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Storm Trooper Pride

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Gay Empire Attack!, artist Suckadelic Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 hide caption

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Not everything on the block at Christie's Pop Culture auction has stood the test of time.

The artist Suckadelic created "Gay Empire Attack!" in 2007. But just because this Storm-Trooper art is recent, doesn't mean it's devoid of nostalgia or — craftsmanship.

"These aren't painted, these are hand cast," said Simeon Lipman, the head of pop culture at Christie's. "This guy actually hand-makes all these figures."

In addition to this work, Suckadelic has a few other lots in the auction:

Graff-At, 2002, a Star Wars vehicle customized by professional graffiti artists, with tags in the Aurebesh language, a fictional letter system created for in-world use for the six Star Wars films. The largest tag on the side of the souped-up Graff-at—"Rebel."

Darth Blowout, 2005, a circus punk doll holding a light saber

Crucifett, 2003, an action figure assemblage which shows Boba Fett cruxified on the wings of an X-Wing fighter

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So strange that this is the second story I've seen today referencing Star Wars AT-ATs. The first one is over at the SF Chronicle today. And just last night, I finished reading the chapter in The Lord of the Rings/Return of the King in which the giant elephants participate in the Battle of Pelennor Fields, which is often cited as an influence to the AT-AT scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Talk about harmonic convergence....

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 2:56 PM | 6-25-2008