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Everyone, shut up! Hot Wheels has turned a C5 Corvette into a giant love letter to Darth Vader. This life-size Hot Wheels car with red lightsaber trim is basically what Vader would be if after his death in Return of the Jedi (sorry, spoilers), he suddenly reincarnated as the living vehicle villain of Transformers 5: Sith Happens. Fans can get their own toy-sized version that comes in a red lightsaber display case.

Check out more images of the car and its cute toy counterpart after the break.

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Mondo seems to be poised to take over the nerd world. It’s not enough that they already make amazing art and pop culture inspired clothing, nope — Mondo is making toys and they’re revealing them at SDCC.

They’ll be launching figures and collectibles for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock which you can see in person at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo’s booth (#835). Pricing and release date information will be revealed in the coming months.

Check out more pics and read the full press release after the break.

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Black Octopus Lego

In 1997, a Tokio Express container ship suffered an accident off the coast of Cornwall and released 62 containers into the sea. One such container held 4.8 million Lego pieces. Apparently, the shores of Cornwall have been the main landing ground for these lost Lego pieces which, coincidentally, are largely nautical themed. The manifest stated the container included: 4,200 black octopi, 13,000 spear guns, 97,500 scuba sets, 33,941 dragons and 418,000 flippers.

According to a report by the BBC, the locals of the nearby town of Perranporth have become very competitive about collecting the harder to find pieces. It’s kind of like a Lego fan’s treasure hunt.

That having been said, keep your eyes peeled while on the beach. Pieces could turn up just about anywhere.

More photos after the break.

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Futurama Simpsons Crossover

Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean revealed that the characters of Futurama would meet the residents of Springfield. This past Sunday, he revealed more details during a panel at the Television Critics Association, along with clues about an upcoming character death, and reveals on celebrity cameos to expect this season.

These details can be found after the break.

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Pardon me while I hyperventilate, but news has broken that the Marvel Universe is gaining a warrior princess. Yep, TV Guide is reporting that Lucy Lawless will be joining Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD but there are no details yet on how many episodes she will appear in or who she’ll be playing.

It’s so amazing to know that she’ll be part of the MCU because that could lead to some really awesome things down the road.

I hope she gets to beat people up and fling a weapon at someone. Maybe have a really cool battlecry.

Not that I’m basing my ideas on anyone. Nooooo.

(via The Mary Sue)

Gotham

Upcoming television series Gotham is exploring the beginnings of characters such as Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and more. None of the promo images or material have said anything about the Joker, but Bleeding Cool has some information as to why. They state:

…Every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasizing aspects of the character’s iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin.

While that theory hasn’t been officially confirmed, Slashfilm points out showrunner Bruno Heller says something in a featurette for the series that makes the idea likely. Heller states, “You do not want to miss an episode, because you may miss meeting The Joker for the first time.”

I hope it’s true because it’s a clever way to hook in viewers and makes for a fun mystery.

Watch the featurette and the latest trailer for Gotham after the break.

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If you didn’t watch The Colbert Report last night, you might not know that Sam Wilson will be taking over as Captain America. The news was officially announced by Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer.

For many, the news is not all that unexpected (unlike announcing that the new Thor is a woman on The View of all places).

Marvel also took to Twitter to post the first pic of Wilson in costume. You can see the full tweet after the break along with Stephen Colbert’s answer as to who should replace The Falcon.

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Doctor Who fans have noticed that a robotic character briefly glimpsed in the season 8 trailer bears a striking resemblance to Garrus from Mass Effect. Eurogamer picked up on the similarities too, but they noted that the show’s creators are pretty big fans of Mass Effect. So maybe this whole delicate situation is more of a homage than outright thievery? Honestly, the Doctor Who crew are all rather creative, so I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

In case you missed it, you can watch the new Doctor Who trailer after the break…

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We got our first look at Avengers: Age Of Ultron thanks to Entertainment Weekly and it looks good. These aren’t our bright and shiny, newly minted Avengers. This team looks beat up but determined, which works perfectly within the larger timeline.

This is a teaser for the magazine itself in which EW’s Anthony Breznican sat down with Joss Whedon and Robert Downey for an in depth look at the movie, so you’ll have to buy it to read that, but they did give us a synopsis – which is after the break to protect you from spoilers. But, I say spoil yourself.

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Many 7-year-old girls want to be a princess, but Virginia resident Jeremiah Heaton is actually trying to make it happen for his daughter. He claimed 800 square miles in a region in between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil in order to fulfill a promise to his daughter Emily. According to the British Herald Courier:

“Over the winter, Emily and I were playing, and she has a fixation on princesses. She asked me, in all seriousness, if she’d be a real princess someday,” Heaton said. “And I said she would.”

He did the research to see if it was possible and took a 14-hour journey to Bir Tawil (it’s not claimed by either Egypt or Sudan) and planted a Heaton flag. He believes that gives him the right to claim the area as his kingdom so he can name his daughter a princess, but he’s looking to get it recognized officially.

He’s certainly devoted to his daughter, but don’t think of Emily as just another spoiled kid. The little girl says she wants to be a princess to make sure the locals have food.

“That’s definitely a concern in that part of the world,” her dad said. “We discussed what we could do as a nation to help.”

(via Consumerist, photo by Farrukh)