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Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

The video spot you're about to see takes on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Christmas morning. Therein you'll find the fight for the Republic, as executed by a couple of youngling Jedi wielding some fabulous battery-laden lightsabers. They're using Duracell batteries, of course, as the video was made for Duracell batteries with licensing from Lucasfilm. This story is just one minute long, but it'll thrill, it'll chill, and it'll make you understand the true nature of The Force. With batteries.

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Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dads that are big fans of Star Wars are turning out to be a very crafty, creative bunch. We've seen not one but two custom rocking horses built, the first being an X-wing, and the second a Speeder Bike. While those two hand-made projects were for very young kids, this latest one is for a child that's a bit older. Ryan Scott Miller's son Jeremy uses a wheelchair, so he built a snowspeeder — the ship the rebels used during The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth — that fits overtop, just in time for Halloween.

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This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

This awesome life-size R2-D2 fridge is Japan-only

Well, Star Wars merchandising and product tie-ins continue to pour out as the release date for The Force Awakens draws near. This time, however, Japan may have topped it all, with the just announced R2-D2 mini fridge from AQUA. That's not to say the fridge is "mini," as it's actually a life-size R2-D2 model, complete with movement and sound effects. Since we've already seen R2-D2 as a lawn ornament, a showerhead, and even a humidifier, there was really no other products left to explore besides mini fridge.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – theaters cap cosplay options

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – theaters cap cosplay options

Bad news, cosplayers. Some theaters are putting restrictions on what kind of costumes you can wear during showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whether your costume plans are dashed will depend on how elaborate your getup is and where you're planning to see the movie, but if it involves things like face masks and fake weapons, you're probably going to be one of the unlucky fans affected.

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Sphero BB-8 updated with exclusive Star Wars content before film’s premiere

Sphero BB-8 updated with exclusive Star Wars content before film’s premiere

The Star Wars toy BB-8 by Sphero is given a software update that includes exclusive content from The Force Awakens several weeks before the film's premiere. While you can see the relatively limited holographic projection action released with the device initially in our first BB-8 review, today we're running down the extras delivered in this update. Both C-3PO and R2-D2 are now here to provide us with a couple of clues as to what will be happening in the film. Very, very tiny clues.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens will stream on Netflix

Star Wars The Force Awakens will stream on Netflix

The Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, spoke this month with shareholders to tell them the news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It would seem that while the movie would potentially be on the service in Canada as early as the end of this year, the film won't be available to Netflix for streaming until Netflix gets streaming rights from Starz inside the year 2016. There's a bit of missing information here when you read this story on other publications publishing before SlashGear.

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Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader WiFi hotspot

Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader WiFi hotspot

What’s a city to do with old statues of dead leaders from fallen regimes? One could topple them over and/or melt them down, as is somewhat common, or could approach the matter from a more artsy perspective, and give them a makeover instead. One Ukrainian artist did just that with an old Vladimir Lenin statue located in Odessa, where it now stands tall as a different sort of leader: Darth Vader.

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R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

Chief among all Star Wars characters is R2-D2, at least when it comes to gadgets inspired by the characters. We've seen the mech droid in many shapes and sizes, with everything from shower heads to teapots being available. If you tried hard enough, you could find a way to slip the droid into every room of your house. And, now, with the newest gadgets to surface, you get him in your laptop bag and on your lawn, too.

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Millennium Falcon and Slave I detailed for Star Wars Battlefront

Millennium Falcon and Slave I detailed for Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront 2015 is about to blow up thanks to two legendary vehicles detailed this week: the Millennium Falcon and Slave I. The former belongs to Han Solo and Chewbacca, of course, while the latter belongs to the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett. This follows with previous reveals of playable Boba Fett and Han Solo characters, of course - and all will be coming to the Fighter Squadron mode of gameplay in the near future.

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Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

The following Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer includes every piece of footage from all trailers released thus far. It also includes behind-the-scenes video from the SDCC reel released earlier this year, and a number of photos from Variety Fair, StarWars.com, and presentations at comic book conventions galore - straight from Lucasfilm and Disney. While the video you're about to see comes from public sources only, we must warn you that you will very likely be somewhat spoiled by watching it - in other words, SPOILER ALERT, TURN BACK NOW.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer 3 released in 4K and Music editions

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer 3 released in 4K and Music editions

The original "3rd" Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (otherwise known as the first full-length trailer) has already garnered many millions of views in just over a day. Now Lucasfilm has decided to bestow upon us two new versions of the trailer - one without words, the other in full Ultra HD, aka glorious 4K resolution. These trailers show the same content as before - they're just better for one reason (far higher-definition) or the other (time to bask in the greatness of John Williams' score alone).

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Star Wars the “biggest surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen”

Star Wars the “biggest surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen”

According to Alamo Drafthouse theater chain CEO Tim League, Star Wars The Force Awakens has created "the single biggest simultaneous surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen." This in a single night, according to League, as the first full-length trailer was released during an ESPN football broadcast and releases in Disneyland-based movie theaters and online via YouTube. "The Alamo Drafthouse has been preparing for this hugely important day for the past nine months," said League, "and we thought we were ready."

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