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Watch ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ as told (adorably) by Tsum Tsums

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To help promote its adorable Star Wars Tsum Tsum line, Disney has released an equally cute retelling of A New Hope using only the little stuffed toys and simple animation.

Clocking in at just two minutes, it’s a playful highlight reel that skips over the iconic cantina scene — not only is it (probably) too violent, but there’s no Obi-Wan Kenobi or Greedo Tsum Tsum — but makes the Battle of Yavin a lot of fun. Well, maybe not for those unfortunate Tsum Tsums on the Death Star …

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These Disney bags and wallets want to be part of your world

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Disney has partnered with Loungefly for a new line of bags and wallets that incorporate several of their iconic characters into fashion-forward designs. Everyone from Ariel to Cinderella pop up in these designs, which vary from focusing solely on the iconic characters to incorporating them into more complex patterns. Yep, that’s Stitch popping up behind some pineapples! The prices on these items run from $38-$70, so you won’t have to be Scrooge McDuck-level rich to get your hands on these.

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Go mad over these wild, whimsical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ shoes

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After dazzling us last fall with show-stopping, if largely impractical, shoes inspired by Star Wars, Irregular Choice is back with an equally impressive collection based on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

Officially licensed, the limited-edition line features a mix of flats and heels depicting Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. As with the Star Wars collection, the Alice in Wonderland shoes boast some incredible heels. However, even the more practical Cheshire Cat flats include a whimsical surprise: a little pink tail.

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Disney reveals new ‘Star Wars’ land concept art, details [Updated]

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Update (7:30 a.m.): Disney Parks has released hi-res versions of three of the concept illustrations unveiled Sunday. We’ve updated images where appropriate.


During an ABC special Sunday night celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first theme park, Disney unveiled new concept art of details for its “Star Wars Experience” theme lands, under construction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Star Wars is, for lack of a better word, awesome,” franchise veteran Harrison Ford said during the presentation. “I’m so blessed that I had an opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations, and soon you will be able to do that as well — not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home.”

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Discover the ‘Star Wars’ alphabet in Katie Cook’s new book

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Katie Cook’s (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”) latest project aims to teach children the alphabet using the way of The Force. By associating every letter with a different “Star Wars” character, the book — titled “Star Wars: ABC-3PO,” and written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy — journeys through A to Z of the galaxy far, far away, so kids can learn about the characters and discover the alphabet while they’re at it.

Speaking to StarWars.com about the book, Cook discussed how the idea came about — revealing that it sprung from her popular ABC poster, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration last year: “Mike [Siglain, creative director of publishing at Lucasfilm], who is working on it, really liked the ABC poster that I did for Star Wars Celebration and he had an idea. He really wanted to make a kids book that was more memorable than just, you know, the stock art photos, things like that. And he brought up all of these great kids books, kind of from the ’80s, with these really charming illustrations that really stick with you; the books you want to give to your kid because you really remember loving them as a kid yourself.”

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Watch: ‘Star Kart’ is the ‘Star Wars’-‘Mario Kart’ crossover we need

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The newly announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks amazing, don’t get me wrong, but a Star Wars/Mario Kart mashup may be the video game fans are truly waiting for.

Of course, they’ll likely be waiting for a long time, as a Nintendo/Disney collaboration probably isn’t happening anytime soon. In the meantime, however, we can enjoy “Star Kart,” a fan video by Dark Pixels that perfectly combines the high-flying space action of Star Wars with the high-speed racing of Mario Kart.

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Judge shuts down lawsuit over ‘Iron Man’ armor design

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A judge has ruled that a lawsuit over the design for the “Iron Man” armor — which prosecutors Ben Lai and Ray Lai say is based on designs from their independent comic, “Radix” — has no place in the Massachusetts courts.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Marvel are protected from the lawsuit because state-level judge Denise Casper has decided the matter doesn’t belong in the Massachusetts courts. Casper said, “…the claims lack relatedness to his state with no specific allegations tying transactions, creations or marketing to Massachusetts.”

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These Jedi Disney princesses are a Force to be reckoned with

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Kylo Ren may have caused a stir with his distinctive, if perhaps impractical, crossguard lightsaber, but that’s nothing compared to Belle’s three-pronged candelabra blades. Or is that called a Lumière-saber?

Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage wields her elegant weapon for a more civilized age alongside Amber Arden as Sith Snow and Reagan Kathryn as Reypunzel in these photos of their terrific Disney/Star Wars mashup cosplay.

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Disney’s animated classics, reimagined in Tim Burton’s style

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Filmmaker Tim Burton’s style is nothing if not distinctive, recognizable in both look and tone across works ranging from Beetlejuice to The Nightmare Before Christmas to Frankenweenie. Now one fan has channeled that unmistakable signature for a series of posters that images what beloved Disney animated films might look like had they been directed by Burton.

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Artist transforms Disney Princesses into iconic X-Men

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If there isn’t an animated television special or Marvel miniseries already in development recasting the Disney Princesses as X-Men, then someone’s not doing their jobs.

San Francisco-based illustrator Diego Gómez has done just that, transforming movie images of such beloved Disney characters as Cinderella, Pocahontas and Snow White into such iconic Marvel mutants as Emma Frost, Psylocke and Jubilee.

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100 meter tall Starkiller Base built in Abu Dhabi to honor ‘The Force Awakens’

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A company called twofour54 in Abu Dhabi has altered a building to look like the Starkiller Base from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abu Dhabi was of course used by director J.J. Abrams for the set of Jakku in the film.

Standing 100-meters tall, the building covers 17,000 square meters of surface area. It’s currently being used as the headquarters for a company called Aldar.

Check out the video below, which showcases Abu Dhabi’s impressive Starkiller tribute:

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‘Star Wars’ toys generated $700 million in sales last year

 

It should surprise no one that Star Wars was the hottest toy property last year in the United States. Still, you may be shock at just how huge of a merchandising phenomenon the Force awakened.

Retail research firm NPD Group tells Reuters that Star Wars toys generated sales of more than $700 million in 2015. That’s more than products related to Avengers, Jurassic World and Minions combined.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take down iconic Earffel Tower

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close several attractions and take down its iconic Earffel Tower to make way for eagerly awaited theme lands based on Star Wars and Toy Story.

Disney announced the April 2 closing of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and “nearby locations around Streets of America,” with the Orlando Sentinel adding to the list the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, a Monsters, Inc. meet-and-greet and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant.

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Kylo Ren is going to Disney World (and Disneyland)!

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The lightsaber-wielding villain of the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will soon become a fixture at Disney Parks.

The entertainment giant has announced that, beginning next month, visitors to the Star Wars Launch Bay attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, will come face to face with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

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Watch a life-size LEGO BB-8 get built in this timelapse

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BB-8’s natural roundness doesn’t really lend itself for the bricky LEGO-verse, but the artists over at Bright Bricks managed to build a life-size LEGO version of everyone’s favorite droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the film’s premiere in the UK.

Bright Bricks uploaded the following timelapse video, which shows how the team managed to successfully build a full-size BB-8, with all the necessary curves:

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