Star Wars holochess

There’s a scene in Star Wars: A New Hope where Chewbacca and R2-D2 are passing the time by playing some kind of holographic board game. One clever move by the Astromech droid prompts and angry howl from Chewie, and after Han Solo warns the droids about a Wookie’s tendency to pull people’s arms from their sockets when they lose, C-3PO utters the famous line, “Let the Wookiee win.” It’s one of many classic scenes from the film.

More casual fans of the movie merely refer to the game as holochess, but the hardcore fans know that the game is called Dejarik, and one of those fans, Ian Martin, has been working on creating a full-size working Dejarik board that’s a 1:1 scale replica of the one we see in the film. And while it currently doesn’t have hologram technology implemented yet, it’s still pretty damn cool. Read More »

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make your own ooze canister

If you’re a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then you know one of the most iconic objects in the mythology the heroes in a half shell is the ooze canister that broke in a sewer and turned four baby turtles into walking, talking reptiles. That origin was changed in the most recent motion picture reboot, and it was pretty stupid (but that’s another conversation entirely).

For those who prefer the original mythology, you might be interested in learning how to make your own ooze canister from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. It could make one hell of a cool display item for your shelf at home. Read More »

Tin Toy LEGO

Today audiences know Pixar Animation for delivering stunning feature length computer animated movies. But before they were able to complete the incredible feat that was Toy Story, they created computer animated shorts in the late 1980s.

One of their earliest shorts was Tin Toy, a predecessor to Toy Story in more ways than one, and one Pixar fan has given the main character in the film a building block makeover. Now Master builder and Flickr user Koen has recreated Tinny, a tin toy of a one-man band, in LEGO form, and it’s a very well-done version of the toy that captures the simplicity of the early animated short and brings him into the real world.

Check out the custom Pixar Tin Toy LEGO creation after the jump! Read More »

Star Destroyer in Grand Theft Auto V

Not unlike trailer mash-ups and supercuts, there are plenty of video game modifications out there for those who choose to do their gaming on computers. Specifically, Grand Theft Auto has seen some awesome mods that have brought the Iron Man suit to GTA V and the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine to GTA IV.

But few mods bring something as big as this into the video game world. Gamer Justin Lewis (aka “JJxORACLE”) from Arterius Modding has created a mod that lets gamers fly an Imperial Star Destroyer in Grand Theft Auto V. And we’re not talking about a scaled down Star Destroyer. We’re talking about a massive starship cruising over Los Santos. Read More »

The Hobbit LEGO Erebor

Next month brings the new video game LEGO Dimensions, linking the world’s of the LEGO versions of Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Lord of the Rings and more. But I’m not even sure the LEGO video game world will be as massive or impressive as this latest creation.

LEGO master builder Michal Kazmierczak has constructed a 120,000 piece The Hobbit LEGO Erebor set, and you won’t believe how big and detailed this creation is. Even more impressive is that it’s not just an exterior LEGO creation, but it also has an incredible interior as well. I can’t even imagine how much this cost to create. Read More »

make your own Ghostbusters ghost trap

When the reboot of Ghostbusters arrives next summer, we’ll be seeing a whole new crew of paranormal exterminators played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, and they have some cool new gear to bust ghosts too.

But nothing will ever beat the original gear that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson used to save New York City. The proton packs are undoubtedly the most iconic part of what makes someone a Ghostbuster, but next in line is the ghost trap. And now a helpful new video shows you how to make your own Ghostbusters ghost trap. Read More »

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transforming Optimus Prime cake

When you’re a kid, and you love something like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Masters of the Universe, Transformers, Star Wars or whatever, one of the coolest things you can do is have a birthday cake with your favorite characters thrown onto the frosting that is about to make you run around like a monster and give your parents a headache.

However, technology these days has made cake so much more impressive than just transferring an image to a flat sheet cake. There are cakes of all shapes and sizes, and one kid will never forget his sixth birthday, because his father made him an Optimus Prime birthday cake that actually transforms from vehicle form into the robot hero we all know.

See the transforming Optimus Prime cake in action below! Read More »

Pepsi Can DeLorean

Earlier this summer, we highlighted a video that showed you how to make a Back to the Future Part II hoverboard for just $33, which would be the perfect thing to take with you when you head to Los Angeles for the big 30th anniversary celebration happening in October (at least if you’ve got $800 lying around for a ticket).

But for those who don’t have a need for such a big homemade prop, maybe you’d like to make a nice little creation to set upon your desk that still shows how much you love Back to the Future. YouTube user DaveHax has created a video that shows you how to create a miniature Pepsi can DeLorean time machine model. Looks like a nice little arts and crafts project to pass the time. Read More »

LEGO Sandcrawler

Fans of both LEGO and Star Wars already know that there’s an official version of the Sandcrawler from Star Wars: A New Hope available for purchase. It’s a pretty impressive and expensive set that has over 3,200 pieces. But it’s nothing compared to the massive custom creation put together by two master builders.

LEGO superfans Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley have crafted a LEGO Technic replica of the Sandcrawler that is three feet long, weighs 28 pounds, and is made up of over 10,000 pieces. And because it’s a LEGO Technic creation, it can actually be driven around. Check out the custom LEGO Sandcrawler after the jump! Read More »