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Fresh to Death Luke Skywalker is Finally Tactile

I still get goosebumps when I think about it: the first time a fresh-from-the-barber Luke Skywalker showed up on Crait to save the Resistance in The Last Jedi. He looked great and he was ready to fight—and, of course, we eventually find out it’s all an illusion. Read More >>

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Lego Voltron is the Perfect Model to Build With Friends

If you're an adult, Lego is probably something of a solitary activity. You don't want kids getting their grubby little hands all over your precious bits of plastic. And you probably don't want your partner stepping in, ruining all the fun either. Let's face it; unless someone is demoted to "brick finder", on most models you're just going to get in each other's way. But that's where Lego Voltron stands out. The £160 set released as part of the Lego Ideas range this summer makes one giant robot when put together, but it's actually made up of five smaller, standalone models that can be built completely separately from one another. Read More >>

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My Dream of Wearing Motorised Shoes Was More Painful Than Expected

It was always a weird ambition of mine to own shoes that would turn into little electric cars at the flip of a switch. Probably a lazy one. So I jumped at the chance to try Razor’s Turbo Jetts. They’re like the advanced version of Heelys that I wanted when I was 11 years old. I’m much older now, and so naturally, I hurt myself with these motorised shoes. Read More >>

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Imagine What This One-Handed, Rubik’s Cube-Solving Robot Could Do With a Deck of Cards

Rubik’s Cube-solving robots are far from a new idea. In fact, while the human record holder can solve a cube in just 4.22 seconds, the fastest cube-solving robot does it in a little over half a second. This robot isn’t quite as fast, but its ability to quickly solve a Rubik’s Cube using just one three-fingered hand is an astonishing feat of artificial agility. Read More >>

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I Want This Custom Bluetooth Soundwave Boombox, Even if It Doesn’t Transform

Optimus Prime and Grimlock were among the most popular Transformers characters from the original animated series, but Soundwave, who spoke like he’d swallowed a synthesizer, was undoubtedly every kid’s favourite. I still have the original toy, but as an adult, I want this custom Soundwave-shaped boombox even more. Read More >>

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This Robotic Rubik’s Cube Can Solve Itself

It’s not going to set any world records, but this robotic Rubik’s Cube that’s filled with electronics and tiny electric motors is actually more impressive than watching someone race through the puzzle in a few seconds because it can solve itself without any assistance – aside from a human messing it up in the first place. Read More >>

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The Lego Group Named The Most Reputable Company

In a recent survey carried out by The Reputation Institute, an organisation dedicated to investigating the public perception of companies, The Lego Group has come out on top. Read More >>

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Smyths Toys Superstores Thrives in a Post-Toys R Us UK

Since Toys R Us closed earlier this year, Smyths Toys Superstores has crept into the position of the UK's largest out-of-town toy retailer. And it seems to be thriving as so: in 2017 the company saw a profit increase of 18 per cent and that success continues as the company expands across the country. Since last year, it has spent over £20 million in property purchases to open new stores, and has increase the number of employed staff from 1,888 to 2,195. Not bad considering physical shops are forever dwindling. Read More >>

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Tinkerer Builds More Durable Version of Nintendo Labo Toys Using Lego

When I reviewed Nintendo’s Labo kits a few months ago, I was genuinely impressed that the company had managed to create playable accessories out of cardboard. However, a few months later they’re starting to show some wear and tear, and glue and tape can only go so far when it comes to repairing them. That’s why I love the idea of recreating the Labo toys using infinitely repairable Lego. Read More >>

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Thanos Faces Horror’s Most Iconic Villains in This Killer Photo

Even with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes couldn’t defeat Thanos. But maybe a bloodier solution would do the trick. What if five icons of horror decided to battle the Mad Titan instead? Read More >>

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Lego’s Winter Holiday Train and Winter Village Station Are Back

If you missed out on last year's Winter Village Station or 2016's Winter Holiday Train, both Christmas-themed sets are making a return this year. That means, along with the newly-announced Winter Village Fire Station, there'll be three Christmas sets available from Lego this year. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts Characters Are The Latest To Join Lego’s BrickHeadz Line

Love them or hate them, it seems like Lego's BrickHeadz are going to be around for a long while yet. The series that seems to tackle Funko Pop collectibles head-on by immortalising popular characters in chunky brick form has unveiled two new characters that will be added to the line-up soon: Newt Scamander and Gellert Grindelwald from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie. Read More >>

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Lego Has Unveiled This Year’s Christmas Model

The latest Lego set in the company's festive-themed Winter Village line-up has been revealed over the weekend: it's a Winter Village Fire Station. Like other Winter Village sets, it's made up of one main building – in this case, the fire station itself – and several smaller structures, including a wintery bench and lamppost, a Christmas tree, and a fountain. This time, we also have a small old-fashioned fire engine, too. Read More >>

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I Wish More Figures Had Goofy Action Features Like This Solo Toy

As the merchandising behemoth that is action figures has grown over the years, the market has split into two groups—the kids-focused smaller figures that trade articulation for oversized accessories and kooky action features, and then the serious (as serious as toys can be), “collector-aimed” ones. This new Star Wars figure blurs the line. Read More >>

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Sony Can Keep Its Plastic Dog, This Robotic Raptor Is My New Perfect Pet

With the first Jurassic Park, we were all content to just stare in awe at what appeared to be living, breathing dinosaurs onscreen. But four sequels later, we now want to do more than just look at dinosaurs, we want to play with them too. Science has yet to deliver the goods, so Mattel has stepped up to bring dinosaurs back from extinction with its new Alpha Training Blue interactive velociraptor toy. Read More >>