I know what you are getting for Christmas...
...I have felt your presents!
With the shops jammed and checkout lines up the wazoo, it would be forgivable to buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray from Amazon for The Wars fan in your life, and think "job done". The Reg, however, has channeled The Force to show there is another way, with 10 of the best Star Wars gifts. From the Millennium Falcon, …
I played with a mate's Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon the other week: it's massive and belongs on this list though it is £340+ and takes aeons to construct.
Sad to see how well the "Complete Saga" Blu-ray set sold considering there was the option to buy a set containing just the 3 actual Star Wars movies.
A parsec is an astronomical measure of distance, approx = 3.26 light years, so Han's boast in Ep IV isn't one of time but of distance.
The Kessel Run is a smugglers route through the Maw Cluster of black holes, supposedly a minimum 18 parsecs in length whilst avoiding the event horizons. Han's claim of making it in less than 12 parsecs indirectly refers to the speed of the Falcon i.e. able to travel at x1.5 light speed, thus through the event horizons and consequently reducing the distance (safely) travelled.
And back to the real world / universe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16178112
I'm aware of that the parsec is a measure of distance - I was attempting to have a poke at Lucas's own failure to understand this fact. Hence the deliberate confusion of distance and time in my post. I thought it was amusing (albeit slightly corny, hence the icon I chose), but I guess a joke's not funny if you need to explain it :)
I for one don't buy for a second the post hoc explanations about the Kessel Run claim - I think that Lucas just got it wrong.
"Oh, and wasn't r2d2 owned by annakin and not obi-wan?"
Technically, no. R2D2 was a lowly Astromech droid in the employ of the Naboo defense force. He (well, 'it') got a commendation for being a brave, plucky so and so, and not getting smashed off the side of a Nubian spaceship like his 3 fellow droids when Amidala's lot tried to get through a Trade Federation blockade. He (it) then managed to blag a cushy number trundling around after Annakin, Obi-wan and all that for a few more films.
Annakin actually owned the less entertaining C-3PO, which he left behind with his mum. Obviously he was embarrassed by 3PO's existence because he hid behind a black mask and voice-changer for 3 films, so as not be recognised!
My parents got me a Star Wars duvet cover - essentially the original Movie poster rendered on cotton.
Having spent about 25 years tucked away in a dark drawer at my parents its lasted well enough that its on the bed when my son stays with them.
He's also inherited (early) my Star Wars figures. If only I'd gotten the AT-AT to go with them - I'd have flogged it on ebay to buy a new computer, or the Lego Death Star.....
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