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Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

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BladeRunnerHow come adults don’t get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.

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Star Wars Action Figures Give You A Ridiculously Detailed Han And Chewie

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HanChewieAs a child of the ’80s, my Star Wars action figures were some of my most cherished possessions growing up. They fought countless battles against the ranks of G.I. Joe and the Masters of the Universe, and they spent their down time chilling in a swanky case shaped like Darth Vader’s head. Sure, I could have sold the things for a bunch of money if I’d somehow had the foresight to leave them mint-in-the-box, but I cherish all those fond memories of childhood imagination. That being said, if my old Star Wars figures were as high quality as Hot Toys’ just-revealed Han and Chewie figures, I probably would have reconsidered all those times I pretended the garbage disposal was the Great Pit of Carkoon.

Hot Toys doesn’t make toys for kids, or at least not for kids who don’t have wealthy parents or full-time jobs. Their catalog includes gorgeous recreations of characters from flicks like Back to the Future, Predator, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy…the list goes on. The Han and Chewie figures don’t disappoint, maintaining the same ridiculous level of detail as their other toys. Look at the scar on Han’s chin. Look at the wrinkles on his knuckles, for crying out loud!

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Story Reels Give A Glimpse At Unfinished Episodes

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CloneWarsTopStar Wars: The Clone Wars found itself in a peculiar position after Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and with it, the Star Wars franchise — back in 2012. As many suspected, Disney would soon begin streamlining and culling back much of the franchise so that a cohesive, official multimedia canon could be established. The good news is that it was eventually announced that The Clone Wars would, along with George Lucas’ six films, be part of this new Star Wars canon. The bad news was that the show was ending, and before it had completed all the stories its creators had hoped to tell. Thankfully, many of these stories have since come to light in one form or another, and now Clone Wars fans can get a glimpse at a few more unfinished episodes, courtesy of a series of “story reels” just released on StarWars.com.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars Video Examines The Legacy Of The Series

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With the new regime of the Star Wars about to launch their plan for take over the TV and cinematic world with the debut of their animated series Star Wars Rebels, it’s as good a time as any to look to the past. And what better way to do that than to explore the heritage of the last effort of the old guard. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and this video, conveniently enough titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy, does just that.

Clone Wars was the last piece of that galaxy far, far away to come directly from franchise creator George Lucas, and as the series ties directly into the much maligned prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith), it has a place of significance and prominence in the family. One of the things they talk about is how this series connects to the history of cinema, as Lucas was fond of doing, and mention the elements of Hitchcock and Kurosawa figure into the design and the stories.

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Star Wars Rebels Episode Descriptions, Propaganda Posters, And Plot Details

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Star Wars RebelsWe’re just a few days away from getting our first look at what a post-Disney buyout Star Wars universe looks like, as the animated series Star Wars Rebels is about to hit the airwaves (some of you will even get to see it starting today). And as we’re on the downward slope, you’d be correct to assume we’re going to see a bunch of promotion between now and the October 3 premiere. This includes a handful of posters, news that we may see an unexpected face pop up, official descriptions of the first six episodes, and even more ways the series may tie in to Star Wars: Episode VII.

Rebels is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, during a time when the Galactic Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy. Within this tyrannical setting resistance springs up, and you get your first glimpses of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy. The main story revolves around a crew composed of the young, brash con artist Ezra Bridger, cowboy Jedi Kanan, steel-nerved pilot Hera, trigger-happy Mandalorian Sabine, burly badass Zeb, and sassy astromech droid Chopper.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Get Your First Look At A Chrome Trooper

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I’m just going to throw this up here right off the bat to get it out of the way, but there are some potential SPOILERS beyond this point in regards to the upcoming science fiction film Star Wars: Episode VII. Then again, this might all turn out to be nonsense, in which case nothing will be spoiled at all. But if you don’t want to take that chance, I suggest you stop reading.

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