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We’re not quite done with Star Wars D23 stuff, but there’s non-D23 stuff here, too. After the jump:

  • Find out where to get the cheeky car decal seen above
  • Watch highlights from the Star Wars D23 panel
  • J.J. Abrams explains why anyone would even want to join the First Order
  • … and gushes about Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
  • Oscar Isaac talks about growing up in a Star Wars-obsessed family
  • Daisy Ridley looks pleased as punch with her Drew Struzan Episode VII poster
  • Learn a tiny bit more about Episode VII‘s Constable Zuvio
  • Ooh and ahh over Sideshow‘s deluxe edition Boba Fett figure
  • Get details on the limited-edition Darth Vader PlayStation 4 console

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DC Comics Cafe

Whenever there’s a big superhero movie coming to theaters, there’s usually a barrage of merchandising tie-ins and promotions that span toys to cereal to shaving cream to fast food and much more. However, did you know that there are DC Comics Super Heroes Cafes that serve food inspired by your favorite superheroes?

Over in Malaysia, there are two DC Comics Super Heroes Cafes, and you might be surprised to hear that these are actually officially licensed dining establishments. In fact, there’s actually a third one set to be opened next month in Singapore. If you’re curious as to what these DC Comics cafes look like and what kind of food they serve, we have some images you can check out. Read More »

Lifesize Minas Tirith

Much to the chagrin of fantasy fans, Middle Earth is not a real location. While you can visit certain areas of New Zealand where shooting locations from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have been turned into tourist attractions, it’s just not the same, and a lot of fans can’t afford to fly over there.

But what if Middle Earth, or part of it, could be realized in the United Kingdom? That’s what a group of J.R.R. Tolkien fans and architects is hoping to do with a new croundfunded project that hopes to build a lifesize Minas Tirith replica somewhere in the south of England. Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront

Had enough Star Wars yet this week? Surely not. After the jump:

  • Check out another new image from Star Wars: Battlefront
  • … and get details on the game’s just-announced “Supremacy” mode
  • The Battlefront tie-in novel Twilight Company gets an official synopsis
  • Ooh and aah over the pretty colors of the Star Wars CoverGirl makeup collection
  • … and find out which other brands are partnering with Lucasfilm for The Force Awakens
  • Go inside ILM‘s VR and augmented reality think tank, xLab (Rogue One‘s Gareth Edwards is a fan)
  • An anonymous insider reports from a John Williams recording session
  • Force Awakens returns to Skellig Michael for more shooting this fall
  • Are the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3.75″ toys hinting at something?
  • See a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #5 and Star Wars #8
  • Shattered Empire #1 gets pushed back a week (boo), and reveals a variant cover (yay!)

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Cool Stuff: Marko Manev’s ‘Star Wars’ Prints

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The Star Wars original trilogy gets an elegant makeover courtesy of artist Marko Manev in a new series of prints. His take on the universe is crisp, clean, even minimalist. Because when you’re working with characters as iconic as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, C3PO, R2D2, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, you don’t need a lot of messy detail to cut an arrested figure. Check out the Marko Manev Star Wars prints after the jump.  Read More »

Stan Lee LEGO

We’ve seen our fair share of custom LEGO sets, delivering building block versions of vehicles and settings from our favorite movies, such as the Jurassic Park visitor center or the armored vehicles of Mad Max: Fury Road.

However, rarely do we see a single person given the LEGO treatment. But if there’s any person who was worthy of being recreated in building block form, it’s someone like Stan Lee. The comic book writer and creator is responsible for creating some of Marvel’s most iconic characters, from Spider-Man to Iron Man to X-Men, and now two custom Stan Lee LEGO Ideas projects are hoping to become official LEGO sets for fans to build at home. Read More »

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LEGO WALL-E set

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The official LEGO WALL-E set is now available for pre-order. See photos and learn how to pre-order this lovable droid, after the jump.

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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 »

Tom Whalen's Masters of the Universe

If you grew up in the past half century, then your childhood was probably filled with toys made by Mattel. My childhood was filled with a ton of He-Man figures and those M.U.S.C.L.E. minis could be found all over my room. I always wanted the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Mattel Overboard from Back to the Future Part II and childhood me would probably be shocked at which one of those officially released Mattel products future-Peter ended up owning.

A new art show will be opening up at Gallery 1988 next week called Mattel: A Tribute To 70 Years Of Toys. The show, curated by artist Dave Perillo, is a small group show that features different artists take on some of Mattel Brand most iconic toys from over the past 70 years. Hit the jump to find out more, see some artwork from the show, and learn what great artists (such as Dave Perillo and Tom Whallen — yes, thats his kick-ass Masters of the Universe piece above) are involved.

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