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Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

Latest Lego Ideas kit, Titanic could be most massive yet

The latest design to reach the second stage of Lego Ideas product development is an enormous replica of the Titanic. If this Lego kit makes it all the way to production, it would be the biggest single kit every produced. The project was designed for Lego Ideas which is a crowdsourced platform that can bring anyone's concepts for a new Lego set to fruition. If a project gathers 10,000 supporters on the site, then it will be eligible for a special review after which it could go into production.

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Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Collectors are most likely familiar with Play Arts KAI, Square Enix's figurine branch that gives a different visual twist to iconic characters, whether with reverence or irreverence. The store has outed many figurines ranging from game characters to superheroes, particularly those from DC like Batman and Green Lantern. Some have been met with positive sales numbers. Others not so much. Given the hype that's building up around the next Star Wars film, it's not surprising to see that the next to get the Square Enix makeover are iconic villains rom the franchise.

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Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Having animal heads mounted on one's wall has thankfully fallen out of fashion, but there's a new type of decoration to fill the void: wall-mounted Star Wars characters' heads, which have the added perk of glowing and add simulated cracks to your drywall. The wall-mounted heads are the type of thing you'd find in a kid's room or similar places, but this isn't a place of judgement -- having a glowing Darth Vader smashing through your entertainment room wall is awesome, and there's no shame in acknowledging that.

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Father, daughter team recreate Jurassic Park using $100k worth of Lego

Father, daughter team recreate Jurassic Park using $100k worth of Lego

These days, we've got Lego collaborating and releasing brick sets based on nearly every Hollywood action/adventure movie, video games about Lego versions of superheroes, and even Lego staring in their own movie. Well, as further proof of Lego's continuing dominance over popular culture, this news is about a father and daughter who recreated the original Jurassic Park film as a three-minute stop-motion movie using Lego. $100,000 worth of Lego, that is. There was a little bit of movie-making magic included as well, but the results are cute and just as cool as the original 1993 film.

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Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

What is the essence of a skateboard? It seems that some people, for some reason, under the inspiration of some muse or other substance, asked this deep philosophical question. And, luckily or unluckily for us, they actually came up with the answer: two wheels. After all, one can't go anywhere with just a board and no wheels (unless it's a hoverboard). But can you really get around with just two? Apparently yes, but not without skill, learning, and perhaps a few bruises, as the Post Modern Skateboard demonstrates.

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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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