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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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The Force awakens in this ‘Star Wars’/’Guardians of the Galaxy’ mashup


Pop quiz: When the disembodied voice of a space pirate asks “Who are you?,” how do you respond? a.) “I’m no one; b.) “I am Groot!”; or c.) “Star-Lord.” In this stellar Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars: The Force Awakens mashup trailer, the correct answer is “C,” Star-Lord, although we’d give partial credit for B.

The work of Alex Luthor, whose mashups should be familiar to regular readers, the video rather seamlessly combines the two space operas, recasting the mysterious Kylo Ren as a devotee of Thanos, placing Peter Quill in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and an X-wing, and putting a lightsaber in the hands of, well, quite a few people.

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Store Tour | Distant Planet in Columbia, Missouri

From Distant Planet's grand opening/Free Comic Book Day in May

From Distant Planet’s grand opening/Free Comic Book Day in May

Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit

This week’s store is Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles, located at 601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 263 in Columbia, Missouri. We spoke with managing member Brandy Cross.

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Thieves steal $20,000 worth of LEGO from Ontario toy store


Police are on the hunt for three men who forced their way into a toy store in Hamilton, Ontario, last month and hit the bricks with more than $20,000 worth of LEGO.

It’s thought the robbery may have been motivated by the skyrocketing demand for LEGO, which has triggered a holiday shortage in Europe and effectively created a black market for the toys.

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This Princess Chewbacca cake is a little Chewie, but otherwise perfect


Coming up with a Princess Chewbacca birthday cake if more difficult than you might imagine. Or maybe it’s every bit as difficult as you imagine. In any case, it isn’t easy.

Reddit user jamieinthenorthwest discovered just that when her daughter asked for a Star Wars-themed birthday party. Jamie bought a large Chewbacca doll in hopes that it could be transformed into a Barbie cake, only to be turned down by several bakeries because because it wasn’t a kit.

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Comics A.M. | Locust Moon to close store, focus on publishing

Locust Moon

Locust Moon

Retailing | The Philadelphia comics and art shop Locust Moon is closing its doors as a retailer so that co-owner Joshua O’Neill can focus on a different area of the business: publishing. “[A]s publishers, we’re just getting started,” O’Neill posted on his Facebook page. “[W]e’ll now be able to focus our attentions on making books full time. we’re incredibly excited about that. locust moon is not dying — it’s still just being born.” Locust Moon has already published an Eisner Award-winning anthology of Little Nemo comics, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of some very early “lost” Will Eisner comics. [PhillyVoice]

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This weekend, it’s New Jersey Comic Expo

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The inaugural New Jersey Comic Expo takes place this weekend at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey. The event is organized by MAD Event Management, which also runs Long Beach Comic Con.

The guest list includes Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Dennis Calero, Garth Ennis, Greg Land, Jamal Igle, Ivan Reis and Ethan Van Sciver.

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3A’s Steel Age Batman already has an iron grip on our wallets


Just when we’d nearly forgotten about Steel Age, 3A Toys snaps us to attention with a tantalizing teaser for Steel Age Batman, the first in a new line of 1/6th-scale collectible figures.

Steel Age was announced in July 2014 as a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment in which Ashley Wood envisions a new universe in which the villains have won: “The rebirth contingency plan is initiated – Steel Age. Robotic versions of the fallen heroes are forged. Constructed to wage war on crime. A new League to carry on their legacy of Justice.”

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Viz Media issues response to digital-piracy arrests

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Manga publisher Viz Media has issued a statement reaffirming its stance on digital piracy following the arrests in Japan of four men accused of illegally uploading a chapter of One Piece to a scanlation website.

Police in Japan say a delivery company employee stole a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump while it was en route from the printer to the retailer and sold the magazine to three other men, who then uploaded the comic to an English-language pirate site. Here’s Viz’s statement:

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Cleveland’s planned Superman monument takes a leap forward

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The design of a Superman monument planned for Cleveland’s lakefront leaped one more hurdle in a single bound Thursday as the project moved closer to reality.

The Plain Dealer reports the initial proposal was unanimously approved by the city’s Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, and it will move on today for review by the Planning Commission.

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Captain America fights Nazi zombies in bloody LEGO fan short


If Marvel Studios executives are wondering where to take Captain America after the upcoming Civil War, they need look no further than this incredible — and incredibly bloody — LEGO stop-motion short, in which the Sentinel of Liberty faces off against hordes of zombies. Nazi zombies. Gun-wielding, tank-driving Nazi zombies.

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Photographer chronicles ‘The Daily Life of Darth Vader’


Photographer Pawel Kadysz is capturing the everyday life of Darth Vader in pics — that is, if Darth Vader was living a “normal” life.

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‘Dragon Balls’ are a real thing at this Japanese restaurant


Source: dadakone0310

It’s a great time to be alive — a restaurant in Nagoya, Japan is selling Dragon Balls on their menu, in honor of the Dragon Ball anime series and spinoffs. The search is over.

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Marvel unveils ‘Jessica Jones’ merchandise before Netflix debut


Marvel has announced merchandising plans for their mature TV properties, unveiling some pretty sweet “Jessica Jones” swag before the premiere of the series on Netflix tomorrow.

Some of the “Jessica Jones” apparel includes laptop sleeves, tank tops, and t-shirts, for both men and women. has launched an online store dedicated to the series, offering an assortment of merch for adult fans of the series and comics.

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Superman says ‘Lend a Friendly Hand’ to refugees


Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved considerably stricter screening procedures for refugees from Syria and Iraq seeking resettlement in the United States, despite a veto threat from the White House. It’s a controversial and highly criticized move that has further sparked the current debate on whether or not the United States should allow Syrian refugees to enter the country, but it looks like Superman has already made his stance clear — 55 years ago.

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