lootcrate star wars variant

Marvel’s first new Star Wars comic debuted this Wednesday and it is selling like crazy. If you’re a collector, you’re going to want to get your hands on the variants. This Han and Chewie Star Wars #1 variant cover by acclaimed artist Gabriele Dell’Otto is one of the best, and it is headed out exclusively to Loot Crate subscribers in the January “Rewind” box.

You can signup for a subscription here and save 10% off your order with the code “NERDAPPROVED”

Better hurry though, signups for the “Rewind” crate end on January 19th!

(Image via StarWars.com)

LEGO movie oscar

I woke up yesterday morning to an angry Twitter feed. That’s not anything new, but the subject of their ire was: The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. “Everything Is Awesome” was nominated for Best Original Song, but the movie didn’t get a nod in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Sadness.

See Also: Check out our complete Lego coverage

But hey, the movie’s director Phil Lord responded perfectly. He tweeted a picture of an Oscar made from LEGO bricks that as far as I can tell was built by Nathan Sawaya with this caption:

“It’s okay. Made my own!”

Best? Best.

See the tweet after the break.

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Some books are so special that you’re willing and happy to buy different editions, and the Harry Potter collection falls into that category. Scholastic andd Bloomsbury are releasing a deluxe hardcover version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on October 6, 2015, and guys, it’s illustrated! The book will feature full color art throughout and illustrated endpapers. Accio, fancy book!

Artist Jim Kay is tackling the illustrations, and four new images were just revealed. We saw Kay’s take on Harry and Hogwarts just over a year ago, and these new pieces feature Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Hagrid. Kay says:

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”

I love what he’s doing so far.

See Ron, Draco, and Hagrid after the break.

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idris elba luther

Need a movie about Edgar Allan Poe fighting a sorcerer and demonic forces? Well, you might be getting three of them. Variety reports that Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim) is developing the book Poe Must Die as a movie trilogy. The 1978 book by Marc Olden takes place in the 1840s. The synopsis from Amazon:

Against a backdrop of New York City in the 1840s, a hellhole of crime and squalor, Edgar Allan Poe plays out a deadly game, fighting not only the demonic forces waged against him, but also his personal demons, the memory of his beloved wife and the alcohol he consumes in order to forget her.

Pierce James Figg, a renowned ex-bare knuckle fighter, has arrived in New York from London carrying with him a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens to Edgar Allan Poe. Figg is pursuing Jonathan the sorcerer and spiritualist. The man who brutally murdered his wife.

Jonathan seeks the Throne of Solomon which will grant him immortality and dominion over Lucifer, Asmodeus and all the demons of the upper air. His search has led him to New York.

Frail, gallant Edgar Allan Poe and the grieving, brilliant boxer unite in a perilous mission to find and destroy Jonathan before he can achieve his goal of controlling Lucifer and thereby change the destiny of the world.

It’s not the kind of story that comes to mind when I think about Poe, but if the material’s handled the right way, movies based on this plot could be entertaining (especially if Elba gives himself an acting role in the film).

(via io9)


These steampunk-style light switch plates will have you flipping the lights on and off just so you can watch how they work. Each is laser cut from wood and features all sorts of gears that move when you flip the switch.

See more examples after the break.

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fifth element diva

When you think of The Voice, you probably think of the version shown in the US, but The Voice is an international phenomenon and there’s some pretty amazing talent out there.

This is a young Armenian girl by the name of Victoria Hovhannisyan appearing on Russia’s version of The Voice.

Her song choice? Plava Laguna’s song from The Fifth Element, including The Diva Dance.

See Also: The Full Diva Dance Opera From “The Fifth Element” Is Fascinating

She nails it. Just nails it. It’s so much fun to watch and the female judge is obviously a fan of the movie, so it’s really great to watch her reactions.

Check it out after the break.

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Sometimes it’s nice to carefully craft your character for Dungeons & Dragons, but you don’t have to do all that work. Instead, you can head over to Who The F*ck is my DnD Character and it will automatically generate a hilariously random bio.

Ryan J. Grant created the site and says that there are 409,415,040 characters. Be warned, there some very colorful NSFW language used in the descriptions generated, which makes it even funnier.

See more examples of the output after the break.

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This Bookmark Is Wicked

witch bookmark

Y’know why I love crafty types? Because they think of things like this. I mean, I didn’t know I needed a wicked witch bookmark complete with stripey leggings and ruby slippers, but then I saw these and I can’t imagine living another day without them.

See Also: More clever bookmark ideas

These adorable bookmarks are made by Kira Nichols and she has a variety of witches to choose from. If you buy one, I really hope I’m not the only one who will sing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” whenever I close the book.

Check out more pictures after the break.

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Here’s the ultimate toy for the gamer who just can’t commit to a single console. This laptop made by Eddie Zarick for one of his customers holds both an XBox One and a PS4. The unit features a switch to move between the two consoles and took about a month to build.

See the video after the break.

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pat stew plane

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a plane, you’ve encountered some annoying personalities. Oh, you know what I’m talking about. Expedia recently conducted a poll to ask fliers about the worst of the worst when it comes to airplane passengers, and rather than just read the list, Jimmy Kimmel decided to have a guest act out each type of annoying passenger. Sir Patrick Stewart stepped into the role and becomes all the people you hate on airplanes: the chatty Charlie, the seat kicker, the seat climber, and more.

See Also: More hijinks with Sir Patrick Stewart

Watch the humorous video after the break.

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