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In a blow to the Dark Side, a Washington man stands accused of stealing a $30,000 collection of vintage Star Wars toys and selling it to pay off a $2,250 debt.
The Columbian reports 24-year-old Benjamin J. Milam appeared Monday in a courtroom in Vancouver, Washington, to face charges of trafficking in stolen property, residential burglary and first-degree theft.
Crime | A woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of her brother’s collection of 280 vintage comics, including issues of Detective Comics, Batman, The Avengers and Captain America. Gail Munroe believes they were taken last month from her driveway as she was unloading her car; she briefly left the suitcase they were in unattended, but didn’t realize until days later that it was missing. She’s released a full list of the titles. [CBC News]
Conventions | Nick Vivarelli reports in from the Lucca (Italy) Comics and Games Festival, which with 254,000 attendees is the second-largest comic con in the world. [Variety]
Whether he’s sent out trick-or-treating or to battle AT-AT Walkers on the ice planet Hoth, 8-year-old Jeremy Miller will be fully prepared in this amazing Star Wars snowspeeder costume his father created for his wheelchair.
Using a toy and online photos as a reference, dad Ryan Scott Miller constructed the snowspeeder with foam board, PVC pipe, bicycle brakes and duct tape. He didn’t overlook any details, either: The craft boasts working flaps and a Nerf arsenal (the darts actually glow, thanks to glow sticks). Not that Miller even stenciled “Caution Hot” beneath the blaster cannons.
While many viewers of Macross were more interested the transforming capabilities of the variable fighters in the anime saga, a group of radio-control hobbyists in Japan had another concern: Could they build Valkyrie replicas that could actually fly?
The answer is yes, but it wouldn’t be easy. After all, the Valkyries were designed to look cool on television, not obey they laws of real-world physics. However, as you can see in the video below, after a lot of hard work and trial and error, the hobbyists did finally achieve their goal, with impressive — and, yes, heartwarming — results.
With this Mad Max Power Wheels War Rig, Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith have undoubtedly earned a place in Valhalla.
The “creative engineers,” who for previous Halloweens created a DeLorean and an Ecto-1 for their son, this year transformed 4-year-old Cooper and his 11-month-old sister Ziggy into an adorably ferocious Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa, complete with a pint-sized War Rig.
With his tentacle-like tongue, razor-sharp teeth and trail of saliva, Venom is well-suited for Halloween scares. However, Marvel’s fan-favorite symbiote can be a tough costume to pull off for all but the most skilled cosplayers. But thanks to a well-timed Throwback Thursday post, we get a look at an impressively scary Venom that you can put together in plenty of time for trick-or-treat.
Remember that heartwarming short film from earlier this year in which R2-D2 search for love? Well, this isn’t it. Instead, it’s a Star Wars super-cut, set to Yello’s “Oh Yeah,” suggests Artoo is pretty indiscriminate about where he puts his universal computer interface.
Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 classic My Neighbor Totoro is loved around the world for its animation style, its embrace of the wonders of childhood and the beauty of nature, and of course its cuddly characters. However, the anime may have a secret dark side that influences criminal behavior.
According to Rocket News24, a man was arrested Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan, after he allegedly walked into a convenience store, and then ran out with a shoplifted umbrella. He fled down the street and straight into a waiting
Catbus police officer.
There are far worse ways to spend 16 minutes of your time than watching this fun stop-motion fan tribute to Toho’s classic films.
Titled “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla vs. Tower of the Sun Robo,” the short film employs S.H. MonsterArts figures and other Bandai collectibles (some very familiar) to create an epic, explosion-filled kaiju free-for-all of theatrical proportions. The only downside is the video quality isn’t that great.
After a long night of crime-fighting, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing while your butler brings breakfast, the morning newspaper and … your enormous Batmobile house slippers.
Based on the vehicle from Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman (obviously!), these officially licensed slippers are designed for comfort, if not necessarily speed. It’s difficult to imagine springing into action with those on your feet …
As a tribute to author J.K. Rowling, and the magical world of Harry Potter, the stop-motion animators at unPOP built a replica of Hogwarts using pages from The Prisoner of Azkaban.
They worked for more than a month on this charming short film, in which a boy sets aside the novel at bedtime, only for the spires of Hogwarts to rise (as if by magic!) from within, leaving enough paper to create an owl. Presumably Hedwig.
Auctions | A rare drawing of Tintin by Hergé from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus was sold at auction Monday in Hong Kong for $1.2 million. The black-and-white illustration, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being pulled in a rickshaw through the streets of Shanghai, is the only original piece from the book that remains in private hands. [BBC News]
Consider this a cautionary tale for collectors: It’s called, “The Guy Who Lost His Precious Anime Figures Because He Didn’t Pay His Taxes.”
Rocket News24 reports that when officials from Sanyo-Onoda City in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture were dispatched to collect back taxes from a resident, they didn’t discover any cash or jewelry they could seize. They did, however, find the man’s collection of anime figures.
There are a lot of Disney Princess mashups online, reimagining the popular animated heroines as Adventure Time characters, Batman villains, oil paintings, and on and on. But none of them is as weird, or as potentially delicious, as this one.
On the food website Lucky Peach, Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have transformed hot dogs into Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas, because … hey, it’s the Internet; you don’t really need a reason.
Spencer Holt’s parents say they “live day by day,” uncertain how long the terminally ill 7-year-old will live. So last week a group of sheriff’s deputies came together to make sure Spencer had a day he’ll never forget.
Living with an incurable form of Mitochondrial disease and struggling with seizures, the smiling Spencer is a fan of zombies and police officers. Inspired by those two loves, and hoping to help lift Spencer’s spirits, Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff Chris Nocco sent an police motorcade to escort Spencer and his family to the Sheriff’s Office. Luckily for everyone, they arrived just as a zombie horde overran the old jail cells.