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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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

“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.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Invasion of the Droids

Invasion of the Droids

During Star Wars Celebration, a veritable army of robot builders got together in one room to let their R2-D2s, BB-8s, and other assorted droids meet each other. It’s like a dog park for droids, and it should be open every day of the year. Kudos to Michael McMaster for the video.

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Adam Savage: Chewie & 3PO

Adam Savage: Chewie & 3PO

Adam Savage likes to go to conventions undercover. For Silicon Valley Comic Con, he dressed as Chewbacca, complete with an awesomely annoying C-3PO strapped to his back. We also learned that Chewie must go through an awful lot of hairspray.

The Force and The Fury

The Force and The Fury

Jason Satterlund’s short film is one of the better Star Wars fan films we’ve seen. Focused more on character and emotion than effects, it follows the story of a Jedi who crash-lands on a desolate planet, and finds himself at the mercy of a Sith who has a vendetta against him.

DIY Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

DIY Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

One of the best parts of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the snarky new droid K-2SO. Norm Chan from Tested recently met up with fan Darren Moser to take a look at the amazing full-scale K-2SO puppet suit he’s been building. We can’t wait to see the finished build.

Jabba & Crumb Geeki Tikis

Jabba & Crumb Geeki Tikis

ThinkGeek is offering up a limited-edition run of tiki mugs based on Jabba the Hutt and his irritating sidekick Salacious Crumb. Jabba’s body holds up to 40 oz – for jumbo polynesian cocktails, while Crumb’s 4oz. capacity is perfect for gulping down a double-double shot.

Star Wars Battlefront II (Trailer)

Star Wars Battlefront II (Trailer)

The sequel to the rebooted Star Wars Battlefront series promises to have the depth and customization that was lacking in its predecessor. It will have a single-player campaign mode, customization for each character and vehicle, new heroes and more.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Teaser)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Teaser)

Our first glimpse at Episode VIII picks up right where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey on a mysterious island, and hints at her learning to use her powers much like Luke learned from Yoda. But perhaps her role isn’t to be a Jedi, but to restore order to The Force.

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