When you set out for the galaxy far, far away, you absolutely have to have the right equipment. Fans are packing for their upcoming trip out to Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and making sure they have one very valuable tool: a tricked out smartphone that looks like it came straight from the planet Batuu. All you need is your own silicone smartphone case, spare model kit parts, paint and glue, and your imagination.
— Nick Tierce (@nickytea) May 25, 2019
Once Star Wars fan Nick Tierce and his crew shared their absolutely perfect phone case creations, other fans were inspired and started sharing their own takes on Star Wars datapads.
— Bruce Wright ︽✵︽ (@heybrucewright) May 26, 2019
Kitbashing, sometimes called model bashing, refers to taking commercial plastic model kit parts and using the pieces to create something new. It’s a process that the makers of Star Wars: A New Hope used themselves in some of the model construction for your favorite vehicles like a Star Destroyer. Adding the little plastic parts (termed “greebles” by Industrial Light and Magic, so the story goes) can add detail and complexity along with an aged look that’s completely Star Wars.
Once you have your kitbashed datapad-slash-phone in your hand, you’re ready to download the Galaxy’s Edge smartphone app and begin exploring the Black Spire Outpost. Translate Aurebesh and more languages, scan objects, and even slice panels and droids all with the new interactive app as you explore Batuu.
For more incredible Star Wars datapads that fit in the palm of your hand, take a look at this Twitter moment featuring just a few imaginative fans and their creations.
Are you making plans to go to Batuu this summer? Tell us about it in the comments.
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