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2,100 piece LEGO R2-D2 yours for £150 this May

2,100 piece LEGO R2-D2 yours for £150 this May

If you’re a LEGO fan, this may very well be the droid you’re looking for. LEGO are set to release a version of R2-D2 as part of their Ultimate Collector’s Series. R2 is made from over 2,100 individual pieces, and the attention to detail the designers have displayed is admirable.

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Avi Greengart’s Toy Fair 2012

Avi Greengart’s Toy Fair 2012

I have attended and spoken at a lot of trade shows over the years – consumer electronics, telephony, computing, broadcasting, database programming, home theater, whatever SXSW is – but I have always wanted to go to Toy Fair. Even the name of it sounds like fun – who doesn’t like toys? This year I finally found an excuse to go, and it wasn’t to see Star Wars toys. (Well, at least it wasn’t the only reason.) At CES this year, there were tons of connected toys – board games that interact with an iPad, children’s educational tablets, and lots of flying things with iPhone controllers. I covered a few of these in my holiday gift guide, but thought that it would be worth attending Toy Fair 2012 and seeing how deeply connectivity really went in the toy industry. What new gadgets would I find? Are vendors embedding 3G and 4G radios into toys, or just WiFi? Toy Fair agreed, and gave me a press pass.

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Minecraft Lego set revealed

Minecraft Lego set revealed

There's a cult classic video game out there right now called Minecraft, and if you've ever played this block-tastic adventure of a puzzler, you know it lends itself perfectly to the real world block toy Lego. What's just what hundreds and thousands of Lego and Minecraft fans thought as Minecraft grew in popularity, and through a special "vote them in" program with Lego called Cuusoo, and the developers behind the Minecraft game Mojang are at the helm of the project. What you're seeing here is the first, and perhaps only, Minecraft lego set ever to be produced.

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Andrew Bell Android Big Box Edition toys arrive in stores

Andrew Bell Android Big Box Edition toys arrive in stores

Without so much as a "gang-way!" you'll find the Big Box Edition 1 set of Android toys in stores this week, with Android Bell himself having had little to no warning of their release. They're all official, indeed they are the real deal and made by Bell himself, but sometimes distribution lines can do odd tricks in the background, you know? These Big Box Edition toys will not be part of the limited edition lines you've seen thus far, nor will they be part of the special edition lines - and they're not blind boxed!

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Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Before you have a heart attack over the undeniable excellence that would be a real live hovering Hover Board from Back to the Future: Part II, note that this one doesn't QUITE float yet. Instead we get an assurance that this Hover Board does not work on water and that the price for this 1:1 replica will indeed be produced by Mattel and will be released in a "minimum orders required" fashion. This means that because the creation of this item is so costly to Mattel, they're requiring that a minimum number of pre-orders be placed before they go into production.

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iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

iLaunch Thunder: Awesome iOS controlled Nerf Dart Gun

In case anyone didn't notice, this week has been filled with CES 2012 coverage and hands-on. To keep an even balance I have an awesome toy for those of you that enjoy doing fun -- or dumb things with your smartphone. This is the iOS-controlled iLauncher Thunder. Basically a nerf dart gun or launcher to keep you busy during boring moments at work, or to shoot at your pets while relaxing on the couch.

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Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

I'm sure there are better gadgets for spying on your next door neighbor, but they probably aren't as fun to use or play with as the Wi-Spi video surveillance vehicles. InteractiveToy has constructed both the Wi-Spi helicopter and Wi-Spi Intruder. The Intruder is a basic remote control car with a video camera built into the grill.

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