Coco Vader and X-Ray Troopers: LEGO Star Wars Characters Get Quirky Art Makeovers (PHOTOS)

Luke, Leia and Han are coming back for the next chapter of the Star Wars story, and they’re bringing new friends.

Sadly, lightsaber lovers will have to wait until next year to see Episode VII, but we have Star Wars fun to enjoy right now.

Darth Vader Is Running for President of Ukraine

Ukraine, he is your candidate.

A costumed protester dressed as Darth Vader is running for president of the Eastern European nation. He announced his candidacy at a press conference Saturday, accompanied by guards dressed as Stormtroopers.

In an ominous statement, the purported Sith Lord promised “to restore former glory [and] to return lost territories and pride for this country” – a reference to Russia’s recent annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Star Wars Actor Richard LeParmentier Dies

Actor Richard LeParmentier, whose character Admiral Motti was viciously attacked by Darth Vader in 1977’s Star Wars for not believing in The Force, died Tuesday morning while visiting his family in Austin, Texas, they announced.

His publicist, Derek Maki, told the Associated Press that the death was unexpected. No cause was given.