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Razer Inc. introduces a new line of limited edition Star Wars Stormtrooper computer peripherals, just in time for May 4th. It consists of a Razer BlackWidow Lite keyboard ($99.99), Atheris wireless mouse ($59.99), and a sleek Goliathus Extended Gaming mouse mat ($34.99). Unlike the standard Atheris wireless mouse, this one is modeled after the iconic helmet and good for 300-hours of use on a single AA battery, while the keyboard comes equipped with Razer Orange Mechanical Switches that are designed for gaming. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live their own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Plus, you’ll get to sample amazing galactic-themed food / beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and lots more. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago got their first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian on Sunday, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed a teaser clip. This eight-episode series will make its official debut on Nov. 12 as one of the Disney+ streaming service launch shows. “If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over. You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy,” said Favreau. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
Here’s a first look at ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal, which is currently being demoed at the Star Wars Celebration Event using the Oculus Quest headset. This Star Wars VR Series transports fans to the dark lord’s home turf of Mustafar, and with a lightsaber in hand, puts them at the center of an original Star Wars story. The canonical immersive adventure takes place between Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, and is set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s award-winning location-based virtual reality experience. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Star Wars: Episode IX, officially called “The Rise of Skywalker,” director J.J. Abrams said Friday during an appearance at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago that some time has gone by since the events of the last movie and doesn’t pick up immediately after the events of “The Last Jedi.” Yes, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia will make an appearance through unused scenes from “The Force Awakens” that have been integrated into the story. It opens nationwide on Dec. 10, 2019. Read more to watch the trailer and for a reaction video.
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The Walt Disney Co announced on Thursday a new family-friendly streaming service will costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually, complete with a variety of original programming. Disney+ is slated to launch on Nov. 12 in the U.S. and in every major global market over time. Subscribers will not only have access to Disney films and TV shows, but feature programming from the Marvel superhero universe, the “Star Wars” galaxy, “Toy Story” creator Pixar animation and the National Geographic channel. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade paintings are known for their glowing highlights and pastel colors, but artist Jeff Bennett wanted to add a geeky twist to some of his favorites in the form of Star Wars. You’ll see plenty of Stormtroopers setting Kinkade’s idyllic scenes ablaze and even Star Destroyers appearing in the fluffy clouds. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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R2-D2, which stands for Second Generation Robotic Droid Series-2, was portrayed mainly by radio controlled props and CGI models in the Star Wars movies, but one German professor decided to create a larger than life version of the astromech droid. Professor Hubert Zitt decided to transform the Zweibrücken Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a giant R2-D2. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Gamer and modder RobJin has managed to recreate Star Wars Episode 1 Racer in Unreal Engine 4, and it looks amazing to say the least. Work began approximately 10-months ago, and despite some optimization and animation issues, the game is fully playable. You take control of Anakin Skywalker in his swift junker on the Mos Espa map on Tatooine. The original game, released in 1999, features a variety of tracks spanning several different planets, and includes all of the racers featured in the movie as well as additional competitors exclusive to the game. Read more for gameplay footage, additional information and the download link.
This 800-page Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie hardcover book shows the space opera like you’ve never seen before, and it’s being offered for just $149.98 shipped, today only, originally $250. In addition to designing Darth Vader, C-3PO, and R2-D2, McQuarrie created hundreds of pieces of unique Star Wars artwork, including conceptual paintings, costume designs, storyboards, matte paintings, posters, book covers, album covers, and even Lucasfilm’s annual holiday cards, which have all been re-scanned for this book.Product page. Read more for a video comparing Ralph McQuarrie’s art to the actual Star Wars films and additional pictures from the book.