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Be afraid: ‘Star Wars’ fans built a 15-foot Star Destroyer that actually flies

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The Empire is making some headway on Planet Earth — after someone already built a TIE Interceptor — a “Star Wars” fan has successfully built a 15-foot-long flying Star Destroyer, made from insulating foam panels, Gorilla Glue, packing tape, and a can of Rustoleum. The First Order is coming, folks.

Peter Sripol’s Star Destroyer replica flies using three motor-driven propellers, along with a pair of servos to operate the elevons at the rear. Check out the flight test below:

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How to build a BB-8 replica, or at least paint BB-8 on your nails

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A man from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada has effectively schooled us all as “Star Wars” fans and built his own super-realistic replica of BB-8 from “The Force Awakens.”

The Globe and Mail released the following video that showcases “Star Wars” fan and graphic designer Cory Pacione’s impressive BB-8 replica, which uses four magnets in both the head and the body, along with hidden wheels, to roll around just like the beloved droid:

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Han Solo totally shoots first in this 8-bit retelling of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

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CineFix strikes back in their latest video, which renders the original “Star Wars” trilogy in both 8-bit and 16-bit game tech. They cram Luke Skywalker’s entire saga into five minutes of old-school video game glory, complete with reimagined “Star Wars” theme music.

While they remain pretty faithful to the original story, they definitely have some strong opinions about the prequels and whether or not Han Solo shot first.

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Watch every ‘Star Wars’ character from Darth Vader to Bea Arthur sing ‘Stayin’ Alive’

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As Jimmy Fallon pointed out this week on The Tonight Show, it doesn’t seem like the Star Wars phenomenon is going to be dying out any time soon. So to celebrate the franchise’s enduring appeal, the producers of the late night comedy show cut together a dialogue-driven recreation of the Bee Gees immortal disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”

Featuring clips from every major film in Star Wars universe up to but not including The Force Awakens and a few other odd spots (like the reviled Christmas Special), the video ropes in moaning Darth Vader, whining Anakin Skywalker, smooth Han Solo and a number of other faces from a galaxy far, far away. Check it out after the jump.

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You could own a replica Interceptor from Mel Gibson’s ‘Mad Max’

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Have you ever wanted to cruise down the freeway or speed around abandoned desert roads in the iconic police car from Mad Max? Well now you can — if you have $90,000.

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Atlanta Hawks celebrate ‘Star Wars’ with special basketball charity night

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Everyone is celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Atlanta’s NBA team, the Hawks.

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Gingerbread Darth Vader finds your lack of frosting disturbing

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The force is strong with this gingerbread creation. Caroline Eriksson, a 3-D artist from Oslo, Norway has created a perfect Darth Vader statue made out of gingerbread.

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This ‘Star Wars’ art is only visible as a shadow

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The latest art project from a “Star Wars” fan might not look like anything at first glance — but shine a light on the various pieces, and you’ve got some pretty nifty shadows that look like beautiful silhouettes of characters and iconic images from the films.

Check out the video below, where artist Red Yong Yi demonstrates how exactly her shadow art works, as she uses the power of the light (side) to create some precise and stunning visuals:

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George Pérez shares ‘Star Wars’ art you’ve (probably) never seen

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Legendary comics artist George Pérez — known for his landmark work on “The Avengers,” “The New Teen Titans,” and “Wonder Woman,” among many other series — unearthed some of his rarely seen “Star Wars” art — and of the three pieces, only one was actually published.

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‘Bloom County’ creator crafts ‘Star Wars’ parody poster: ‘Dork Wars: Adulthood Takes A Nap’

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Revered creator of “Bloom County,” Berkeley Breathed, has drawn a satirical rendition of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” poster, packed with characters from his own comic strip.

Known for his biting satire, Breathed revived his “Bloom County” strip after a significant hiatus earlier this year, to much acclaim. While the artist is usually expending his creative energy to roast the likes of Donald Trump, Breathed took time to poke fun at the enormous hype of “The Force Awakens.”

Check out Breathed’s full poster for “Dork Wars: Adulthood Takes a Nap,” featuring the likes of “Bloom County’s” Opus, Steve Dallas and Bill the Cat as Rey, Kylo Renn as a Stormtrooper, respectively, below:

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Custom ‘Star Wars’ pianos, perfect for your Cantina cover band

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Trying to start a Mos Eisley Cantina cover band, but your instruments aren’t up to snuff? Fear not, as the folks at Player Piano have designed custom “Star Wars”-themed pianos just for your needs.

Composer Sonya Belousova and director Tom Grey uploaded the following “Star Wars” piano medley to YouTube, spotlighting their specially-designed R2-D2, Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon-inspired pianos, just in time for the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” next week:

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Death Star USB Car Charger, featuring the voice of Grand Moff Tarkin

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ThinkGeek has released a “Star Wars” Death Star USB Car Charger, giving you the power to charge your phone with the galaxy’s most destructive weapon — on the go!

The officially licensed car charger has green flashing LED lights that activate when you plug your USB(s) into the device. Not only that, but an automated voice of Grand Moff Tarkin greets your inserted USB with the phrase, “You may fire when ready.”

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Forever 21 awakens new ‘Star Wars’ clothing line

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Forever 21 is set to offer an all-“Star Wars” clothing line, featuring everyone’s favorite George Lucas creations, from Darth Vader to Boba Fett.

Check out some of the “Star Wars” clothing options Forever 21 has in store, including t-shirts, tank tops, sweatpants, sweaters, and more, below.

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Taste the full power of the Force with ‘Star Wars’ ice cream

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The New York City-based ice cream shop Ample Hills Creamery is offering up limited edition “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”-themed ice cream on its menu — and don’t worry, it’s available for delivery (barring any trade embargoes).

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This ‘Star Wars’-themed cinema is fully operational

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Photos courtesy Dimensional Innovations

If you’re heading out to see a movie in Omaha, Nebraska, that may be no moon you see, but rather Alamo Drafthouse’s new Star Wars-themed cinema, which just happens to have its own 10-foot Death Star looming above the lobby.

In fact, the entire lobby resembles a certain space station, with signature Imperial light panels and signage, as well as the Emperor’s throne (the Rebels just don’t have the same flair for design). That chair isn’t just for show, either: Movie-goers can press a button on the armrest to fire the superlaser of the Death Star above.

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