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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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Sub1 robot solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.887 seconds

Sub1 robot solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.887 seconds

No matter how fast you get at solving the Rubik's Cube, you'll never be robot-fast. The race has been on to build a robot that outperforms other robots, solving the colorful cubed puzzle at record-breaking speeds. It was astounding when a robot solved the puzzle in a little more than two seconds, and especially exciting when a new sub-1 second record was set. Now a creator has published a video of his own results, and it takes things down to a mere 0.887 seconds.

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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

The following Valentine's Day gift guide is androgynous and prepared for the nerd in your life. Whether you're in love or just obligated to gift don't want the recipient to get the wrong idea, here you go. This list is for you. It's relatively brief, and everything on the list is 100% full of guilt-free joy. You and yours can partake and feel good about a world full of science fiction and happiness.

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Handcrafted Millennium Falcon is made of 3,000 wood pieces

Handcrafted Millennium Falcon is made of 3,000 wood pieces

Star Wars has inspired many artists, and thanks to their ingenuity we’ve seen creations of all sorts, including drones modified to look like miniature Star Wars spacecraft. None of the creations have been quite as beautiful as a newly unveiled Millennium Falcon model masterfully handcrafted from 3,000 pieces of wood, though.

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The Force Awakens TR-8R stun baton can now be yours

The Force Awakens TR-8R stun baton can now be yours

Have you been betrayed by someone recently? Do you need the perfect weapon that says “you've betrayed the entire First Order, and I must kill you now”? Or maybe you just need an excuse to yell “TRAITOR” now and then. Whatever the reason, what you need is an extendable stun baton from The Force Awakens. And I know just where you can find one.

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Realistic Virtua Fighter figures join the fight

Realistic Virtua Fighter figures join the fight

On Monday, we showed you the new figure for Fallout 4. It's one of the most highly-detailed figures that I've seen for a video game. However, I've just had a peek at some figures from a different franchise, and boy do they look exactly like their in-game counterparts.

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Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Jetts are sparking wheels you can attach to your shoes

Razor is the company that is behind the hoards of scooters that you see kids zipping around your neighborhood on. Scooters aren’t all the company makes, but they are probably the best known product that Razor makes. The company has something new called Jetts.

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CogniToys Dino, powered by IBM’s Watson, up for preorder

CogniToys Dino, powered by IBM’s Watson, up for preorder

CogniToys’ Dino, a toy powered by IBM’s Watson, has entered production and is available for pre-order. CogniToys are smart toys that connect to the Internet and, according to the company, “grow alongside your child.” In addition to IBM Watson, the Dino toy — a fun-looking dinosaur that comes in a couple colors — features Elemental Path’s Friendgine tech. The Dino is priced at $99 USD.

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Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

The so-called “hoverboards” were pretty popular for a while last year, though their sales have sharply declined over the last couple of months. The reason for the decline is partially because the devices have been found to catch fire and even burn down houses while recharging. The other reason it that most retailers have simply stopped selling them. But one retailer is going a step further, and voluntarily offering refunds.

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