star wars bits

It’s Star Wars Day, so you know what that means…an especially large edition of Star Wars Bits! In today’s edition:

  • Director Chris Miller shares a photo of a very familiar weapon.
  • Daisy Ridley wishes you a happy Star Wars Day (and asks you to donate some cash).
  • Star Wars: Battlefront offers some Star Wars Day specials.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens track is now available.
  • The time and location of next year’s Star Wars Celebration has been revealed.
  • How to start making your own personal BB-8.
  • New The Force Awakens posters from Tim Doyle.
  • New Star Wars art from Joshua Budich.
  • A BB-8 poster created by Andy Fairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery.
  • A fanmade Star Wars art show.
  • Marvel reveals a must-have Han Solo comic book cover.
  • A relaxing and ambient trip to Dagobah.
  • Eight minutes of gameplay from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The plot of The Force Awakens told through Emoji.
  • And more!

Yep, that’s one of the directors of the Han Solo spin-off movie sharing a picture of a certain iconic blaster. May the 4th be with you, indeed.

Daisy Ridley has filmed a video from the set of Star Wars: Episode 8 to wish everyone a happy Star Wars Day…and to remind you to donate a few bucks to the Star Wars: Force For Change campaign. The latest awesome prize up for grabs is a trip to Ireland to visit Skellig Michael, the incredible location where the climax of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed. All you have to do to have your name entered for that contest is donate a measly $10. Besides the call for charity, this video also feature a pretty funny John Boyega joke and some fantastic practical aliens chilling out in the background.

battlefront

Ms. Ridley isn’t the only one celebrating Star Wars Day in style. EA has announced that anyone can play Star Wars: Battlefront today for a four hour free trial if they swing by Origin.com and download the game. The full package is also on sale for $23.99, if you happen to like what you see. Veteran players are also encouraged to jump into the game today, as anyone who does so will receive 4,444 in-game credits for free.

Meanwhile, legitimate genius Lin-Manuel Miranda (whose brilliant Hamilton was just nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards) has given us the coolest Star Wars Day gift of them all. The piece of music he created for Maz Kanata’s cantina in The Force Awakens is officially available for purchase on iTunes. It may not have the instantly catchy hook of the original cantina song from 1977, but it’s still a fun and weird piece of music.

star wars celebration 2017

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 hasn’t even happened yet and Lucasfilm has already revealed some key details about next year’s event. Star Wars Celebration 2017 will be held in Orlando, Florida from April 13-16 at the Orange County Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale on May 25, so make sure you set a reminder. Since this edition of Celebration will be a short drive from Walt Disney World, where the new Star Wars land is being build at the Hollywood Studios theme park, we can probably look forward to some updates on that particular endeavor.

If you want to spend this Star Wars Day embarking on a crazy and time-consuming project, the video above is the first in a series following a very, very dedicated gentleman who has decided to construct a life-size BB-8 using a 3D printer. He doesn’t make too much progress in part one, but he does offer plenty of advice for anyone who wants to embark on a similar mission.

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