The TIE fighters from Star Wars are some of the most intimidating spacecraft in the history of science fiction. Scott’s Mini Workshop celebrates the Empire’s starfighter by encasing it in resin, then turning it into a perfect sphere on his lathe. He’s also made an X-Wing fighter sphere using the same technique.
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Controversial or not, AI technology like Midjourney is creating amazing digital art with the correct prompts. TheArtofAI used the generative image technology to imagine what Star Wars: A New Hope might have looked like as a 1980s anime, from young Luke sipping his blue milk to the Death Star exploding. (Thanks, Rob!)
Now that Din Djarin has reunited with his pint-sized companion, The Mandalorian’s third season sets the duo on a journey toward Mandalore. Set against the backdrop of the rise of the New Republic, our heroes find themselves pulled into new conflicts as Grogu hones his skills. The season kicks off on 3.1.2023 on Disney+.
After seeing Top Gun: Maverick, model maker Boylei Hobby Time wanted to make a diorama inspired by one of the movie’s big action sequences. While he found a 1:144-scale model of the soviet gunship helicopter, he couldn’t find one of an F-18 fighter jet a the same time, so he decided to swap in an X-Wing from Star Wars.
His backpack’s got jets. He’s Boba the Fett. The OG Mandalorian flies into battle above your desktop with this light-up diorama. This official Star Wars collectible features a figure of Fett launching into the sky on a trail of smoke and fire, leaving fallen Stormtroopers in his wake. The 12.5″ tall lamp runs on any standard USB charger.
(Spoilers) If you watched Andor season one, you know that it’s one of the best and most intelligent Star Wars stories yet. But Honest Trailers must have found something about the series to complain about, right? Or maybe they’ll just moan about all the other Star Wars stuff it’s better than.
Andor starts with a slow burn and gradually elevates its way into one of the best Star Wars series yet, brilliantly tackling issues like fascism, greed, and revolution. It also feels like one of the most relatable Star Wars stories to date. Film buff Thomas Flight explores how Andor’s visual approach makes its locations feel so real.
(Spoilers) Since Andor takes place a few years before 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV, it only stands to reason that the TV series should have come out in the mid-1970s. Auralnauts created this retro-style TV intro based on the Disney+ show about the reluctant hero who would rise to become a hero of the Rebellion.
When it comes to the characters in Star Wars, many of them have deep-seated issues driving their behavior. Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Eric Bender sat down with GQ to analyze key characters and their motivations, including Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, and the Jawas, who are not simply kleptomaniacs.
Here’s a silly video that reminds us of the simpler days of the internet. A couple of University of Wisconsin sousaphone players realized their brass instruments make a sound that’s a whole lot like the lightsabers from Star Wars, so they staged a duel. We loved the guy who chimed in with, “why are you filming vertically?”
(PG-13: Language) Conversations between humans and aliens date back to the very first Star Wars movie. This hilarious comedy sketch from Wizards with Guns pokes fun at the trope by imagining what might happen if one of those creatures spoke a language nobody could understand without reading the subtitles.
The Death Star trench run scene in Star Wars is one of the best action sequences ever – and it was created with practical effects. Star Wars fan Petr N replicated the scene by taking his FPV X-Wing drone for a treacherous flight through a drainage ditch. He’s also got a speeder bike.
This amazing book is loaded with more than 100 cross-sections of vehicles and spaceships from the Star Wars universe. Each image features call-outs detailing the inner workings of the vehicles from every Star Wars feature film. Highlights include Boba Fett’s Slave I, Vader’s TIE Advanced X1, and a Republic Gunship.
Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder is one of the most iconic Star Wars vehicles. Inspired by the one in the movies, Joel Creates added a real turbojet engine to a pint-sized Landspeeder for kids. It needed additional mods to make it roll smoothly and bypass the safety systems. Fingers crossed he makes a 3-jet version.
The battle between good and evil – the Jedi and the Sith – is at the heart of many a Star Wars story. In this video for WIRED, filmmaker and superfan Kevin Smith offers his take on all of the Jedi and Sith characters in the Skywalker Saga and its associated movies and TV series.
Geeki Tikis makes all kinds of wonderful tiki mugs inspired by pop culture. Their Star Wars collection is quite extensive and recently added 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.
AFK follows up on its humorous fan film The Battlefield with another Star Wars-inspired short made with Unreal Engine 5. The Walker focuses on a platoon of snowtroopers who must endure a long and boring ride to Echo Base on Hoth in the cargo hold of a slow-moving AT-AT.
This new Star Wars series follows the origin story of Rogue One character Cassian Andor – from his humble beginnings as a petty thief to his vital role in the rebellion against the evil and self-important fascist Empire. The first three episodes premiere on Disney+ on 9.21.22.
Mandalorian armor is made from a rare metal known as Beskar. Since we can’t get Beskar here on Earth, artist Bobby White created this tiny version of Mando’s helmet out of other precious metals and adorned it with diamonds and black rhodium. He used 3D modeling software to produce castings, then refined the pieces by hand.
With Anakin’s battle-scarred face peering through his cracked helmet, Darth Vader looked pretty damned terrifying in Star Wars: Rebels. Artist Steven Richter reworked one of his previous clay sculpts into Anakin’s head, then created a mold for a resin bust which he covered with a helmet he cast from a 3D-printed form.
One of the most memorable scenes in The Empire Strikes Back is when Luke uses The Force to raise his X-Wing Fighter from the swamp on Dagobah. Modelmaker Kathy Millatt walks us through her impressive recreation of the moss- and vine-covered scene with shiny resin swamp water, and miniatures of Luke, Yoda, and R2-D2.
Now that we’ve watched the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, we know more about how things played out between Episode III and Rogue One. Screen Junkies offers their snarky take on the show, its reliance on the popular badass protects insouciant kid trope, and how cutting the prequels down to a 3-minute montage makes them good.
What if Old Ben Kenobi wasn’t a tormented Jedi master, but was a deadbeat criminal and drug addict instead. Auralnauts put together this hilarious redub about a totally different person named Obi-Wan-Steven-Ben-Larry-Bongjo-Kenobi as he’s hunted by Space Influencers with the coolest strut.
The Star Wars movies are so deeply ingrained into pop culture that it’s now possible to create a Star Wars movie without using any actual Star Wars footage. Paulogia proves just that by editing together Episode IV: A New Hope entirely from references in non-Lucasfilm movies and TV shows.
Watch fanatics need at least one watch winder. And if you’re going to spend the money on a good one, it should look as badass as this. Kross Studio’s official Star Wars watch winder looks like Darth Vader’s ominous TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter. It’s machined from solid aluminum, anodized black, and hand-finished.
During the press junket for the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, actor Hayden Christiansen was interviewed by an unlikely journalist. A young boy named Inati stopped by dressed in full Darth Vader garb to ask the fallen Jedi some pointed questions. This kid has a serious career ahead of him. (Thanks, Rob!)