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Disneyland has unveiled new concept art for its eagerly anticipated “Star Wars”-themed land.
Featuring an X-wing, the Millennium Falcon and an assortment of buildings, markets and rock formations, the image will make its official debut today on the fence of Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland, which will serve as one of the entry points to the 14-acre area.
At this past weekend’s MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, a working, replica R2-D2 was spotted that donned the Mandalorian armor of everybody’s favorite “Star Wars” bounty hunter (sorry, Bossk fans), Boba Fett.
Cosplayer Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel) captured the following pictures and footage of the impressive R2-D2/Boba Fett droid:
Toy Vault is releasing plush slippers that take the shape of the “‘ello” worm from “Labyrinth” — effectively transforming the Jim Henson creation into comfortable looking footwear.
ThinkGeek has unveiled a new wave of extra-large “Star Wars” kites, with designs for R2-D2, the Death Star, an X-Wing, and of course, the Millennium Falcon.
The massive kites are being sold for $40 USD each, and are made up of a nylon sail material with a fiberglass frame.
The largest of the kites, the X-Wing, stands 52-inches tall, and is described as the most difficult to fly.
Check out a video demonstration of ThinkGeek’s “Star Wars” kites below:
ThinkGeek is releasing an R2-D2-inspired desk lamp — clearly the greatest use for the galaxy’s favorite astromech droid to date.
The lamp comes with a detailed paint job, using Artoo’s dome head as the design for the shade. It comes with a 60-inch cord — including an inline power switch — and uses 40-watt bulbs.
Reportedly appearing only briefly on the ILMxLab website before being removed, the video has since popped up elsewhere (watch it below), revealing footage of the Millennium Falcon landing on Tatooine, followed by Imperial ships and the arrival of R2-D2 to provide the player with a lightsaber to ward off a Stormtrooper attack.
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.”
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:
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:
With construction about to begin on the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland, the company teases that one of the rides will be “unprecedented, in a way.”
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering said that’s because of the involvement of Industrial Light & Magic, the renowned visual-effects studio acquired by Disney as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.
In the style of Olly Moss’ stunning original trilogy posters, Nakatomi Inc and Joshua Budich have teamed up to awaken the Schwartz in some stellar new parody posters that mashup “Star Wars” and its number one spoof, “Spaceballs.”
Inspired by Mel Brooks’ seminal “Star Wars” parody, Budich’s posters feature the characters of “Spaceballs” actors Joan Rivers, John Candy and Rick Moranis, with the caption, ‘The Schwartz Awakens.”
Check out each poster below, which are available separately on Nakatomi Inc’s website on 18×24 4-color hand printed paper, or as a foil print set for $200 USD:
The Internet delivers exactly what you (and hopefully, your dog) was hoping for this winter, as online retailer Petco has unleashed a new wave of “Star Wars” pet accessories.
Bundle your pup up with Princess Leia earmuffs, or perhaps a BB-8 hoodie — no matter what you decide, the Force will be strong with your domestic pal.
Check out some of the “Star Wars” goodies Petco has to offer below:
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:
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:
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: