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Man sculpts ‘Star Wars’ holographic chess pieces and uses AR to bring them to life

Let's play some dejarik!


Aja Romano

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Posted on Oct 1, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:26 pm CDT

Chess fans and Star Wars fans have long found a common love in the fictional game of Dejarik, aka “holochess,” played by a set of furious and fantastical creatures (called holomonsters) on a holographic board.

You know—these guys:

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The Internet is teeming with attempts to recreate the famous chess set from A New Hope, but one fan just put his competitors in checkmate.

Dejarik Creations is the brainchild of Ian Martin, a Star Wars fan who focuses on making “Creatures & Props from the Star Wars Universe in my garage.” On Wednesday, Martin revealed the results of nine months of labor: a full set of holochess monsters painstakingly assembled from 42 3-D printed molds and 75 pieces. 


Over the course of the year, our tireless creator has churned out more than one hundred individual Star Wars creatures assembled from nearly a thousand parts.

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Best of all, Martin is already well on his way to turning his chess pieces into actual holograms, thanks to a bit of augmented reality.

Check out the complete gallery of Martin’s holo-creatures below.

Star Wars Holomonsters by “Dejarik Creations”

If this is the kind of thing he builds for fun in his garage, we’d love to see what he could do with a whole business. Given how popular his chess set is, that seems plausible—one of his recent figurines is currently for sale for a tidy $1200.

Photo via Imgur

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2015, 7:51 am CDT