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It’s rolled around again – the unofficial Star Wars day, adopted by the lovers of the stellar film series. Even for those who don’t class themselves as firm fans, it’s a day of note. Love them or hate them, the films have become an integral part of life for some people (for others it’s just an excuse to be a Stormtrooper and wear a cool suit for Halloween). They’ve even appeared on many collaborations, with Star Wars Vans having astronomical success.

The arrival of this special date lead to an interesting fact-finding mission here at schuh HQ – let us tell you, this was an hour well spent. Here are our 6 favourite facts that you probably didn’t know about Star Wars.

1. Every Star Wars film has been released the week after George Lucas’ birthday on May 14th.

George Lucs standing next to a someone in a full black and white Stormtrooper outfit holding a gun

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2. Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkey carrying a cane and wearing a mask.

image of monkey that was originally cast to play Yoda in the Star Wars movies holding a cane and an image of Yoda himself in black and white

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3. Sticking with our favourite Jedi Master, depending on the movie you’re watching – Yoda has a different number of toes. Freaky. In the Phantom Menace, he has three toes. In the Empire Strikes Back, the Return of the Jedi and the Revenge of the Sith, he has four. We wonder what happened.

4. The sound of a TIE fighter engine is actually an elephant. Combine an elephant bellow and a car driving on a wet pavement. Music to our ears.

TIE fighter from Star Wars movies in grey and black

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5. Grand Moff Tarkin, played by Peter Cushing, found his costume boots so uncomfortable that he wore slippers during many of his scenes. He insisted his feet never be in the shots (maybe someone should have tried some men’s boots from schuh)

Peter Cushing who played Grand Moff Tarkin in the Star Wars movies black slippers in a box with his figurine

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6. The iconic opening credits? They were filmed in a pretty unorthodox way. The filmmakers physically crawled to shoot the rolling screen.


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See, we told you it was an hour well spent. Can’t get enough of the Star Wars vibes? See the Star Wars Vans range here, and stay tuned for more Star Wars collaborations landing at schuh in the near future. May the Fourth be with you!

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