Star Wars #2: Top 8 Interesting (and Funny) Star Wars Facts

Star Wars #2: Top 8 Interesting (and Funny) Star Wars Facts

Episode VIII is here and this is probably the best moment to take a look at 8 interesting facts you (don’t) know about Star Wars. And, of course, few stamp sheets along the way.

 

While stamps presented in this article are all related to 30th or 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga (Episode IV: A New Hope was released on May 25, 1977), facts are not limited to the first movie or event to the original trilogy. So, let’s start.

 

#1 Yoda

Yoda is super-ultra-turbo cool, that definitely can’t be denied. But the picture of Yoda we have today could easily be completely different. Lucas had an original plan that Yoda is played by a monkey wearing a mask. And the first name selected for this character was Buffy. Then, that would be, Buffy the Empire Slayer. That sounds so wrong 😊 I guess it turned much better this way, but we’ll never know. And yes, so far, we still don’t know the name of the species Yoda belongs to.

 

Star Wars - USA

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USA – 2007/05/27

30th Anniversary Premiere of “Star Wars”

Motifs: almost all important characters, ships, and scenes from original trilogy

Denomination: 47 cents

 

#2 Languages

Is there a need to invent a new language when you could simply use an existing less-known one. Americans did that successfully during the WWII using Navajo code talkers to encrypt their messages. So why not to do it in Star Wars also? If you take Zulu language and speed it up, you’ll get a Jawa language. Quechua, originating from South America, is actually a Greedo language. Ewoks decided to use a mix of Tibetan and Nepalese in their everyday communication.

 

#3 Sounds

Let’s stay close to the sounds in movies. Take an elephant, convince him to make a sound, add a car driving on the wet pavement and whalla, you got yourself a TIE Fighter sound. Chewbacca uses his own language. Well, not his actually. Take few animals (more precisely badger, bear, lion, and walrus), mix their languages and yup, that’s it. The voice of R2D2 was created using a synthesizer. Do you remember the lightsaber sound? Do you remember a hum of the old tv? Add the buzz of the film projector motor and you got yourself a sound that will terrify all dark forces in the Universe.

 

Star Wars - Spain

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Spain – 2017/05/23

40th Anniversary of “Star Wars”

1st row: Stormtrooper, Vader, Chewbacca

2nd row: R2-D2, Yoda, C-3PO

Denomination: 5 Euro (only on Vader stamp)

 

#4 Recycling

Recycling is very cool. You can recycle paper, plastic, glass, clothes etc. Some of us recycle, some don’t (naughty, naughty, you should do it, it saves our planet). Well, the Star Wars crew also decided to recycle. At least three times. Two bounty hunters used recycled parts. The droid IG-88 used the drink dispenser form the cantina instead of his head, while Bossk wore a spacesuit from Doctor Who. We’ll never know how Bossk got it and who did Dr. Who. Qui-Gon Jinn decided to use the women’s razor (to be precise Gillette Sensor Excel) instead of his communicator.

 

#5 Revenge of the Jedi and The Revenge of Khan

Although the Return of the Jedi was originally planned as the title, it’s interesting that Fox insisted to call Episode VI Revenge of the Jedi. That change made Star Trek crew to change the title of the Revenge of the Khan to the The Wrath of Khan, to avoid titles confusion. Later they switched to the title as we know it today.

 

Star Wars - Portugal

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Portugal – 2017/08/28

40th Anniversary of “Star Wars”

1st row: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader

2nd row: Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Master Yoda

Denomination: 0.50, 0.80 and 0.85 Euro

 

#6 Steven Spielberg, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Akira Kurosawa

There are many references in movies. Lucas truly admired Stanley Kubrick, so much that he decided to hire almost the whole production crew that worked on 2011: A Space Odyssey. And what about Steven Spielberg? Do you remember Galactic Senate? Have you watched E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? There is also a lot of resemblance in the main plot and storytelling (Lucas also admitted it) with Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 The Hidden Fortress.

And yes, all three of them had a great influence on movies, co-directing them, helping in production or with an advice.

 

#7 “Klaatu barada nikto”

This one is my personal favorite Klaatu is the alien protagonist from the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still and the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” was first used there. Still, it was never translated. Lucas used it in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi as names for three aliens. As expected, the names are: Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto. And it was used (at least) once more in 1992 Army of Darkness (Evil Dead 1, 2, 3 😊 ) where Bruce Campbell played the role of his life (in my opinion 😊 ). He played Ash Williams, an arrogant salesman who was thrown in the past and captured by Lord Arthur and his men. The words should be used to prevent the ultimate evil from destroying everything but he forgot them. Still, this movie mocked clichés a lot so he got all the fame and glory. And the princess of course.

 

Star Wars - Portugal

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Portugal – 2017/08/28

40th Anniversary of “Star Wars”

Motifs: movies from the original trilogy – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Denomination: 0.50 Euro

 

#8 Popularity

Nobody expected that Star Wars will become such a success. It went to the theatres as blackmail – if you want to air The Other Side of Midnight than you should also air Star Wars. We know what happened after that.

 

I simply didn’t want to go in the direction of who could be selected to play which character, guest appearances and things like that. While all these are very interesting, that list would simply be far too long. Maybe one day. Next week, we’ll close this article trilogy (for now), so please stay tuned.

 

Continue reading: Star Wars #3: Return of the Ninja

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2 Comments

  1. Laurie · May 24, 2018 Reply

    How can I get a sheet of each of the portal issues?

  2. Laurie · May 24, 2018 Reply

    Make that “Portugal”
    Stupid auto correct! Ugh!!

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