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Who’s the best superhero? Science has the answer (and you won’t like it)

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Batman is frequently characterized as the second-smartest person in the DC Universe, with contingencies in place to take down the entire Justice League, should the need ever arise. However, a new study finds the Dark Knight isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.

Using scientific principles, students at the University of Leicester spent seven years examining the feasibility of the powers of superheroes, and discovered — to the surprise of absolutely no one — that Superman may be the “best-equipped” of them all. The Man of Steel has his “Super Flare” attack and higher-density to thank for his position as “the number one candidate for ‘most powerful superhero.'”

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‘Toy Story’ characters combine to form Woody Robo Sheriff Star

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Voltron may be enjoying a revival on Netflix, but in the battle of super robots, Pixar fans will undoubtedly side with Woody Robo Sheriff Star.

Debuting at this weekend’s Tokyo Toy Show, this collaboration between Disney and Bandai’s Tamashii Nations combines Woody, Rex, Bullseye, Slinky Dog and Hamm from “Toy Story” to form a 9-inch robot. Why is there no Buzz Lighyear? It’s a mystery for the ages.

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Brace yourselves, Pikachu isn’t the most popular Pokemon

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The 20th anniversary of “Pokémon” should be a time for celebration, but instead it’s become a dark time, marking the downward spiral of the once-great Pikachu and a collective loss of innocence.

OK, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but it’s pretty dire, as more than half a million Japanese Pokémon fans have spoken — and they’ve chosen Greninja as their favorite pocket monster. “Who?” you ask. Exactly.

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Spider-Man ARTFX+ statues will include Spider-Gwen, Miles and more

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When Kotobukiya debuted its upcoming Spider-Man ARTFX+ statue this week, it was only the beginning: The Japanese collectibles manufacturer doesn’t just plan to showcase Spider-Man, but also his amazing friends (as well as an enemy or two).

A teaser for the upcoming ARTFX+ collection features the wall-crawler, of course, but also Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Venom, Agent Venom, Spider-Man 2099 and Carnage. The concept art for the series is by Stefano Casali, with sculpts by Junnosuke Abe.

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‘Assassination Classroom’s’ Yusei Matsui to appear at NYCC

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Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

Yusei Matsui, creator of the hit sci-fi comedy manga “Assassination Classroom,” will appear in October at New York Comic Con for a series of events and autograph sessions.

Published in North America by Viz Media, the action-packed series debuted in 2012 in Japan, telling the story of a class of misfits determined to kill their new teacher — an alien octopus with bizarre powers who has just destroyed the moon and will do the same to Earth … unless his students can stop him. Making the scenario even more complicated, it turns out he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had.

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‘Star Wars’ fan builds epic LEGO Star Destroyer hangar bay

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons might not be a match for a good blaster at your side, but even an uncivilized firearm has nothing on an actual, no-kidding Star Destroyer hangar bay.

Need a pilot? We can’t help you. But if you need a to-scale replica of the hangar bay of the Star Destroyer Finalizer from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” complete with TIE fighters, First Order Stormtroopers, and resistance fighters Poe Dameron and Finn, made entirely out of LEGO, then we may have just the thing for you.

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Comics A.M. | Russ Manning Award nominees announced

"Shutter" #20, by Leila del Duca

“Shutter” #20, by Leila del Duca

Awards | The nominees have been announced for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Daniel Bayliss, artist of Kennel Block Blues and Translucid (BOOM! Studios); Leila del Duca, artist of Shutter (Image Comics); Dan Mora, artist of Klaus and Hexed! (BOOM! Studios); Marguerite Sauvage, artist of DC Comics Bombshells (DC Comics), Scarlet Witch (Marvel) and Faith (Valiant); and Tillie Walden, writer/artist of I Love This Part and The End of Summer (Avery Hill). The winner will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego. [Comic-Con International]

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Kotobukiya thwips up a new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue

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For those yearning for the days of a classically-costumed Spidey, look no further than Kotobukiya’s new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue to satisfy the nostalgia. Based on the original red and blue (with black webbing) costume, the statue presents Spider-Man in a crouching pose, ready for web-slinging.

Standing 3.35 inches tall, the statue is currently available for pre-order over at Kotobukiya’s website — where you can check out previous installments in the line, including Batman, Spider-Gwen and Magik statues, among others — for $59.99 USD. The Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue goes on sale in December 2016.

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‘Attack on Titan’s’ Eren and Levi inspire limited-edition watches

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A lot of attention is paid to the jackets, cloaks and boots of the Survey Corps, not not so much the watches — but maybe that’s because they’re not as stylish as these new limited-edition Attack on Titan timepieces.

Produced by Seiko Nextage for its WIRED brand, the watches are inspired by Eren and Levi from the bestselling manga and hit anime. Levi, perhaps predictably, inspires the more impressive (and more expensive) version.

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Hot Wheels’ groovy Beatles cars celebrate ‘Yellow Submarine’s’ 50th

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Mattel will commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles classic “Yellow Submarine” will a new collection of Hot Wheels cars.

Announced by Entertainment Weekly, the series is buoyed (sorry) by a replica of the colorful nautical vessel, complete with track-compatible wheels, along with six other cars inspired by the trippy 1968 movie of the same name. Other models include designs featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo, and even one “Kool Koombi” van dedicated to the pesky Blue Meanies.

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You’ll think ‘Deadpool’s Day Off’ is a righteous mashup

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Fox’s Deadpool famously gave a nod to another fourth wall-breaking hero with a post-credits scene in which a bathrobe-clad Merc With a Mouth tells the audience “It’s over. Go home.” Now, however, the Wade Wilson/Ferris Bueller connection has been taken several steps further with “Deadpool’s Day Off.”

Created by Darth Blender, the video is a hilariously perfect mashup of — you guessed it! — Deadpool and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Deadpool as Ferris, Negasonic Teenage Warhead as Sloane and Colossus as Cameron.

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Comics A.M. | San Diego could get a Comic-Con museum

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Conventions | Organizers of the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum announced this week they’ve been in talks with Comic-Con International about establishing a comics-focused museum in the city’s Balboa Park. The report notes that “details remain sketchy,” even though discussions have been under way for the past year. “There’s no hurry to move it along,” said Hall of Champions board member Dan Shea. As the report notes, this isn’t the first time a Comic-Con museum has been discussed: Stalled expansion plans for the current San Diego Convention Center called for a museum celebrating the event. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Superman virtual-reality coaster takes flight at Six Flags

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Beginning this weekend, roller-coaster enthusiasts will be to dive — screaming, no doubt — into Metropolis with the Man of Steel himself on the new Superman virtual-reality coaster at three Six Flags theme parks.

The ride is described as “a fully immersive experience,” complete with six inversions and 70-mile-per-hour twists and turns. Wearing VR headsets, guests will be taken on what starts out as a leisurely journey through Metropolis, courtesy of Metropolis Sky Tours. However, just after departing the station, riders encounter Lex Luthor, who uses an anti-gravity gun and an army of Lexbots to wreak havoc, with cars, taxis and buses left floating in mid-air around the riders.

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‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Goonies’ and more head to ‘LEGO Dimensions’

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Following plenty of rumors and a last-minute leak, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced the addition of 16 new properties to LEGO Dimensions, ranging from Harry Potter and Adventure Time to Mission: Impossible and The Goonies.

The Year 2 rollout begins Sept. 27 with the Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs and The A-Team Fun Pack. (Yes, The A-Team.)

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Canada releases new ‘Star Trek’ coins for 50th anniversary

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In honor of the milestone the “Star Trek” series is about to hit, the Royal Canadian Mint has decided to release a series of “Star Trek”-inspired commemorative coins.

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