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‘Star Wars’ cast reimagines BB-8 for charity art auction

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BB-8 rocketed to international stardom even before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now the little droid is using that fame for a good cause.

The clock is ticking down on the BB-8 Great Exhibition & Auction, which features replicas of the droid repainted (and otherwise dressed up) by members of the Force Awakens cast, as well as notable U.K. artists and designers, celebrating the British heritage of Star Wars.

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This ‘Batman Beyond’ robe is ideal for bed, Batcave and beyond

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Protecting Neo-Gotham is exhausting work, especially when you have a curmudgeonly Bruce Wayne breathing down your neck, and a rogues gallery nipping at your heels. So why not unwind in this Batman Beyond costume robe?

Equipped with a hood, to protect your secret identity and cover your damp hair, the 100-percent polyester robe is emblazoned with the red Bat-symbol. It also has “spikes” on the sleeves, presumably for decorative purposes only — although you may find otherwise if The Joker attacks in the bathroom.

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Listen to Eddie Vedder and his daughter perform ‘Batman’ theme

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There are few better ways to start off a day than with this endearing rendition of the classic Batman TV theme by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and his 7-year-old daughter Harper.

According to Alternative Nation, the recording debuted on the band’s SiriusXM station during Vedder’s interview with Tomas Young’s War author Mark Ian Wilkerson.

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Black Panther sinks his claws into Figuarts ‘Civil War’ figure line

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The teasing now over, Tamashii Nations has debuted a new Black Panther action figure, the next release in S.H. Figuarts’ Captain America: Civil War series.

Standing 6 inches tall and featuring interchangeable hands, the Black Panther figure is set to arrive in November, joining Captain America, Iron Man and Ant-Man.

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These Hello Kitty dog pants are humiliating yet adorable

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I’ll admit to putting tiny clothes on my tiny Chihuahua (RIP), because she would chill easily. At least that’s the story I told everyone. But I’d have to draw the line at something like Sanrio’s Hello Kitty dog pants.

It’s not that I have anything against Kitty White and her ever-expanding merchandising empire, it’s just that you risk making your pooch a prime target for mockery, and possible shunning, by his doggie friends. Hello Kitty is a cat, after all. A cute-as-a-button anthropomorphic cat, but a cat nonetheless.

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This R2-D2 talking cookie jar will never let the cookie win

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We’ve seen an R2-D2 moving refrigerators, an R2-D2 speaker phone and even and R2-D2 shower head. Now, with the introduction of the R2-D2 talking cookie jar, the little astromech droid’s conquest of your home is nearly complete.

Well, technically it doesn’t talk. Instead, it beep-boops when you open or close the lid, which can either be interpreted as “Here, have another one” or “Hey, haven’t you had enough?” We can’t know for certain without the help of a protocol droid.

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This guy is writing a song for each of the 700-plus Pokémon

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Although Jacob Newman can’t catch all of the more than 700 species of Pokémon, he can write a song for each of them. Or so he plans to.

The 24-year-old folk punk artist, aka Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, already has a good start, as he’s released a digital album called 100 Songs for 100 Pokémon, which contains tributes to the likes of Bulbasaur, Pumpkaboo, Charmander and Ivysaur (arranged according to Pokédex numbers, naturally). Just 600 more to go!

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Hot Wheels rolls out ‘Captain America: Civil War’ cars

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On the heels — or, rather, wheels — of new “character cars” based on Marvel’s Black Widow and Wasp, Mattel has rolled out a line of Hot Wheels collectibles tied to Captain America: Civil War.

Arriving courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, the collection features die-cast cars for Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant-Man and Hawkeye (with the Black Widow model repeated).

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First look at Disney World’s new Toy Story Land attractions

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With all the focus on the Star Wars theme lands coming to Disney Parks, it’s easy to forget Toy Story Land is also in the works. However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios provided a reminder of its plans this morning with the first look at two new attractions based on the beloved Pixar films.

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Hayley Atwell belts out ‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

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She may not have the revealing costume or the backup dancers of competitor Clark Gregg, but what Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell lacks in theatricality she makes up for with sheer dedication to the song in a preview of this week’s Lip Sync Battle.

That song? The Offspring’s inescapable 1998 song “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy),” naturally.

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‘Game of Hyrule’ is the ‘Zelda’/’Thrones’ mashup you hoped for

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After wowing us last April with a beautiful CG-animated video that mashed together the Game of Thrones opening credits with The Legend of Zelda, MegaSteakMan returns with the clever six-minute drama “Game of Hyrule.”

Combining the worst of Westeros and the best of Hyrule — or is it the other way around? — the slickly produced live-action fan film tells a tale of power, corruption, courage and … death by cucco.

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‘Dragon Ball’ goes Pop! with new Funko vinyl figures

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Funko is expanding its Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z offerings with six new Pop! vinyl figures.

Arriving in July, the latest wave features 3.75-inch versions of Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Majin Buu and, from the original story, Bulma and Goku and his Flying Nimbus.

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This ‘Star Trek’ shuttle pinball coffee table is out of this world

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When it comes to beloved sci-fi franchises, Altar Furniture doesn’t play favorites.

You may recall that, last year, the company built an incredible R2-D2 coffee table that houses a 1991 Star Wars pinball game. Now Altar has given Star Trek its due with a coffee table that looks like a shuttlecraft from the Enterprise. Inside there’s an original 1991 Star Trek pinball machine manufactured by Data East.

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Embrace the Dark (and smoky) Side with Darth Vader BBQ tongs

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Considering what happened to Anakin Skywalker during his little weekend getaway to Mustafar, these Darth Vader barbecue tongs are either a more than little cruel or pretty darned funny, depending upon which side of the Force you fall on. In either case, they’re perfect.

Modeled after the Sith Lord’s lightsaber, these tongs are — as ThinkGeek so eloquently puts it — “a grilling implement for a more civilized age.” Blasters are little help when it comes time to turn that meat patty or move a chicken leg off a hotspot. But this lightstaber? It’s all you need.

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Batgirl swings in to Play Arts Kai’s ‘Arkham Knight’ figure line

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After teaming with Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight‘s “A Matter of Family” episode, Batgirl will soon join him on shelves as an action figure from Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line.

Standing 10 inches tall, Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl comes with an articulated hard-plastic cape, interchangeable hands, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and, of course, a display stand.

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