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Star Wars Sandcrawler LEGO

Brick artists Jarren Harkema and friend Calvin Hartley from Cedar Springs spent countless hours studying the movies to make sure that their giant Sandcrawler replica was accurate. The finished product that you see above took more than 500-hours to build, consists of 10,000+ pieces, weighs 28-pounds and measures almost 3-feet in length. "The Sandcrawler is recognizable to most people familiar with Star Wars, but the inside isn't really shown in the movies. This gave us quite a bit of flexibility as we built the inside, yet still gave us a recognizable build. On the exterior, some of the angles and different paneling were difficult to achieve in order to get it right, but I'm satisfied with how it turned out," said Hartley. Continue reading for a flashback video of when Luke Skywalker received both R2-D2 and C-3PO from the Jawas.

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Best Lightsaber Replica

Photo credit: Todd Johnson via Laughing Squid

Todd Johnson, better known as "Darth Alice" online, is a Waterford, Michigan-based metal artist that specializes in making extremely bright lightsaber replicas, starting with this Redeemer LED Lightsaber from Saberforge. Some of the modifications include: a "precision fit Delrin chassis for more center section strength, an Igniter R5 board with Maxamp (capable of 16 font banks and 32 colors with dual-phase), a custom speaker holder, and much more." While it won't be slicing through anything in the near future, it's definitely a conversation piece nonetheless, even more so come the Force Awakens premier. Continue reading to see another one of his custom Redeemer lightsabers.

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Millennium Falcon Snack Tray

Photo credit: WoodByHandLLC

WoodByHandLLC's Deric Peveto, a Star Wars fanatic and master craftsman, has unveiled his latest project: a Millennium Falcon-shaped snack tray hand-crafted entirely from exotic woods. Priced at $225, each tray is made by first laminating various kinds of hardwoods - including "Hard Maple, Black Walnut, Cherry, Honey Locust, Osage Orange, Holly, Purpleheart, Wenge and Paduak" - and then piecing them together to create the example you see above, which is fit for a Star Wars museum. Product page. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes Star Wars Force Awakens video.

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Chipmunk Star Wars

Brick artist Chris McVeigh decided to make use of a fun group of chipmunks he found wandering his parent's backyard, and started "Chipmunk Adventures". This photo series depicts plastic Star Wars action figures interacting with the small creatures, with everything from Darth Vader taking a joyride to Chewbacca offering a rodent an almond. He became so familiar with these little critters that certain chipmunks would return to the lawn when he whistled. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars Woodblocks

If Star Wars franchise existed during medieval / early-modern Japan, this is what some of the characters might have looked like. Called "The Rhythm Project", this installation combines centuries-old craft with pop culture icons, fusing Darth Vader, R2-D2, etc. with the art of Japanese woodblock printing. It re-imagines the films' scenes in the style of ukioy-e, a popular Edo-era genre depicting the likes of kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, shogun and landscapes. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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R2-D2 PS4 Laptop

Photo credit: Eddie Z.

Ever wonder what R2-D2 would look like as a PlayStation 4 laptop? If so, the wonder no more, as expert game console modder Eddie Z. has you covered, with his latest creation, the R2-PS4. Yes, it even talks. Eddie said: "Thanks to the forum www.astromech.net, I was able to get sound effects and 3D printed parts to use on this system. This system has real scaled down R2 parts installed everywhere." Continue reading for an in-depth video overview.

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Man Walks to Comic-Con

A man recently walked 645-miles while dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to honor his late wife, Eileen Doyle, who passed away in 2012 dude to pancreatic cancer. Since then, her husband, Kevin, has started a nonprofit called Eileen's Little Angels Foundation dedicated to helping children with cancer. The grueling walk from San Fransisco to San Diego was, in part, to fund that charity. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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Surfing Stormtrooper

Andre Price, a Star Wars fanatic from Hamburg, Germany, decided to quit his job in advertising and surf the world's beaches as a Stormtrooper. The photographer and his girlfriend Rebecca Noeh have visited ten countries across South America, Asia and Europe chasing waves. Andre said: "The first time I heard of Star Wars was in the 70s when I was five. I went totally bananas and Star Wars has been part of my life since. We're planning a book and want to donate the money to charity. But the Story isn't over yet - the force is strong in that rebellious Stormtrooper." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of a giant shredder that eats engine blocks for breakfast.

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R2-D2 Drone

Most drones aren't aesthetically pleasing, but Otto Dieffenbach has built one that will most certainly appease Star Wars fans, as it was designed to look exactly like a giant R2-D2 astromech, minus the sounds. On a related note, did you know that R2-D2 was designed in artwork by Ralph McQuarrie and co-developed by John Stears but actually built by Tony Dyson, who ran his own studio called "The White Horse Toy Company" in the UK? Continue reading for three videos of it in-action.

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White Zenvo ST1

If stormtroopers had their hand at designing a hypercar, it'd probably look something like the all-new 2015 Zenvo ST1, priced at $950,000USD. Powered by a twin-charged 6.8L V8, the engine delivers a peak 1,104-horsepower and 1,054 pound-feet of torque, driving the rear wheels only. What sets this apart from its predecessor is a new sequential transmission that replaces the previous manual, with seven forward gears and a single clutch. Gear shifts take a mere 35-milliseconds, making it one of the fastest shifting, single clutch transmissions in the world. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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