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Watch The Battle Of Endor From Return Of The Jedi Without Those Ewoks

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There aren’t many things in the Star Wars universe quite as divisive as the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Jar Jar Binks is more or less universally reviled, but those furry little buggers from Endor create conflicts that threaten to tear families apart. A lot of people who saw the original trilogy at a young age didn’t have an issue with them early on, but have grown increasingly irritated with them over the years. This video that has been making the rounds shows what that epic space battle at the end of Jedi would look like without constantly cutting away to the action back on the forest moon.

This HD video from Prometheus4vids is indeed rather awesome, but if you’re thinking to yourself that the action will be a little awkward and bumpy without any of the scenes from Endor, you’re definitely right. Not only are many of the jumps where there is originally a cutaway to Han, Leia, and the crew on the surface clunky and awkward with no transition, but there are big narrative leaps as well, like the force field is magically down for no real reason.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Check Out This Redesigned TIE Fighter

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TIE FIghterAs far as characters go, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer sticks with the new kids on the block, offering fans our first look at Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB-8, and Kylo Ren. None of the returning fan favorites like Luke, Leia, or Han, are anywhere to be seen, but we already know a lot about them, so no big loss. We do, however, get a look at some familiar spaceships. The Millennium Falcon soars around as she does, and while the X-Wings are readily identifiable as such, they definitely got a makeover, though they’re not the only ones. A few TIE Fighters can be seen zipping around the Falcon, but some concept art has surfaced showing off a new redesign that throws a wrinkle into the proceedings and raises some questions.

Check out the leaked image over at Indie Revolver, and what you see is definitely not your standard TIE Fighter. This looks more like something an officer or dignitary travels in rather than one of the small, agile crafts that are out there in the middle of the shit, dogfighting with X-Wings and the like. It just looks bigger and less agile, more like a transport vehicle than a fighter. That said, it still doesn’t look like anything you want to mess with if you have the choice.

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Watch Lightsaber Accessories Get Out Of Hand In This Animated Star Wars Parody

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Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived just after Thanksgiving, there has been almost nonstop back and forth chatter about broadsword-looking lightsaber wielded by the hooded character we now know as Kylo Ren. One of the concerns is that those new add-ons, while they may look totally badass, might not be the most practical enhancement. If these are indeed new additions, it also makes you wonder what other things folks have added to lightsabers over the years, and this new animated video imagines this idea played out to the ridiculous extreme.

There was one rumor floating around about this weapon a while back, and the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. We heard that this particular weapon isn’t new but is in fact very old, one of those Sith relics that one character, we don’t know who exactly, may collect. If that turns out to be the case, this is likely a design that was abandoned, probably for many of the reasons people have thrown out there. It could also explain why the blade is all wonky and ragged, perhaps this is simply very old and doesn’t work quite as well as it once did.

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This Homemade Star Wars Landspeeder Pet Bed Is Totally The Cat’s Pajamas

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star warsWhen I was a kid, I had a bunk bed and then a normal bed, and then my parents tossed their waterbed before I could step in and lay claim. (Like the 1970s pimp that I am?) Any trip to the furniture store always takes me back to childhood, seeing racecar beds and spaceship beds and the like. But in order to get the coolest bed of all, I apparently should have grown up as a cat instead of a human. May I jealously present the world’s first (I presume) homemade Star Wars Landspeeder cat bed.

Crafted by the amazingly creative minds at Roxy’s Dream, these guys make a ton of pet-related furniture and accessories, and this is easily the greatest bed they’ve made yet. Completely one of a kind, the Cat Speeder is going for around $600, to make up for all the work that went into it. As you can imagine, Roxy’s Dream isn’t a mass-production factory or anything.

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Star Wars Is Getting This Web Series Before The Force Awakens

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star warsIf you’re reading this, I’ll just go ahead and assume you’re one of the millions of people around the world whose anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens knows no bounds. Disney is looking to capitalize on rampant fandom with a new series of web shorts that they’ll put out over the next year to make damned sure every organism on the planet is aware of this massive tentpole.

Sadly, this won’t be a spinoff series or anything along the lines of Star Wars Rebels. These shorts will instead focus on the Star Wars universe as a whole, in a background information kind of way. While there are not a lot of details are out there, Bloomberg reports at least two areas of subject matter that will be tackled are fashion and games. You want to know how to make a robe that looks like one a Jedi would wear? How about learning to cut wood with lightsabers? Maybe this series will show you, but probably not.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Vs. Avengers 2: Which Are Moviegoers Anticipating More?

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AvengersFalconThere’s no doubt that 2015 is going to be an epic year for movies. You’ve got Marvel continuing its unprecedented winning streak with a second Avengers movie (not to mention the troubled but still intriguing Ant-Man). You’ve got a new Jurassic Park movie starring the walking slice of awesome known as Chris Pratt. You’ve got the final installment of the ridiculously successful Hunger Games saga. Oh, and there’s that under-the-radar flick known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which will reign supreme in 2015? We’ll have to wait and see, but thanks to a new poll, we do have some insight into which films moviegoers are most excited about.

Fandango has released the results of its annual survey of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year. And while the Internet will be arguing who would win in a fight between the Avengers and Darth Vader until the inevitable heat death of the universe, we at least know who came out on top in this particular instance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie of 2015, at least according to the Fandango poll.