the phantom menace

star wars chicken coop

Mark Anderson is a poultry farmer who took an old vinyl billboard for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and turned it into an epic chicken coop for baby chicks.

So, y’know, he’s raising geek peeps.

Heh. I slay myself!

Check out more of this Star Wars-themed chicken coop after the break.

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This 250,000 brick Lego display is part of Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester, UK featuring scenes from Star Wars, Episode I. There are the hills and waterfalls of Naboo along with a starfighter, the stadiums of the Tatooine podrace and the Droid army massing for attack. There are also over 2,000 minifigs worked into the display along with some of the movie’s lead characters. If you’re in the UK, then you can check out this masterpiece through June 1st.

See more pictures after the break…

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In order to truly master the lightsaber, it is essential that you view the video after the break and absorb its wisdom. If you’re cross-eyed, you already have the ultimate advantage.

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When The Phantom Menace was released in theaters the first time around, the amount of available merchandise was insane. Retailers overestimated what fans would buy, and the market is left with a glut of Jar Jar tongue themed toys and loads of Pepsi tie-in products. As it turns out, plenty of concepts for toys and merchandise were rejected. Before the release, Jason Geyer and his co-workers were asked to design some concepts for Episode I. The fun part? They’d never seen the movie. Until they won the job, they had to use original trilogy characters and then the plan was to modify it to fit the new story.

It resulted in hundreds of concepts. Some of them are generic products just for Star Wars and several are designed with the Pepsi contract in mind. They’ve got everything covered; you’ll find a range of concepts including a Darth Vader Lava Lamp (want!), a R2-D2 travel thermos, and everything in between. I wouldn’t mind owning most of these sad, forsaken designs.

Check out a gallery some of our favorites after the break.

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Underneath that mound of sh*t, is there a really good movie inside Star Wars: Episode 1? Yes—and this guy managed to find it. In the following 12-minute video, he presents some some of the more popular criticisms of the movie and offers up many compelling solutions. Seriously, if the events of Episode I were altered in this way, it might have made the entire prequel trilogy a home run.

Check it out after the break (slightly NSFW language)

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“Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” has returned to theaters in 3-D. Regardless of how you feel about that, there’s going to be plenty of new Star Wars toys and gadgets crammed down your throat for the next several years. Of course, we will continue to buy them just as we have continued to buy the films again and again in new formats even as we complained about corporate greed and Lucas destroying our childhoods with his incessant tinkering. Well, not this time. I’m going to take a stan … hey, that Darth Maul lightsaber wall light looks awesome!

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On that note, Jar Jar also got his own fan film entitled “Bye Bye Jar Jar” that you can watch after the break. It’s been a long time coming.

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Unless you’ve been living in the desert of Tatooine you know that Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is being re-released in 3D next Friday. Lucasfilm is really marketing it to the kids, too. Just think, there’s an entire generation of kids who have only known Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and have never seen Star Wars on the big screen. Maybe they’ve never even seen the prequels. They’re a prime demographic to focus marketing towards. However, if they’re trying to attract the same kids watching The Clone Wars, they’ve missed a beat.

The Clone Wars stars incredibly talented voice actors and often features pretty heavy and dark material. A war is spreading across the galaxy. Kids that watch the series are used to seeing an edge. The trailer for The Phantom Menace is voiced with a peppy, after school special tone that just rings as laughable. He actually says, “Chill out, Artoo.” Huh? It might be one of the most ridiculous bits of voiceover work ever. And keep in mind that I actually like the movie, so I’m not transferring feelings of hate.

I understand going after the younger crowd but give them some respect. View the trailer in all its silly glory after the break.

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The new poster for the upcoming 3D release of Star Wars: Episode 1—The Phantom Menace has arrived. Not surprisingly, there are several notable character omissions in this version (compared to the original pictured after the break) as Lucas and company choose to focus on the stronger aspects of the film.

Speaking of Darth Maul, keep in mind that his character will be miraculously resurrected from the dead for the Cartoon Network Clone Wars series.

It’s also interesting to point out that the poster mentions that the film will get a simultaneous 2D re-release in select theaters when it arrives on February 10th 2012.

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If you are a fan of the galaxy far, far away, you know that Star Wars is coming back to the theaters in 2012. The films of the saga will be released sequentially according to episode number. That means it will start with Episode I, The Phantom Menace on February 10, 2012; subsequent films will be released in 3D at the rate of one a year. The catch is that Lucasfilm won’t spend a ton of money on the conversion process if fans don’t make a good showing. If we don’t get to theaters to see The Phantom Menace, we may not get to see the 3D version of A New Hope. This comes from producer Rick McCallum.

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