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Star Wars

LEGO Millennium Falcon Speed Build

LEGO Millennium Falcon Speed Build

For those of us who don’t have the time (or the money) to build the 7500+ piece LEGO 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon set ourselves, Benjamin Große has condensed the process down to a 2-minute time-lapse. Check out BrickBuilder’s 52-minute video if you want more detail.

Jordan Schlansky’s TED Talk

Jordan Schlansky’s TED Talk

From Conan’s cutting room floor comes another hilarious bit with his associate producer Jordan Schlansky, as he goes off on an seemingly endless rant about why Star Wars is so much better than Star Trek – and nobody stops him. Somebody get this guy a lozenge.

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Deal: Star Wars Metal Sculptures

Deal: Star Wars Metal Sculptures
$10  Buy Comment

These palm-sized, flat-pack metal models require patience and attention to detail to assemble, but the result is well worth the effort. Choose from Millennium Falcon, R2-D2, AT-AT, X-Wing Fighter, TIE Fighter, Imperial Star Destroyer, and Vader’s TIE Fighter kits.

Sphero R2-D2 & BB-9E Robots

Sphero R2-D2 & BB-9E Robots
$150-$180  Buy Link Comment

Sphero follows up its neat BB-8 droid with R2-D2 and BB-9E (a new character that will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). The R2-D2 toy has a built-in speaker for its trademark bleeps and bloops, while the BB-9E toy has the same fascinating spherical body as BB-8.

Onnit x Star Wars Fitness Equipment

Onnit x Star Wars Fitness Equipment
$65-$200  Buy Comment

Go from Jabba the Hutt to Jango Fett with the help of Onnit’s Star Wars-themed equipment. The collection consists of three different kettlebells – Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtrooper – a Han Solo yoga mat and a Death Star slam ball.

Star Wars 3 Anakin Action Figure

Star Wars 3 Anakin Action Figure
$235  Buy Comment

Hot Toys presents the penultimate form of the galaxy’s most powerful sand hater. This 12″ tall figure is based on Anakin Skywalker’s appearance in Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith. It comes with a light-up lightsaber, Count Dooku’s lightsaber, a cyborg arm and more.

LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon 2017

LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon 2017

The largest official LEGO set ever features a whopping 7,541 pieces, which come together to form an insanely detailed model of the Millennium Falcon. Ultimate Collector Series #75192 drops on 10/1/17, and will probably sell out quickly, despite its $800 price tag.

Radio Flyer Landspeeder

Radio Flyer Landspeeder
$499  Buy Link Comment

This motorized replica of Luke’s iconic X-34 Landspeeder is the perfect vehicle for Star Wars kiddies. It drives at speeds up to 5 mph, and provides the illusion of hovering thanks to its blacked-out bottom. Max weight is 130 lb, so unless you’re a small adult, don’t even.

Grand Moff Tarkin Action Figure

Grand Moff Tarkin Action Figure
$235  Buy Comment

“You may fire when ready.” Hot Toys shows why it’s one of the best toymakers in the business with this incredible likeness of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin from Star Wars: A New Hope. The 12″ action figure comes with a high-back chair and three pairs of hands.

The Tale of Tag and Bink

The Tale of Tag and Bink

You’ve probably never heard of Tag and Bink, but Austin McConnell explains how these two obscure characters were the puppetmasters behind some of the major plot developments of the original Star Wars trilogy. We really want these guys to be canon.

Star Wars AT-ACT Walker Bookends

Star Wars AT-ACT Walker Bookends
$240  Buy Comment

Transport your books to the tropical planet Scariff with Gentle Giant’s awesome pair of AT-ACT Walker polystone bookends. The walker measures 9.5″ x 5″ x 12″ when both halves are together. Each pair is hand-painted and individually numbered.

Raiders of the Lost Darth

Raiders of the Lost Darth

Fabrice Mathieu mashed up the opening sequence from Raiders of the Lost Ark with footage from Star Wars universe, making the daring archaeologist take on evil Jar-Jars, and all manner of nasties to recover the C-3PO idol. The trash compactor creature was a nice touch.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

A look at the scale model of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a massive new section that will open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. Visitors will meet many Star Wars characters, check out a Star Destroyer hangar, and even fly the Millenium Falcon. More here.

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The Last Jedi: Behind the Scenes

The Last Jedi: Behind the Scenes

During this year’s D23 Expo, one of the many things Disney dropped was this cool 3-minute reel that teases us with on-set footage from Star Wars Episode VIII, including glimpses at the sets, costumes, creatures, and cast. Damn, we’re gonna miss Carrie Fisher.

Star Wars Snack Bowls

Star Wars Snack Bowls
$17  Buy Comment

Have Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt, or a wampa hold your snacks with ThinkGeek’s exclusive and officially licensed Star Wars snack bowls. They’re made of ceramic and can hold up to 3 cups each. They should’ve gone all out and made Sarlacc and Rathtar bowls as well.

Star Wars Rey’s Rebel Helmet Replica

Star Wars Rey’s Rebel Helmet Replica
$350  Buy Comment

A life-size and wearable replica of Rey’s beat up Rebel helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Anovos digitally scanned the prop that was used in the movie to make sure that they got it right. The helmet’s interior is fully lined and has earcups. Fits up to size 8.

Coffee Stirrer Imperial March

Coffee Stirrer Imperial March

Russian poet and musician Deita Meira demonstrates his special gift – the ability to play a tune on a simple plastic coffee stirrer. Here, he performs John Williams’ classic Imperial March from the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Super Graphic

Star Wars Super Graphic
$20  Buy Comment

A spectacularly fun book for any Star Wars fan, graphic designer Tim Leong’s lighthearted paperback is packed with infographics, facts, and figures from what each lightsaber color means, to the heights of popular characters, to the Jedi High Council seating chart.

Kotobukiya Emperor Palpatine Statue

Kotobukiya Emperor Palpatine Statue
$100  Buy Comment

“Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!” Rally your evil figures with Kotobukiya’s tenth-scale statue of Star Wars’ villain. Palpatine can be removed from the throne, in case you want your stormtroopers to taste power for once.

Kylo Ren’s Relaxing Interrogation

Kylo Ren’s Relaxing Interrogation

“Where is the map? That’s okay, there’s no rush.” Auralnauts keeps finding good use for Kylo Ren’s voice and his close-up from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So sit back, relax, and slowly, but surely, remember where that freakin’ map is.

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball
$6199-$8999  Buy Comment

Stern’s new machines feature imagery and sounds from the original trilogy. They have color-changing LEDS, and models of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter. Upgraded Limited and Premium models get two LCD screens, an exploding Death Star, and more.

Was Star Wars Saved in Editing?

Was Star Wars Saved in Editing?

There’s been a long-circulating rumor that Star Wars was a real trainwreck until it hit the editing room. The Solomon Society digs into this tale to see if there’s any truth to it. The reality is that all movies require good editing and post-production to create a quality result.

Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars

Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars

To celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, Cinefamily TV created this epic video mixtape loaded with insane and obscure footage, from interviews, to parodies, to fan tributes, and much more. If you’re not prepared to spend 95 minutes right now, the trailer should convince you.

The Imperial Accordion March

The Imperial Accordion March

Ukraine accordion duo Vasyl Kravchuk and Viktor Kravchuk turn in a truly impressive cover of John Williams’ Imperial March from the Star Wars saga. We can imagine Darth Vader making a grand entrance to this music, while an army of stormtroopers dance the polka.

To Shake Darth Vader’s Hand

To Shake Darth Vader’s Hand

“We are stormtroopers. You know what we do best? We die.” Three stormtroopers are in the middle of a battle when one of them sees Darth Vader enter the fray. He geeks out and insists that they all come up to him in this short but sweet fan film. Captions available.

Star Wars Helmet Speakers

Star Wars Helmet Speakers
$799  Buy Comment

These full-size replicas of Imperial helmets double as Bluetooth speakers, each packing a 15-watt woofer, and a pair of 3-watt full-range drivers. They’re crazy expensive, so for those on more modest budgets, there’s also mini stormtrooper and mini K-2SO models.

Deal: Rogue One x NEFF Box

Deal: Rogue One x NEFF Box
$79  Buy Comment

Another great deal for Star Wars fans, this box is packed with over $150 worth of goodies including a NEFF Rogue One tee, two NEFF hats, a Funko figurine, a signed Star Wars novel, a Marvel Star Wars comic book, and more. Get an extra 10% off with code MAYTHEFOURTH.

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid performs an awesome synthwave arrangement of John Williams’ classic Force Theme from the Star Wars saga. While it might not suit the timeless feel of the films, it certainly captures the essence of the era during which they achieved their greatest fame – the 1980s.

Deal: Star Wars Gamer Bundle

Deal: Star Wars Gamer Bundle
$15  Buy Comment

Celebrate Star Wars Day with an epic bundle of games, including The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, Knights of the Old Republic, KOTOR II: The Sith Lords, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Save 10% more w/code MAYTHEFOURTH.

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans

Pallette-Swap Ninja is celebrating the upcoming May the Fourth holiday in the best possible way, by releasing a free album comprised entirely of Star Wars parody songs, all done to the tune of songs from the Beatles’ famed record Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Rogue One vs. Force Awakens

Rogue One vs. Force Awakens

Lessons from the Screenplay compares Rogue One and The Force Awakens to teach the basics of storytelling: creating active protagonists, adding flaws for characters to overcome, introducing events that drive the story forward, and more.

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