And fly it does, like Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000 strapped to an X-Wing.
Surprisingly, many of the most unexpected crossovers happen in the board game world. Merchandising gone wrong, or bafflingly wonderful merger? That depends on how much you spent on the thing, probably. Here are some of the more magnificent recent oddities.
But Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic, released in 2003, has always stood head and shoulders above the rest — and now it’s coming to the mobile gaming world.
Tourists who wander into Times Square this week are going to be shocked to see a full-sized X-Wing fighter made entirely of LEGO bricks. A stunning 5.3 million of them, to be precise. That makes it the biggest ever, surpassing a LEGO robot at Minnesota’s Mall of America by a good 2 million.
Lego is being called culturally insensitive after releasing a model of “Star Wars” gangster Jabba the Hutt’s palace that closely resembles a Turkish mosque. Lego says it will stop selling the toy – but denies the decision was tied to the protests.
The Palace, say critics, looks very much like Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a historic mosque that became a model for other centers of Islam. It’s a museum these days, but the chairman of the Turkish Cultural Association of Australia still takes issue with the likeness being tied to George Lucas’ famous villain.
Though the U.S. government decided not to fund research into a Death Star, Star Wars fans longing to witness the power of a fully armed and operational battle station have taken to Kickstarter to get it done.
The Rebel Alliance isn’t taking that threat lightly, though, and has countered by using the crowdfunding site in an attempt to build an X-Wing fighter.
You could be forgiven for thinking the combination of Angry Birds and Star Wars is little more than an unholy marketing union. The mash-up, on the surface, at least, has potential disaster written all over it.
But like peanut butter and chocolate, it turns out this pop-culture odd couple works great together, and is certain to delight fans of both franchises. Available today for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows and Mac computers, it could actually turn out to be the Angry Birds game you were looking for.
While there are roughly fifteen trillion (a conservative estimate) debates and arguments raging online about whether Disney taking over the Star Wars franchise is a good or bad thing, George Lucas’ prominent video game arm has generally been left out of the discussion.
Once a beloved studio responsible for classics like Sam & Max, Monkey Island, and of course countless Star Wars greats, LucasArts has been fairly quiet recently, failing to produce a significant hit in years.
The surprise acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney Tuesday will certainly shake up the film world, but the deal also looks set to have substantial ripple effects in other parts of the entertainment industry.
Disney and Lucasfilm both have video game studios. Both have substantial licensing arms. And both have advanced technology divisions that lead the industry. The impact from those units, say experts, could make the deal’s $4 billion price tag look like a bargain.
Virtually every publisher was running one, building one, or contemplating one. A lot of those failed. A few struggled along with small but loyal audiences. And all of them acknowledged that they lived under the shadow of perennial champ World of Warcraft.