Disney has just released a behind-the-scenes video for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is set to open in 2019 at both Disneyland (summer) in California and at Disney World (fall) in Florida. This sneak peak gives us a preview of two of its main attractions: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. “It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time, to actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships and have this feeling that it is all real, that it has been brought to life, and it is right there in front of you. It’s overwhelming,” said Carrie Beck, vice president of Lucasfilm Story Group. Read more for pre-alpha Millennium Falcon ride footage and additional information.
Photo credit: Olive Seon via Brothers-Brick
LEGO master building group Olive Seon used thousands of bricks and other pieces to recreate the Star Wars Death Star trench run scene, complete with laser towers as well as an exploded Y-wing fighter. Rotate the diorama, and you’ll see the Death Star interior with each of the space station’s rooms acting as individual scenes, like Obi Wan’s deactivation of the tractor beam, a battalion of stormtroopers caught mid-explosion, and even the battle station’s locker room. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, there may be unofficial Star Wars keycaps on the market today, but for those seeking an official alternative, you’ll have to shell out $250. That’s right, the Star Wars Galactic Empire DSA keycap is officially licensed by Lucasfilm, and boasts a color scheme that appears to be straight from a Death Star computer, complete with a lightsaber key. Novel Keys is offering Two two different kits – Full Aurebesh or Aurebesh with English Sublegends – and both come complete with 8 unique novelty keycaps to show your loyalty to the Empire. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Hi Consumption
Star Wars fans rejoice! Columbia Sportswear has just unveiled a limited edition Empire Crew Parka. This $500 jacket was inspired by the original cast and crew while filming the iconic ice planet Hoth scenes of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. You’ll have to be quick though, as they will hit the online store at 12:10am EST on December 7th, as well as at select retail stores in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. That’s not all, select US stores will also offer a handful of parkas signed by Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the film, but this version will set you back a cool $1980 USD, with all proceeds being donated to charity. Read more for additional pictures and information.
YouTube user “DerpFakes” gained prominence by using deepfakes, or to be more specific, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, to digitally add celebrities to movies that never starred in. In the latest example, Han Solo was inserted into Solo: A Star Wars Story in place of Alden Ehrenreich. Continue reading for another popular example featuring Princess Leia.
From afar, this could be mistaken for a Star Wars movie vehicle, but in reality, it’s just Hoversurf’s HOVERBIKE S3, an all-electric, four-rotor flying machine. Featuring a carbon fiber frame, anatomical, adjustable leather joysticks, and a hybrid 12.3 kWh battery that is good for up to 40-minutes of flight, depending on weight as well as weather conditions. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Jon Favreau has just released the first details about his live-action Star Wars TV series, called “The Mandalorian.” No major details have been revealed, but we do know a few of the show’s directors, and they are: Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Bryce Dallas Howard and Deborah Chow. It’s one of several Star Wars shows that will launch on the Disney’s very own streaming service in late 2019. Continue reading for another video and to see Jon Favreau’s own description.
Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in US theaters on May 25, 1977, and earned $461 million, while receiving ten Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), winning seven. It launched an industry of tie-in products, including spin-off TV series, novels, comic books, video games, amusement park attractions, and merchandise including toys, games, and clothing. The latest is this anime fan makeover by Dmitry “Ahriman” Grozov of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading for another Star Wars anime short film and more information.
No, these exploding ships aren’t from upcoming Star Wars movies, but rather models cleverly shot with cotton and LEDs by Instagram user “@plasticstarwars”. “They are just Bandai model kits lit up with LEDs hidden in cotton wool. I also used fiber optics to simulate sparks,” @plasticstarwars told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video of one of the models.
SwimWays’ Inflatable Star Wars Millennium Falcon is perfect in the pool, or just for lounging around inside your home, and it’s being offered for just $16.03, today only, originally $29.99. This inflatable pool float measures approximately 61 x 46 x 6.5 inches (when inflated) – a great size everyone can enjoy. Great for pool parties, vacations, and everyday use, making it a fun gift for Star Wars fans of every age and for collectors, too. Product page. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.