Guardians of the Galaxy in LEGO

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Sean Willets and Forrest Whaley remade the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer completely in LEGO. From Gamma Squad:

From YouTuber Forrest Whaley, who has turned moving Legos around into a career, part of the fun is spotting all the fill-ins Whaley used for huge scenes. If you’re quick, for example, you’ll spot Mon Calamari, oddly silent on whether or not it’s a trap, in the background. Also, surprisingly, this is an official spot, according to First Showing; it appears Disney gave Whaley enthusiastic permission to put their upcoming hit into plastic.

Now I really want a Rocket Raccoon mini fig. Guardians of the Galaxy officially opens nationwide tomorrow, but there are plenty of showings tonight.    



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The Easiest Solution To Batman Versus Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming movie that has both superhero flick fans and comic book readers foaming at the mouth, our heads spinning from all the possibilities. 

Will Batman and Superman physically battle it out in the movie, or is the versus meant to indicate a difference of opinion about how to deal with an impending problem of superheroic proportions?

Dorkly artist Andy Kluth has an idea about how the whole situation will play out, and his comic offers up the easiest solution to the situation- the good ol' Superman flying so fast that he actually travels back in time trope.

Geez, Supes- you're a real jerk! Now I really hope Batman wins in the upcoming movie!

-Via GeekTyrant



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60+ Costumes From The 2014 San Diego Comic Con

If you've been on the internet at all over the last week, you know the San Diego Comic Con was last weekend. If you are a regular Neatorama reader, then you know that Zeon and I go to Comic Con every year to collect the greatest cosplay we can find at the convention. This year was no exception, and despite losing my badge on Saturday night, I am happy to bring you some of my favorite cosplay photos from the convention.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this crazy street display wasn't cosplay -but there was, in fact, someone inside this massive suit, operating it almost like a puppet. It even had conversations with the giant crowd surrounding it!

This Ice King costume was also massive. It was so big, I'm pretty sure he never even set foot on the convention floor that day.

Young Marceline here, on the other hand, had only her large prop to worry about.

There were a lot of great costumes this year, especially from Adventure Time, but of all the hundreds of cosplay characters I saw this year, I think this warrior Fionna was by far my favorite.

As far as bad-assed, yet adorable cosplays go, there were a surprisingly large number of them. This Rocket Raccoon costume was a particularly good example. Oddly, with all the buzz about Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I only saw two cosplays based on the franchise.

Two costume trends I did see plenty of were Harley Quinn and Deadpool. This tutued Harley and Avengers Deadpool at least put a fun spin on the costumes.

This punk rock Harley Quinn was a delightfully unique twist on the character.

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A Beginner's Guide To Graphics Settings For PC Gaming

Some gamers find PC gaming a bit daunting, what with all the hardware needed to support high end games, extra software needed to run the games properly, and the myriad of settings you don’t need to worry about while gaming on a console.

Terms like anti-aliasing, tessellation and vsync boggle the mind when you’re trying to make sure you're maximizing your PC's performance while you play your favorite games. 

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Luckily there are two new videos, created by GameSpot for their Reality Check series, which explain what all these settings actually mean to your gaming experience.

Don’t have time to watch videos? Then check out A Beginner’s Guide to Graphics Settings at Lifehacker and read all about it! 

-Via Kotaku



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Wasteland Weekenders Were Out In Force At San Diego Comic-Con

Wasteland Weekend is “The World’s Largest Post-Apocalyptic Festival”, and since the official debut in 2010 the event has grown from a few hundred attendees to an apocalyptic mob large enough to initiate their own revolution against civilized society.

What began as a spin-off of Mad Max themed festivals, which were held in Australia and Japan as far back as the late 1970s, has become the place for fans of apocalyptic genre movies, video games and those who’d rather LARP in the radioactive wastelands than in a fantasy forest.

This year the organizers are expecting their largest turnout yet, and with a little help from the horde of wasteland ambassadors who attended San Diego Comic-Con 2014 they’re sure to get plenty of fresh meat heading out to the desert this September.



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The Leftovers Wins The WTF Award For Advertising At Comic-Con

The HBO Series The Leftovers is an incredibly dramatic show based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name.

The Leftovers is a unique take on the idea of the Rapture, where two percent of all people on Earth disappear overnight.

In the show the survivors, aka the "leftovers", deal with the loss of their loved ones while trying to keep their lives together during this strange time.

It's a dark, brooding, and extremely humanistic story that focuses on the survivors rather than the Rapture itself, and the creators decided to advertise their show with realistic Loved Ones dolls outside San Diego Comic-Con which left people with lots of unanswered questions.

Some people thought the whole thing was some kind of inside joke, or advertising for a Real Doll style silicone mannequin for sick fetishists, but those who watch the show understood the reference and yet were still totally creeped out by these realistic looking figures:

Apparently the show's creators wanted to get under our skin with their morbid exhibit, but I doubt this strange form of advertising will work in their favor considering most people who saw the exhibit had no idea what the heck they were looking at!



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The Last Of Us: One Night Live Is A Musical Horrorshow

The Last of Us: One Night Live was an event based on an alternate musical ending to the game that was “thrown together by the cast on the soundstage as they worked on the game"- it was a celebration of the game's storyline, soundtrack and the impact this darkly humanistic world has on gamers.

WARNING- If you haven't played the game yet there are spoilers contained within the performance, and some subject matter considered NSFW.

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Naughty Dog studio brought the game to life at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, with "a performance of the score by Gustavo Santaolalla, plus a "live read" of key scenes featuring the principal actors, as directed by Neil Druckmann."

It's a clever way to celebrate a game that redefined multiple video game genres, and it truly showcases all the hard work and dedication that goes into making such an amazing game.

-Via Kotaku/Comingsoon



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Weaponsmiths Combine All Four Ninja Turtle Weapons Into One

The super talented weaponsmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword, collectively known on YouTube as MAN AT ARMS, are back with a new series called REFORGED, where they step up their weapon forging game by constructing hybrid weapons based on our favorite geeky franchises.

In this episode they came up with a rather creative way to combine all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s weapons into one freakin’ crazy weapon they should call the Cowabunga Choppah.

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You'd think a katana blade mounted on the end of a bo staff would be enough, but this is REFORGED, and MAN AT ARMS is going all out to create weapons we've only seen in our geeky dreams, so of course they had to work in Raphael's sai and Mikey's nunchakus.

However, seeing how they work the sai and nunchaku in to the overall build will surprise you...What will these creative weapon masters come up with next?! 

-Via Sploid



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Maisie Williams Reveals How She Stayed Undercover At Comic-Con

Most celebs love to get dressed up, whether in formal wear or a fun costume, so it’s only natural that celebs who attend San Diego Comic-Con each year enjoy channeling their inner cosplayer on the main floor of the convention.

However, celebs generally don’t enjoy getting mobbed by fans, and if they are easily recognizable even in costume they could wind up being the subject of an unwanted fan frenzy.

That’s why celebs are choosing to go to Comic-Con incognito these days, wearing outfits that obscure their identity and allow them the anonymous freedom to roam the floor as they please.

Maisie Williams decided to attend Comic-Con 2014 while wearing simple disguises that kept people from catching Game of Thrones mania and freaking out on the Con floor.

As you can see from her Instagram photo people didn't seem to think twice about the weird little fangirl wearing the Guy Fawkes or Spider-Man mask, and she was able to enjoy the convention without inciting hysteria!

-Via Fashionably Geek



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Artist Turns Random Facebook Profile Pics Into Watercolor Sloth Portraits

Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg feels that Facebook profile pics are looking a bit too human these days, so he has taken it upon himself to bring a bit of critter color to the world of social media by slothifying random Facebook profile pics: 

The UK based artist has become known for his offbeat watercolor works, which he shares with the web under the name S**tty Watercolour, and if you are familiar with Hector’s works you know there is nothing serious about his artistic interpretations:

Hector has painted portraits of Redditors and celebrities, and now he’s tackling the ever changing world of social media, whether the Facebook users in question like it or not. Who knows, you might be his next slothification victim…

-Via Bored Panda



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A Darth Vader to Japanese Translation Phrasebook

If you're a native Japanese speaker traveling to an English-speaking country, you might wonder how you will be able to conduct business and everyday transactions in a language that is very different from your own. How will you order food at a restaurant, check into a hotel, or make a business deal?

Thankfully, in the Anglosphere, you can get most of this done by selectively quoting Star Wars. Darth Vader's own dialogue is a particularly good starting point, which is why the publishing company Gakken has produced a phrasebook which translates Lord Vader's English into Japanese. Here are some sample pages.

-via Rocket News 24



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Forgotten Children's TV Shows That Will Give You Nightmares

Children’s television shows used to walk a fine line between enchantingly adorable and unnervingly creepy.

There have been so many kids shows that have come and gone over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all, but Mental Floss’s Ransom Riggs went down the YouTube rabbit hole and came back with a few shining examples, to remind us how creepy some kid's shows used to be:

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Maybe it had something to do with the strange (and typically low budget) critter costumes, or the slowed speech meant to keep the whole thing kid friendly, but the creepiness most definitely DID NOT have ANYTHING to do with the puppets!

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Okay, maybe it had a little bit to do with the puppets, because they usually weren't friendly looking Muppet style puppets- more often than not they looked like the stuff nightmares are made of.

And speaking of creepy puppets, there's one show missing from Ransom's list of creepy kid's TV shows, one puppet filled program that used to simultaneously fascinate and disturb me to the core as a youngster- The Letter People.

The animated sequences were delightfully folksy, and totally meant to appeal to a Flower Child's child, but there was something about those maniacally grinning puppets with the totally blank expressions that used to haunt me in my dreams!

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Are there any old kid's TV shows that used to creep you out as a kid? Let us know in the comment section and we'll compare notes!



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Tina Fey Blooper Reel From The Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are the funniest puppets in the land, and when they make a comedic puppet movie where they star alongside comedians famous for their fabulous sense of humor you know some funny business is bound to go down on the set.

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Tina Fey is one funny lady, and she’s also a fan of The Muppets, so when she has a blooper moment during filming you know it’s going to make you LOL, and if we could watch more than thirty seconds of hilarity folks would definitely end up ROFLing.

This Tina Fey blooper reel comes to you courtesy of The Mary Sue, who were given an exclusive look at The Muppets Most Wanted bonus features before the Blu-ray version is released on August 12th.



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These Guys Are Really Bad At Being Batman

Con cosplayers usually try their best to make their costumes at least presentable, if not amazingly detailed and mind-blowingly realistic, but some cosplayers walk a much more crooked road with their costumes:

These cosplayers, or Halloweenies or simply "creepy guys in masks", aren't trying to capture the likeness, attitude and heroic stature of their costume's inspiration, they're just sporting the cape and cowl for the fun of it, and giving poor Bats a bad reputation at the same time:

Bad Batman cosplayers are becoming harder to find on the Con floors, so when you spot a schlubby guy sporting a bad rendition of the Dark Knight's batsuit make sure you snap a pic, to remind the world what not to do when playing the role of Batman!

Check out the rest of the Bad Batman Cosplays over at The Soup



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Adam Savage's 'Alien' Spacesuit Lets Him Go Incognito At Comic-Con

Cosplayers put a lot of time, energy and skilled effort into constructing their costumes, often spending weeks if not months putting their outfit together, building accessories and getting the overall look just right before hitting the Comic-Con floor.

However, one very famous geek named Adam Savage went above and beyond when he constructed his Alien themed spacesuit for Comic-Con, a classic costume ten years in the making.

Clearly Adam didn’t spend ten whole years making the suit, and the last decade has been a rather busy part of his life, but his incredible patience finally paid off when Mr. Savage became Adam Incognito on the Con floor:

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Here’s why Adam chose this particular sci-fi spacesuit as a decade long cosplay project:

  "The Alien spacesuit, which was designed by Moebius, is one of my favorite spacesuit designs ever, and I'm a spacesuit fanatic," Savage revealed. "I've got a bunch of replicas of real ones and fake ones. I've been working on this this particular suit over the last 10 years. It's the final culmination of a decade of obsession — it was worth every minute of labor put into it to see the responses from all the cosplayers out on the floor."

I must admit I had no idea that Adam Savage was in the suit when I passed him on the Con floor, and his costume was so well made and intricately detailed that it looked just as good up close as it does in photos, as you would expect from something built by that talented buster of myths.

-Via Yahoo



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Ninja Warrior Phenom Tackles Assassin's Creed Experience At SDCC

People were lining up under the hot California sun all weekend long just to take a crack at Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Experience obstacle course, but something tells me nobody tackled the course quite like Kacy Catanzaro.

She recently became the first woman to beat the brutal American Ninja Warrior course, so this incredible athlete couldn't help but make this fun Assassin’s Creed themed course outside San Diego Comic-Con look like a walk in the park:

If these obstacle courses are any indication Kacy is physically well prepared for the life of an assassin, and maybe she can change Ubisoft's mind about having a female assassin in the series.

-Via Nerd Approved



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Wholock: The Musical

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If you were going to mashup Doctor Who and Sherlock, you may as well make it a musical. It would have to start with a little number about one-upmanship before they can join forces. After all, neither one wants to be the sidekick! The lyrics are at the YouTube page. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Can You Spare Some Rupees For A New Shield?

Link was spotted outside San Diego Comic-Con 2014 playing some sweet melodies on his ocarina, but he wasn’t looking for a badge or a recording contract- he was trying to gather enough rupees to buy a new shield.

His playing has improved quite a bit over the years, but you'd think a hero of his caliber would have enough rupees in his coffer to afford a spare shield!

I sincerely hope he wasn't living out of that cardboard box during his visit, because there were hungry zombies lurking around downtown San Diego during Comic-Con, and Link doesn't look like he's ready for a fight...



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Pie Man to the Rescue: 13-plus One-off TV Superheroes

It’s difficult to design a superhero that can sustain a series of comic books or his/her own TV show. But when they’re a guest star, any superhero can be interesting. The weirdest, dumbest, most obscure superpower will do for just one appearance. And TV shows have taken advantage of that tim sand time again. Do you remember Turkey Volume Guessing Man from MST3K?

Some heroes are born from tragedy, some are born from freak accidents, and some are born from watching a phenomenally stupid movie. In season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the liberal use of “turkey” (twice) as an insult in the film Riding With Death led Crow T. Robot to realize his true potential as “Turkey Volume Guessing Man.” His power is the ability to take any given space and translate it to a poultry-based measurement system, guessing how many turkeys it would take to fill the room. It’s an ability he readily admits is completely useless in real life and that isolates him from the world at large, “although women are drawn to me, for my powers are fascinating.”

There are a lot more stories just as strange, from shows ranging from L.A. Law to The Simpsons in this list from the A.V. Club. 



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Darth Vader Wood Stove

He is more machine than man now. Twisted, welded, and evil. This is Darth Vader, an outdoor wood stove built by Instructables member doddieszoomer. He made it from an old gas steel bottle. He used an angle grinder to shape the helmet accents. Doddieszoomer then finished the project with spray paint for the rich black Vader look.

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Star Wars Episode VII Jitters Song

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In this little ditty from Adult Swim, a lonely geek contemplates Star Wars VII. What if it’s awful? So many things could go wrong! That’s what we call “managing expectations,” or “not getting our hopes up.” As with most of the big blockbuster movies these days, the anticipation is more enjoyable than the payoff. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Rocket Raccoon at Comic Con



One of Dorkly’s People You See at Every Nerd Convention we posted just yesterday was a “Furry who refuses to admit they’re being furry,” with a cosplayer insisting he’s Rocket Raccoon. You can’t win at that game, unless you have something no one else has …like honestly being less than three feet tall!

Instagram member tyndalecode found a Rocket Raccoon that’s the perfect size at Comic Con!



And he's ready to party! -via The Mary Sue



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Superheroes in the Shower

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"Bruce, you stink. You really need to shower."

"I'm not Bruce. I'm The Batman."

"Yes, we know. But you can take off the Batsuit every now and then. And now would be a good time. Because you're starting to smell pretty bad."

"I can't take off the suit. I am The Batman. The suit and cowl are who I am."

"Yes, we know that. And perhaps wild bats smell a bit. But superheroes who want to stay in the Hall of Justice need to smell fresh."

"But I--"

"Dousing yourself with Axe body spray isn't enough!"

-via Pleated Jeans



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The Walking Dead Season 5 Preview

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As happens every year at Comic Con, the first full-length preview of the new season of The Walking Dead was unveiled. Although we still have to wait until October to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the zombies again, we can glean a few plot points to hang onto until then. -via Uproxx



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Six-Year-Old Tries To Name Super Smash Bros. Characters, Fails Adorably

Tumblr user Lorenzo was trying to be an awesome big brother when he introduced his six-year-old little sister to the classic video game characters that star in the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise, and then he asked her if she remembered their names.

She got some of the names right, and came close with others like Pakistan (Pac-Man) and Bowler (Bowser), but the ones she tried to make up on the spot are pretty adorable.

To be fair, most of the characters in the game are from well before her time, and she probably hasn't been playing video games for long, but her imaginative new names might be just what these characters need to revitalize their image.

-Via Nerd Approved



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Tapio Mömmö's Unique Take On Superhuman Powers

Finnish artist Tapio Mömmö has a unique vision of what it means to be superhuman, and his characters derive their utilitarian superpowers from the machines that have fused with their bodies.

Through his digital artworks the phrase keeping a cool head takes on a new meaning, and to say that a guy with a boat for a head takes to water like a duck is an understatement.

His characters are heroically tragic, world weary and dressed like average folks, but their mechanical additions make them true survivors, able to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at them.

-Via Hi-Fructose



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Punisher Versus Red Hood In Super Power Beat Down

Marvel’s ultimate vigilante The Punisher and DC’s sidekick turned street crusader Red Hood have a lot in common besides their one-man war on crime- they both have a wicked sense of style, they both use guns because they don’t have superpowers, and they're the baddest anti-heroes in their respective comic book universes.

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MachinimaPrime and Bat in the Sun teamed up to bring the battle of the badass vigilantes to life in episode 12 of their Super Power Beat Down web series, which starts with a WonderCon poll to see who fans think will win and ends up really bleak for one of these bad boys.

(NSFW due to language and violence)

-Via GeekTyrant



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Spider-Man Strawberries

With great deliciousness comes great responsibility. Fortunately, Dácil is up to the task. She made these strawberry treats by painting lines with white and dark chocolate. 

-via That's Nerdalicious!



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Game of Thrones Deaths, Illustrated

Fishfinger has completed their trilogy of art posts about the HBO series Game of Thrones. This one illustrates the various deaths on the show through the first four seasons. Actually, just the most important character deaths, because all of them would take up too much space! Since that concept contains massive spoilers, you’ll have to continue reading to see it. 

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There's A New Squid-Faced Cryptocurrency In Town

Cryptocurrency “brands” are trying their darndest to become as likeable as greenbacks, using characters like Doge that appeal to the target audience, and since the whole thing is bordering on becoming fantasy funny money anyway it’s rather appropriate to use fictional characters as the spokesthings.

The latest cryptocurrency incarnation bears the horrifying, squid-faced visage of the Great Old One Cthulhu, and this crypto currency is guaranteed to drive those foolish enough to accept it mad with greed!

Here’s some of the strange rhetoric Cthulhu Offerings is using to get people to join their monetary "ritual"-

As the equinox approaches we begin the ritual; four weeks and five days long it builds until Cthulhu awakens and one worshipper is rewarded greatly!
The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us. Join us in our ritual.

Will you join in this monetary ritual, or let your dead presidents, and your sanity, stay safe and sound right where they are?

-Via io9



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