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The MoonPig ‘Giant’ Star Wars Card Mosaic

Everyone is gearing up for Star Wars Day 2109 on May the 4th when the world once again comes together to celebrate the Star Wars universe this May the Fourth, but what if you’ve got a company who is a massive Star Wars fan and wants to let his employees do something special for Star Wars Day! …Check out what they did…What a great employer.

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic - Stormtroopers
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic – Stormtroopers

UK’s leading online personalised cards, gifts and flowers provider Moonpig, who have recreated one of the series’ most iconic scenes in the form of a photomosaic of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as they Face-Off in this mosaic of Moonpig Cards from The Empire Strikes Back.

Standing at over 16 feet high, the mosaic consists of 676 greetings cards taken from Moonpig’s Star Wars range. Once carefully arranged, a homage to the franchise classic The Empire Strikes Back is revealed. The mosaic depicts Luke Skywalker’s first showdown with Darth Vader, set on the floating metropolis of Cloud City in Episode V of the original saga.

The MoonPig Star Wars Mosaic - 01
The MoonPig Star Wars Mosaic – 01

Planned, developed, and built by the company’s most dedicated Star Wars fans, the artwork, which will now see all its cards recycled, took six hours to install at the Moonpig HQ. Employees were also encouraged to dress up for the day, allowing everyone to enjoy one of the film’s most celebrated scenes.

Moonpig’s Design Manager, Dale Boreham, who came up with the creative concept for the campaign, said of the completed artwork:
“I’m just one of a whole host of Star Wars fanatics in the Moonpig office. This year we wanted to say thank you to characters that have given us so much. And by using our own range of greetings cards, we felt this was a very Moonpig way of celebrating something we love. By choosing one of the most iconic scenes from the original trilogy, we want the hairs to stand up on the necks of dedicated Star Wars fans. For me, it immediately brings back nostalgic memories of watching the films for the very first time.”

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic - 2
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic – 2

Jo McClintock, Brand Director at Moonpig spoke of the motivational benefits of the mosaic:
“We aim to keep our employees motivated and invested in their work every day. Engaging in projects like this is a great way of doing that. Our Star Wars mosaic has brought the whole office together. It was fantastic to see so many people get involved, dressing up as their favourite characters and taking photos with our resident Stormtroopers.”

The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic Final
The MoonPig Star Wars Day Card Mosaic Final

Full details on Moonpig’s May the Fourth celebration can be found on their blog.

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The Origins of Star Wars Day

Would it blow your mind if I told you that “May the 4th be with you” did not come from the creative mind of a Star Wars fan? Believe it!. The phrase commonly used to mark Star Wars Day actually came from an advert placed in the London Evening News congratulating Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher on winning the General Election.

Congratulations Maggie, May the 4th be with you!

The congratulatory advert for Britain’s first elected female Prime Minister was placed in the evening edition on May the 4th, 1979. ….it read…

One of the earliest known ‘Star Wars/Lucasfilm’ records of “May the 4th” to used in popular geek culture was in 1979, described below by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling in the brilliant paperback ‘Making of The Empire Strikes Back’

Friday, May the 4th 1979

“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

Sadly I haven’t found the advert, but only the cover of the Newspaper from that day. That day wasn’t the last mention of Star Wars in British politics, however. In fact, it was later brought up in Parliament due to a geeky researcher who nearly lost his job over it.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Geoffrey Lofthouse) : Order. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that is not uncommon in this place, whatever is supposed to happen.

Mr. Cohen : Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If that point of order was an allusion to me, I can tell the hon. Gentleman that I was here for the opening speeches, and for some of the speeches that followed.

May the fourth is an appropriate date for a defence debate. My researcher, who is a bit of a wit, said that it should be called national star wars day. He was talking about the film “Star Wars” rather than President Reagan’s defence fantasy, and he added, “May the fourth be with you.” That is a very bad joke ; he deserves the sack for making it, but he is a good researcher.

So say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud with geek ride and proclaim this rallying cry of our eternal love of this saga. It’s our worldwide Star Wars Day to say “May the Force be with you” to you all, and celebrate our beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.  🙂

Some info via GeekTyrant & StarWars.com