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Flying RC “Up” house uses real balloons

Flying RC “Up” house uses real balloons

Growing up my brother and I tried tying balloons to action figures and trying to float them around the house. We never got the buoyancy just right; the action figures either stayed on the ground or floated to the ceiling. If you have ever seen the movie "Up" you know it's about an old man that attaches a bunch of balloons to his home and floats it away.

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Now there’s a working BB-8 model made of Lego

Now there’s a working BB-8 model made of Lego

You would think by now that even Star Wars fans are getting tired of all the BB-8 toys and merchandise coming out, especially since The Force Awakens has been out for over two months now. But then again, that rolling droid with the floating head is just too adorable. Now there's another working model of BB-8, but this time made completely out of Lego bricks!

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US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, but now it is on paper too. 2015 ended badly for the self-balancing, two-wheeled board, with many catching fire and harming their riders. Some manufacturers and a few retailers have started pulling what would be considered deathtraps on wheels, and now there is official government weight to those actions. In a letter to manufacturers, importers, and retailers, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission described these hoverboards as posing an unreasonable risk to fire. That is, unless they meet safety standards. Problem is, none of them currently do.

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Radio Flyer Tesla Model S kid’s ride-on hauls 81 pounds

Radio Flyer Tesla Model S kid’s ride-on hauls 81 pounds

Radio Flyer is a name that many will be familiar with, mostly from the iconic red wagons that children play with everyday all around the country. Wagons aren't all that Radio flyer makes though, the company also makes a slew of other ride on toys for kids. The latest that Radio Flyer has announced is a battery-powered ride-on toy that looks like the Tesla Model S.

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New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

New Monopoly edition replaces cash with scanner and cards

Monopoly, the game that drags on forever and has caused more than a few family fights, is back with a new edition called Monopoly Ultimate Banking. Rather than including paper money, as has been the norm for most of the game's existence, Ultimate Banking ditches the physical cash in favor of player credit cards and a bank scanner that tracks funds.

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Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

It seems that Mattel has gotten into the habit of resurrecting defunct products and giving it a 21st century twist. Just recently it has made the creative yet formerly dangerous "Creepy Crawlers" ThingMaker and turned into a still creative but safer 3D printing ecosystem. Now it is the venerable View-Master's turn. Partnering with Google, Mattel has transformed the toy into a more sophisticated and tech savvy toy by remolding the View-Master into a customized Google Cardboard that promises to deliver educational virtual and augmented reality experiences for kids and students.

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Mattel remakes ThingMaker into a toy-making 3D printer

Mattel remakes ThingMaker into a toy-making 3D printer

In 1964, Mattel introduced the first ever ThingMaker, which was more popularly known as "Creepy Crawlers". The ability to cook up, literally, toys of your own, albeit limited to said crawlers, might have been too far ahead of its time. Mattel was believed to have axed the product due to the fact that it required kids to work with miniature furnaces. Thanks to advancements in technology, particularly 3D printing, making toys no longer need be that dangerous. And so Mattel saw it fit to revive the ThingMaker, but now as a child-friendly 3D printer and app instead.

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This may be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube

This may be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube

We've heard a fair amount of news about Rubik's Cubes lately, but mostly focusing on speed records for how fast they can be solved, both by humans and robots. But what about other challenges and records involving the puzzle toy? There's 4x4 and 5x5 cubes already, increasing the difficulty of the original 3x3 by several notches. Instead, what would happen if a standard cube was simply made bigger… like, a LOT bigger?

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Lego unveils detailed Hoth-themed Star Wars set

Lego unveils detailed Hoth-themed Star Wars set

Lego has just revealed its latest Star Wars set, and fans of The Empire Strikes Back will sure to be pleased. The upcoming set is a recreation of Echo Base on the planet Hoth, and it's huge. Consisting of over 2,000 Lego pieces, "Assault on Hoth" will have all the details covered, including base structures, a Snowspeeder, the Wampa cave, an Ion Cannon, and even a Tauntaun.

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Forget the mini BB-8, get a life-size one this year

Forget the mini BB-8, get a life-size one this year

Sphero's BB-8 toy was the must-have item last year for Star Wars fans, with the droid's rolling sphere body and head that stays upright perfectly replicated in miniature form. This year, however, a new form of BB-8 is going to take homes by storm, and this time it's life-size. At the 2016 New York Toy Fair this weekend, toy-maker Spin Master has unveiled a life-size BB-8 from The Force Awakens, and not only is it controlled via remote, but it will respond to voice commands too.

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Actev’s Arrow Smart-Kart: the first kids’ electric go-kart

Actev’s Arrow Smart-Kart: the first kids’ electric go-kart

Actev Motors is a company founded in 2014 by race car drivers and enthusiasts and technology leaders. Their first product is, however, something you might not immediately expect from its roster: a kid's toy. But don't let that categorization fool you. The Arrow Smart-Kart is no simple ride-on car for kids. It brings together Actev's expertise in racing as well as the latest smartphone technologies to deliver an electric and smart go-kart that will please both children as well as their parents, the latter thanks to safety features.

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Titanfall sequel tipped by new McFarlane Toys figures

Titanfall sequel tipped by new McFarlane Toys figures

It's been some time since Xbox One-exclusive Titanfall took the FPS-genre by storm, with its multiplayer-only, mech-based combat. Developed by Respawn, itself made up of Call of Duty vets, the game ran its course in terms of DLC releases over the first year, and now things have gone quiet for the series. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a follow-up, and the first hints of a "Titanfall 2" may have just been leaked by figurine maker McFarlane Toys.

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