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Embrace the Dark Side with this ‘Star Wars’-themed motorcycle


When a TIE Fighter or an AT-ST Walker isn’t right for the job, there’s always this Star Wars-inspired Dark Force motorcycle from venerable Russian manufacturer IMZ-Ural.

Drawing its influence from the Dark Side, the Ural Dark Force is “fully blacked out to hide you in the shadows,” and comes equipped with a lightsaber (red, naturally) mounted to the sidecar.

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This ‘Pokémon’ theme jazz cover is smooth, smoky and stuck in your head


The Pokémon theme is so memorable, and so catchy, that its mere mention can trigger spontaneous, heartfelt outbursts of “I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.” (You’re humming it now, aren’t you?) But no matter how many times you’ve watched the opening of the animated series, and belted out the song along with it, you’re probably never heard it performed quite like this.

Singer Sara Niemietz slows things down with this terrific jazz rendition of the Pokémon theme, backed by Scott Bradlee & Friends, injecting some sophistication into a cartoon about kids training pocket monsters to battle each other.

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That life-size Batman replica you always wanted is finally here


If, despite all of the Batman comic books, posters, collectible figures, lamps and throw pillows, your personal Batcave feels somehow incomplete, it may be that you’re missing a life-size replica of the Dark Knight to really tie the room together. Thankfully, NECA is here to help.

Based on the Caped Crusader from Batman: Arkham Knight, the foam figure stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall, which means you’ll have a clear out a person-sized space in a corner of the room. Or, hey, the middle, if you don’t mind freaking out guests, and occasionally yourself.

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This R2-D2 speaker phone is in prime condition, a real bargain


Over the past four decades, R2-D2 has proved himself indispensable, helping with X-wing navigation and repairs, opening locked doors, carrying holographic messages and hiding the occasional lightsaber. And now the little astromech droid can take phone calls and play music.

Officially licensed, the Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker phone is exactly what the name suggests — a speaker for hands-free calls or for playing music.

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‘Calvin and Hobbes’ turns 30 but remains timeless

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Thirty years ago today, we learned that tigers can be captured using tuna fish sandwiches.

That’s how cartoonist Bill Watterson introduced the world to precocious 6-year-old Calvin and his cynical stuffed tiger (and best friend) Hobbes. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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In the name of the moon, there are Sailor Moon pajamas for men

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Even after nearly 24 years, Sailor Moon remains wildly popular, which means Japanese company Bibi Lab will likely make a killing with these pajamas for men inspired by the manga and anime. Hey, there are undoubtedly male fans who want to be pretty sailor-suited soldiers, too.

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Fight crime, stay cozy in Wonder Woman & Batman boot slippers


The life of a superhero is hardly a 9-to-5 affair, as you could be called out bed in the middle of the night to stop a rampaging Giganta, or have your breakfast interrupted by the Joker’s latest dastardly plot. (Does the Bat-Signal even work during the day?) So you might as well be comfortable as you stumble from the house to the invisible jet or Batmobile.

That’s where these Wonder Woman and Batman women’s boot slippers come in. They’re cozy, practical and at least moderately stylish for those trips from one disaster to the next, or for those long hours on Justice League monitor duty.

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Comics A.M. | Michael Gross, designer of ‘Ghostbusters’ logo, passes away



Passings | Michael C. Gross, the artist, designer and film producer best remembered for creating the iconic Ghostbusters logo, passed away Monday following a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Hired in 1970 as the art director of The National Lampoon, Gross is credited with pioneering the magazine’s approach to comics and illustration; he’s also famed for his notorious cover bearing the headline, “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross was encouraged by his friends John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to move in the early 1980s from New York to Los Angeles, where he produced such films as Heavy Metal, Twins and both Ghostbusters films, and worked on the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. [The Associated Press]

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The Empire strikes back with TIE Fighter Christmas light display


Leave it to the Galactic Empire to wait until everyone is busy making their Life Day — fine, Thanksgiving — plans to launch a surprise attack with a TIE Fighter cleverly disguised to look like a Christmas light display.

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Surprised Stan Lee asks, ‘Is Iceman really gay?’

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Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.

“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ die-cast cars are next-level adorable


Takara is offering another dose of die-cast “Star Wars” cars — but this time around, their adorable 3-inch masterpieces are based on designs from “The Force Awakens”.

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Check out these ‘Star Wars’ costumes reimagined by 10 major fashion designers


The fashion world is getting in on the hype surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, as Bloomingdale’s and 10 major designers have teamed up to reimagine some “Star Wars” characters’ costumes for a charitable initiative called “Force 4 Fashion.”

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Take a trip to a galaxy far, far away with these awesome ‘Star Wars’ car concepts


They may not be real, but they’re definitely out of this world. The masterminds behind Carwow have whipped up a few concepts of “Star Wars”-inspired cars, comparing popular franchise characters to specific makes and models and giving those cars a makeover while they’re at it.

In this imaginary line of cars, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Jar Jar Binks and Stormtroopers get their own personalized vehicles. From Boba’s Mercedes G-Class to Han Solo’s Millennium Hellcat to Darth Vader’s BMW Z4, each character gets a ride with style.

For a peek at a few more of these awesome automobiles, see below. Check out Fubiz for even more.

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Relive the adorable horror of every ‘Jurassic Park’ in this massive LEGO diorama


LEGO fans are known for building things that can barely fit in a basement rumpus room, but two European fans of Universal’s Jurassic Park franchise have now used the opportunity provided by official sets based on the Stephen Spielberg-created universe to create a massive homage to the most spine-tingling moments of all four films.

Pals Paul Trach and Markus Aspacher (who hail from Germany and Austria respectively) build up a lengthy diorama celebrating everything from the original Jurassic Park on through to this year’s hit Jurassic World for the Bricking Bavaria Munich convention where they took home the award for Best in Show.

Each friend built two sections of the piece individually and then combined them together for the final product. Check out their individual efforts after the jump or on their Flickr pages.
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Nike homages a classic ad with new Godzilla-themed Air Max CB ’94 shoes


When you run through a list of Godzilla’s greatest adversaries, a number of names will come to mind. Rodan, Mothra, Barkley — yes, Charles Barkley. The NBA icon actually went up against Godzilla in a game of basketball in a classic 1992 ad (fittingly titled “Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley”), and now Nike is paying tribute to that memorable spot with a new pair of Godzilla-inspired Air Max CB’94

To achieve maximum Godzilla-ness, the shoes feature both a gradient underlay and reflective lizard-skin overlays. The footwear also sports customized Godzilla insoles and an Air Max air bubble unit.

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