Sunday, April 20, 2014

FAN EXPO Vancouver: Part II MORE Star Wars fan fun!!

Our 2nd day at FAN EXPO Vancouver was a blast and chock full of Star Wars fun! (To read about the first day click here).

Without the makeup she didn't recognize Ray Park (Darth Maul)!
For starters we had a brief chat with actor/stuntman/martial arts expert Ray Park aka. Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace! Yesterday was just a handshake but today we got a picture and chatted a little bit about martial arts and child development.

Did you know this Sith apprentice to Darth Sidious was once an instructor for parent & tot martial arts classes? I sure didn't!

Then we made our way to the LEGO booth to see the mural in all it's finished glory! Yesterday it looked like this but today it was completed. A close inspection was in order...


The highlight of the day though was Star Wars Kids Hour put on by volunteers from the 501st Legion & Rebel Legion. Basically the kids did various Star Wars-themed games (mostly bean-bag tosses) and then were entered in a draw for great prizes including toys and DK Star Wars books.


Plenty of costumed kids were there to play.

Receiving her orders from the Empire!

"Great shot, Kid! That's one in a million!"
Stretching to pin the tail on the very cute Tauntaun!

Dangerous for the Empire to encourage this, don't you think?

Some of the hard-working volunteers that made the event great!

Young Clone trooper claiming his prize.
Thank you to all the fun Star Wars fan families we met over the weekend, thanks to the 501st & Rebel Legions for making the day extra fun for kids and thanks to FAN EXPO Vancouver for a wonderful weekend. See you next year!

FAN EXPO Vancouver: Star Wars fan fun!

I'm so confused!
FAN EXPO is a celebration of everything from science-fiction to horror to fantasy along with bringing together creators of movies, television, anime, comics, games and more! If you're into your favourite series or style there's plenty of like-minded people there among the expected 25,000 attendees! You'll also likely encounter many fans in costumes of your favourite characters.

This couple were a lot of fun!
Among the cyborgs, zombies & superheroes we encountered plenty of like-minded Star Wars fans. It's not specifically a kids' event but they do try to make it a family-friendly one and we saw plenty of children there. Many in costumes!

A Sith, a Jedi & a Solo!


Celebrities in attendance include Ray Park, the actor best known as DARTH MAUL from Episode 1! He was very nice and not at all scary like his famous Sith apprentice character!





I also had a moment to chat with Steven Blum, well-known voice-actor in animation and one of the stars of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series. He'll be the new character Zeb! He was also very friendly and will probably join Star Wars Kidscast podcast for a chat in the Fall!

At the LEGO display there was an almost life-size LEGO Darth Maul along with Superman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


There was also a mural in-progress that visitors could add pieces too. See if you can recognize who will be in the picture when it's done:

I think I see a certain green Jedi Master in there...
Other highlights included talking with Star Wars artist Ken Steacy and meeting the 501st Legion & Rebel Legion Star Wars costuming groups. They were helping raise funds for Variety the Children's Charity which was fantastic to see! We got a few pictures:

She really wanted to see Boba Fett!
Unfortunately we missed "Star Wars Kids Hour". Getting around the huge space was at times challenging so plan to be there a while & plan your moves in advance! The plan is to head straight for that today! Hopefully see you there!

She had a good time, weird as it must have been to her!
Did your family attend Fan Expo Vancouver? If you have pictures we'd love to see them! Email StarWarsKidscast@gmail.com

Monday, April 14, 2014

Star Wars Kidscast Episode 8: Teaching with Star Wars

Star Wars Kidscast is back with a BIG episode! So big in fact that there’s TWICE as many guests as we’ve ever had! OK, that just means two guests, but that’s still pretty exciting.

First we chat briefly with Terry Chui from the 501st Legion about Star Wars costuming, “bad guys” doing good for charities and the specific kid-oriented fun planned for Fan Expo Vancouver 2014.  (For more Fan Expo Star Wars excitement see this article.)

Next we get in-depth with Craig Dickinson, a 6th grade teacher who uses ALL SIX Star Wars films in his classroom. Imagine studying the Star Wars saga in class as an assignment! Sign me up!

All that & more in this jam-packed episode!

Links:
Twitter @FanExpoVan

Twitter @501stLegion

Twitter @Influxman

More excellent Star Wars teaching resources at:
Star Wars In the Classroom


Download this episode (right click and save)

Listen on iTunes! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the youngest Younglings

I'm happy to say another article I worked on has been published on StarWars.com, an introduction to Star Wars: The Clone Wars for parents & guardians.

At Star Wars Kidscast, we're BIG fans of The Clone Wars but it should be said that many episodes are scary, darkly intense and possibly too much for the younger younglings in your family.

However, here's an intro to a few of the many episodes that are fun and enjoyable for all ages:

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/2014/04/10/5-kid-friendly-episodes-of-star-wars-the-clone-wars/

Thanks to Johnamarie Macias & Elisa Ardell for working together on this!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Star Wars Kidscast on Official Star Wars site: The Muppet Connection


Darth Vader & Oscar the Grouch briefly appear together in Night at the Museum
Check out the Official Star Wars Blog and see my first post there! It focuses on the connections between two of my favourite entertainment entities: Star Wars (of course) and The Muppets.

Did you know that Chewbacca once danced on The Muppet Show? Or that C-3PO & R2-D2 visited Sesame Street? Learn more here!

Wocka wocka!
-Chris