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Pokemon fans can catch some Z’s in this Snorlax bean bag chair


As any Pokémon Trainer — or “Pokémon Go” player — can tell you, traveling across the land, searching far and wide, can be tiring work. So after a long day of trying to be the very best, there are few things better than relaxing in a comfy sleeping Snorlax … bean bag chair.

If Bandai Namco’s $460 Snorlax cushion was a bit much for your budget (but not your living space), this one may be a better fit. Offered exclusively by ThinkGeek, the Snorlax measures about 4 feet by 2 feet — about the same as the earlier one — but costs just $150.

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Watch the original singer belt out the ‘Pokemon’ theme


If the current wave of Pokémania gripping the globe doesn’t already have you nostalgic for the original “Pokémon” animated series, then this video will undoubtedly do the trick.

Jason Paige, who’s best known as the singer of the original Pokémon theme song, recently recorded what’s dubbed as the “first official studio video performance of the legendary theme.” Two decades removed, he tackles the song with as much gusto as he ever did.

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Man arrested after throwing a Batarang at police car


The Dark Knight appears to have taken a dark turn this week in Seattle, where a man allegedly hurled a Batarang at the police car pursuing him. That may be just another night in Gotham City, but it’s a little out of the ordinary for Seattle.

It all began Monday evening when police were called to a Capitol Hill bar after a man allegedly threatened a bouncer with a homemade spear (it was a knife attached to a metal pole, with no obvious Bat-emblem). The suspect fled, and during their pursuit police saw him throw something toward their SUV. It turned out to be, yes, a metal Batarang.

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Reporter caught playing ‘Pokemon GO’ at State Department briefing


We’ve all been there: We’re supposed to be paying attention in class or at a meeting, but we can’t resist checking our phone for a text or sports score or, y’know, a pocket monster in the wild. So, we can undoubtedly sympathize with this reporter who was called out — on television — at a U.S. State Department press briefing for playing “Pokémon GO.”

CNN caught the exchange on Thursday, as State Department spokesman John Kirby briefly halted his discussion of efforts to combat ISIS to turn and ask, “You’re playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren’t you?”

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Nintendo debuts delightfully retro teaser for NES Classic


Nintendo transports us back the 1980s with this terrific promo for the recently announced NES Classic Edition — even going so far as to resurrect the slogan “Now you’re playing with power.” You may want to pop your collar to set the mood before you settle in to watch. Feathered hair is optional.

Announced last week, the miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System — it can fit in the palm of your hand — will launch Nov. 11, loaded with 30 NES games, including “Donkey Kong,” “Final Fantasy,” “Pac-Man,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.”

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Men in Pokemon tournament gun plot sentenced to two years

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Eleven months after their arrest, two Iowa men were sentenced today to two years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges in what prosecutors and police characterized as a plot against the 2015 Pokémon World Championships in Boston.

The Boston Globe reports that James Stumbo, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of an AR-15 rifle, while Kevin Norton, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a shotgun. Both copped to possession of hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The two have already spent 335 days in jail.

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Mark Hamill presented with a custom Joker lightsaber


Mark Hamill is beloved for his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” saga, but for a generation of Batman fans he’s also the definitive Joker, having voiced the villain for the past 25 years in animated series and films, and in video games. Over the weekend at “Star Wars” Celebration Europe, those two iconic properties merged in one wonderful custom collectible.

Ken Hampton of Hampton’s Hand-Crafted LED Sabers, whose work we’ve featured before, presented the actor with a mash-up Joker Lightsaber commissioned by his customers for Hamill.  The piece features a purple grip, “Ha Ha Ha” lettered in green on the fore grip, and Joker cards etched onto the “emitter shroud.” And at the press of a button, Hamill can hear his own Joker laugh.

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SDCC: This life-size LEGO Wonder Woman contains 22,736 bricks


LEGO will join in the celebration of Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary with the debut of a life-size brick statue of the DC Comics icon this week at Comic-Con International.

Standing a little taller than 6-foot-1, the LEGO creation contains 22,736, and weighs 138 pounds (including the base). The model took 99 hours to design, and another 218 to build. You can watch a time-lapse video of the construction process below.

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ teaser trailer takes us back to the Death Star


If the new footage from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” doesn’t have you wistful for the glory days of the Galactic Empire, when entire star systems quaked at rumors of a moon-sized space station, then this “Star Wars Battlefront” teaser trailer certainly will.

Debuting today out of “Star Wars” Celebration Europe in London, it’s offers a taste of what to expect from Electronic Arts’ third digital expansion pack, Death Star.

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In these ‘Suicide Squad’ jackets, you can look going while being bad


As the Suicide Squad has already shown, you can be the worst heroes ever without being the worst dressed.

To that end, Merchoid has unveiled its line of officially licensed leather jackets inspired by Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Suicide Squad.” Cleverly called the “Hell For Leather Collection,” it features jackets based on The Joker, Deadshot, Killer Croc and El Diablo.

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Nintendo’s adorable mini-NES fits in the palm of your hand


It’s little early to start making a holiday wish list, but we already have a pretty good idea what will be at the top: Nintendo’s just-announced NES Classic Edition.

A miniature replica of the fondly remembered Nintendo Entertainment System, the Classic Edition will come complete with 30 NES games, including “Donkey Kong,” “Final Fantasy,” “Pac-Man,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.”

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Disneyland debuts a new look at ‘Star Wars’-themed land


Disneyland has unveiled new concept art for its eagerly anticipated “Star Wars”-themed land.

Featuring an X-wing, the Millennium Falcon and an assortment of buildings, markets and rock formations, the image will make its official debut today on the fence of Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland, which will serve as one of the entry points to the 14-acre area.

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LEGO officially unveils 4,080-piece Disney’s Cinderella Castle set


Note (July 11 at 6:31 a.m.): Following what turned out to be a leak over the weekend, LEGO has officially announced its massive Cinderella Castle set, complete with photos, video and details.

LEGO has unveiled its epic 4,080-piece Cinderella Castle set, based of course on the iconic flagship attraction of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks.

Few details have been released, but as you can see, it’s impressive, with an open back providing access to an interior that’s every bit as awe-inspiring as the facade.

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Batman & Robin battle Joker in this spectacular LEGO diorama


The Dynamic Duo battles the Clown Prince of Crime in this spectacular LEGO diorama that looks so much like a comic book cover that you’ll either want to read it or frame and hang it on the wall.

Called “LEGO Batman vs Joker Gotham Theater Showdown,” Paul Hetherington’s incredibly detailed piece uses as its backdrop an appropriately ornate Art Deco theater. “I absolutely love Art Deco-style buildings,” Hetherington explains, “so building this was an excuse to indulge myself and create my own Art Deco Theater.”

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‘Pokémon GO’ launch trailer encourages Trainers to ‘get up and go!’


The long-awaited rollout for “Pokémon GO” has at last reached U.S. shores, and with it comes this launch trailer for the augmented-reality game.

Developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, the game allows Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in a real-world setting. When paired with a Bluetooth-powered, Poké Ball-like device called Pokémon GO Plus, the app will notify players that there’s untamed Pokémon in the vicinity. Once you’ve spotted the pocket monster using the AR app, you can throw a virtual Poké Ball to catch the creature. Players are also able to engage other Trainers in battle.

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