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Harrods to Showcase Original TFA Props

Just in time for Star Wars Celebration, the famous Harrods in London is joining the Star Wars bandwagon with its own exhibit!

The iconic department store is holding The Star Wars Gallery, which will feature authentic props used in The Force Awakens. 

Some of the original props include:

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  • Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber
  • Rey’s scavenger staff
  • Luke’s lost lightsaber
  • Chewie’s bowcaster

Also on display are full-size figures of Captain Phasma in her chrome armor, a First Order stormtrooper, Rey’s desert outfit, BB-8 and more, to compete with the Rogue One exhibit in nearby London Exhibition Centre.

If that’s not enough, the posh department store also has a full-size mockup of the Falcon’s cockpit, as well as the ship’s iconic holochess table and wraparound sofa.

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Of course, this being Harrods, even their Falcon sofa isn’t as rundown as the real Star Wars Episode VIII prop teased by director Rian Johnson today:

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A filthy sofa like this probably won’t get within 2 blocks of Harrods

But that’s not all. Fans with deep pockets can bring home a souvenir… and we don’t mean half-melted helmets or overpriced junk.

Propshop, the same outfit used by Pinewood Studios to create props for the new Star Wars movies, is on hand to offer something new: custom-made action figures.

For £1,595 (around $2,060), Propshop will do a 3-D scan of your body onsite using their “photogrammetry” system. The rig is comprised of 50 high-resolution cameras, the same technology used to capture the cast of TFA for merchandising. At that price, it isn’t just custom… it’s bespoke, as the British would say. It takes 12 weeks to create one figure.

The full-body scans will form the template for your very own action figure, around the same size of Jakks Pacific’s 18-inch Big Figs line. There are three TFA models to choose from: First Order stormtrooper, T-70 X-wing pilot, and TIE Fighter pilot. They come in male and female versions

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If that sounds a tad expensive, you can just ogle the exhibit like the freeloading scavenger you are. Entrance to the Star Wars Gallery is free, but on an appointment basis.

The exhibit runs at the fourth floor of Harrods London from July to August 21. So if you’re in the UK for Star Wars Celebration Europe, make sure to drop by Harrods and book your time slot!

 

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VIDEO: The Falcon’s 15-Second Flight

 

What if Rey isn’t as good of a pilot as she thinks she is? We get an alternate ending to The Force Awakens!

Awesome First Order Recruitment Leaflet from Mad Magazine!

Would you join a bunch of murderers, traitors and thieves? Or would you rather wear plastic armor and bring order to the galaxy? We don’t know about you, but it definitely won’t be the Resistance scum for Stormtrooper Larry!

The hilarious a-holes behind Mad Magazine just released a recruitment pamphlet for the First Order. Building on the success of their Force Awakens issue last February, the gang of idiots is back with a second helping of Star Wars.

This time, they’re shilling for the “good guys” and their three Ts policy: Terror, Tyranny and Totalitarianism. But they can’t do it without some fresh blaster fodder. Prospective “fear ambassadors” (sounds like a Disney term) will get to chill their ass off in Starkiller Base, enjoy some sun in Jakku, and march along endless gray corridors awaiting rebel saboteurs in the time-honored stormtrooper tradition.

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Exciting activities include carrying out pro-active population control policies, marching in perfect formation, standing around in rows while Kylo Ren makes his grand entrance, and learning how to use one of those “spinny laser-baton thingies”.

You never know when you need to stop a traitor with a lightsaber!

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It’s nice to know that health coverage now extends to lightsaber dismemberments, Wookiee dismemberments, and Ewok-related injuries. Unfortunately it seems that most troopers still don’t enjoy free prescription lenses, which account for the majority of missed stormtrooper shots.*

We also get a nice tidbit about the new stormtrooper armor. It’s 3% more effective than before, offering almost 15% greater protection against blaster fire! As long as your serial number isn’t FN-2003….

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The Kickstarter is a nice touch. With the fall of the Empire, the new organization had to scrape the funds for their own death ball. And what better way to raise credits than to crowdsource it?

While Jedis don’t crave adventure and excitement, Star Wars fans do. So fuck the light side, go and sign up with the winning side. Join the First Order through Mad Magazine today!

The digital issue is available now, while the printed version will come out on June 14.

*Poor eyesight and helmet design account for 95.5% of all missed blaster shots by stormtroopers, based on an in-depth study pulled from Stormtrooper Larry’s ass.

 

Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition Launched!

Star Wars collectors, hold on to your wallets: Disney and Lucasfilm have just launched a new line of Star Wars memorabilia aimed at the premium segment.

Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition are high-end prop replicas specially made to order. They will be crafted at Pinewood Studios, the same studio where The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Episode VIII are being shot.

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The replicas will be made from digital scans of authentic props used in the film, and produced using 3D printing technology. They also come with custom display pedestals and wooden crates modeled after the real crates used to ship the film props.

According to Disney, even the wooden crates will be custom-tailored for the replica. You know you’re dealing with serious stuff when even the packaging itself is hand-tailored.

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The initial lineup will consist of eight replicas:

  • Darth Vader’s melted helmet post-Endor  -$3,500 (limited to 500 units)
  • Rey’s lightsaber hilt (presumably Anakin’s) – $1,250
  • FN-2187’s First Order stormtrooper helmet – $1,750 (limited to 500 units)
  • Kylo Ren’s helmet – $2,000
  • Poe Dameron’s Black Leader helmet – $1,500
  • Chewie’s bowcaster – $2,500
  • Kylo Ren’s lightsaber hilt (no blade) – $1,250
  • Rey’s iconic staff – $1,250

That’s substantially more than the 60 portions we’ve saved up.

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The replicas themselves will be made by Propshop, a production company contracted by Pinewood Studios to produce film props for the Star Wars franchise. So start selling those Master Replicas and extra kidneys, the Ultimate Studio Editions have arrived!