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groot swing

Remember when we wrote about this awesome Groot Swing Set? It was so awesome that even James Gunn took notice. The picture was taken as part of a fan build for a new show called Super Fan Builds, and now we finally have a chance to see the swing in action.

Super Fan Builds is a new series by the team behind Man at Arms & Man at Arms: Reforged and is hosted by Alison Haislip. It’ll cover the skilled artists from Tim Baker Creations as they make the dreams of “super fans” come true by creating amazing, custom tributes to their favorite film and video game pop-culture icons.

The episodes will be released bi-weekly on the AWE Me channel and Season one includes builds for fans of The Hobbit, Batman, Bioshock, and more.

Check out the Groot swing set episode after the break along with an additional pic.

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dream gifts

What do you get for the nerd that has everything? If money is no object, you might consider the six gift ideas we have listed after the break. They’re the most ridiculously expensive products we’ve featured over this past year.

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It wasn’t long ago that we got an incredible Female Lego Scientist Set. However, designer Alatariel has already proposed a follow-up called Science Adventures. It features an archaeologist, a wildlife biologist, and a geologist, each with accessories to carry along on their adventures.

The set is currently up for voting so head on over to Lego’s website to cast your vote and make this incredible set a reality.

See another picture after the break.

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The list of things you can 3D print now includes a working stargate thanks to Cara who has made this stunning example. The center has been Photoshopped but the rest of it is all the real deal. Cara said in her comment on io9:

The entire thing was made on my Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer with Gray ( and some transparent ) PLA material. It also has a NEMA 17 stepper motor to drive the inner ring, and 5mm NeoPixels to light up the chevrons. The whole thing is driven by an Arduino Uno with an Adafruit motor shield using an Arduino sketch I wrote ( and am still tweaking )

She plans to mimic the center look with some blue paper to complete the effect.

See the video after the break to see it in action.

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unique nerdy gifts

Looking for something a little, uh…different to give as a gift this holiday? If so, we have you covered with 10 gifts for the nerd that has EVERYTHING. That goes for nerdy cats and dogs too.

Check out the selection after the break…

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hp book redesign header

Art design student Kincso Nagy respects the Harry Potter books. They’re a key part of childhood and definitely capable of helping young adults exercise their imaginations. For her BA degree project, Nagy decided to redesign all the covers of the series with the glowing cut out designs pictured above.

For Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she went a step further and included “interactive” illustrations that she hoped would add to the the story.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say she nailed it because the redesigned books look enchanting.

See photos of the interior pages after the break.

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These beautiful handmade blown glass ornaments put each of the planets in our solar system on your Christmas tree. From the product page:

Blown glass Christmas ornaments. A Saturn that actually LOOKS like Saturn, with Cassini data used to etch the rings! A Sun with sunspots! Earth and Mars with clouds and polar caps, Jupiter with a red spot, and I include Pluto, just because! Very cool!! And with a loop on the top to hang on your tree. I like to hang these in the window during non-Christmas months. The sunlight coming through them is amazing! I hand blow these ornaments myself. Ornament size is about 2″ for the small ones, up to 4 inches, and Saturn has the rings about 4.5″. With the rings, the ornament is heavier than my others and may be too heavy for little trees. All of the ornaments are thicker than cheap breakable ones, and have been crash tested by my cats to be able to withstand normal handling and last a lifetime as heirloom pieces.

The ornaments are so pretty, you’re going to want to find a way to put them on display all year long.

See more pictures after the break.

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Some dinosaurs are scary and will gore you to death in a second, but not this one. He’s a lovable plush that measures 30.5″W x 74″D x 44″H and all he wants to do is give you a hug. Aw, just look at the cute little dinosaur. It’s certainly a lot cuddlier than this.

See another picture after the break.

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Our sister site CubicleBot has been running daily comics over the past couple of months, and we’ve collected 10 of our favorites so far. Check them out before you inevitably fall into a Thanksgiving food coma.

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millennium falcon rug

This Millennium Falcon rug will put the ship that did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs right on your living room floor. It measures 59″ x 79″ and is an officially licensed Star Wars product. Made of 100% polyester.

Product Page ($100 via 7 Gadgets)