Geeky gingerbread masterpieces for the ages (pictures)

These Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Transformers, Hobbit and Harry Potter holiday treats put all other gingerbread creations to shame.

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Gingerbread Tardis

Of all the gingerbread designs, the Tardis from "Doctor Who" is probably the simplest. After all, it is basically a tall box with windows. There are plenty of Tardis gingerbread tutorials online, but many of us find it easier to watch a video of the step-by-step process. YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino shows how to make a festive gingerbread Tardis complete with a holiday wreath hanging on its front door.

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Gingerbread Star Wars AT-AT Walker

If this Gingerbread All-Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) walker attacked the Rebel base at Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back," it could have easily been defeated by a few very hungry Wampas. YouTube user Cakes by Choppa shows you how to make your own delicious AT-AT using gingerbread, frosting, sprinkles and candy.

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"Game of Thrones" gingerbread Iron Throne

There's no need for bloodshed when you build your own "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne using gingerbread. While this looks intimidating to make, broken down into pieces it's really just a bunch of gingerbread swords frosted and placed on top of each other to create the ultimate chair. This would make quite the centerpiece at a Christmas party -- or if you're extra daring, a wedding.

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Gingerbread Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise

Want to be captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise without having to graduate from Starfleet Academy? Be inspired by Blackmarket Bakery pastry chef Rachel Klemek, who built her own impressive version of the U.S.S. Enterprise in gingerbread, frosting, Sour Strips, candy canes, Tic Tacs, licorice and sticks of gum. Klemek made a ship template from cardboard to cut the pieces of the ship just right. She then fit everything together using a special tool "to smooth out edges and make sure everything fit snugly," Klemek told CNET's Crave blog.

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Gingerbread Millennium Falcon

While the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars might seem like a complicated spaceship to replicate in gingerbread, YouTuber FresoSweden shows how easy it is to put it all together in this entertaining time-lapse video. The final gingerbread Millennium Falcon looks even more fun with Lego minifigures of Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and Princess Leia decorating it.

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Harry Potter - The Weasley's Burrow Gingerbread House

Some of us would need a magic spell to be able to build a gingerbread tribute to Harry Potter's best friend's house. Luckily, we have Instructables to show us the way. Here's a tutorial on how to construct Weasley's Burrow House in gingerbread. User Mezcraft shows step by step how to re-create the burrow house, right down to the gingerbread recipe itself. Dumbledore would be highly impressed with this yummy tribute.

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Gingerbread Optimus Prime

There's more than meets the eye to this tasty Transformer. Swedish 3D artist and baker Caroline Eriksson created
this gingerbread version of Optimus Prime. While it doesn't change back into a car, it can be seen in all its gingerbread glory in this video where you can listen to Norwegian talk show host chat about how cool it is.

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Gingerbread Smaug the dragon

Here's another impressive gingerbread creation from Swedish baker Caroline Eriksson. This time she's paid tribute to the dragon Smaug from "The Hobbit." The edible sculpture measures 27.5 inches by 19.5 inches (70 by 50 centimeters) and looks just as intimidating as the real dragon from the movie.

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Gingerbread Darth Vader

This year, in honor of Star Wars, Swedish baker Caroline Eriksson went to the dark side with this gingerbread Darth Vader. "Three weeks and three fire alarms later I am excited to show you my gingerbread Star Wars creation," Eriksson wrote on her Facebook page. Needless to say, we're impressed she didn't even need to use the Force to build it.

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Gingerbread Borg cube

Using a Borg cube cookiee cutter, you too could make the kind of gingerbread house that would excite the Star Trek fans in your life. Food blogger JustJenn shows you how to make a gingerbread Borg cube without too much hassle. It is only a cube after all. Just remember to remind everyone who wants to eat your Borg cube that they must assimilate to all your holiday demands.

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Gingerbread AT-AT Reindeer

Chef Aaron Lawrence from the Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar at Victoria, British Columbia's Magnolia Hotel & Spa created this gingerbread AT-AT Reindeer for Canada's fifth annual National Gingerbread Showcase in 2013. "Everything must be edible to be eligible for the completion so I used a lot of gingerbread and then the Force to hold it all together," Lawrence told CNET's Crave blog. "The biggest obstacle was building the AT-AT on four tiny legs. It took all my Jedi power to pull it off but as Yoda says, 'Do or do not, there is no try.'"

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"Star Wars" scenes in gingerbread

Why limit yourself to a Millennium Falcon or AT-AT gingerbread when you can really impress your friends and family with an entire Star Wars scene? This year, famous Star Wars movie scenes were rendered in gingerbread, complete with an edible Jabba the Hutt and giant candy R2-D2, as part of Seattle's 23rd annual Gingerbread Village. Just be prepared to spend a lot of hours on your gingerbread diorama. Seattle architect Marc Bailly, who designed a gingerbread scene from "Attack of the Clones," estimated that his project took "around 1,200 hours."

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