3D Printed Planets

littleplanetfactory00The love of space and star gazing, George Ioannidis started Little Planet Factory.  Little Planet Factory specializes in 3D printing of the solar system, planets, moons and other space-themed creations.
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Interstellar – Limited Edition 2-Pack

interstellaractionfigures00Either you love Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar space epic or hate it with a passion, here’s something you can kind of like, the NECA Limited Edition Action Figure 2-Pack.  It may not have the Hot Toys bling, but if you’re on a budget, it’s a nice 2-pack for display.  The Brand and Cooper figures stand 8″ tall with articulation.  The action figures come various accessories and with sculpted likeness of actors Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

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Rebel Galaxy Review

Rebel Galaxy

Rebel Galaxy came out on Steam in October, but it just recently came out for the PlayStation 4 at the beginning of the month, January 5th.  I had never heard of this game before it came to the PS4 but the opportunity to be a “Space Cowboy” was too much to pass up.  The game played a lot like the naval side of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.  You sail the ocean of space in a straight line, not being able to pitch up or down, however your opponents are given that option and the smaller crafts will often fly above and below you, while the larger ships are stuck flying on the same level that you are.  Think of it as a less maneuverable version of the “Freelancer” game.

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Most of this game will be you flying your ship from one end of the solar system to the other, complete a mission and head back across the solar system again.  One of the best way to make money in this game will be doing missions that you can pick up during your stops at different space stations; however, after you jump to the next solar system, you will be able to join the mercenary guild which will give you a lot more money but for a lot more risk of course.  This means you will be going back and forth in one system just to scrounge up enough money to to buy upgrades or new weapons/armors for your ship.  Speaking of the stations, the game will automatically save your game when you visit one so always remember to stop by one before heading off to a difficult mission.  Missions and mercenary work aren’t the only way to make money in this game though.  You can also scavenge for parts scattered around space, which to be honest will probably take the most time since you can barely find cargo floating around, look around the space system for bounties to collect or mine asteroids for goods.  Everything you find can then be sold at the commodities market, but be warned as the price for different goods fluctuates.  Then once you get enough credits to buy the new spaceship you’d been eyeing, you’ll be doing missions, mercenary work, scavenging for parts, hunting down pirates and mining asteroids all over again to get more money for new upgrades.  In other words, you will probably be spending most of your time trying to make enough money to use on your ship than actually going through the games story.

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So is this game fun?  Should you try it out or pass on it?  Well I’ve been having a blast with it myself, though it really depends on if you have the patience to play a game like this.  You won’t be getting into space battle after space battle unless you are actively looking for them.  Most of your time will be flying through the emptiness of space.  For a game created by a two man team, this game is amazing.  Still it would have been better if you could fly up and down because there are times when your enemies or certain asteroids are above or below you that your guns can’t seem to shoot at.

In the end, I give this game a solid 8/10.  The price point of 19.99 may drive off a few customers, but for those who enjoy these types of games, I say go for it.  It’s a good PSN game to pass the time with.

Metroid: The Sky Calls by Rainfall Films

metroidjessiscachobotWhen you take a 15-minute break from your workstation today, check out this short fan-film by Rainfall Films.  If you’re fan of Metroid and Nintendo in general, this will get your geeky blood pumping.  This Metroid fan film is a re-imagining of what it would look like if it was a live-action film starring Jessica Chobot and directed by Sam Balcomb.

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Miles from Tomorrowland Talking Action Figure

milestomorrowlandboxartOne of the new animated shows on Disney Junior is Miles from Tomorrowland and stars the Callisto family who live on the spaceship Stellosphere and work for the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority).  This Miles Talking Action Figure stands 12″ tall and has light-up effects, 15 talking phrases from the animated show, articulated legs, helmet visor, torso throwing action and boomerang-like weapon.

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The Power of LEGOS and Magnets

mtronbrickfactorycoverThis custom LEGO playset was revealed at Brickfair Virginia 2014.  This is the M:Tron Corporation magnet factory built by Blake Foster.  It took over 2 years and over 100,000 bricks to build this cool looking space factory.

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The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

fredgambinoDo you know who Fred Gambino is?  I admit I don’t, but I’ve probably seen his work on book covers, video games and films.  You will now know who he is with this Titan Books release – The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd.

IMG_1703This is not a typical art book collection of personal works, it also includes Fred’s own personal passion project – his screenplay, concept art and snippet graphic novel intro to Dark Shepherd.  Along with this, there are various paintings, illustrations, sketches, Photoshop images and book art covering Fred’s career with commentary.

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The Art of John Harris: Beyond The Horizon

johnharriscoverIf you read lots of science-fiction books from authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Nova, Orson Scott Card and John Scalzi, there is usually a beautifully painted cover book art of the galaxy, outer space world or spaceship and that artist is John Harris.  The Art of John Harris:  Beyond The Horizon is a collection of his many works since the 1970s.

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Alien: Out of the Shadows

alienAs 80s kids, my brother and me were blown away when we first watched James Cameron’s epic ALIENS (1986) and then we had to grab a VHS copy of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN (1979) to fill in the blanks, because Sigourney Weaver played the iconic scientist hero Ellen Ripley who was such a bad-ass.  In our minds Aliens 3, Alien Resurrection and Aliens vs Predator never happened, just like Brett Ratners’ X-Men 3.  My head hurts just thinking about this, but I digress.  After watching the first two films, you wondered if anything happened to Ellen Ripley during her 57 years of sleep?  This “official novel” enlightens ALIEN fans on what happened to Ripley from the end of the first ALIEN film and the start of the second ALIENS film.

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Spacebound

spaceboundA little boy and his dog in spacesuits fly around outer space.  Check out this cute short animation by Ellen Su and Kyle Moy.

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Viral Video Friday: Space Shuttle Endeavour on LA Streets

A video time-lapse of the space shuttle Endeavour traveling through the streets of Los Angeles.

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