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Borderlands Dahl assault rifle, real-life edition

Borderlands Dahl assault rifle, real-life edition

We've seen video game weapons come to life before, but few are as beautiful as the replica of the Borderlands Dahl assault rifle. The weapon clone is the brainchild of Ikkalebob, and with it comes a bit of (non-lethal) functionality. Thanks to a write-up on Instructables, the DIYers among us can make their own.

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Baby Dancing Groot toy released by Funko

Baby Dancing Groot toy released by Funko

The Dancing Baby Groot toy is real - it’s even got a bobble-head. The folks at Funko have turned super-popular underground interest in the Guardians of the Galaxy character Baby Groot into a toy in what must be record time. It was that or watch people rip the heads off their Adult Groot - good choice!

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Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

It’s time to pick up the landline and dial the Ghostbusters - the ECTO-1 LEGO set has arrived at SlashGear. This magnificent set comes from the same place several of the most web-popular LEGO sets from the past few years have come: LEGO Ideas. Here we’ve got all four of the team present as well: Venkman, Ray, Egon, and Winston.

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Steampunk LEGO AT-AT mixes the best of both worlds

Steampunk LEGO AT-AT mixes the best of both worlds

LEGOs. You spent your childhood using them to create pyramids, and caused untold amounts of cursing from adults who stepped on that one brick you kept losing. Little changes when you get older, except you're usually the one stepping on the stray brick and cursing. Some among us, however, take it up a notch and use LEGOs to make fantastic creations, not the least of which is a LEGO steampunk AT-AT.

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare figurines inbound

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare figurines inbound

Plants vs. Zombies has risen to solid success, and nothing indicates that quite like a line of action figures. If your yard is looking a little bare but traditional garden gnomes aren't your thing, these figurines will be arriving for your lawn next month.

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Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

An early 90s Wallace & Gromit cartoon has inspired University of Leicester students to develop a theory on how one might eventually be able to walk on the walls or ceiling. Though not exactly anti-gravity boots, the shoes would be powered by a vacuum and battery pack in one's pants, giving them gravity-defying abilities.

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Portal’s GLaDOS may be next for LEGO immortality

Portal’s GLaDOS may be next for LEGO immortality

The Portal build you’re about to see is not yet a fully operational LEGO design. Instead, it’s part of the LEGO Ideas collection, one that’s been growing for several years - from its CUUSOO roots to the machine it is today. Today we witness builder "pitrek02" take the helm with over 1000 supporters - not quite what’s needed for official status, but well over the border needed to get there eventually.

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SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

As LEGO has proven over the past several years, there’s no limit to what this interchangeable interlocking brick system can do in the way of super simple buildings to extra-complex robots. They’re building pieces, after all, and open systems like the SBRICK - or SmartBrick - are coming in to expand the system even further than LEGO has already imagined. Here we’re going wireless with LEGO robotics and remote control.

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Ninja Turtles movie LEGO sets leak clues to film content

Ninja Turtles movie LEGO sets leak clues to film content

There’s little doubt now that the Nickelodeon-owned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand is going to go all-out when it comes to licensing new toys for their 2014 film. This week we’re having an early peek at a catalog of LEGO sets which shows off Ninja Turtles sets in several sizes, each with their own unique set of heroes in a half shell.

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MetalBeard’s Sea Cow LEGO set Review

MetalBeard’s Sea Cow LEGO set Review

Now that the LEGO Movie is returning to the streets after a short absence - between theaters and its DVD/Blu-ray release - it’s time to bring out the real deal. Here as we devour the digital release of The LEGO Movie, we construct the largest of the LEGO Movie LEGO sets - the largest so far, that is to say. Here be MetalBeard’s Sea Cow.

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Project NESM puts your Slinky on a mesmerizing treadmill

Project NESM puts your Slinky on a mesmerizing treadmill

Whether we admit it or not, we all love the Slinky. A thin piece of metal, essentially a spring who’s lost its way, brings so much joy to us all. A new Kickstarter project wants to give your Slinky purpose, and you the never-ending enjoyment you always wanted.

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LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

Today is the day we review the newest edition of Jabba’s Sail Barge LEGO set, just in time for the 31st anniversary of the original release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Today is also the anniversary of the release of the first film in the Star Wars series: A New Hope. With Jabba's Sail Barge, today we return to the sand planet Tatooine in style, just as we’re meant to.

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