Weekend Links: Hobbit Houses

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit brought Bag End and Bilbo’s hobbit-hole to life in lush 3-D color, but these real-life houses that look like they belong in the Shire are actual livable abodes. Some of them are even for rent or sale to any Lord of the Rings­-lover looking for a hobbit-hole of their own.

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Which Shakespeare Character Are You? I’m one of the ones who die! That should narrow it down for you.

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The first-ever Star Wars movie will be dubbed in Navajo, adding to the over fifty languages A New Hope has been translated into since its 1977 premiere.

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This window into Adolf Hitler’s artistic soul isn’t chilling or evil so much as just…average. Art historian Michael Liversidge calls Hitler’s portfolio as an aspiring art student “pretty marginal and mediocre.”

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No one really needs a recipe for grilled cheese, but these creative adaptations are more than just cheese and bread. Bacon mac ‘n cheese sandwich, anyone?

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And for dessert, the latest abomination in fast food: the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich. Probably best to consult a doctor before consuming.

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After learning about the number of animals with unfathomable superpowers, it’s a surprise that humans are the dominant species.

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Winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards include shots of the 2012 Summer Olympics, New Year’s Eve in Romania, North Korean soldiers and civilians, Argentinian birthday girls, and South American prisons.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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