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8-Foot-Tall Lord of the Rings

The Tower of Orthanc was the daunting fortress that became Saruman's powerful base as he ruled over Isengard with an uncompromising iron fist, but now Brenden McMahon, has managed to recreate it with LEGO. Standing a whopping 8-feet-tall, it features nine individual floors, a torture chamber, library and even lights. The tower won "Best Mega Creation Award" at Brickworld Chicago, a popular convention for brick enthusiasts. Continue reading for two videos that show it in detail.

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Batman Twin-Blade Folding Knife

This Batman-inspired Batarang 11.5" twin-blade folding knife isn't just for looks, it's a fully-functional tool, priced at $18.99. In addition to having two extremely sharp blades, each on can be opened independently so the knife can be used as a single-blade knife as well as a dual-blade. For those looking to add even more functionality, strapping a portable flashlight torch onto this would probably be a good idea, and won't break the bank. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Real Jurassic Park Cost

In the future, we may be able to actually revive dinosaurs, thanks to scientists who found soft tissue inside preserved dinosaur fossils. That's right, scientists used electron microscopes to uncover minute bits of soft tissue inside a crumbling 75-million-year-old theropod claw taken from the London Natural History Museum's collection. Unfortunately, building the park will cost a lot more than you can imagine, especially the research and development for amber extraction. Continue reading to see the breakdown.

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Cool Titanic Facts

Did you know that at $200 million, the movie cost more than the Titanic itself. That's right, the cost to build the ship in 1910-1912 was £1.5 million, which was equivalent to about $7.5-million at the time, and about $120-$150 million in 1997 dollars. On a related note, during the scene where the water comes crashing into the Grand Staircase room, the film makers only had one shot at it because the entire set and furnishings were going to be destroyed in the shot. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of pups running for dinner, time-lapse style, which has already received over 9.7-million views.

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Saberforge Lightsabers

There are the replicas, and then Saberforge's custom lightsabers, which are a part of their Battle Sabers line. The blade on the saber is constructed from a durable polycarbonate that mimics their on-screen counterparts used by the Jedis. The grip is crafted from aircraft grade aluminum for durability, and also wrapped in leather to give it a smooth feel. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video stuff nobody says about Facebook.

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New Batman v Superman Batmobile

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Officially unveiled at the Licensing Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, the new, full-armored Batmobile set to be featured in "Batman v Superman" (March 25, 2016 release) comes equipped with a twin .50-caliber retractable machine gun turret, Active Protection Systems with anti-ballistics, measures 20-feet long by 12-feet wide and weighs in at a hefty 7,000-pounds. No word yet on if it can be remotely controlled with a smartphone, etc. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an ingenious wood chopping trick.

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Star Wars Trench Run

Shot mostly in Tunisia, England, and Guatemala, Star Wars IV: A New Hope was met with numerous problems during production, including bad weather conditions, malfunctioning equipment, and financial difficulties. The script underwent numerous changes, and Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic specifically to create the groundbreaking visual effects needed for the film. Here's how they filmed some of the famous trench run scene using models at Industrial Light & Magic's former warehouse in Van Nuys, California. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus VFX video.

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Real Movie Cars

You've probably seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles van, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, Batpod, TRON Light Cycle and 1989 Batmobile on the big screen at least once, but now thanks to a few dedicated fans, they've become a reality. Our preferred mode of transport? It's definitely the street-legal 1989 Batmobile, which was built by 29-year-old Zac Mihajlovic of Australia in the span of 2-years. He says: "It's got adjustable suspension, it's got a working afterburner, which is from the film - no machine gun sadly, no grappling hooks, no bombs that come out of the wheel, but beyond that, it's pretty close." Best of all, he dresses up as Batman and grants wishes from the Make a Wish Foundation. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an elderly man who has a bizarre bucket list item that involves crashing through a garage.

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The Dark Knight Motorcycle Backpack

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UD Replicas, a company known for their comic book character-themed motorcycle suit, has revealed a The Dark Knight Rises Leather Motorcycle Backpack. Like their other products, this one is also officially licensed by DC and crafted from a high quality leather that features fully adjustable harness sections designed for riding. Continue reading for more pictures and more information.

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Full Electric DeLorean

While this full-electric DeLorean DMC-12 EV can't go back in time, this modified vehicle does have a top speed of 125 mph and can do 0-60 in 4.8-seconds, thanks to a battery-powered motor that pumps out 215 kilowatts. It has a 100-mile range under normal driving conditions, and needs just 3-hours of charging to get you back on the road when power runs low. The interior is fitted with plush leather seats, GPS and even an iPhone dock. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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