By John Brownlee at 9:02 am Thu, Jan 29, 2009
These kites can do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. $40 bucks each.
3D Star Wars Starfighter Kites [Think Geek]
That Kessel run figure has always bugged me. A parsec is a measure of distance, not time. Makes no sense.
Hey, hey, lets keep the vaporware to useless stuff like new iPhones. No more posting pictures of kites that are out of stock and won’t be available until April.
Actually, it does make some sense – from Wikipedia: The Falcon is often connected to the Kessel Run, a pathway from Kessel past the Maw Black Hole Cluster used by smugglers to transport precious Glitterstim spice. Solo in A New Hope brags that the Falcon made the Kessel Run in “less than twelve parsecs”, referring to his ability to move the ship closer to the Maw’s black holes and therefore cut the distance traveled. On the A New Hope DVD audio commentary, Lucas comments that, in the Star Wars universe, traveling through hyperspace requires careful navigation to avoid stars, planets, asteroids, and other obstacles. Since no long-distance journey can be made in a straight line, the “fastest” ship is the one that can plot the “most direct course”, thereby traveling the least distance.
Whatever. Want Kite Now. Now!
Now that is cool. Let’s go fly a kite!
AKA some misused technobabble made it into the shooting script of his little space movie, and Lucas had to engage some CYA when the movie became popular, which I’m fine with, unlike midichlorians, Jar Jar Binks, and a final sequence in Ep3 that comes off like Lucas hadn’t seen any of the original trilogy since 1983.
George Lucas stole my childhood.
More accurately, I think George Lucas leased us all our childhoods, and was a particularly brutal Repo man when the terms were up.
Some of us were adults by the time Star Wars hit the theatre.
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