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Most people would like assume that you’d have to be a pretty smart cookie to be the creative mind behind some of the biggest, most popular movies of the modern age. It stands to reason that if you can write a deep and gripping story set in a well developed world that spans universes, starring a diverse cast of complex and interesting characters – not just once, but time and time again – you’re probably quite intelligent. Then there are other people who assume that it doesn’t take too much common sense to have the creative output of someone like James Gunn and that it wouldn’t be all that hard to trick them. (more…)

Hey, do you remember Pinball – those coffin-shaped boxes where you hit a silver ball around a chaotic playfield? If you thought this game of skill died out in the 90’s, you’d be wrong. Sure, Pinball machines are no longer as prevalent in arcades, bowling alleys, or bars as they once were; but the culture of Pinball is alive and well. Despite the staggering decline in pinball gaming, new machines are being made all the time. Particularly to promote pop movie and television licenses; with such titles as: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Avengers, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters and more.

If the Force isn’t strong in pinball, how about this… Stern Pinball has announced that it is making a special 40th anniversary Star Wars pinball machine!  (more…)

A wise man once said that for everything in life there is a perfect form of it somewhere in the universe, and if there is a perfect form of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it would likely be the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson animated series from 1987. It took the Turtles from an underground independent comic to being one of the most profitable I.P.s with an expansive empire of merchandise to their name. So let’s add more! If you are in a nostalgic mood, or merely love awesome looking toys and collectibles, you will definitely want to take note of these items available next month at San Diego Comic Con(more…)

As the quality of cosplays from creators all across the world gets ever more impressive, many artists are exploring new ways to make their work stand out. From perfecting their battle cry to recreating their gait as they walk the convention floor, today’s cosplayers fully commit to bringing their favourite characters to life in every way possible. Stuntman Ben Schamma¸ better known to his fans as Maul Cosplay, takes this dedication to a whole new level. Between his martial arts skills and his stunt experience, Ben brings the dangerous attitude of the hardest fighters and renegades from popular culture to the real world.

A staple of German TV and movies, where his fights and stunts have become a part of the action-packed fabric of German entertainment, Ben still takes the time to showcase his cosplay work at conventions all over the world. From the fiercely competitive scene of his native Germany to the emerging community in Ireland, his stony-face, musclebound characters are hard to ignore.

We caught up with Ben to find out how he gets inside the head of pop culture’s roughest, toughest characters.   (more…)

When the world of Harry Potter finally came to life in 2001, no one had the words to explain what it was they were seeing. In 2011, the final movie premiered in theaters. Then in 2014, it became kind of immortalized in the real world when Universal Studios Florida created The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Three years later and the theme park is now getting a new night time light show called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” And you can check out a preview of the show after the jump.

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Is Luke Skywalker the best Jedi that ever lived? That’s a question that inspires endless debates and one that will not be answered here. But just for the record, he did go from orphan farmer boy to galaxy-saving Jedi in just three movies. Took down the Death Star with his eyes closed. Turned his evil dad good again. Oh, and he gives awesome piggy back rides. We’re here today to not talk about Luke the Jedi, but Luke the pilot. Now, we wouldn’t be so bold to say one is cooler/better than the other but in terms of what his actions as a pilot meant for the Rebels and, well, the galaxy pilot Luke is pretty dope.

While it’s a far cry from sniping Womp rats in a T-16 you can now have Luke decked out in full pilot gear in your home. Technically, there have been lots of Rebel Pilot Luke toys made over the years (lots!), but none quite like this 1/6th figure from Sideshow Collectibles.   (more…)

For so many years, cosplay was a niche hobby even among the global nerd community. It is only in the past few years that it has gathered mainstream attention and, for some of the early attempts at introducing it to a wider audience, not all of it was good. This year, Syfy showcased cosplay in an entirely new way with its show Cosplay Melee. It focussed on the creative drive and the passion felt by everyone who makes the effort to step into the shoes of their favourite characters by bringing pop culture’s most fantastic costumes to life.

The show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful if it wasn’t for the dedication of the cosplayers who strutted their stuff on the Cosplay Melee catwalk. Becka Noel was one of the creators who took the leap from convention floor to international television and captured the imaginations of nerds all over the world with her art.

We spoke to Becka to find out how the show has changed her work in cosplay and what she could possibly have lined up to follow it.  (more…)

When top cosplayers strut their stuff on stage or the convention floor, all flashing armour and skin tight spandex and story accurate props, they seem like the most confident people in the world. They step into the shoes of their favourite characters and, for a moment, they leave behind the stresses of the real world in favour of the effortless cool of their new identity. The excitement of seeing these characters come to life is only heightened knowing that the person underneath the suit is a fan just like everyone else at the convention. (more…)

One of those hobbies that requires buckets of passion, a flair for creativity and the confidence to show off your work, cosplay can be a daunting thing to get into. It’s the kind of thing you have to be prepared to devote tons of time and likely a fair bit of money to in order to get the most out of it. Once you’ve vaulted those hurdles, many cosplayers will tell you there’s hardly a more fulfilling hobby or more supportive community out there, even if you a little hesitant to jump in at the deep end first time round.

PixelPantz Cosplay is the artist that very nearly wasn’t, if one awesome friend hadn’t been so convincing. We spoke to her about what finally persuaded her to give it a go and the creative adventure she’s been on ever since.

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