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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

8 of the best LEGO Star Wars fan creations

The wonderful thing about LEGO is that with those tiny bricks, you can build just about anything. Sure, you start out building from pre-made kits, but eventually you'll expand to making your own creations. Somewhere in a closet I still have the TIE fighter and X-wing that I built, long before there were any official kits. They weren't exact replicas, but with my imagination, they were perfect for space battles. Today, I thought I'd take you through some of the best Star Wars Lego fan creations. Here they are, in no particular order:

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Giant LEGO AT-AT built with over 6,000 bricks

Giant LEGO AT-AT built with over 6,000 bricks

Lego building blocks have been around for generations and people can create some amazing items using the little bricks. There are a huge number of official Lego sets including some sets that are for recreating ships that were used in various Star Wars movies over the decades. There is even an official Star Wars Lego AT-AT set.

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WeDo 2.0 brings LEGO, robots, coding together for schools

WeDo 2.0 brings LEGO, robots, coding together for schools

Traditional modes of rote learning, especially in science, has become somewhat passé these days. The rapid growth of technology and its growing role in our lives demand a more creative approach to education. And what can be more creative than mixing learning with play. That is the idea behind LEGO Education's WeDo, now at its 2.0 incarnation, blending LEGO's iconic bricks, a dash of robotics, and a sprinkling of programming, all for better educating grade school students not just in the sciences but in creative thinking and problem solving.

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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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Watch Star Wars Lego sets destroyed at 3,000 fps

Watch Star Wars Lego sets destroyed at 3,000 fps

What do you do when you've got a few Star Wars Lego sets, some explosives and a high-speed camera? Well, I'm sure there are plenty of creative things that you could come up with. But one group had all of these materials and did what we've all wanted to see. They blew up their Lego, and captured it in slow motion.

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‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

‘LEGO’ pen makes the paper-pushing life a little less boring

Procrastination and writing — two examples of the many things that have gone digital. Sometimes, though, you have to write by hand, and if you’re having to write by hand it is probably because you’re somewhere phones are banned. In that case, procrastination isn’t so easy anymore. You could stare into nothingness until you start seeing patterns or, with the new “Build-On Brick” pen, you could mindlessly rearrange the structure of your writing utensil.

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Fallout 4 gets detailed figure with removable armor

Fallout 4 gets detailed figure with removable armor

Not every game gets a lot of merchandise tie-ins when it comes out. After all, I don't remember picking up any Goat Simulator-branded soda at the store. However, Fallout fans have hardly been left wanting when it comes to merchandise. And today we have a peek at something new, and it looks fantastic.

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BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

Believe it or not, BB-8 remains part of our everyday lives three months after we published our first review. This little guy sits charging next to my television - I'm just a few feet away from him right now. That's a real rarity when it comes to reviews of oddities. With a smartphone, sure - it's not unheard of that I might stick with a smartphone for months and months. But a toy? In this case, even though I've reviewed products galore in the meantime, this BB-8 by Sphero toy has remained in heavy circulation.

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littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

littleBits connects Minecraft redstone creations to real world electronics

Minecraft's blocky and pixelated world has become the home of many an ingenious digital creations and recreations, like "to scale" model of iconic starships to actually (somewhat) working gigantic smartphones. But for all their awesomeness, they remain within realm of ones and zeroes. That is, until now. A company called littleBits has created the ultimate Minecraft mod. Called bitCraft, this mod and its accompanying physical, real world cloudBit boards and modules make it possible to turn the in-game redstone into catalysts for all kinds of real world hardware mods and inventions.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile collectible unveiled

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile collectible unveiled

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be arriving in theaters this upcoming March, and ahead of that premiere is a realistic figurine and, mostly importantly, a scaled down Batmobile. The figures come from Hot Toys, which has revealed the upcoming collectibles in a new teaser video. This collectible Batmobile is 1/6 the scale of the real thing that'll be arriving in theaters on March 25.

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SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

SNL Star Wars sketch shows you what toy commercials won’t

Being in my early 30s, I never had the joy of experiencing any of the original Star Wars movies when they were in theaters. However, ever since my aunt and uncle introduced me to their VHS copies, I've been fascinated by the stories, lore, and of course, the toys. I've always been the type that opens my figures and enjoys them that way, as opposed to leaving them in the box. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live had a skit that might hit close to home for some collectors out there.

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