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The very first time I saw a teaser of the BB-8 toy from Sphero, my inner self screamed “WANT!”. I’m happy to tell you (and myself) that your dreams of owning your very own BB-8 droid are finally about to come true.

This miniature, app-enabled version of everyone’s favorite little beach ball droid will be available on Force Friday at participating Apple stores, Best Buy, and the Sphero website for $149.99. The companion app will be available in iOS and Android.

You can see the official Sphero video and an adorable video of BB-8 and puppies after the break.

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We’ve already seen what Mario, Sonic and Zelda’s Temple Of Time look like in Unreal Engine 4, but now Michael Eurek is back with another Unreal look at The Legend of Zelda. More specifically, Zora’s Domain from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He notes:

Here is a new environment piece I have been working on for the past two months. Continuing with the Zelda: Ocarina of Time theme, I decided to make Zora’s Domain. This is simply fan art and a way to put the past year’s worth of learning into one piece. Ocarina of Time is probably my favorite game, so I find it fun to re-imagine the environments as places that could possibly exist.

Some assets were used from Epic’s demos, and some foliage came from the Tropical Forest asset pack on the Unreal Marketplace.

While part of me likes this glossier version of Zelda, another part of me misses the old-school Nintendo graphics. What do you think?

Check out the video after the break…

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Who needs a light, when you’ve got a beam? The Plazmatic Flameless Lighter is on sale for $34.99 (30% off with free shipping) for a limited time in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

Sometimes it’s just not the time or place to play with fire—luckily the Plazmatic is here to make lighting up a breeze even when it’s literally breezy. This gorgeous little stainless steel magic-maker lights up via high-degree output beam, no fluids or gas involved. Conveniently recharge with a USB cable and save the equivalent of 50 disposable lighters throughout the life of one Plazmatic—plus with a lifetime warranty, you’ll be sure to milk it for every light.

-Works w/ water pipes, pipes or any-size cigar
-Shoots a water-resistant & windproof heat beam
-Features a stainless steel exterior
-Built to be lightweight & ultra durable
-Recharges via USB
-Lights 100+ times for each hour charge
-Butane & chemical free

Plazmatic Flameless Lighter ($50 $34.99)


Star Wars fans will definitely love the two PC mods for Grand Theft Auto V that TwoDynamic recently showcased on YouTube. As you’ll see in the video after the break, one of the mods lets players ride around in Luke’s landspeeder, and the other changes the city’s blimp into a massive Star Destroyer.

However, if you’re thinking on using that Star Destroyer to start raining lasers down on Los Santos, we’ve got some bad news for you. The Star Destroyer doesn’t actually do anything but float about… and very, very slowly too. Still, it’s pretty awesome to see in the game—especially when it looms overhead while you navigate the city streets.

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Felicia Day received this 3D printed 20-sided die from a girl who helps the visually impaired play D&D. How amazing is that?

And the best part is that you can print one yourself using these files from Thingverse.

(via Felicia Day)


Inspired by the office nerds who created these superhero Post-it murals, the staff at Viking, a UK-based office supply company, decided to create Star Wars murals for their walls.

Five hours and 3,597 Post-it notes later, their walls are adorned with Darth Vader, R2-D2, Yoda, and a Stormtrooper.

Check out more images and their time-lapse video after the break.

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The long awaited Team SHIELD Vs. Team Carter Dubsmash Wars 2015 have begun and Team Carter has come out swinging with some help from Queen Bey and another pop culture queen you’ve seen in the news a lot lately.

Plus, she’s wearing the red hat! How can Team SHIELD possibly compete with this? Head on over to crowdrise to check out the video.

Remember, every vote you cast is a dollar donated to charity, so you can feel good while watching the battle take place.

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Force Friday is still a day away, but it’s inevitable that some stores will be a little confused as to the street dates and release new Star Wars goodies ahead of schedule.

See Also: Hasbro’s Official ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toy Guide For Force Friday

Such is the case with the new Hasbro Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren FX Lightsaber. We knew it was coming, but seeing it in action is all the motivation I need to get one of my own.

Check it out after the break.

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Force Friday has come a bit early thanks to Entertainment Earth. They’ve hooked us up with Star Wars Black Series 6-inch Han Solo/Tauntaun and Luke/Wampa sets—and we’re giving them away to a lucky reader!

Head after the break for all the details on how to enter…

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It’s only a matter of time before Boba Fett will make an appearance in a new Star Wars film. The only question is, will it involve an escape from the Sarlacc Pit or will it involve events before Return of the Jedi?

Director Eric Demeusy takes the escape route for his fan-made trailer, and the results are pretty fantastic:

After being trapped for 30 years in the Great Pit of Carkoon, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett makes a death defying escape and finds himself fighting alongside the Rebellion to establish a New Republic.

Check it out after the break…

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