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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.
The LEGO Star Wars Episode VIII First Order Heavy Assault Walker (75189) building kit consists of 1,376-pieces and is being offered for just $109.99 shipped, today only, originally $149.99. This detailed walker features posable legs / head, a minifigure cockpit that you can open and detachable canisters that can be fired at the Resistance. In addition to the five included minifigures, there’s also a storage compartment at the side with extra stud ammo and an opening hold to the rear with space for extra missile ammo. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
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.
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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.
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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.