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LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

This week the second wave of LEGO Simpsons minifigures has been revealed alongside a new set: the Kwik-E-Mart. This second set of mini figures has Marge and Homer in their Sunday Best, Hans Moleman, Selma and Patty, Groundskeeper Willie, and a whole lot more. Sixteen figures will come in set 2 in all - and a couple more in the Quick-E-Mart set as well. Inside the Kwik-E-Mart set you'll find Apu, Bart, Homer, Marge, Chief Wiggum, and Snake Jailbird (the outlaw with the most straightforward name ever).

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Mattel under fire in Hello Barbie privacy fight

Mattel under fire in Hello Barbie privacy fight

Mattel's high-tech Barbie upgrade, giving the classic doll an injection of Siri-style smarts, has come under fire from privacy advocates concerned the listening doll is more creep than companion. Announced back in February, Hello Barbie looks outwardly like a regular doll, but has a microphone and WiFi connectivity hidden inside. By making conversation with kids, the doll can learn what they enjoy doing, ask them questions about their favorite things, and generally become more personalized.

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Sideshow’s new Darth Vader doll is quarter-scale, up for pre-order

Sideshow’s new Darth Vader doll is quarter-scale, up for pre-order

We've covered Darth Vader figurines in the past, but none quite as big as this one. The Darth Vader collectible from Sideshow Toys is a quarter-scale of the real thing, measuring in at more than two feet in height with all the trimmings of the real deal. This is a limited edition figurine, and it is decidedly more collectible than toy, with a launch date starting around this day next year and an availability time frame lasting a couple months.

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Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Hasbro rehashes Skip-it and Twister into fitness tracker

Depending on when your childhood took place, you might have an entirely nostalgic new fitness tracking option (it's meant for kids, but we won't judge): Hasbro has tweaked its popular Twister and Skip-it games/toys to have a health-centric slant. Skip-it, for those unaware, was that ball connected to your ankle by a loop; you skipped it around to make the number counter increase, something that seems exceptionally archaic such a short while later. And Twister, dare we say, needs no introduction.

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Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

It's hard not to notice these days that Lego is a hot commodity. Between a hit movie based on the small plastic bricks to collaborations with dozens of other franchises, which even cross over into video games, the near-timeless toy is more popular than ever. Like anything with a high value, thieves want to get their hands on it, often for the purpose of reselling it. In two separate situations last week, U.S. police caught more than a few criminals with nearly $260,000 worth of stolen Lego sets in their possession.

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Cuddle Clones are Stuffed Replicas of your Pet

Cuddle Clones are Stuffed Replicas of your Pet

People really love their pets and sometimes they want to immortalize said pet in some way. A company called Cuddle Clones will make you a stuffed replica of your pet that you can hug and hold long after the pet is gone. It’s a little strange, but far better than having the actual pet stuffed to keep forever.

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Hello Barbie gives iconic doll some Siri-style sass

Hello Barbie gives iconic doll some Siri-style sass

Barbie is getting her most significant makeover yet, with Mattel somehow finding room inside the iconic doll's improbable figure to fit WiFi connectivity that turns her into a smart playmate. Set to hit stores this fall, Hello Barbie will be capable of two-way conversations, playing games, and telling stories, but perhaps more importantly the doll will learn from what its owner has talked about and then use that personalized understanding to pick what topics to bring up later on.

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Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Amiibo are dead, long live amiibo! Despite what rumors would have us believe, amiibo figurines are apparently selling well. At its investor briefing, Nintendo painted a rosy picture of its Skylanders-like toys, detailing where the figurines made the most money and which among the lot is actually the most popular. And if you thought it was your friendly, Italian plumber, better think again. Well, actually he is, but only in one very small part of the world and the amiibo market.

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CogniToys packs IBM’s Watson into a smart-talking toy

CogniToys packs IBM’s Watson into a smart-talking toy

IBM's Watson supercomputer may not be the first pseudo-teacher you'd think to leave with your child, but startup Elemental Path thinks wrapping the cognitive computer in a cute dinosaur casing might change that. CogniToys - currently a cute green dino, but with other shapes and species expected to follow - pair Watson's ability to learn, remember, and adapt with a speech recognition engine, so that - so the theory goes - as kids play the dinosaur can quietly broaden their learning while personalizing it to keep them engaged.

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LEGO Jurassic World sets debut at International Toy Fair

LEGO Jurassic World sets debut at International Toy Fair

The American International Toy Fair is currently underway in New York, and while it's a no-brainer that Lego is present, new Star Wars sets aren't the only thing they're showing off. With the new Jurassic World movie to premiere in theaters this June, Lego is using the Toy Fair to take the covers off the official corresponding block sets to go on sale in May. This is fans' first look at the Jurassic World sets, following the news from late last year that Lego had secured the licensing, and last month it was revealed that the forthcoming Lego Jurassic World video game will cover all four movies in the franchise.

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