Star Wars

NASA says use an asteroid to build a Death Star

NASA says use an asteroid to build a Death Star

Many Star Wars fans would agree that the most iconic space station in the fictional universe is the Death Star. The massive floating space station might look like a moon, but it is a fully functional platform for blowing up planets. NASA chief engineer Brian Muirhead says that the Empire went about making its Death Star the wrong way.

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Star Wars Droid Turbo 2: you can now own a BB-8 phone

Star Wars Droid Turbo 2: you can now own a BB-8 phone

With Star Wars The Force Awakens' release just days away, Verizon reveals a full collection of special edition Star Wars Droid Turbo 2 devices, fully customized. Remember that R2-D2 DROID phone from Verizon released all the way back in the year 2010? That device was pretty neat, if not just a bit plain for our now more modern tastes - but wait, what's this? Verizon has once again teamed with Lucasfilm for a licensing deal that goes above and beyond what they've got with the word "Droid" (yes, that word is effectively owned by Lucasfilm and therefor Disney.) Now the Motorola-made Verizon Droid Turbo 2 is coming back with Moto Maker customizations aplenty.

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Disney goes too far protecting Star Wars spoilers

Disney goes too far protecting Star Wars spoilers

I'm a huge Star Wars fan. As such, I'm looking forward to next week's release of The Force Awakens. Now, there are really two camps of fans, when it comes to the upcoming movie. Those that scour the web for any possible hints of what the movie might hold, and those that want to know as little as possible. I fall into the latter group, because I want to sit in the theater and be surprised. So what happens when spoilers get posted online before the movie is released?

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Want more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage? Here’s the Chinese trailer

Want more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage? Here’s the Chinese trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hitting US movie theaters in just over a week, but for those fans who absolutely can't wait any longer — or those who enjoy watching each of the film's trailers from different regions of the world — the new Chinese trailer has arrived. There's no major spoilers included, of course, but there is some new footage that will get fans even more excited (if that's even possible).

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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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