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Making a Retractable Lightsaber

Making a Retractable Lightsaber

Disney Imagineering has already built replica lightsabers that retract like the ones in Star Wars, but they probably cost a million bucks to develop. On the other hand, YouTube channel HeroTech built a version with a much more down-to-earth budget that can be built at home. The trick is the coiled sheet metal from one of those magician’s canes that springs to life.

Liquid Modernity Dark Lord + Soldier Sculptures

Liquid Modernity Dark Lord + Soldier Sculptures

WeArtDoing’s Liquid Modernity Series distorts iconic pop culture characters as if they were made of a viscous fluid. Their Dark Lord and Soldier sculptures are take-offs on Darth Vader and the Empire’s Stormtroopers. The resin figures come in two sizes and various color schemes, our favorite being the sparkly Dark Lord Nebula and Liquid Silver Soldier.

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Death Star Wall Panel Light

Death Star Wall Panel Light
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Turn your space into an autocratic space station with the officially licensed Death Star Wall Panel Light from Entertainment Earth and Paladone. This half-scale replica of the hallway fixture from Star Wars’ iconic structure can light up in a static color or dynamically react to sound and music. It measures about 10″ W x 49″ H x 1″ D.

Watching Star Wars as a Silent Movie

Watching Star Wars as a Silent Movie

George Lucas once said that the Star Wars movies were “designed as silent movies.” His approach was to let music and visuals drive the story. Danny Boyd from CinemaStix explores this concept and whether watching the films without dialogue makes them even more powerful. If you ask us, it’s John Williams’ masterful scores that truly elevated the franchise.

Boba Fett Hunter Hat

Boba Fett Hunter Hat
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This wicked camper hat-turned-balaclava is from Peter Simmonds. He calls his creation the Hunter hat, and the color scheme is simply “Boba.” Like the Mandalorian that inspired it, it’s got a hell of a bounty on its head. Spring may not be the best time to cosplay as Boba Fett, but at least you can open the mask via its built-in zipper.

Star Wars: Vintage Noir Edition

Star Wars: Vintage Noir Edition

George Lucas got his inspiration for Star Wars from a variety of sources, among them, vintage serials like Flash Gordon. Abandoned Films used generative AI to imagine what a Star Wars movie might have looked like had it been created 40 years earlier. The ship design and voiceover are spot-on, but the creepy AI-generated characters are nightmare fuel.

LEGO Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxy (Trailer)

LEGO Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxy (Trailer)

In our bizarro universe where Barbie conquers Hollywood and discovers gynecology, Star Wars gets a comedic redo in LEGO Star Wars: Rebuild the Galaxy, a 4-part animated special for Disney+. Good guys turn bad (enter Darth Jar Jar) and vice versa until an ordinary Nerf-herder saves the day. Drops 9.13.24.

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Star Wars TIE Fighter Geeki Tiki Mug

Star Wars TIE Fighter Geeki Tiki Mug
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Geeki Tikis makes all kinds of wonderful tiki mugs inspired by pop culture. Their Star Wars collection is quite extensive and includes this awesome ceramic mug that looks like a TIE fighter. It holds up to 24 oz. of your favorite Star Wars cocktail. They also make a Death Star tiki mug for tipsy fly-bys.

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a little musical interlude, courtesy of MayTree. The Korean a cappella group performed their playful interpretation of the jazzy tune that Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes’ was playing when we first visited Chalmun’s Cantina in A New Hope.

Imperial Officer Baseball Caps

Imperial Officer Baseball Caps
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If you find yourself rooting for the Empire more than the Rebellion, then wear one of these Imperial Officer baseball caps from BustedTees. Each hat’s crown is decorated with a rank insignia plaque that puts you somewhere just below Grand Moff Tarkin in the pecking order. Available as a snapback, flatbill, or comfy Flexfit design.

TruMoo Star Wars Blue Milk

TruMoo Star Wars Blue Milk

Usually, you’d have to go to Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for the privilege to drink Blue Milk. But with Star Wars Day coming up, TruMoo is unleashing the force of bantha lactose to the public, albeit for a limited time. The beverage itself is vanilla flavored with 1% low-fat milk with 8g of protein per – yeah, no one cares about that. It’s Star Wars milk!

Star Wars Outlaws (Story Trailer)

Star Wars Outlaws (Story Trailer)

The Star Wars universe goes open-world in this expansive action-adventure game from Ubisoft. It takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a rogue and her furry companion who must take on the galactic underworld in a quest for freedom. Drops 8.30.2024 on PC, PS5, Xbox, and Luna cloud streaming. Pre-order now.

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The Original Star Tours Film

The Original Star Tours Film

In 1987, Disney Imagineering teamed up with George Lucas to create Star Tours. The Star Wars-inspired thrill ride took passengers on a misdirected flight to Endor. While it’s not the same without the motion simulator, it’s still fun to see this digital remaster of the 70mm film that was created for the ride. A new version of the ride has more than 250 story variations.

The Force Is with Cristal Beer

The Force Is with Cristal Beer

YouTuber gimbo compiled OMD Chile’s hilarious TV commercials for Cristal beer from 2003. The ads were spliced within broadcasts of the original Star Wars trilogy, complete with costumes or backgrounds that make it appear that the characters were reaching for the beer. The campaign was repeated during airings of American Beauty, Gladiator, and Notting Hill.

Mid-Scale LEGO Millennium Falcon

Mid-Scale LEGO Millennium Falcon

LEGO has made lots of Millennium Falcon sets, from the tiny 92-piece microfighter to the massive 7541-piece version. But this 921-piece mid-size Millennium Falcon (#75375) is the perfect weekend build and doesn’t need a big display space. The spaceship measures 9.5″ L x 7.5″ W x 5″ H, and includes a stand and LEGO Star Wars 25th anniversary plaque.

Superman & Batman vs. Darth Vader

Superman & Batman vs. Darth Vader

The Dark Knight takes on the Dark Lord of the Sith in a quest to release his Justice League teammate from an Imperial prison cell. Batinthesun’s live-action fan film pulls out all the stops as Batman dons a lightsaber and other Wayne Enterprises gadgets on a quest to take down Darth Vader.

Forging a Steel Darksaber

Forging a Steel Darksaber

The Mandalorian’s Darksaber is the most sword-like weapon in the Star Wars universe. So, it only makes sense that a blacksmith would build a real-world replica. Black Beard Projects forged his Darksaber’s blade from high-carbon and stainless steel, recreated its handle using 3D printing and sand casting, and machined its guard from steel.

Pro Performer 29 Mandalorian Edition Bike

Pro Performer 29 Mandalorian Edition Bike
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GT Bicycles’ special Pro Performer 29 bike features a design inspired by The Mandalorian. It rolls on 5-spoke mag wheels, and its frame is painted in Beskar silver and with anodized blue accents. Its angular Cheat Code handlebars have leather and canvas pads with ‘Clan of Two’ graphics, and its leather saddle is debossed with “This is the way” in Mando’a.

AT-AT Bookends

AT-AT Bookends
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Keep your Star Wars book collection organized with these AT-AT bookends from MokuShop. Each walker is hand-assembled from layers of laser-cut wood and painted in a shiny metallic silver. As a bonus, they include a Darth Vader figure with a leash for his Imperial pet. Just keep its legs away from Rebel snowspeeders.

Building a Working Star Wars Plasma Blaster

Building a Working Star Wars Plasma Blaster

The blasters in Star Wars supposedly fire bolts of plasma energy held together with a magnetic field. This sounds like pure science fiction, but Jake Makes wanted to see if he could create the same effect with a real-world weapon. While he came up with an approach that looks pretty accurate, it’s not technically the same idea at all.

Darth Vader Meditates

Darth Vader Meditates

Being a Sith Lord and a leader of a Galactic Empire is hard work. Like many of us, Darth Vader needs ways to help manage his stress. Auralnauts captured audio of one of Vader’s meditation sessions, which starts with some breathing exercises and then moves on to a series of Stuart Smalley-style affirmations. Kylo Ren could have used something like this.

Citizen Jedi Master Watch

Citizen Jedi Master Watch
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Citizen presents a unique wristwatch for Star Wars fans. The Jedi Master features a green, blue, and red lightsaber backdrop and a Jedi crest at the 12 o’clock position. It has an octagonal stainless steel case with a black IP finish and comes with a leather strap with lightsaber-colored stitching. On the back is the inscription “May the Force be with You.”

If Leslie Nielsen Was in Star Wars

If Leslie Nielsen Was in Star Wars

Leslie Nielsen appeared in dozens of serious roles before hitting his comedy groove with the Airplane and Naked Gun series. This hilarious edit from Your_Kryptonite7 envisions what might have happened if the slapstick straight man turned up in the Star Wars saga. His brief showdown with Yoda and his speech to the Galactic Senate are our favorite moments.

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