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Star Wars

Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge

Han Solo in Carbonite Fridge

Master builder and effects artist Frank Ippolito saw what appears to be a photoshopped image of a refrigerator done up to look like Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. Inspired by the pic, Frank decided to build the actual fridge for himself. Tested shares the build process.

Adam Savage Incognito 2016 Pt. 2

Adam Savage Incognito 2016 Pt. 2

Aside from dressing up as The Revenant‘s bear, Adam Savage also toured the San Diego Comic-Con with Anovos’ officially licensed Kylo Ren costume, which apparently weighs 10lb excluding the helmet. It looks badass though, as a $3,100 costume should.

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QMx 2016 Spaceship Models

QMx 2016 Spaceship Models

Tested visited Quantum Mechanix’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con to look at the toymaker’s upcoming spaceship scale models. The highlight of the booth is definitely the cutaway Millennium Falcon, but the Star Trek Beyond ship and Star-Lord’s Milano are awesome too.

Young Han Solo Auditions

Young Han Solo Auditions

It was just announced that actor Alden Ehrenreich will be playing Han Solo in his younger days. Of course, many other actors tried out for the part, and Conan got his hands on the audition tapes. Bill Hader definitely should have gotten the part of the Tauntaun.

Propel Star Wars Quadcopters

Propel Star Wars Quadcopters

Licensed quadcopters based on the 74-Z speeder bike, the Millennium Falcon, the T-65 X-Wing and the TIE Advanced X1. Each quad is equipped with lasers and will have a game mode where three hits with a laser will make the quad land. More here.

Stormtrooper Gold Chrome Action Figure

Stormtrooper Gold Chrome Action Figure
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Hot Toys’ blinged out variant of the Empire’s foot soldier. The sixth scale action figure has over 30 points of articulation and comes with a blaster rifle and seven swappable hands. Sideshow Collectibles and Variant Comics are giving one away here. Skip to 3:58 in the video.

Rogue One: Celebration Reel

Rogue One: Celebration Reel

Star Wars fans are gonna be poring over every second of this BTS reel from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, looking for every clue about the characters, locations, costumes, and story. It’s not a full trailer, but it’s almost kinda better.

Star Wars Battlefront Custom Helmets

Star Wars Battlefront Custom Helmets

Last year, PlayStation held a giveaway for custom-made life-size replicas of the magmatrooper and rebel commando helmets. Super Gamer Builds documented the helmets’ production and presentation to the lucky winner. Skip to 6:19 for the reveal.

TMBG x The Force Awakens

TMBG x The Force Awakens

YouTuber Wyomingnot managed to perfectly sync up bits of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with They Might Be Giant’s quirky Fingertips from their 1992 album Apollo 18, an offbeat collection of 21 seemingly random bits of song choruses.

Empire Strike T-Shirt

Empire Strike T-Shirt
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That’s no moon! It’s a bowling ball! Glennz’s smartalec tee envisions the Death Star as the ultimate power in the alley, poised to annihilate Aldepiins with the flick of your wrist.

Violin Wars

Violin Wars

The students of Quebec’s École de l’Harmonie St Édouard and École secondaire de La Seigneurie turned in this performance back when The Force Awakens opened. If their musical abilities weren’t enough, their lightsaber bows pushed them over the top.

Drone Wars

Drone Wars

Corridor Digital created an awesome Star Wars fan film using on-board POV camera footage captured from drones, combined with exterior shots and VFX. The drone pilots from Rotor Riot deserve an award for maneuvering around that bridge. Behind the scenes footage here.

Happy Chewbacca Songified

Happy Chewbacca Songified

Candace Payne’s gleeful video of her testing out her new Chewbacca mask has been seen over a 137 million times on her Facebook page alone. So it’s no wonder that The Gregory Brothers hopped on the bandwagon, and turned her unending joy into an equally upbeat little song.

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Such a Happy Chewbacca!

Such a Happy Chewbacca!

Candace Payne shares her birthday gift to herself – an electronic Chewbacca mask that makes Chewie’s sounds when the wearer open their mouth. It’s a simple toy, but she gets such a kick out of it and her laughter is so infectious. Skip to 1:42. Mirror here.

The Force Awakens Is a Remix

The Force Awakens Is a Remix

Kirby Ferguson looks at J.J. Abrams’ approach to filmmaking and the parallels between The Force Awakens and A New Hope. While referencing the past can be an homage, some might see it as a lack of creativity. In this case, combining the familiar and the new worked brilliantly.

The Empire Strikes Bond

The Empire Strikes Bond

Paying tribute to two of our favorite franchises at once, designer Kurt Rauffer (aka KROFL) created this reimagined title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back, done in the style of classic James Bond opening credits. The music is Radiohead’s unused Spectre theme song.

Rogue One: A LEGO Story

Rogue One: A LEGO Story

A group of talented animators from The Animators’ Collective spent the three weeks since the teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped, and if you ask us, they did an amazing job recreating the trailer using Minifigs and LEGO set pieces. VFX breakdown here.

Schlansky’s Darth Vader Helmet

Schlansky’s Darth Vader Helmet

“You become aroused when you put on that helmet?” “Yes.” Jordan Schlansky talks about his eFx Star Wars: A New Hope Darth Vader Helmet. But this isn’t a product review, more of a preview followed by a very hesitant unboxing.

Making a Wooden Death Star

Making a Wooden Death Star

“It’s all fairly simple.” Yeah right. Woodworker Frank Howarth celebrates Star Wars Day in the best way possible – by sharing video of his painstakingly handcrafted wooden Death Star. It’s simply astounding that you can make something like this from flat pieces of wood.

Massive LEGO Star Destroyer

Massive LEGO Star Destroyer

Redditor raskolnikov- is blowing minds all over the world with his incredible LEGO model of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Not only is it huge – it’s over 56″ long and weighs 70lb – it also has a detailed interior, with rooms and minifigs and even spaceships inside it.

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The Secret of C-3PO

The Secret of C-3PO

“The problem’s plain to see… too much technology…” Editor Luc “Zapatou” Bergeron combined footage of Star Wars’ least respected droid with Styx’s cheesetastic Mr. Roboto, a song that seems much more appropriate these days than when it was released back in 1983.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Teaser)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Teaser)

Our first look at the first standalone story feature in the Star Wars franchise – the story behind the scrappy team of Rebels sent to steal the plans for the Death Star in the lead-up to A New Hope. From director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla).

The Force Awakens Honest Trailer

The Force Awakens Honest Trailer

Screen Junkies is several months late with their joke for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which means we’ve heard all they have to say. Except for Maz Kanata’s new nickname. That was good. Anyway, they make up for it with a showdown of movie trailer voice guys.

Deal: Star Wars Scavenger Poster

Deal: Star Wars Scavenger Poster
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Inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this striking image by Derek Payne features Rey scavenging on the surface of Jakku against the dramatic backdrop of a crashed Star Destroyer. Measures 18″ x 24″ and printed on archival quality paper. 23% off in The Awesomer Shop.

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Hologrid: Monster Battle

Inspired by his own holochess board from Star Wars, Academy Award winning effects wiz Phil Tippett is working with HappyGiant to create Hologrid Monster Battle, an augmented and virtual reality board game with collectible cards and battles between Tippett’s creatures.

LEGO The Force Awakens (Gameplay)

LEGO The Force Awakens (Gameplay)
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The gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us an example of the game’s more varied building mechanics as well as stories that are not in the movies, such as Lor San Tekka’s back story and how Han and Chewie caught the rathtars.

Hand Wars

Hand Wars

Elite Geek dug up this brilliant and hilarious low-budget Star Wars fan film from 1990, directed by Itami Rose. The literally handmade Super 8 film recreates scenes from A New Hope, shot entirely with hands in place of spaceships. (Thanks Jeremy!)

Things That Weren’t in Star Wars

Things That Weren’t in Star Wars

Ewoks, The Light Side of The Force, X-Wings, TIE Fighters. While these are all well-known parts of the Star Wars universe, it turns out that many terms we treat as common knowledge were never mentioned by name on screen.

Realistic Star Wars Battlefront

Realistic Star Wars Battlefront

3D graphics modder Martin Bergman shows what you can do by tweaking the renderers and textures for Star Wars: Battlefront, then running the game on a powerful gaming rig with an GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card and an Intel Core i7 6700K CPU. More on Imgur.

Reggie Watts Sings with BB-8

Reggie Watts Sings with BB-8

Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts met up with The Force Awakens’ rollerdroid BB-8, and the duo turned in a little droid funk track for our enjoyment. Funny thing is, we totally believe that Watts can understand exactly what BB is saying.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray
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(SPOILERS) The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD combo pack comes with several bonus features, including a video on the cast’s table read, the making of the climactic snow fight and a batch of deleted scenes. Drops 4/5/16.

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