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Lego Sub-Zero finishes Johnny Cage, and the coining of a new word

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There should be a word for when someone puts together two objects from your childhood in a way that makes you look fondly back at both, or even takes something from our nostalgic collective conscious and blends it with something new. Hollywood re-makes of Saturday morning cartoons, 8-bit rock, and the re-telling of iconic moments through LEGO form are only a few examples.

And because I think there should be a word, I’ve invented one: Mashtalgia.
If you can think of a better word, let me hear it in the comments.

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I dream of flux capacitors — the brief return of Marty McFly

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In this promo for Spike TV’s Scream awards, Michael J. Fox’s feet and, briefly, his face return for a recreation of the original Back to the Future trailer.

It’s a veritable blitz of Back to the Future goodness. A few months ago, a tinkerer put together working Back to the Future II shoes and, earlier this month, the actuaI sneakers from the film put up for sale online. Even better: the trilogy will soon be released on BLU-ray (October 26). It’s like 1985 all over again.

Original trailer below.

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Ski-ffy: A collection of old-school sci-fi covers

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Jeff from Wales has a huge collection of classic and little-known science-fiction novels.

He’s now scanning his collection and putting up their covers one-by-one on his site, Ski-ffy. This includes the cover for a 1975 issue of Analog (after the jump) that includes a George RR Martin story now made famous as the point of origin for George Lucas’ wookie.

There are far too many to choose from. But I really liked this cover for Robert Heinlein’s Orphans of the Sky — a book I now must read:

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MTV commercials from 1994

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In a strange, distant past where MTV played music videos and a valid date idea was Taco Bell take-out and a Blockbuster rental, comes this montage video of MTV commercials from 1994.

Youtube user EidSeimmoc has a sizable collection of commercial compilations for the nostalgic consumer. In the above video, Pepsi runs the gamut for celebrity spokespeople. Shaq, Rodney Dagerfield, Cindy Crawford, and Michael Richards all try their hands at pitching the soda pop.

The high point of the video has got to be Donald Logue’s Jimmy the Cab Driver performance.

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Lego train destruction

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You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

It’s true of superheroes and it’s true of Lego builders. The day after your 12th birthday you are a god of Lego. You watch over your newly constructed world and nod in approval. You have built the skyscrapers and the cars and the starships. You command their every movement. But sooner or later it will dawn on you: Now is the time for destruction. And nothing is more glorious then the triple head-on collision of a high speed Eurostar bullet train, a 9-volt ICE train, and a chugging-along Christmas train.

Experts say serial killers start out with little animals, well, supervillains have to start somewhere too. Here’s 5 more videos that prove evil madmen love Lego trainsets:

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Childhood Artifacts: School Survival Supplies We Loved

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With back to school season just around the corner, Handshake contributor Nick McCrea takes a look at the most-needed school supplies of days gone by. If this doesn’t make you nostalgic for second grade again, nothing will.

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Ghostbusters III: Will They Or Won’t They?

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Who you gunna call when rumors are flying and no one knows what the hell is going on?

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Six Things Missing From The New Karate Kid

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The much-hyped Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan hits theaters today. Although the mini-Fresh Prince is super cute, and Chan is good at kung fu or whatever, we’re still skeptical that anything can recreate the magic of 1984 original. Sorry to say it, but without the following ingredients, the new Karate Kid is destined for the Land of Failed Remakes:

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