August 8

Boba Fett Life-Size Figure

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Boba Fett is not my favorite Star Wars character, but I think I need this life-size figure of him.

Coming in at a full six-and-a-half feet, it’s packed with detail: Boba Fett is decked out from head to toe in an authentic replica of his Mandalorian armor, featuring an articulated helmet with adjustable rangefinder, intricately detailed fabric costume and utility belt, a light-up chest panel, and braided Wookiee scalp accessories. Armed with a blaster at the ready, and another holstered at his hip, the resourceful mercenary is equipped with his signature jetpack and keeps various tools of the trade stashed in his pockets.

Pre-order this bad boy now, and you only have to pay $850 a MONTH, or you can pay it in full for a meager $8,495. At 6’6″ tall and 110 pounds, that seems like quite the deal. Sideshow Collectibles expects to ship Boba out March-May 2017.

My only question: does his helmet come off? I need to know, for...reasons.

August 8

You Need An Origami Sorting Hat Game

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Who doesn’t need an Origami Sorting Hat? Lucky for us all that Adelle Belnap from the blog Packed With Fun has created this adorable (and FREE!) printable Origami Sorting Hat game.  Her post includes a link to download your own Sorting Hat along with plenty of pictures and instructions.  Looks to me like this would be a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends (or the kids, or by yourself).  Enjoy!

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August 1

T-Shirt DIYs for Back To School

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Back to school time doesn’t have to suck.  Make your own (or someone else’s) wardrobe super cool with these fantastic T-shirt ideas from Natalie over at Doodlecraft.  She uses freezer paper to make stencils and paint designs onto t-shirts.  You can download some of the designs she features on her blog, but it wouldn’t take much to come up with your own.  Once you have your design, you can make a stencil out of freezer paper (either with a cutting machine or with a little elbow grease and an exacto knife). The cool thing about freezer paper is that you can iron it onto fabric and it sticks into place, making it the perfect stencil.  Once your design is painted on and dry, you simply peel off the freezer paper and your custom t-shirt is ready to go.  The blog post takes you step-by-step through the process, complete with awesome pictures.

What designs would you want to make for your own back-to-school wardrobe?

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July 31

This Cosplayer Had The Best Reaction To Her Work Dress Code

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When cosplayer June J. Rivas came dressed for work in the above picture, her boss took issue with the way she chose to wear her hair. Ponytail? Unprofessional. Pigtails? Unprofessional. Scarf? You got it. Unprofessional. (Wow, I’d be unprofessional about half the time then, with my ponytail!)

The issue, however, was that the company had no dress code beyond “Just be clean and pressed,” which Rivas pointed out when she filed a complaint. Her boss’s reaction was to, you guessed it, issue a memo with a new dress code that included, “No straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and even cultural head wraps.”

Rivas has filed a complaint with the EEOC and she’s found a way to cleverly adhere to the dress code while her case is pending: cosplay. Each day, she wears a new cosplay that likely drives her boss nuts but isn’t technically actionable. Her Vulcan Star Fleet officer costume is just one example.

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The Facebook posts that Rivas wrote about this are gone now, as are her photos. But thankfully, there are sites like Hello Giggles and Fashionably Geek around to catch this kind of stuff for us. However, it’s been reported that she ended her post with a hashtag: “#NeverPissOffCosplayingScorpios.”

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July 31

Hidden Mickey Disney Cross Stitch

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I’m an avid reader of Epbot, a blog about geekery, girliness and goofing off. Jen Yates, who also writes Cake Wrecks, is an avid fan of all things Disney. And while I am not and haven’t ever been to Disneyland or Disneyworld, have learned a thing or two about the House of Mouse from Jen. Such as, did you know there are hidden Mickey Mouse heads all over the parks? That’s what I thought of when I saw this cross stitch project.

Amigurl55 recently posted this project on Craftster. It took her about a month and a half to complete, and the finished size is about 13″x12″. I count 28 different Disney characters and a variety of icons associated with them.

July 26

Create Your Own Studio Ghibli Scenes

Make this amazing Studio Ghibli catbus from My Neighbor Totoro with the help of a papercrafting kit. Learn more on GeekCrafts.com.

Thanks to Mental Floss and RocketNews24, we now know about some amazing kits that allow you to use paper to recreate iconic scenes and sites from Studio Ghibli films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.”

The papercraft kits by Sankei include everything you need to create the cat bus (pictured above) from Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Jiji house from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and more.

The kits are available on Amazon, and are a little pricey, since they ship from Tokyo, but may be well worth it for big Studio Ghibli fans.

What Studio Ghibli scene would you most like to create? Let us know in the comments below!

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P.S. On a related note, you may also be interested in this post from RocketNews24: Studio Ghibli letter sheds new light on Spirited Away mysteries.