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Star Wars

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Building a Life-Size BB-8

Angelo Casimiro wanted a replica of The Force Awakens’ rotund droid, but Sphero’s version wasnt’t big enough. Instead, he spent his Xmas break building his own full-size droid for just $120, with a paper-mâché beach ball body and an Arduino brain. More on Instructables.

The Force Awakens x Calvin & Hobbes

The Force Awakens x Calvin & Hobbes

Disney and Marvel illustrator Brian Kesinger have been posting increasingly spot-on sketches of characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the style of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. Check out his Instagram, DeviantArt and Etsy pages for more of his work.

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Matchless Han Solo Jacket

Matchless Han Solo Jacket
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This handsome leather jacket was inspired by the one that Han Solo rocked in The Force Awakens, borrowing details from the costume such as the ammo holder. Available in male and female versions. Part of Matchless’ Star Wars collection.

Inside The Force Awakens’ VFX

Inside The Force Awakens’ VFX

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been lauded for its return to the in-camera and practical effects style of Episodes IV-VI, but the magic on screen was a deft blending of traditional and modern techniques, as demonstrated in these clips from Wired’s DesignFX and IAMAG.

Kara: A Star Wars Fan Film

Kara: A Star Wars Fan Film

Writer/director Joe Sill and Whitelist Production’s unofficial fan film does an amazing job capturing the spirit of the Star Wars universe, combining action, drama, effects, and a dramatic setting that looks like they borrowed The Force Awakens’ location for Jakku.

Luke Skyfaller

Luke Skyfaller

YouTuber afteritakeashower tweaked the climactic scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader tells Luke about their connection, turning Cloud City into a Looney Tunes playground. That’s what you get for disobeying Yoda.

SNL: Undercover Ren

SNL: Undercover Ren

To see what it’s like to be one of the many minions supporting the First Order, head cheese Kylo Ren goes “deep” undercover to live among the great unwashed in this sketch that makes us wonder how employees on Undercover Boss are so clueless about their disguised superiors.

It’s Always Sunny in Tatooine

It’s Always Sunny in Tatooine

Anakin would never succumb to the Dark Side. Because of the implication. Suffer through the Star Wars prequels’ horrible acting and Jar Jar Binks for a great joke at its expense, with the help of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Obi-Wan Remembers the Truth

Obi-Wan Remembers the Truth

“I was once a Jedi knight, same as your father.” Obi-Wan Kenobi’s grim past comes back to haunt him when the young Luke Skywalker asks about his father. YouTuber Shahan Reviews bridges Revenge of the Sith with A New Hope in this dramatic mashup.

Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

The largest official LEGO AT-AT kit you can buy measures has about 1,100 pieces. Peter “Cavegod” Brookdale’s design uses over 6,000 bricks and is enormous. Charlie Goldberg of BrickVault acquired all the parts to replicate the giant walker, and recorded the build process.

Bushes of Love

Bushes of Love

“Every day I worry all day, about what’s waiting in the bushes of love.” Bad Lip Reading rewrites the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as a song, saying that the latter was killed by a chicken-duck-woman thing.

Back to the Organ

Back to the Organ

Japanese musician 826aska demonstrates her impressive electronic keyboard skills with performances from Back to the Future, Star Wars, Mission Impossible III, and other famous movie themes with a rich and orchestral texture atypical of a single musical instrument.

Star Wars Suite on Classical Guitar

Star Wars Suite on Classical Guitar

We’ve heard music from Star Wars playfully performed on a piano and rocked out on an electric guitar. Here’s Rafael Aguirre’s lively rendition, which he performed at Alhambra Guitars’ 50th anniversary. Damas y caballeros, La Guitarra de Las Galaxias.

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Star Wars x The Last Supper

Star Wars x The Last Supper

Photographer Steve Brown made a Star Wars-themed parody of Leonard da Vinci’s The Last Supper with the help of cosplayers from UK Garrison and graphic designer Steve Newman. Check out the behind the scenes details on Steve’s website.

Darth Farkus: Episode 1

Darth Farkus: Episode 1

Two of our favorites converge as A Christmas Story’s yellow-eyed villain joins the Dark Side of the Force, and is a real dick to everyone. And yes, that really is Zack Ward, the guy who played Scut Farkus in the classic holiday flick. Just one question: Where’s Grover Dill?

Kylo Ren Freaks Out

Kylo Ren Freaks Out

“Can’t I listen to just one podcast without hearing a Space Draft Kings commercial?!” The Sith’s new poster boy is the exact opposite of cool, calm and collected. Animator Bill Bergen imagines how Kylo Ren would react to life’s little annoyances.

George Lucas Charlie Rose Interview

George Lucas Charlie Rose Interview

“Whenever there’s a new tool, everybody goes crazy and they forget the fact that there’s a story.” Star Wars creator George Lucas recently had a lengthy chat with Charlie Rose. Yes he’s bitter, but he also has great points. Also he made Star Wars. Full video here.

BB-8 vs. Indiana Jones

BB-8 vs. Indiana Jones

While the sound effects are all wrong, we got a good chuckle from Reid Southen’s doctoring of this scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, replacing the giant boulder with another round, rolly object. Also, he made this a year ago, so he had no idea what BB-8 sounded like yet.

How Phasma Got Her Armor

How Phasma Got Her Armor

Like most J.J. Abrams movies, The Force Awakens left us with as many questions as answers. Like where did Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma get her awesomely shiny stormtrooper armor. Well, thanks to YouTuber levellord, we now know.

Lightsaber Dancing

Lightsaber Dancing

Daniel Musashi and David Barron used fire dancing and other spinning tricks to embody the ways of the Sith and the Jedi in the latest short from Kuma Films. The Dark Side user has flashy and aggressive moves while the Light Side disciple flows with his blade.

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Star Wars Sith Lord Coat

Star Wars Sith Lord Coat
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Musterbrand’s officially-licensed asymmetrical coat borrows heavily from Kylo Ren’s robe, with pin tuck details along the length of its sleeves and the back of its large hood. Available in men’s and women’s versions.

Darth Santa

Darth Santa

…aka Darth Vader. Forget about getting gifts. If he were Santa Claus, Christmas would be the worst day of the year, regardless if you were naughty or nice. Wrenthereaper took over for Corridor Digital’s Sam and Niko for this holiday episode. Making-of here.

The Onion Reviews The Force Awakens

The Onion Reviews The Force Awakens

(PG-13: Language) For The Onion, film critic Peter Rosenthal, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will never be as good as the first movie in the series. But he knows that for many horny teens, it – and heck, potentially any movie – will be their best movie ever.

Oscar Isaac: The New Star Wars Song

Oscar Isaac: The New Star Wars Song

Back in 1978, Bill Murray added lyrics to the Star Wars title theme for his tacky Saturday Night Live character Nick the Lounge Singer. The Force Awakens’ Oscar Isaac rewrites the silly song and makes it cool.

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Top 10

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Top 10

(PG-13) Gary the stormtrooper takes his daughter to work, Anakin goes to his happy place, Pruneface dreams of having more screen time and more in this look back at the funniest Robot Chicken: Star Wars scenes.

Deal: Star Wars Art

Deal: Star Wars Art
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Celebrate your love for Star Wars with this series of posters from Lynx Art Collection. Choose from Rebel Fighter, Snowy Walker Attack or Swamp Encounter prints, each measuring 18″ x 24″ and printed on 100 lb. archival-quality paper.

The Galactic Civil War

The Galactic Civil War

The Washington Post made a recap of Star Wars in the style of Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War. But YouTuber OneNerdShow already had the exact same idea and he executed it way better too.

Bill Burr Isn’t into Star Wars

Bill Burr Isn’t into Star Wars

Ever the contrarian, Bill Burr makes himself the mouthpiece of a minority by publicly admitting on Conan that he never understood the world’s love for Star Wars. Why? Blame Tony Montana. We love how scared Conan became as Bill kept talking.

Star Wars Minus Star Wars

Star Wars Minus Star Wars

YouTuber KyleKallgrenBHH made a summary of Star Wars IV: A New Hope using sounds and clips from other movies and TV shows. The resulting remix shows that Star Wars is deeply embedded into pop culture, but is itself a jumbled recollection of its predecessors.

Burning Lightsaber

Burning Lightsaber

After creating a magnetic version of Thor’s hammer, YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced made his own energy weapon. His take on the lightsaber uses a steady stream of methanol and acetone to create a fiery blade. In other words, it’s a blowtorch with a lightsaber hilt.

The Original Lightsaber Effect

The Original Lightsaber Effect

Practical effects wizard Joey Shanks shows us how to replicate the lightsaber effect seen in the first Star Wars movie not using digital trickery, but the same 3M Scotchlite reflection effect that Lucas and his team used back in 1977. The spinning blade trick was brilliant.

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