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WWII Star Wars Action Figures

Ever wondered what George Lucas’ epic adventure Stars Wars would look like if it were made in the 1950s? YouTube user whoiseyevan imagined just that in his pre-make.

In another blast from the past, custom action figure creators Sillof and Glorbes wondered what Stars Wars would be like if it happened on planet Earth during the time of World War II where the Rebel Alliance were the allied forces and the Galactic Empire were the nefarious Nazis. The first series their joint effort, Star Wars 1942, debuted in 2008 and featured custom action figures including high-flying Captain Hank Solowski, his first lieutenant Chuck Backer, and corporal Lucas S. Walker. In 2010, series 2 debuted with the likes of General Ben Kenworthy, the two steampunk battle droids, and the most menacing Reichsführer Vater. The attention to detail in the figures is quite remarkable. Have a look at them after the jump.

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The Russians Have Hitler’s Skull. Or Do They?

This came out from a comment left on our Nazis in Colour post about Hitler dying in Brazil as a big drug dealer.

Given that my only knowledge of Hitler’s death comes from Wikipedia, I accepted the general notion that he topped himself with his Walther PPK in the Führerbunker on April 30th, 1945. However, after a second of Googling, an interesting article turned up.

A year after Hitler’s death, fragments of his skull fragments dug up by Russian forces, and ABC News reports that recently a US archaeologist by the name of Nick Bellantoni visited Moscow to work on those very fragments. He returned to the United States with a sample from the skull and a sample of blood from the sofa on which Hitler is said to have committed suicide.

hitler_skullAfter doing some complex DNA tests on the bone sample, Bellantoni concluded that the it wasn’t as robust as a male bone tends to be, and that it corresponded to a woman between the ages of 20 and 40. This startling discovery has been refuted by Vasily Khristoforov, the director of Russia’s FSB intelligence service archives who insists bones are definitely Hitler’s; the vice president of the Russian state archive, Vladimir Kozlov, however is not so sure, saying “No one claimed that was Hitler’s skull.”

Did the Führer pull a fast one and escape death? Read the full article and let us know what you think.

Oh, and in other news, reports that terrorist extraordinaire Osama bin Laden has been found in KwaZulu-Natal’s upmarket Umhlanga neighbourhood, posing as a woman. Read that article.

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The Basterds are Coming!

We ain’t in the prisoner-taking business. We in the killing-nazi business, and cousin, business is a’ booming!

In Quentin Tarantino’s war film, Inglourious Basterds, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” set out to scalp and kill Nazis, and blow up a couple of things along the way. This is the latest trailer – see it below or watch it in HD at YouTube.

It’s due for release the US in August ’09.