Darth Vader Had A Castle?

Vader CastleDid you know Darth Vader had a castle? Because he had a castle! That’s where he lived. He lived in his Darth Vader Castle!

To Star Wars fans, this is nothing new. They already know all about Darth Vader’s castle. But I didn’t know.

I just found out. I just learned that Darth Vader had a goddamn castle! This is amazing! And then I drew it!

And it was rumored to be included in The Empire Strikes Back.

There was a sketch of it, and everything!

Darth Vader had a castle!

I mean…of course he would have a castle. But until today, I just thought he lived in outer space the whole time. But he had a home. It was a castle. It was a real castle! I bet it had a cushy velvet sofa and a big dinning room table and big scary pictures on the walls and trap doors and hidden passageways and a seven dungeons and a launch pad and a room with relics!

It was called Bast Castle!

Darth Vader’s castle had a name! And the name was Bast! And that’s the coolest name for a castle! That castle could kick the ass of those boring Game of Thrones castles.

Look, maybe I’m just high on Star Wars right now, but finding out that Darth Vader had a castle is the best Christmas present I’ve recieved and it (almost) makes me want to read some of those non-cannon Star Wars books. Because if Darth Vader had a castle, what else was I missing?

Did Han Solo have a jetpack?

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2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 23

IMG_0312The calendar is almost empty. Christmas is almost here. I am almost ready!

I doubt I’ll open another Star Wars calendar next year. Looking at the items I’ve received over these past two years, I’m not sure there’s anything left in the Star Wars universe that I’d want in Lego form.

Already got myself a Speeder Bike, Millennium Falcon, AT-AT w/ antlers, and Middle School Principal.

So next December might be spent opening the classic Lego City calendar. But we’ll see how we all feel in 2016…when we’re all living on the moon.

What’s behind the penultimate door? Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 23

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 22

IMG_0293Today is the shortest day of the year and also the busiest. I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, because…well, I don’t need to explain myself to you! BACK OFF!

Sorry. Sorry. Holiday stress.

It may be that I’m drunk on Star Wars, but I think this year’s calendar is better than last year’s…and last year’s was pretty great.

There are only three doors left! What lives behind door #22? Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 22

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 21

IMG_0284I saw The Force Awakens! Here are some short, spoiler-free thoughts:

I loved it. I loved seeing the old characters, but even more, I loved meeting the new ones. The heroes and villains are wonderful and the new characters have more personality and life to them than I expected. I love the mysteries. I love that there are now thousands of fan-theories about where this is going. And I love that we need to wait until 2017 to learn the answers to these mysteries.

There are people who hate the movie, or at least loudly proclaim that they hate it. And that’s fine. But if I gave these people a billion-million dollars, they could not create a better Star Wars movie than The Force Awakens. Some people are just being cranky because A) if you disagree with something, it makes you seem smarter and B) they hate everything and nothing is good.

Haters can try to tell me that this movie was terrible, that it was a retread of other films, that the film relied too much on coincidence. And yet nothing they say can travel back in time and wipe the smile from my face that popped up when the movie began and stayed with me the entire night.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, avoid spoilers if you can, but even if you know how it ends, it’s a whole different experience to see it for yourself.

And to top off the experience, now I get to open a cardboard door and play with tiny piles of Lego Star Wars pieces!

Today’s item is… Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 21

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 20

IMG_0273I’m seeing The Force Awakens today. That means I will never write another blog without knowing what happens in that movie. This is it.

I hope the first word of the opening text-crawl is “Hey!” or “Lando.”

While watching the original trilogy this month, my girlfriend noticed that a lot of Star Wars characters (Jawas, mostly) sound like Minions. If a Jawa in the new movie says, “Banana!” we’re both gonna lose it.

Let’s see what’s hiding in one of the last remaining doors of this above average Lego calendar!

Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 20

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 19

IMG_0265Yesterday’s item was amazing, and so I’m not expecting anything grand in today’s calendar box.

I’ve wrapped up another successful season of Power Pencils! I won’t be able to process any new orders until after Christmas. If you missed out, stop by the day after Christmas and use your gift cards on magic pencils. It’s the gift you really want!

Thank you all for the support! I hope you love the pencils and signs. I had fun making them, and more are on the way.

And now let’s rip open today’s door and find… Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 19

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 18

IMG_0255I need to make this quick. I shouldn’t even be on the computer. There are Star Wars spoilers worming their way through the internet, and as such, I must blind myself from social media and live in a dark, windowless room until I get a chance to see the movie.

But my work depends on internet access, so I must tread as carefully as possible, clicking only the websites necessary to accomplish my job.

This is your LAST DAY to order gifts from PowerPencils.com and get them delivered by Christmas. While some items sold out, there’s still tons of great stuff that will make everyone on your gift list happy and surprised. I have complete sets of Power Pencils, funny signs and more! If you get your order in by 8 p.m. tonight, I’ll make sure you get it by Christmas. (This applies only to US customers.)

If you’ve already ordered your items, thank you so much for the support! I make funny, magical things because I want to live in a world in which funny magical things exist. When someone buys something I made, it makes me feel like I’m not the only one who likes adding magic and silliness into this world. It warms the heart. And now a single joyful tear rolls down my cheek.

Speaking of joy tears, it’s Lego time. The calendar is getting lighter and lighter. What surprise awaits us today? Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 18

2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 17

YodaDanSee that photo? That’s me in my Yoda shirt. It doesn’t fit anymore or else I’d wear it to The Force Awakens.

I hope to see the movie Sunday. The plan is that my girlfriend and I will head over to the theater on Saturday, to see what the ticket situation is like. I figure tonight is sold out, and it’s probably sold out Friday and Saturday too, but I hope we have a shot to see it Sunday afternoon.

I guess that means I’m old. SHUT UP!

I don’t understand why everyone if falling over themselves to post reviews of the movie. The movie is review-proof. I also remember that when The Phantom Menace was released, the first reviews were generally positive. While we all know that movie is terrible in ways best described as a flavor, and that flavor is stale tomato soup, at first everyone liked it. I think we were Star Wars drunk. And that’s probably happening now, too.

It takes a while for a true opinion of a Star Wars movie to sink in. You have to let it live in your mind for a month or two.

These early reviews, which seem generally positive, don’t mean a thing.

But we have more important things to discuss — today’s Lego item, which is… Continue reading 2015 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 17