Our newest inductee to the Department of Awesome Parenting is Beau Coffron, aka Lunchbox Dad, a San Francisco-based father who creates extraordinary lunchbox meals for his two children every week. These lunches are lots of fun to look while also being tasty, healthy meals for the lucky kids who actually get to eat them. Coffron draws inspiration for his homemade boxed lunches from movies and other pop cultures sources. He also takes requests from his son and daughter.

You can see many more of these awesome meals at the Lunchbox Dad website, where Coffron also provides extensive write-ups for each lunch, including ingredients and how-tos.

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"She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid."

Star Wars fan Bill Deacon transformed his 1974 Chevy Malibu into a street-legal replica of the Millennium Falcon. The road vehicle-turned-spacecraft features all sorts of great details, including HANCHWY vanity plates and a field of streaking stars around the ship’s bow on the hood and front bumper. But our favorite feature is the cockpit mounted in place of the right starboard side-view mirror that contains Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures.

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This is the tiniest, cutest Tauntaun we’ve ever seen (and this is the creepiest one). He’s only 5-1/4” tall, comes with an even tinier saddle and bridle, and is so adorable that there’s no way he smells bad on the inside OR the outside.

This crocheted amigurumi biped from the planet Hoth was created by Kanata, Ontario-based artist Christine Doyle. (He’s currently available here.) You can check out more of her kawaii handmade creations as well as handmade jewelry and other accessories at her Etsy shop, underafeymoon.

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Brian De Vitis took an R2-D2-shaped cooler and transformed it into an incredibly awesome multi-console gaming system. It contains eight consoles (we can identify controllers for the X-Box, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, NES, SNES, N64, Dreamcast, and Atari systems), a sound system, and a projector.

Brian began by simply modifying the cooler to make it look more like the droid we all know and love. Then came the process of gutting his consoles and arranging their motherboards inside the droid body so that all of the controllers could plug into their corresponding inputs from the front. The projector is mounted inside of R2’s dome, just like the droid’s actual projector.

We wouldn’t be surprised if R2-D2 wishes he could play games from all of these classic systems in addition to, you know, repairing starships, other droids and conveying secret messages and plans and so on.

Click here for more photos and updates about Brian’sR2D2 Video Game Droid

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London, Ontario-based artist Dave Vancook turns previously unremarkable thrift store paintings into geektastic through the careful addition of characters and vehicles from Star Wars. A cheesy bullfighter becomes Boba Fett on an awesome holiday in Spain while Greedo heads over to the Scottish Highlands for his own minibreak. Meanwhile Darth Vader stops to smell the roses and an Imperial Stormtrooper sits down to café au lait outside a French bistro.

Visit Dave Vancook’s Facebook page to check out more of his up-cycled paintings. Prints of some of them are available via his Etsy shop.

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For an ongoing series entitled Invading The Vintage, Italian illustrator Franco Brambilla (previously featured here) turns beautiful vintage postcards into awesome works of whimsical science fiction-themed art. AT-ATs gallop down a scenic oceanside street while the Doctor parks the TARDIS outside Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle) and heads inside for dinner. A group of iconic sci-fi baddies gather at a waterside resort as a family of Jawas shows up to an outdoor flea market in their Sandcrawler to sell both droids and used cars. Meanwhile ED-209 has some Canadian Mounties to deal and a group of aliens have landed their flying saucer somewhere in the Alps to cool their heels and commune with some Alpine cows.

Brambilla has altered each postcard so thoroughly and subtly that the longer you look at it, the more of additions you’ll notice.

Visit Franco Brambilla’s website and the Invading The Vintage Facebook page for many more geektastically enhanced postcards.

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English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.

Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.

Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.

[via Nerd Approved]