Last Starfighter Mini Cabinet

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Mini arcade cabinets are all the rage these days, even SEGA is getting in on the act! My hope is that a company like Basic Fun or My Arcade will issue a Last Starfighter-themed mini cabinet. Or even better, Arcade 1UP releases a bartop cabinet.

While there are fan-made video games of what was featured in the film, I think the twin flight sticks may make things difficult to execute. I would settle for a Galaga or Missile Command re-skin, or a generic shmup will do. As long as the iconic attract mode from the film is present in some form.

Even a Hallmark keepsake ornament (like this) would be neat. One can dream.

I’ve looked into building a bartop cabinet of this recently (I made the above mockup for that purpose), but I’ve hit a wall: all my email inquiries for custom side panels and vinyl prints have gone unanswered! Probably due to the recent worldwide hullabaloo.

Baby Yoda Gift Box And Greeting Card

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This is a papercraft project where you can make a small gift box or greeting card. I recommend card stock paper, both are designed for regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Find the template for the gift box here, and the greeting card here. The greeting card can be used as a certificate too.

As you know Baby Yoda toys are nowhere to be found this holiday season, which reminds me of what happened when the original Star Wars film came out in 1977. During the holidays of that year, toy company Kenner issued Early Bird Gift Certificates (seen here on the left), because the toys wouldn’t be ready until the spring of 1978. This stop-gap measure was a huge success, and is fondly remembered by toy collectors to this day.

So I made this gift box/greeting card for fans who find themselves in a similar predicament here in 2019. I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays.

Note: I will probably delete this in a few months when Baby Yoda toys are everywhere, much like Baby Groot was in the summer of 2014. The look of this design matches a recent 40th anniversary reissue, not the original (sorry).

Mirror Mirror Personal Assistant

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Here is another design using¬†Heads-Up Display technology (more on that here), a personal assistant based on the mirror from Snow White. This was inspired by a recent episode of Black Mirror that featured an interactive toy with an emotive face. Why isn’t there a personal assistant with an animated face?

Magic 8-Ball Personal Assistant

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The Magic 8-Ball is a toy that people interacted with much like they would with today’s personal assistants Alexa or Siri; they asked questions, the 8-Ball provided answers, albeit random ones.¬†Amazon’s Echo Spot devices inspired me to draw up this design.