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A Song of LEGO (Ice) and K'NEX (Fire)

The HBO series "Game of Thrones" features an exquisite opening title sequence, showing cities and settlements growing like clockwork toys from the landscape, using a slightly bizarre tilt-shift computer animation style. That title sequence is helpful in establishing a map of the roughly nine zillion core locations crucial to the story; unlike the "Song of Ice and Fire" books, we don't have a map to flip to whenever we need it.

In the second season of the HBO show, the opening sequence has been expanded slightly to focus on some new locations. In this two-minute video, Internet heroes "MatthewP" and Monica Garcia construct a LEGO/K'NEX stop-motion animation version of that opening sequence, focusing primarily on Harrenhall and Pyke, two new locations central to the second season of the show (though good old King's Landing gets a look in the beginning). Using stop-motion and a ton of LEGO bricks (plus some K'NEX), they do a credible job of emulating those credits -- and actually give Harrenhall a better treatment than HBO does. Let's hear it for nerds with time on their hands:

Related: What Happened to Plain Old Lego Bricks?

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New LEGO Set Recreates Jurassic Park's Iconic Velociraptor Chase Scenes
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, is skulking into theaters on June 22. That makes now the perfect time to revisit the original film in LEGO form.

This LEGO set, spotted by Nerdist, depicts some of the most suspenseful scenes from the 1993 movie. There's the main computer room where Ariana Richards's Lex shows off her hacker skills while Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) struggle to keep a hungry dinosaur from barging in. Just like in the film, the door features a deadbolt lock that's velociraptor-proof (though, unfortunately for the characters, the detachable window is not). Other Easter eggs hidden in this part include a map of Isla Nublar and a screener saver of LEGO Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight).

In the neighboring room, you'll find the cold storage unit where the dinosaur embryos are kept, along with the fake shaving cream can Nedry uses to steal them. The final section is the kitchen, where Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex are stalked by the velociraptor. There's less room for them to hide in the LEGO version compared to the movie set, but there is at least one functioning cabinet for Lex to tuck herself into. Closer inspection reveals even more details from the film, like the lime-green Jello Lex is eating when the raptors first arrive and the step ladder the gang uses to escape into the air ducts during the final chase.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

The Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase set is currently available from the LEGO shop for $40.

[h/t Nerdist]

All images courtesy of LEGO.

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The Sandlot Funko POPs! Are Coming

In 1993, a 1960s-set family film about a group of baseball-loving kids charmed youngsters and adults alike, and turned The Sandlot into a bona fide hit. Now, 25 years later, Scotty Smalls and the rest of the gang are getting the ultimate pop culture recognition as toy giant Funko has announced a line of POP! toys in the cast’s likeness. A black-eyed Smalls, Benny the Jet, Squints, and Ham (pointing to the fences) will all get their own vinyl figures—which you can also buy as a set—but that won’t be the end of The Sandlot fun.

GameStop shoppers will have exclusive access to The Beast, the baseball-chowing neighborhood hound, while Target will have a special two-pack featuring Squints and Wendy Peffercorn.

While the film’s official 25th anniversary is this month, you’ll have to wait until June to get your hands on these toys. But once you've got them, where, when, and how often you repeat the phrase “You’re killing me, Smalls” is completely up to you.

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