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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.)
It’s about to get a lot easier to find the entrance to the Batcave.
Wales Online reports efforts are under way to make the picturesque Henrhyd Falls more accessible. Located on the southern edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, the 90-foot waterfall doubled as the entrance the Batcave in The Dark Knight Rises. Already a tourist favorite, the falls were made even more popular by Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film.
Brussels Airlines has repainted an Airbus A320 to resemble the famous shark-shaped submarine from Herge’s 1944 album Red Rackham’s Treasure to serve as an ambassador of Belgium.
Rechristened Rackham, the jet depicts boy reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy looking from the “submarine’s” cockpit; the image is accompanied by the slogan “Brussels Airlines — We fly you to the home of Tintin.”
The Cincinnati Cyclones took to the ice Saturday wearing if not the best Stark Industries has to offer, then something that looks a heck of a lot like it.
Yahoo! Sports reports the East Coast Hockey League team donned Iron Man-like jerseys — the Cyclones logo is the perfect stand-in for the arc reactor — as part of its “superhero night” promotion, which featured appearances by Marvel characters.
The city of Sukagawa, Japan, is honoring hometown hero Ultraman with not one but four statues.
The star of a 1960s television series as well as multiple manga and anime series, Ultraman is the brainchild of Sukagawa native Eiji Tsuburaya, and the city has erected four statues — of Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Gomora and Eleking — on the street where he once lived.
The installation marks the second anniversary of Sukagawa’s sister-city relationship with the Land of Light, Ultraman’s homeland in the series, and city officials are hoping that the statues will put the city on the map for tourists, especially Ultraman fans.