Stars Wars - It is your destiny

At Home of Retro, we have a great collection of retro Star Wars t-shirts for adults and children as well as some fantastic Star Wars shoulder bags, R2-D2 mugs and lunchboxes, Star Wars posters and every boy’s favourite 70s pin-up, the classic ‘I Love Princess Leia’!

With a paper-thin plot and a surprisingly low budget – just $11m, returning $1.9bn at the box office alone – George Lucas’s Star Wars really shouldn’t have been the phenomenon it became. But, a phenomenon it remains and not only have the films themselves become legendary in their own right, it has also been a merchandising revelation with millions of us wearing Star Wars retro t-shirts adorned with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, anti-hero Han Solo or the droids, R2-D2 and C3PO.

With Disney taking over the Star Wars franchise for the third trilogy, retro Star Wars t-shirts are not only back, but are going to be the hot ticket item for the future as the films gain a third generation of adoring, loyal fans. It is their destiny.

You’ve seen the films, you’ve all pretended to be Luke or Princess Leia and you’ve all attempted to make a convincing Chewbacca noise – now it’s time to get serious and buy the Star Wars t-shirt you deserve!

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Just how retro is Star Wars?

The official Retro Rating for the Star Wars trilogy is 4.8. The Star Wars trilogy may be the most retro set of films on Home of Retro. They are more than just films, they are cultural icons.


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The original Star Wars trilogy is the story of the triumph of good over evil. They are complicated sci-fi movies for sure, but they deal with the concept of family (however disjointed), moral and philosophical issues such as choice and absolutes, confrontation, understanding the difference between right and wrong and the ability to pass down information from one generation to another.

The original Star Wars trilogy is the story of the triumph of good over evil. They are complicated sci-fi movies for sure, but they deal with the concept of family (however disjointed), moral and philosophical issues such as choice and absolutes, confrontation, understanding the difference between right and wrong and the ability to pass down information from one generation to another.

Charged with delivering a cry for help from Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker teams up with two robots, Han Solo, the coolest smuggler in the universe and his walking carpet but they get captured and imprisoned on the Empire’s Death Star.

After they destroy the Death Star, they are hunted by Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back but double-crossed by Lando Calrissian after seeking refuge. Luke starts his Jedi training with Yoda but succumbs to rash, outside influences.

In Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Luke and Leia along with the Wookie and the droids try to free Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt while Luke’s journey of discovery leads him to question himself.  He must also fight the will of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine who want him to turn to the dark side.

Listen, if we were going to give you a full-on synopsis of the Star Wars trilogy we’d be here until next Tuesday and you still wouldn’t understand it properly. It’s the most famous film series ever produced with the most memorable characters. It’s won Oscar after Oscar. Its dialogue has become part of our everyday vocabulary. It is a cultural and national unifier. It single-handedly advanced movie special effects to the point where Star Wars is used as a benchmark. It’s timeless. With Jaws, it started the tradition of the summer blockbuster and John Williams’s score is arguably the best film music ever written.

In the 2011 census, 176,632 people, when asked their religion, put Jedi. That’s the kind of reach and appeal Star Wars has. And will always have. If you haven’t seen the films, buy them now and watch them. It’s your duty.

Some of our favourite Star Wars quotes…

Obi-Wan: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Stormtrooper: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.
Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-Wan: Move along.
Stormtrooper: Move along… move along.

Obi-Wan: Use the Force, Luke.

Princess Leia: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re my only hope.

Aunt Beru: Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him.
Uncle Owen: That’s what I’m afraid of.

Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Darth Vader: I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.

Princess Leia: I love you.
Han Solo: I know.

Emperor: The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
Darth Vader: If he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.
Emperor: Yes. Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
Darth Vader: He will join us or die, my master.

Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don’t make me destroy you.
Darth Vader: Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Luke Skywalker: I’ll never join you!
Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke Skywalker: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Darth Vader: No. I am your father.
Luke Skywalker: No. No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!
Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
Luke Skywalker: No! No!

The Emperor: I’m looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call me master.
Luke: You’re gravely mistaken. You won’t convert me as you did my father.
The Emperor: Oh no, my young Jedi. You will find that it is you who are mistaken, about a great many things.

Yoda: When 900 year old you reach; look as good you will not.

What are your favourite or most memorable quotes from Star Wars? Let us know on Twitter @homeofretro or comment on our Facebook page!

Star Wars Trivia!

The trilogy was made for a combined $66.5m and has made (at the box office, not excluding merchandise) over $1.9bn.

Director George Lucas once said that the Millennium Falcon was based on a hamburger with an olive next to it.

In early drafts of episode one, including the ones that were used for audition readings, the planet Alderaan was known as Organa Major. Although the name was changed, ‘Organa’ was retained and became Leia’s adoptive family name.

Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Robert Englund, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta and Perry King were all candidates for the role of Han Solo.

According to George Lucas, originally Luke was a girl, Han Solo was an alien, the Wookies were called Jawas, and R2-D2 and C-3PO were called A-2 and C-3.

In the Italian version of the trilogy, the Death Star is called La Morte Nera (Black Death), and Darth Vader is called Lord Fener.

James Earl Jones and David Prowse have never met.

In episode one, Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time.

Have you got any random Star Wars trivia? Let us know on Twitter @homeofretro or comment on our Facebook page!

The Stars of Star Wars – Where Are They Now?

Mark Hamill

Because Star Wars was such a phenomenal success, he was essentially and unfortunately typecast. Since then he has worked prolifically in smaller films and TV shows as well as earning a fine reputation as a leading voice-over artist in animated films, video games, audio books and anime.

Harrison Ford

The most bankable movie star of the 80s, Harrison Ford is renowned as Indiana Jones in the eponymous films, Jack Ryan in the Patriot Games series as well as the lead in Witness, Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One and What Lies Beneath. He’s married to Calista Flockhart and at one point, four of the top six box-office hits of all time included him.

Carrie Fisher

Her parents were Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds so a showbiz career was guaranteed! After Star Wars, she appeared in The Blues Brothers and Woody Allen’s Hannah and her Sisters. She has struggled publicly with bipolar disorder, prescription drug addiction and her weight but she has appeared in dozens and dozens of films, TV movies and TV shows.

Sir Alec Guinness

British acting royalty, he is one of our finest stage and screen thesps. He’s been in some real classics – Oliver Twist, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India and The Bridge on the River Kwai for which he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1957. He died aged 86 in August 2000 and his legacy will live on and on.

Anthony Daniels

He is Mr. Star Wars! He’s been in all six films as C-3PO, he’s done Star Wars radio shows, promotional tours, endless animated series, theme park attractions, audio books, puppets, cartoons and comic books as well as being present at Star Wars weekends and conventions around the world.

Kenny Baker

At 3’8” he started out in a theatrical troupe for dwarves and midgets and was hired to play R2-D2. He appeared in all six movies as well as playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi. Other films include The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow and Amadeus. He’s retired and lives with his wife in Preston.

Peter Mayhew

7’3” Mayhew was perfectly cast as Chewbacca and even studied the gait of large animals for an authentic sense of movement and appeared in the first four films. Since then he has appeared as Chewie outside of Star Wars for sick children in hospital and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 MTV Film Awards.

David Prowse

Both Darth Vader AND the Green Cross Code Man? What a career! He’s heavily involved in the convention circuit and continues to associate himself with the franchise.

James Earl Jones

Mr. CNN was the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. He’s an award-winning, Oscar nominated stage and screen actor who has appeared in films such as Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Great White Hope, Conan the Barbarian, Field of Dreams, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

Billy Dee Williams

A star of African-American ‘blaxploitation’ cinema of the 1970s, William December Williams (no, really) debuted in Academy Award-nominated The Last Angry Man and went on to do a range of Star Wars-related films, radio shows and video games. He was in the first three Batman films and most recently he’s been doing cameos in a number of US series’.

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