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This R2-D2 talking cookie jar will never let the cookie win

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We’ve seen an R2-D2 moving refrigerators, an R2-D2 speaker phone and even and R2-D2 shower head. Now, with the introduction of the R2-D2 talking cookie jar, the little astromech droid’s conquest of your home is nearly complete.

Well, technically it doesn’t talk. Instead, it beep-boops when you open or close the lid, which can either be interpreted as “Here, have another one” or “Hey, haven’t you had enough?” We can’t know for certain without the help of a protocol droid.

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This guy is writing a song for each of the 700-plus Pokémon

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Although Jacob Newman can’t catch all of the more than 700 species of Pokémon, he can write a song for each of them. Or so he plans to.

The 24-year-old folk punk artist, aka Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, already has a good start, as he’s released a digital album called 100 Songs for 100 Pokémon, which contains tributes to the likes of Bulbasaur, Pumpkaboo, Charmander and Ivysaur (arranged according to Pokédex numbers, naturally). Just 600 more to go!

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Hot Wheels rolls out ‘Captain America: Civil War’ cars

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On the heels — or, rather, wheels — of new “character cars” based on Marvel’s Black Widow and Wasp, Mattel has rolled out a line of Hot Wheels collectibles tied to Captain America: Civil War.

Arriving courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, the collection features die-cast cars for Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant-Man and Hawkeye (with the Black Widow model repeated).

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Comics A.M. | Nick Sousanis’ ‘Unflattening’ wins Lynd Ward Prize

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Awards | Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening is the winner of the 2016 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year. Two graphic novels were named honor books: Lucy Knisley’s memoir Displacement and Kathryn and Stuart Immonen’s Russian Olive to Red King. The award is named for Lynd Ward, who published six wordless graphic novels between 1929 and 1937, all based on woodcuts. Ward’s daughters donated a collection of his original art to Penn State, which sponsors the award. [Penn State News]

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First look at Disney World’s new Toy Story Land attractions

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With all the focus on the Star Wars theme lands coming to Disney Parks, it’s easy to forget Toy Story Land is also in the works. However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios provided a reminder of its plans this morning with the first look at two new attractions based on the beloved Pixar films.

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Hayley Atwell belts out ‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’ on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

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She may not have the revealing costume or the backup dancers of competitor Clark Gregg, but what Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell lacks in theatricality she makes up for with sheer dedication to the song in a preview of this week’s Lip Sync Battle.

That song? The Offspring’s inescapable 1998 song “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy),” naturally.

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Practice your piloting skills with these massive new ‘Star Wars’ kites

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ThinkGeek has unveiled a new wave of extra-large “Star Wars” kites, with designs for R2-D2, the Death Star, an X-Wing, and of course, the Millennium Falcon.

The massive kites are being sold for $40 USD each, and are made up of a nylon sail material with a fiberglass frame.

The largest of the kites, the X-Wing, stands 52-inches tall, and is described as the most difficult to fly.

Check out a video demonstration of ThinkGeek’s “Star Wars” kites below:

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‘Game of Hyrule’ is the ‘Zelda’/’Thrones’ mashup you hoped for

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After wowing us last April with a beautiful CG-animated video that mashed together the Game of Thrones opening credits with The Legend of Zelda, MegaSteakMan returns with the clever six-minute drama “Game of Hyrule.”

Combining the worst of Westeros and the best of Hyrule — or is it the other way around? — the slickly produced live-action fan film tells a tale of power, corruption, courage and … death by cucco.

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‘Dragon Ball’ goes Pop! with new Funko vinyl figures

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Funko is expanding its Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z offerings with six new Pop! vinyl figures.

Arriving in July, the latest wave features 3.75-inch versions of Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Majin Buu and, from the original story, Bulma and Goku and his Flying Nimbus.

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This ‘Star Trek’ shuttle pinball coffee table is out of this world

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When it comes to beloved sci-fi franchises, Altar Furniture doesn’t play favorites.

You may recall that, last year, the company built an incredible R2-D2 coffee table that houses a 1991 Star Wars pinball game. Now Altar has given Star Trek its due with a coffee table that looks like a shuttlecraft from the Enterprise. Inside there’s an original 1991 Star Trek pinball machine manufactured by Data East.

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Embrace the Dark (and smoky) Side with Darth Vader BBQ tongs

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Considering what happened to Anakin Skywalker during his little weekend getaway to Mustafar, these Darth Vader barbecue tongs are either a more than little cruel or pretty darned funny, depending upon which side of the Force you fall on. In either case, they’re perfect.

Modeled after the Sith Lord’s lightsaber, these tongs are — as ThinkGeek so eloquently puts it — “a grilling implement for a more civilized age.” Blasters are little help when it comes time to turn that meat patty or move a chicken leg off a hotspot. But this lightstaber? It’s all you need.

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Comics A.M. | Wizard World suffers $4.3 million loss in 2015

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Conventions | After bringing in a profit of almost $1 million in 2014, Wizard World took a hard swing in the other direction last year with a loss of $4.3 million, with about half the shortfall coming in the fourth quarter. At least part of the reason seems to be simple math: Per-show revenues were down, costs were up. In addition, Wizard’s share in ConTV was a money-loser, to the tune of $1.3 million; Wizard has reduced its stake in the joint venture with Cinedigm. On the upside, its subscription box service has done well, netting $48,000. It’s possible that the North American convention market is being saturated, and Wizard is responding by cutting back from 25 shows in 2015 to 19 this year. [ICv2]

Comics | Writer Kurtis Wiebe announced that, “after long consideration,” he’s placing his acclaimed Image Comics fantasy series Rat Queens on hiatus. [Twitter]

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Batgirl swings in to Play Arts Kai’s ‘Arkham Knight’ figure line

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After teaming with Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight‘s “A Matter of Family” episode, Batgirl will soon join him on shelves as an action figure from Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line.

Standing 10 inches tall, Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl comes with an articulated hard-plastic cape, interchangeable hands, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and, of course, a display stand.

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$1 billion Warner Bros. theme park planned in Abu Dhabi

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Batman, Superman and Bugs Bunny are headed to the United Arab Emirates with a planned $1 billion Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi.

Officially announced this morning by the studio and developer Miral Asset Management, the first phase of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2018 on the man-made Yas Island, already home to Ferrari World, a waterpark and a Formula One race track. Phase 2 will include the world’s first Warner Bros.-branded hotel.

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For this Boba Fett life-size figure, you may need a loan from Jabba

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After seeing The Empire Strikes Back for the first time (in a theater, no less), I became obsessed with the mysterious Boba Fett. I got the action figure and toy replica of Slave I. I got the Underoos. I even named my cat Boba Fett. But never did I dream that one day I could own a life-size Boba Fett figure.

That’s could, not would, as it’s nearly impossible to imagine paying $8,500 for this Boba Fett Life-Size Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

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