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I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

Last month I was an Avengers: Age of Ultron apologist for the likes of Black Widow (and to a lesser extent Hawkeye). I saw the press materials without the two of these folks, and I was with the camp that said the Main Men were More Marketable. They are, aren't they? Captian America, Thor, Iron Man, and The Hulk - they're all really recognizable. But to steal a toy from Our Lady Of The Kill - isn't that going too far? Captain America, can't you just let her have this one?

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Nintendo ramps up Amiibo production in the midst of shortage

Nintendo ramps up Amiibo production in the midst of shortage

If you've tried and failed to get your hands on Nintendo's amiibo figurines, you're not alone. Nintendo admits that there is a new shortage of amiibo as the company is having issues keeping up with intense consumer demand. A new wave of amiibo is due to hit U.S. shelves on May 29th. Nintendo realizes it has a hot item on its hands. Players are in the midst of an all out amiibo craze. Amiibo might be what is keeping Nintendo in the game, considering it doesn't have console to truly compete with Xbox One and Sony's PS4.

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LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel revealed in full

LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel revealed in full

To celebrate May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day, LEGO has revealed their next Star Wars themed set - Death Star Final Duel. This is the same set you may have seen shown at Toy Fair earlier this year as photographed by intrepid toy-goers - today we get to see it up close and personal. Of particular interest in this set is the fact that, for the first time in a LEGO Minifigure, Darth Vader's helmet comes in two parts. There's a life support collar below his head and a removable mask/helmet above.

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Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

Autodesk, Mattel to bring the magic of 3D printing to kids

We guess it was inevitable. When smartphones and tablets became the hot tech toys, kids become the next target of device makers. Now that 3D printing is the buzzword, it's only a matter of time before children become the next big, or in this case, small, customers. Autodesk, one of the foremost players in the 3D software scene, and Mattel, one of the biggest toy companies, are joining forces to do just that. Though, for now, kids are still safe as the two have yet to reveal concrete products from this partnership.

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Star Wars BB-8 toy a reality: Sphero confirms Disney team-up

Star Wars BB-8 toy a reality: Sphero confirms Disney team-up

This morning amid rumors and a fan-made creation, Sphero have revealed that they're actually making a real BB-8 toy in the near future. Not only were they already working on a toy like what you've seen roll onstage last week, they've worked with Disney to make BB-8 a reality. Today Sphero "confirmed their direct involvement in the latest Star Wars franchise; specifically their technology contributions towards BB-8, the new droid featured at Star Wars Celebration last week." The real deal hasn't been revealed yet - but it will be soon.

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LEGO Tatooine Mini-build set shown off before launch

LEGO Tatooine Mini-build set shown off before launch

LEGO will be introducing a new Star Wars set in the near future, another joining its already expansive set of Star Wars offerings. This one is a mini build set, meaning it won’t come with too many parts (it's not exactly tiny, though, with more than 100 pieces) and is small in nature, but will nicely complement some existing LEGO creations. It is the Tatooine Mini-build playset, and we have now got some looks at the build, showing exactly what fans can expect when it arrives.

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LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales: retelling the saga this July

LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales: retelling the saga this July

Today we've been passed a collection of 6 posters and a teaser for the upcoming epic: LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. These images are the same as a set of Star Wars posters that'll be given to attendees of Star Wars Celebration 2015 and the LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales panel this Friday. On that panel will be Michael Price, Michael Donovan, and Jason Cosler, all speaking about this epic LEGO-based re-telling of the Star Wars saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

The latest design to reach the second stage of Lego Ideas product development is an enormous replica of the Titanic. If this Lego kit makes it all the way to production, it would be the biggest single kit every produced. The project was designed for Lego Ideas which is a crowdsourced platform that can bring anyone's concepts for a new Lego set to fruition. If a project gathers 10,000 supporters on the site, then it will be eligible for a special review after which it could go into production.

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Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Collectors are most likely familiar with Play Arts KAI, Square Enix's figurine branch that gives a different visual twist to iconic characters, whether with reverence or irreverence. The store has outed many figurines ranging from game characters to superheroes, particularly those from DC like Batman and Green Lantern. Some have been met with positive sales numbers. Others not so much. Given the hype that's building up around the next Star Wars film, it's not surprising to see that the next to get the Square Enix makeover are iconic villains rom the franchise.

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