Amy Ratcliffe

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Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes kept busy during the winter by building snowmen. His creations weren’t of the friendly Frosty the Snowman variety though, they were a little more morbid. He lobotomized them, made it look like they were hit by cars – you get the idea. When artist Sean Daigle had to face his first Thanksgiving alone this year, he decided to use the free time to re-create those memorable scenes illustrated by Bill Watterson with massive wood sculptures – some of them are 7 feet long!

He ended up making several of them, and I’m positive that the resident of Austin, Texas, will have the best holiday decorations in the city.

See more of Daigle’s snowmen after the break.

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I don’t use pens often anymore, but when I do, they have to be just right. I can’t imagine it getting more right than these sexy DC Comics-themed pens by Montegrappa. The fancy superhero and supervillain designs come in ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain varieties. The barrels have bright patterns and colors, and the caps feature mini sculptures of Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, and the Joker. They are not inexpensive by any definition of the word, but they look like they’re of the highest quality.

See individual shots of the beautiful writing tools after the break.

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No one is ever going to let Frozen go. Ever. The animated film is still raking in merchandise dollars, and because Funko is smart, they’re releasing another series of brand new Frozen Pop! figures. You’ll be able to get young Elsa and Anna, coronation Elsa and Anna, and a summer version of Olaf (don’t worry, it’s not a big puddle). They’re all as cute as you’d imagine.

Besides the normal size figures, Funko’s also releasing a series of Mystery Minis. I want to buy the entire box of them!

Pre-order now to receive the new Frozen figures in February or March.

Check out the rest of the new figures after the break.

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2014 Maihack Supergirl Batgirl Comic

Illustrator Mike Maihack has made the holidays more festive for a few years now by giving us adorable Batgirl and Supergirl Christmas comics. Supergirl is more enthusiastic about Christmas than Batgirl, and she tries to drag the reluctant superhero into her joyful celebration every year.

This year Supergirl confuses Christmas with Halloween, but a surprise appearance from Batman validates her mix-up. It’s adorable.

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LEGO justice league

Hold on to your Lasso of Truth because LEGO is actually producing a set with Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. Ahhh! Unlike this hilarious parody, the jet is real and is constructed from clear LEGO bricks. It included as part of a Justice League set called “Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas” and will be available in 2015. According to the schedule of LEGO releases slated for next year, we can expect it to arrive in April along with four other Justice League sets.

Yep, I’m sold.

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Sonya Belousova is a composer and pianist, and she’s pretty darn talented. She’s made videos for the Cosplay Piano series and is currently in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund a Player Piano project. She took a request from an IndieGoGo supporter for an “On the Spot” video, and in these videos, Belousova listens to music for a few seconds and creates new arrangements from it immediately.

This request was for themes from classic Nintendo games like Kid Icarus, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. Belousova has an amazing ear because she turns around and creates some beautiful takes on the familiar music.

Watch the video after the break and be amazed.

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The constant presence of smartphones have helped us see the world in a different way. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time with our heads turned downward looking at our phone, but the device can also inspire us. History professor Francois Dourlen uses his iPhone to insert scenes from movies into real life settings; it’s creative and the effect is amusing. Dourlen explains:

Like many people, I always imagine weird things when I walk in the street, when I work or when I’m home. But I never found a good way to tell what goes through my head.

One day, wanting to make a joke with friends, I replaced a statue of Napoleon in Cherbourg with a picture of my little pony in my phone and took a picture. I had so much fun that I put it on facebook, people immediately liked.

He’s made memorable images with scenes from Lord of the Rings, Thor, Edward Scissorhands, and more. They’re all fantastic.

See more of Dourlen’s photos after the break.

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star was xmas light show

There are Christmas light shows, and then there are Christmas light shows. This amazing display by YouTuber Tom BetGeorge is one of the latter. His house and yard are covered in props and lights that are synced with several pieces of music from Star Wars. Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like the music of John Williams.

BetGeorge’s display has been featured on shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, and it’s easy to see why they would highlight it. BetGeorge sequenced the show himself and even made all of the massive props you see in the video. All in all, there are about 100,000 lights in the display.

Enough of me talking about it. See the incredible display in the video after the break.

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LEGO Age of Ultron Sets

Toys are giving away all the Avengers: Age of Ultron secrets. Okay, not all of them, but they are giving us sneak peeks. We got a close look at Iron Man’s new armor yesterday thanks to a Hot Toys figure, and today LEGO brings us hints of some action sequences in the Avengers sequel.

MGF Customs posted an image from the latest LEGO catalog on Twitter and it showcases a variety of sets with an army of LEGO minifigs. Comic Book Movie describes the sets (stop reading now if you don’t want to know anything about the film):

Iron Man vs. Ultron (Iron Man MK 43, Ultron Officer, and 2 Ultron Soldier), Duel with Hydra (Hydra Henchman, Hawkeye, Thor), Hulkbuster Rescue Mission (Hulk, Ultron Prime, Scarlet Witch, and Iron Man MK 43), The Avengers Quinjet Chase (Captain America, Vision, Black Widow, Ultimate Ultron, and Iron Man MK 43), Attack on Avengers Tower ( Iron Man MK 43, Thor, 2 Iron Legion Drones, Ultron), and Burglary in the Hydra Fortress (Quicksilver, Hydra Henchman, Baron Von Strucker, Hulk, and Captain America)

Sadly, I don’t have room for any big LEGO sets on my shelves, but I’m going to need to get the Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver minifigs.

Be sure to click the above image to enlarge it and see all the details.

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It seems like Hot Toys only exists for one purpose: to drain our bank accounts. One of their newest collectibles is a quarter scale Episode VI Boba Fett. I admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the character, but I can’t deny that he’s popular with the Star Wars crowd or that this collectible figure is insanely detailed.

Fett is fully decked out in armor, accessories, and weapons. Hot Toys shared the following on their Facebook page:

The highly-accurate quarter-scale collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi featuring finely sculpted Boba Fett helmet and armor, his signature jetpack, highly detailed weapons, accessories, and a specially designed sail barge figure stand all with skillfully-applied distressed effects. A special edition will be available for selected markets and include a blaster sidearm with holster which Boba Fett has in Star Wars: Episode V Empire Strikes Back.

See more pictures after the break.

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