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Ilya Bryzgalov forced to change Star Wars mask by Lucasfilm

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04:21 PM ET 03.04 | Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was forced to change his Star Wars themed mask by Lucasfilm. Bryzgalov has an affinity for the universe and wanted to pay homage to that interest by having a mask commissioned with Star Wars characters on it. Given that the Flyers primary colors are orange and black, the artist illustrated the images with a similar hue. This meant one of the main characters of the series, Yoda, was depicted as orange with a Lightsaber that appeared to be red. This upset Star Wars fans and Lucasfilm, whom requested that the mask be altered to depict Yoda in his traditional color of green with a matching Lightsaber. Had the changes not been made, it is believed Lucasfilm would not have allowed the mask to be worn.

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March 4, 2013  04:47 PM ET

new strategy.... let the wookie win

March 4, 2013  04:54 PM ET

Ilya I am not your father, but I'm definitely a mother.....

March 4, 2013  04:56 PM ET

Green as how the fans feel when he 'lets one in'

March 4, 2013  04:58 PM ET

Who's the Evil Empire now?

March 4, 2013  05:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Who's the Evil Empire now?

George Lucas?

March 4, 2013  05:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

George Lucas?

Or you going by your new avatar. :)

March 4, 2013  05:22 PM ET

so ridiculous that they give a damn what's on a goalie's mask.

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March 4, 2013  07:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

George Lucas?

Expect a call from Lucasfilm lawyers!

March 4, 2013  08:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

so ridiculous that they give a damn what's on a goalie's mask.

Agree, but them marketin dollars speak with a louder voice.$$$$image$$$ is everythin.

March 4, 2013  09:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Agree, but them marketin dollars speak with a louder voice.$$$$image$$$ is everythin.

I'm all for protecting copyright ,but this seems a bit havy handed. The artist in question acknowledged that he knew nothing about star wars and made yoda orange w an orange light doo-hickey because of the team colours. Why Lucasfilms gives a damn is beyond me. If they're going to object, ten object to the use in general, don't object to the tint being orange as opposed to green.

March 5, 2013  08:20 AM ET

I say we place Lucasfilm attorneys (protecting TM) and the NHPLA ( protecting goalies artistic freedom ) and its attorneys in a room and let them go at it. By the time they are done the league will be lockout proof. They will crush the empire (Bettman) and bring the evil mafia (owners) to thier knees. I vote DiPietro to play R2D2 because with all his injuries we can put him in a wheelchair and through a disguise over him.

March 5, 2013  08:24 AM ET

They are altering the mask. Pray they don't alter it any further.

March 5, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

They are altering the mask. Pray they don't alter it any further.

nice

 
March 5, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nerds taking nerdness to the next level lmao.

BINGO

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