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When Homer Simpson’s not busy tossing back a Duff Beer or several, he’s haunting a hotel in New York. MonsieurCaron has made the minifig the ghost that needs to be captured in his The LEGO Ghostbusters Movie. The stop-motion short is an amusing parody of the film and definitely worth taking three and a half minutes to check out. Be sure to keep your eyes open for fun ghost cameos.

Watch the short after the break.

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In the MOC Madness competition, all the Star Wars things are going steampunk. The Steam Wars competition is broken into five rounds, and it began in July. The first challenge was for participants to choose a canon starfighter and reimagine it as a minifig scale steampunk fighter. Now they’re on round three, and it’s all about building a steampunk AT-AT.

The above picture features markus19840420′s submission. He only had seven days to build the Walker, and I’m impressed by the number of details he incorporated in such a short period of time. I’d totally buy something like this.

See more photos of the build after the break.

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LEGO Batman just got more flexible thanks to this design by builder Polywen. He assembled Gotham’s superhero for the Bricks by the Bay exhibition and LEGO’s contest for Batman’s 75th anniversary.

The Batman figure stands at 21.5 inches tall, and he’s completely posable and articulated so he’s ready to fight crime. The build is made completely from LEGO parts – even the cape! The crucial cape portion of the costume is made from a black LEGO Club t-shirt. Awesome.

See more pics of the cool Batman build after the break – there’s even a sad Batman pose.

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Fans of Minecraft will be happy to hear that LEGO is coming out with some new minifigure-scale Minecraft sets, including The Cave (21113), which is pictured above, and the The Farm (21114), which you can check out after the break.

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This incredible artwork by Dutch street artist Leon Keer makes it look like you’re standing next to two life-size Lego minifigs. In reality, they’re just chalk drawings on the sidewalk at Legoland amusement park. All you have to do is stand on the little footprints between the figures and the illusion is complete when viewed from the front.

See a side view that breaks the illusion after the break.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Book of Life is coming to theaters October 17th, but you can pre-order Funko Pop! figures featuring characters from the film now with shipping slated for September. The Funko collection includes Manolo, Maria, Xibalba, and Le Muerte in beautiful and bright colors. These toys are already on my list just because they look so awesome.

See pics of the rest of the toys after the break.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did so well at the box office that they already have a sequel in the works, and now a Pop! vinyl version of their van is on its way. It even has a spot on top to fit the Pop! Turtle of your choice. Preorder now for delivery in September.

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The Bob-omb battlefield level of Super Mario 64 is classic, and LEGO builder Matt De Lanoy has fond memories of playing the game with his friends in college. He dug up his N64 recently, and it inspired him to turn his nostalgic feelings into a LEGO model of the Bob-omb level. It doesn’t look like he’s left out any details – coins, secret locations, Goombas – it’s all there.

Check out more photos of this impressive build after the break.

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It’s one of the great mysteries of the world. Why didn’t Gandalf just fly the darn eagles all the way to Mordor? Theories abound, but this one, it might be the best. In this Lego-fied explanation, we finally see what would have happened to our heroes had they taken the eagles all the way to their final destination.

See the video after the break.

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The action figures that were released for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films were okay, but they weren’t anywhere close to screen accurate. John Harmon of Mint Condition Customs repainted the four turtle action figures and added special touches and character details to make them stand out. The transformation is pretty incredible. As Harmon states:

They lacked a severe amount of detail that I felt I needed to fix to really bring the movie designs to life in action figure form. Each figure has been fully repainted, from head to toe. I’ve added spots, given them washes and highlights, and of course used only the best Testors Model Masters acrylics paints to do the job. I had to study several images and trailer stills in order to get down every detail. It took a long time, but the results speak for themselves.

The set of four figures sold on eBay for $810.

See more pics (including before and after shots) after the break.

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