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Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a life-size First Order Stormtrooper figure

Hot Toys has a new First Order Stormtrooper, and it's life-sized. The model is a tad over 70-inches high (sans the base, which adds another 8-inches), and is designed to look just like a stormtrooper from The Force Awakens, being the latest entrant in the Life-Size Masterpieces Series. Sideshow Toys says the figure is “meticulously sculpted,” and it includes a blaster in its hands. Sound like an awesome addition for the living room? You may think again when you see the price tag.

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Infinite Arms brings transforming robots to physical, digital world

Infinite Arms brings transforming robots to physical, digital world

Kids, especially boys, have developed a new taste in entertainment compared to children their age more than a decade ago. Sure, they're still interested in robot and cars and anything that goes boom, but nowadays they're even more interested when those are in their smartphones or tablets. Trying to capitalize on that and introduce a new trend and business, Jumo, a company that employs a few luminaries from the games and toys business, is introducing the Infinite Arms mobile game and the idea of "games-to-life" as the next generation of toys and games for a slightly older generation.

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US bans all hoverboard imports except Segway’s

US bans all hoverboard imports except Segway’s

The US, through its International Trade Commission or ITC, has formally banned all hoverboard imports coming into the country. But no, this has nothing to do with their safety. In fact, only Segway's hoverboards are except from that import ban. That's because the issue at hand is the consequence of a patent infringement case that surface last year. Practically declaring all other hoverboards to be infringing on Segway's patent, the ITC has decided to block their entry into the US, regardless of their safety.

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LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO ‘Adventure Time’ concept set gets greenlight

LEGO Ideas, the company’s community platform for artists to submit their own set concepts, has announced the newest round of selected projects that'll be heading into production as official LEGO sets. Among them is the Adventure Time concept that caught the public's attention last year -- it made it through the first round of the process, scoring the necessary 10,000 supporters, and has since passed the second stage, too, with LEGO giving it the greenlight.

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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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