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BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

Marty McFly had the coolest mode of transportation in Back to the Future II, but the hoverboard was never actually made. Artist Nils Guadagnin decided to make his own version for a recent exhibition.

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

So we all know that Airplane! is one of the great comedies of all time, right? Well, did you know that the film actually drew much of its inspiration from a 1957 movie called Zero Hour!? Well, you do now.

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Mercedez Benz C111-III Concept

Mercedez Benz C111-III Concept

Mercedes Benz used the C111 series to test new engines and other technologies. The 1977 C111-III had a 230hp diesel engine, and broke nine speed records. Why didn’t they produce this car again?

The Scout Bag

The Scout Bag

Handmade in an edition of 150 pieces from 1940’s dead stock Filson tin cloth and 1950’s military webbing, the very cool looking Scout bag from Farm Tactics has style and a story behind it.

Premake: Empire Strikes Back

Premake: Empire Strikes Back

What might The Empire Strikes Back have looked like if it were created in the 1950s, and filmed in groundbreaking 3D? Thanks to this new “premake” by Ivan Guerrero, we now know.

MC Chris x Twin Peaks

MC Chris x Twin Peaks

NSFW: Adult Swim’s MC Chris takes on David Lynch’s cult-classic, Twin Peaks in his rap “This Pie’s So Good it is a Crime.” This fan-made video is the perfect complement to Chris’ hysterical lyrics.

Vintage Camera Found Film

Vintage Camera Found Film

John Kittelsrud recently acquired a Kodak Duaflex IV and found that it included an exposed roll of vintage 620 format Kodacolor-X, waiting for someone to process it. These are the results.

U-Boat U-1942 Watch

U-Boat U-1942 Watch

Limited to just 29 pieces, and built to specs produced by the Italian military in the 1940s, the U-Boat U-1942 watch is water-resistant and can handle undersea pressures up to 1200-feet deep.

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

Celebrating 30 years of production of BMW’s classic GS series of motorcycles, the Bavarian vehicle-maker revealed these limited-edition F800GS, R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure bikes.

Atari Pint Glasses

Atari Pint Glasses

Get your drink on with these retro Atari arcade pint glasses. Each set comes with Missile Command, Asteroids, Centipede and Tempest glasses. Of course, they’re perfect for playing quarters.

Apple Website 1983/1993

Apple Website 1983/1993

With the recent buzz surrounding the iPad, it’s easy to forget Apple’s more humble roots. Newtonpoetry imagines what the Apple website might have looked like back in 1983 & 1993. Love that Lisa!

King Crab Attack

King Crab Attack

Gregoire Sivan’s short film gives us a really bad case of crabs. Sit back and enjoy his monster movie tribute in which the world is attacked by gigantic crustaceans. Extra points for the dubbing.

Space Invaders Tie

Space Invaders Tie

Stand out (not like a sore thumb) and proclaim your gamer identity at your next fancy event with this playful silk tie featuring random offset space invaders. We’re hoping it’s a skinny one.

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Stylophone Portable Synthesizer

Stylophone Portable Synthesizer

A tiny version of the 1967 synth used by the likes of David Bowie and Kraftwerk, this gadget features the same sounds as the original, along with retro organ sounds, vibrato and pitch bend effects.

Sox and Martin Cuda 2010

Sox and Martin Cuda 2010

Inspired by the 1970s Plymouth Barracuda stock cars driven by Ronnie Sox and Buddie Martin, Mr. Norm’s Garage applied the classic red, white and blue styling to a 625hp 2010 Dodge Challenger.

Super Mario Crossover

Super Mario Crossover

Revisit the original Super Mario Bros. as Link, Samus, Mega Man, Simon Belmont, or Bill – Yes, Bill from Contra – in the ultimate 8-bit mash-up. King Koopa will never kidnap Princess Peach again.

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Recycled Cassette Tape Portraits

Self-taught artist Erika Iris Simmons, aka iRI5, creates works with a focus on recycling found materials. In this series she made a number of portraits of musicians from original cassette tapes.

8-Bit Dr. Horrible: Act 3

8-Bit Dr. Horrible: Act 3

Looks like Doctor Octoroc just wrapped the third and final act of his 8-bit tribute to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Part 1 and Part 2 just hit the Interweb. If you missed ’em, catch Act 1 and Act 2.

Retro Rotary iPhone Dock

Retro Rotary iPhone Dock

These handmade iRetrofone docks are sculpted and cast one at a time from resin, are compatible with all iPhone models and let you charge your phone with your own USB cable. Love that handset.

TV & Movie Home Blueprints

TV & Movie Home Blueprints

Mark Bennett makes blueprints of homes from retro TV shows and movies. With the right architect, you could build Wayne Manor. Ironically, Mike Brady’s blueprints are nowhere to be found.

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Nike Vintage ’72 Sunglasses

Nike Vintage ’72 Sunglasses

Grab your Members Only Jacket and slip on a pair of Nike’s Vintage ’72 sunglasses for some hip retro style. Featuring an oversized frame, you’ll get an aviator-inspired look with maximum sun protection.

Brough Superior Motorcycle

Brough Superior Motorcycle

Vintage bike lovers take note: the Brough Superior is back in production. 5 exact replicas of the originals will be made per year, with nickel-plated gas tank, 60 cubic inch V-twin and no electronics.

The Day Einstein Died

The Day Einstein Died

55 years ago, photojournalist Ralph Morse covered Albert Einstein’s death for LIFE Magazine, but the story was not published at the request of Einstein’s son. These haunting photos were unseen until now.

1949 Dodge Power Wagon

1949 Dodge Power Wagon

This retro Dodge Power Wagon firetruck was customized in honor of the fallen firefighters of 9/11. Part of the proceeds of its sale will go to the Rolling Memorial for Fallen Firefighters.

Leather Copenhagen Chair

Leather Copenhagen Chair

Mid-century modern fans should enjoy this luxurious nod to Arne Jacobsen in this 1950s Leather Copenhagen Chair. It swivels 360° on a brushed aluminum base and is offered in 4 colors.

Retro Ultra Monster Posters

Retro Ultra Monster Posters

We are enjoying the hyper-saturated colors and dynamic perspectives in these vintage monster movie posters by Japanese artist Takayoshi Mizuki. He created this work between 1965 and 1972.

8-Bit Dr. Horrible: Act 2

8-Bit Dr. Horrible: Act 2

We loved Act 1; now the talented Doc Octoroc has just released Act 2 of his 8-bit homage to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog in 2 parts. After watching the most excellent Part 1 above, catch Part 2 here.

Arcade Game Propaganda Posters

Arcade Game Propaganda Posters

We are digging the retro style in this series of arcade propaganda posters for beloved 80’s arcade games from illustrator Steve Thomas. The series includes Donkey Kong, Joust, Dig Dug, and Frogger.

Video: Pixels

Video: Pixels

Pixelated video game characters land on Earth and take over in this amazing digital short film by director Patrick Jean and Onemoreprod. Be sure to watch all the way through for a cool pay-off.

8-Bit Dr. Horrible

8-Bit Dr. Horrible

This humorous and charming version of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog by Doctor Octoroc imagines Joss Whedon and NPH’s internet musical sensation as an 8-bit NES game.

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

The Deluxx Fluxx Arcade is an enveloping art collaboration between famed street artists Faile & Bast, where game rooms and machines are transformed into an interactive experience.

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