Ok, maybe not for real, since it’s just in animated form on the Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, oh yea… and you have to be between 6 and 17 to enter. Now before you get all grumpy that your nerd dreams were once again dashed upon the rocks of cold hard reality, check out this contest for lucky little nerdlings everywhere (that is within the fifty United States and the District of Columbia):
Wannabe Padawans upload a 20 second or less video of their killer Jedi moves to JoinTheJedi.com to be judged by a panel of experts (my guess is it’s Star Wars Kid) and those very Jedi moves could be used in an up coming episode of the show. Oh yea, they also have to use a Hasbro Star Wars Ultimate FX Lightsaber (retails for about $35) that was not purchased for the purpose of the contest (so if they did, they will have to go and buy another one and get a note to prove its for sports and recreation?)
Oh Star Wars marketing machine, when will you ever stop. Sure it’s a neat idea, but my jaded cynical side just sees this as yet another ploy to get the kids to buy the toys, it is after all just the ‘Jedi move’ that makes it into the episode, they never say they’ll actually digitally put the winner in the episode. My jealous side is jealous because the grand prize also comes with a whole pile of toys: 2 Electronic Helmets, Ultimate FX Lightsaber™, 2 lightsabers™, 3 Blasters, 3 Electronic Blasters, 12 Clone Wars™ Figures, 12 Saga Legends Figures, Republic Attack Shuttle™, and 3 Figure & Vehicle Packs. Curses, I will have to buy them, you win again Star Wars marketing machine.
So, if you are or know a nerdling that would fit the Jedi fold? Pass the website along, and hey for the rest of us you can play a few games on the site, put your pictures into the “Jedi Image Generator” AND Star Wars music and sound effects on a loop that lets everyone else in your office know you just spent 30 minutes on a website about Star Wars, that is meant for kids. Have fun explaining that one to HR.