stranger things flipbook

If you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix, you need to remedy that immediately. This is especially true if you were around during the ’80s, which was arguably the most enjoyable decade in movie history. The show is steeped in Steven Spielberg-style nostalgia, but this adorable flipbook animation by artist Ben Zurawski might be a little on the nose. Watch it below. [click to continue…]


With Star Trek turning 50 this year, it seems only fitting that the original USS Enterprise model, used in the classic TV series that started it all, should get a fresh coat of paint.

We’ve already shown you the finished model, but did you know it took two years to restore? The Smithsonian, who have had the model since it was donated to them in the mid-70s, took the entire thing apart to meticulously restore it to a screen-accurate state. This involved stripping away previous paint jobs and undoing some ill-conceived modifications. Apparently, lighting effects that were never a part of the original model were added by the museum sometime in the ’90s. Oops!

You can watch a video documenting the painting process below. [click to continue…]


Etsy seller RetroNerdStudio‘s shop is a treasure trove of delightful prints that feature characters from classic games (and a few movies) rendered in a Mayan-inspired style. This includes characters from Smash Bros, Zelda, Halo and yes…Pokemon. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]


The Lytro Illum Camera is the first high-end camera to capture the entire light field and it’s on sale for $349.99 (73% off with free shipping) in our Nerd Approved Deals Store!

Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing your average static 2D image. But the Illum’s cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo—meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.

  • Take “living pictures” you can adjust afterwards
  • Refocus your shots, change their perspective & view them in 3D, even in post-production
  • Use familiar digital camera features: auto focus, exposure mode, etc.
  • Capture the angle of every light ray in a scene
  • Easily carry it anywhere: design is compact, durable & lightweight
  • Shoot photos at an optimal resolution for sharing online
  • Access an array of tools including photo filters & uploading software

Lytro Illum Camera ($349.99)

Check out video below for a detailed look at the Lytro Illum. [click to continue…]


If Pixar made a movie based on the series of superhero kids artwork by Alberto Varanda, it might look something like this digital render created by Quentin Chaillet.

Needless to say, I would love to see that movie. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]


Here’s a little motivation for anyone who’s made a goal to read more classic books. Pop Chart Labs has unveiled a gorgeous 18″ x 24″ scratch-off poster featuring 100 literary classics that you should definitely have on your list.

Need a book recommendation? How about 100? Scratch that literary itch with this stunning scratch-off chart of essential novels from 1605 to present. Each timeless work is represented by an evocative, hand-drawn cover design—gently scratch the gold foil off each novel you’ve read and reveal an additional, narrative-specific design detail hidden underneath!

Check out more pic below. [click to continue…]


Hot Toys recently stole the show at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong last Friday with an amazing exhibit that included the 1/6th-scale prototype figure of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. As always, it looks fantastic.

Additionally, Hot Toys displayed costumes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War, along with some fun 1/6th-scale dioramas of the epic battle from Captain America: Civil War (featuring an awesome mega-huge Ant-Man), and a cool scene from the Battle of Endor (complete with a massive AT-ST). Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]


Old school gamers were excited to hear that Nintendo will be launching a Classic Mini NES this fall with 30 pre-loaded games. It’s awesome for sure, but some may find the built-in library lacking.

The good news is that one enterprising gamer named Daft Mike made his own mini-NES using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi—and it’s a helluva lot cooler than the official version (except for the tiny controller). Check out all of the features below. [click to continue…]


Legendary Encounters is releasing a new Firefly deck building game that will allow you to play characters like Mal, Kaylee, Zoe, and River as you work with other players to complete objectives from Firefly episodes.

Each player can select an avatar from the 5 main characters and 4 supporting characters, which means all 9 crew members are represented. “In a game with fewer than five players, additional Avatars are selected until the total count including players is five”. Each character has their own talent and flaw. For example, Mal’s flaw is that he’s antagonistic. Our Cap’n? Never!

See Also: ‘Firefly’ Fluxx Is Here!

There’s more to it, obviously, but they pretty much had me at being able to play in the ‘Verse with my friends. The game releases on August 10th and we have a preview of four of the cards for you to check out below. [click to continue…]

thinkgeek sale

Not impressed with Amazon’s Prime Day sale? Well, that might be because they chose items like Fire tablets and I dunno, giant barrels of lube over stuff like Star Trek swimsuits, Planetary Glasses, and Han Solo rugs.

Indeed, there’s plenty more discounted nerdery where that came from. ThinkGeek’s massive summer clearance sale is offering up to 65% off hundreds of items. So make sure to check out the selection before all of the best stuff sells out.