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BB-8 has been transformed into a playable Rubik’s Cube


After all of these years, I’ve never been able to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Yet I can’t help but want this new version, which transforms BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens into a 3D puzzle.

Officially licensed, the little spherical droid is segmented into part that can be twisted and moved around for what the retailer describes as “hours of Star Wars-themed fun.” Somehow I imagine “hours” becoming “days,” and “fun” becoming meaningless.

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Toys wage an epic war in this amazing stop-motion short


You know those plans you had for lunch? Cancel them, and instead watch “Toys vs. Toys,” this amazing 20-minute stop-motion animated short that pits, well, toys against toys … with nothing less than the future at stake.

It’s the work of Johnny McHone, who imagines evil forces — Darth Vader, the Borg and the Xenomorph, among them — are traveling through time, slaughtering beloved, innocent characters. All that stands in their way is Link and a group of heroes, including Goku, Luke Skywalker, Donatello, Wonder Woman, Sailor Moon and Mario.

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Phil Noto’s stunning ‘Rogue One’ art takes us to a galaxy far, far away

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While the rest of us were poring over the teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, searching for plot clues and Easter eggs, Phil Noto was busy creating this gorgeous piece of tribute art.

“I couldn’t help myself,” he tweeted. Elaborating on his blog, he wrote: “I haven’t been this excited since the first teaser for TFA. I desperately wanted to make this right after I saw the trailer but had finish up some Poe Dameron work. It’s all crazy and wonderful.”

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Want this life-size Yoda statue, you will


From time to time we all need encouragement, a prodding reminder that, “Do or do not, there is no try.” For some, that comes from a friend or mentor, but for others, it may arrive in the form of this life-size Yoda statue.

The latest addition to Sideshow Collectibles’ Star Wars life-size collection, the life-like Jedi Master stands 32 inches tall on a Dagobah-themed environment base (note the little swamp creature peeking out from behind). The statue boasts tailored Jedi robes and, of course, Yoda’s ever-present walking stick.

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Cosplaying ‘Star Wars’ family reawakens the Force

There are a lot of terrific Star Wars cosplayers, but few have fully embraced their characters as Victor and Julianne.

Calling themselves “The Real Finn and Rey,” the Utah couple makes the perfect, well, Finn and Rey from The Force Awakens, going so far as to bring Baby-8 — the only thing more adorable than the actual BB-8.

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The Joker gets the last laugh with these adult-size Underoos


The age-old question of whether The Joker prefers boxers or briefs is answered with the new wave of adult-size Underoos. (Ever the trickster, the Clown Prince of Crime is apparently a boxer briefs kind of guy.)

The Joker men’s set is joined by Supergirl, Deadpool, Robin, Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman, and BB-8 for women. There are also Civil War Captain America and Iron Man boxer brief sets for boys.

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Someone built a life-size ‘Star Wars’ AT-ST, and it’s amazing


You really have to question the thinking of the Galactic Empire’s engineers, who designed enormous AT-AT walkers that can be tripped up by tow cables and a planet-destroying Death Star that can be destroyed by a lucky shot from a single X-wing.

Such is the case with the two-legged All Terrain Scout Transport, which embarrassingly met its match in the Ewoks on Endor. However, as unsteady as it may be, you have to admit it looks really cool. So, obviously, if you saw an AT-ST in your neighborhood, you’d want a closer look, right?

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ThinkGeek Sheds Light on Its New R2-D2 Lamp


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.

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Legoland Malaysia to build world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falcon

The Legoland Malaysia Millennium Falcon will be even larger than this one

The Legoland Malaysia Millennium Falcon will be even larger than this one

Remember that record-setting 250,000-piece LEGO Millennium Falcon built last year in Australia to celebrate Star Wars Day? Well, that’s nothing compared to what Legoland Malaysia has planned for this year’s festivities.

The Singapore theme park has enlisted master builders Daniel and Christopher Steininger, the team behind the project in Melbourne, to build an even bigger replica of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. How much bigger isn’t clear, as Today Online says only that it will be constructed out of “more than 200,000 bricks.”

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ collide in this cosplay mashup


Elizabeth Rage, whom we previously spotlighted for her Disney/Star Wars mashup Jedi cosplay, struck back over the weekend at WonderCon with a new spin on Beauty and the Beast.

This time, however, Elizabeth’s Belle is no longer a Jedi but rather a gold-clad Mandalorian bounty hunter sent to track down a certain Wookiee — a certain really tall Wookiee. “The bounty said to KILL THE BEAST,” she writes, “but I had other plans …”

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Batman merges with ‘Star Wars’ for one amazing helmet

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The Dark Knight and the Galactic Empire come together in this one incredible helmet, created for a good cause.

Sanctioned by Lucasfilm, the Biker Scout Helmet Project invites prop makers, effects artists and cosplayers from across the globe to design custom Star Wars Scout Trooper helmets, to be auctioned for charity. What you see here is Julian Checkley‘s Batman-themed “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet,” which organizers say “blew us away.”

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‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ debuts gameplay trailer


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has debuted the first gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will not only retell the storylines from the blockbuster but also fill in some of the backstory.

The trailer offers a peek at some of the brand-new features, including Blaster Battles, in which players can use nearby objects and structures; Multi-Builds, in which players can use “available LEGO bricks to open up new paths, then break them apart and re-build them again to open up another”; and Flight Gameplay, which allows players to pilot iconic ships like the Millennium Falcon through arena-based battles and dogfights in space.

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This handheld laser is the lightsaber you’ve been looking for


This amazing handheld laser is probably the closest we’re going to get to an actual lightsaber for a long, long time. It’s powerful, affordable and nearly indestructible — but also unavailable in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and China.

Sure, we’ve seen that impressive DIY handheld flamethrower, but the Spyder 3 Arctic laser is this close to being an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Boasting enough power to ignite objects and, as Wicked Lasers’ video states, be seen from space, the Arctic features a LaserSaber mode that effectively transforms it into a lightsaber, and you into the most dangerous Jedi on the block.

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‘Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine’ virtual-reality teaser leaks


A trailer leaked overnight for Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine, a virtual-reality “experiment” developed by Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic’s ILM Experience Lab, which launched last year.

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.

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A lonely Stormtrooper finds love in this heartwarming music video


As we’ve seen time and again, the life of a Stormtrooper isn’t easy: There’s the hot armor, the poor aim that leaves you a sitting duck for Rebel scum, and temperamental leaders who could have you killed at a moment’s notice. But, as we see in this new video from Icelandic singer/songwriter Bara Heiða, the worst part may be the loneliness.

The video for the song “Stormtrooper” follows an Imperial soldier left behind on an unfamiliar planet, where he struggles to find work and then love.

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