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The rebels got their RC Millennium Falcon, and now the Empire has a version based on the TIE Interceptor.

Both were created by hobbyist Oliver C who notes that the TIE version took about 15 hours to design and “at least as many” to get it flying properly. There was also a mishap or two along the way, with shattered propellers embedding splinters of carbon in the walls of his garage.

Check out a video of the RC TIE Interceptor in action after the break…

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Sometimes, you just have to stop and appreciate really amazing art, so take a minute and soak in these pieces by Orlando Arocena.

Arocena’s Vector Art Alien tribute poster was part of a recent collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film. It’s nice to see his take on some of our other favorite movies.

Head after the break to see some of his incredible work.

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Lego and Star Wars fit together like, well…two Lego pieces. Enter LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales—a new six-part miniseries that will debut later this year.

The series will retell the prequel and original Star Wars flicks from the perspective of everyone’s favorite robotic duo: C3PO and R2-D2. The action picks up shortly after the Battle of Endor (think: Ewoks using stormtrooper helmets as drums) with the droids sharing their take on the events that led up to the destruction of the Second Death Star, beginning with The Phantom Menace and going all the way up to Return of the Jedi. The show will debut on Disney XD, so it should be a fun one to watch with the kids!

(Hollywood Reporter via io9)

star wars mirrors

Let’s face it, your standard mirror can be kind of dull. So, if you’re looking for a quirky mirror that’s far from boring, then you should probably pick up one of these Star Wars mirrors from Etsy seller funkymirrors.

We’ve featured the Millennium Falcon version previously, but there’s also an R2-D2 version that would be awesome in a kid’s bathroom.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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sarlacc diorama

While official Star Wars canon has Boba Fett falling into the Sarlacc Pit never to return, there are stories in the non-canon Expanded Universe that have Boba Fett crawling out and escaping. However, LEGO builder Daniel Stoeffler has rescued Fett in a more creative way.

This amazing build was for a Star Wars contest over at Techlug that challenged entrants to create the story of Boba Fett’s escape in LEGO. Stoeffler not only came up with a fantastic build, but he came up with one heck of a story to go with it.

In his diorama, the Jawas run a distillery out of the Pit of Carkoon. They collect the Sarlacc’s digestive juices and then filter it to create “Jawa Juice” or “Nectar of the Sarlacc”.

Here’s where the theory gets really fun. Stoeffler suggests that Boba Fett fell in and found the opening in the Sarlacc’s stomach that contained the digestive juice collecting tube. When he makes it through into the distillery, he’s severly ill and they nurse him back to health.

During his time in the distillery, he even helps out and, after some time, Boba Fett leaves and the Jawas have a new ally.

You gotta admit, that is way cooler than a dead Boba Fett.

Head after the break to see more pictures.

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On the more mysterious but definitely exciting Toy Fair news front, check out this sneak peek of the new Star Wars Legendary Yoda interactive robotic toy from Spin Master.

It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on with this figure, but the few glimpses available in the teaser they released make me think this may be the toy of the holiday.

Spin Master says to keep an eye out for his arrival sometime in Fall 2015.

Check it out after the break.

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Is Apple getting into the lightsaber game?

Not quite. However, it appears that J. J. Abrams got a little help from Apple’s Jony Ive with regard to the much discussed trisaber featured in The Force Awakens trailer. According to New Yorker:

Ive once sat next to J.J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.

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Apparently, Ive later noted that it was “just a conversation” and that the crossguard was not discussed—but he did have some imput that might have had an impact on Abrams:

“I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty,” said Ive, adding that the new weapon could be “more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous.”

I’ll admit that “less precise” and “spitty” are not design concepts I thought Ive would ever consider.

(Venture Beat via The Verge)

LEGO thor hawkeye

Not that the upcoming sets from LEGO’s Age of Ultron line, as displayed at this weekend’s New York Toy Fair 2015, are particularly spoiler-y, but they do all depict scenes from the movie, and I know some people tend to get spoilerphobic, so: Fair warning. There’s an Ant-Man set pictured as well.

Now, question: Is Thor’s Fabio-esque plastic mane enough for him to take the title of Greatest Minifig Ever (clearly–look at that face) from Hawkeye? And had there ever been a more badass minifig than Black Widow? Check ‘em out behind the cut.

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Aaaaactually, for “why not” read “LEGO puts out an advent calendar Star Wars set every year, why did I  not know this?!” It’s one of 32 new Star Wars sets LEGO is putting out in 2015, based on the classic trilogy, the prequels, Star Wars Rebels, and The Force Awakens. (Unsurprisingly, none of the sets from that latter group were displayed at New York Toy Fair. If they had snuck in there, Mickey Mouse would have had to come in with memory erasers à la Men in Black.)

Of particular interest are the Luke and Darth Vader quasi-action figures that you make out of LEGO. Check out pics under the jump!

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R2-D2 Drinks

The hot new droid in town may be BB-8, but no droid is as sarcastic and lovable as good old R2-D2.

The folks at Sideshow Collectibles have turned him into a sixth scale figure that comes withe tons of bits and pieces so you can play with him at your desk instead of working. I know this because they sent one to me to check out and he’s been distracting me from work since the day he arrived.

It’s not just R2, but a whole bunch of accessories including Luke’s lightsaber, Ben Kenobi’s table with a light-up holographic Leia, and a beverage tray with glasses just like he sported on Jabba’s sail barge. It even lights up!

More information, photos and a demo video after the break…

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