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This dad spent a year building a life-size Transformer for his son

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After watching Transformers: Age of Extinction last year, Wang Liansheng’s son wanted his own giant robot. Unable to afford the large toy model the boy had his eye on, the Chinese shipyard welder instead built a life-size replica.

China’s People’s Daily Online reports that, with help from his brother, Wang gathered abandoned car parts from a car factory and recycling center near his village in Jiangsu province and went to work in August 2014. A year later, they now have a nearly 16-and-a-half-foot Bumblebee standing in their yard.

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Homemade ‘Batman v Superman’ trailer is way more fun than real one

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Strangely enough, when you remake the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice using action figures, construction paper and actors in homemade costumes, Zack Snyder’s vision for DC Comics’ greatest superheroes suddenly doesn’t seem so grim. Or desaturated.

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Self-transforming Optimus Prime cake is a true birthday miracle

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Look, life can be a pretty bleak prospect sometimes and there are plenty of reminders on a daily basis of just that.

But — a man named Russell Munro made an Optimus Prime cake for his son’s 6th birthday that actually transforms from a car to a robot. By itself. Speaking authentic Peter Cullen dialogue. Based on the old-school, Generation 1 Optimus, rather than the current film franchise version that today’s kids presumably know a lot better. And oh yeah: It was a real, likely delicious cake. So maybe hope isn’t lost.

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This Deadpool/Spider-Man dance-off is the summer’s best crossover

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If only Peter Parker’s painful-to-watch dance scene had instead been a dance-off against Deadpool, Spider-Man 3 might’ve been an entirely different movie. There still would’ve been too many villains, and it still would’ve starred Tobey Maguire, but, hey, you can’t win them all.

Famed Deadpool cosplayer D-Piddy, the subject of a new profile, battles Spider-Man the best way he knows how — with dance! — in this video that sees them go toe to toe, and hip to hip, on a Los Angeles rooftop. At least until things get uncomfortable …

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Your books should be well-protected in this Han Solo in carbonite backpack

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If carbon freezing is suitable for transporting tibanna gas — or, say, a certain charming smuggler — over long distances, it should be good enough for hauling your textbooks from home to class.

This Previews-exclusive Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Plush Back Buddy (say that five times fast!) will either make you the envy of the campus or the target of the galaxy’s vilest bounty hunters. Whatever the case, it’s available for preorder for $39.99.

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Man of Steal? Police on the trail of Superman after watch heist

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To police in Nottinghamshire, England, the theft of a $33,000 watch looks like a job by Superman.

According to BBC News, authorities are searching for Superman Rostas, whom they say pretended to be a customer at a jewelry store in Newark, northeast of Nottingham. Using “distraction techniques” — and, we can only presume, super-speed — he allegedly made off with diamond-encrusted gold watch.

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The race is on for these Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon medals

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RunDisney has unveiled finisher medals for the second annual Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend that will have many Marvel fans wishing they’d registered.

Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).

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The Joker tries out his new, tattooed look on HISHE’s ‘Villain Pub’

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Say what you will about classic villains, but most of them are traditionalists: They find a look that works, and they stick with it. But not The Joker, who (for good or bad) embraces change, leading to his multiple body tattoos and lack of eyebrows in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. That new look may suit the Clown Prince of Crime, but it kind of rubs the other villains the wrong way.

“I mean, it’s not killing me,” Lord Voldemort says in the latest episode of How It Should Have Ended’s “Villain Pub,” “it’s just hurting me, really, really bad.”

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WeLoveFine gets mathematical with ‘Adventure Time’ collection

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WeLoveFine knows what time it is, with a new collection of women’s and men’s clothing inspired by Adventure Time.

Designed by WeLoveFine’s Catherine Elhoffer, the brightly colored (and occasionally imaginatively patterned) pieces certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the Land of Ooo. They range from the expected, like the Jake Pocket Hoodie (you kind of have to, right?), to the bold, like the Lady Rainicorn Leggings.

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Comics A.M. | Square Enix, SNK settle ‘Hi Score Girl’ dispute

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Legal | Game company SNK Playmore has dropped its charges against manga publisher Square Enix and will allow the manga Hi Score Girl to use its characters without penalty. Last year, SNK filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, charging that the manga, a comedy about gamers, included more than 100 instances of unauthorized use of SNK Playmore’s characters. As a result, serialization of the manga was suspended while police pursued charges against 16 of the people involved in its publication. Today, Square Enix announced that the two companies have reached an agreement: SNK Playmore has dropped its claim, and the two companies will work together with regard to sharing their characters. [Anime News Network]

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This ‘Winter Soldier’ Nick Fury collectible figure is nice like that

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If Captain America: The Winter Soldier taught us one thing, it’s that stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie are terrific together on screen. If it taught us a second, it’s that nothing — not a decades-old global conspiracy, not would-be assassins, not even Robert Redford — can keep Nick Fury down.

Hot Toys is celebrating the S.H.I.E.L.D. director with a 1/6th-scale collectible figure, based on the likeness of Samuel L. Jackson from the Marvel Studios film. Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the figure boasts more than 30 points of articulation, six interchangeable hands, a removable eye patch, a removable arm sling, a pistol, a mobile phone, a data-storage device and a display stand.

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The entire 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is online and amazing

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We’ve seen bits and pieces before, but now thanks to the Facebook page Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Fans you can view the entirety of the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide, which features numerous character designs, color guides and model sheets used for marketing and licensing while also serving as reference for artists.

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OK, who crashed a tiny Star Destroyer on Mars?

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If you were floored by the shot in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer of a crashed Star Destroyer on Jakku, prepare to have your mind blown: A UFO devotee claims to have spotted an eerily similar, if significantly smaller, object on Mars.

Scrutinizing images from NASA’s Curiosity rover, Scott C. Waring has discovered a vaguely triangular object he says “looks like a crashed UFO.” However, while the Imperial Star Destroyer, measures 1,600 meters in length, Waring estimates this craft is smaller — much, much smaller. Like, Wookiee-sized.

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Clayton Crain designs beer label to benefit The Hero Initiative

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After teaming with Fables creator Bill Willingham and Boom Island Brewing Company in Minneapolis for a special beer label, The Hero Initiative is taking the show west, to California.

The charity, which is dedicated to helping creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish ale, designed by Ghost Rider and Carnage artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Proceeds from sales of the items will benefit The Hero Initiative.

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Funko swings in with ‘Batman ’66’ Vinyl Idolz series

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After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.

Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.

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