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Japan’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ train is calling to you


Not content with its Neon Genesis Evangelion bullet train, Godzilla hotel rooms and real-life Pokémon Gym, Japan continues its quest to make the rest of the world jealous by introducing a Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed train.

Kotaku reports the special Rapi:t train began service over the weekend between Kansai International Airport and Namba Station in Osaka. As you can see, the train, whose front already vaguely resembled Kylo Ren’s mask, now has a black paint job to match, along with images of the mysterious villain, hero Rey, and droids C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8.

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Embrace the Dark Side with this ‘Star Wars’-themed motorcycle


When a TIE Fighter or an AT-ST Walker isn’t right for the job, there’s always this Star Wars-inspired Dark Force motorcycle from venerable Russian manufacturer IMZ-Ural.

Drawing its influence from the Dark Side, the Ural Dark Force is “fully blacked out to hide you in the shadows,” and comes equipped with a lightsaber (red, naturally) mounted to the sidecar.

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This life-size LEGO TARDIS probably isn’t bigger on the inside

Photo courtesy of the BBC

Photo courtesy of the BBC

The TARDIS has materialized in a lot of places across time and space, but it’s safe to say this is the first anyone’s seen the Doctor’s preferred mode of travel, constructed entirely of LEGO, pop up in Sydney, Australia.

Built by The BrickMan in Melbourne, Australia, it’s on display at Bondi Beach to promote Australia’s inaugural “Doctor Who” Festival, which will feature Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.

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You’ll always take the first shot with this Han Solo blaster flask


Whether you’re staring down a bounty hunter in the Mos Eisley cantina or searching for a missing Jedi on the frozen wastes of Hoth, no one can ever deny you the first shot with this Han Solo blaster flask.

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New toy ad asks, ‘What if all the action heroes were girls?’


Toymaker GoldieBlox jumps into the center of the ongoing discussion about female representation in films with this incredibly effective video that asks, “What if all the action heroes were girls?”

Using its Ruby Rails action figures, the toy company reimagines replaces such iconic characters as James Bond, Neo, Marty McFly, Rocky and the Terminator with women. And it’s all set to the sounds of Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero.”

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Drake makes an enemy of the Avengers in new ‘Hotline Bling’ video

Nick Fury is not impressed by Drake's "Hotline Bling" dancing in new video from IGN.

Nick Fury is not impressed by Drake’s “Hotline Bling” dancing in new video from IGN.

Alpha Flight has every right to be upset.

As the world’s most famous Canadian [non-Wolverine bracket], rapper/ actor/ walking internet meme Aubrey “Drake” Graham is bound to make some enemies. But being pitted against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be a fight that not even Swole Drake can win.

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A real-life Pokémon Gym is opening in Japan

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Just when you thought the upcoming augmented-reality game might be the closest you’ll ever get to real-life Pokémon, a Japanese company has announced an actual Pokémon Gym.

Opening Nov. 19 in Osaka, the Pokémon Expo Gym is described as a “hands-on edutainment” facility where young Trainers — and probably more than a few older ones — can receive tips about training their (obviously real) Pokémon.

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Batman, Thor and Hulk star in minimalist ads for dental floss


Superheroes like Batman, Thor and the Incredible Hulk have been used to promote a wide range of products over the decades, but this may be the first time they’ve been enlisted to promote dental floss.

Produced by Ecuadorean agency Independiente, this series of ads for Oral-B cleverly uses dental floss to create instantly recognizable outlines of the Dark Knight, the thunder god and the Green Goliath. They’re probably not authorized by Marvel or DC Comics — there’s no trademark information to be seen — but they’re clever nonetheless.

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The original 1966 Batmobile can be yours for $5 million

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If you missed out on the original 1966 Batmobile when it sold at auction in 2013 for a staggering $4.62 million, here’s your second chance.

Robb Report notes that the customized 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car from the Batman television series is for sale once again, this time in the Barrett-Jackson showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, it’s not listed at the same Bat-price. It’s gone up.

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Anna and Elsa take to the sky in ‘Frozen’-themed plane


Determined not to allow C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 to keep the friendly skies all to themselves, Anna, Elsa and Olaf are about to take flight.

Calgary-based WestJet on Sunday unveiled its Frozen-themed plane, which features Ana and Elsa on the tail and Olas (perhaps unwisely) sunning himself on the cockpit. It’s the airline’s second Disney-themed aircraft, following 2013’s Magic Plane, which featured Mickey Mouse from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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‘My Little Pony’ Themed Café Opens in Japan


As a culture, the Japanese love to celebrate pop culture in some pretty unique ways. Now, one restauranteur in the Tokyo, Japan’s Harajuku neighborhood (home to the famed Harajuku clothing style) has created a way for fans of “My Little Pony” to share in their equestrian obsession over a cup of coffee or some marshmallow and banana chocolate chip pancakes by opening the world’s first “My Little Pony” theme café (via MentalFloss).

This nostalgic eatery isn’t just  decorated in bright colors and pictures of Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle, though. Everything at the café has some sign of “My Little Pony”, from the “I Want  a Pony” message burnt into the toast to the little card stuck in the pork and orange cheese pancake. Even the latte features a pony design sprinkled right on top. And what would a theme shop be without souvenirs? Collectors can pick up limited edition merchandise like keychains, tote bags, and notebooks all decorated with your favorite ponies. What’s more, there’s an actual, real live pony waiting outside to greet new customers.

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103-year-old celebrates her birthday dressed as Wonder Woman

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Mary Cotter has been a high school swimming champion, a swimming instructor and a conservationist. And for her 103rd birthday, she was Wonder Woman.

Dressed in a costume given to her by friends (complete with tiara and bracelets), Mary celebrated Monday at the Montclair Senior Center in Montclair, California, where’s she’s volunteered for 25 years. However, this superhero didn’t just sit down and soak in the attention; she served drinks as she does five days a week.

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Speed through 75 years of Flash costumes with this infographic


Ahead of tonight’s Season 2 premiere of The Flash, HalloweenCostumes.com looks back at the evolution of the Scarlet Speedster’s costume in this decades- (and universe-) spanning infographic.

Beginning with the 1940 debut of Jay Garrick in his Mercury-inspired threads, the graphic races ahead to the 1956 arrival of Barry Allen before jumping to television for Super Friends, the short-lived 1990s Flash series and Justice League.

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Disney Princesses reimagined as hot dogs (Because, why not)

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There are a lot of Disney Princess mashups online, reimagining the popular animated heroines as Adventure Time characters, Batman villains, oil paintings, and on and on. But none of them is as weird, or as potentially delicious, as this one.

On the food website Lucky Peach, Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have transformed hot dogs into Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas, because … hey, it’s the Internet; you don’t really need a reason.

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Spider-Man saves the day when family’s car bursts into flames

When Lucy Day’s car burst into flames as she rushed her injured partner to the hospital, her friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung into action.

A bad day quickly turned worse Saturday for the Eastbourne, England, woman, who’s pregnant with her second child: Her partner Stephen Grant had cut off his finger in the lawnmower, leading Day to pile him and their 3-year-old daughter into the family Land Rover for the mad dash to the emergency room. But while en route, their vehicle caught fire, forcing them to the side of the road.

That’s when, right on cue, Spider-Man arrived. Or rather children’s entertainer Tom Roche, who was on his way to a birthday party dressed in a Spider-Man costume.

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