LONDON — Star Wars would be nothing without its props.

Whether it’s blasters, bleeping robots or the lightsaber, the level of detail that goes into each and every Star Wars film is key to the cult status the franchise has achieved.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was no exception. Around 2,500 props were made for the film in total and the whole process took years.

To tie in with the release of a range of new collectible replicas, Mashable spent a day at Pinewood Film Studios learning how some of the most iconic props from the latest film — including Darth Vader’s melted helmet — were created. Read more…

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Inside the iconic studio where ‘Star Wars’ props are made