The Sizes Of Popular Sci-Fi Spacecraft Compared To New York City

Created by Youtube channel MetaBallStudios, this is a 3D visualization of what various spacecraft from popular sci-fi franchises would look like as viewed by a person standing in Jersey City and facing lower Manhattan. I’ve stood right in that exact same spot before. Granted, there weren’t any spaceships hovering in the sky, but I was eating one of the best street hot dogs I’ve ever tasted.

You get a glimpse of the Star Wars X-Wing, E.T. Ship, D77H-TCI Pelican from Halo, Martian’s Spaceship (Mars! Attacks), Moon Rocket (Tintin), USSC Discovery One (2001: A Space Odyssey), Space Battleship Yamato, Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), USCSS Covenant (Alien Covenant), Battlestar Galactica, Destiny Ascension (Mass Effect), Avatar (EVE Online), City Destroyer (Independence Day), High Charity (Halo), and more.

Honestly, I expected the Borg Cube to be even more giant. I’m not sure exactly how big I imagined they were, but definitely larger than 3km square. I mean Death Stars were about 160km in diameter — they would dwarf Borg Cubes! Or at least they would if they didn’t keep getting blown up by the rebels.

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Star Wars Crochet Kit: Crafty Jedis

Because who hasn’t dreamed of crocheting their own little Jedi army to take on the Empire, AlwaysFits is selling this Star Wars Crochet Kit. The kit includes everything you need to make your own Yoda and R2-D2, along with instructions to make more characters; you’ll just need to buy the yarn and eyeballs. Oh – and learn how to crochet.

I’ve tried crocheting before, and I just don’t think I have the patience for it. Or the hand-eye coordination. I’ve got the feeling no matter what character I tried making, they would all just wind up looking like Jabba the Hutts. And not a realistic Jabba the Hutt either, the kind a kid might draw.

Those instructions look like some sort of secret coded message to decipher. What are you trying to tell me, crochet book? Is Obi-Wan our only hope?! Or that it’s better to just give up now before I disappoint myself again? Because I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.

Santa Frozen in Carbonite Christmas Tree Ornament: Brought to You by Jabba the Humbug

Because no holiday decorating is complete without a casual Star Wars theme, Tree Buddees has created this Santa Frozen in Carbonite Christmas tree ornament (affiliate link). The ornament features everyone’s favorite jolly gift-bringer frozen and on display, presumably to be admired by Jabba the Humbug in his palace.

The ornament measures 3.5″ x 2″, making it “the perfect size for any Christmas Tree.” So if you were wondering what Charlie Brown’s tree was missing, it was this ornament. I wonder how many people out there have trees decorated with ONLY Star Wars ornaments? My guess is more than you’d think.

Is Mrs. Claus going to stage a rescue operation to free Santa and ensure Christmas isn’t ruined for all the kids this year? I sure hope so, and not just because I have a Porsche 911 GT3 on the top of my list, and I was actually good this year. Okay, I was fair. Fair to poor. I was awful, as usual.

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This Wooden Xenomorph Phone Stand Looks Like It’s Been Dead a Long Time

Intricately carved out by Ukrainian woodworker Vadim of Etsy shop bovagu, these wooden xenomorph phone stands are perfect for letting coworkers know you’re a fan of the Alien franchise. Or for trying to convince them you’re an alien headhunter like the Predators. Speaking from experience, though, that’s an uphill battle. These people aren’t as gullible as my nieces and nephews.

The $145 heads are carved from sustainable linden wood, weigh 0.9 lbs, and measure approximately 5.5″ x 12″ x 3.5″. They can also be linseed oiled in different colors if blue isn’t your thing. I want mine to be the limey green tint of xenomorph blood, as seen in the movies. I demand realism!

Admittedly, that’s a sweet phone stand. And to think I’ve gotten by all this time just using a stack of unfinished work documents for a stand while I watch Netflix instead of actually attending to those documents. Fun fact: those papers also double as napkins and emergency tissues!

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These wireless earbuds have sci-fi-inspired cases you will want to collect

TWS, or Truly Wireless Stereo, earbuds have become more common these days now that almost all smartphones no longer have headphone jacks. Since the earbuds themselves are what you’d see and use most of the time, it’s only natural that they also get the most attention when it comes to design and features. Recently, however, there has been a shift of attention from the buds to their charging cases, from the cobblestone-inspired OPPO Enco X2 to the JBL Tour PRO 2 case with an embedded touch screen. The earbuds, after all, are meant to be discreet and almost invisible, while the cases are what people will often see. If that’s the case (no pun intended), then these new TWS buds are definitely worth showing off, especially if you’re a huge sci-fi or cyberpunk fan.

Designer: Gravastar

Gravastar has made a name for itself by producing accessories and gadgets whose designs cater to a very specific demographic. Its conception is quite timely, considering the rise in interest in sci-fi content in recent years. Even cyberpunk, which has been around for decades, is experiencing a bit of a renaissance thanks to a few films and games. Having sci-fi-themed accessories and products can be a lucrative business these days, especially when those products themselves are doing well in the market.

Everyone these days seems to have a pair of wireless earbuds, and there is almost an overabundance of them, especially when you take clones and knockoffs into account. The design of the buds themselves doesn’t tend to vary that much, and they’re often seen simply as tools at this early stage in their market life. Their cases are even more so taken for granted as simply a means to an end, but it’s only a matter of time before they take the spotlight. For fans of all things sci-fi, that time is already now.

The Gravastar Sirius P5 buds have charging cases whose industrial designs are clearly inspired by the futuristic genre. If that weren’t already clear from their looks, the names like Defense Armor, Defense Mecha, and Defense Crystal definitely make it explicit. Made from either zinc alloy or a “LEGO-like material prized for strength and rigidity,” each of these cases has a distinct character that would appeal to fans of certain subsets of the sci-fi genre. Defense Armor, for example, will be at home in the hands of a Cyberpunk 2077 fan, while Defense Mecha might have its DNA rooted in Gundam or Macross.

Tastes can differ, of course, and even the same people might change their tastes from time to time. What makes the Sirius P5 extra special is that you can actually swap the outer shells, provided you’ve purchased all three designs, of course. That’s because the actual charging component can be removed and inserted into different cases, allowing you to change your mind from time to time. There are also four RGB lights that can let you take personalization to the next level.

In terms of features, the earbuds sound (again, no pun intended) pretty basic, with support for Bluetooth 5.2, “environment” noise cancellation, and an IPX4 waterproof rating. The buds themselves can last for eight hours, while the charging case provides an additional 32 hours of use. All these make for a decent audio experience that probably won’t woo audiophiles, but its case will definitely be something you’d be proud to actually wear around your neck.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Inspired Stormtrooper: Spaghetti Space Western

Because there will never be enough Star Wars merchandise in the world, Merchoid is selling this The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly-inspired stormtrooper statue. Complete with a cowboy hat and poncho, this stormtrooper is clearly ready to set out on his trusty steed (read: speeder bike) and seek his fortune. And if only he could hit the broad side of a barn with his blaster, he might actually stand a chance.

The statue measures approximately 18 cm (7 inches) tall and is cast from “the finest resin.” Not to be confused with just fine or finer resin, this is the finest resin, presumably mined from some planet in the Akkadese Maelstrom and used to cover the smuggling of glitterstim from Kessel. I’m not a Star Wars nerd; you are!

While the statue may have been made with the finest resin, it does not appear to have been made with the finest painting technique, with even the official product shots appearing as if they were painted by someone who assumed customers don’t have the same high standard in paint jobs as they do resin quality. That’s a shame, too, because I almost had my wife’s credit card out.

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Star Trek TNG Computer Interface Dinnerware Set: Eating, Engage!

Because you can never have too much Star Trek around the house, Corrigan Studio created this Star Trek: The Next Generation LCARS 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, available on Wayfair. For those of you unfamiliar, LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) is the computer operating system seen in the show. And now you can see it on your dinner table! And some people say dreams don’t come true.

Obviously, if you aren’t going to use these place settings to throw an extravagant dinner party where everybody dresses up as their favorite Star Trek character and talks about Klingons and Borgs all evening, you’re doing it wrong. You’re also doing it wrong if you don’t eat bowl after bowl of sugary cereal out of one of those square bowls every Saturday morning. Trust me; I’m a life coach.

Sure, you could live your life without Star Trek dinnerware, but why would you? I mean, it’s right here for the buying — why risk living an unfulfilled life when you can just write in and immediately cross off ‘Own Star Trek dinnerware’ from your bucket list? At least that’s what I tried to justify to my wife when I bought it. She’s…not thrilled.

NERF LMTD Star Trek Starfleet Type-II And Type-III Phaser Blasters

Designed to resemble the Type-II and Type-III phasers used in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hasbro has just announced preorders for a NERF LMTD set of the weapons. The $120 set includes both a Type-II one-handed phaser pistol and a Type-III phaser rifle. Obviously, I will be everyday-carrying both for protection against the Borgs.

According to Hasbro, “The Type 3 motorized dart blaster has light-up effects that simulate the look of being assimilated by the Borg in homage to the film, Star Trek: First Contact, light-up phaser effects, phaser sounds, authentic First Contact movie sounds, an internal 5-dart clip, and fires one dart at a time. The Starfleet Type 2 Phaser fires one dart and has a pull-back priming handle.” Borgs, beware, and I won’t have them set to stun, either.

One can never have too many NERF guns modeled after sci-fi weapons, that’s what I say. That’s also what I’m trying to convince my wife. It’s…not going well. “You don’t even play with that NERF Mandalorian rifle you bought,” she’ll argue before I have to explain for the hundredth time I’m keeping it mint in packaging as a collector’s item. It’s an uphill battle.

[via TrekMovie]

Washable Star Wars Area Rugs: May the Floors Be with You

Officially licensed and crafted by maker of machine-washable floor rugs Ruggable, this collection of Star Wars-themed area rugs are just the thing you need to let guests know you haven’t missed a single opportunity to include a Star Wars theme anywhere in your house. Just wait till they see your Sarlacc Pit toilet decals!

The rugs, which are by no means cheap, are available in a variety of sizes, and range from $99 for a 2′ x 3′ rug, all the way up to $709 for an 8′ x 12′. Obviously, covering my home’s floors with nothing but Star Wars area rugs is going to get expensive quickly. But do I really have any other option?

Admittedly, they’re a lot classier than I expected Star Wars-themed area rugs to be. I thought they would all scream college dorm, but they really don’t. They’re actually pretty sophisticated-looking, something I didn’t expect to find myself writing about floor rugs based on a science fantasy series. Fingers crossed for matching window treatments!

UFO Abduction Night Light: Take Me to Your Sleeper

Inspired by the classic UFO shape perpetuated by old sci-fi films (real alien spaceships don’t look anything like this), this UFO LED Night Light is the perfect accessory to let aliens know you’re ready and willing to be abducted and join their human zoo. Made by ANQIA and available on Amazon (affiliate link), the light has 12 LEDs, three different lighting modes, and four brightness levels.

Available in black or white, the rechargeable battery-operated lamp features strobe (aka abduction mode), warm white, and cool white light settings, as well as adjustable brightness of 20%, 40%, 60%, or 100%. Unfortunately, there is no 80%. If you’re looking for 80% you’ll just have to cover a couple of the LEDs with black electrical tape.

What’s your current night light? Mine is the moon. The best part is it never runs out of batteries. The worst part is on cloudy nights it isn’t very bright and it’s hard to read comics in bed.

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