Behind the scenes clips from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it,” says the late Carrie Fisher.

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Star Wars Red Squadron DOT approved motorcycle helmet

Helmet maker HJC offers this fantastic X-Wing fighter pilot's lid.

I prefer to ride with a full face helmet, but this one is pretty hard to resist! DOT approved and complete with an orange sunshield, perhaps you can bulls-eye womp rats in your T-16!

There is a full face Boba Fett model.

HJC IS-5 Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Pilot Helmet via Amazon

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Poster for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

Sir Jedi Panda gets it right in this mockup of a spaghetti western-styled poster for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. I think what I love about it is how completely un-western a character Kenobi is. [via] Read the rest

New Stars Wars trailer remade on a 1984 Apple computer

Here's the official Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer gone retro. Recreated on a 1984 Apple IIc computer, New York-based illustrator Wahyu Ichwandari used a KoalaPad from the 1980s and Dazzle Draw, a bitmap paint program from 1984, to illustrate this video.

According to Mashable:

In the '80s, the setup was deemed the "most complete computer graphics system," but it's clear from his process how far we've come.

For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference.

Over the course of three weeks, he used 48 floppy disks (remember those?), each with 140KB of memory, and produced 288 image files which totalled a whopping 6MB in size.

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Diamond Yoda pendant to be auctioned

This Yoda pendant listed by Heritage Auctions "features full-cut yellow and near colorless diamonds weighing a total of approximately 9.00 carats, set in 14k gold." The estimated value is $2,500 - $3,500. will a lucky Boing Boing reader place the winning bid?

An avatar for all time, Yoda, the wise can be with you always. Instantly recognized as one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars narrative, this custom made pendant is whimsical and fun. It can be worn on a cord or chain or easily modified by a jeweler to wear as a brooch. Appropriately, Yoda is covered with diamonds, an ancient gemstone that can take billions of years to form. His robe is made of white and yellow diamonds totaling approximately 9.00cttw. A single round brilliant cut diamond held in Yoda’s outstretched hand has a known carat weight of 0.46ct.

Could this single diamond represent a kyber crystal? Or symbolize the Force? To quote Yoda, “Long ago in forgotten times, when the Sith and Jedi fought for control of the galaxy, weapons there were, of unimaginable power. Always at their heart, a kyber crystal was.” Gem quality diamonds are cut to exact proportions to accentuate their ability to reflect light. The dispersion of white light into spectral colors is diamonds’ primary gemological characteristic. Since Yoda lost his light saber in his legendary duel with Darth Sidious, and the lightsaber reflects the Force of the Jedi who holds it, a diamond is the perfect replacement.

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We bought the LEGO Star Wars Rebels 'The Phantom' for the included minifigs

My daughter built The Phantom. I wanted the Chopper and Grand Admiral Thrawn minifigs, (Kanan is ok too.)

She had a great time building the set in an afternoon. The laser canon work and the projectiles sting a little. The minifigs are delightful.

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Star Wars-themed Billy Bass with Admiral Ackbar's head shouts "It's a trap"

Thinkgeek's $40 Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass plays the Cantina theme and wiggles its tail, then turns to face you and shouts, "It's a trap!" Comes with wall-mount or desk-stand, runs on C batteries or AC adapter, and operates on button-push or motion sensor (prediction: you will not leave it in motion-sensing mode for very long). Order today for Father's Day shipping. Read the rest

How much would a star destroyer cost?

Generation Tech has done a few fun videos estimating the costs of items in the Star Wars universe. In the latest installment, they calculate the cost of a star destroyer. Spoilers below. Read the rest

Luke Skywalker flight suit t-shirt

We live in a golden age of Star Wars merch, but even by those hopeful standards, the Luke Skywalker flight suit tee is pretty fine. The matching Chewbacca tee is also worth a look. (via Canopy) Read the rest

You remember Hardware Wars

May the Fourth be with you.

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Mashup of Star Wars and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

🎜 "They're Princess Leia's stolen Death Star plans, she's got them and it's time to go..." 🎝

It's the work of Pallete Swap Ninja, who has a full album of it you can download free of charge. Read the rest

Slightly bigger LEGO Death Star

Clocking in around 200 pieces bigger than the retired 2008 LEGO Death Star, this 2016 model looks like one heck of a project. Read the rest

Disney is mooting an overnight Star Wars LARP resort

Disney is contemplating opening a luxury Star Wars themed resort next to the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World, which could feature multi-day live-action role-playing games that run overnight, with guests staying all night in the park to interact with costumed characters and automated elements (droids, etc) to game out scenarios. Read the rest

Watch Gold Leader swear in this archival Star Wars footage

Industrial Light & Magic visual effects artist John Knoll showed off this funny archival footage at Star Wars Celebration. Read the rest

Plenty of Jedi at the Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 has come to a close. For my husband and me, both Celebration virgins, the event did not disappoint. Sure, there were ridiculously early mornings trying to get wristbands for key panels, crowds of jostling people, long lines and the fact that one can only humanly do a fraction of what is offered--but the things we got to see and experience were totally worth it.

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Star Wars Celebration offers a lovely tribute to Carrie Fisher

On its opening day, the annual Star Wars convention in Orlando, Florida shared this lovely tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher. Read the rest

Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley: Donate to charity, enter to win cool Star Wars prizes

Star Wars has teamed up with Omaze to raise money for Starlight Children’s Foundation and UNICEF.

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