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Coolest Dad ever Kyle Gilbert created this awesome replica of the Millennium Falcon Cockpit for his Star Wars fankids. The project only took a weekend to build, using a few inexpensive materials (like PVC board, MDF, tons of glue, and a few other odds and ends). The cockpit itself is pretty detailed with fake light-up control panels and a flight dashboard with working buttons and switches.

See Also: I’m So Jealous Of This Kid’s Millennium Falcon Bedroom

Check out the inside of this fantastic Falcon playhouse after the break.

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A man’s home is his castle, and Andrey Rudenko has figured out how to 3D print one from concrete. He’s spent the last two years printing a castle in his yard with his custom built printer. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that this complex structure is composed of layer after layer of concrete that’s only 10mm tall by 30mm wide. And he’s not stopping; Rudenko is moving on to figuring out how to print a full scale livable house.

See more pics and a video of the printer in action after the break.

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J.K. Rowling doesn’t kid around when she decides to build her children a treehouse / playground / outdoor mansion. The structure is so large that it requires planning permission before she can move forward with actual construction. It includes two treehouses that resemble Hogwarts-like turrets. They are connected by rope bridge and can be accessed by a secret tunnel. Fancy.

The plans submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council show that the play houses are for Rowling’s two youngest children. Yes, they are incredibly lucky. Besides the fact that they get castle like retreats, the houses feature spiral staircases, balconies, carvings, escape poles, and more. As you can imagine, such a structure is not cheap. The treehouses are estimated to cost £150,000 or around $236,000.

See additional renderings of the treehouse plans after the break.

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Are you in Seattle? Zoom to Craigslist immediately. You can buy a 1/3 scale TIE fighter made from plywood for just $150. Make it your new playhouse. Display it in your front yard. Let it be a planter. At that price, you just need to get it. From the ad:

8x8x8 feet but breaks down into 5 pieces for easy transport in a pickup or can haul partially assembled (except for the top half of the wings) on a trailer. Wheeled casters make it easy to move once assembled. Laser cannons are set to fire standard party poppers. Well built out of 3/4 plywood with the wings sheeted in cardboard. Tested to hold over 300 pounds. Cockpit is 38 inches by 38 inches and my 5ft tall son comfortably sits inside.

It might just be worth a roadtrip to pick this up. You don’t quite have to go to a galaxy far, far away either. Of course, it may already be to late. On that note, a screencap of the original ad is available after the break.

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Treehouses are so last century. Now you can buy your child (or yourself) a cozy Hobbit hole playhouse. The designs vary, but they range from 10′ to 12′ wide and occupy from 35-50 square feet. Combine that with the fact that they are 6’3″ tall on the inside and you’ll understand why these playhouses are definitely better suited for Hobbit-sized occupants.

See other available designs and colors after the break.

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Combine a Doctor Who obsession with a pet cat who loves boxes and you have the ultimate DIY TARDIS project. “Astromark” created this half-scale playhouse for his cat, Kaylee. The project took about three weeks, and features a carpeted interior, various interior levels and a traditional Yale-type lock adorned with Kaylee’s name.

Check out some additional photos after the break.

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In an effort to show contradictions between “two conflicting ideas”, sculpturist Dietrich Wegner created this twenty-foot-tall playhouse which poses as an atomic mushroom cloud using Poly-fil, rope, wood and steel:

When an image stands in limbo, between associations, it occupies a flexible place in our mind. Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful…The ephemeral beauty of a mushroom cloud is frightening, how it floats for a minute, delicate and blooming, yet remains chaotic and utterly destructive. We experience a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows.

Although this is the artistic explanation which will help intellectuals appreciate the work, most people will be won over simply by hearing the words “mushroom cloud playhouse… MUSHROOM CLOUD PLAYHOUSE!

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Not every kid is going to grow up to be Luke Skywalker. There is plenty of room for those that want to oppose the forces of good. The Tie Fighter Playhouse will give your kids a leg up on the other kids who are trying to curry favor with the dark side. It is really just an investment in your child’s future, along with a bet on which side will be victorious.

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Some cats are just not content to sit inside all day, lounging around doing nothing. Nope—those types of cats crave action and adventure. If that sounds like your feline friend, one of these cardboard cat playhouses is a must have. The playhouses come unfolded, so if you are the kind of person that is content to lounge around doing nothing all day, just keep in mind that some manual labor is involved. Available in fighter plane, tank and fire engine versions.

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