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Star Wars Day May the 4th package

Greetings, and Happy Star Wars Day to you all.

Over the years, “May the 4th” has taken on a life of its own. What began as a pun on the famous Star Wars quote “May The Force be with you,” has now become a global holiday that has spilled over into non-geek sectors. Every major retailer is offering deals in honor of this observance, and even people who aren’t mega-fans of the franchise were on social media bright and early this morning to wish others a “Happy Star Wars Day.”

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Crossguard Lightsaber: Awesome or Useless? (Video)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lightsaber

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most-talked-about trailers in history. Fans are dissecting every second of the footage shown, hoping to decipher any drop information on secretive director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel.

The trailer left plenty for everyone to talk about, including the reveal of a new lightsaber being ignited by the Sith Kylo Ren. Unlike the original trilogy, which featured a standard saber, and the prequels, which had Sith apprentice Darth Maul wielding a double-edged lightsaber, the new film will debut a new crossguard lightsaber that has a broadsword-type of design. But what is the purpose and functionality of the crossguard component?

On a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert defended the design. And in a latest installment of their “Movie Fights” video podcast, the folks at Screen Junkies discussed whether the new lightsaber is awesome or useless. You can check out the podcast here below.

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‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker ‘Return Of The Jedi’ Force FX Lightsaber Replica
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Star Wars Luke Skywalker ROTJ Force FX Lightsaber Replica

Newly available is the Star Wars Luke Skywalker ROTJ Force FX Lightsaber Replica from Entertainment Earth.

This is a 43-inch-long replica of the green lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker in Return Of The Jedi that has realistic power-up and power-down glowing light effects, as well as sound efforts for powering up and power-down, various movement and clash sounds, and even a tone for when it’s idle.

The item also comes with a display stand for when you’re not using the lightsaber to battle a Sith or deflect blaster fire from Jabba’s minions.

This newly released lightsaber replica is selling now for $124.99, so grab it while you can (before it goes out of stock), and also while Entertainment Earth is offering Free Shipping*.

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Video: What It’s Like To Be In Lightsaber Duel Between Darth Vader & Jedi
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Darth Vader Lightsaber Image

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of the Star Wars universe and be involved in an epic lightsaber duel between Sith lord Darth Vader and a Jedi? Of course you have, don’t be ridiculous. And now you can find out!

The Stunt People created a short first-person perspective video on a GoPro camera in which you start as Vader himself fighting a Jedi, and then eventually transition over to the Jedi’s perspective. The results are pretty awesome…if you can get past this all going down in what appears to be an office building or something. They pulled it off in a half hour, what do you want?!

Check out the video below.

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‘Star Wars’ and Adorable Kittens Collide In ‘Jedi Kittens Strike Back’
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Jedi Kittens Strike Back

Back in August, YouTube user FinalCutKing released a video called Jedi Kittens, a very short clip of two wonderfully adorable kittens having themselves a lightsaber fight.

That video was only a brief 16 seconds long, but the kitties have returned in a much longer sequel titled Jedi Kittens Strike Back, which sees them having a good ol’ Star Wars dogfight before both of their ships go down and the ‘sabers come out yet again!

You can see Jedi Kittens Strike Back by clicking on over to the other side now.

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Contest: Star Wars FX Darth Vader Lightsaber
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Star Wars - Lightsabers

The good folks over at Buy Star Wars Costumes have offered up a wonderful Star Wars prop replica for Geeks of Doom to give to one lucky winner!

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) Darth Vader FX Lightsaber

BuyStarWarsCostumes.com offers officially licensed Star Wars costumes in kids and adult sizes, masks, and accessories. And, the site has recently launched a live support feature! So, be sure to check out the site for all your Halloween costume needs, as well as for some great Star Wars collectibles and accessories for all year round.

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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Watch Now: Every Lightsaber Ignition and Retraction In The ‘Star Wars’ Saga
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With Star Wars Celebration V around the corner and this being the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, we here at Geeks of Doom were looking for something on the web that celebrated one of our favorite film franchises of all time. What we found was a video that shows every lightsaber being powered up and powered down throughout the six main Star Wars films.

Watch the video “Every Lightsaber Ignition & Retraction” here below!

The video starts off with the lightsaber ignitions from the original trilogy and moves on to the prequel trilogy, the video does the same thing when it comes to the lightsaber retractions except in reverse order (prequels first).

The video’s creator stated that it took 6 hours to compile this video, which is only clips where you can see the lightsaber ignite/retract (not just hear it), and also where the lightsaber is intentionally ignited/retracted.

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This Weapon Is Your Life: The Evolution of the Lightsaber
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Week of Geek: The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary

This Weapon Is Your Life: The Evolution of the Lightsaber-Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX LightsaberMay 2010 has undoubtedly turned out to be Star Wars month. With the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back and Universal Day of the Jedi on May 25 (tomorrow!), we also had “May the 4th be with you,” “Revenge of the 5th” (wished-for by ThinkGeek.com), and George Lucas’ birthday. It’s been a big month of celebration for Star Wars fans around the world.

The Star Wars saga has developed a prosperous history over its 33 years of integration into the consciousness of pop culture, including the ever-developing Expanded Universe; which, through novels, games, comics, and more, has fleshed out an in-universe chronicle stretching from thousands of years before the life of Luke Skywalker, to hundreds of years after his death.

Arguably, one of the most unique aspects of the Star Wars saga is the lightsaber. The preferred weapon of the Jedi and the Sith, it is representation of, in the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “a more civilized age.” Since the release of the first Star Wars film on May 25, 1977, fans have embraced the lightsaber as a representation of the Jedi, as have the creators of the Expanded Universe.

Within the Expanded Universe of the Star Wars saga, we can find a historic view of how the lightsaber came to be — its advancement and chronology. So, in-universe, how did the symbolic weapon of the Jedi come into being?

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide ’09: Specialty Christmas Gift Suggestions
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Every year, we scatter looking for the best gifts and the best prices to complete our holiday shopping needs as soon as humanly possible. For some strange reason, many people still actually head out into the chaos that is the holiday shopping season, though it’s obvious that just hanging out at home is so insanely better, even if you have to pay a little more. Many sites online like to do their own holiday gift guides each year to help you find what you may be looking for, and we at Geeks of Doom are no different. Our own Tom Cheredar recently put together a fantastic guide for those of you looking for the best Wii sports accessories, and if you stay tuned, we will have a large gift guide with all of 2009’s best movies, games, and other goodies that translate into the best gifts!

Until that guide is complete, here is yet another to tide you over. This is a guide that really digs to the core for some of the best gifts out there for the true geek in all of us. The gifts in this guide come from perhaps the best website on the planet for strange and wonderful goodies, ThinkGeek. It includes gadgets, toys, apparel, and just pure geeky fun items; with price tags varying from cheap to hefty, but most things are pretty affordable. Most of you have probably heard of the site, and if you’re like me, you want to move in with them and play with everything they have…always…for ever and ever and ever. If you haven’t heard of them, you will definitely enjoy this introduction, but be warned: you WILL want everything.

Click on over to check out the list. We’ve included just a handful of our favorite geek-related gifts. If nothing here suits you, you can head to their site where you can find a whole lot more stuff from movies and also non-movie-related stuff that’s all equally fantastic. We have a few images here, but all gift ideas have plenty of images at their source and sometimes a video to show off what it does.

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New Dr. Michio Kaku Show To Attempt Realization Of The Lightsaber & More!
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Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

A new TV series is just about to debut on the Science channel called Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible. The show is hosted by quite possibly the smartest dude ever to live, Dr. Michio Kaku, and explores the science fiction creations that we know without a shadow of a doubt to be futuristic and fantastical impossibilities, and offers realistic ways to bring them into existence.

One of the episodes is set to cover a topic that will be near and dear to our very own geek hearts: lightsabers! The episode will take a look at the fictional super-weapon and then try and figure out a way to actually create one. Whether they accomplish such a thing is unknown and rather unlikely, but hell, we all just won’t be able to help but watch and see for ourselves.

Head on over to the other side to read the show’s synopsis and watch a short clip from the lightsaber episode, as well as a clip from their parallel universe episode.

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