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Transformers is huge in China, and Farmer Yu Zhilin of Hengyang and his son saw a big business opportunity there. In their spare time, they started using spare parts to build giant robots from the movie. With a background in fine arts and some help from the Internet, the duo has created tons of giant bots that bring in over $160,000 every year.

Their first build took nearly three years to complete, but father and son have fined-tuned their craft and have started cranking out impressive large scale replicas. Since their part time hobby went viral, they’ve been selling regularly to collectors. Pretty soon, I’m sure their hobby will replace farming.

Check out more amazing photos of their robot creations below.

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This incredible video takes the epic battles we all waged with our action figures when we were kids and cranks up the action. It features Dragon Ball Z figures battling across a desk complete with special effects. Video creator Jordan Tseng even steps in to lend a hand when things get rough. Watch out for that toilet!

See Also: Hologram Chamber Makes A Dragon Ball Figure’s Energy Blast Look Real

See the video after the break.

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Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confirmed what a lot of fans have feared. The show will spoil the books. Benioff told Vanity Fair:

Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on… and that’s what we’re going to do.

See Also: GRRM Warns About Surprising Deaths On The Show That Will Anger Book Readers

So the show will likely take different paths here and there but arrive at the same outcome. But there are still plenty of reasons to read the books:

I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more—want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show—will be able to turn to the books.

In our opinion, this strategy is for the best. With the delays on Winds Of Winter it was becoming increasingly obvious that the show would need to commit to finishing the story on its own.

So does this mean we can stop bugging GRRM to write faster?

(via io9)

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FX’s Archer follows the adventures of secret agent Sterling Archer and now you can join in the fun through a fantastic online scavenger hunt. It was uncovered when Imgur user shittititti decided to investigate the hexadecimal code displayed in a freeze frame of Conway Stern’s profile. Turns out it was a real code it led to a series of “tiny.cc” links. As Nerdist points out:

Through the use of spectograms to find codes inside of sound clips, deciphering fake Craig’s List ads, and some knowledge about the characters in the show, it seems the man behind the hunt is none other than Dr. Krieger. The hunt offers up some fun tid-bits like linking to the video for Rush’s “YYZ,” as well as Krieger’s own website full of pictures and other goodies for Archer fans.

Check out the progress thus far in the gallery after the break…

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This home in Singapore is done up as a tribute to the Avengers with every room featuring its own theme. The living room features the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem behind the television while character art decorates the walls. The bedroom is designed after Iron Man and the kitchen belongs to Hulk. It was designed by Absolook Interior Designs.

See more pictures after the break.

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Japanese teenager Rena Rena drew a beautiful version of Frozen‘s Elsa on the chalkboard at school and it went viral in Japan. It’s been several months since a photo of her work made the rounds and now she is a paid professional. She just made the cover to the latest book by fantasy author Miyuki Miyabe.

The new book, The Castle of Kingdom Gone, is about to be released and it has a gorgeous drawing created by Rena Rena as the jacket art. It features a beautiful castle in the same style as the chalkboard art she drew at school.

See more pictures, including the jacket cover, after the break.

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Spongebob is all about that bass.

He sits there all calm and lifeless until two car subwoofers kick in and the vibration sets him to dancing on his skinny, little legs. Who knew he had such killer dance moves?

See the video after the break.

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As you can tell from previous posts, we really dig 3D printing and all its marvelous applications in fields of technology, cosplay, toys, and more. One of the nicest stories I’ve heard about 3D printing is the nostalgia that inspired 3D Print Board member Geoff to recreate Robo Kitty.

Back in the nineties and early 2000’s, 3D modeling and rendering software like Maya, Brice, and Poser were the arsenal of every design student. In 2009, Poser v8 was released with a few free models including this adorable Robo Kitty, designed by Sanctum Art. Within moments of learning the software’s new tools and functionality, Geoff admits he fell in love with the virtual feline. Those big blues made such an impact, that years later when 3D printing technology became available, he knew he had to release the pet from the confines of the screen.

He tells 3D Print:

“The thought of bringing this figure to life was a pipe dream and poor Robo Kitty was destined to live its life trapped in a 3D rendering. Then 3D printing happened, and well.. just put two and two together!”

Check out this super sweet build after the break.

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This is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious LEGO stop-motion videos of all time.

Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizard Studios and his daughter Haley used over $100,000 in LEGO pieces to re-create all the best scenes from Jurassic Park in one epic stop-motion video. With the help of their friends, they built sets and characters that really come to life with the use of motion control camera rigs and after effects compositing.

Talk about a cool Dad and daughter project! Go watch the video right now.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late night talk show based on his StarTalk podcast and it’s set to premiere on April 20th. The show is being produced by National Geographic and will be similar to the podcast with Tyson hosting assorted guests.

On that note, there’s an impressive lineup so far that includes former US president Jimmy Carter, biologist Richard Dawkins, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan, and Star Trek actor George Takei. Bill Nye will also have a regular one-minute segment on the show. Taping will be at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City in front of a live studio audience.

The first episode will be followed by a one-hour special titled Hubble’s Cosmic Journey so it will be an extra science-y night!

(Variety via The Verge)