Toys

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We’re used to seeing custom LEGO builds tackle geeky subjects, but a couple of projects in recent months have pulled inspiration from mythology. We’ve seen a LEGO depiction of Homer’s The Odyssey, and now there’s this rad statue of the Monkey King from Chinese mythology. Builder Tyler Halliwell told The Brick Brothers he spent about 100 hours over two months assembling the Monkey King, and it only has about 1,500 bricks. The statue is mostly hollow so it didn’t require a ton of LEGO pieces.

Overall, the Monkey King is 40″ x 15″ x 21.”

See more photos of the impressive build after the break.

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Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades from StarCraft II is ready to come hang out on your bookshelf. We’ve seen realistic cosplay of the character, but this statue is practically lifelike. As lifelike as such a creature can be, anyway. The 25 inch figure from Sideshow Collectibles features Kerrigan emerging from a chrysalis as an agent of the Zerg Overmind.

See more details in photos after the break.

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In the MOC Madness competition, all the Star Wars things are going steampunk. The Steam Wars competition is broken into five rounds, and it began in July. The first challenge was for participants to choose a canon starfighter and reimagine it as a minifig scale steampunk fighter. Now they’re on round three, and it’s all about building a steampunk AT-AT.

The above picture features markus19840420′s submission. He only had seven days to build the Walker, and I’m impressed by the number of details he incorporated in such a short period of time. I’d totally buy something like this.

See more photos of the build after the break.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Book of Life is coming to theaters October 17th, but you can pre-order Funko Pop! figures featuring characters from the film now with shipping slated for September. The Funko collection includes Manolo, Maria, Xibalba, and Le Muerte in beautiful and bright colors. These toys are already on my list just because they look so awesome.

See pics of the rest of the toys after the break.

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If you saw the homemade dancing Groot we posted recently and wanted one of your own, Patrick Delehanty has posted pictures and details on how it was made.

It’s a perfect example of what happens when know-how meets imagination, and the fact that Patrick’s sharing his DIY hints with others is very Groot of him.

The picture above represents what baby Groot started life as. Head after the break to see some of the in-progress shots.

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This incredible steampunk Lego diorama was created by Logan and is titled “The grand arrest of Professor Filius Bertram” and includes plenty of steampunk details. There are airships, a tank, and even some wonderful smoke effects!

See more pictures after the break.

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One of the running gags at the SDCC Supernatural panel was the fact that, while Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins have had their characters made into Funko POP!s, Mark Sheppard’s Crowley is nowhere to be seen.

Which is where Jen and John from Epbot (and Cakewrecks) come in. As Jen wrote, “Since John and I planned to see Sheppard here at a local Orlando con the very next weekend, I got the crazy idea to make Mark his own “official” Pop! figure.”

Yep, thanks to these two, Mark Sheppard has been given his very own customized Funko POP!.

Head after the break to see more pictures and Mark’s tweet about this mini King Of Hell.

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It’s not nice to make your LEGO minifigs stand around on your shelves. Why not give them sweet rides? Builder Brian Kescenovitz designed some highly detailed LEGO mechs for his minifigs, and they’re both cute and impressive. He calls the above mech an UM-6 War Doll, and I would like one for each of my minifigs.

See more of Brian’s work after the break.

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Hot Toys recently announced a new line of Back to the Future collectibles, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the classic time-travel flick. The first toy will be the above 1/6th scale Marty McFly figure, and as you can see the toy actually features an uncanny Michael J. Fox’s likeness, along with other crucial details like clothes, sunglasses and that bulky ’80s camera! Here’s what the company had to say about the figure:

The movie-accurate Marty McFly Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories. Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a 1/6th scale guitar as bonus accessory.

Pretty cool, right? By the way, the DeLorean looks amazingly detailed too, and I’m pretty stoked to see that Marty also comes with a retro skateboard.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (named after astronomer Edwin Hubble) was carried into orbit around Earth, where it continues making amazing discoveries to this day. Now, GRusso has submitted his design for a Lego version of the telescope to Lego Ideas, saying “A LEGO model of this amazing piece of space engineering would come as a perfect homage to its [the Hubble's] 25th anniversary in 2015 (little more than a year from now).”

The design is getting a lot of support, but still needs more if it’s going to have a real shot at being accepted.

More pictures of this well-designed (and strangely round) model telescope after the break.

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