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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I know Twitter mystifies anyone not addicted to it, but in my defense, it's quite useful for finding geeky goods like this:


Via @ArkhamAsylumDoc & Furious Fan Boys

Would that be a detailed blueprint of the Millenium Falcon?

Why, yes, yes it would.

Click it for the full-size glory. Then see how long it takes you to find the bathroom. ;)


Or, if you'd like to send your Honda into hyperspace, there's a decal for that:

BuzzFeed claims this site is the original source, but I can't find the post anywhere. Anyone know who made it so I can credit them?

This would also be an excellent idea for a sunshade, if the photo was facing the other direction. Hey, Lucas? You listening?

[UPDATE: It exists!! Thx, Caroline!]

And finally, for my fellow papercraft lovers, a sweet find via Craft:
A Millenium Falcon pop-up card. Awww yeeeeah.

And get this: The artist, Robert Sabuda, has free instructions and downloads to make the card yourself! He also has dozens of other designs on his site, and I can't wait to make some. Now, should I start with the R2D2, the slice of birthday cake, or the cutie-patootie snowman? Hm, decisions, decisions...

Posted by Jen at 12:51 PM Labels: ,

57 comments:

  1. It would be the head, no? So what does "triple bunk" mean?

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  2. I have a sunshade that shows Elvis sitting in the driver seat with Las Vegas in the background and a guitar in the passenger seat. It's pretty rad. This post reminded me of it.

    < /coolstorybro>

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  3. Found the bathroom. It's between the triple bunks.

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  4. A sunshade of Chewie & Han at the helm is out there somewhere...my neighbors have one.

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  5. ANDREA'S INSANE AMOUNT OF GEEKNESS COMING THROUGH...

    Incredible blueprints, BUT Han was not involved in the design of it. He won the Falcon from Lando in a bet. I think it was Lando who designed it, but that is not confirmed. And is it me, or does HS's writing look slightly girly?

    NOW THAT THAT'S OVER...

    I am going to make some of those popups for birthday cards! What a cheap and easy way to make a special card! They are WONDERFUL! Thanks for the tip!

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  6. Ok, Jen. Help! I can't find the bathroom! And it's going to drive me nuts until I do!

    And I LOVE that decal! Almost makes me wish I had a car it could fit on. Sigh.

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  7. 20 mins, still looking...

    wv: skers. The kind of curse I groan between my teeth when I can't find the bathroom on Millennium Falcon.

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  8. @katphoti - I *think* the thinking here is that Han approved the modifications - since the MF is heavily modified - not the original design.

    I'm with you on the handwriting, though. ;)

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  9. @ Laura - Look for the "head." That's nautical for bathroom. :D

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  10. I think the proper Star Wars terms is "refresher" - at least in most of the books.

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  11. if it's pop-up birthday cake, you can make your own pop-up wreckplicas.

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  12. Jen, you're in luck: StarWars.com already sells a Millenium Falcon car sunshade. Go here. Enjoy!

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  13. I saw these star wars cookie cutters at Williams Sonoma the other day. A beautiful mawwiage of geekery and craftiness. They also have pancake molds and sandwich cutters that come with a rad lunchbox. Algebraic!

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  14. Oooooo!! I will be printing out the blue print to use with my new living room decor. =)

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  15. @katphoti

    While Han didn't design the Falcon, he did make modifications to her, and I think that's what's depicted here.

    Can anyone tell me if this is available in a print?

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  16. Robert Sabuda does AWESOME pop-up books, if you haven't already seen them. They're usually in the kids' section, but they're really not for kids. Alice in Wonderland, mythological creatures (not sure of the title), several others, including some very sweet smaller Christmas ones (perfect for stockings.)

    My favorite is The Wizard of Oz, complete with "floating" and spinning hot air balloon!

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  17. A guy I work with got a package from Amazon yesterday. He stood at my desk to open it to show me this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-U-S-S-Enterprise-Haynes/dp/1451621299

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  18. I swear I "Awww yeeeeah'd" on the Millennium Falcon pop-up card moments before I saw your caption!

    and now there's a commercial on for an R/C Millennium Falcon... the synchronicity of the universe at this moment is terrifying! http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2010/02/15/hasbros-new-rc-flying-millennium-falcon/

    However, someone should let someone know that "parsec" is a measure of distance, not time... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsec

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  19. I love Star Wars! I could totally see my driving around in hyperspace

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  20. *Falls over from the amount of Star Wars awesomeness*

    Now I'm going to go peruse that Star Wars shop.

    And please, if you ever find the source of that decal, I want one for my van.

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  21. My 5-year-old requested the Millennium Falcon for his birthday cake. I was delighted, overjoyed and relieved to find blue prints online! Google is an amazing thing.

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  22. I'm home with sick kids (10 & 8)today and they just finished watching Chapter 2 when I showed them the MF blueprint. My eldest's comment? "What the Republic wouldn't give to see this!"
    Doing my part to pass on The Force to the next generation. You're welcome. :-)

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  23. LOL! I had to share this. The new word verification came up and I asked my youngest son to come up with a definition for it.

    rogingut: "Sounds like a king got road kill!"

    Boys.

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  24. HA! Found the head almost immediately.

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  25. You could totally modify Robert's robot card into your Epbot!

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  26. I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that, katphoti!!
    I saw the little HS in the corner and thought, "But Han didn't name her! He won her in a bet from Lando!"

    We geeks have to stick together. :)

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  27. So, after my comment about Han winning the Millenium Falcon from Lando and THEN seeing everyone else's comments about it being Han's approval for future modifications...I can see that.
    But I also have the feeling that Han would be the person to modify the ship himself and not pawn it off on someone else to make upgrades. How many times did we see Chewie and Han making repairs anytime they stopped someplace? Hoth? Tatooine?

    I'm blame my husband for my knowledge and thought process of this all.

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  28. In case anyone's interested, this graphic is from the Star Wars RPG put out by West End Games many years ago. I found it in my "Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook" for the game.

    Prints are unlikely, since the game company has been out of business for some time. I have no idea if anyone has current rights to the graphic.

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  29. Oh Jen....
    Millennium Falcom pumpkin...
    http://fantasypumpkins.com/2010-pumpkins/millennium-falcon2_8.jpg
    That's by Noel, who also did a Borg cube this year instead of his normal Death Star that he does every year. Oh and he did an R2D2 too.

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  30. @Jen, hmm, good point about the improvements. But I could probably get even geekier and say that I think only Han and Chewie did the modifications themselves with scrap parts and stuff they'd smuggled...I could swear he said that in the first film when Luke and Ben go to get on the ship.

    But who cares? It's freaking awesome no matter what! I agree with Michelle--it would make a great framed print!

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  31. @Kelly - I had written my comment to Jen before I read your post. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks the exact same thing--that Han did the mods himself!

    And I found a video that shows he said it in the movie: What A Piece of Junk! Sorry for the quality--it's just what I found.

    Okay, this is getting dumb. I really am a geek if I'm searching for this stuff! :)

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  32. Jen, I love the geekiness of the title, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to out geek you for a second. Parsecs actually refer to distance, not time. Specifically, they refer to the lateral distance between two objects in the sky, such as stars or galaxies.

    Loved the post, though! x]

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  33. I LoveLoveLove Robert Sabuda's pop-ups! Also, you have to see his sometime-collaborator Matthew Reinhart's Star Wars Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy. It's is pretty freaking awesome!

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  34. Seeing as how I am in the Navy it was easy to find the bathroom. And @ Ellie, a triple bunk is basically a bunk bed with three bunks instead of two, thats what the Navy has and they are TIIIINEEE!

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  35. The Kessel Run is an 18-parsec obstacle course of asteroids, black holes, etc. A really awesome pilot could plot a course that tracked *really* close to the dangerous areas and shave off quite a bit of distance. More cautious pilots flew the paths that avoided the danger spots, even though they had to take the longer way to do it.

    Han and Chewie, of course, were having none of that. ^_^

    Yay, nerd-dom!

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  36. I am adding the sunshade to my list of "things I don't need, but think I do."

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  37. Jen,
    Saw large EK Success punch at Joanns today that is square robot and gears and thought of you. Was the Kissimmee one in case yours doesn't have it.
    Jeanine

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  38. This single post earned me many "geek points" with my hubby...

    ...before this post he was all excited to show me a little Boba Fett Mandalorian car decal on Ebay. HA! I am triumphant!

    For this I thank you. I rule all once again. Muahahaha!

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  39. ahh... AEisME I was going to say about the Pop Up Guide to the Galaxy.

    I saw it in a bookshop on sale once, didn't have the money to get it there and then so went back the next day but it was gone! *sniff*

    I had a good flick through it tho, it was brilliant. It even had lightsabers that lit up and everything

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  40. I should know better by now... :( It's early in the morning. I have my cup of coffee. Some time before I have to start getting ready for the day... Ok, sure, let's go see what Jen posted recently on Epbot... BAD IDEA. ;) Now I'm running late. (Love the blue print, love the pop-ups, love the pumpkin carvings, love the star wars store-- did I miss anything?)

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  41. My 5 year old is a HUGE Star Wars fan. We actually popped it into the dvd player our first day home from the hospital, so he's been watching since day 1. And it's not because I was bitter he came 10 days early, which happened to be the day before the midnight release of Star Wars 3.

    ANYWAY.
    LIke another commenter posted, we are getting him the cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma for Christmas, and yesterday, after the kids begged to go to Borders, I saw this http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0545210380.

    Can I also just add, that I love that my 5 and 9 year olds favorite store is a book store?

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  42. I LOVE Robert Sabuda! I made the birthday cake card and it really was not that hard. I think the hardest part is not gluing the card together. We have a dinosaur book that he did that is truly astounding. There are little pop-ups within the larger pop-up - something you need to see to believe. If you do any of the cards post pictures!
    And BTW I love this blog too! Thank you for adding to my procrastination tool box!

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  43. I know the car is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is driven by a dude with glasses. I've seen him driving by my office. I wanted so badly to grab a photo and was sad to see it popping up on the internet. I knew I missed a great opportunity for internet stardom! =)

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  44. @ElectricKiki--if you really want to score more points with your husband (or one up him), show him this website:

    Sticker Giant

    Great place for more Star Wars car decals. I emailed this link to myself over a year ago with the intentions of buying some and just re-discovered it when I was cleaning out my inbox. Hello Christmas presents!

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  45. @ AbbyScho- does the driver look like George Lucas? There's a guy that is a doppelganger for Lucas and goes to a lot of cons, and I know he lives in Indianapolis. That would be a riot.

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  46. Robert Sabuda does the BEST, BEST pop up stuff I've ever seen! His "Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland" books are a.maz.ing. I bought a copy of the Narnia one and it is also fabulous! I won't let my son touch it! =P BTW, a couple posts ago when you asked for our best time wasters (or some such thing), I almost said "Pogo on YouTube" until I realized that the reason I got sucked into that was because YOU posted it FIRST! Duh! Anywho, "Upular" is my most, most favorite. Oh, and thanks for being awesome!

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  47. Do you know about "Millennium Falcon- A 3-D Owner’s Guide"? I spotted it at BJ's yesterday. It has very cool color pages that basically do a cross section of the entire ship. There's even a video all about it's awesomeness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySBk9l7Kumg

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  48. Thanks, Jen! Found it. Once again, between cakewrecks and epbot, you have improved my vocabulary!!

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  49. That's George Starkey's car?

    Awesome. Must ask him about it at StarBase Indy.

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  50. I can't believe I said "Chapter" 2. [hangs head in shame]

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  51. Thank you so much for this post. I love Robert Sabuda's books and lost the link to his website when my last computer crashed. I feel there will be many Star Wars pop-up cards in my future. Off to look at the blueprint some more and catch up on the other new posts.

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  52. why does that look EXACTLY like the west side of the donatos in my town.... even includes the ugly boring blue license plates the bmv put out like two years ago...... i bet that building behind donatos is an o'charleys.......

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  53. Love the pop-up cards, I will have to try out a couple of them. I agree with you about Twitter being a great place for geeky info. That's one reason why I love it so much.

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