So we all know that Return of the Jedi was originally marketed under the name Revenge of the Jedi (the reasons why depending on which source you decide to check). While there are a couple of ‘Revenge’ trailers circulating, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes they have dug up the earliest teaser trailer ever released for the film.
The Academy Film Archive holds several trailers from the United States with the initial Revenge title, most of which announcing a May 25th 1983 release date which coincided with the anniversary of the original Star Wars stateside release in 1977. However, this peculiar and very brief Revenge of the Jedi teaser trailer originated from a cinema in the United Kingdom, where the film was originally being considered for a Christmas 1983 release. This teaser was apparently shown with the U.K.’s May 1982 double feature re-release of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. American audiences would not get a glimpse of the third film until Star Wars was re-released in the U.S. in August 1982, meaning that this may be the earliest Revenge trailer distributed – and fans from across the pond got the first peek!
So if you have half a minute, strap in… for some music and still images. But hey, it’s still Star Wars-y.
I think most of us grew up wanting some sort of life sized replica of the various vehicles in Star Wars. I mean, what geek wouldn’t want a full size X-Wing parked in their back yard, or some form of Imperial Walker? Most of us never get around to it though, because we don’t have the space, money or time…
…but one guy did.
Preferring to remain anonymous, a man built a full sized replica of an AT-ST in his backyard. Complete with moving turret, opening and closing shutters and sound effects, it’s just a thing he now has. He didn’t make any noise about it or post about it on the internet — he just built the thing.
Frankly, the only reason we know it exists is because someone else spotted it. A guy who calls himself “Mr. Kernish” spotted the All Terrain Scout Transport from the road and initially posted some photos of it to Imgur. He later summoned up the courage to approach the AT-ST’s creator, and while maintaining the creator’s anonymity posted some close up videos of it.
Here’s the outside of the AT-ST:
And here’s a bit of the interior:
I guess in the end my only reaction is “I want one.” I mean, seriously, this thing is awesome. Too bad I’d have nowhere to put it.
On this episode we mourn the passing of Admiral Ackbar himself Erik Bauersfeld, rejoice in the LEGO Batman movie trailers, and question the petition to bring the R rated cut of Batman v Superman to theaters. We also jump straight into the con scene, remembering the Twin Cities’ closing Thunderbird Hotel, comment on the cancellation of yet ANOTHER Yourminicon event, lament issues with this year’s Karoshi Con, and celebrate Who’s Yer Con and the INDYpendent Show for being awesome.
To aid in cheering myself up, I (of course) went to Youtube, where I ran across Bad Lip Reading‘s latest music video, “Bushes of Love.” It’s an extended music video from one of their Star Wars videos (which I’ll also embed) — and dammit if it isn’t catchy.