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Cop replaces kid’s stolen Pokémon cards with his own collection

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A 9-year-old Cleveland boy was devastated last week when the binder containing his treasured collection of Pokémon cards was stolen right out of his hand as he walked down the sidewalk.

Bryce’s mother called the police, who recovered the binder from a kid in a nearby neighborhood. The only problem is that some of Bryce’s beloved cards were missing — so Officer James Grotenrath gave the boy his own childhood Pokémon collection.

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‘I Grew Up Star Wars’ photo site will take you back to childhood

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If you’re old enough to have seen the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters the first time around, and to have owned — and, gasp, even played with — the Kenner toys before they became collector’s items, I Grew Up Star Wars will hit you right in the nostalgia.

It’s a website that collects photos, primarily from the late 1970s and early ’80s, from the early days of Star Wars fandom, documenting that unfettered joy of finding the Millennium Falcon under the tree, and that twinge of envy at your friend’s birthday party.

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Fan builds amazing Iron Man glove from ‘Civil War’ out of LEGO

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If ever there were a must-have fashion accessory, it’s Tony Stark’s Iron Man glove, so beautifully showcased in the Captain America: Civil War trailers. Unwilling to wait for technology and couture to get their acts together and produce the real thing, Travis Polad created one of his own — out of LEGO.

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Someone built a life-size ‘Star Wars’ AT-ST, and it’s amazing

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You really have to question the thinking of the Galactic Empire’s engineers, who designed enormous AT-AT walkers that can be tripped up by tow cables and a planet-destroying Death Star that can be destroyed by a lucky shot from a single X-wing.

Such is the case with the two-legged All Terrain Scout Transport, which embarrassingly met its match in the Ewoks on Endor. However, as unsteady as it may be, you have to admit it looks really cool. So, obviously, if you saw an AT-ST in your neighborhood, you’d want a closer look, right?

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Batman fan transforms his Mitsubishi Lancer into the Batmobile

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After spending more than two and half years and $2,800 on modifications, one Batman fan has unveiled his own Batmobile. Well, it’s actually his family’s Mitsubishi Lancer, but it definitely screams “Batman.”

The black compact car belongs to 48-year-old Scott Russell of Johnstone, Scotland, who definitely has an eye for detail: Bat-symbols grace the wheels, grill, headlights and headrests, with a much larger version stretched across the doors. The Dark Knight himself keeps watch from the hood.

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With an Aquaman board, this surfer rules the seven seas

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Aquaman has spent the better part of three decades as the butt of jokes, but the tide seems about to turn with the character’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and subsequent Warner Bros. films. Perhaps hoping to catch that wave, one Redditor created his own trident surfboard to go with his orange-and-gold Aquaman attire.

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Supreme Court nominee sold his comics to pay for law school

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Few would argue that Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, isn’t qualified for the job. After all, he served as a clerk to Justice William Brennan, worked as a federal prosecutor, and now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And, it turns out, he’s a one-time comic book fan.

“He put himself through Harvard Law School by working as a tutor, by stocking shoes in a shoe store, and in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling is comic book collection,” Obama said this morning during a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Garland’s nomination. “It’s tough. Been there.”

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Student builds 21.6-foot wooden ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’

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We’ve seen giant-robot devotees in China construct life-size Transformers out of car parts, but now one college student has built an enormous Gundam from wood.

The 21.6-foot replica of the titular mecha from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is a year-long project undertaken in Shandong Province, in eastern China, by a graduate of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

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Batman fan turns a spare room into his own Batcave

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When Batman fan Darren Wilson wanted somewhere to display his $21,000 collection of comics memorabilia, he looked no further than a spare room in his house. However, he didn’t just leave it as any old room.

The 46-year-old sculptor devoted evenings and weekends for the better part of 18 months transforming the space into his own version of the Batcave, complete with papier-mâché stalactites and a faux water pipe running through his “subterranean” lair.

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Terrific ‘Star Wars’ snow sculpture is ‘an evil Mount Rushmore’

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Photos by Rebekah Ford

When nearly 18 inches of snow fell earlier this week on Rochester, New York, Rebekah Ford didn’t complain. Instead, she built a monument to the villains of Star Wars.

Carving a snow bank into a sculpture that one person likened to “an evil Mount Rushmore,” Ford paid tribute to Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. “When Rochester gives you snow,” she wrote, “JOIN THE DARK SIDE.”

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Petitions call for Deadpool statue in ‘the town that rhymes with fun’ [Updated]

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Wade Wilson may not be the hero Regina deserves, but he’s the one it wants right now. Or something like that.

A resident of the capital of Saskatchewan has launched not one but two online petitions urging Regina City Council to erect a statue honoring Deadpool. You see, in the blockbuster Ryan Reynolds film, the Merc With a Mouth says, “I’m Wade Wilson from Regina, Saskatchewan. Regina, the town that rhymes with fun.”

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Thor and Black Widow top movie fans’ Valentine’s Day choices

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Thor and Black Widow aren’t merely among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they’re also among its Most Dateable.

That’s according to a new Fandango survey, which asked more than 1,000 movie fans which classic and contemporary film characters they’d want as their date for Valentine’s Day. To Tony Stark’s chagrin, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron were the top contemporary picks.

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‘Doctor Who’ meets ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in incredible fan-made trailer

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There has been an awakening, Doctor. Have you felt it?

One skilled YouTuber has mashed “Doctor Who” footage up to the music and style of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Starring Christopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the “Star Wars”-flavored fan trailer captures the magic and adventure of “Doctor Who’s” return to the small screen, complete with high-flying space adventures, personal tragedy and an army of Daleks hidden in Dark Space.

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President Obama cuts off press briefing “to get to ‘Star Wars’”

 

Like most Star Wars fans, President Obama was eager to see The Force Awakens, and like many of the franchise faithful, he slipped out of work just a little early to do so.

Holding his annual end-of-the-year press briefing today, Obama addressed a wide range of serious issues before telling the White House Press Corps, “OK, everybody, I have to get to ‘Star Wars,’” and making his way to the door.

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‘Star Wars’ fans tie the knot at ‘The Force Awakens’ LA opening

 

R2-D2 served as ring-bearer at a Star Wars-themed wedding held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood before the premiere last night of The Force Awakens.

Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters flew from Australia to Los Angeles earlier this month to camp with other fans outside the historic theater ahead of opening night, a decades-long tradition for the franchise faithful. The couple had made the pilgrimage twice before.

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