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Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Today's LEGO review of Palpatine's Throne Rome, otherwise known as the "Death Star Final Duel", we're going to do something different. Instead of just getting up close and personal with all the little bits, we've gone ahead and captured a number of emotional, colorful recreations of the most epic scenes from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the film from whens this LEGO set and its minifigures originated. Prepare yourself for the most intense and highly dramatic LEGO review we've done so far!

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Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

This Friday a documentary will be released by the name of "A LEGO Brickumentary," and in it, a math professor will tell you how many different LEGO creations you can make. Of course the real number isn't entirely feasible to calculate. Back in 1958, LEGO estimated and suggested through a patent (as created by the original LEGO creator's son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen) that six standard LEGO bricks could potentially be stacked in around 103-million ways. According to math professor Soren Eilers, whoever suggested 103-million was about 900-million off the mark. Behold this tiny brick clip.

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This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

A design student from Sweden's Umeå University has created what is quite possibly the coolest prosthetic arm imaginable for kids. Simply put, the arm is directly compatible with Lego, letting kids replace the standard hand-like gripping attachment for one they can easily start snapping plastic bricks onto. The prosthetic is specifically designed to be simple for kids to use, with little more than a twist-and-lock mechanism. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, the student who created the arm, even got Lego FutureLab and disabilities organization CIREC to collaborate on the project).

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Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek fans rejoice! You're now going to have the chance to own an exact replica of the sci-fi show's Communicator device, and it's fully-functioning to boot. Sadly, the Communicator won't let call up to the Enterprise, but it will work as Bluetooth handset and speaker for your smartphone. The device is built by The Wand Company, and will be officially shown off for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con this week. You can even pre-order one now for $150 on the official Star Trek web store, however it won't be shipping until January.

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Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego, the iconic plastic toy building blocks, has announced it's going begin making a drastic change to the way its product is manufactured. See, while the bricks are popular around the world, they're actually not very environmentally friendly. The company has set a goal of eliminating its use of ABS, the oil-based plastic, by the year 2030, and they're spending $150 million to build a new sustainable materials center that will in turn develop an oil-free plastic.

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Celebrate the 4th with the world’s largest LEGO American flag

Celebrate the 4th with the world’s largest LEGO American flag

The National Museum of American History opened their new Innovation Wing in Washington DC this week just in time for Independence Day. The LEGO Groups joined in the fun with what is now the world's biggest American Flag made entirely out of LEGO bricks. This flag is a cool nine and a half feet tall and fourteen feet wide, weighing in at 546 pounds in all. That's over 100,000 LEGO bricks in red, white, and blue, with some black for lettering to spell out the name of the new exhibit.

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The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

A group of Swiss engineers has created what looks like the amusement park ride most likely to kill you Final Destination style. The ride is called The Tourbillion, which is a French word that translates to whirlwind. It was created by a Swiss firm called ABC Rides and it looks insane. It has taken three years to create The Tourbillion and the ride is finally ready to be unveiled to the world.

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LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO may be fun and educational, but more environment-conscious consumers might take issue with what is being sacrificed to get to that point. LEGO has no delusions that the very materials that make up its iconic blocks and pieces, not to mention their packaging, do their own share of harming the environment. That is why the LEGO Group is stepping up its efforts to change that image by not only investing a huge some of money for R&D but also establishing its new Sustainable Materials Centre.

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Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Making Lego mosaics is a thing for geeky artists. Normally the mosaic is created by hand using lots of bricks and lots of big backgrounds squares of those Lego boards. A Lego geek named Jason Allemann has whipped up an awesome Lego creation that can created Lego mosaics for you using 1x1 Lego plates. Those are pretty small, but the upside is that you can connect them together to create much larger mosaics.

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