Amy Ratcliffe

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QMx got serious about making an insanely detailed and beautiful replica of Serenity, and they’ve delivered with a screen accurate model. We saw the debut of the giant Serenity at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, and now it’s available for pre-order.

They spared no expense in making this limited edition, artisan 1:124 scale model. Their Cinema Arts model shop made the 3D files and 3D printed the replica. It has over 250 parts, 100 LEDs, multiple layers and shades of paint, and more:

Incredible complexity. More than 250 parts — cast and laser cut.
Extra strength. Steel skeletal structure and internal brass structure for main engine rotation.
Interior bling. More than 100 LEDs controlled by a 12-volt system.
Multi-layered colors. A total of 25 different colors of high-quality studio paints.
No decals. All graphics on Serenity are painted on by hand, even Serenity’s logo.
Exquisite details. Miniature bridge with crew members, galley with furniture and cargo bay with cargo.
Movable parts. Manually operable cargo bay door and hinged reactor vent covers.
Wireless remote. Custom electronics created by QMx FX Cinema Arts with a four-channel remote control. Effects include:
Interior lighting for the bridge, galley and cargo bay, and illuminates docked shuttles.
Active formation lights
Rotating gravity rotor lights
Reactor housing illumination with a hard burn and twinkling firefly effect.
Cool display. Serenity’s lighted display base is a box stand with a Translight inset of a nebula. It features a 12-inch steel stand that adjusts at a variety of angles for optimal display.
Pro prop crate. Each Serenity is shipped in custom-cut foam and stored in a hand-built wooden apple crate, just like what the pros use to safeguard their props

The edition is capped at 500 pieces. Honestly, I’ve never seen a replica taken to this level before.

See all the beautiful details in photos after the break.

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What if Disney characters starred in Nintendo games? By the looks of this art from Michael Villamejor, it would be awesome. He mashes up characters from Disney films with ones from Smash Bros., and it results in combinations like Stitch as Pikachu and Robin Hood as Star Fox. I can barely handle the brilliance of these pixels.

See more of the creative and cute series after the break.

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princess bride monopoly

Are you ready to climb the the Cliffs of Insanity and travel across the fearsome Fire Swamp? Then you’re prepared to play Princess Bride-opoly. The game puts you right into the film, and you can buy properties as you travel across the kingdom. Instead of building hotels, you’ll construct cottages and castles. Plus, this version of Monopoly has duels! My only gripe upon first look is that the player tokens aren’t more interesting.

You can pre-order the game now for shipment in January 2015.

Product Page ($39.99)

animated link

Link and Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series are already animated in the games, but they don’t look like this. Illustrator Cassio Yoshiyaki’s style is similar to what you’d see in a DreamWorks animated film. Her renderings of the characters are beautiful, and these versions of Link and Zelda would look right at home riding dragons next to Hiccup.

See the Zelda illustration after the break.

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pumpkin sun

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captures images of the sun, and on October 8th, the sun decided to show some Halloween spirit. It looks like the greatest pumpkin of them all! NASA’s Joe Witte said:

“Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a solar jack-o’-lantern’s face… The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy.”

Even the sun likes to get dressed up for Halloween. That means you have no excuse.

(via CNN, photo via SDO)

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Ready to brush up on your conversational Dothraki? There’s an app for that. The man responsible for developing Dothraki for Game of Thrones has come up with a system to teach fans the language. Besides purchasing the complete Living Language Dothraki program, you can turn to the new Dothraki Companion app for learning on the go:

The app includes interactive games, over 300 vocabulary flashcards, a comprehensive grammar summary, culture notes, and a conversational dialogue.

While it can be used with the Living Language system, you’ll learn plenty with only the app. Practice and apply yourself, and you’ll be ready to converse with the next Khal you meet.

You can download the iOS app for $3.99.

(via CNET)

league of legends

League of Legends is a popular video game with what seems like a million different characters. The New York Times took a look at the game and how it’s developed as it heads into its fourth world championship competition. The finals will take place in a stadium constructed for the World Cup in Seoul on October 19th. Riot Games expects 40,000 fans to attend. My mind is blown. I didn’t realize League of Legends was on that level.

As part of their fascinating look at the game, the Times created a 30 second video showing the patterns of 100,000 players in 10,000 games and it looks like a piece of moving art.

Watch the video after the break.

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Cuddling up with a Pikachu plush is great and all, but what if you could sleep on a giant version of the adorable Pokémon? This bed lets you do just that. I’m not sure if it’s the biggest Pikachu ever, but since it weighs 33 pounds, it’s got to be close. The Pikachu bed comfortably fits one adult and would look great set up next to the Snorlax bean bag chair.

See a couple more pics of the cute bed after the break.

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The Dark Arts will soon be part of the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. We first heard the news last month, and now the studio has shared photos of what visitors will see in the Dark Arts section. The permanent addition opens on October 14th, and guests will be able to experience extra special Dark Arts activities from October 17th through November 3rd. A section of the Halloween feast will be on display in the Hogwarts’ Great Hall, Death Eaters will roam Diagon Alley, and more.

As far as the Dark Arts section, it includes some beautiful and creepy sets and props including: an expanded Malfoy Manor set, Dolores Umbridge’s office complete with kitten plates, items from Borgins and Burkes, and a model of Nagini. I need to visit this place!.

See more photos after the break.

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GotG animated series

The popular Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to Disney XD as an animated series in 2015. Yeah, I’m excited. Marvel brought a teaser to New York Comic Con in the form of test footage, and it features lots of Rocket Raccoon shooting things. It’s only a few seconds of animation, but I’m already looking forward to seeing more.

Watch the tease after the break.

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