Are you planning a trip to DisneyWorld sometime between May 18 and June 16? Good. Save an extra C-Note because for the low, low price of $100 you can have yourself immortalized as an action figure in carbonite.
Where do you sign up? First, you have to make a reservation by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324). Then you go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL on Star Wars Weekends, get your picture taken, have it scanned, and after a little sculpt work… Voila! It’s an 8-inch figure of you. In carbonite.
The result? Well, I guess kind of like this one of George Lucas. But, you know, smaller.
And here’s the flyer for Disney’s Star Wars Weekends. Note the awesome Donald Duck as Darth Maul drawing.
So what’s Vader up to these days? How about getting drunk and taking a nap in the middle of an Orlando, FL road at nearly 3 in the morning? A state trooper stopped when he saw the obviously intoxicated Dark Lord of the Sith stumbling down the side of the the road. Not taking any crap from some trooper, Vader then apparently used some colorful metaphors to tell the trooper where to go, and then walked out into the middle of the road to have a bit of a lie down. And then this happened:
The trooper then told [Darth Vader] to get up, but he attempted to punch and kick the trooper, who deployed his Taser, according to the FHP. Officials said [the velveteen-larynxed cosmic dictator’s] thick jacket prevented the Taser from working, so the trooper used pepper spray to subdue him.
Darth Vader was arrested on felony charges of resisting arrest and battery on an officer and taken to Orange County Jail, after he was taken to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. You know, sometimes you can’t make this $#!% up…
You can watch footage of the bust captured by an Orlando TV News crew here.
Earlier in today, we mentioned that Universal Studios would possibly replace the dated Jaws ride with more Harry Potter shit. We can now confirm that the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a reality. In addition to adding new HP stuff to the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Universe will also bring the magic to it’s west coast theme park. Read the full press release from Universal after the jump:
Any self respecting nerd has seen the 2007 documentary The King of Kong (If you haven’t, then I feel the rest of us are in the right to call you an asshole.) For you lesser nerds out there, the film follows the epic battle between Steve Wiebe and noted Donkey Kong/vintage video game champion Billy Mitchell, over the world record for Donkey Kong. The Mitchell-Wiebe rivalry, with thanks to the film, has made these guys famous. Legends in and outside the gaming world. With notoriety comes money, woman and… an arcade establishment? Yeppers.
While it’s been fun tracking the back and fourth battle between Wiebe and Mitchell for the world record (Steve Wiebe recently reclaimed the Donkey Kong World Record from Billy Mitchell before losing the title months later to Plastic Surgeon Hank Chien) these guys are well aware of their new found celebrity. Further branding their image for monetary gain is only obvious. Thus explains why Billy Mitchell has opened an arcade at Orlando’s airport under the film’s branding – with good guy Steve Wiebe gracing the entrance.
The small arcade is decked out with posters and signage from The King of Kong marketing, and even features a Donkey Kong mural on the walls. Notably, Mitchell’s arcade does not have a Donkey Kong machine – perhaps to keep someone (Hank Chien?) from beating the record in his own establishment. Mitchell’s arcade, as you can see in the video below, features a couple of Dead Heat cabinets, Terminator Salvation, two Super Bikes 1 setups, an Avatar pinball machine, plus an air hockey table and Aliens Extermination.
Seriously, what’s the point of having a Donkey Kong themed arcade with no Donkey Kong? It just further proves what a true-to-life villain Mitchell is. That bastard!
This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart sat down for a one-hour interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas. In the interview Lucas presented Stewart with a one of kind (meaning NOT FOR SALE) 3.75 -inch Jon Stewart Stormtrooper action figure. The figure, which is packaged on a unique blister card, included a removal helmet and two interchangeable heads sculpted in Stewart’s likeness- one with a clean shave face and the other featuring Stewart’s recently departed goatee. I know you are all jealous that Stewart gets himself a custom Storm Trooper figure, but honestly, does our most important Jew deserve anything less?
Click after the jump for more pics of the figure and Stewart (without goatee) interviewing George Lucas:
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