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Dressed as Batman, San Antonio Spurs mascot takes on an actual bat

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Bat-Coyote may not be the mascot the San Antonio Spurs deserve, but he was the one the team needed Monday night when a bat infiltrated the AT&T Center.

When the winged invader was spotted during warmups, The Associated Press reports players were told to return to the locker rooms, even as The Coyote changed into his not-so-secret costumed identity and returned with a net.

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Write like a Jedi (or a Sith) with this $25,000 lightsaber pen

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These Star Wars lightsaber fountain pens would make great conversation pieces, no doubt, but it’s difficult to imagine ever actually writing with one or — heaven forbid! — lending one to a friend. You see, they’re limited editions, priced at about $25,000 each.

Sold by S.T. Dupont, the Darth Vader- and Yoda-themed pens are made of bronze, with black lacquer, palladium and rhodium, and feature 2-carat topaz crystals. Better still, they levitate on their display stands, with the help of magnets.

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Chris Pratt and Baby Groot surprise kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital

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During this Christmas week, “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt paid a visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital with singer Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Pratt has long had a soft spot for charitable work, especially in the city of his favorite NFL team, Seattle.

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Spend eternity on the Dark Side in one of these ‘Star Wars’ urns

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In the buildup to the release of The Force Awakens, we’ve seen an avalanche of unusual Star Wars merchandise — mostly licensed, but some not — ranging from custom pianos and a diamond-encrusted BB-8 to a Han Solo blaster flask and unintentionally creepy shower heads. However, these Star Wars urns may claim the title of strangest tie-ins, all while causing us to dwell on our own mortality. Or at least Darth Vader’s.

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Han Solo totally shoots first in this 8-bit retelling of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

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CineFix strikes back in their latest video, which renders the original “Star Wars” trilogy in both 8-bit and 16-bit game tech. They cram Luke Skywalker’s entire saga into five minutes of old-school video game glory, complete with reimagined “Star Wars” theme music.

While they remain pretty faithful to the original story, they definitely have some strong opinions about the prequels and whether or not Han Solo shot first.

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Drink like a Jedi Master with this ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber flask

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That Star Wars-inspired blaster flask is certainly nice, but maybe you find it a bit clumsy or random. Perhaps you’re in the market for an elegant flask for a more civilized age. Then allow us to introduce you to the lightsaber flask.

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California campaign for Snoopy license plates reaches its goal

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At long last the threshold has been met for California to produce official Snoopy license plates, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the state’s museums and zoos.

Begun in 2010 by the California Association of Museums, the effort required California residents to preorder 7,500 plates before the Department of Motor Vehicles would go into production. With that goal achieved, any drivers interested in purchasing the plates have only until Friday to complete their orders orders. That’s when the information is handed to the DMV.

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Tokyo’s life-size Gundam greets winter with a new light show

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Forget the lights, the tree and even the snow — it doesn’t truly feel like the holidays until you’ve illuminated your 59-foot Gundam.

Gundam Front Tokyo in the city’s Odaiba section has welcomed the winter season with a new projection mapping presentation that gives the massive life-size RX-78-2 Gundam a dazzling light-filled makeover.

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Family assembles ‘Avengers’-themed trailer to reveal pregnancy

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When it came time for the Flahertys to announce a pregnancy, the Arizona family called up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — and a local video production company.

Instead of mailing announcements of posting on Facebook, the Flaherty Five (as they’re currently called) opted for a slickly produced Avengers-themed trailer, complete with costumes, special effects, logo treatment and a fitting title: “The Flahertys: Rise of the 6th Flaherty.”

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Walt Disney’s original offices restored, on display at Disney Studios

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Photos courtesy of D23

The offices of Walt Disney have been restored to its original location on the studio’s Burbank, California, lot, complete with authentic furnishings and decorations.

Formally dedicated on Monday, the reconstruction of Disney’s formal and working offices on the third floor of Walt Disney Studios’ Animation building will be a permanent exhibit, open to employees, cast members and visitors. It will be added next year to the studio tours conducted for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

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From the Batcave to the Death Star: A visual guide to fictional locations

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U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.

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‘Star Wars’ economics: The true cost of Death Stars’ destruction

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When the leaders of the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars plotted the defeat of the Galactic Empire, they probably should’ve consulted a few economists first — or at least a money-minded Hutt. It turns out the destruction of not one but two Death Stars would not only bring an end to the iron-fisted (and surprisingly wrinkly) rule of Emperor Palpatine, it would also lead to the collapse of the Galactic economy.

In his new case study titled “It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill,” engineering professor Zachary Feinstein of Washington University in St. Louis concludes the fallout from the Battle of Endor would’ve been “catastrophic” to the galaxy far, far away, requiring an estimated bailout of somewhere between $690 quintillion and $920 quintillion to stave off complete financial collapse.

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The ‘B’ in BB-8 stands for ‘bling’ with this diamond-encrusted droid

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While stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega seem to be taking their newfound fame from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in stride, another cast member isn’t handling his celebrity status so well, blowing all of his credits on gold and diamonds. BB-8, we expected more from you.

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Search your feelings, you want this custom Stormtrooper Fiat

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Earlier this month we featured some imaginative Star Wars-inspired car concepts, but now there’s an honest-to-goodness, official Force Awakens car.

Created by Milan-based startup Garage Italia Customs, the custom 500E Stormtrooper is a redesigned Fiat 500 that gives more than a mere nod to the soldiers of the First Order. The electric car, which debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is of course black and white, with tinted windows that mimic the visor and helmet of a Stormtrooper.

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

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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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