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The New Game by the Rock Band Creators Made Me Feel Like a DJ God

Yesterday my coworker laid the DropMix board out on a table and started dropping cards. Immediately catchy music played from her phone’s speaker and three passing coworkers stopped dead in their tracks. As she removed a card and added another the music changed to accommodate the new beat and one person said, “Is that, like, a mixing game?” Then another spied the colourful box the DropMix resides in when you want to shove it in the closet or under a bed. “Harmonix? The Rock Band guys?” The final never took their eyes off the board as she replaced another card and the music changed again. “I want to buy this.” Read More >>

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Guitar Hero Is Now a Yu-Gi-Oh-Style Card Game For Aspiring DJs

Harmonix is best known for video games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and cluttering up your living room with fake plastic instruments. Its next music game, however, trades guitars and drum sets for collectible cards that has aspiring DJs competing to remix songs — like playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the club. Read More >>

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Monopoly Is Being Gentrified, One Game Piece at a Time

On Thursday, Hasbro announced that the humble thimble, Monopoly’s least beloved game piece, would be getting the boot from “an upcoming version of the game.” Cynically, the toy company framed the eviction as a simple reflection of the people’s will, the result of a recent online contest to modernise the board game. Read More >>

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Watch Adam Savage Give a Nerf Blaster an Impressive Scifi Movie Prop Makeover

Despite being made of plastic, Nerf’s dart blasters look incredibly realistic and detailed—as long as you can ignore their garishly bright colours. Adam Savage apparently could not, however, so he spent an entire day giving the Nerf Longstrike CS-6 a fantastic facelift to make it look like a prop from of a scifi blockbuster. Read More >>

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Nerf’s New Blasters Shoot Tiny Foam Cars Instead of Darts

Every kid knows that if you want your die-cast toy cars to make an impressive jump off a ramp, you need a lot of steep track to build up speed. But Nerf wants to change all that with a new line of blasters that simply fire tiny toy cars directly at a ramp, so you don’t need any track at all. Read More >>

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Monopoly Will Let the Internet Vote to Replace All of the Board Game’s Classic Tokens

Since 1933 when the board game first appeared, Monopoly’s tokens have changed and evolved over the years to reflect the times. In 2013 Hasbro even let fans vote to replace the iconic iron token with a cat, and starting today, the internet now has the chance to choose what replaces every last token for an upcoming version of the game. Read More >>

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You Can Build a Working Nerf Blaster Using Lego

Proving once again that the only toy any kid really needs is a giant box of Lego, YouTube’s Astonishing Studios has managed to recreate a working version of the classic Nerf Maverick REV-6 blaster using nothing but plastic bricks and a metal spring for power. Read More >>

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New App Turns Play-Doh Creations Into Animated Characters

Most kids’ toys are designed to survive years of abuse during playtime. But the toys they make themselves? Like a dinosaur made from Play-Doh? The odds of it surviving longer than ten minutes are slim, unless it gets preserved forever inside Hasbro’s new app that turns even abstract Play-Doh creations into animated characters. Read More >>

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Nerf’s New Accustrike Blasters Use Redesigned Darts For Improved Accuracy

Given they’re just toys, Nerf’s blasters aren’t really known for accuracy. The best approach has always been to just send as many darts as possible at your target to improve your chances of hitting it. But with Nerf’s new Accustrike line, precision, patience, and aiming are finally the better approach. Read More >>

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The Internet Helped Design a New Female Transformer, and it Didn’t Turn Out Awful

Over a year ago, Hasbro reached out to Transformers fans for help designing a new addition to its Combiners line, which features smaller bots merging to become one giant formidable opponent. As with any endeavour involving the internet there was the potential for it go very bad. But the results arrive in form of the first female Transformer Combiner, called Victorion, turned out a lot better than it could have. Read More >>

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Transforming Xiaomi Tablet Is More Than Meets the Eye

Every tablet maker is always looking to out do the competition. Usually that means progressively thinner and more powerful hardware, but Xiaomi decided to flip the script and turn one of its tablets, the Mi Pad 2, into a full-on Transformer. Read More >>

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A Masterful Paint Job Makes This Millennium Falcon Toy Look Like a Star Wars Movie Prop

It’s no secret that professional model makers often use the same plastic model kits you can buy at a hobby shop, they’re just highly skilled at painting them to look incredibly realistic. Tristan Elliott instead started with Hasbro’s Battle Action Millennium Falcon toy, and with a little extra paint, turned it into a near-flawless film prop. Read More >>

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Hide This Ultra-Thin Nerf Blaster in the Same Pocket As Your Smartphone

Sometimes stealth is a better approach than brute force and raw firepower, so the tiniest addition to Nerf’s 2016 lineup, the new N-Strike Elite Pocketstrike blaster, can be easily hidden away until you’ve managed to sneak up on an unsuspecting target. Read More >>

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You Probably Shouldn’t Weaponise a Nerf Blaster With Scalpel Blades Like This Guy Did

As much as we’d love for slingshot-designer Joerg Sprave to travel the world on a publicity tour, it’s creations like this—a Nerf blaster made lethal using razor-sharp scalpel blades—that will probably result in him being barred entry to the country. Read More >>

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Nerf’s New Alien Menace Blasters Look Straight Out of a Halo Game

Mattel’s BOOMco line already has the rights to turn Halo’s iconic weapons into toy blasters. But there’s nothing stopping Hasbro and Nerf from making blasters that only happen to look like they’re from the Halo universe, which probably explains its new Alien Menace line. Read More >>