2017, Rise Records
- Main Theme
- The Imperial March
- Duel of the Fates
- The Force Theme
- The Asteroid Field
- Battle of the Heroes
- Cantina Band
- Ben’s Death / Tie Fighter Attack
- Across the Stars
- The Forest Battle
- The Throne Room / End Title
Dark Vader – Lead Guitar
Shadow Ranger – Guitar
Red Guard – Guitar
Bass Commander – Bass
Boba Sett – Drums
As you might have guessed already, Galactic Empire is a project based on the music of Star Wars. Comprised of members of the Dark Side, Galactic Empire has taken those classic John Williams compositions and themes from the Star Wars movies and given them a metal makeover.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the music of John Williams lend itself to the dark side of metal very well. In fact, this entire album could be a soundtrack itself to a Star Wars movie. It’s just that well-produced and Galactic Empire take on these songs sounds so natural. This is not the sound of two worlds chaotically colliding, as some genre-bending projects have been known to sound.
There’s not a whole lot more to go into. If you love the music from Star Wars and you love metal music, this is definitely a project worth checking out. They even do live shows!
Buy the album
Hey, I love Star Wars as much as the next geek and I was excited for Force Friday, but I wasn’t going to do any midnight shopping. Well, in a physical store, at least. Honestly, the more I researched what merchandise was coming out, the less impressed I was. I understand this is the first wave though, so I’m assuming the really cool stuff (with Luke, Leia and Han) will be coming out closer to the movie’s release.
It looks like a crime scene not yet cleaned up. My Darth Vader Christmas ornament lies decapitated and in pieces. It all happened because I swung my jacket onto a stack of books that this ornament and my other recent ornament purchases (Frosty the Snowman and Christmas Vacation moose mug) were sitting on top of. The jacket began to slide off and just as it began its descent to the floor, I remembered — “HEY, MY ORNAMENTS ARE UNDER THAT JACKET AND IT’LL PROBABLY PULL THEM DOWN WITH IT!!!”
I tapped into the Speed Force and reacted. Time began to slow. Even with the risk of running myself to death a la Barry Allen during Crisis on Infinite Earths, I could not, would not stop. All great heroes have to make sacrifices. Except I still wasn’t quick enough. All three ornaments were going down. The moose mug and Frosty I caught, but…
My Christmas bonus this year was a Target gift card and I blew it on these three ornaments earlier tonight. As you all know, I need ornaments for my room tree.
You can plainly see in the picture what I got but I’ll recap for you.
- Darth Vader Star Wars ornament
- Frosty the Snowman ornament
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moose mug ornament
They’re all blown glass ornaments, which isn’t my favorite style of ornament. Blown glass almost always screams “cheap”, “tacky” and/or “ugly” to me but I think these ornaments were pretty well done. I’m typically into the PVC-type ornaments that you might see at Hallmark. Something in a hard plastic and not so fragile that you have to treat it like nitro glycerin when handling.
By the way, I just discovered this awesome site: www.hallmarkornaments.us. I’m going to waste so much time there trying to see if I can spot any of the ornaments I had as a kid.
The Darth Vader ornament was a pretty easy pick. There was an R2-D2 ornament and he’s cool and all but he’s not as cool as Darth Vader. Plus, it was the last one! He’s actually a pretty cool ornament. Good thing he doesn’t have glitter all over him that blown glass ornaments usually have.
The next easy pick was the iconic moose mug ornament taken from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Also the last one in stock! Even if I was flip-flopping between Vader and R2-D2, there was certainly no room for debate on whether I was getting this one. You know, rumor has it that there are still some people in this world that have never seen this movie! Well, for the uninitiated, here is some of that sweet moose mug action as seen in the film:
The Frosty ornament is done in the much more usual blown glass style but given that it’s Frosty the Snowman, I can let all the glitter slide. He glistens as all snowmen should. I almost didn’t get him. After picking Vader and the moose mug, I circled Target’s Christmas department several times looking for another ornament or some type of holiday knickknack. I was about to give up and pick up a fairly cheap and goofy looking cloth Santa Claus ornament when I finally saw the row of Frostys stuck between all kinds of Spongebob and Dora Nickelodeon nonsense.
Oh yeah, and that ceramic house in the background with Santa on it? It lights up and it’s pretty much awesome. It’s been in the family collection for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations ever.
“Kids Classics” is right! Though I love them, I don’t pay much attention to fruit snacks these days but when I saw boxes of Star Wars and Peanuts fruit snacks I had to have them. They called out to me and I don’t know why, but I just got a nostalgic feeling when I saw them. The Peanuts box especially looks like something you might see from the 1980s. How can you go wrong with a huge picture of Snoopy? Alas, the Star Wars box art is from The Clone Wars cartoon thus forcing you to accept this is modern times. Would’ve been really cool if they put Luke, Han and Vader on that box.
I’m guessing this is some type of budget line of fruit snacks, you only get five pouches but at $1 a box that’s not a bad deal. This makes me even more nostalgic because alongside low-rent cereal, I remember licensed cheapies like these appearing in dollar stores and Big Lots and whatnot. And hey, one pouch equals 100% of your daily Vitamin C. They are both manufactured by ConAgra Foods (Hunt’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Kid Cuisine, Slim Jim).
The Star Wars fruit snacks box was kind enough to give us a rundown of the characters but I’m a bit surprised there’s no Obi-Wan or at least Anakin. I guess they wouldn’t make for “fun” shapes though. Here’s a closer look:
Please excuse the sun bursting in the middle of this photo. It was the best of the bunch that I shot. Unfortunately, the box features no roll call of Peanuts characters but from what I can see there’s Linus (w/ blanket), Snoopy, Woodstock, Red Baron Snoopy, Charlie Brown (with catcher’s mitt) and Lucy. On the front of the box, it shows all of these fruit snack shapes minus the Red Baron version of Snoopy. In his place on the box is a dancing Snoopy but I haven’t come across one of those yet.
As for the flavors, I’m thrown off a bit. The Peanuts box lists four flavors: blue raspberry, tropical punch, watermelon and sour apple. The Star Wars lists no flavors but has six different colors. In addition to the four flavors Peanuts has, there is also grape and orange.
Okay, so I’ve talked about cartoons I want on DVD (Part 1 and Part 2), now it’s time to get down to business with Christmas specials that still need a DVD release. It seems like every year this list keeps getting smaller, if only by one or two releases, but I’ll take what I can get when I can get it.
The 2008 holiday season gave us the long-waited Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy and as for this year — Warner Bros. is finally giving us the not-so-famous 1985 Rankin-Bass special The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus which was based on the children’s book by L. Frank Baum. Granted, it is only available through their Warner Archive online store (as part of a 2-in-1 DVD along with Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey) because the DVDs are made to order, but this is still progress so I can scratch that one off my list this year.
Now let’s take a look at what’s left before I can truly have a complete Christmas DVD collection…
A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
I never see this one getting much mention from nostalgic sites but I really loved this made-for-TV movie. That’s really strange coming from me because I hated The Brady Brunch. I guess the theme of Christmas is too good for even the Bradys to ruin it. My family used to have this recorded on VHS when I was a little and I would always watch it around Christmastime. ABC Family is airing it this year, it’s well worth seeking out if you like hokey made-for-TV Christmas movies.
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982)
Hands down one of my favorite Christmas specials EVER. This was another special we had on tape and I played it and played it and played it forever, even when it wasn’t Christmas. I’m hopeful Warner will release this one next year because the first Yogi Christmas special (the approriately-titled) Yogi’s First Christmas just became available last month on DVD directly through Warner Archive. Surely they’re aiming for a complete Yogi Christmas experience!
I think I scanned this one from an issue of Marvel-Two-One. It’s been awhile though, so I’m not positive.
I’d love to get my hands on that lazer sword! In some circles, it’s called a lightsaber, but apparently the Joe Kubert School (click and go look at the larger version… they produced this ad!) has never heard that term or they simply wanted to blaze their own trail. Geez, you could make a killing on eBay with this stuff today.
Anyone know what a “transfer book” is? Some type of Colorforms or trace book?