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Photographer creates stunning ‘Star Wars’ scenes with LEGO

(c) 2015 LEGO  (c) and TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

(c) 2015 LEGO (c) and TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki transports us to a galaxy far, far away in a series of amazingly realistic images created from LEGO Star Wars sets.

What began as a hobby, with the illustrator photographing his son’s favorite toys, has led to a hardcover book, LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes From a Big Galaxy, out this week from DK.

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First look at Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’


Photos courtesy of Disneyland

Ahead of the official opening on Monday, Disneyland has released a series of photos that offer an inside look at “Star Wars: Season of the Force.”

Announced in August at the D23 Expo, the attractions include: the Star Wars Launch Bay, a new area where fans can meet their favorite characters, see special exhibits and get peeks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens; a relaunched “Star Tours — The Adventures Continue,” with a new scene inspired by The Force Awakens; “Hyperspace Mountain,” a limited-time reimagining of “Space Mountain,” in which guests will join an X-wing battle”; and, coming in December, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Jedi Temple,” a new twist on the Jedi Training experience that introduces characters from the animated Star Wars Rebels.

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Roll like Darth Vader with these 14k gold ‘Star Wars’ cuff links


Sure, Darth Vader was unbearably annoying as a child and young adult, and a murderous tyrant throughout much of his later years, but he was a sharper dresser. He knew basic black is timeless, and a cape makes a statement.

So, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Sith Lord sporting these 14-karat gold Darth Vader cuff links from Nieman Marcus. He certainly had the ego for them, if not necessarily the cuffs. However, it’s tough to imagine Yoda strolling around, twirling his cane, while sporting gold cuff links made in his own likeness. He lives in a swamp, for goodness sake; he’s not that ostentatious.

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You’ll always take the first shot with this Han Solo blaster flask


Whether you’re staring down a bounty hunter in the Mos Eisley cantina or searching for a missing Jedi on the frozen wastes of Hoth, no one can ever deny you the first shot with this Han Solo blaster flask.

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With these glowing foam lightsabers, you won’t risk losing a hand


The decades-old dream of Star Wars fans of all ages is about to be realized with the creation of a glowing toy lightsaber that won’t raise welts on your opponent or, y’know, put an eye out.

Calimacil, a Canadian company that produces high-quality foam weapons for live-action role-playing, has developed a “high-tech foam LEDsaber” that produces not only light but also sound. As the video below demonstrates, the foam is “practically indestructible,” but also perfectly safe for when you want to do battle with a Sith Lord, or your neighbor.

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Drink it up, fuzzball, with a ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca can cooler


Chewbacca is the kind of Wookiee you want on your side. After all, he can pilot and repair the legendary Millennium Falcon, re-assemble a protocol droid (well, mostly), tear apart most anything, or anyone, with his bare hands, and, it turns out, keep your drinks cold.

Although the R2-D2 moving refrigerator and the Darth Vader mask cooler are a bit pricey, this furry Star Wars Chewbacca can cooler will fit just about any budget ($10.39 versus, say, the price of a car). Or just about any can, for that matter.

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New ‘Star Wars’ experiences debut next month at Disney World


Disney has confirmed several new Star Wars experiences will debut Dec. 1 at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Announced in August at D23 Expo, the new attractions will follow the arrival of Star Wars: Season of the Force” later this month at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

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Warm up for the holidays with DC Comics & ‘Star Wars’ ugly sweaters


Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.

The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.

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‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper helmets, reimagined for wild animals

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Just as the First Order rises from the ashes of the Galactic Empire in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so too do Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma & Co. give way to the animal kingdom in this series of helmets by New York City designer Blank William.

Called “The New Order,” the collection reinterprets for familiar Stormtrooper helmets for elephant, hippopotamus and rhinoceros soldiers, replicating the glossy sheen of the armor while adding gold and silver accents for the tusks, ears and horns. There are two versions, white and black, with the latter naturally evoking Darth Vader or Kylo Ren.

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New Era’s ‘Star Wars’ cap line is a Force to be reckoned with


Although helmets and masks play a central role in the Star War saga — Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, Rebel pilots — hats never really received their due. Sure, there are Imperial officers, Rebel ground forces, and that unfortunate bucket hat Luke Skywalker tried to pull off on Tattooine. Otherwise, though, hats are second-class headgear is a galaxy far, far away; they’re the droids of head covering, basically.

And that’s a shame, because the films could’ve done for the beanie what they did for the hooded cloak. But while Star Wars never embraced hats, one headwear company has certainly embraced Star Wars.

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‘Star Wars’ characters reimagined as ancient Greek sculptures


The Star Wars saga is sometimes referred to as a “new mythology” or, more often, simply a modern classic. However, one artist has taken his praise for the franchise even further, reimagining some of its best-known characters as classic Greek sculptures.

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The Force awakens with this lovable BB-8 lamp (and so can you)


If any recent film character can challenge Baymax in overall cuteness and marketability, it’s probably going to be BB-8, one of the early breakout stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The cuddly robot from Disney’s Big Hero 6 has already inspired an adorable lamp (and a bed, for that matter), so it’s only to be expected that the little droid should do the same.

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New ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ trailer drops you into Battle of Jakku


You’ll be able to experience the desert planet Jakku, one of the key settings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before the film reaches theaters in Star Wars Battlefront.

The latest trailer for the hotly anticipated Electronic Arts game places players in the middle of the Battle of Jakku, which takes place just after the events of the Battle of Endor depicted in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Battle of Jakku is also a level in Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available to everyone on Dec. 8, and a week earlier to those who preorder the game.

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Man accused of stealing $30,000 ‘Star Wars’ collection


In a blow to the Dark Side, a Washington man stands accused of stealing a $30,000 collection of vintage Star Wars toys and selling it to pay off a $2,250 debt.

The Columbian reports 24-year-old Benjamin J. Milam appeared Monday in a courtroom in Vancouver, Washington, to face charges of trafficking in stolen property, residential burglary and first-degree theft.

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‘Star Wars’ Death Star waffle maker is fully armed & operational

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Breakfast, we’re reminded time and again, is the most important meal of the day. And what better way to start your day of conquering galaxies and destroying innocent — or not-so-innocent — planets than with delicious waffles that resemble the Death Star?

While you can be excused for mistaking this officially licensed Star Wars waffle maker for a tiny, tiny moon, it’s actually a dispenser of scrumptious — albeit evil — cooked-batter goodness. Whether it possesses a glaring design flaw that will enable its repeated destruction remains to be seen.

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