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‘Star Wars’ cast reimagines BB-8 for charity art auction


BB-8 rocketed to international stardom even before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now the little droid is using that fame for a good cause.

The clock is ticking down on the BB-8 Great Exhibition & Auction, which features replicas of the droid repainted (and otherwise dressed up) by members of the Force Awakens cast, as well as notable U.K. artists and designers, celebrating the British heritage of Star Wars.

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This R2-D2 talking cookie jar will never let the cookie win


We’ve seen an R2-D2 moving refrigerators, an R2-D2 speaker phone and even and R2-D2 shower head. Now, with the introduction of the R2-D2 talking cookie jar, the little astromech droid’s conquest of your home is nearly complete.

Well, technically it doesn’t talk. Instead, it beep-boops when you open or close the lid, which can either be interpreted as “Here, have another one” or “Hey, haven’t you had enough?” We can’t know for certain without the help of a protocol droid.

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Practice your piloting skills with these massive new ‘Star Wars’ kites


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:

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Embrace the Dark (and smoky) Side with Darth Vader BBQ tongs


Considering what happened to Anakin Skywalker during his little weekend getaway to Mustafar, these Darth Vader barbecue tongs are either a more than little cruel or pretty darned funny, depending upon which side of the Force you fall on. In either case, they’re perfect.

Modeled after the Sith Lord’s lightsaber, these tongs are — as ThinkGeek so eloquently puts it — “a grilling implement for a more civilized age.” Blasters are little help when it comes time to turn that meat patty or move a chicken leg off a hotspot. But this lightstaber? It’s all you need.

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For this Boba Fett life-size figure, you may need a loan from Jabba


After seeing The Empire Strikes Back for the first time (in a theater, no less), I became obsessed with the mysterious Boba Fett. I got the action figure and toy replica of Slave I. I got the Underoos. I even named my cat Boba Fett. But never did I dream that one day I could own a life-size Boba Fett figure.

That’s could, not would, as it’s nearly impossible to imagine paying $8,500 for this Boba Fett Life-Size Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

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This tiny, levitating Death Star is no moon — it’s a speaker


It’s easy to imagine Emperor Palpatine keeping a tiny, levitating replica of the first Death Star as a daily reminder of his folly (only to ignore it and order the construction of a second moon-sized space station). But it probably didn’t also blast music, because, really, what would Palpatine listen to? “The Imperial March” on repeat?

However, this tiny, levitating replica of the Death Star does play music, because, well, it’s a wireless speaker and a nice conversation piece.

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‘I Grew Up Star Wars’ photo site will take you back to childhood

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If you’re old enough to have seen the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters the first time around, and to have owned — and, gasp, even played with — the Kenner toys before they became collector’s items, I Grew Up Star Wars will hit you right in the nostalgia.

It’s a website that collects photos, primarily from the late 1970s and early ’80s, from the early days of Star Wars fandom, documenting that unfettered joy of finding the Millennium Falcon under the tree, and that twinge of envy at your friend’s birthday party.

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Disneyland and Disney World break ground on ‘Star Wars’ lands


Disney has officially broken ground on its 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

This announcement this morning was accompanied by a playful 360-degree photo of the Disneyland construction site that reveals BB-8, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, TIE Fighters, X-wings and more.

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Watch a jeweler craft a solid gold Han Solo LEGO minifigure


If Han Solo can survive carbon freezing with only temporary side effects, surely the ol’ scoundrel can endure being turned into solid gold. Right?

JerryRigEverything puts that to the test with a LEGO Star Wars minifigure, under Darth Vader’s watchful eye, of course. In the video below, the jeweler shows how he encased the tiny Corellian pilot in plaster, in a scene reminiscent of The Empire Strikes Back, then vaporized the figure in a 2,000-degree furnace.  Luckily, that last part never occurred to the Sith Lord or Jabba the Hutt.

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Lando Calrissian is coming to ‘Star Wars Battlefront’


Star Wars Battlefront is giving fans what they want (or maybe didn’t realize they want): that smooth-talking smuggler turned Rebel hero Lando Calrissian.

Electronic Arts and DICE announced today he’ll be available as a playable character in the Bespin digital expansion pack, released in June to Season Pass holders. Because where else would you expect the one-time Baron Administrator of Cloud City?

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Your cat can travel through space and time in its own TARDIS


For cats, time is like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey … stuff, mostly because they sleep 23 hours a day. But in that remaining hour? They’re primed and ready to knock expensive objects off high shelves, scatter kitty litter and, of course, visit other worlds and times in this feline-sized cardboard TARDIS.

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See the ‘Rogue One’ trailer impressively recreated in ‘Fallout 4′


If you’re still reeling from the debut last week of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, you may want to brace yourself for another viewing — this time in Fallout 4.

UpIsNotJump, who previously impressed with recreations of trailers for Captain America: Civil War and Daredevil Season 2, takes things to the next level with Rogue One. Using console commands and PC mods, including a Death Star of his own creation, he delivers a surprisingly faithful remake. (“Mon Mothma” in a bathrobe for the win!)

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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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