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UPDATE: In addition to the new viral site, the official Jurassic World website has launched with a countdown that ends on Thanksgiving. That’s when we’ll see the trailer. The original story follows below, with some new images.

Monday brings a few pieces of news on the Jurassic World front. First are some rumblings we’ve been hearing that director Colin Trevorrow might have a trailer ready for on or near Thanksgiving. The second is our first look at one at one of the new dinos in the film, courtesy of early Lego images. Check out what looks to be our first images of Jurassic World‘s new dinosaur below.

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Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy fans were thrilled when Marvel finally announced in October that a dancing baby Groot toy would be out in time for Christmas. At the same time, though, it was hard not to wonder why it had taken Marvel/Disney so damn long. Wouldn’t the obvious move have been to have the merch ready so audiences could fork over their money the minute they walked out of the theater? Was it really possible they had no idea the film would inspire such demand?

According to director James Gunn, there’s actually a very good reason why a dancing baby Groot toy wasn’t ready earlier. Read his explanation after the jump, and then decide for yourself whether it justifies all the long, lonely weeks we’ve spent without a dancing baby Groot toy to cheer us up.

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Lego Announces ‘Big Bang Theory’ Set

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Over the years, Lego has released sets built around all sorts of beloved geek properties, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the Marvel and DC universes. But their latest may prove a bit more divisive.

Lego has just announced they’ll release a set based on The Big Bang Theory, a CBS sitcom centered around six nerdy scientists and their one non-nerdy, non-scientist friend. Well, at least Leonard and Sheldon are bound to be happy, or would be if they were real. Hit the jump for more on the Big Bang Theory Lego set.

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Hot Toys The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sixth Scale Figure

Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.

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The Internet has taught us lots of things. Cats play keyboards, Charlie bit me and fans want Goonies Lego sets. It feels like month after months, you see images of fan made Lego creations based on the 1985 Richard Donner film. One even got 10,000 votes on the Lego Ideas website and could, potentially get made.

While we wait for that to – maybe – happen, you can check out a stunning, detailed, huge Goonies Lego diorama that was at Brickcon 2014. It includes the Walsh house, jail house, Fratelli’s restaurant, and several of the underground passages such as the piano room and more. Check it out below, along with a few new Lego Ideas projects. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Watermark

At long last, our prayers have been heard. Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that an officially licensed dancing baby Groot toy is heading to stores just in time for Christmas (or the year-end gift-giving event of your choice). And we’re not talking about another bobblehead or model kit. This one is the one fans have been clamoring for ever since Guardians of the Galaxy grooved its way into our hearts this summer.

Hit the jump for details on the official dancing baby Groot toy.

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joe quesada Star Wars 1

This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.

  • John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
  • Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
  • Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
  • Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
  • A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
  • Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
  • Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
  • Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
  • Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.

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star wars toy documentary

One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.

Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.

Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.

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