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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The U.K. court case surrounding safety regulations on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached its conclusion.
  • The next Star Wars: Aftermath book will feature the Battle of Jakku.
  • Conan O’Brien offers up a dead Tauntaun for a cozy place to sleep.
  • Cool art combines Star Wars with World War II photographs.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces prequel trilogy characters.
  • A guy dressed as a Rancor at Comic-Con and it looks amazing.
  • Marvel announces a gigantic Star Wars comic set.
  • A whole bunch of new Star Wars toys were unveiled at Comic-Con.

Let’s get the serious news out of the way first: a U.K. court has ruled that the accident that injured Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an act of negligence and that the actor faced “risk of death.” The Disney-owned company Foodles Production, who built the hydraulic door that injured Ford, has officially pled guilty to violating health and safety regulations. It was concluded that if an emergency safety switch had not been activated, Ford’s injures could have been far worse.

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Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt just hit shelves, but Lucasfilm has already begun teasing the third and final book in Chuck Wendig‘s series about the immediate aftermath of the Empire’s defeat after the Battle of Endor. The back cover of Star Wars: Aftermath – Empire’s End was revealed at the Star Wars Publishing panel at Comic-Con 2016, along with a slew of new details. Most notably: it’s no coincidence that the destroyed AT-AT Walker seen above looks like the one Rey calls home in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Battle of Jakku will feature heavily in the novel, helping lay the groundwork for future events in the Star Wars canon. Books centered around Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron and the Rebel fighters of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were also announced at the panel.

Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter celebrated Comic-Con 2016 with this very brief and very silly fake commercial, where they try to sell attendees on their “Dead Tauntaun B&B,” which is…exactly what it sounds like. The main joke is obvious (who hasn’t seen The Empire Strikes Back?), but it’s the little details that make it sing, like the reference to Dengar’s headgear.

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When George Lucas made the original 1977 Star Wars, he studied old stock footage from World War II for inspiration on how to film the various space battles. Now, things have come full circle. Impale Design has a collection of very cool prints that take actual historical photos and blend Star Wars elements into them, resulting in imagery that is often surreal and entrancing. You can check out a full gallery (and buy some for yourself) at the link above.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has unveiled its latest DLC pack, which introduce prequel characters into the game’s giant sandbox. So if you want to play through the story of The Force Awakens as Darth Maul, Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Jango Fett, and more, this is your chance. Go shatter the Star Wars timeline!

The cosplay bar has officially been raised: this gentlemen spent one year and $2,000 so he could cosplay as a Rancor at Comic-Con. That deserves to be repeated: Cosplay. As. A. Rancor. The video above speaks for itself.

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