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Artist crafts incredible Millennium Falcon, ‘Macross’ mecha from wood


Martin Creaney is truly a master of his craft. Maybe even a Jedi master.

The woodworker has created a remarkably detailed replica of the Millennium Falcon using 3,000 individually cut pieces of wood. Heck, I’m not sure  “remarkably detailed” actually does the work justice; see for yourself in the photos and videos below.

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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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Pluto’s big moon may give nods to ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Star Wars,’ more


Now that the New Horizons mission has provided NASA with the most detailed images yet of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, it’s time for scientists to put names to the previously unknown surface features. And things have gotten pretty nerdy.

Maps the New Horizons team will submit to the International Astronomical Union for approval include nods to mythology, naturally. But there are also shout-outs to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien and H.P. Lovecraft.

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SDCC, Day 3 | The Force is with Marvel

star warsAlthough Saturday at Comic-Con International was dominated by movies and television — led by Warner Bros. Pictures, Marvel Studios and Legendary Pictures — there was still room for plenty of comics news. First and foremost, the announcement of Marvel’s Star Wars plans.

That line, telling canonical stories set between the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, launches in January with Star Wars, by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, followed in February by Star Wars: Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca with covers by Adi Granov, and in March by the miniseries Star Wars: Princess Leia, by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson.

“What’s great about this time period is that all the characters are kind of on the table,” Aaron told CBR News. “Of course this is still early on and these people have pretty much just met each and just come together. So they’re still finding their place within this group and sort of figuring out their relationships with each other. Then there’s the fact that when you look at the gap between Episode IV and Episode V there’s some pretty major beats that happen off screen. So this gives up the opportunity to grab those beats and lay them down as part of the same canon as the movies.”

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