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Meisho Movie Realization Ronin Mandalorian

Meisho Movie Realization Ronin Mandalorian

Among The Mandalorian’s many influences are Westerns and samurai movies. This collectible from Bandai celebrates the series’ Eastern influences, envisioning Din Djarin as a rōnin, a wandering warrior with no lord or master. The 6.7″ tall figure includes a real cloth cape, rifle, blaster, and a katana.

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

The members of 40 Fingers put their capable digits to good use with this awesome four-part cover of the Dire Straits track Sultans of Swing. They did Mark Knopfler and company proud with this richly-layered acoustic arrangement of the rock classic.

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Puddles: Everybody Hurts

Puddles: Everybody Hurts

Get ready to shed a tear or three with this cover version of the R.E.M. track Everybody Hurts, performed with heaps of emotion by the sad clown with the golden voice, Puddles Pity Party. It’s a somber song but offers sage advice for anyone struggling with difficult times.

Star Wars: The Jedi Mind

Star Wars: The Jedi Mind

Do or do not. There is no try. Learn the ways of the Jedi and how they might be used to better your life. Author Amy Ratcliffe and illustrator Christina Chung take quotations and lessons from Star Wars and pair them with exercises for mindfulness like breathing, posture, and meditation to help bring peace and serenity to your life.

Lovefool: Piano Edition

Lovefool: Piano Edition

Several years back, Postmodern Jukebox and Haley Reinhardt did a fantastic cover version of The Cardigans’ 1996 hit Lovefool. Now PMJ founder and arranger Scott Bradlee is back with a jazzy solo piano cover that’s equally enthralling.

Mine’s Bigger Than Yours

Mine’s Bigger Than Yours

From the hosts of the Really Awful Movies podcast comes a book about the most insane and ridiculous action movies of all time. Despite their low budgets, D-list stars, and often bad special effects, each of the 100 movies in this book deserves a watch if you’re looking for a big bang for your entertainment buck.

Yo-Yo Slow-Mo: Negative 5.0 Hook

Yo-Yo Slow-Mo: Negative 5.0 Hook

Back in 2018, Darren Dyk from Beyond Slow Motion met up with world Yo-Yo champ Evan Nagao in Hawaii to record his attempt to pull off a never-before-seen trick. It took Evan numerous tries, but he eventually manages to make the string fly backwards for five rotations around his Yo-Yo’s body before hooking it on its axle.

Space Sweepers (Trailer)

Space Sweepers (Trailer)

This Korean sci-fi comedy follows the misfit crew of a spaceship who escape Earth’s impending destruction and attempt to make a living by salvaging space debris. After discovering a young stowaway, they realize she’s a valuable and dangerous target, and decide to demand a ransom for her return. Coming to Netflix 2.5.21.

Bill Wurtz: Here Comes the Sun

Bill Wurtz: Here Comes the Sun

After taking nearly two years off from posting and almost quitting, musician Bill Wurtz is back with a new track that’s all about coming out of the funk of darkness and finding the light. It’s an appropriate track after a year of quarantine and endless bad news. Here’s to the sunshine.

LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Shop

LEGO Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Shop

Based on a fan-submitted concept, this LEGO blacksmith shop is packed with lots of tools, and armor, and its interior features a glowing forge with a light-up LEGO brick. The 2164-piece set has a removable roof for peering inside and comes with a blacksmith, archer, two Black Falcon Knights, horse, dog, and frog figures.

Star Trek Handmade by Robots Toys

Star Trek Handmade by Robots Toys

The Coop’s Handmade by Robots series of collectible toys is designed to look like it was handknit, but they’re actually sculpted and then molded from vinyl. We love these two figures based on Captain Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series. They also make nifty Ghostbusters toys.

Giant LEGO Millennium Falcon

Giant LEGO Millennium Falcon

While it doesn’t have nearly as many pieces as the Ultimate Collector Series version of the Millennium Falcon, intronDave’s LEGO model is about 50% larger. He used the now rare mid-scale version as a guide for 3D printing 356 jumbo (500% scale) LEGO bricks to snap together his 70-pound model.

Burj Khalifa Night BASE Jump

Burj Khalifa Night BASE Jump

To celebrate the launch of the Sony PS5, XDubai athletes Matt Munting and Nicholas Scalabrino performed a spectacular nighttime jump off of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building. Their jump started an insane 1,921 feet off the ground, and took them between the Address Sky View’s towers.

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Prison Ramen

Prison Ramen

Written by ex-con Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez and actor Clifton Collins Jr., this unique cookbook offers up more than 65 recipes made by inmates using instant ramen and other items they could get from the commissary while incarcerated. Among the contributors: Slash, Shia LaBeouf, and Danny Trejo.

The Wellerman TikTok Collab

The Wellerman TikTok Collab

Several musicians on TikTok collaborated to create this layered performance of the New Zealand folk song The Wellerman (aka “Sea Shanty”). NathanEvanns provided lead vocals, and The Kiffness stitched together this video, adding the subtitling and lyrics (and cats). The remix version is by Arguiles.

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Weta Workshop is one of the world’s best special effects and prop companies. Now, visitors to Auckland, New Zealand can enjoy a 90-minute interactive tour that allows them to experience the creative processes behind three imaginary movies in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. Book tickets here.

AC/DC: Realize

AC/DC: Realize

I’ve got the power to hypnotize… Make a play, mesmerize. AC/DC reminds us that old guys can rock too with this single from their 17th studio album Power Up. Vocalist Brian Johnson can still scream with the best of them, and guitarist Angus Young’s schoolboy moves as solid as ever. Turn the volume up to 11 and bang your head!

Fill-in Filmography Print

Fill-in Filmography Print

Pop Chart’s print makes a perfect gift for cinephiles, mapping out hundreds of classic movies by genre. Each film includes the year it was released, along with a circle to mark whether they loved it, liked it, or merely watched it. It measures 36″ x 24″ and available unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

Drinking Straw Grasshopper

While we all know that plastic drinking straws are bad for the environment, it’s also true they’re good for making art. YouTuber Imaginative Guy shows off his crafting skills by turning a bendy green straw into a very convincing grasshopper fishing lure. He also made a shrimp using the same technique.

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Musician Mick Mazz loves to reinterpret tracks and imagine what they might have sounded like if they came out in a different decade. His arrangement of the Oasis hit Wonderwall perfectly reworks the 1995 pseudo-Beatles track as a synth-heavy ’80s pop ballad.

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Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Gift Wrap R/C Plane

Josh over at FliteTest wanted to put together something fun and easy-to-build after the holidays, so he took some leftover wrapping paper and used it to form the wings for a remote-controlled airplane. The glider-style wing design is pretty nifty.

K’NEX Pinball Machine

K’NEX Pinball Machine

Tyler Bower loves to make things from K’NEX construction toys. His masterpiece: a fully-functional, life-size pinball machine. It features ramps, automatic scoring, a digital scoreboard, and mechanical features like trap doors, chain lifts, and multiball. The whole thing shakes a bit, so it’s a good thing there’s no tilt sensor.

The Astronomy Book

The Astronomy Book

Part of DK’s Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Astronomy Book is a great way to learn about a typically dense subject. The book explores the history of astronomy, space exploration, and the concepts surrounding astrophysics in terms that anyone can understand.

Cherry (Trailer)

Cherry (Trailer)

Tom Holland stars in this drama about a young Army medic who struggles with PTSD and turns to robbing banks after his drug addiction puts him into debt. Directed by The Russo Brothers (Avengers:Endgame + Infinity War, Community). In theaters 2.26.21 and on Apple TV + on 3.12.21.

Pac-Man Chogokin Mech Figure

Pac-Man Chogokin Mech Figure

Tamashii Nations envisions Pac-Man as a Chogokin mech. Made from a mix of ABS plastic and die-cast metal, the 4″ tall dot-gobbling machine has a metallic skin and can launch flying punches to help ward off ghosts. His flip-top head opens to reveal the real Pac-Man at the controls inside the mech. Drops Fall 2021.

Rock Covers

Rock Covers

Celebrate your love for music and artistry with Taschen’s compact (6.5″ x 8.8″) but densely-packed 512-page compendium of album art. The book features classic images from more than 750 albums, along with a fact sheet listing the key artists involved in its creation.

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