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Star Wars

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Darth Maul: Apprentice

Darth Maul: Apprentice

Now we know why Darth Maul is in such a bad mood. He doesn’t have a mouse and a keyboard. Seriously though if you’re into the Star Wars prequels’ flashy blade dancing, you’ll love Shawn Bu’s fan film.

Nixon x Star Wars C-3PO Sentry

Nixon x Star Wars C-3PO Sentry
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As part of its Star Wars Light Side collection, Nixon spruced up its 42mm Sentry SS watch with details from Anakin’s protocol droid. It has Threepio’s gold color, embossed rings and exposed mid-section wires on its dial.

The Sound of a Galaxy

The Sound of a Galaxy

“It was like visiting an old friend.” Renowned composer John Williams talks about creating the soundtrack of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, briefly describing his approach to Rey’s and Kylo Ren’s themes, and more.

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

We’ve seen what a young maker’s BB-8 is like; now let’s see how the pros do it. Ed Zarick – the man behind the Xbox One & PS4 laptop – made his own life-size BB-8 droid with the help of BB-8 Builders Club and Astromech.net.

Not the Future

Not the Future

After wooing us with their track Bushes of Love, Bad Lip Reading are back with another Star Wars track – this time expounding on their The Empire Strikes Back reading. Since when were C-3PO and Jabba outsourced to Bangalore?

Star Kart

Star Kart

Yahoooooo! Dark Pixel envisions a melding of the Mushroom Kingdom with Star Wars, with a game that surely will be made if Disney ever buys up Nintendo. Seriously, we’d like to play this game now, so get working on it already, Nintendo!

How Episode VII Should’ve Ended

How Episode VII Should’ve Ended

“Leia’s gonna be pissed.” How It Should’ve Ended rights many of The Force Awakens’ wrongs, such as the lack of ghost Vader, Rey’s escape plan and the totally avoidable climax. All we want to see is for Chewie to go Rambo on Kylo Ren.

Flight of The Imperial March

Flight of The Imperial March

Pianist D Wave mashed up two seemingly mismatched tunes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars into a single cohesive track. There’s a hint of ragtime jazz in there for good measure too.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Replay the events of The Force Awakens with more humor and brick-building, play as both the heroes and villains, see events from between Episodes VI and VII and more in this upcoming video game. The Deluxe Edition comes with an exclusive Finn minifig. Drops 6/28/16.

The Force Awakens Speedrun

The Force Awakens Speedrun

(PG-13 Language) The animators of 1A4 Studios are a back to sum up the entirety of Star Wars Episode VII in just 60 seconds. Even as a stick figure, Kylo Ren is still a douchebag. And BB-8 is even more adorable.

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