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Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

These Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs was modeled after Darth Vader's Episode IV laser sword, and doesn't require The Force or that one be a Jedi to use. Since it's an officially licensed product, you also get that classic lightsaber sound when wielding your tongs, and they come with a removable transparent red cover to boot. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Star Wars Trench Run

Shot mostly in Tunisia, England, and Guatemala, Star Wars IV: A New Hope was met with numerous problems during production, including bad weather conditions, malfunctioning equipment, and financial difficulties. The script underwent numerous changes, and Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic specifically to create the groundbreaking visual effects needed for the film. Here's how they filmed some of the famous trench run scene using models at Industrial Light & Magic's former warehouse in Van Nuys, California. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus VFX video.

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Spyder III Arctic


We have seen a real-life lightsaber, and it comes in the form of Wicked Lasers' Spyder III Arctic. Equipped with over 2,000mW of fully variable power, this portable laser is constructed from nearly indestructible aircraft grade aluminum, and offers several modes, including LaserSaber, which replicates the functionality of a lightsaber. There's also a built-in cipher-locked SmartSwitch to ensure that no young Padawans slice their hands with this dangerous gadget. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of incredible transforming origami.

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R2-D2 Measuring Cups

This Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup set disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it's not as complicated as C-3PO). Each has its measurement written inside so you can't forget what they are and handles on the back that don't distract from R2's aesthetic. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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South Korea Star Wars House

What happens when you tell an architectural firm to create a house inspired by Star Wars? The unique home you see above. Designed by the team at Moon Hoon, this geeky dwelling boasts a spaceship-like facade, and opening the front door leads you into a sleek, wood-clad, modern living space, upstairs playroom included. That's not all, there's a secret door in the playroom built directly in the bookshelf. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars World War II

When the Star Wars universe entered World War II, scenes like these would be common. Unfortunately, these brilliant machines are only a work of fiction, but on the bright side, these prints by Thirteenth Floor exist. There are soldiers taking AT-ATs, a few running right at a Stormtrooper as well as TIE Fighters shooting down a warplane. Lets not forgot the print titled "Invasion" with soldiers looking up at the Death Star above. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an extremely sharp-eyed bus passenger.

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X-Wing Drone

Drone enthusiast and Star Wars fan Olivier C is back at it again, and this T-70 X-Wing quadcopter drone is his latest project. Since you can't really find X-Wing toys of this size in stores, he started with a custom drone body, cut out the basic shape of X-Wing from expanded polystyrene insulation foam, installed the quadcopter, attached LEDs, and then painted the entire body. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Refrigerator

In the Star Wars universe, carbon-freezing basically referred to a process where gas was pumped into a freezing chamber and then mixed with molten carbonite to form a solid block. The gas was released later at its destination or at the processing center. Darth Vader ordered the modification of a freezing chamber on Bespin's Cloud City so that he could freeze Luke Skywalker, but as a test, the process was tried on Han Solo, and the rest is history. On a side note, carbon-freezing could induce hibernation sickness after being released, as was the case with Han Solo. Continue reading to see a few Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite items you probably never knew existed.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper Carbon Fiber Helmet

If the stormtroopers ever got upgraded suits, we highly recommend they switch to these carbon fiber helmets, painted if necessary, as they weigh just a single pound. This one-off model was made by Leonard Carson, an engineering technician at San Diego Composites. Unfortunately (or fortunately for whoever bought it), it has been snatched up for a cool $3,500. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Millennium Falcon Guitar

UK-based designer Tom Bingham is a diehard Star Wars fan who took Millennium Falcon toy and transformed it into a fully-functional guitar. That's not all, for his "Star Wars Spaceships Electric Guitars" line, he also crafted functional musical instruments from a B-Wing Fighter and Y-Wing Fighter. The 64-year-old spent countless hours over the span of 3-months to build out this awesome collection of guitars. Unfortunately, there's no Death Star version in the works...yet. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two baby bears caught fighting in the middle of the road in Yellowstone.

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