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SDCC: NASA introduces Rocket Raccoon & Groot patch in honor of space exploration

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It’s safe to say Rocket Raccoon and Groot have made their way into the mainstream consciousness. Considering their obscure comic book origins and minimal status in comics until the 2014 film, it’s happened pretty quickly. Now, NASA’s getting in on the love.

NASA is honoring the characters’ greatness with a special Rocket Raccoon and Groot-inspired patch, being given to employees who worked on the International Space Stations’ National Laboratory in 2016. Take a look at the patch below:

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Fan’s ‘Tron’-inspired lightcycle meets its Kickstarter goal

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If you’ve ever dreamt about riding across the neon, grid-like expanse of Steven Lisberger’s 1982 digital “Tron” frontier on one of the series’ iconic lightcycles, you might finally be in luck. After three years of work, the creators of the Cyclotron Bike debuted their campaign on Kickstarter. Now, it’s been funded.

Check out the bike below:

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You’ll be able to express every feeling with these Disney emojis

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Thanks to a new app from Disney Games, you’ll soon have access to more than 400 Disney-inspired emojis.

Yes, that means you’ll be able to express your emotions by using everyone from Mikey from “Monster, Inc.” to Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” And no Disney game would be complete without classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.

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Disneyland debuts a new look at ‘Star Wars’-themed land

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Disneyland has unveiled new concept art for its eagerly anticipated “Star Wars”-themed land.

Featuring an X-wing, the Millennium Falcon and an assortment of buildings, markets and rock formations, the image will make its official debut today on the fence of Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland, which will serve as one of the entry points to the 14-acre area.

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LEGO officially unveils 4,080-piece Disney’s Cinderella Castle set

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Note (July 11 at 6:31 a.m.): Following what turned out to be a leak over the weekend, LEGO has officially announced its massive Cinderella Castle set, complete with photos, video and details.


LEGO has unveiled its epic 4,080-piece Cinderella Castle set, based of course on the iconic flagship attraction of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks.

Few details have been released, but as you can see, it’s impressive, with an open back providing access to an interior that’s every bit as awe-inspiring as the facade.

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Fan-made Disney Infinity figures give X-Men characters a ’90s spin

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Sadly, the Disney Infinity line of games has been cancelled, which unfortunately means — along with any planned games — proposed character designs from fans will never be manifested. One of those fans is artist Hector Moran, who conceived ’90s-inspired designs for several Disney Infinity figures — even creating a Deadpool figure for himself.

While it’s extremely unlikely that Disney would’ve picked up these designs anyways, it’s still amazing to see Moran’s work on Marvel’s Mighty Mutants, including Wolverine, Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, the Sentinel, Rogue, and Storm, all based on the classic Jim Lee designs from the ’90s comics.

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This Baymax will be your Imperial Stormtrooper companion

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On a scale of 1 to 10, we’ll rate this Big Hero 6/Star Wars cosplay a 10, naturally. How could you not?

The work of Benito Garcia of Wetworks SFX, the Baymax/Stormtrooper mashup is so perfect — and perfectly adorable — that you have to wonder why someone didn’t attempt it before — you know, beyond just cute illustrations.

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Spider-Man swings aboard Disney Cruise Line

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will head out to sea as Disney Cruise Line overhauls the Disney Wonder this fall, adding a Marvel Super Hero Academy.

A licensing deal with Universal Studios prevents the Marvel characters from appearing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, leaving Disney to stake out new territories, such as its cruise line. The flagship Disney Magic introduced its own Marvel’s Avengers Academy in 2013without the wall-crawler — providing a children’s activity center designed to resemble the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

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R2-D2 debuts Boba Fett-inspired redesign at MegaCon

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At this past weekend’s MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, a working, replica R2-D2 was spotted that donned the Mandalorian armor of everybody’s favorite “Star Wars” bounty hunter (sorry, Bossk fans), Boba Fett.

Cosplayer Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel) captured the following pictures and footage of the impressive R2-D2/Boba Fett droid:

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Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ lands may be even cooler than we imagined

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With construction of the Star Wars theme lands beginning just last month at Disneyland and Disney World, we have years of rumors to look forward to — but this early one is awfully promising.

We already know a fair amount about the 14-acre areas at the two theme parks, which will feature as their centerpiece a Millennium Falcon attraction that will allow visitors to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, and another that places guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

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Choose a side (order) of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ ramen at this Japanese restaurant

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If there’s one thing Team Cap and Team Iron Man can unite on, it’s these appetizing “Captain America: Civil War”-themed ramen dishes from a restaurant in Japan.

Marvel teamed up with Tokyo’s Ippudo restaurant chain to offer specially-crafted “Civil War” ramen this weekend — as part of a course meal for 4,500 yen ($42 USD) — that serves up individual Team Cap and Team Iron man-inspired dishes, in addition to stamped seaweed, a Super-Soldier Serum Soda, crunchy “Winter Noodles,” a Captain America panna cotta and an exclusive Marvel/Ippudo t-shirt.

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Peek inside the world’s largest LEGO store

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As anticipated, the world’s largest LEGO store opened this week in Shanghai, China, and it’s everything a brick fan (of any age) could hope for.

Located in Disneytown, just outside the new Shanghai Disneyland, the company’s first anchor store in Asia measures more than 10,700 square feet, and stretches across two floors. Within that space are large-scale models of Disney, Marvel and Pixar characters (it is Disneyland, after all), an enormous dragon, and the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

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Disney Parks say goodbye to popular Disney Dollars

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Saturday will mark the end of an era for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as the theme parks will stop offering Disney Dollars.

Popular with visitors, the brightly colored currency featuring Disney characters has served as both a souvenir and coin of the realm since 1987. However, the increasing popularity of gift cards and the decline of paper money have combined to make the Disney Dollar virtually obsolete, according to WDW News Today.

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‘Civil War’ short film has Iron Man taking on Captain America in first-person

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A new video lets you (literally) see things from Iron Man’s point-of-view in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Created by Danny Shepherd of ismahawk, a short film titled “First Person: Iron Man” takes a “Hardcore Henry” approach to “Captain America: Civil War” by presenting a completely first-person version of the film

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Shanghai Disney’s ‘Tron’ ride looks like a scene from the movie

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Although the new Shanghai Disney Resort doesn’t officially open until June 16, we already have an up-close look at its Tron-inspired roller coaster, thanks to incredible point-of-view footage captured during a cast preview.

Be warned: If you get motion sickness, or have bad memories of the Grid, you may want to turn away, because this video puts you right in the middle of the action.

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