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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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LEGO Star Wars 2015 collection unveiled at Toy Fair

LEGO Star Wars 2015 collection unveiled at Toy Fair

In the first half of this year, LEGO will be releasing 32 individual sets of Star Wars bricks. That's one massive amount of toys, and one certain to drain your wallet before you can say "but I - stay in that cockpit!" Lucky you, a Naboo Starfighter (75092) from Star Wars Episode I is part of this release schedule. You'll also see a Flash Speeder from that same film as well as the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094) from Return of the Jedi - and that's only a tiny sample of what's to come!

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Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Believe it or not, you won't actually need a View-Master to view the content Google is presenting this week. The View-Master device is just a box with a magnetic switch - just like Google Cardboard. To "view" a View-Master reel - like the "reels" you remember from the original View-Master, you'll need only your smartphone. To view these reels correctly, you'll need a Google Cardboard headset - and that doesn't need to be manufactured by Mattel. The View-Master headset just makes everything easier to understand visually.

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Mattel reboots View-Master with Google Cardboard magic

Mattel reboots View-Master with Google Cardboard magic

Google and Mattel have yanked the View-Master into the 21st century, taking the venerable 3D eyepiece and giving it a smartphone spin courtesy of the same tech as in Google Cardboard. Where the original View-Master used a clicking wheel of photos users peered through, taking a three-dimensional trip to foreign countries, wonders of the world, or outer space, the new model relies on a smartphone slotted into the front, and on which "experience reels" of photos and other content can be shown. Best of all, third-party developers and fans of Cardboard will be able to make their own 3D content, which Mattel plans to curate and distribute.

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LEGO bringing 32 new Star Wars sets for 2015

LEGO bringing 32 new Star Wars sets for 2015

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens will be just one piece of the puzzle this year. The biggest toy company in the world has released notes at NYC's Toy Fair on their 2015 line of Star Wars sets, with LEGO bricks ranging from Star Wars Rebels through to the prequels and back to Star Wars Rebels. In all, LEGO has announced that 32 new sets will be coming to their Star Wars collection - and that's just so far. There may well be more up their sleeve.

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Anki OVERDRIVE adds modular tracks for war racing

Anki OVERDRIVE adds modular tracks for war racing

Anki has come a long way since its robotic racecar toys made their mildly-cringeworthy debut on-stage at an Apple keynote, and Anki OVERDRIVE is the new fleet for 2015. Like Anki DRIVE, the new OVERDRIVE cars are controlled remotely from an iOS or Android phone or tablet, the brains of the device providing a surprisingly capable driving AI that means even if you're playing by yourself there's still competition. For OVERDRIVE, however, Anki addressed two key requests from existing players: they wanted a modular track they could set up in different configurations, and they wanted even more ways to express their road rage.

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This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

This track piece lets you drift Hot Wheels like a boss

Hot Wheels cars: you have likely played with them at some point or another, maybe stepped on one and took an impromptu slide across the floor. Near endless track arrays are available for playing with the miniature cars, but at the end of the day it all revolves around the same thing: rolling around. Just rolling. That is, unless you are Phil Foss, the man behind a new track piece that lets you drift Hot Wheels cars like a boss.

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Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Invites have just been sent out to the press inviting them to a showing of Google's first team-up project with the toymakers at Mattel. This event will take place on the 14th of February, the first official day of NYC Toy Fair. While Toy Fair will be held by the Toy Industry Association, Inc at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, this Google / Mattel event will be held off-site - just about 2 miles away, as it were, but still off-site and not officially associated.

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