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Family assembles ‘Avengers’-themed trailer to reveal pregnancy


When it came time for the Flahertys to announce a pregnancy, the Arizona family called up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — and a local video production company.

Instead of mailing announcements of posting on Facebook, the Flaherty Five (as they’re currently called) opted for a slickly produced Avengers-themed trailer, complete with costumes, special effects, logo treatment and a fitting title: “The Flahertys: Rise of the 6th Flaherty.”

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‘Dragon Ball’ fans want planet Kepler-22b renamed Namek


As exciting as the existence of a potentially habitable planet outside of our solar system may be, its official designation, Kepler-22b, leaves a little something to be desired. It lacks … pizzazz. However, one Dragon Ball fan hopes to change that.

Lou Earley of Iowa this week launched a petition for the International Astronomical Union to change the planet’s name from Kepler-22b to Namek, the home world of Piccolo in Akira Toriyama’s hit Dragon Ball manga and anime franchises. He notes that the two planets even bear a certain resemblance to each other.

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Man pleads not guilty to charges he posed as agent to score con passes

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

A Utah man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he posed as a federal agent to try to secure VIP passes to Salt Lake Comic Con.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathon M. Wall of Layton, Utah, was indicted in October on charges of impersonating a federal officer and making a false statement to a federal agent. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison on the first count and up to five years on the second. Each count also carries a potential fine of $250,000.

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Your books can take flight with this superhero floating shelf

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If need a present for a present for a fan of superhero comics, and a trade paperback or a gift card won’t do, the Supershelf may be just what you’re looking for.

Manufactured by Artori Design, the floating metal shelf gives the impression your books are being held aloft by a certain flying, caped superhero. While it’s probably not advisable for single issues, it’s likely perfect for collections and graphic novels.

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Looking for your Mickey or Minnie? There’s a dating site for Disney fans

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If you’ve had trouble finding that special someone who understands your obsession with Goofy or who will sit through marathon viewings of The Great Mouse Detective, your luck could be about to change.

That’s because, the first dating site for specifically for Disney fans, launched this week. “Traditional internet dating sites don’t understand the passion people have for all things Disney,” the website states. “But we do.”

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This Princess Chewbacca cake is a little Chewie, but otherwise perfect


Coming up with a Princess Chewbacca birthday cake if more difficult than you might imagine. Or maybe it’s every bit as difficult as you imagine. In any case, it isn’t easy.

Reddit user jamieinthenorthwest discovered just that when her daughter asked for a Star Wars-themed birthday party. Jamie bought a large Chewbacca doll in hopes that it could be transformed into a Barbie cake, only to be turned down by several bakeries because because it wasn’t a kit.

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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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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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That’s no moon, that’s a 23-foot Death Star on a house!


Fortifying his home against the awakening of the Force, a California contractor and his kids constructed a 23-foot Death Star and mounted it on their roof.

Or maybe it was merely a Halloween decoration. Whatever its true purpose, a two-story light-up replica of the planet-destroying space station from Star Wars is pretty amazing.

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This kid has the best Rocket Racoon costume in the galaxy


When Rocket Raccoon declared “Ain’t no thing like me except me,” he clearly hadn’t met 6-year-old Chase, who was a dead ringer for the tough-talking, furry Guardian of the Galaxy for Halloween.

Created by Chase’s mother, artist Christina Borchardt, the painstakingly hand-made costume has become a social-media sensation, garnering attention from the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Man accused of stealing $30,000 ‘Star Wars’ collection


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.

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Comics A.M. | Reward offered for return of stolen vintage comics

Batman #33 is among the missing comics

Batman #33 is among the missing comics

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]

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Dad transforms son’s wheelchair into ‘Star Wars’ snowspeeder


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.

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Watch as fans build ‘Macross’ Valkyries that can actually fly


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.

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This custom ‘Mad Max’ Power Wheels is shiny and chrome

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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.

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