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MEGAPOST: Fan art, parody, and reaction to the new 'Star Wars' trailer

Posted Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM Central
Last updated Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Unofficial poster by artist Orlando Arocena

The response and analysis to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has been like nothing I've ever seen. Released less than a week ago, fans are creating all kinds of art and parody to honor the 88 seconds of film shown to us.

The video on YouTube has been viewed 10 million times. That does not include the Apple site where the trailer was also published. (Apple does not provide video statistics.)

Fan opinion has been almost universally positive but measured. Even Mr. Plinkett, the YouTube star from RedLetterMedia who eviscerated the prequels, liked this one. At least I think he liked it.

Speaking of the prequels and The Maker himself, this George Lucas Special Edition version of the trailer has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so. It's by a YouTuber named timtimfed. Of course it pokes fun at the filmmaker's need in later years to pack everything in.

Everything great in Star Wars has to be made even greater by producing it in Lego form. Here's the building block version of the trailer from Snooperking.

Created by Nick Royer of HJ Media Studios created minifig versions of the trailer's biggest stars.

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens mini figures

Prefer pixels to plastic? Here's a rendition of the trailer done completely in the Skyrim video game. Yeah, it gets a little silly.

You've probably already seen videos of people reacting while watching the trailer. Some are cute but most are pretty much as annoying as you'd imagine. On the other hand, watch Wampa the Kitty react. He was as startled as I was to John Boyega's appearance.

How does the trailer compare aesthetically to the "holy trilogy?" Check out this side-by-side cockpit comparison. (Yes, we can presume the new one is an X-wing while Luke is in a snow speeder.)

Side by side comparison of cockpits between The Force Awakens and The Empire Strikes Back

Someone noted on Reddit that the maneuver the Millennium Falcon makes is called an Immelmann Turn. I say that's bunk. It's just fancy camera work. Check out this stabilized video of the Falcon's flight.

Stabilized video of the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens

Taking the time to create a stabilized video shows dedication but not as much as the person who dons ink.

First tattoo from The Force Awakens ball R2 droid

If the trailer made you hungry, you are not alone. Artist Dean Mamnev provided this fudgsicle vision on DeviantArt.

Daisy Ridley riding ice pop popsicle speeder The Force Awakens parody

Artist Phil Noto created this unofficial teaser poster in the spirit of Drew Struzan classics.

Phil Noto The Force Awakens teaser poster like Drew Struzan

Remember, we all have to wait an entire year before feasting our eyes on the final product. There is sure to be more fan creations as we lead up to the release. We leave you with an animated gif of the now famous cross hilt light saber from the trailer, courtesy of Flixel.

Animated GIF of Sith cross hilt light saber from The Force Awakens trailer