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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Geektacular goodies to make you drool, squee, and generally geek out.

Neuron Rebellion is the brainchild (zing!) of an artist named Pat whose sudden neurological disorder left her bedridden for some time. While in bed, she started making little guys like these:

...and Neuron Rebellion was born. The cuddly little monsters are all $25 each, and you should definitely check out the available gallery to pick your favorite. (Sadly, this guy is already sold. Want!)


You may have heard that Build-A-Bear now has a line of Star Wars bears. Which is excellent. And if by chance you don't have any kids at home to ostensibly buy the bears *for*, Shanan P. offers this display suggestion:

Because even life-sized Vader statues need a teddy bear. (Yes, it's a statue.)


And speaking of Star Wars: do you crochet? And do you like Star Wars?

Then for Sith's sake, why haven't you purchased the pattern to make these?!?

Squee!

Patterns available at lucyravenscar's Etsy shop (and thanks to Julie B. for the link!)


Whitney found this great shirt while searching for Dalek salt and pepper shakers:

Heh. Nice. Available here on Zazzle. ('Course, we still need actual Dalek salt and pepper shakers, oh-mighty-people-who-make-these-things.)

[Update: A-ha! There are some here. Pricey, though.]


And lastly, look how cute this bracelet is:

Now, guess what it's made of.

I'll wait.

[whistling]

Did you guess LEGO? Yes? Ah, see, I knew you were all smarty-pants genius types. Artist Emiko Oye's *e*oware line features tons of fun, high-style jewelry made entirely of the colorful plastic bits. Check the link for lots more. (And thanks to Christina for the tip!)


So, guys, what's your favorite geeky find this week? Share your links in the comments!

Posted by Jen at 2:49 PM Labels: ,

73 comments:

  1. I'm tempted to get that Dalek t-shirt... I know a few friends who would like it too. :D

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  2. I thought the bracelet was Lego but the colors threw me off. Cute!

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  3. But ... But ... I don't know how to crochet!! But I can't live with that adorable little yoda. What am I going to do.

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  4. Props from the Back to the Future movies are going on sale this week. A little too pricey for me, but still fun to check out! :)

    Back to the Future

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  5. Ok, so I am a huge fan of X-Men. For about 2 years I have been searching for some unique x-men apparel (The kind I could wear even while being "professional"). I used to work at a Clothing Store, and as such I became a HUGE fan of French Cuff shirts. One day it dawned on me that what I NEEDED was a pair of X-Men cufflinks. I have been searching for said cufflinks for some time, and about 2 months ago (also known as my birthday) I found these. They come in a variety of colors, and there is even a matching belt buckle if someone were so inclined. Sadly, I had found another pair of cufflinks on Etsy before these, and my wife never saw these ones before ordering the other ones (which are, sadly, nowhere near as cool). So I'm just waiting 'til I can order these for myself....

    http://x-men-paradise.just-marvel-x-men.com/x-men-cufflinks-1.html#1

    Also another thing I truly LOVE/ADORE, keychain sized replica of Serenity. Sadly, has been out of stock for a little while now. I don't know when/if they're going to make a second run of them.

    http://store.qmxonline.com/Firefly-Replica-Keychain_p_85.html

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  6. I bought a Princess Leia kitty cat at Build-a-Bear and felt ridiculous. But awesome.

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  7. @Holly - crochet is really easy to learn. Really. Taught myself in like no time flat and now I make all kinds of gifts. I got a book called 'I can't believe I taught myself to crochet' or something goofy like that at a craft store and for the price of the book, a skein of yarn and a crochet hook (probably a total investment of $12 - $15) I learned really quickly. You really should learn - that yoda is ADORABLE!

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  8. I can't crochet either, Holly. I think I need to find friends who know how so I can pay them to make me that stuff!

    Okay, negative side coming out. I don't understand why Star Wars and Disney Princesses have to leak into every single little part of our society. It's like kids don't have imaginations anymore--they seem to have to have ideas forced down their throats. I mean, don't get me wrong--I had my fair share of She-Ra and My Little Pony dolls when I was a kid. But using licensed products to get your stuff to sell--like the Build-a-Bear stuff--is just really getting annoying.

    However, I have to admit that I am a Disney animated movies geek. Lady and the Tramp is by far my favorite animated film, followed closely by Lion King. I also loved the POTC ride LONG before the movies were made. And the POTC movies are by far my favorite films of all time.

    So, here's my favorite geek product of the week (and the necessary back story):

    A good friend bought me this a while back. Jack the monkey letter opener I own a cat named Jack Sparrow, so named because I found him in the crow's nest of the announcer's booth at a local horse arena. NOTE TO SELF: Do not name your cat after a pirate. They WILL live up to their name. He talks a lot and will talk his way out of things, steals food, and causes general mayhem wherever he goes.

    Thanks the Jack the cat, Jack the monkey ended up in pieces on the floor last night. So I decided I'll just buy me a new letter opener and my friend will be none the wiser. In my quest to find one, I found this: Jack the monkey plush, only available at Disneyland. YEAH. Time to go to Disneyland and pick me up one! I know, not really all that big of a deal, but it's still something that caught my attention and appeals to my pirate side!

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  9. LOVE the Dalek shirt! The others on the site are adorable too. Sigh. I wish I could wear it, but not until after this baby is born. Too bad I can't find any decent maternity geek wear. I guess they figure geek chicks don't get knocked up!

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  10. You can get the pewter Dalek shakers here but they're 95UK: http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/Starstore_Catalogue_DR_WHO_COLLECTIBLES__DOCTOR_WHO_COLLECTIBLES_1752.html

    Or Ceramic ones here for only 12.99UK: http://www.laurelandhardy.org/drwho.html

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  11. OMG GETTING MYSELF TO BUILD-A-BEAR. Perfect Xmas present for the boy, or me! :) I've had this photog saved to my Etsy favorites for months, waiting to order stuff for Xmas: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesecretlifeoftoys

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  12. Alas, you've already posted my fav. geeky find of the week! I was just looking for amigurumi patterns last week and ran across the star wars patterns. Can't wait to make them!

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  13. @katphoti Far be it from me to offer anyone an excuse for NOT going to a Disney park at every single opportunity, but I had great luck with ordering from the theme park through the phone. I wanted to get a Mickey garden gnome for my friend's birthday and they only sell them during the flower and garden festival in Epcot each year. They were really helpful. Here is the number for the Disneyland merchandising people: Disneyland Merchandise (Disney DelivEars) 800-362-4533 I found it on the Disney store website. Maybe it will help. :)

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  14. I loved the little crochet star wars, but I didn't want to pay for the pattern. So I continued to google, and came across these adorable little birdies. I have to make them!

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  15. https://sites.google.com/site/artnouveausquid/home

    not really geekware, but certainly eccentric. In desperate need of an update, but the artist does commissions.

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  16. They have dalek salt and pepper shakers here. Towards the bottom of the page.

    There is also dalek cookie jars.

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  17. I love the "don't blink" shirt. That episode scared the crap out of me. Stupid statues.

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  18. If someone can crotchet those Star Wars figures I'd love to buy them!!!

    Mommy2ev-co@live.com

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  19. OMG...I MUST buy those crochet patterns...and her dragonet pattern...and her adorable monster.

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  20. @katphoti

    You can try to contact Disneyland and see if they'll send it to you. A few years ago my Mom saw a Maleficent t-shirt in Disney World that she wished she had bought because she couldn't find it anywhere. I called Disney World and I was able to buy it over the phone. It was one of her favorite Christmas gifts.

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  21. I get the strangest feeling I've sent you this before, but here are some patterns for Doctor Who plushies, and I believe they're all free.

    Oh, and ages ago I found ORIGAMI X-WING INSTRUCTIONS. I've also seen instructions for all sorts of Star Wars craft, but I made the X-wing because it's my favorite.

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  22. Catherinette Rings is, and will always be, my favorite steampunk place. ALWAYS. One of the rings was on Warehouse 13, worn by Claudia. Love it.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/catherinetterings

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  23. mmmmk so I found this hilarious card and thought it should be mass comercialized and turned into an every day saying...

    (sorry don't remember how to make the link a one word click)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59355021/dobby-loves-socks-card?ref=sr_list_12&ga_search_query=harry+potter&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=3&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

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  24. I see your Dalek salt and pepper shakers, and raise you a Dalek with a FEZ.

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  25. @ Rebekah there is a fairly good collection of geeky maternity shirts here
    a lot of them arent great, but if you go through there are some pretty awesome ones@

    Other than that, this stuff is all totally awesome. I want those crocheting patterns!!

    ...Today I was trying to organized the drama club closet/room at school and I found a darth vadar mask. It made me incredibly happy. :D

    If I do end up buying those patterns (which is likely) my friends will all end up getting a set for the holidays. ( I mean, I made everyone Jayne hats last year, what am I supposed to do!!!! ))
    anyhow. if I make them for my friends, Jen will totally receive one as well :D :D
    I love when you post geek crafts I can attempt on my own!!!

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  26. Well, it seems that Neuron Rebellion has now become one of my B.A.D. websites! I'm having a very bad day today, and I keep going back to it to look at the Neurons. THANKS for posting that, Jen.

    ~ Andrea

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  27. @Gigi and Meg - THANKS! I appreciate your suggestions. I didn't even think about that. Affording a trip is a bit hard for us right now, even though we're only about 6 hours from DL. So at least this way I can afford the monkey!

    ~ Andrea

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  28. and because I forgot to include them...
    this is pretty awesome ( a dalek knitting pattern)

    these are also adorable and geeky.. knitted nitendo toys

    :)

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  29. I have not bought the pattern for that amigurumi set because I NEED NO PATTERN. It's so much more fun to make it up as you go along!

    Also, Star Wars Teddy WANT.

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  30. I'm expecting our first child, and my mother won't make the star wars amigurumi unless our child asks for them. Which means I have to wait at least two years before *I* get to play with them. boo!

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  31. My daughter bought that Build-A-Vader costume! With her limited budget she had to deliberate long and hard about whether to complete the outfit with the matching boots or with the sparkly red bear bloomers :)

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  32. Speaking of crochet, I am going to make this my next project! (and as a plus, all her patterns are free!)

    WV: 'jounmon'
    "Dah best weather in Jamaica is in jounmon!"

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  33. Pattern Smattern, I know how to crochet amigurumi, I can figure it out. :) SQUEEEE!

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  34. tiny purple elephantOctober 19, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    i would love crochet dolls of the cast of star trek the next gerneration plesae.

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  35. retro the rocket is m favorite this week:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/58987809/retro-the-rocket-aka-october-sky

    Nasa is running a contest on ETSY....the winner gets not only a trip to see the LAST shuttle launch, their creation gets to GO INTO SPACE.....

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  36. This is what *I* want to make!

    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/marvin_plushie

    You are awesome Jen, I read both blogs faithfully, and smile for hours after!

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  37. HERE is what I just discovered tonight and I can NOT pick a favorite. I've been trolling through the many pictures and giggling all evening! From Star Wars, to Disney, to LOST, to Harry Potter, I just don't know where to start!!!

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  38. Ok, so this is way late, but I'm apparently a moron, and didn't think to check my links to make sure they worked before posting. In an effort to save a little face, I'm reposting...

    Serenity Keychain

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  39. Check out the amazing clockwork jewellery here:

    http://www.limerence.com.au/

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  40. I haven't got a cool geeky find to share, but I have got a question for all the wonderful geeky folks here. A coworker has been looking for a stuffed Chim Chim (from Speed Racer) and hasn't been able to find one. I told her I'd try to find one, but I haven't had any luck either. Does anyone here know if they exist, and if so where to find one?

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  41. My geeky find of the week is this:
    http://www.firebox.com/product/2783/Stay-Puft-Caffeinated-Marshmallows?via=ser

    Actual Stay Puft Marshmallows for sale, looks like they are available to buy in America from here:
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/candy/e59b/

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  42. I know how to crochet! And I'll make them for someone if they'll buy the pattern :P

    Though the pattern doesn't say how much it is....

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  43. Yup, Jen - Thanks! I don't already have more yarn, cloth and other crafty doo-dads than time to make the stuff I bought them for, but I HAD to buy the Star Wars Amigurumi patterns. I can sew without a real pattern and can design my own knitting patterns, but had to buy the crochet ones. Can't wait to make them! (You've got me VERY hooked on both blogs, but EPBOT is FAST becoming my favorite!)

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  44. That little wookie makes me wish I crocheted. It's so cute.

    Here's something I found on etsy that I loved. It's in the FringeLore shop. FringeLore Romantic Artifacts Necklaces

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  45. Those neurons are all lovely!
    No geeky finds, but something fun.
    My friend has a Cyberman voice changer helmet/mask thing like the one shown on the link for the salt shakers. Except she bought it at a charity shop for 2 GBP and it had lipstick painted on it with pink nailpolish. I think it'd make a great Halloween costume.

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  46. My dear friend makes her own line of monsters, often holiday themed. Check them out!http://www.etsy.com/shop/mintconspiracy

    You can also see some of her custom My Little Ponies at www.cloverflowers.com


    I love those crocheted Star Wars dolls!

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  47. Oh, good, someone else has already linked you to the knitted Dalek. I also bought a knitted Mario Pirahna Plant pattern once. I think it was from etsy, but I'm not sure. I'll have to see if I can find the details. It's amazing how many geeky knit/crochet patterns are out there...

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  48. I found this pattern today.

    http://goingcrafty.com/?p=3

    I have a friend who's having a baby next month - I totally have to make it for her.

    She's not a MSTie, but I am, and I don't have any kids, so she has to humor me, hee hee.

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  49. My mom and I are going to buy a little Neuron for her little sister, Lynda. Lynda has autism and down-syndrome, but is a remarkable young women. She is fully functional because of therapy and family support. We want to support this family too! :) Lynda loves cute little 'monsters' too. Who doesn't!? I can't wait to get one too!

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  50. I think I've become addicted to this "geeky" site. So many choices. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/

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  51. These guys etch things on glass like dinosaur spice shakers, rocket ship oil and vinigar bottles and robo-dino juice glasses.

    I bought a blue robot shot glass for someone as a gift today. By which I mean I told myself it was for someone else so I would buy it and now that it's in my possession I am going to fill it with a spice of some sort, stick a cork in it and put it in my kitchen!

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  52. I was wandering around the link for the Dalek salt and pepper shakers and stumbled upon this t-shirt site. I have spent the past three hours narrowing my wish list down to five things including the stay puft clutch wallet, and the "Oh gravity thou art a heartless bitch" Big Bang Theory shirt. I am in love.

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  53. Does this thread count as my favorite geeky find of the day? :)
    Lots of fun and cute stuff to check out.

    (Though why in the name of Rassilon anyone would want a Davros cookie jar escapes me....)

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  54. i found this t-shirt at a comic shop while on *vacation*..

    and was sadly too broke to buy it..
    http://fashionablygeek.com/t-shirts/salvador-dalek/

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  55. This woman makes the coolest dresses out of unusual materials. Featured on Yahoo today but check out her blog:

    http://stateofdress.blogspot.com/

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  56. Ready for some steampunk awesomesauce?!?!! Found this on a marine biology blog that I follow (I'm a grad student doing research on eels so I read scientific blogs... that's pretty geeky, right?) I saw this Naval Mine Furniture on there and INSTANTLY thought of you, Jen. I think you need to get one for your dining room! : )

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  57. Hey
    I love your blogs :)
    this is totally unrelated but thought you might like this crafty project How to make a rocketeer rocket pack
    Its looks kinda steampunk-ish might be cool for halloween costume

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  58. You come up with the coolest links! I bet you love think geek, too.

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  59. I can't believe I still haven't commented on your blog *hangs head in shame*

    I am a big fan of both Cake Wrecks and Epbot, and I just wanted to express my gratitude for all the time and work you put into it :) And I have to say, a big part of my reason for reading (other than the fun cakes and awesome geekery) is your writing. You write so well and funny, it makes me all warm and fuzzy. I've lost count of how many times I've read There Will Be Blood, simply because you tell the story so well.

    As for this post specifically, holy muffin those neurons are adorable! And that Dalek t-shirt is pure want.

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  60. Jen, you're the best!! I just "adopted" my very own rebellious neuron from Pat's site. Coincidentally, he shares a name with my very...interesting... PhD advisor. I just have to find the perfect spot in my office for the little guy to set up residence... Thanks again!

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  61. I just ordered my Neuron!!! I got Tilda! <3

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  62. Thanks for the links Jen. I had to buy two of the Neuron Rebellion critters as Christmas presents. They are great and such a good story. As always, you rock!
    physicsmom

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  63. Hey Jen - Do you know about this book by Boo Davis? She makes quilts that you will LOVE, I guarantee it!

    Did I mention one has a robot as the main motif?

    Here's a cute video promo she did for the book:
    http://www.vimeo.com/14171248

    (my friend did the quilting for her and we got to see the quilts in person at a gallery in my 'hood. Wonderful!)

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  64. Thanks for the Build-a-Bear tip. My kids (who are both in middle school) want these costumes for their bears.

    Woohoo! Christmas is done!!

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  65. Oh My Gosh! Okay I just about died when I realized you put up the Dalek T-shirt picture I e-mailed you!! My sister and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and we both just about screamed when we saw my name! This is totally awesome! :)

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  66. Jen, you have to check this one out:
    Steampunk Robot Watch
    A friend of mine posted a link to another of her watches and I just happened to see this one hanging out in the corner.

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  67. That Dalek shirt is hilarious! And the Star Wars crochet guys are adorable...my boyfriend may find one or two of those in his stocking this year. If you will allow a bit of a shameless plug, I designed a crocheted blanket based on Tetris. (Link goes to my blog post about it). The afghan is pretty cool, if I may say so myself. And Jen, I love your blog! I wish I had the time to do half the stuff you make.

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  68. l am definitely ordering the Han Solo bear for a friend's Christmas gift!

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  69. For those interested in Star Trek crocheted amigurumi (sp?)

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwalyou.com%2Fstar-trek-amigurumi%2F&h=1402e

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