Master builders from the VirtuaLUG online LEGO User Group (previously featured here) teamed again to create another awesome collaborative build. This time they’ve turned their attention from Ancient Greece to 1980s American cinema with a phenomenal diorama depicting all of the locations and unforgettable scenes from The Goonies.

Builders contributing to this project include Tyler Halliwell, Davey Sterling, Stacy Sterling, Dennis Price, Betsy Sandberg, Heath Flor, Lee Jones,Chris Phipson, Hans Dendauw, and matt rowntRee. They constructed Mikey’s and Data’s houses, the wishing well park, One-Eyed Willie’s ship, and so much more.

Trying to take in all of the details they worked into this massive build is like going on your own treasure hunt. It’s a LEGO masterpiece and a wonderfully geeky love letter to an awesome movie. The VirtuaLUG team just displayed this diorama at the 2014 BrickCon in Seattle, where it was awarded the prize for Best In Town.

Click here for additional images.

[via Nerdist]

Today the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes a dad who helped his kids complete one of the most cutting-edge LEGO projects we’ve ever not seen. Yes, you read that correctly. John Wray and his two kids spent the weekend painstakingly assembling an extraordinarily complex 3,200-piece model of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet.

It was a massive undertaking (even the instructions were invisible), but the family worked together and, as you can’t plainly see here, the LEGO model looks exactly like the real thing. Congratulations to the Wray family. You’re super awesome!

[via Kotaku and Reddit]

"There’s no star system Slave I can’t reach, and there’s no planet I can’t find. There’s nowhere in the galaxy for you to run. Might as well give up now."

LEGO + Star Wars = Super Awesome and this LEGO model of Slave I, Boba Fett’s Firespray-interceptor-class ship first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, is one of the most geektastically wonderful things we’ve ever seen.

But wait, this isn’t simply a one-of-a-kind model, it’s an official 1,995-piece LEGO model kit. This glorious replica of Slave I measures 7 inches (20cm) high, 17 inches (45cm) long and 14 inches (37cm) wide (in landing mode). Scaled for minifigs, the kit includes Boba Fett, Bespin Guard, Stormtrooper and Han Solo minifigs along with their weapons. And it gets even better still: also included is a minifig-sized Han Solo in carbonite.

Here are some additional features:

  • Rotating cockpit and wings, opening side hatches with hidden guns and missiles, 2 rotating dual shooters, cargo hold and a display stand with data sheet
  • Weapons include special blaster pistol for Boba Fett, blaster pistol for Bespin Guard and a blaster rifle for the Stormtrooper
  • Boba Fett and Bespin Guard minifigures are unique to this set
  • Rotate the cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode
  • Place carbonite-imprisoned Han Solo in the cargo hold
  • Open the side hatches to unleash missiles from the hidden guns
  • Display stand

This LEGO Star Wars Slave I kit is being released in January 2015. We don’t know about you, but we’re going to start writing our letter to Santa Claus right now.

[via Leg Godt]


You remind me of the babe.The babe with the power.The power of voodoo.

Somewhere in the wilds of Chicago there’s a babysitter looking for work, an awesome babysitter, and his name is Jareth, the Goblin King. You’ll notice that all of the contact info tabs at the bottom of this ad have been torn off. Jareth’s magical services are in high demand in the Windy City.
Photo by Ginger Fish
[via Nerd Approved]

You remind me of the babe.
The babe with the power.
The power of voodoo.

Somewhere in the wilds of Chicago there’s a babysitter looking for work, an awesome babysitter, and his name is Jareth, the Goblin King. You’ll notice that all of the contact info tabs at the bottom of this ad have been torn off. Jareth’s magical services are in high demand in the Windy City.

Photo by Ginger Fish

[via Nerd Approved]

"Look, let me explain something to you. I’m not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That, or His Dudeness … Duder … or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

Attention all Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, if you’ve got $8500 burning a hole in your ringer pocket, you’ll be able to purchase your own super awesome The Big Lebowski pinball machine in a few months’ time. This amazing machine was created by Dutch Pinball, who just unveiled and demoed to prototypes at the Grand Cafe Lebowski in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The cabinet and backbox are beautifully decorated with Lebowski imagery set over a Persian rug background. There’s no doubt that it would really tie a room together.

The machine’s playfield is chock-full of elements from and references to The Big Lebowski such as the Dude’s white russian, the bowling alley, Maude Lebowski’s golden Valkyrie, erm, bowling balls, to name a few examples. But there’s so much more. Lotta strands for old Duder’s head.

Head over to Pinball News for many additional photos and a couple videos.

We recommend storing your gaming quarters in one of our modest coffee can urns. That is, assuming Donny isn’t still in there.

[via Geekologie]

Cthulhu fhtagn and oh boy, that sure is some swell cosmic dread!
This dreadfully awesome mash-up of Mickey Mouse and our embodiment of ancient cosmic evil, aka Mickthulhu Mouse, is the work of BeastPop, Hickory, NC-based freelance artist and conduit of ancient evil (previously featured here).

"Hiya, folks! In a clever scheme to better equip humanity to embrace and serve the Elder Gods, an adorable mascot was created to represent the great cosmic entity Cthulhu and sell heaps of merchandise."

T-shirts available here.
Visit BeastPop’s Facebook page or follow him here on Tumblr at beastpop to check out more of his monstrous artwork.
[via Neatorama]

Cthulhu fhtagn and oh boy, that sure is some swell cosmic dread!

This dreadfully awesome mash-up of Mickey Mouse and our embodiment of ancient cosmic evil, aka Mickthulhu Mouse, is the work of BeastPop, Hickory, NC-based freelance artist and conduit of ancient evil (previously featured here).

"Hiya, folks! In a clever scheme to better equip humanity to embrace and serve the Elder Gods, an adorable mascot was created to represent the great cosmic entity Cthulhu and sell heaps of merchandise."

T-shirts available here.

Visit BeastPop’s Facebook page or follow him here on Tumblr at beastpop to check out more of his monstrous artwork.

[via Neatorama]

Oh yeah! Duffman is here to refill your beer and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Spring Hill, FL-based artist Mallory Mae of ButterWinks created this awesomely elaborate Duffman iced butter cooke in the style of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. All of that glorious icing illustration was done by hand.

The cookie was created for Simpsononymous, a collaborative, Simpsons-themed edible art project celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons.

Click here to view more Simpsononymous creations.

[via Between the Pages]

Today the Departments of Awesome Parenting and Impossible Cuteness met to squee in delight at the outrageously adorable and elaborate charaben (character bento) lunches created by Li Ming, Singapore-based mother of two lucky sons. Ming began making these exceptional midday meals when her eldest son, 10-year-old Ivan Tey, was having a hard time adjusting to starting school:

'He refused to go to school and cried everyday - he was not used to the longer hours and missed me. I packed him charabens with written messages to make him feel more secure.”

It wasn’t long before her youngest son, Lucas Tey, started asking for special lunches too:

"Lucas saw one of them and asked for one to take to kindergarten and he really enjoyed the attention he got from his teachers and friends. I ended up decorating either their lunch or dinner instead and they eat those at home. They still enjoy looking at what I make and will give comments at times on how I can position certain parts."

Li Ming has now made over 100 delightful charaben meals for her sons. Sometimes her inspiration comes from everyday life and other times share uses ideas suggested by her kids.

Visit Li Ming’s Flickr stream to check out many more of her amazing bento creations.

[via Demilked and The Daily Mail]

Artist Lara Hawker lives in Auckland, New Zealand where she’s taught herself how to paint faces and bodies with awesome results that range from delightful to outright terrifying. That cute little kitty clearly isn’t a fan of Attack on Titan. Hawker recently participated in the Body Art Rocks Convention in Wellington, NZ where she won the Advanced Face Art category with this amazing animorph piece.

Head over to Lara’s DeviantART page or follow her here on Tumblr larahawker to check out more of her fantastic body painting.

[via Neatorama and Laughing Squid]