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the knick

To promote their new series The Knick from director Steven Soderbergh, HBO/Cinemax sent us this awesome, personalized, early 20th century medical kit complete with slides, medicine bottles, forceps and a USB syringe. As far as promotional items go, this is pretty badass.

The kit also came with a preview copy of the first episode, which is set to air on August 8th at 10pm. I watched it last night, and came away impressed. Of course, that’s to be expected with Steven Soderbergh directing and Clive Owen playing the lead.

If I’m honest, this is the kind of show that you would expect on HBO, not Cinemax—which is a clear indicator that the latter is trying to move away from its “Skinemax” reputation.

Think of The Knick as ER if it was set in a period where modern medicine was in its infancy. Every major procedure is a life or death experiment and the world around the hospital is brutal, corrupt, prejudiced and riddled with disease. The show really drives the setting home with melancholy creepiness and plenty of gore.

Needless to say, I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the episodes this season. I’ve also heard that a second season has already been confirmed, which is pretty unusual for a show that hasn’t even aired yet.

Head after the break for more pics, videos and a full synopsis of the show.

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Thwomps might have villainous intent, but the spiked cinder blocks still manage to be a little cute. Instructables user mactothefuture made a replica of the Thwomp from Super Mario Bros. using a mold box and casting the block from concrete. I wouldn’t call it a simple process, but all the details are there if you’d like to try to make your own!

Check out more photos of the Thwomp after the break.

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Lee Cross has skills. The talented artist has a knack for being able to sculpt life-like fantastical creatures that are breathtaking. The handmade critters appear to be armature wire covered in fabric, stuffing, and fur, and they come in a wide variety of sizes. They’re also fully posable! It’s like having an adorable, exotic pet without any of the work.

While she doesn’t take commissions or have an Etsy shop, Lee does offer her creatures on eBay from time to time.

See more of Lee’s work after the break.

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Well, it looks like Texas-based Tinnus Enterprises has just created the ultimate weapon for summer water warfare. Bunch O Balloons is a hose adapter that comes with 37 water balloons that are all pre-attached. The user snaps the adapter onto a hose, and after turning the water on, the balloons all fill up at once. When the user shakes the adapter, the whole thing seals up and the user has enough balloons to wage a very damp war.

The company is currently seeking funds via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign (they obliterated their initial funding goal), and they claim that the device allows a single person to fill 100 balloons in under a minute. Now that sounds like a fun afternoon.

Check out his Kickstarter video and a sample video of the balloons in action after the break…

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Our hopes for more Firefly have been dashed time and time again, but check this out: the entire cast will reunite for the Firefly Online video game.

Check out the trailer after the break for gameplay footage and a very special cameo.

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If you’d like to recreate the battle of Hoth in your front yard, then you’ll need to buy this Star Wars AT-AT lawn ornament. It’s cast from resin, looks great and… no, I’m not actually sure if Dak is under there. Let’s just think about Ewoks now, shall we? Happy furry thoughts.

This lawn ornament will be available for purchase in November.

Check out another pic after the break…

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Hot Toys recently announced a new line of Back to the Future collectibles, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the classic time-travel flick. The first toy will be the above 1/6th scale Marty McFly figure, and as you can see the toy actually features an uncanny Michael J. Fox’s likeness, along with other crucial details like clothes, sunglasses and that bulky ’80s camera! Here’s what the company had to say about the figure:

The movie-accurate Marty McFly Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories. Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a 1/6th scale guitar as bonus accessory.

Pretty cool, right? By the way, the DeLorean looks amazingly detailed too, and I’m pretty stoked to see that Marty also comes with a retro skateboard.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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Preview night at SDCC was insane. Busy busy busy and a sea of humanity. But I did find a very shiny girl within that insanity over at the QMx booth.

Meet the newest QMx Serenity.

She’s 1:124 scale and based on the filming miniature with a length of 26.5 inches, width of 17 inches, and height 7.5 inches.

She also has an aluminum and steel internal armature with over 100 led lights and she’s handcrafted by the artisans at QMx.

Oh and, her engines turn in case of a need for a Crazy Ivan.

No word yet on release date or price, but she’s lovely to look at.

Head after the break to see more.

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Hot Wheels meets the Empire with the new Darth Vader car. We teased it yesterday but I got the chance to see this thing of beauty up close at SDCC and it was all I could do to not to try and steal it.

I took pictures, which are after the break. There’s also a video you’ll enjoy.

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The Flux Capacitor Car Charger was another one of Think Geek’s April Fool’s products, but it became pretty obvious that it would sell like hotcakes if they actually made it.

So they have.

Indeed, we have just received word that the Back To The Future-inspired charger will be available starting in September 2014. From the product page:

Each Flux Capacitor Car Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB powered device (it pumps out 2.1 Amps). But it also has that beautiful Flux Capacitor light sequence we all know and love. Even traffic jams (either terrestrial or aerial (if your car is powered by Mr. Fusion)) won’t bother you because your device will be charging and the Flux Capacitor Car Charger’s pulse will make you feel more important than anyone else. It’s time to write your name in your underwear, Calvin, and get yourself a Flux Capacitor Car Charger in the present (so you can enjoy it in the future).

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