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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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Self-taught engineer Ed Zarick has created a portable version of the PS4 game console that can be yours for $1,395. He calls is it the PlayBook 4 and it’s basically the console housed in a 3D printed case that also holds a 22″ 1080p display. You can get it in either black and blue or white and black.

See the video after the break for a closer look.

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Animator John Wray is setting the bar high when it comes to being a dad and a Lego fan with the photos he recently shared on Reddit.

Wray detailed the hard work and dedication that went into building the new Ultimate Collector’s Series Invisible Jet and took us all along for the ride.

The result is a total parenting win.

You can check out the pictures after the break.

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If you have a cat that likes romping around the house or sleeping in unusual places, then you might need this Indiana Jones-inspired cat bridge. Made by Etsy seller Catastrophi Creations, the adventurous bridge is made from solid pine and the ends are reinforced with metal brackets. You can order a custom length, and then hang the rope bridge in a doorway and watch your cats run across it (and maybe even sleep on it). Bonus points if you make a tiny brown fedora for your kitty.

See more photos and a video of the bridge in use after the break.

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You may have noticed we’re fans of all things Firefly around here and we’ve definitely been keeping tabs on Firefly Online. Plus, I used to work for QMx, so I’m loving watching the game come to life personally.

This weekend at NYCC, FFO had a panel and, not only did they give updates on the game, but they debuted video of the 3D Environment Engine.

The FFO development blog had this to say:

At last night’s Firefly Online Panel at New York Comic Con, we revealed for the first time a sample of what the FFO procedural engine’s real power will be. What you’re seeing in the video below is *not* a cinematic. It is a live recording of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine at work, which creates the encounter maps for the game.

This brief “walkthrough” of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.

The game will have many kinds of encounters for players to enjoy, from desert wildernesses to floating cities to giant automated ships you can freely explore. When it comes to derelicts, you never know what might have gotten to that tasty bit of salvage before you, and what might still be there, waiting for you to drop by.

It would be a mistake to assume Firefly Online is only horses, spaceships and sidearms. There are things out there in the Black that you should sincerely hope you never run into.

Personally, I’m liking what I’m seeing so far. I’m curious to know what other fans think.

You can view the footage after the break.

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We’ve got some good news for you LEGO fans. The LEGO group recently announced details regarding a relaunch (and accompanying storyline) for LEGO Bionicle at New York City Comic Con. The new toys will be available globally on January 1, 2015. From the press release:

“We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of the LEGO BIONICLE franchise, which was one of our most popular LEGO franchises and our first ‘constraction’ or constructible action figure line,” said Michael McNally, Senior Director of Brand Relations, The LEGO Group. “We are eager to introduce and immerse a new generation of children in this rich character-driven world and can’t wait for fans of all ages to interact with the new story.”

The storyline revolves around the mythical island of Okoto, where the evil Makuta is gathering his forces to dominate the island and track down three powerful masks: the Mask of Creation, the Mask of Control and the Mask of Ultimate Power. The islanders enlist the aid of six heroes (each are masters of an element) in order to defeat Makuta. The LEGO group noted that they will offer a wide range of Bionicle sets from each of the factions, and the prices will range from $9.99 – $19.99 for each set.

Check out some more pics of the some of the other sets after the break…

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Those looking to pursue a career as an evil overlord would do well to look at this creepy scorpion chair as a possible throne from which to rule. It actually looks quite comfortable and will be sure to terrorize the masses into submission. The chair is handmade by Russian woodcarver Vyacheslav Pakhomov and is available in several different woods with different built-in upholstered cushions. You’ll never be able to decide which, so you should probably get both with the money you saved up to decorate your volcano lair. Just have your minions swap them out depending on your mood each day.

See another picture after the break.

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This stunning dragon puts those paper mache projects you made in grade school to shame. He is the work of Cindy Williams who, despite appearances, hasn’t worked with the medium in over ten years since she was last in school. According to Make:

Time in total was 8 months and probably well over 400 hours (more than I can recall for sure), but it held my interest all the way through. With masters of mache like Jonni and their helpful websites that share ideas and techniques, I was able to get back into sculpture and turn an idea into a big blue dragon. My message to you is whatever you want to make, don’t wait for the perfect someday, do it now!

See more pictures after the break.

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QMx started making Firefly merchandise because the owner, Andy Gore, is a bonafide Browncoat. They keep making it because they love the show and because we need our Firefly goodies.

I know I needed this Serenity Plush, so I’m just pleased as punch that they went and made it. I’ve seen her up close and this 18-inch Firefly Serenity Plush is quite shiny, with awesome detail (it even has little plush shuttles!).

You can sign up for the mailing list now to be notified when it’s available to order.

Check out more pictures of her after the break.

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