Star Wars

This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

Most of us are satisfied with the simple things in life — an R2-D2 teapot, perhaps. Others want something bigger, though, something a little more incredible, and by incredible we mean incredible and dangerous. Enter Patrick Priebe and his homemade Death Star model. At first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but activate its lasers and you’ll find it truly is a miniature version of its destruction-bringing sibling.

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Star Wars BB-8 made from $135K in gold, diamonds by Kay Jewelers

Star Wars BB-8 made from $135K in gold, diamonds by Kay Jewelers

The droid BB-8 is turning out to be one of the early stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the toy from Sphero, which actually rolls around on its own, has become one of the must-have gifts this holiday season. Trouble is, they're so hard to find at this point, it'd probably be easier to get a hold of this gold and diamond version. Yep, you read that right, an ultra luxury BB-8 made with gold and diamonds has been created by Kay Jewelers.

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Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

Mark Hamill surprises Star Wars fans dressed as a stormtrooper

It's December, and that means only one thing. No, I'm not talking about all of those holidays, gifts, or time with your family. This December is all about Star Wars, for me. We've still got a couple of weeks before the movie is released, but there is no shortage of hype. In fact, Mark Hamill himself took to the streets in LA to add to the hype.

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Inside Verizon’s Star Wars VR adventure

Inside Verizon’s Star Wars VR adventure

This week Lucasfilm and Verizon begin to release a series of virtual reality videos in an episodic adventure leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first of these adventures tells a tale of how you'll be playing the part of a spy for the Resistance (the newest incarnation of the Rebellion from the original Star Wars movies), planted on the planet Jakku. This is the desert planet you've witnessed in the trailers over the past few weeks. Here you'll meet your buddy and ours, the roly-poly astromech droid BB-8.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

How do you tell a child that Anakin Skywalker was a murderer? What do you do when it comes time for your daughter to find out that Luke Skywalker's father is, indeed, the dark and deadly Darth Vader? That was the task of "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" writer Michael Price, who today answers us that key question - what was allowed to stay in the animated re-telling of the Star Wars saga, and what had to be taken out? What needed to be changed for the children.

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Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

To accompany the release of the Star Wars VR experience within the official Star Wars app today, Verizon is getting in on the promotion scheme with special The Force Awakens-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers. It's still unknown exactly what the exclusive VR content will be, but users will be able to experience it best by putting their smartphones in some kind of VR headset, so it might as well be a collectible Star Wars version of Cardboard.

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George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

At first, Han shot first. The film originally called "Star Wars" then "Star Wars: A New Hope" showed the character Han Solo shooting an alien by the name of Greedo in the chest, effectively ending his life in a Cantina in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. But that's not what the writer and director of the film wanted. On January 31st, 2007, the first of three Star Wars films was released to theaters. In it, George Lucas had modified his original release. He made Greedo shoot first. Today we find out: why did he do it?

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‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

Sure, you can claim you're all about Star Wars whether you're working, playing, sleeping, or even decorating your Christmas tree, but what about when you're eating? Now there's a way for you to channel the Force when having a plate of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, thanks to official Star Wars flatware from ThinkGeek. Complete with lightsaber hilt designs, a set includes a fork, knife, and spoon.

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Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg suggests that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the "biggest movie ever" in an interview in France. This week the folks at RTL have published an interview with writer/director Steven Spielberg in which he speaks about Indiana Jones 5 and his latest film "Bridge of Spies", starring Tom Hanks, in addition to making mention of the possibility that he would, if ever, direct a Star Wars film. Spoiler alert: he doesn't think so. It's never been "in his stars" as it were.

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Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

With the first Star Wars movie in a decade coming out soon, there's one thing that we're all trying to avoid: Spoilers. It can be easy to avoid spoilers for smaller movies and TV shows, but with a franchise as big as Star Wars, it can seem almost impossible. Thankfully, you can use technology to censor such things for you.

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Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

What you might know as the Alphabet in English is known as the Aurebesh - also correct as just "Aurebesh" in Star Wars. This set of letters works much like a standard 1:1 code, where each letter of our Alphabet has its own unique character in the Aurebesh. There are also characters for basic punctuation and the numbers 1 through 9 and zero, too. Today, Google provides all of you Star Wars scene code-crackers with a helpful tool - Google Translate. Actually an update of that tool, as it were.

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Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will be set free at movie theaters across the country, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its presence known while families are gathered around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ornaments, that's how. Four new sets have just been announced by Merchoid, each with six baubles, and are available now on their website.

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