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Nissan Rogue Millennium Falcon

Nissan partnered with LucasFilm to create a Star Wars-themed Nissan Rogue for the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. What they came up with was a Millennium Falcon Rogue that comes equipped with handcrafted aluminum body panels, several 3D-printed components, a roof-mounted radar dish, laser cannon, and even a subspace-hyperdrive unit. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Real Millennium Falcon Cockpit

Greg Dietrich, Jake Polatty, and a group of Star Wars fans have spent the past 6-years building a life-sized Millennium Falcon cockpit inside a garage in Huntsville, Alabama, complete with hundreds of lights that glow from the flight console, blink behind radar units, and clicking analog switches. "As I'm posting images of the build, someone says 'you know if you build the console you've got to build the back wall,'" said Dietrich. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an invention that could save natural disaster victims.

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Star Wars Jedi Challenges

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges isn't your average mobile game, as it's a smartphone-powered augmented reality experience that brings an all-new lightsaber experience right into your home. Simply open the app, put on the headset, and battle through three epic experiences. Train as a Force-sensitive apprentice and unlock the knowledge of the Jedi Order. Learn to master the art of lightsaber duels, command troops against invading evil forces, and challenge your mind with Holochess. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Star Wars Force Link BB8 Mega Playset

The Star Wars Force Link BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset is a fully interactive play system, and is being offered for just $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. BB-8 easily opens to reveal a multi-level playset including 3 Force Link activation areas with lights and sounds, as well as 6 areas of play and awesome play features including trap doors, firing projectiles, and more. Wear Force Link wearable technology to activate lights, sounds, and phrases in Force Link-activated figures, accessories, vehicles, and playsets. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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Sphero R2-D2

Sphero's R2-D2 droid is fully app-enabled, and you can pick up a certified refurbished model for just $69.99 shipped, today only, originally $94.99. Drive R2-D2 with your device, go from bipod to tripod stances, or trigger emotive waddles. Sounds come right from R2-D2, and front and rear lights are fully functional. View films from the Star Wars saga with R2-D2 reacting by your side. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on review video, more pictures and information.

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Lightsaber Duel

Photo credit: Dominic Chiu

These are not scenes from an upcoming Star Wars film, just a lightsaber duel captured by photographer Dominic Chiu at the largest salt flat in the world. "Doing a set of Star Wars lightsaber pictures under billion of stars has always been my childhood dream, and I finally got a chance of recreating it during my latest trip to the largest salt flat on earth, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. It was definitely my best night ever in my life," Chiu told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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K-2SO Cosplay

Sure, there are plenty of cosplayers who have dressed up as K-2SO, but Star Wars costume and prop builder Darren Moser has created a life-sized version of the droid from Rogue One. This towering creation is actually meant to be puppeted, and in the video above, he demonstrates the joint and linkage systems used to bring this character to life. Continue reading for a making of video and more information.

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George Lucas Museum

Construction of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has begun, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The exhibitions will explain the myths, legends, stories and portraits of people that shape societies and bring them together as one, with art from paintings and digital works to comic strips and movies like "Star Wars." The multistory 100,000-square-foot museum is designed to resemble Han Solo's Millennium Falcon spacecraft, surrounded by 11 acres of green space, underground parking, a restaurant, movie theaters and other amenities. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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Star Wars Land Preview

Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park land in Disneyland is well under construction, and the first video of its progress has surfaced. Set to open sometime in 2019, this ultra themed area is going to look like a planet called Batuu, an Outer Rim planet that has yet to be shown in any films, complete with attractions that tie into the storylines of all 10 movies, possibly with a life-sized Millennium Falcon yet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ILM Bombing Run Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not have pleased the series' entire fanbase, but one thing can't be denied, the amazing visual effects by Industrial Light and Magic. The team has released two new behind the scenes videos documenting what went into creating the scenes, like the opening bombing run. The opening battle shows Resistance starfighters battling a First Order fleet, and director Rian Johnson combined practical hanger sets as well as an A-Wing fighter with larger digital sets and spaceships in the scene, and then layered in explosions effects. Continue reading for the second video and more information.

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