Unicycles aren’t exactly the easiest form of transportation on that crowded sidewalk. First of all there’s quite a learning curve, and on top of that you’ll probably just be laughed at by people mistaking you for a runaway circus act. Thankfully, the Solowheel from Inventist is here to change all that.

Unlike the traditional unicycle, Solowheel is 100% battery-powered and doesn't have a seat! Instead of sitting down and pedaling while we try to keep our balance, the Solowheel lets us get move on the same way a Segway would. It uses gyroscope sensors, letting riders simply stand-up and lean forward to start moving. Just lean side-to-side for turns and lean back to slow down or stop.

The Solowheel features a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that will power the electric motor for about 2 hours, or 12 miles. There’s also a regenerative braking feature - sort of. When you lean back to slow down or coast down a hill the Solowheel takes that opportunity to regain some of the energy used to cart your lazy ass around town. Watch this video demo to get a clear view of the Solowheel in action. Read More...

That’s just the math, folks! At this year’s Toy Fair, Lego unveiled a ton of new playsets and vehicles for their Star Wars line, but the Falcon caught our eye straightaway. While Lego released the massive collector-focused Millennium Falcon in the past that looked the part, this new model is all about action! It’s smaller than the original as well, but that just means it won’t break the bank -- allowing your uncontrollable addiction to the plastic bricks to flourish by having more scratch to purchase other sets.

Here’s the rundown on the Falcon from the Jedi over at Lego:

Straight from Episode IV: A New Hope, fans can build the all-new Millennium Falcon, featuring hull plates that open to reveal a detailed interior, rotating quad laser cannons and detachable cockpit cover. Includes 6 minifigures.

Yep, this sucker can be opened up so your minifigs can have access to all of the cut-throat games of Dejarik their little yellow heart’s desire! The set includes minifigs of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader. This puppy is available in August and is made up of over 1,200 pieces, so don’t toss out those instructions!

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MTV Geek is pleased to present you with this exclusive clip and images for the latest Transformers Prime episode "Scrapheap" that airs tomorrow at 6:30PM ET on The Hub:

107 – Scrapheap: Bumblebee and Ratchet scramble to eliminate a swarm of Scraplets that have invaded HQ while Optimus and Arcee patrol in the Arctic.

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It's time for more good bloody fun with everybody's favorite vamp in "Vampirella" #7, coming out this May! The issue, written by Eric Trautmann and illustrated by Walter Geovani, focuses on Vampirella's mysterious ally Sofia in a tale that marks a newer and bloodier era in the title. Check out the exclusive cover art below from Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Ale Garza, and Fabiano Neves, and then read on for more info on the latest chapter of this hit comic book title from Dynamite Entertainment! (And don't forget that "Vampirella" #3 just hit stands this week!)

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There’s a fine line the students of Avengers Academy walk. They’re all told they have the potential to be great heroes, someday becoming Avengers themselves. But as revealed at the end of the first issue, the reason they’re being trained is that they all had greater potential to be supervillains. Over the past eight issues, the students – and their teachers – have grappled with this, under the confident pen of writer Christos Gage.

With a number of huge storylines coming up for the Academy kids, we decided to check in with Gage about last issues bombshell: after creating a video of the kids beating up the defenseless villain The Hood, and posting it on YouTube, AA teacher Tigra expelled the whole class. We got the scoop on this storyline, asked Gage what the kids would do when presented with different moral quandaries, and also got a tease of what to expect for the Academy in a little event called Fear Itself.

Geek: Let’s jump right into it… There’s always a tough line for “villain” series to walk, as they head towards either their inevitable turn for the worse, or their path to redemption. How tricky is it to walk the line with these characters? Is there a point when you’ll say, “Ah screw it,” and just turn ‘em evil?

Christos Gage: See, I don’t consider this a villain series the way THUNDERBOLTS or SECRET SIX are villain books. Those characters chose their path some time ago, even if they may now be trying to change it. To me AVENGERS ACADEMY is about young people who haven’t yet figured out who they are undertaking the journey of discovering that. I’ve already said that at least one of them will reject the Avengers’ way and defect to the other side. And sure, it could happen with all of them. For me, the challenge is making it so that both options have their attractions. I don’t think anyone would buy one of these kids waking up one morning and saying, “Y’know what would be awesome? Taking over the world.” But deciding you want to be able to touch the person you love, or that you don’t want to die, or feeling like you’ve screwed up too badly to make things right…I think we can all relate to that. Read More...

The most respected of international “Game of the Year” awards, the Spiel des Jahres, was given to the party game Dixit last year. Since then, gamers have been waiting to see what would be next from designer Jean-Louis Roubira, and now they know the answer. Dixit Odyssey is the first big-box expansion to Dixit, meaning that it can be played both in tandem with the original title, or separate as its own stand-alone game.

Dixit won its claim to fame from a combination of strategic and creative gameplay, and this sequel will continue in that vein. Players can continue to play traditional Dixit with these new cards, or can use the new rules for team play and other variants on the game. Also nice to see is that this expansion will have enough room in its box to hold all Dixit cards released to date! Dixit Odyssey is due out in June 2011.

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Batman has always had the coolest rides around. Even the military-grade Batmobile Christopher Nolan introduced us to in Batman Begins would be awesome to drive around town. Unfortunately, riding up to our local dealership and picking out the bat-ride we want probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Unless of course the wild ride you see to your right goes into mass-production.

Dubbed the Kinetia LMX, this black-on-black menace was inspired bye those crazy fast F-1 cars, the Peugeot 908 specifically. What makes this design so appealing, other than the obvious Bat tie-in, is the fact that while it was inspired by racecars, it’s designed to be street legal! Could you imagine pulling up in this thing? If there were any evil-doers around, it would surely send a shivver up their spine.

It’s a rear-engine car sporting gull-wing doors and some classy LED lights up front. There is no word on whether or not it will ever go into production -- but if it did, it would surely be the fastest way to get to the Bat-cave. The concept was designed for the road by Sasank Gopinathan and while it probably wont be the new bat-ride we see in Nolan’s upcoming third installment, there’s no denying it is fun to stare at. Here are some more pictures, enjoy. Read More...

Sea-based heroes get no respect, you guys. Even less than Rodney Dangerfield, and he got exactly zero respect on a daily basis. Despite all that, though, there’s something about these underwater heroes that keep drawing us back. The Little Mermaid may want to go where the people go, but we want to live under the sea with these seven heroes:

7. Monkey D. Luffy

The rubber-limbed leader of the Straw Hat Pirates may not strictly be a superhero, but he’s probably more famous than pretty much any hero on this list. One Piece, the ongoing manga series that depicts Monkey and crew searching for the fabled, titular treasure, has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, and each new volume sells more than the last. Monkey desperately wants to be King of the Pirates – and maybe he will be, someday. Until then, he’s a stretchy-faced maniac.

6. Katara

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A new action-packed episode of "Young Justice" will be airing Friday, February 18 at 7 PM on the Cartoon Network, and MTV Geek has photos and clips for you to preview! Here's the episode synopsis:

When the team investigates the disappearance of Kent Nelson (formerly Doctor Fate), the scientific-minded Wally West is forced to confront his disbelief in magic while battling Abra Kadabra and Klarion the Witch Boy for the ultra-powerful helmet of fate.

 

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The big news out of Looney Labs at New York Toy Fair this week was the revival of their Icehouse brand. Icehouse Pyramids are small, translucent, pyramid-shaped game pieces that can be used to play over a hundred different abstract strategy games. The pyramids have been on and off the market since the 1980’s, and are the original innovation that gave Looney Labs its start as a game publisher.

Even though the pyramids can be used to play such a large number of games, these new Icehouse products will focus on one game at a time. Each game will come in its own branded and styled drawstring bag that will contain enough components to play one particular game. The first two titles to launch will be IceDice, which includes 30 pyramids, and Treehouse, which includes 15 pyramids. Included with each game is a 24-page guide to additional pyramid games, some of which can be played right away with the pyramids in each bag, as well as others that will require multiple bags worth of game pieces.
Since the Icehouse Pyramids have been around for quite a while, the existing fan base is definitely fired up about their return. In anticipation of the re-release, Looney Labs has also launched a fanclub-style online group. Players with lots of Icehouse gaming experience can sign up and help spread the love of their favorite games. These new products don’t launch until June of this year, so new players will have to wait a bit longer to find out what the buzz is all about. Of course, we will have a full review of the two new games here at MTV Geek as they come closer to hitting the market.

Looney Labs is a family-owned games publisher that focuses on inexpensive and portable gaming. They are best known for their Fluxx series of card games, famous for their short play time and high replay value. For more information on Fluxx, check out MTV Geek’s recent review of Pirate Fluxx.

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Spidey joins the FF! New costumes! And the team deals with their recent loss. "FF" #1 is one of the most anxiously-awaited comics this year -- but you can get your First Look with this preview! Then read on for more details about "FF" #1, hitting stands on March 23!

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Geek News alert -- cult hit Firefly will be returning to basic cable. EW's Inside TV reported today that the Science Channel has aquired the rights to Firefly and will air the complete series -- including special extras! This is the first time Firefly has aired on a fully distributed basic cable channel since 2008 on the USA Network.

Further, Nathan Fillion told EW that not only would he be open to reprising the role of Mal again, but if he had the money he'd produce Firefly itself:

"Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it own my own, and distribute it on the Internet."

Firefly makes its Science Channel debut on March 6 at 8 p.m. with the two hour pilot, with the first episode airing right after at 10 p.m. Then Firefly episodes will air every Sunday, in order and in HD.

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Have you always wanted to design a game or app for android devices, but lack the programming know-how to get the ball rolling? If so, it looks like Google has just brought your dream a little closer to a reality with the Android App Inventor.

The new browser based software will help users without any background in programming get a foot in the app development door. And the best part? It’s free to use for anyone that has a Google account! All you have to do is go to the App Inventor website and follow a few easy steps to make sure your computer can handle the software. (I did it earlier, took about 10 minutes to get up and running)

The App inventor consists of three parts. We’ve got the App inventor Designer where we select the different components that will make up our app, The App Inventor block Editor where we will assign behaviors to each component and lastly an emulator where we can test the functionality of our new app. You can also connect an Android powered smartphone to your computer for testing your app during development.

Anybody can download the App Inventor software and get creating right now. It will run on Windows XP, Vista and 7 machines as well as Mac OS X and Linux platforms! The site has a bunch of tutorials to get us started, so head over there right now and get to work!

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Actress Danielle Harris has had a long and varied career in her few years in the industry. Starring in everything from the soap opera One Life to Live to acting alongside Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout Harris came to the attention of horror fans 1988’s Halloween 4 as a little girl being stalked by silent killer Michael Myers. Now, this horror icon is hoping to get the same sort of attention from comics and animation fans with her performance in writer/director Matt Pizzolo’s “illustrated film,” Godkiller -- think a long-form motion comic from indie production company Halo-8. Starring alongside AFI's Davey Havok, Lance Henricksen, Bill Moseley and Lydia Lunch, based on art by Anna Muckracker, Harris plays Halpipe, one of an assortment of post-nuclear characters trying to survive.

Ms. Harris was spoke to MTV Geek about her work Pizzolo’s vision, her storied career as a horror icon, and how genre fare needs more women behind the cameras.

Geek: Were there any particular elements to Godkiller’s being marketed as an “illustrated film” that drew you to the project?

DH: Yeah, I just hadn’t seen anything like it before. I’m not an avid reader of graphic novels nor am I of comic books. But animation is something I’ve done for a while. You know, I’ve done an animated series called The Wild Thornberrys for a while, and I was working on Night of the Living Dead Origins—and even that’s completely different from anything I’d ever seen before.

So, this was something that I thought was quite beautiful and different from what I had expected it to look like, and I was pretty impressed. I think that it looks pretty killer.

Geek: What attracted you to the role of Halfpipe?

DH: Well, aside from the fact that I’d never gotten to play a bisexual, organ-stealing prostitute, it was something I’d never really dabbled in—I guess, you’d call the animated world of the [horror genre].

It was something that I thought was sort of a chance for me to play, be a different character, and work with my boys—Bill Mosley and I have done quite a few things together. And Matt was such a cool guy and I thought his vision was great and the art was amazing and it was so new.

You know, I’ve been doing this for so long, and working in this world for so long that I rarely come across projects that I get excited about. And really, after [Rob Zombie’s] Halloween, after ’07, I’m going to do things in this genre—if I’m going to stay in it—that inspire me, and I can support, and that are creative, and that are different from everything else that I’ve done. And that was sort of everything that I thought Godkiller stood for. So, that’s pretty much what attracted me to it.

Geek: Tell us a little about Halfpipe.

DH: Well, she’s very sassy, and the sort of feisty, flirty [type], getting herself into trouble. Kind of a badass—like I said, the organ-stealing prostitute that she is! Does what she needs to do to get to the next place. I think there’s some stuff that Matt and I have talked about [for] future episodes that we’re working on to create a bit more of Halpipe, because she’s sort of sprinkled throughout Godkiller.

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And so the saga of the Detroit Robocop statue may be at a happy end -- as Kickstarter might help one of pop-culture's favorite cyborgs get his own monument. $50,000 has been raised so far for the Robocop statue in only a handful of days, meeting the fundraising goal:

Sting and Robocop approve of these developments. Read More...

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