Star Wars Fan Used More Than 100,000 LEGO Bricks to Recreate The Last Jedi's Final Battle

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Lucasfilm, Disney

Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered more than 13 months ago—which was just enough time for Richmond, Virginia college student David Hall to build an epic tribute to one of the film's most memorable scenes. According to Gizmodo, Hall's LEGO recreation of the Battle of Crait, which he began in late 2017 and completed earlier this year, took more than 100,000 LEGO bricks to build.

The LEGO master showed off his final product in a tweet that's been liked more than 14,500 times. His model includes all the important components from the movie's climax, from the towering First Order Heavy Assault Walkers to the cracked salt layer covering the planet's red soil. There's even a spacecraft suspended by transparent blocks to give it the appearance of flying through the air.

Over the year-plus it took Hall to build the battle scene, he documented the whole process on YouTube. You can see the big reveal in his finale video below, and then check out his channel Solid Brix Studios for more videos that focus on individual elements like the trenches and the mountains.

Hall isn't the first builder to use LEGO to express his love of Star Wars. In 2007, LEGO's 5197-piece Millennium Falcon become one of their most complex sets ever (it costs $800), and at the 2016 Toy Fair, the LEGO Group revealed life-sized LEGO statues of Captain Phasma, Finn, and Poe Dameron.

Since 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of LEGO's first Star Wars sets, on April 1, 2019, the company is also releasing redesigned versions of several of the most popular Star Wars sets in LEGO history, along with retro minifigures from the year each set was first released.

[h/t Gizmodo]

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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BartekSzewczyk/iStock via Getty Images

Be honest: You’ve watched a YouTube video or two in an attempt to learn how to play a song on the guitar. Whether it was through tabs or simply copying whatever you saw on the screen, the fun always ends when friends start throwing out requests for songs you have no idea how to play. So how about you actually learn how to play guitar for real this time?

It’s now possible to learn guitar from home with the Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle, which is currently on sale for $29. Grab that Gibson, Fender, or whatever you have handy, and learn to strum rhythms from scratch.

The strumming course will teach you how to count beats and rests to turn your hands and fingers into the perfect accompaniment for your own voice or other musicians. Then, you can take things a step further and learn advanced jamming and soloing to riff anytime, anywhere. This course will teach you to improvise across various chords and progressions so you can jump into any jam with something original. You’ll also have the chance to dive deep into the major guitar genres of bluegrass, blues, and jazz. Lessons in jam etiquette, genre history, and how to read music will separate you from a novice player.

This bundle also includes courses in ear training so you can properly identify any relative note, interval, or pitch. That way, you can play along with any song when it comes on, or even understand how to modify it into the key you’d prefer. And when the time comes to perform, be prepared with skilled hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, trills, vibrato, and fret-tapping. Not only will you learn the basic foundations of guitar, you’ll ultimately be able to develop your own style with the help of these lessons.

The Ultimate Beginner to Expert Guitar Lessons Bundle is discounted for a limited time. Act on this $29 offer now to work on those fingertip calluses and play like a pro.

 

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

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Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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