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These Jedi Disney princesses are a Force to be reckoned with

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Kylo Ren may have caused a stir with his distinctive, if perhaps impractical, crossguard lightsaber, but that’s nothing compared to Belle’s three-pronged candelabra blades. Or is that called a Lumière-saber?

Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage wields her elegant weapon for a more civilized age alongside Amber Arden as Sith Snow and Reagan Kathryn as Reypunzel in these photos of their terrific Disney/Star Wars mashup cosplay.

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With a cat-eared motorcycle helmet, you can let the fur fly

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Forget all of those other custom motorcycle helmets — Batman, Attack on Titan, Iron Man, assorted superheroes — these cat-eared helmets are probably the ones you want, at least if you’re Selina Kyle, a sci-fi superhero, the pilot of a large mecha or a famous DJ.

The Neko-Helmets were introduced in 2011 by Russian company Nitrinos motostudio, which has since developed four styles that come in a range of colors and patterns. You can choose from the sleek single-color model (let’s call that the “Daft Punk”), the two-color, the three-color or, if you’re feeling particularly wild, the complex “aerography” design (with eyes, fur patterns, mouth, the works).

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‘Batman v Superman’ trailer goes retro with Adam West, Lynda Carter

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While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice parodies, none will likely warm nostalgic hearts quite like “Batman v Superman 1966,” a shot-for-shot remake of the trailer that uses footage from the classic Batman, Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman TV series.

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Brilliant ‘Simpsons’ search engine matches quotes with screencaps

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While many might argue that The Simpsons has slipped in quality in recent — or, hey, maybe not-so-recent — years, there’s little denying it remains one of the most quotable series on television. Whether it’s an all-purpose “D’oh!” or the more specific “I’m a brick!,” there’s a Simpsons quote for virtually any situation.

And now you can match the those quotes to the correlating images from the animated series with Frinkiac.

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‘Dragon Ball’ heats up festival with enormous snow sculpture

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The anime series Dragon Ball Super takes center stage Friday with this gigantic snow sculpture at the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Drawing more than 2 million visitors each year, the event sees the city transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures created at three sites.

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IDW’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ board game raises shell on Kickstarter

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IDW Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a miniatures-based board game in which players fight to save — or conquer — New York City.

The crowdfunding effort has already generated more than $167,000 of its initial $250,000 goal.

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Amazing 3D cake reveals Homer Simpson as a Stormtrooper (Mmm … cake)

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After delighting and disturbing us in 2014 with a Ralph Wiggum anatomical cross-section cake, Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery kept one foot in Springfield and the other in a galaxy far, far away for a recent project: an incredible 3D cake depicting Homer Simpson as a Stormtrooper.

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This massive LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier would make Nick Fury jealous

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Last year LEGO released a 2,996-piece Marvel Super Heroes S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier playset that, while undeniably impressive, fell a bit short when came to the scale of the microfigures and jets compared to the flying fortress itself. However, a group of brick enthusiasts in Taiwan have tackled that problem head on by building their own massive Helicarrier.

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Tove Jansson, Carl Burgos selected for Eisner Hall of Fame

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“Moomin,” by Tove Jansson

The judges of the 2016 Eisner Awards have selected Moomin creator Tove Jansson and Golden Age artist Carl Burgos, creator of the original Human Torch, for automatic induction into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.

They an additional 14 nominees, from which Eisner voters will select four to be inducted during the awards ceremony held in July during Comic-Con International in San Diego. Those creators are:

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This Deadpool Cosbaby figure lets its cuteness go to its head

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“Cute” isn’t a word typically associated with Marvel’s disfigured Merc With a Mouth, but there’s little denying it applies to Hot Toys’ new Deadpool Cosbaby.

The Hong Kong toymaker has followed the reveal of its 1/6th-scale Deadpool action figure with the first official look at this 3.75-inch bobblehead collectible, which comes complete with its own katana.

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Official anime-style ‘Harry Potter’ characters are even cuter than you imagined

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While chibi versions of Harry Potter characters have been around nearly as long as the novels themselves, the illustrations have never been official — until now. Needless to say, they’re adorable.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have given their blessing to a line of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise, available exclusively in Japan (although we imagine enterprising fans in other countries will discover a way to conjure the products). It debuted with a pack of 12 cards/files, featuring such characters as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and even Hedwig.

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You’ll give this life-size BB-8 floor lamp a thumbs up

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That little BB-8 desktop lamp might be perfect for a nightstand or the dejarik table of the Millennium Falcon, but it may not be the best choice for illuminating large spaces. That’s where the BB-8 life-size floor lamp comes in.

Standing 26 inches tall, the officially licensed Star Wars: The Force Awakens lamp features three lighting modes (cold white, amber and warm white), and turns on and off with a simple tap to the head.

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Batman’s final days captured in bleak, beautiful photo series

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“Bat Station,” with Ed Freeman

Travis Durden, the French artist who so beautifully reimagined Star Wars characters as classic Greek sculptures, has turned his attention to a darker subject — Batman’s eventual demise.

Collaborating with photographers who document eerie, abandoned locations across the globe, Durden used 3D software to digitally insert the Dark Knight, the Batmobile, the Batpod and his hero’s cowl into the decaying environments. “I wanted the final images as real as possible,” he explained, “as if Batman really spent time in these abandoned places.”

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Artists design a sneaker perfect for the Ninja Turtle on the go

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have faced a lot of hardships, from the dank conditions of their sewer home to their seemingly endless list of increasingly weird adversaries. However, the worst very well be the lack of stylish sneakers to fit their unusual feet.

But while artists Hussain Almossawi and Quintin Williams probably can’t do anything about the Turtles’ damp subterranean lair or the activities of the Foot Clan, they’ve come up with a pretty good solution for their footwear: Yes, it’s a design for a sleek, two-toed Ninja Turtle Shoe.

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Batman lurks in shadows in ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ fan film ‘Ripper’

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Nearly six months after revealing the first glimpse at the shadowy Victorian world of Ripper, writer/director James Campbell has debuted his Gotham by Gaslight-inspired Batman fan film.

In what could very easily be mistaken for a BBC period drama, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Abberline, who’s is desperate to catch the killer behind a string of grisly murders in 1888 London. But unknown to him, there’s someone waiting in the shadows, and he wants to help.

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