Star Wars duel takes the weird shape lightsaber debate to the limit

The debate on the lightsaber/broadsword from Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues. This hilariously absurd video is perhaps the most rabid criticism to JJ Abram's new lightsaber idea (which, quite frankly, I like very much even if it doesn't make sense.) And it's really well made too. » 1/20/15 6:41pm 1/20/15 6:41pm

This Tiny Papercraft Millennium Falcon Belongs In an Art Gallery

Don't have room to build yourself a massive five-foot long model of the Millennium Falcon from cardboard? How about a papercraft Falcon made from cardstock that's no bigger than a business card instead? That's what Caleb Kraft managed to pull off using impressive hobby knife skills comparable to a neurosurgeon. » 1/14/15 12:57pm 1/14/15 12:57pm

All the Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leaked so far

It must be the increasing nostalgia of being an old man who saw the originals at the theater, but I'm starting to get really excited about the new old school Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, after coming across the allegedly new design for a new TIE fighter, I collected every leaked concept art I could find: » 1/13/15 2:27pm 1/13/15 2:27pm

Kids Can Control Holograms With Their Minds Using the Force Trainer II

There isn't a kid on earth who doesn't want to wield the power of the Force after seeing Star Wars for the first time, and Uncle Milton's original mind-control Force Trainer was as close as any kid could get to being a Jedi. But now there's a new version that introduces animated holograms courtesy of an iPad that lets… » 1/12/15 3:49pm 1/12/15 3:49pm

This Exquisite Wooden X-wing Rocker Will Make You Miss Being a Kid

The popularity of rocking horses has seen a steady decline over the years because kids simply aren't interested in growing up to be cowboys anymore. Thanks to Star Wars, kids would rather grow up to be intergalactic fighter pilots now, so an X-wing-themed rocker just makes a lot more sense these days. » 1/12/15 8:49am 1/12/15 8:49am

I honestly thought this Return of the Jedi scene was real all my life

I keep getting my dreams shattered. When I was a kid I thought the Rebel Alliance hangar could have been a real stage but it was just one of many matte paintings, an example of ILM's visual sorcery. But the scene of the Emperor coming to the Death Star? I was absolutely, 100-percent convinced that it was real. » 1/09/15 6:16pm 1/09/15 6:16pm

The Ultimate Guide To 2015's Science Fiction And Fantasy TV

This is going to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy television, including some major A-list creators (Jonathan Nolan, Chris Miller and Phil Lord!) coming to the small screen to make beautiful love your eyes and faces. This is your year, people! Here's our complete guide to 2015's science fiction and… » 1/06/15 6:35pm 1/06/15 6:35pm

The Definitive Darth Vader Figure Even Has His Iconic Breathing Sounds

Every time Hot Toys announces a new figure it's a chance for fans and other toy companies to see exactly how a collectible should be made. And while there have been thousands of Darth Vader toys released since Star Wars premiered in 1977, Hot Toy's 14-inch version is easily the definitive Vader figure thanks to some… » 1/01/15 12:49pm 1/01/15 12:49pm

Enjoy the final battle of Return of the Jedi without the Ewoks

My favorite part of Return of the Jedi was the final Death Star battle, a perfect choreography of models filmed with computer-controlled cameras. It was truly amazing—except for the Ewok clowns interrupting the flow with their unrealistic fight.* So I always wanted to see this: The entire battle in high definition. » 12/31/14 3:31pm 12/31/14 3:31pm

The hilarious ridiculousness of the new Star Wars' crossguard lightsaber

Like the rest of us, Machinima Happy Hour wondered what would happen after the crossguard lightsaber scene in the new Star Wars trailer. Unlike the rest of us, they created this hilarious animation imagination of how ridiculous that fight would be because adding light sabers to just anything is just crazy. » 12/30/14 10:21pm 12/30/14 10:21pm

This R2-D2 Figure Is So Articulated It Could Probably Teach Yoga

He can roll around, hobble along on two feet, and apparently even fly at one point in his astromech career, but as far as robots go, R2-D2 never seemed that articulated. At least until the folks at Kaiyodo inducted the droid into their Revoltech line, which is known for having some of the most posable action figures… » 12/30/14 3:17pm 12/30/14 3:17pm

How ILM made you believe this painting was a real hangar in Star Wars

When I saw Return of the Jedi in the movie theater back in 1983 I and everyone else thought this matte painting of a Rebel hangar was a real thing—that, somehow, they managed to build a full size set with giant models. It was all a magic trick that used distraction to fool your brain. This BBC documentary explains how. » 12/30/14 5:15am 12/30/14 5:15am

Clearest photo yet of the new Millennium Falcon—featuring Darth Iger

Fortune got to work with ILM on their December cover story, featuring Disney's CEO Bob Iger. The cover itself has Iger against a computer generated version of the Millennium Falcon. The opening photo, however, it's a shot of Iger composed over a photo of the set with the real Falcon. Pretty damn cool. » 12/29/14 8:36pm 12/29/14 8:36pm

An Incredible High-res Gallery Of All the Original Star Wars Toys

As a global phenomenon, Star Wars is as much about the toys as it is about the movies themselves. It was the first film franchise to really capitalize on its merchandising potential, and over on The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker you'll find an amazing high-res collection of all the original product shots from Kenner's… » 12/29/14 10:41am 12/29/14 10:41am

What Would A Ride In The Millennium Falcon Actually Do To Your Body?

The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body. » 12/28/14 5:48pm 12/28/14 5:48pm

Adidas' New Star Wars Sneaks Will Make You Wish You Were a Kid Again

There always seems to be a steady stream of Star Wars merchandise hitting stores, but with a new film on the horizon in 2015, the Disney marketing machine is quickly ramping up to overdrive. Even Adidas wants in on the action with its upcoming Star Wars Originals collection that includes these wonderful Vader kicks.… » 12/26/14 3:25pm 12/26/14 3:25pm