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Watch: Iron Man stars as ‘Gladiator’ in animated ‘Hero Swap’

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The folks behind the crowd-pleasing “How It Should Have Ended” have teamed with Klomp! Animation to launch “Hero Swap,” a new series that takes a popular film and replaces the hero with another character. First up: Gladiator, starring … Iron Man.

Tony Stark could totally blast his way through those other gladiators, right? Where would be the fun in that? In kinda-sorta second-century Rome, the billionaire playboy has to contend with a dwindling power source, and a Captain America who’s not so quick to send aid.

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‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Nightwing is the figure we need right now

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On the heels of the Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl action figure, Square Enix has unveiled new photos and details of Play Arts Kai’s take on Nightwing, sure to please Dick Grayson fans.

Standing more than 10 inches tall, the Play Arts Kai Nightwing comes with interchangeable palms, extended escrima sticks, retracted escrima sticks, a batarang (Nightwing-arang?) and a display stand.

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Comics A.M. | New ‘Cardcaptor Sakura’ manga to launch in June

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Manga | The shoujo manga magazine Nakayoshi will announce this week that the manga collaborative CLAMP will produce a sequel to their classic series Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s been 20 years since CLAMP launched the original series, which was one of the first shoujo manga to become popular in North America. The sequel will follow the title character, Sakura, in her first year of junior high school. [Anime News Network]

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Hot Topic awakens a new ‘Star Wars’ fashion collection

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The Force, it’s calling to you. Just let it into your closet with this dazzling new Star Wars fashion collection from Her Universe and Hot Topic.

Designed by Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone, who won the Her Universe design competition held last summer at Comic-Con International, the limited-edition line features nine pieces inspired by characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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With a Death Star fire pit, every night is like the Battle of Endor

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There are few things more relaxing than sitting outside on a summer night, enjoying good food, good drink and good company as you watch the Death Star — symbol of Imperial might — erupt into flames. You can do that whenever, and wherever, you want (Endor? Yavin 4?) with this custom Death Star fire pit.

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This 6-foot LEGO Unikitty welcomes you to Cloud Cuckoo Land

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In Cloud Cuckoo Land, there are no rules, which means you’re free to, say, build an enormous Princess Unikitty out of LEGO bricks.

That’s exactly what Christopher Bartneck did, creating a “life-size” (nearly 6-foot) homage to the half-unicorn, half-anime kitten dynamo from The LEGO Movie. “It took several months from planning to finish,” he writes, “and [I] never used as many pink bricks in my life.”

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A Tim Burton-themed bar is opening in New York City

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Until that fabled Beetlejuice sequel finally arrives (if it ever does), we’ll always have Beetle House.

Well, maybe not always, but for now at least you can swing by the new restaurant and bar in New York City’s East Village inspired by the 1988 film and other works by Tim Burton.

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‘Hobbes & Me’ puts an off-kilter new spin on a beloved classic

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In the nostalgia-fueled hunt for anything and everything related to Calvin and Hobbes and its reclusive creator Bill Watterson, Hobbes & Me appears to have gone largely unnoticed, at least until now. You’re slipping, internet.

In the 2014 web series, playwright Rafael Casal and rapper/actor Daveed Diggs re-enact 12 of the strips, remaining true to Watterson’s dialogue and staging, while making their own choices with delivery. Diggs, who went on to originate the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton, dons striped pants and faux-tiger fur coat for his performance as Hobbes, while Casal does with the more subdued striped shirt of Calvin.

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Watch: The importance of color and costumes in the X-Men

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Nearly 16 years after the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men, fans still have strong opinions about the filmmakers’ decision to ditch the brightly colored costumes of the comics in favor of black leather, which continued through 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. However, with the revival of the film franchise in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the success of Deadpool, Kristian Williams has hopes for a brighter big-screen future for Marvel’s mutants.

In his latest YouTube video, he lays out a passionate yet well-reasoned case for the importance of color and costumes within the X-Men mythos, across comics, animation and film.

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Comics A.M. | Wizard World CEO resigns after $4.3 million loss

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Business | John Macaluso resigned last week as chief executive officer and president of Wizard World after four years in the position. His resignation, revealed Monday in filings with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, came on the same day the company reported $4.3 million in losses in 2015, due largely to a drop in per-show revenues and a money-losing investment in the startup ConTV. Board chairman John D. Maatta will succeed Macaluso as CEO and president. [Street Insider]

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This Black Widow ‘Civil War’ figure is fully armed (with a tiny Ant-Man)

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Clearly Ant-Man is the must-have accessory for the spring, at least among Avengers. First, Hawkeye sported one at the tip of an arrow, and now Black Widow has her own, slightly larger, version.

This 3-centimeter-tall Scott Lang comes with Hot Toys’ newly unveiled Captain America: Civil War Black Widow 1/6th-scale action figure, which of course boasts many other features (although it remains unclear why Ant-Man would be with someone on Team Iron Man).

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With Cosbaby ‘Civil War’ figures, the fight is over which is cutest

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As with previous Cosbaby series, like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s really difficult to imagine the pint-sized, adorable superheroes (and villain) of Captain America: Civil War going toe to toe in anything more perilous than a tickle fight. Seriously, just look at those little faces!

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Wonder Woman inspires new Valentino fashion collection

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For the latest capsule collection from Italian fashion label Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli looked to Wonder Woman for inspiration. The result is a line of clothing that “pays tribute to all women.”

While they don’t take a literal approach to the iconic DC Comics superheroine, you can see her represented with the stars — lots and lots of stars — that cover everything from sneakers to handbags to coats, and with the eagle motif on some of the tops and jackets.

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Comics A.M. | Accused Salt Lake Comic Con impostor gets new lawyer

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

Legal | Jonathon M. Wall, who pleaded guilty April 5 to a charge of impersonating a federal agent last fall in an attempt to get into the VIP room at Salt Lake Comic Con, has a new defense team — after the judge in the case threw out his plea and offered to help him find new counsel. U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish vacated Wall’s plea, saying she was concerned Wall didn’t understand the full implications of having a federal felony on his record. Wall had told her he was pleading guilty because prosecutors offered him a “slap on the wrist” if he did so. An employee at Hill Air Force Base, Wall showed his work ID convention security but claimed to be a federal agent who needed access to the VIP area because he was pursuing a fugitive. In addition to helping Wall find a new lawyer, Parrish recommended he be transferred to a newly established diversion program. [Standard Examiner]

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Rumor: ‘Guardians’ may replace Disneyland’s Tower of Terror

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With the closing of its Marvel-themed Super Hero HQ earlier this month, Disneyland is without a permanent home for its superheroes, leaving Captain America and Spider-Man to wander Disney’s California Adventure. However, that could be changing.

Disney Parks news site WDW News Today reports Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fee it pays for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and use a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed overlay in its place.

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