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With this R2-D2 coffee table pinball machine, the Wookiee never wins

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Never mind the movie posters and original action figures (still in their boxes, naturally!), no Star Wars fan’s home is complete without this incredible R2-D2 coffee table. Did I mention it houses an original 1991 Star Wars pinball game?

Altar Furniture is selling this unique piece, which rolls on wheels and comes equipped with a flashlight, sounds (chirps and whistles), lighting program and miniature slide projector that shows an image of R2-D2 inside the Death Star.

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Disney Cruise Line heads to hyperspace with Millennium Falcon

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Although none of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line is ready to make the Kessel Run, soon young passengers will be able to pretend they’re making the jump to hyperspace.

The Disney Dream will head into dry dock in October and emerge with two new interactive youth areas, one inspired by the interior of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, and the other based on the popular Disney Infinity video game.

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Pantone goes bananas and introduces new color, Minion Yellow

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The mad scientists at the Pantone Color Institute have introduced their first new color in three years, and it’s downright despicable.

Called Minion Yellow, it’s inspired by the little creators from the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, its sequel and the upcoming spinoff Minions.

“Just as the sun’s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind – this is the color of hope, joy and optimism,” Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, said in a statement.

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This ‘Star Wars’-themed R2-D2 jet is the droid you’re looking for

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With all eyes on Anaheim, California, on Thursday for the premiere of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Japan’s All Nippon Airways used Star Wars Celebration to unveil the latest addition to its fleet: an R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Part of a five-year agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm, the new livery will debut this fall, although its international routes haven’t been determined. Both the announcement and the website ANA Planet suggest the “ANA Star Wars Project” will extend beyond a single jet’s droid motif, but no details were offered. Perhaps C3-PO and Darth Vader will get their own aircraft as well.

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In a medieval manuscript, Yoda is

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Although Yoda and Obi-Wan were quick to realize in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones that someone had erased a planet from the Jedi Archives, they apparently neglected to notice something was amiss with a 14th-century manuscript.

Right there, in the Smithfield Decretals, is a figure that looks an awful lot like a certain Jedi Grand Master. Somebody took a wrong turn at Dagobah and ended up in southern France.

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Real-life Kamen Rider patrols the streets of Japan

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Japan’s Chiba Prefecture may have its Batpod-cruising Chibatman, but now Fukuoka Prefecture can lay claim to a real-life Kamen Rider.

Although he isn’t a household name in the United States, the motorcycle-riding superhero created by remains wildly popular in Japan, 44 years after his television debut (the latest incarnation of the franchise, Kamen Rider Drive, in which the protagonist travels by car rather than the signature motorcycle, is currently on the air).

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Turkish mayor faces backlash over giant robot ‘monstrosity’

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The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, has a robot problem. A giant robot problem.

Melih Gökçek, who’s been mayor of the country’s capital city since 1994, is facing criticism after unveiling a 20-foot statue of a robot intended to promote a new theme park.

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Godzilla invades Tokyo, this time as its tourism ambassador

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Godzilla, who has attacked and destroyed Tokyo no fewer than 28 times, was honored Thursday by the city, adding tourism ambassador and honorary resident of Shinjuku ward to his responsibilities as King of the Monsters.

The tributes arrived as part of a ceremony to officially unveil the life-size head of the kaiju that erupts from the roof of the eight-story Toho Cinemas in Shinjuku. When we say “life-size,” we mean the 80-ton head rises 39 feet from the roof and towers 171 feet above the street, the height of Godzilla in his 1954 film debut.

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Here’s your first look inside Tokyo’s new Godzilla-themed hotel

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We’ve seen artist’s renditions of the rooms and photos of the towering statue, but now we can actually tour Tokyo’s new Godzilla-themed hotel in this video from Jiji Press.

Opening April 24, the 30-story Hotel Gracery, which sits atop the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku, boasts three themed rooms: two Godzilla View Rooms, which overlook the 39-foot head of the King of the Monsters that erupts from the roof of the theater below; and the Godzilla Room, which, as the video shows, boasts its own statue, a gallery of movie posters and an enormous claw that looms over the beds. The hotel of course also offers Godzilla memorabilia and special sweets.

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What would happen if Quicksilver ran by you? The Muppets are on the case

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In a bit of corporate synergy, Muppets Gonzo, Rizzo, Beaker and Constantine give a promotional boost to Avengers: Age of Ultron with cameos in this latest video from Vsauce, which tackles the question of what would happen if Quicksilver simply ran past you.

It turns out that, for all of his volatility, the Incredible Hulk may not be the most destructive Avenger. Or, I don’t know, maybe he is, but “Hulk smash!” may be preferable to what happens when you’re caught in Quicksilver’s wake.

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Go to very distant lands in this ‘Adventure Time’-themed plane

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If you’re planning a trip to the Land of Ooo, it’s important to travel there in style.

Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, has rolled out its Adventure Time-themed Airbus A-320, emblazoned with Finn, Jake and Princess Bubblegum. The fun doesn’t stop at the exterior, however: As you can see below, inside characters from the beloved Cartoon Network series adorn the headrests, overhead compartments, cups, serving trays and even the air-sickness bags (sorry, Jake).

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From uncharted regions of the universe comes Voltron Cat Condo

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None of my pets has shown even a passing interest in a cat condo, but maybe that’s because I’ve never bought one shaped like Voltron, Defender of the Universe.

Measuring nearly 6 feet tall, it features eight fleece-covered tunnels and interior access to all levels. However, there’s no blazing sword, which is probably for the best. Also: If you shout “Ready to form Voltron,” your cats will ignore you because, well … they’re cats. That’s what they do.

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Smithsonian displays Wonder Woman’s invisible jet (for April Fools’ Day)

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Getting into the spirit of the day, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has unveiled its limited exhibition of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. Not content with a simple press release, the museum went all out for this April Fools’ joke, publishing an article and creating a video showing the jet’s installation and care.

The aircraft is purportedly on loan from the Museum of Flight in Seattle, which acquired it in April 2013 “with help from Lieutenant Diana Prince.”

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Watch ‘Man at Arms’ create Link’s Hylian shield

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We’ve previously featured the craftspeople of Man at Arms when they created real-life versions of Batarangs and Thor’s hammer. This week, however, they set their sights on Hyrule — specifically, Link’s shield from The Legend of Zelda.

As you might expect, Man at Arms spares no detail, even using real amber for the Triforce symbol. But they don’t stop at the Hylian shield, choosing to also forge the original Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.

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Baymax may not be fast, but he makes a decent flight attendant

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Baymax has become almost immediately popular in China, where Disney’s Big Hero 6 has raked in more than $78.6 million since its opening Feb. 28. So perhaps it’s no surprise to see the cuddly healthcare robot pop up here and there, such as in flight-attendant training courses.

Hey, he did say that flying makes him a better care provider. These photos are from the Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation in Chengdu, which Kotaku notes is no stranger to publicity stunts like this. (What Baymax is doing with the flowers in the restroom is anybody’s guess.)

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