Filmmaker and Star Wars fan Mason Drumm used stop-motion animation to recreate the pivotal lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker. The 2 minute film includes some really great tricks, including confetti water splashes, and a rippling water machine. Behind the scenes story here.
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Most of today’s science fiction movies use CGI for creature effects, but the original Star Wars trilogy (and some of the recent ones) used puppets. Jamie Benning’s 2015 documentary takes us behind the scenes of Return of the Jedi, and introduces us to Toby Philpott and his fellow puppeteers who brought the slimeball to life.
We’ve seen the original Star Wars movies so many times, we could tell you every minor plot point from memory. But what if you only saw it one time? Liam’s Newly Rebranded Entertainment Franchise asked his girlfriend to recount the story of Episode IV, which she didn’t see until 2017.
While we enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker for the most part, it did try and cram in way too many stories, and had its share of sloppy and too-convenient plot points. Of course Screen Junkies has a lot more beefs about Star Wars Episode IX in their brutally Honest Trailer.
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.
Not long ago, The Hacksmith showed off his insane high-temperature protosaber build. But one cannot duel with a single weapon, so one of his cohorts went about building a second one. With their power supplies placed into backpacks, they performed a dangerous ballet with their 2700ºF cutting tools while donning fire suits.
If you’ve never seen Mongolian band The HU live, you owe it to yourself to do so. This video is the next best thing, as the throat-singing hard rockers perform an original song they created for the game Jedi: Fallen Order. Note that they’re not singing Mongolian here, but a unique language created for the Star Wars universe.
During Toy Fair 2020, Gizmodo got an up-close look at Hasbro’s awesome Baby Yoda animatronic toy. The $60 plush figure can move its head, wiggle its hears, open and close its big eyes, and makes adorable sounds. Available for pre-order now, with shipping December 2020. The high tech bassinet is sadly not included.
ILM takes us behind the scenes of The Mandalorian to see how visual effects tech developed with Epic Games are used to create the series. Rather than shoot on location or in front of a green screen, the series uses a gigantic, wraparound screen to surround actors with digital scenery which can move in sync with a camera.
Young geeks will love to complete the challenges in this DIY book, filled with 20 different science experiments and craft projects inspired by the Star Wars universe. Using household objects, kids from 8-12+ will build their own mouse droid, a Tatooine sand globe, tabletop gliding landspeeders, and more.
Reportedly, the actual Baby Yoda puppet used in The Mandalorian cost millions, so the $350 price tag on Sideshow Collectibles‘ lifesize figure of The Child seems like a bargain the Jawas would cut. The 16.5″ tall figure is a perfect likeness of the powerful cutie, and holds a shift knob from the Razor Crest in his right hand. (Thanks Mark!)
Now that Disney owns the studio that makes The Simpsons, they figured it was time to pay tribute to some of the many times the series satirized or referenced Disney’s iconic properties. Since they also own Marvel and Star Wars, they couldn’t resist doing compilations for those franchises too.
After his stint as radar technician “Matt,” Kylo Ren returns to Undercover Boss to see if he was able to keep his promises to improve his organization and not lose his temper as much. One of several hilarious sketches from Adam Driver’s latest appearance on SNL.
While it’s not nearly as big as the AT-ACT treehouse that Colin Furze built, we’re still impressed with this foamcore and hot glue replica of the Empire’s walking weapon the guys from FliteTest put together. They built it with the sole purpose of flying tiny drones around it to knock it down.
The Mandalorian certainly owes alot to western films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But what would it have looked like if it actually were a spaghetti western? Kingkida’s stylized trailer does a great job imagining just that, complete with the proper music, typeface, and film grain.
Motion designer Sekani Solomon and a team of talented animators made this brief, but impressive Star Wars fan film, which features an epic battle between a group of stormtroopers and an unknown enemy. The CGI work is as good as any video game cutscene we’ve seen. Sound design by Echoic.
Illustrator dvglzv loves to create imaginary comic book covers based on pop culture. He recently put together an brilliant series of vintage-style Marvel covers for each of The Mandalorian’s eight initial episodes. We’d love to see full comic books done this in this style.
How’d you like a cool looking wooden model of a TIE fighter to display on your desk? Well, now you can, assuming you have some basic tools and a little patience. WorksByaHurst walks us through all of the details. Find the step-by-step instructions and materials list on Instructables.
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.
The Mandalorian has a great original score by Ludwig Göransson that suits the western-inspired Star Wars series perfectly. Duo YSSY made an awesome 1980s synthwave version, and it’s like what the show might have been like if Mando and Baby Yoda were being chased by stormtroopers driving Pontiac Trans Ams.
After tickling our ears with songs like “Bushes of Love“, “It’s Not a Moon“, and “Seagulls (Stop It Now)“, Bad Lip Reading has bestowed another silly Star Wars song upon us, featuring Jedi master Yoda schooling Luke Skywalker with his special Force-powered stick as they sit by a roaring campfire.
To commemorate the end of the Skywalker saga, premium playing card maker Theory11 presents a duo of official Star Wars decks. Sold in Light Side and Dark Side variants, they feature custom court cards of iconic good or evil characters, and card backs and boxes featuring spaceships of the Rebellion and Empire.
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