaiking Studios

Beautiful Star Wars pencil illustrations by Russell Walks

A series of classic Star Wars character portraits by the artist Russell Walks. We see so much Star Wars artwork these days that we often take for granted the time, effort and skill that goes into producing beautiful works of art. Be they digital works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media or napkin sketches sometimes it’s nice to stop and smell the roses.

These wonderful pencil drawings grabbed my attention straight away, almost a lost art in a digital world. Simple yet effective.

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Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Princess Leia
Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Luke Skywalker
Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Han Solo
Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Chewbacca
Star Wars illustrations by Russell Walks - Darth Vader

You can browse more of Russell Walks artwork and designs via his website.

Star Wars themed floats at the Aomori Nebuta Festival, Japan

The Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of Japan’s most colourful festivals as paper floats are paraded through the city of Aomori by enthusiastic locals. The floats are mostly inspired by Japanese folklore and regional myths but recently modern ‘pop culture’ style floats have joined the mix. This year the festivals organisers were approached by the mighty Disney Corporation / Lucasfilm Ltd. and a series of Star Wars inspired floats, built to promote the release of The Force Awakens, were designed and created.

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Aomori Nebuta Festival - Star Wars Floats C-3PO & R2-D2

Aomori Nebuta Festival - Star Wars Floats Design
A preliminary sketch for a ‘Star Wars’ float for the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Festival depicts C-3PO and R2-D2. © LUCASFILM LTD. & TM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / KYODO

Despite not being included in the parade that takes place through the towns centre, the floats have attracted much attention from Star Wars fans on social media and the 30,000+ festival visitors alike. In typical Disney style the floats were unveiled during the opening ceremony on the eve of the festival with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 making guest appearances and meeting the towns Major on the red carpet.

Star Wars Nebuta are on display at the Aomori Nebuta Festival August 2 -7,  Nebuta House Wa Rasse in Aomori City, Japan.

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats The Force Awakens

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats Darth Maul & Darth Vader

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats C-3PO & R2-D2

Aomori Nebuta Festival Japan - Star Wars Floats Yoda

Via CinemaToday.jp, The Japan Times & Japan Talk.

Preston Comic-Con 2015

Welcome to the Killer Kitsch Preston Comic-Con 2015 blog from Saturday 1st August 2015. I rolled up at lunchtime and still found a sizeable queue for the second Comic-Con held at the Guild Hall in Preston. Stalls-a-plenty, guests & talks, a prop display area, cosplay, artists alley, writers, crafter’s and cakes. Spent a few hours wandering, chatting, taking photos/video and generally making a nuisance of myself.

Full image gallery including more cosplay, stalls and merchandise via my Flickr album and YouTube video.

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Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Suicide Squad

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Cosplay Gang
Nikkie Saxon-Bate as Harley Quinn.

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Clark Kent / Superman

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Poison Ivy & Spider-Man

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Spider-Man

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Wolverine and Daenerys Targaryen

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - George R.R. Martin

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Mortal Kombat vs Daredevil

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Kingdom Hearts

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - The Undertaker

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Dragon Age

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Professor McGonagall and Hermione Granger
Mandy Dunbar as Professor McGonagall

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Judge Dredd Hondo City Judge

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Briareos from Appleseed
KP Lim as Briareos from Appleseed.

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Jedi

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Rebel Pilot

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Sith

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Darth Vader & Stormtrooper

Preston Comic-Con 2015