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R2-D2 USB Car Charger

This R2-D2 USB Car Charger just might be the droid you're looking for, and it comes complete with rotating head, light-up eye and sound effects. "With him plugged into your 12V vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter), you can get 2.1 Amps through each of his USB charging ports, which is enough to charge two tablets or smartphones or, well, pretty much anything that charges via USB," according to ThinkGeek. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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Disney Princess Star Wars

Photo credit: Ralph Sevelius via The Meta

Ever wonder what a Disney princess Star Wars mashup would look like? If so, then look no further than these awesome illustrations by Ralph Sevelius. "I've been wanting to do this idea for some time since the Star Wars/Disney merger happened. There has been so many reiterations of the Princesses, that finally I get to mess around with them and have my stab at it. Hopefully you guys like, because I have other ideas I'm knocking around for the others," said Sevelius. Click here for the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of first person saber spearing.

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Chewbacca Sofa

Designed by Nersi Nasseri, this strange-looking sofa looks to be lined with wookiee fur. It features a base constructed from reclaimed American oak boards, and is covered in long wool Icelandic sheepskin. The sheepskin is not only extremely soft to the touch, but it will keep you warm throughout the winter season. Each one of these stylish pieces is made to order. Click here to view the first image in today's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone moonwalking on their knees.

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Real X-Wing Fighter

Photo credit: Avanaut

The T-65 X-Wing fighter is depicted as the primary interceptor and dogfighter of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic in Star Wars. They are equipped with four laser cannons and a pair of proton torpedo launchers. The fighter has two flight modes: one in which the wings are flat and another when they are expanded into "attack position", affording the wingtip lasers a larger fire area. Avanaut shows us what they would look like back here on Earth. Continue reading for more images.

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AT-AT Wet Bar

Colin Johnson, an artist from Vancouver, decided to give into the power of the dark side and handcrafted an AT-AT Walker from The Empire Strikes Back, which opens up to function as a wet bar. Called "The Emperor's Cabinet", it was recently on display at the Hot Art Wet City gallery in Vancouver B.C., and now his custom creation might already be in the hands of a collector. It's made from high density plywood, mahogany veneer, solid brass trim and glass. The shelves and mirrored interior are perfect for displaying spirits. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars Beer Stein

Photo credit: Laughing Squid

These Star Wars Beer Steins may not be from a galaxy far far away, but they definitely put a creative twist on the standard mug. Starting off, we have R2-D2, which "stands an impressive 9-inches tall, and can hold up to 32-ounces of the aforementioned beverage. Crafted in the highest quality ceramic with painstaking attention to detail, the innovative design features a head-hinged lid with genuine pewter thumb lift." Get them all here now. Continue reading for videos of the Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Chewbacca versions.

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Star Wars NFL

If professional football existed in Star Wars, this is what the team helmets might look like, or so John Raya thinks - a designer who re-imagined every NFL team's logo. As you can see, the project retains each team's color scheme and basic visual identity. Our favorite would probably be the Tauntauns Hoth (Denver Broncos), mainly because of the cool mascot. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on the science behind the Lexus hoverboard.

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Star Destroyer Mars

Photo credit: Mail Online

Another week, another Mars mystery, and this time, it's a Star Destroyer-shaped anomaly. Spotted by researcher Scott C Waring, he said: "I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo. The black object looks like a crashed UFO...the spacecraft was only about 2.5 to 3 meters across, so it probably only held a few passengers. There is only one photo of the ship. The rover usually takes many of each area, but not this one. Perhaps tomorrow it will take more." Continue reading for a video about water on ancient Mars.

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Star Wars Land

Yesterday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is building two 14-acre expansions to its theme parks - Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim - that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. This marks Disney's largest single theme-park expansion in its history. Planned attractions include: one showcasing the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and the second will put fans at the helm of the Millennium Falcon. "[It's] a remote port, one of the last stops before wild space. The stores and restaurants will include its own cantina, and will be operated by local inhabitants," said Iger. Continue reading for the full announcement video from D23 Expo, complete with a first look at the planned Star Tours upgrade.

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Rocking Speeder Bike

Instructuables user Tez_Gelmir from Australia unveils his latest project, a custom Rocking Speeder Bike - based on an original concept drawing for the speeder bike from "Return of the Jedi" - made from plywood, PVC and 3D-printed parts. "The need to be strong enough to handle a beating led me to the first part of my design, a rigid backbone with a solid plywood top for the seat platform," he writes. It also sports a light-up, Arduino-powered blaster cannon underneath that glows red, complete with sound effects that are triggered by a button on the rocker. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a flight attendant who might love his job a little too much.

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