Amy Ratcliffe

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Behold, the terrible and beautiful Smaug in giant toy form! This large scale Smaug figure from The Hobbit has a wing span of 22 inches and is sure to strike fear in the hearts of your other toys. He has ten points of articulation and though he’s plastic, the core of Smaug is wire and able to be posed. The dragon Smaug comes with a surprise 1.5 inch action figure (maybe Bilbo or Bard?) and is part of a limited edition run of 3,000 pieces. You can pre-order now to receive a Smaug of your very own in December.

See more photos of the magnificent beast after the break.

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A man’s home is his castle, and Andrey Rudenko has figured out how to 3D print one from concrete. He’s spent the last two years printing a castle in his yard with his custom built printer. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that this complex structure is composed of layer after layer of concrete that’s only 10mm tall by 30mm wide. And he’s not stopping; Rudenko is moving on to figuring out how to print a full scale livable house.

See more pics and a video of the printer in action after the break.

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If you’ve been holding off on buying a garden gnome because you’ve been waiting to find one that matches your geeky interests, you can finally pull the trigger. ThinkGeek has the gnome you’ve been looking for. Beardo the Geeky Garden Gnome is throwing up the Vulcan salute while he grins at you in his glasses, cape, and tunic featuring an atom. A D20 sits at his feet. Beardo is 9.5 inches tall and weighs one pound.

He manages to be cute instead of scary like most garden gnomes I’ve seen.

See Beardo in his natural habitat after the break.

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Whether you’re taking notes about the proper pronunciation of a new spell or writing out the month’s rent check, using a quill will make the task cooler. Extra points if you use a Harry Potter Hogwarts house pen from Etsy shop Mythical Menagerie. The fantastic writing instruments are made from dyed pheasant feathers that are hand painted to match the crest of each house. Each one is made to order and though they’re sold out right now, the seller will be restocking soon.

See some detailed shots after the break.

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LEGO introduced their Friends line a while ago, and while it has attracted some little girls to LEGO, the fact remains that it’s different. It’s not just the overly pink packaging and designs, the figures are actually different shapes than the standard LEGO minifigs. Freelance developer Jon decided to challenge the female stereotypes the Friends sets presented and started the LEGO Super Friends project.

For all of July, he made custom figures with LEGO Friends figures as the base. He turned the characters into superheroes and villains and released one for each day of July. He tackled characters such as Supergirl, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, and Captain Marvel. The custom builds look awesome, and if he sold all 31 of his Super Friends in a set, I’d happily fork over money for them.

See some of our favorite super transformations and see the full list of characters after the break.

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Get ready to roll dice Browncoats, because a Firefly Collector’s Edition of Yahtzee is coming your way. It’s a bizarre combination that I didn’t see coming, but it is pretty shiny. The set comes with a cool Serenity ship cup (I want to buy the game just for that) and custom dice. Pre-order now to play Yahtzee with Serenity in September.

Product Page ($49.99 via Geek Alerts)

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Doctor Who returned this weekend with the premiere for season 8 and the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. His first adventure with Jenna Coleman put them into Victorian London with a dinosaur. Naturally. To promote the new season, BBC One plopped a crashed TARDIS and dinosaur bones in London’s Parliament Square. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman even made a made a surprise appearance at the site on Friday.

See another pic after the break.

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We’re used to seeing custom LEGO builds tackle geeky subjects, but a couple of projects in recent months have pulled inspiration from mythology. We’ve seen a LEGO depiction of Homer’s The Odyssey, and now there’s this rad statue of the Monkey King from Chinese mythology. Builder Tyler Halliwell told The Brick Brothers he spent about 100 hours over two months assembling the Monkey King, and it only has about 1,500 bricks. The statue is mostly hollow so it didn’t require a ton of LEGO pieces.

Overall, the Monkey King is 40″ x 15″ x 21.”

See more photos of the impressive build after the break.

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You don’t have to travel to New Zealand to add a little Middle-earth to your life. You can do what Lord of the Rings fan Mehmet did and install a geeky stain glass door in your house. The glass features the White Tree of Gondor in all its glory, and I wouldn’t mind having one just like it in my house.

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Sandman

Joseph Gordon Levitt has been working with David S. Goyer and Neil Gaiman to bring an adaptation of The Sandman to the big screen. The comic spans 75 issues, and it’s tricky to wrap it up into one cohesive story. Gordon-Levitt shared some details back in January, and in a recent interview with Moviefone, he gave an update on where they are:

“Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan “Batman” movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, we’re still kind of working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because “Sandman” wasn’t written as novels. “Sin City” was written as a novel. “Sandman” is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt “Sandman” for the past 20 years.”

He says they’re in the middle of it and thinks they have the right ideas in order to put the proper take on the story. I can’t wait to see what they come up with and hope this is an adaptation that pans out instead of getting stuck in an indefinite development period.

(io9 via TMS, top image by Mike Allred)