For years, the 1701 USS Enterprise model that appeared in the original Star Trek series was on display in a rather undignified section of the Smithsonian museum: the basement gift shop. But, in honor of the museum’s 40 anniversary, the model has been restored to its former glory for an exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight hall.

The prop had been hanging around the gift shop for decades and needed some serious attention. The Smithsonian’s chief conservator Malcolm Collum worked with Industrial Light and Magic (and also a few fans) to bring the model back to its last-known modification for the 1967 episode “Trouble with Tribbles”.

Star Trek fans can check out the exhibit starting this Friday.

(Popular Mechanics via Engadget)


Every year I look forward to the reveal of the SDCC Hasbro My Little Pony exclusive, and 2016 has delivered my favorite one to date.

The exclusive includes both Discord and Fluttershy, with Discord on his throne holding his glass of chocolate milk and an inside-out umbrella. Fluttershy has nine points of articulation and, while Discord isn’t poseable, he does look posh and regal. Plus, the figures come with a light-up base and awesome packaging.

You’ll be able to get SDCC Exclusive My Little Pony Discord and Fluttershy Figure set at the Hasbro booth #3329 for $49.99 while supplies last—which won’t be long.

Something tells me I better get ready to body check a few Bronies on my way to the booth, but I’ve been collecting these for the last seven years, so you know I’m going to make this one mine.

Take a closer look below. [click to continue…]


If you’re sick of the crowds for IMAX movies and rich as hell, you’ll be interested to know that the company is providing the option to install a genuine IMAX theater system in your home for $400,000.

The high-definition, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, officially calibrated IMAX theater system includes dual 4K 2D/3D projectors, a proprietary IMAX sound system, a touchscreen remote and seating for 7-18 people.

Unfortunately, if you want the secure, set-top box required to play new IMAX releases, you’ll have to shell out another $10,000—plus rental fees for each movie. For $1 million you can also increase seating to 40 people.

This move is part of IMAX’s effort to tap into the on demand market and the pockets of the tiny minority of people who can afford such extravagance. But hey, chin up broke movie lover! Bloomberg notes that a smaller version is also in the works that will run you a mere $200K. Well, sh*t. Let me check the couch cushions.

(Bloomberg via Engadget)


I’ve never seen anything like this, but now I want all my comic strips to be in interactive 3D.

This Calvin and Hobbes strip was reimagined using Blender by artist Gabriel de Laubier.

Experience C&H in a whole new way in the widget below. You can even view it in Google Cardboard. [click to continue…]


Until someone discovers infinite smartphone battery life, road trips will remain a phone’s worst nightmare. That is, unless you’ve got this trusty 4-port USB charger at the ready! Simply plug into your car’s outlet and charge up to 4 devices simultaneously, without any loss of energy output.

For a limited time you can get the Urge Basics 4-Port Rapid Car Charger for only $13.99 (44% off) with free shipping in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

  • 4 USB ports charge up to 4 phones or tablets w/ no loss of energy output
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Mondo continues their tradition of making uniquely awesome collectibles with their new Ramona Flowers figure from the Scott Pilgrim comic series. The figure, based on the art of creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, is 8.75″ tall and features 7 points of articulation. Accessories include a titanium baseball bat (+1 Against Blondes), large hammer (+2 Against Girls), Subspace Suitcase and strap (Storage Capacity: Unknown), and 2 interchangeable right arms to hold those accessories.

There’s also a Mondo exclusive version which includes a Scott Pilgrim in the Subspace Suitcase.

The Mondo Exclusive version, which includes an interchangeable Scott Pilgrim in Subspace Suitcase accessory, will be available for 72 hours from Tuesday, 6/28 at 12PM CST through Friday, 7/1 at 12PM CST.

Pre-orders are available now and it’s estimated to ship in the first quarter of 2017.

I’d say she’s worth the wait. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

spider bike

The California art and engineering collective Carv created this Theo Jansen Strandbeest-inspired bicycle that is completely impractical and weird, but also strangely fascinating.

I know the perfect person to ride it.

The device utilizes walking spider legs in place of a rear wheel and was built over a 700 hour period using 450 custom made components. Needless to say, it would generate a ton of attention on the street, but probably just as much frustration when you’re in a hurry.

Check out more pics and a video below. [click to continue…]

funko pops

Labyrinth has captured so many geek hearts over the years that I’m surprised we didn’t have Funko Pops before—but they’re here now and they’re magical.

See Also: Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth: The Board Game’ Is Coming!

Sarah with the “ello!” worm is a whimsical pair. Plus the magical Jareth, who I’m sure will sell out first. There’s a 6-inch Ludo I just want to hug, and Hoggle may be the best-suited character for a Funko pop yet.

They’ll be out in September, but you can pre-order now if you wish. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

game of thrones xbox

Microsoft France is at it again with the amazing themed Xbox One giveaways. This time, three lucky gamers will win a console styled after the Game of Thrones intro.

Take a closer look at the console in the video below. [click to continue…]

arduino bundle

Build robots, light sensors and more with 25 hours of training and a full Arduino toolkit. For a limited time the Complete Arduino Starter Kit And Course Bundle can be had in our Nerd Approved Deals Store for only $62.99 (87% off)—our lowest price ever. The bundle includes:

arduino bundle

Head on over to our Nerd Approved Deals Store for more information on the Arduino starter kit and courses included in the bundle.