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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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Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Having animal heads mounted on one's wall has thankfully fallen out of fashion, but there's a new type of decoration to fill the void: wall-mounted Star Wars characters' heads, which have the added perk of glowing and add simulated cracks to your drywall. The wall-mounted heads are the type of thing you'd find in a kid's room or similar places, but this isn't a place of judgement -- having a glowing Darth Vader smashing through your entertainment room wall is awesome, and there's no shame in acknowledging that.

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Father, daughter team recreate Jurassic Park using $100k worth of Lego

Father, daughter team recreate Jurassic Park using $100k worth of Lego

These days, we've got Lego collaborating and releasing brick sets based on nearly every Hollywood action/adventure movie, video games about Lego versions of superheroes, and even Lego staring in their own movie. Well, as further proof of Lego's continuing dominance over popular culture, this news is about a father and daughter who recreated the original Jurassic Park film as a three-minute stop-motion movie using Lego. $100,000 worth of Lego, that is. There was a little bit of movie-making magic included as well, but the results are cute and just as cool as the original 1993 film.

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Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

What is the essence of a skateboard? It seems that some people, for some reason, under the inspiration of some muse or other substance, asked this deep philosophical question. And, luckily or unluckily for us, they actually came up with the answer: two wheels. After all, one can't go anywhere with just a board and no wheels (unless it's a hoverboard). But can you really get around with just two? Apparently yes, but not without skill, learning, and perhaps a few bruises, as the Post Modern Skateboard demonstrates.

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