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George Lucas has made several, shall we say—controversial changes to the original Star Wars trilogy over the years. And by “several” we mean “a lot”.

While many of these changes are well known, an entire generation of fans has been unable to watch these movies in their pure, original form.

Fortunately, YouTuber Marcelo Zuniga has preserved the film’s history by extensively cataloging those changes in the following videos. They show the original and the various versions that have been released since along with explanatory notes.

See the videos after the break.

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This fan-made tech demo uses Unreal Engine 4 to put you in an X-Wing, a speeder bike on Endor, and a ship on Hoth. It was created by HammerheadVR, but Lucasfilm cried foul so they were forced to remove it from Vimeo. However, it is currently available on YouTube with the audio muted thanks to a copyright claim.

The audio issue may have had something to do with pulling down the original video, or it could be related to the fact that Lucasfilm is working on their own VR version of Star Wars that’s set to debut later this year. Either way, it gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect.

See the video after the break.

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After being inundated with requests from our original post, Etsy shop Master Glasster has put his stained glass R2-D2 lamp shade up for sale.

It isn’t cheap at $400, but I suppose that’s to be expected from a handmade product like this. Each shade is made to order, so if you were coveting one it’s probably best to jump on it before the wait times get really long.

Product Page ($400)

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We previously featured a teaser of the 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon from Hot Toys and now we’ve got a closer look to share. The insane 18′ long and 12′ model will be featured at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong 2015 as a part of their Star Wars display—and that’s probably where the story ends. Odds are this won’t be sold to the public, which is the recently unveiled cockpit comes in. Still, you might want to prepare to take a second mortgage on your house just in case.

See more pictures after the break.

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This is definitely the case I’ve been looking for. Ed Zarick, known for transforming gaming consoles into laptop form, fabricated this awesome R2-D2 PS4 laptop. Enlisting the help from the guys at Astromech, he used 3D printed replicas of Artoo’s parts. And it beeps and boops just like our favorite droid using sound effects he loaded onto an Adafruit WaveShield.

Check out more pics and a video of the laptop-console-droid-hybrid in action after the break…

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After Hot Toys made their 1/6 Scale Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader figures, you had to figure that it was only a matter of time before the family was complete. Well, Leia’s here and she’s gorgeous. The new Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Princess Leia 1/6 Scale Collectible Figure has captured Carrie Fisher perfectly –– right down to that signature hairstyle and her determined expression.

The figure has over 28 points of articulation, a newly developed head sculpt, detailed hair sculpt, specially tailored costume, two types of blasters, five interchangeable palms, and a figure stand. It’s the variety of extra hands I find kind of awesome here, because it gives you lots of ways to pose her holding her weapon like the self-rescuing princess she is.

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This Star Wars rice paddy can be found in the Aomori prefecture in northern Japan where Inakadate Village residents have been creating elaborate rice paddy art for over 20 years to promote tourism. If attention was their goal – mission accomplished.

Unfortunately, the image will begin to fade in mid-August and will be harvested in October, so it won’t make it to the The Force Awakens premiere.

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They might seem like slightly spastic forest dwellers, but these chipmunks are trained Jedi Knights. VidGeo added special effects to these little animals and suddenly it’s a whole new forest.

Jedi Chimpmunk to the rescue! If you’re the kind of Star Wars fan who enjoys anything and everything to do with a galaxy far, far away, this epic chipmunk lightsaber battle might be right up your alley. We assume one squirrel is a Jedi and the other has clearly gone to the dark side. Watch out for those chipmunks, especially when they have lightsabers.

It’s better than the original and definitely much cuter.

See the original clip and the chipmunk version after the break.

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Hot Toys unveiled an incredible Millennium Falcon cockpit at SDCC, but that only scratched the surface of their ambitions. They have announced an upcoming 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon that will be a ridiculous 18 feet long and 12 feet wide. According to their Facebook page:

Recently Hot Toys has showcased an impressive 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon cockpit at San Diego Comic-Con which has already fascinated many Star Wars fans! But we are not stopping there yet, as a complete and highly detail 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon measuring close to 18 feet (5.5 meters) long by 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide will actually be making an appearance at ACGHK! Its sheer astonishing presence will surely captured any fans’ attention!

It’s not clear if this is just an exhibit for the Ani-Com and Games convention in Hong Kong or if they actually plan to sell this thing, but you can bet plenty of people would love to have this in their living rooms. Granted, it might be the ONLY thing in their living room, and that living room might be in the street because they’re broke, but still.

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The children’s classic Little Golden Books series is getting a dose of the Force with a special six book collection of Star Wars titles based on the movies. According to Entertainment Weekly:

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

These will be perfect for the little ones, but we’re betting more than a few adults without kids will be picking up a set. Fortunately, all six titles are available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of July 28th. Additional Star Wars Little Golden Books including a Force Awakens version are also listed with release dates in 2016.

See the rest of the titles after the break.

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