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Designing Lego’s Classic Series: More Than Just Random Bricks

As a Lego fan, it’s always fascinating to think about how much work goes into creating just one set. When you think about the massive ‘Expert’ models, it’s obvious that the design process must be painstaking. Take the Taj Mahal for instance — 6,000 bricks that perfectly interlock to create a scale-model of one of the wonders of the world. It’s insane to think of the detail that has gone into creating it. Read More >>

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Rocket League is a Lot Easier When You’re Playing It In Real Life

Rocket League seems like a game that wouldn’t translate well to real life. It’s super intense, with cars that seem to defy physics and balls that explode. But the real-life version we had the chance to play at Toy Fair in New York this weekend is just as fun, while being a lot easier to master. Read More >>

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A Toy Design Actually Forced a Change to Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars and toys have gone hand in hand ever since the franchise kicked off four decades ago. But usually, it’s the movies dictating what we see on store shelves—not the other way round. But in one particularly odd case, it ended up being that way for The Last Jedi. Read More >>

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Crayola’s New Pen Writes On Any Surface Using Melted Crayons as Ink

Working in a similar fashion to 3D-printing pens, but without the futile exasperation of actually trying to make 3D objects, Crayola’s new Crayon Melter turns colourful sticks of wax into a thick, goopy, ink that lets kids write on almost any surface imaginable. Can you hear the sound of parents crying in the distance? Read More >>

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I Love Watching These Self-Balancing Boxing Robots Beat Each Other Into Submission

The self-balancing technology that powered the overhyped disappointment that was the Segway is finally living up to its full potential with Hexbug’s new VEX Battling Boxing Robots line. You can not only build a pair of robo-pugilists that ride around on hoverboards, you can also fight them using motion controls to knock your opponent’s head clean off. Read More >>

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Hasbro is Getting Into Crowdfunding With an Insane Star Wars Toy

Today, Hasbro unveiled Haslab, which promises to basically be the toymaker’s answer to Kickstarter, for diehard fans of its toys. The new crowdsourcing program is kicking off with one hell of a project: a 4-foot long, 14lbs intricate recreation of Jabba’s Sail Barge from Return of the Jedi. Read More >>

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These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag

It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles. Read More >>

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There’s Another Avengers LEGO Set on the Way, and it’s a Giant Hulkbuster

Earlier this week we got our first official look at the first wave of LEGO sets tying into Avengers: Infinity War. It didn't take long for LEGO to announce something new, though, because today's it's unveiled the Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition set. Read More >>

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The Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Lego Set is Now Official

Yesterday we brought you news that Lego had officially announced the first wave of sets tying into Avengers: Infinity War, but while we were busy doing other things it went and confirmed the newest version of the Millennium Falcon - which is to be featured in the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Read More >>

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A Brilliant Toy Hacker Turned the G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

If you grew up in the ‘80s watching G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Action Force) and playing with the toys, you undoubtedly remember the Rattler, Cobra’s workhorse fighter plane. The original toy version was powered by imagination, but Adam Woodworth’s upgraded version—which actually flies—is instead powered by servos and ducted fan engines. Read More >>

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Hot Wheels Made a Real-Life Version of Rocket League With Tiny RC Cars

With Rocket League having already arrived on the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix and Mattel have teamed up to create the second most portable version of the game. The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals set brings Rocket League into the real world with a pair of tiny RC cars you use to knock a giant ball into your opponent’s net. Read More >>

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Man Redefines Horror By Building a Singing Furby Organ

As if the fear of a looming nuclear war wasn’t enough, Sam Battle, the hacker-musician behind the YouTube channel Look Mum No Computer, hacked together 44 Furby toys to build the world’s first (and hopefully last) singing Furby organ, introducing a whole new element to your nightmares. Read More >>

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A Giant Version of Pong Played With Feet Should Be the Next Olympic Sport

The most entertaining part of watching the modern Olympics is hoping you catch some kind of drama, scandal, or debacle. And while the IOC has hoped that the addition of new sports like mixed doubles curling will breathe new life into the games, the Olympics should instead introduce sports like mixed doubles interactive Pong—now that I’d stay up late to watch. Read More >>

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Monstrous 90,000-Piece Lego Roller Coaster Replica Gives You the Six Flags Experience Without the Puking

I’m OK with roller coasters as long as they make no attempts to flip me upside-down, which usually limits my rides to loopless wooden coasters. But if you can’t even line up for a coaster without getting queasy, maybe riding along on this monstrous, 90,000-piece Lego replica will let you experience the thrills of a roller coaster without the nausea. Hopefully. Read More >>

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Hacking a Child’s Ride-On Toy to Hit 40 MPH Trades Safety for Fun

With a top speed of around four or five miles per hour, most ride-on toys don’t provide much of a thrill—unless you throw safety out the window. The irresponsible chaps from YouTube’s The Real Life Guys channel upgraded a simple ride-on toy with a 15 horsepower engine that can accelerate it to over 40 mph in less than three seconds. Read More >>