book recommendations

Looking for something awesome to read? We’ve compiled a list of some of our recent favorites, along with some nerd-friendly new releases for February 2016.

Check them out below.

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When you’re a kid, there are few things you want more than the toys and games you can’t have. Nobody knows this more than Reddit user one23abc – he and his brother desperately wanted to play the Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games, but they couldn’t afford them.

So they built their own card game from the ground up—and it’s fantastic.

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Tiny BB-8 In Tiny Hats

CZ5-ldMWYAAX_zXI think that @BB8 is on to something here. Somebody needs to open an Etsy shop filled with stylish crochet hat options for your Sphero BB-8.

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star wars tsums

Hey Tsum Tsum fanatics, you may want to ask for some overtime because Disney has announced that they’ll be releasing a new Original Trilogy Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection on February 16th.

According to Yahoo, the new Tsums Tsums will come in mini, medium and large sizes. And yes, The Force Awakens Tsum Tsums are slated for release sometime in the near future.

Maybe you can smuggle a few Rathtars to pay for them. Who needs all their limbs when you can get something this cute? Check out more pics below.

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Olena Mysnyk’s MyBOOKmark collection, puts the feet of our favorite characters in books. It’s like we’re crushing them with the pages. So cute!?

She makes versions inspired by several fan favorites, including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

See more examples below.

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jedi-belle-topThe last time cosplayer Elizabeth Rage was featured here, she was cosplaying Belle as Slave Leia. This time around, Belle has some Jedi training and a new Lumiere lightsaber made by @jedi_dude_jay and @ltoycreations.

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Some people will go above and beyond for the people they love. In the case of Redditor Gen4200, that involves constructing a full-size, solar-powered lamp post at 8,400 feet just so his girlfriend can experience a little magic.

Gen4200 hauled most of the components up the mountain in a hiking daypack and carried the top part of the lamp in his hands as he hiked. He drilled a hole in the ground, and built the lamp post to recreate the magical arrival point in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. In the first book, the children enter a wardrobe in their uncle’s house and emerge into the snowy forests of Narnia, where they are greeted by a Faun named Mr. Tumnus underneath a street lamp.

(Fun fact: Lewis wrote the street lamp into the books as a gentle dig at Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, who said that no street lamps had no place in a proper fantasy story. Ha!)

Gen4200 wasn’t able to recreate Narnia in its entirety – erecting a street lamp at 8,400 feet is one thing, but pulling together a Faun, talking beavers and a messianic lion is considerably more difficult. I mean, think of their hourly rates, for a start.

A photo gallery of the build process can be seen in the gallery below.

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How popular are the new (unofficial) Disneyland-themed candles by Anthology Candles? Well, the response has been so overwhelming that their site is down for maintenance and their Etsy store is nothing but rolling tumbleweeds.

Considering the scent profiles, I can see why.

Soarin’ (which is based on Soarin’ Over California) is described as Redwood Trees, Cedar Trees, Salty Ocean Mist, Orange Blossoms.

The Haunted Mansion candle boasts the scents of Musty Carpets, Dusty Furnishings, Graveyard Grasses and Flowers (very subtle jasmine florals).

They also made foodie candles inspired by Disney’s delicious churros, Dole Whip and the Main Street Bakery (Hazelnut coffee and sugar cookies).

Made from US-grown soybeans, the candles are $16 a piece or come in a $45 3-pack. As to when they’ll be available for order, Anthology says they’ll be reopening “3/1/16 – if not sooner” and they’re currently working on shipping out the orders people have already made.

I want them all. Check out more pics below.

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Get a load of this! A group of LEGO enthusiasts in Taiwan assembled this phenomenal recreation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier as seen in the Avengers films.

Measuring 140cm x 80cm and using approximately 15,000 bricks, it’s over twice the size and uses five times as many bricks as LEGO’s own officially-licensed Helicarrier set from 2015.

Formosa LEGO club members ZiO Chao and his friends Dada, Kimura, Kuan-Wei, Stephanie, Tiger and Will spent a month and a half putting this beast together, using only stills of the Helicarrier from 2012’s The Avengers as reference.

Check out more pics below.

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(via Mark Alan Miller)