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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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Disney to build two 14-acre Star Wars themed lands

Disney to build two 14-acre Star Wars themed lands

If you're anything of a Star Wars fan, that has probably already gotten you jumping up and down. But the good news doesn't end there. At D23, Disney unloaded a bunch of exciting news about the franchise. At the center of it all, to appeal to both old and new fans, will be the largest single theme land expansion that Disneyland will ever undertake to date, giving visitors an authentic Star Wars experience. Plus, Disney also teased details on both the upcoming The Force Awakens theme as well as the next installment.

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The Force is strong with limited Darth Vader PS4 edition

The Force is strong with limited Darth Vader PS4 edition

It's still a good few months before we actually get to see what the Star Wars universe has in store after all these years, but that doesn't mean you can't hype it to death. And nothing says "hype" like a limited edition product with iconic Star Wars branding plastered all over it. This time, it's Sony's turn churn the marketing machine with not one but two Star Wars themed PS4 bundles. And, of course, they will be bearing the face and markings of the most iconic Star Wars character of all: Darth Vader.

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Star Wars speeder rocking horse built by Best Dad Ever

Star Wars speeder rocking horse built by Best Dad Ever

Star Wars parents, remember that hand designed and built X-wing rocker from a few months ago? Well, another craftsman has just topped it. An Australian father has come up with an amazing custom rocking horse that looks just like the Speeder Bike from Return of the Jedi. While you look at the pictures below (including the one of his daughter in that adorable Princess Leia hairdo knit cap), don't be discouraged that it isn't for sale, as the craftsman has detailed the construction process on the Instructables website, under the username "Tez_Gelmir."

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Star Wars The Force Awakens details spill with latest batch of photos

Star Wars The Force Awakens details spill with latest batch of photos

Today Star Wars: The Force Awakens has another big photo drop as Entertainment Weekly is given access to the film's set. What we're doing is taking a peek at the photos they've been given, one by one. These photos reveal bits and pieces of the new Star Wars film in a way that might be considered SPOILER ALERT-worthy. So keep that in mind when you begin the dive-in below. The first photo here is blurred so that you'll have ONE MORE CHANCE to get out before the spoilers begin.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

Star Wars Stormtrooper speaker helmet arrives in October

There is a Bluetooth R2-D2 speaker inbound, but if you feel it doesn't properly channel your imperial side, another wireless Star Wars speaker has surfaced -- one in the shape of a stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker looks like a helmet plucked from a stormtrooper's head, and features a single nicely concealed speaker where the eye visors should be. The device is now available for pre-order, and will start shipping this upcoming October. More pics after the jump!

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Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Earlier today a new view of the ice planet that hosts Star Wars: The Force Awakens' "First Order" crew has arrived in trailer form. The vast majority of this trailer - so short it's still called a "teaser", is filled with images you've seen before. But the most important bit, the first few seconds of the teaser, shows something spectacular. Something so awe-inspiring, you're going to flip. This is the First Order from the other direction. The first image here has been blurred for your protection. If you wish to avoid spoilers, read no further.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys mistakenly released early

Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys mistakenly released early

Last month we got a look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, but they weren't for sale, and still shouldn’t be. The toys aren’t supposed to be hitting retail shelves until September 4, which has been dubbed “Force Friday”. If you’re near at least one Toys “R” Us store, however, you might be able to waltz in get ahold of the toys early. The retail toy store has been spotted selling the toys prematurely, and we've gotten a look at a bunch of pictures of them.

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R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

R2-D2’s head will launch as a Bluetooth speaker this month

There’s no shortage of Star Wars gear, and yet we can never get enough of it. If the rugs, the wall-mounted heads, the knife block, the desk vacuum, and others aren’t enough, later this month ThinkGeek will be launching an exclusive wireless speaker designed to look like R2-D2's head. As far as replicas go, the speaker looks quite similar to the movie rendition, and it even glows. With a twist of one of its knobs, however, the little droid head starts playing music.

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Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Today's LEGO review of Palpatine's Throne Rome, otherwise known as the "Death Star Final Duel", we're going to do something different. Instead of just getting up close and personal with all the little bits, we've gone ahead and captured a number of emotional, colorful recreations of the most epic scenes from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the film from whens this LEGO set and its minifigures originated. Prepare yourself for the most intense and highly dramatic LEGO review we've done so far!

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Star Wars Battlefront’s “Fighter Squadron” gameplay trailer shows potential

Star Wars Battlefront’s “Fighter Squadron” gameplay trailer shows potential

Today EA Games, DICE, and Frostbite reveal "Fighter Squadron" gameplay for Star Wars Battlefront. In this reveal, you'll see a whole lot of potential. We're obviously not going to be able to judge this game without actually playing it first, but it does seem - from this footage alone - that there might be a chance that this game has a good rebirth session in store for fans of the original Star Wars fighter pilot franchises: X-Wing and TIE Fighter. The pixels look a little better here than they did back in 1997.

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