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Apocalypse’s Horsemen ride again with these X-Men lapel pins

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If you’re looking for a subtle way to signal your allegiance to Apocalypse, who will undoubtedly be a benevolent, ruler, these X-Men: The Four Horsemen lapel pins may just do the trick.

Like Mondo’s Captain America: Civil War set before them, these Tom Whalen-designed 1-inch enamel pins have a decidedly retro feel, with Archangel, Magneto, Psylocke and Storm look as if they were borrowed from the corner box of a late-1980s X-Men cover.

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With Converse’s Ultraman sneakers, you can kick some kaiju tail

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Converse is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ultraman with a sneaker collection that pays tribute to the Japanese superhero and two of his iconic enemies.

The All Star Ultraman R HI mimics the design of the hero himself, with red and blue patches reminiscent of his Color Timer, while the All Star Eleking R HI sports a mottled black-and-white pattern and glows in the dark. The low-cut All Star Vartan Say Jin R Slip OX replicates the color and texture of the alien ninja Baltan.

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Soccer team’s ‘terrifying’ uniform ripped from pages of ‘Attack on Titan’

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In the life-or-death struggle between humanity and the flesh-devouring Titans, it appears humanity has lost — at least on the soccer field.

Spanish soccer team C.D. Palencia last week debuted new uniforms, apparently intended to reference its motto (roughly translated), “”We give our skin,” meaning they give their all. But what probably have seemed like a good idea on paper appears to have veered off course in execution, leading to anatomical kits that media have dubbed “terrifying,” “horrendous,” “an assault on the eyes” and “like something out of a biology textbook.”

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These insane Darth Vader shoes embrace the Sparkly Side

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Just when you thought Irregular Choice‘s Star Wars shoes couldn’t get any wackier than those lightsaber heels or fuzzy Chewbacca boots, the U.K. company has summoned Darth Vader. And the Dark Lord appears ready to party.

The first sneakers, high-top or otherwise, in the collection, the R-Series Vader trainers are — as you can see — so far over the top that they’d turn heads at Jabba’s Palace.

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This Stark Industries Messenger Backpack boasts its own Arc Reactor

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Forget Team Cap. If this is the kind of swag Stark Industries employees get, we’re Team Iron Man all the way.

It’s the Marvel Stark Industries Messenger Backpack, aka Mark XBody Armor, and it’s without a doubt the coolest piece of superhero-inspired gear since that Captain America Shield Backpack (sorry again, Cap).

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Valentino debuts Batman, Superman and Spider-Man sneakers

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The designers at Valentino must have an appreciation for superheroes, or at least their aesthetic. After first introducing a capsule collection inspired by Wonder Woman, the Italian fashion house has partnered with DC Comics and Marvel for a trio of sneakers based on Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.

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When a utility belt just won’t do, there’s the Batman backpack

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The Dark Knight’s utility belt has held everything from a grapnel gun to a sonic devastator to kryptonite, but what’s to be done with larger items, like a laptop or books? That’s where this Batman backpack comes in.

The Caped Crusader would undoubtedly dub it the “Batpack,” but no matter what you want to call it, it’s pretty cool. Black and gray (naturally), the 18-inch by 14-inch by 8-inch backpack boasts a subtle design — well, as subtle as anything with a Bat-emblem can be.

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Choose a side with retro ‘Captain America: Civil War’ lapel pins

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While you may not wear your allegiance on your sleeve, you can wear it on your lapel with these retro-style Captain America: Civil War enamel pins from Mondo.

Inspired by the corner boxes on the covers of classic Marvel comics, these 1-inch pins by designer Tom Whalen are available as either an individual Captain America and Iron Man ($10 each), or as two sets of four: “Team Cap,” featuring Captain America, Falcon, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, or “Team Iron Man,” featuring Iron Man, War Machine, Vision and Black Panther ($35 each).

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Vans partners with Nintendo for line of 8-bit-era-inspired shoes

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If you need some shoes that are equally equipped to handle Goomba-stomping and duck-hunting, then you’re in luck. Vans is partnering with Nintendo for a line of shoes inspired by the video game company’s classic 8-bit era. Mario, Link, Princess Peach and more are all represented in this new line of kicks, which consist of Vans’ classic Sk8-Hi and Old Skool styles. Heck, even the patronizing dog from “Duck Hunt” is represented!

Vans’ line of Nintendo shoes is expected to launch in June

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Marvel and WeLoveFine.com team for series of modern comic book cover shirts

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At this point, nearly every comic fan owns at least one piece of clothing featuring the work of legendary artists like Jack Kirby or José Luis García-López. But finding apparel that matches the aesthetic of modern comics has been harder to come by.

This week, Marvel and short-run t-shirt site WeLoveFine.com took a step towards rectifying that by starting off a new weekly series of shirts based on modern Marvel cover art. Each Wednesday (natch), the site will post a new series of cover print shirts for purchase at $15 each. The current crop includes Andre Aruajo’s cover to Spidey #5, David Lopez’s Ms. Marvel #6 and a bevy of others.

Check them out on the WeLoveFine.com shop while they last.

Kick it Xavier School with these limited-edition X-Men sneakers

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If you’re going to fight Apocalypse, you better wear the right shoes for the occasion.

Supra Footwear is about to release a limited-edition sneaker inspired by Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Called the X-Men Vaider, the black high-top features the signature X-emblem, and an embossed leather overlay that gives a nod to the costumes in the film.

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Celebrate Arbor Day (every day) with this Baby Groot pin

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What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than with a tribute to the greatest of all tree-like aliens (Flora colossus), Groot?

Mondo has debuted this Baby Groot enamel pin, designed by Tom Whalen, destined to be the must-have accessory on Knowhere — to say nothing of Planet X.

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Hot Topic awakens a new ‘Star Wars’ fashion collection

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The Force, it’s calling to you. Just let it into your closet with this dazzling new Star Wars fashion collection from Her Universe and Hot Topic.

Designed by Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone, who won the Her Universe design competition held last summer at Comic-Con International, the limited-edition line features nine pieces inspired by characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Wonder Woman inspires new Valentino fashion collection

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For the latest capsule collection from Italian fashion label Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli looked to Wonder Woman for inspiration. The result is a line of clothing that “pays tribute to all women.”

While they don’t take a literal approach to the iconic DC Comics superheroine, you can see her represented with the stars — lots and lots of stars — that cover everything from sneakers to handbags to coats, and with the eagle motif on some of the tops and jackets.

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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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