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


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


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


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


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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