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Millennium Falcon Cardboard

Photo credit: trichner123 / Reddit

The Kellogg brothers first used paperboard cartons to hold their flaked corn cereal, and later, when they began marketing it to the general public, a heat-sealed bag of Wax paper was wrapped around the outside of the box and printed with their brand name. Now Reddit user and animation artist Thomas Richner decided to use the heavy-duty paper to create a Millennium Falcon, measuring 5-feet in length. No detail was spared, as it features six rear vents and even functional retractable landing gear. When all was said and done, it took Richner approximately 140-hours to complete. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Star Wars Everyday Life

Photo credit: Thomas Dagg

At first, second, or third glance, these images just appear to be black & white scenes from everyday life, but upon closer inspection, you'll notice a few things not quite right. This was done intentionally by Toronto-based photographer Thomas Dagg, who digitally adds numerous characters, vehicles and objects from the movie into the landscape. "While some are quite obvious, like Yoda riding on the back of a young man running through the street, it might take viewers a little longer to identify more subtle details like the rebel insignia on a baseball field or the pairs of glowing eyes that are camouflaged in with piles of trash along the street," says My Modern Met.

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Return of the Jedi Behind the Scenes

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was first released in theaters on May 25, 1983, directed by Richard Marquand and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, with Lucas as executive producer. It was the first film to use THX technology, and is set one year after The Empire Strikes Back. Filming took place in England, California, and Arizona from January to March 1982, with Lucas handling second unit work. Strict secrecy surrounded the production and the film used the working title Blue Harvest to prevent price gouging. The film grossed over $475 million worldwide, with several home video and theatrical releases and revisions to the film following over the next 20 years. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes photos.

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Ralph McQuarrie

Photo credit: Ralph McQuarrie

Here are some rarely seen Star Wars concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie, designer of the original trilogy as well as Battlestar Galactica, E.T. and Cocoon. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this'", says George Lucas. Continue reading for more.

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Star Wars Gadgets and Accessories

With the new Star Wars movie directed by JJ Abrams coming out soon, there's no better time to stock up on your favorite themed gadgets and accessories than now. Starting off, we have an R2-D2 soy sauce (or any liquid) dispenser and round it off with a 5-million LEGO brick X-Wing Fighter, which took 18 months and 32 builders. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a person who is able to make trance music with just a bass guitar.

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Drones Star Wars

Drone pilots of the Airgonay drone club took their vehicles to a dense forest in the French Alps to recreate a Star Wars pod race in real-life. A total of 24 competitors raced their drones through the 150 m (492 ft) course, made entirely up of quadcopters and multicopters customized for an optimal balance of speed and agility. There were many obstacles, including trees, rival drones, low-hanging branches and even a few lighting issues, but that didn't stop the racers, as they darted through the forest at speeds as high as 50 km/h (31 mph). Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Star Wars WW2

Photo credit: Hi Consumption

Mashups aren't anything new, but this is the first we've seen that combines the Star Wars universe with actual World War 2 photographs. In this creative series, there's "3 on 3", with soldiers taking on a trio of AT-ATs; "Charge!" showing a soldier unfazed by a Stormtrooper; "Dogfight" taking things to the skies with TIE Fighters shooting down a warplane; and "Invasion" sporting a handful of soldiers with the Death Star staring down at them from above. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a modified gun that not only makes paper airplanes, but shoots them out too.

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Stormtrooper M6

In the Star Wars universe, Stormtroopers are the main ground-force of the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Emperor Palpatine and his commanders, most notably Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. The apparently high combat effectiveness of the Stormtroopers as well as their harsh reputation serve as the main reasons for deploying them almost exclusively in most of the military engagements of the Galactic Empire. Bulgaria-based tuner Vilner has decided to create a one-off BMW M6 inspired by these soldiers. Continue reading for more images.

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Star Wars Fanatic

Having every every Star Wars movie on Blu-ray is one thing, owning a Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite refrigerator, is another. That is just one of the many geeky things that only true Star Wars fanatics would love and appreciate. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an iPhone music video that will blow your mind, mainly due to the fact that everything you're about to see is happening in real-time.

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Darth Vader Helmet Inside

Ever wonder what Darth Vader's armor actually does? This nifty infographic explains things in detail, and provides a fascinating look inside Vader's helmet. The suit is equipped with a variety of life-support systems, the most important a complex breathing apparatus. It encased Vader completely, leaving no burned skin exposed. Continue reading for more random, yet interesting, images.

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