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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Elstree Studios: the home of Star Wars turns 100

The Star Wars crew shooting Darth Vader at Elstree Studios

One hundred years have gone by since a film company with the appropriately space-themed name Neptune founded what would become the home of Star Wars.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Star Wars Letraset transfers: The fun that never wore off – part three




The front of the third set of Star Wars Letraset Action Transfers, 'Rebel Air Attack'

The last couple of posts have been about the Star Wars action transfers which were produced by the British company Letraset and which amused many happy children for hours in 1978.


The third of the original trio of Letraset Action Transfers scenes was called 'Rebel Air Attack' and it depicted the rebels preparing for their assault on the Death Star.  For the purposes of this scene, the rebel hangar was presented as having a spectacular view of the first ships taking off for the battle station.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Star Wars Letraset transfers: The fun that never wore off – part two



The front of the second set of Star Wars Letraset
Action Transfers, 'Escape from the Death Star'


My last post looked at Letraset, the British company that invented a massively useful way of getting different fonts onto paper in the 1960s – and which  later found a way to take part in Star Wars mania.

The second of the three original Letraset Action Transfers Star Wars scenes from 1978 was titled 'Escape from the Death Star'.  It showed the action in the Death Star docking bay as Luke and co. battled their way to the Millennium Falcon, while Obi-Wan Kenobi did battle with Darth Vader.