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This real-life Voltron Blazing Sword is even better than you imagined

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There probably isn’t a fan of the classic anime series “Voltron” who hasn’t at one time or another yelled “Form Blazing Sword!” and pretended to slice through robeasts. It could’ve been when you were a kid, or it could’ve been last week in the break room — we’re not here to judge.

Of course, when you’re the skilled craftspeople of Baltimore Knife and Sword, you don’t have to pretend; you can simply make a Blazing Sword. And so that’s what happens in the latest episode of “Man at Arms: Reforged,” where the team creates not only its first ’80s cartoon build, but also it’s first flaming weapon.

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This ‘Indiana Jones’ candle will melt your heart — er, face

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One of the great villains of modern cinema, Gestapo agent Arnold Toht doggedly pursued the Ark of the Covenant throughout 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” only to get what was coming to him when the supernatural fury of the relic was unleashed, melting his face off his skull.

Now you can relive that scene with this wonderfully twisted Melting Toht Candle from Firebox. Because, why not?

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Cuddly Pikachu PC cushion will keep you company at the keyboard

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Pikachu may no longer be the most popular Pokémon, but when fans need a pocket monster to cuddle with a the keyboard, which one are they going to turn to? Certainly not Greninja.

Bandai, which earlier this year released a Digimon PC cushion, now has introduced this Pikachu version, which will offer wrist — and emotional — support as you spend hours at the computer, undoubtedly arguing about the results of that Pokémon poll.

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‘Labyrinth’ board game will transport you to Goblin City

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“Labyrinth,” Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film starring Jennifer Connelly and late rock icon David Bowie, turns 30 this year. To celebrate, The Jim Henson Company is teaming with River Horse to release “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game.”

According to ToyNews, the game will feature five crafted miniatures based on the film’s main characters: Connelly’s teen protagonist Sarah, Bowie’s villainous Jareth the Goblin King, Hoggle the dwarf, Ludo, and Sir Didymus, an anthropomorphic fox who rides a sheep dog named Ambrosius.

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This device will turn your smartphone into a Game Boy

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E3 is always predictably full of cutting-edge game announcements, but one of the biggest reveals this year actually centered a classic platform.

Video game peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin has debuted a fully functional device that, when plugged into an Android phone, allows users to replay some of their favorite Game Boy titles using those iconic original plastic cartridges.

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MAD’s ‘Goodnight Batcave’ wards off all your bad dreams (and criminals)

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MAD’s latest parody book shows us that even Batman needs to sleep — at some point.

The comedy mag has put together a “Goodnight Moon” parody book, titled “Goodnight Batman,” that follows Batman’s rounding up of criminals — Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and more villains — before he (and you) goes to bed.

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Comics A.M. | Denver Comic Con expects large crowds, ‘robust’ security

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Conventions | Denver Comic Con kicks off today, with organizers expected a weekend attendance of 100,000 — a big jump from the 20,000 who turned out in 2012 for the first convention. This year’s event will also see tighter security measures, which will include the confiscation of prop weapons deemed potentially dangerous. “While we can’t discuss details, we look at different threats going on around us and we have made adjustments accordingly,” said organizer Tara Hubner, “and we will have a robust security presence on site.” [KDVR, CBS Denver]

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Cowabunga! Dr. Martens kicks off a TMNT boot collection

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Following on the heels (quite literally) of last year’s “Adventure Time” collection, venerable British footwear company Dr. Martens has launched a line of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” boots.

Don’t worry, these aren’t inspired by the live-action films. Instead, they’re based on the classic animated series, with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael each receiving his own pair (Donatello and Raphael even get their own eye-mask lace accessories).

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‘Evil Dead 2’s’ getting a groovy board game

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Space Goat and Studiocanal are teaming for a crowdfunded “Evil Dead 2″ board game that will allow you to fend off deadites as Ash Williams himself.

Though the Kickstarter has yet to launch, an official website has surfaced for the game, which includes a countdown to the launch of the fundraiser.

The game is poised to operate as a tile and miniature survival/horror that will be sold as both a standard and deluxe version, with eight custom figures. Each round takes approximately 60-90 minutes, for up to six players.

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You’ll want to beam up these incredible ‘Star Trek’ figures

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With the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” comes a treasure trove of collectibles for fans of the original series, not the least of which are these Kirk and Spock action figures from Quantum Mechanix.

Based on the likenesses of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, naturally, these 1/6th-scale figures boast 30 points of articulation, and finely detailed Starfleet uniforms. Each figure comes with multiple interchangeable hands as well as character-appropriate accessories: Both have phasers and communicators, with Kirk also getting a clipboard, while Spock sports a tricorder.

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‘Attack on Titan’ ratchets up the mayhem in new game trailer

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Koei Tecmo has unleashed a new trailer for its Attack on Titan video game that not only introduces the characters and showcases some of the action, but also teases some giant-size showdowns.

IGN notes that the game, which debuts Aug. 30 in North America, features scenes from the manga rather than drawing exclusively from the first season of the hit anime, as originally announced.

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‘4 Kids Walk Into a Bank’ HeroesCon variant to benefit Equality NC

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It’s a classic ethical dilemma: Is it better to boycott a state — in this case, North Carolina — for a discriminatory law or support those who are fighting it? Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss, creators of the new series 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, decided to take the second route.

They’ll attend HeroesCon this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they’ll sell a limited edition of 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1, featuring a cover by Josh Hixson, with proceeds going to benefit Equality NC.

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Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown launches ‘Change-Bots’ trading card Kickstarter

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Renowned cartoonist, author, and comic book artist Jeffrey Brown has launched a fun Kickstarter campaign for his “Incredible Change-Bots” characters.

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Comics A.M. | Maggin, Hughes, to receive Bill Finger Awards

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Awards | A committee chaired by writer and historian Mark Evanier has chosen Elliot S! Maggin and Richard E. Hughes as the recipients of this year’s Bill Finger Awards, which honor writers whose work has not gotten the recognition it deserves. Maggin is a longtime comics writer whose credits include Green Arrow, Batman, Justice League, Peter Parker, Strange Sports Stories, and the Marvel Classics version of The Iliad. Hughes, who died in 1974, was a prolific writer who worked under a number of pen names. He created The Black Terror for Standard Comics in the 1940s and later became editor at American Comics Group, where he scripted many comics. He is the co-creator of Herbie Popnecker, the Fat Fury, who later got his own comic. The awards will be presented at the Eisner Awards ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Comic-Con International]

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Mark Hamill Tells Fan ‘Gender Matters Not’ When It Comes to “Star Wars” Cosplay

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“Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill has a word of advice for any fan who wants to cosplay his iconic character Luke Skywalker: “Gender matters not.”

Though he boasts over 1 million followers, Hamill is very active on Twitter, often responding to fan inquiries. In this specific case, he answered one fan who asked if it would be alright if she cosplayed Luke and said,

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