Markus1984 built this awesomely elaborate LEGO Steampunk AT-AT for round three of the MOC Madness 2014 Steam Wars competition. Because it’s part of an ongoing competition, Markus had only seven days to build this walker, which makes its many details that much more impressive. It even features two little minifigs hard at work stoking the engine. The walker appears to be a well-oiled machine from top to bottom, but that devoted crew is still doomed if the walker falls over.

Click here to check out more entries from the competition.

[via Nerd Approved and Kotaku]

Stare too long into the fiery eyes of this awesome Darth Vader wood-burning stove and you might start to hear the voice of Emperor Palpatine in your head. This geektastic appliance was created by Barnsley, England-based Instructables member doddieszoomer, which means that we can all learn how to make one too. It all starts with an empty propane tank and some scrap iron. Telepathy and psychokinesis are completely optional.

Click here for complete Vader Gas Bottle Log Burner build instructions.

[via Technabob]

Toronto, Ontario-based artist David Irvine, of The Gnarled Branch, creates what he refers to as ‘Re-directed Paintings.’ He takes unremarkable paintings found in thrift store and flea markets and whimsically enhances them by strategically painting in pop culture characters and references. Old paintings that had been gathering dust and may well have ended up in a landfill are revived and transformed thanks to Irvine’s skilled and playful hand.

David Irvine sells his Re-directed Paintings as well as prints via Etsy, Society 6 and Red Bubble. He also accepts commissions.

Head over to The Gnarled Branch Facebook page to check out more of his cleverly altered paintings as well as lots of his other artwork.

[via Twisted Sifter and Neatorama]

We can’t stop staring at this indescribably awesome AT-ST cat tree. It was made by Roxy’s Dream, a small Douglassville, PA-based company that creates high quality custom pet furniture. Their kitties really appear to be getting into the villainous spirit of chicken walker operation. Pew pew!

Visit the Roxy’s Dream Facebook page for more photos of this spectacularly geeky cat tree as well as many of their other custom pet furniture creations.

[via theGrue.com]

This awesomely cute and geeky video depicts a day in the life of a pet AT-AT. It was created in 2010 by Patrick Boivin, a self-taught French Canadian filmmaker who says, “When I was a kid, there are two things I wanted badly and never got… A real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker.” Here Boivin has taken care of both of those desires with “AT-AT Day Afternoon.”

Pet AT-ATs are a much smaller and decidedly more playful and cuddly breed than the sort that participated in the Battle of Hoth, although the little guys do appear to have it in for the squirrels. Also, should you consider adopting a pet AT-AT, be forewarned that their droppings are exceptionally, well, villainous.

Visit Patrick Boivin’s YouTube channel to check out more of his videos.

[via io9]

British artist Shaun Hughes uses his engraving skills to create a wide variety of incredibly awesome hobo nickels. A couple months ago we shared his fantastic Storm Trooper Nickel. Today we share some more of his pop culture-inspired carved coins.

These pieces barely scratch the surface of the amount of artwork that Hughes produces. Be sure to visit his DeviantART gallery to check out more of his beautifully altered coinage.

[via Neatorama]

We’ve shared all sorts of amazing homemade Millennium Falcons over the years, but this is the first time we’ve encountered people working on building a full-scale replica of Han and Chewie’s iconic spacecraft, “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” In 2013 Chris Lee (aka Disco Trooper) and his intrepid friends began an awesome quest known as The Full Scale Falcon Project.

This is a quest to build the ultimate Star Wars prop: a 1:1 scale ESB/ANH hybrid Millennium Falcon with complete, correctly scaled interior. Yes, I have completely lost my mind, just like most of my friends and family say. Except for those close Star Wars fan friends, who say “cool, can I help?”.

Chris and his team are using DK Publishing’s Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection (Buy on Amazon) as their guide and have calculated the final outer dimensions of the ship:

  • Length: 114 feet
  • Beam (docking ring to docking ring): 81.5 feet
  • Height to top of body (not counting quad-laser turret): 24.9 feet
  • Height to top of dish: 30.9 feet
  • Clearance: ground to landing gear bay level: 7.8 feet
  • Clearance: ground to outside bottom of cockpit tube: 13 feet

This epic project will take years to complete and, like true geeks, they’re meticulously documenting their progress every step of the way at the Full Scale Falcon website and blog. Visit them both for many, many more photos. And if you’re interested in joining them team, check out the FAQ.

[via Geek Crafts and The Full Scale Falcon Project]

Redditor EliBelling shared the top photo of a phenomenal cosplay of a Boba Fett LEGO minifig. Redditor mrpotatoes subsequently dug up a link from The Dented Helmet where we learned that this geektastic costume was created by user CGS1 for their 6-year-old son. What’s more, as awesome as it is, it’s not even finished yet:

"I still have to finish building the arms and blaster, as well as tweaking a few things such as the cape fabric. I approached the components of this project as if they were actual Lego elements. In doing so, I created the jetpack to be removable as it appears in the actual minifigure as well as the range finder stalk.

The entire costume is built from scratch using photo references and scans I took myself. The costume is built primarily out of sintra with pink insulation foam used to carve the helmet dome and a small amount of plastazote foam used on the tips and base of the jetpack rockets. Torso and leg graphics are printed on adhesive vinyl while a custom green was used to colour match the helmet and jetpack.”

Click here for progress photos of the LEGO Fett costume.

CGS1, the Department of Awesome Parenting salutes you!

[via Fashionably Geek]

Behold the awesomeness that is Bandai’s new “Samurai Taisho Darth Vader” action figure. Designed by Takayuki Takeya, this impressive figure was recently unveiled at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2014. Standing 7.8 inches tall, the design seamlessly “fuses the aesthetics of feudal Japan and imperial galaxy far, far away.” Look closely and you’ll noticed that Vader’s samurai armor features the emblem of the Galactic Empire in place of a Japanese family crest or kamon.

Also known as “Movie Realization Samurai General Darth Vader,” this fantastic action figure is set to be released in Japan during winter 2014. All of our fingers and toes are crossed in hope that it’ll be released worldwide later on.

[via Kotaku and RocketNews24]

Here’s an awesome way to work some geekery into your gardening. Malaysian LEGO builder Jin Kai created these LEGO flower pots featuring scenes from Return of the Jedi, The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Simpsons.

Jin Kai’s Star Wars flower pot and Lord of the Rings flower pot are both currently up for voting to be turned into real LEGO products on LEGO Ideas.

Visit Jin Kai’s Flickr page for additional photos of these three geektastic flower pots.

[via Nerd Approved]