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On the list of recent properties you never thought you’d see recreated in Lego, Pacific Rim has to be on the list. Sure it has its devoted followers but the whole essence of the movie is scale and age. The kaiju are organic, dark and reptilian while the jaegers are beat up, rounded-off and well-articulated. None of those are characteristics Lego produces well. But, one talented fan has recreated a Kaiju attack in Lego and, as you can see above, it’s awesome. See more images below. Read More »

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Rinko Kikuchi and Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim set

Saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters is serious business. Making a movie about saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters appears to be a whole other matter.

Although the characters of Pacific Rim weren’t much given to smiling, giggling, or goofing off — they seemed pretty preoccupied with the whole “cancelling the apocalypse” thing — the cast and crew apparently found plenty of opportunities to laugh on set. Check out an adorable gag reel after the jump.

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Much as we like to bemoan the dearth of original ideas in Hollywood, it’s clear why the studios prefer to bet big on existing properties. The 2013 box office has been dominated so far by sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, and adaptations — as was the 2012 box office, the 2011 box office, and so on.

Still, a handful of truly new films manage to break through each year, and this year none has broken through harder than Pacific Rim. While the Guillermo del Toro-directed sci-fi failed to make much of an impression domestically, its worldwide tally is the highest of any live-action movie released in 2013 based on an original idea. Hit the jump to read more about its box office ascendancy.

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Even people who didn’t adore Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim as a whole still tended to love the film’s prologue. That two-minute sequence set up a world unlike any other. A futuristic world where giant monsters have begun to invade Earth and humans develop huge robots called Jaegers to battle them. A real life company called Mirada, co-founded by del Toro along with his Pac Rim DP Guillermo Navarro, and Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez, conceived and created the sequence, comprised over over 80 special effects shots.

They’ve now released a video called “Before and Afters” which shows how the entire sequence came together. It’s pretty excellent. Read More »

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Pre-orders have opened up for Sideshow Collectible‘s collectible statue based on the popular Pacific Rim’s kaiju Slattern.

From the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the world’s most ominous threat rises. The first and only known Category 5 Kaiju, codenamed Slattern, will challenge mankind’s Jaeger defenses for the fate of humanity. With his deadly barbed tail and fearsome claws, the gargantuan monster is coiled and ready to attack. Developed in partnership with the award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, Sideshow Collectibles Pacific Rim statues bring this epic battle between monster and machine from the big screen to your collection.

The statue stands 23 inches, and is situated on a base which is about a square foot in size. Expected to ship in May 2014, you can pre-order now for $469.99 or a monthly payment plan of as little as $70.50/month. See more photos of this beautiful statue after the jump.

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Guillermo del Toro‘s early development process involves lots of notes and sketches; this is a well-established bit of knowledge. We’ve seen hints of his sketchbooks thanks to various DVD releases of his films, and other behind the scenes peeks at his process over the years.

Now one great collection of his sketches has been assembled, and it features elements for just about everything, from the Hellboy movies and Blade II to The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. Even better, there are a couple things that tease what might have been if At the Mountains of Madness had come into being. Check out a gallery below. Read More »

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Besides the fact Guillermo del Toro makes movies and has lots of money, he’s one of us, a true geek at heart. del Toro lives a life many of us dream of. His work writing, directing and producing films is wildly creative, and he spends the spoils on his family and cool nerdy stuff. His home is legendary for being filled with collectibles, art and memorabilia. In this new video, you can see his true passion on display. Guillermo del Toro is as real as they come.

A Japanese news station followed del Toro around during the press tour for Pacific Rim. The crew captured the moment he first saw a life size Japanese Gundam at the Gundam Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo. His reaction is one of awe and pure delight, and is fantastic to watch. Read More »

Grant Morrison / David Gordon Green

As Us Weekly‘s familiar refrain goes, celebrities are just like us! They, too, like to check out the summer’s big studio releases and then talk about their opinions afterward. The difference is that when the famous people in question are comic book writer Grant Morrison and filmmaker David Gordon Green, they’re weighing in as pop culture creators, not just consumers.

Morrison, whose works include the DC Comics series All-Star Superman, recently offered his ambivalent thoughts on Supes’ latest big-screen outing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Green professed to liking Pacific Rim, though he had one major complaint. Hit the jump to see their comments.

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