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Japan’s Seven Stars Steampunk Train Offers Luxurious Cabins for $11,500

Japan Steampunk Train

If you’re a tourist in Japan, then you have to try riding their bullet trains at least once during your visit. They’re definitely fast, but some might argue that they don’t offer the most comfortable of seats on board. That might be true–until the Seven Stars train came along. It’s a train that’s decked out in steampunk-style exteriors on the outside and luxurious comfort on the inside.

For example, Deluxe Suite A features a spacious 226-square meter room and a five-foot panoramic window that offers a gorgeous view of Kyushu from the rear end of the train. Every one of the cabins is covered in intricate wood decorations and high paneled ceilings.

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Steampunk Iron Man Reactor Pocket Watch: Can’t Tell the Time, But It Keeps On Ticking

Steampunk Iron Man Reactor Watch

What can you do with a pocket watch, except bring it out when you want to know what time it is? Why, take its insides out and create one of the awesomest steampunked versions of Iron Man’s arc reactor! That’s what Adi Simion did and it looks out he succeeded in creating a piece that Tony Stark himself would be proud to own.

You won’t be able to read the time off of the pocket watch anymore, since its face has been taken out to make room for Iron Man’s reactor, but who needs a watch when you can have Iron Man’s source of power, right in your very own pocket?

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This Steampunk Nintendo Case Mod Reminds Us That We Don’t Have Nice Things

That’s a sweet looking NES case mod, ain’t it? Well, you can’t have it. It was lovingly hand-made by redditor Andrew5785 for his cousin. It’s a one of a kind, and no one at OhGizmo knows anyone crafty enough to make a replica. Should I try, the likelihood of severing a digit is a non-negligible figure. But we can all look at pictures and wonder what it’s like to have an uncle that makes stuff like this.

These pictures, by the way, are after the break.

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Custom Made Steampunk Xbox 360 Controller Up For Auction

By David Ponce

Steampunk is a little played out if you ask us, but the attention to detail that seems to have been put in this creation leaves us impressed nonetheless. MorbidStix have gone to work on an Xbox 360 controller and here are some of the highlights:

    Custom Antique Burl Wood Finish
    Skeleton Key Guild Button
    Custom Sticks
    Real Leather (Soft to the touch and VERY comfortable!)
    Copper Rivet Design
    Custom ABXY buttons for an authentic look and feel!
    Triggers and bumpers are wood finish as well!!!

Of course the price is going to keep all but the most serious steampunk aficionados away, as the Buy It Now price is a cool $1,000.

Hit the jump for a couple more pictures and links.

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Sir Spudnik

By Chris Scott Barr

Mr. Potato Head has been around since the early 1950’s, entertaining millions of children with his interchangeable parts. But what if he hadn’t been created in the 50’s, and instead in the alternate universe of the Steampunk world? One crafty artist spent some time thinking on this very topic, and ended up with Sir Spudnik.

This bizarre specimen is a real Mr. Potato head base that has been covered in metallic and brass-like parts. Artist Sarita Maria felt the need to take things a couple of steps further by creating a mock wanted poster, and a very DaVinci-like blueprint for the toy. The best part is that she detailed the entire process over on her Instructables page.

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Custom Steampunk Optimus Prime Figure

Steampunk Optimus Prime (Image courtesy Encline Designs)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve had more than my fill of the ‘steampunk’ trend, but I don’t feel guilty about posting yet another SP creation when it’s as impressive as this custom Optimus Prime figure. I guess if the Transformers had reached Earth before the time of the automobile they would have had to make do with the available transportation at the time, in this case, a steam locomotive. But, it doesn’t make Optimus look any less badass, that’s for sure.

Steampunk Optimus Prime (Image courtesy Encline Designs)

The figure was created by Encline Designs and is fully transformable from robot to locomotive form. There’s even his trademark disappearing trailer complete with an old-timey cannon inside, and thanks to a set of LEDs, the lamps and boiler on his chest all glow as if they were burning away. Now where’s the Megatron six-shooter to go with it?

[ Encline Designs ] VIA [ Walyou ]

Steampunk Monorail Building Toy

The Victorian Futurist's Monorail (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dropping $160 on this steampunk or “Victorian Futurist’s” monorail building set is kind of a hard sell since you can get a decent stash of LEGO bricks for that much money. But I know there are those of you out there who refuse to let the steampunk fad die, going as far as to force your kids to wear aviator goggles and knickerbockers, or play with a toy like this. I’ll admit the monorail’s engine and car do look the part, and the 550 piece set includes a track that “can run as long as 20 looping feet.” Alas all those miniature valves and pipes are just for show though, since this thing runs on a set of 4 decidedly unsteampunkish AA batteries. $159.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

[ The Victorian Futurist’s Monorail ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Steampunk iPhone Dock Is Stylish And Functional

By Chris Scott Barr

For all the sleek beauty that the iPhone has, in some ways it still doesn’t compare to the elegance of some of the older-style corded telephones. One Etsy user realized this, and decided not only to make a retro dock for their iPhone, but to Steampunk it as well.

Each awesome dock is hand-sculpted and hand-cast in urethane resin, which produces a stylish, yet functional base for your phone. The USB cable is routed through the base, hidden from view. The handset itself is completely functional for making calls with your phone. The only thing stopping me from buying one is the $450 price tag.

[ Etsy ] VIA [ Coolest-Gadgets ]

Make Your Light Switches Look Awesome With Steampunk Cover Plates

steampunk-lightswitch-plates

By Chris Scott Barr

Light switch covers aren’t usually something that I find myself very interested in. They aren’t very exciting, and if you try to replace them with a novelty cover, they just look cheesy. Of course everything looks better when steampunked, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when I saw these DIY light switch plates.

These are cool not only because they are unique, but some of them even add functionality to the otherwise boring switch. A candle holder, bell and even a hook for your keys are pretty cool ideas. The best part is that they aren’t too hard to make. Just a brass plate, some gears, solder paste and a few tools are all you need. Of course you’ll actually need the time and patience to make one, since it’s not something you can actually buy in a store.

[ SteampunkWorkshop ] VIA [ CoolestGadgets ]