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Raising Baby Yoda

Raising Baby Yoda

It might seem like zooming around the galaxy with Baby Yoda is all action and adventure. The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin explains how much work it is to take care of a 50-year-old poop machine in this clip that we’re sure many parents can relate to. A fun and charming fan parody from the guys at The Warp Zone.

Creating the Razor Crest

Creating the Razor Crest

Season two of The Mandalorian has been quite a thrill so far, though the Razor Crest has seen more than its share of abuse along the way. ILM looks back at the creation of Mando’s ship, from its earliest conceptual designs through its production as both a digital object and an intricate real-world model for in-camera shots.

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Beast Kingdom Egg-Attack x The Mandalorian

Beast Kingdom Egg-Attack x The Mandalorian

Toymaker Beast Kingdom just made The Mandalorian as adorable as Baby Yoda. This highly-articulated 6″ figure features a big-headed Mando, wearing a real fabric costume and cape, along with his Amban rifle, pistol, Beskar steel bar, Mythosaur skull ornament, jetpack, and a messenger bag with The Child peeping out.

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Season One)

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Season One)

One of the many things we love about The Mandalorian is how they show concept art in the closing credits. This 256-page hardcover book lets you give some of these images a more permanent home. The book is packed with art and sketches, along with interviews with the cast, crew, and creative team behind the Disney+ series.

LEGO Death Star Trench Diorama

LEGO Death Star Trench Diorama

Beyond the Brick shows off one of the most epic LEGO Star Wars builds ever. Anthony Ducre spent 7 months on this 50,000 piece diorama of the Death Star trench run from A New Hope, including an X-Wing fighter that “flies” through it on a track with Vader’s TIE Fighter on its tail. The crashed UCS Super Star Destroyer is a nice touch.

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (Trailer)

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (Trailer)

LEGO and Star Wars team up for a holiday feast to celebrate Life Day. The animated special reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose, and the droids, and pays tribute to classic Star Wars moments, including the so-bad-it’s-good 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Coming to Disney+ 11.17.2020.

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

The Mandalorian is a pretty damned fine series as-is. But it’s still fun to envision variants of the show, like this fun anime style opening put together by Malec, Martial Coulon, Antoine Bertrand, KronoMuzik, and Kenny dozo. Kawaii Baby Yoda is just as adorable as his live-action inspiration.

DIY Mini Darth Vader LED Lightsaber

DIY Mini Darth Vader LED Lightsaber

Model maker Boylei Hobby Time loves to incorporate light into his dioramas. In this clip he shows us how he took an off-the-shelf 1/12th-scale model of Darth Vader and took it to the next level with a backlit metal base and a bright red lightsaber that runs on a flexible LED filament set inside of a cocktail straw.

Honest The Mandalorian Trailer

Honest The Mandalorian Trailer

The Mandalorian is returning to Disney+ on 10.30.2020, so it only makes sense that Screen Junkies would seize upon the chance to make an Honest Trailer for the hit series. Despite being such an excellent show, they still found plenty of reasons to poke fun at its characters and storylines.

Star Wars x Corkcicle Drinkware

Star Wars x Corkcicle Drinkware

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Corkcicle is making a series of triple-insulated vessels embellished with Star Wars artwork. Choose from Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Rebel Pilot, C-3PO, and R2-D2. They come in 16oz. canteen, 16 oz. tumbler, and 12 oz. stemless cup sizes.

Star Wars Entertainment Center

Star Wars Entertainment Center

I Like To Make Stuff teamed up with The Smugglers Room to build a piece of custom Star Wars-inspired furniture that holds a large TV and server rack filled with audio and video equipment. The finished piece looks like something from inside of the Echo Base control room and would make a great design for an arcade cabinet.

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

Retractable Blade Lightsaber Plasma Sword

The Hacksmith has been trying to build a real-world lightsaber for quite some time now. The closest he’s gotten up until now is a deadly electric heating element. Now his shop has created a version that retracts like the ones in Star Wars, burning a 4000ºF beam of plasma. That brass and copper steampunk hilt is too cool for words.

How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks

How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks

There are plenty of good books out there for honing your survival skills, but how many of them cover what to do if you’re held captive by furry creatures on Endor, stuck on an exploding Death Star, or frozen in carbonite? Well, you’re in luck, thanks to BBC culture editor Christian Blauvelt and his handy Star Wars survival guide.

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LEGO The Child

LEGO The Child

Fans of The Mandalorian can soon get their hands on this adorable LEGO version of The Child aka Baby Yoda. The 1073-piece kit builds a 7.8″ tall version of the littlest could-be Jedi, and features a posable head, movable ears, and an adjustable mouth. Drops 10.30.2020. Pre-orders start at 1pm PST on 9.21.2020 on LEGO.com.

LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

Take your minifigs to a wretched hive of scum and villainy with this official Mos Eisley Cantina set from the LEGO Star Wars collection. The 3187-piece set opens up to reveal the interior of the infamous bar where Han shot first, and includes a whopping 21 figures, a V-35 landspeeder, a new Dewback, and more. Drops 10.1.2020.

Han Solo Carbonite Waffle Maker

Han Solo Carbonite Waffle Maker

Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, and the only way to save him is to pull him out of this waffle iron and slather him with maple syrup and butter! Pangea’s Star Wars appliance cranks out super-thick waffles, each embossed with the familiar frozen form of Solo before Boussh/Leia finally rescued him. (Thanks Laura!)

The Mandalorian Season 2 (Trailer)

The Mandalorian Season 2 (Trailer)

This is the way. Mando and Baby Yoda head forth on an epic journey to return The Child to its own species, a legendary order of Jedi who are known to be enemies of the Mandalorian people. The new season kicks off 10.30.2020 on Disney+.

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Metal Earth Star Wars Figures

Why buy off-the-shelf Star Wars figures when you can build your own? These flat-pack metal models aren’t easy to assemble, but the resulting sculptures will be worth the effort. They come in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, and R2-D2 variants. Patience and tweezers not included.

The Mandalorian S1 VFX Breakdown

The Mandalorian S1 VFX Breakdown

The visual effects in The Mandalorian are impressive for a TV show. In addition to tech like The Volume, VFX firms like PXO contribute to many shots. In this reel, the company shows off CG breakdowns for various shots from the series, including some of the more memorable creatures they helped to bring to life.

Death Star Wall Lamp

Death Star Wall Lamp

Artist Pete Betcher of The BKPK Shop makes all kinds of cool and geeky objects for the home. Among them is this illuminated wall art which looks like a modernist Death Star. It’s made from baltic birch plywood and acrylic, and casts cool shadows onto the wall around it. Measures 11″ across, and takes a 40w candelabra bulb.

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Harrison Ford in “Solo”

Harrison Ford in “Solo”

When Solo: A Star Wars Story came out, we struggled a bit with someone other than Harrison Ford playing Han Solo. There was nothing wrong with Alden Ehrenreich’s performance, but we missed Harrison’s familiar smirk and gravelly voice. Now, thanks to deepfake expert Shamook, we at least have the proper visuals.

Star Wars Dogfight Diorama

Star Wars Dogfight Diorama

Model maker Boylei Hobby Time shows us how with a little creativity and skill, off-the-shelf model kits can become so much more. For this build, he took a miniature X-Wing Fighter and a duo of TIE Fighters, and brought them to life using LED filament lights to simulate lasers, and a little steel wool to create a spark effect.

Imperial Medieval March

Imperial Medieval March

No, I am Thy Father. Musician Samuel Kim has been building a library of Star Wars tracks reimagined in a medieval style. Among the collection is this version of John Williams’ Imperial March that feels right at home among the knights and castles.

Ludwig Göransson: The Mandalorian

Ludwig Göransson: The Mandalorian

Composer Ludwig Göransson is the musical genius behind the score from The Mandalorian. Now, courtesy of director Isaac Ravishankara, we have an official music video for the opening theme that offers a glimpse into the musician at work, as he creates the richly textured sounds of the modern western.

LEGO Millennium Falcon Builds Itself

LEGO Millennium Falcon Builds Itself

If you’ve got enough money in the bank, you can always buy and build the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon for yourself. Or you could just watch LEGO My LEGOs do it for you in this fun stop-motion video that makes it look like the 7,541-piece model assembled itself using The Force… or possibly midi-chlorians.

LEGO Star Wars Helmets

LEGO Star Wars Helmets

Celebrate your love for LEGO and Star Wars with these challenging models based the iconic Stormtrooper and Boba Fett helmets. Each 3-dimensional bust does a great job replicating the look of the original design, with more than 625 pieces, and measuring about 8.5″ tall when complete.

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