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We’ve seen many official and unofficial LEGO AT-AT builds over the years, but you have to admire Noah‘s 5000 piece build. It’s properly scaled to minifigs!

If that wasn’t enough, Noah also built a diorama of Hoth to go with it. Check out more pics and a video below. [click to continue…]


We’ve seen BB-8 be a lot of things over the last year. We’ve seen him as a lamp, a car tire hub cap, and Parks & Recreations character Jean-Ralphio. But this new project might just be my favorite—a BB-8 firepit. Which, now I think about it, isn’t actually a barbecue, is it? I guess that ‘BBQ-8’ gag doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Fortunately, the firepit itself does. Custom-built by Alex Dodson in Barnsley, South Yorkshire (that’s in England, by the way, where all the cool stuff is), the firepit starts life as a 12.5 kg LPG cylinder and is then hand-crafted into this gorgeous BB-8. Check out a brief video tour of the firepit below. [click to continue…]


Our shirt store is full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14! But that’s not all—the designs are also on sale in everything from tanks and hoodies to mugs and laptop cases.

Head on over to the store and grab your favorite designs at a discount. Better hurry though—when the weekend is over, so is the sale.


It’s been two years since the death of the magnificent Bob Hoskins, which means if they ever make a sequel to the Super Mario Bros. movie they’ll need to recast the titular role. May I nominate this hamster as a possible contender? She’s got the look, she’s got the moxie and, as the video below will show, she knows her source material.

Clearly, Twitter person @yutako55 wasn’t content with building the simple maze her daughter asked for. Using items found at the Japanese equivalent of a dollar store, they built the diorama quickly and easily. In fact it was so easy that she’s considering building another level! Roll on 1-2, we say. Check out the diorama, and the hamster, in action below. [click to continue…]


Stressed? Nerd Approved is your source for nerdy coloring books for adults. Therefore, it is our duty to inform you that Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue One is happening and it is available for pre-order now with shipping slated for December 20th 2016.

It’s early yet, but as the cover image reveals, there will be “100 images to inspire creativity”.

Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue One ($15.99)

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Quick! Somebody cosplay the hell out of this amazing bootleg toy.

(via Reddit)


Last year, Disney filed a patent. But it wasn’t just any patent. This patent involves involves lightsabers. As you can see in the diagram above, a guy from Virtua Fighter is clearly using a lightsaber to deflect a laser beam being fired by a cereal box trapped inside of a beach ball. The actual patent describes it thusly:

An entertainment environment has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through the air or operated with hidden rods to appear as if its flying through the air. The faux light saber has LEDs attached thereto to provide IR light to the drone. As an LED is turned on, an invisible light sensor built into the drone captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. A visible light source built into the drone then projects light through particulate matter toward the faux light saber. As a result, the uses is provided with the illusion that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give user the impression that the movement by the users of the faux light saber is deflecting multiple laser beams.

An educated guess would be that this is for the Star Wars themed expansions currently under construction at Disneyland California and Walt Disney World Florida, though Disney aren’t giving anything away just yet. If it becomes something that we actually get to see and experience (as we’ve all learned by now, a company filing a patent doesn’t mean they’re necessarily going to do anything with it), details like this could make the difference between visiting something Star Warsy and feeling like you’re part of Star Wars.

(Patent Yogi via io9)


Loot Crate’s theme for August 2016 is ANTI-HERO! Here’s a little teaser about what you can expect:

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Better hurry though, signups for The ANTI-HERO crate end today, August 19th at 9pm PT.


This photo of lighting taken at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and posted to the U.S. Department Of The Interior Facebook page looks a bit like a T-Rex—or Godzilla. It’s Mother Nature at her deadliest.

I’m picturing a Jurassic Park / Twister sequel with the populace being terrorized by lightning dinosaurs. I would watch the hell out of that.

(via Mashable)


Bandai has just the thing to turn your bed into a Sailor Moon dream—they’ve recreated Usagi Tsukino’s bedding set from the popular anime. The set includes a duvet cover and pillow case with the bunny and crescent moon pattern on Usagi’s bed.

Even if it wasn’t from the anime, I’d want it. It’s super cute! Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]