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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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LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

LEGO Doctor Who set gets official approval

If you've been biting your nails for the past few months in hopes that LEGO would give the Doctor Who set its approval, we have some good news for you. LEGO announced yesterday that the project has been reviewed and approved, and will be officially arriving in the relatively near future. The project first surfaced a few months ago, seeking supporters on LEGO Ideas. It hit the required 10,000 supporters, and after a long wait has finally been given the thumbs-up.

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Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Two new editions of the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines have appeared: Mario Gold Edition and Mario Silver Edition. While no details have been shared by Nintendo officially, both editions were found on Nintendo's webpage - so they're on their way! Both editions are very likely set to function the same as their predecessors, tapping in to functionality with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for cross-platform play. And don't expect the Gold and Silver re-paints to stop here, either.

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Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Small, spherical Neodynium magnets, more popular by their commercial name "Buckyballs", have been declared illegal last year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because of the danger they pose to children. To commemorate the commercial death, at least officially, of the hot geek product, as well as to dispose of it, Blendtec saw it fit to make the balls rest in pieces by putting it inside one of their blenders. Will it blend? Yes it does, somewhat. But it produces more than rubbish too.

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Jurassic World toys surface ahead of movie

Jurassic World toys surface ahead of movie

After years of hopes, rumors, leaks, and eventual confirmation and subsequent teases, Jurassic World is (finally) upon us, destined to hit theaters early this summer. As with other movies, the film will be ushered in with a litany of toys, the likes of which have surfaced in several screenshots of dino action figures. Standing biggest among the bunch is a massive 18-inch T-Rex, and of lesser note are some smaller dinosaur toys -- one of which appears to be a hybrid.

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Realistic Darth Vader figurine up for pre-order

Realistic Darth Vader figurine up for pre-order

This year is promised to be a hot one for Star Wars fans, and merchandise of various sorts has been cropping up as the next movie grows closer. Word recently surfaced of remastered original Star Wars graphic novels, for example, and we've seen different Star Wars items for around the home and office before. For those more into the collective side of merchandise, Hot Toys has introduced its new realistic Darth Vader figurine, and though it won't be shipping for several months still, the item is up for pre-order now.

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LEGO Simpsons to return for 2015

LEGO Simpsons to return for 2015

Apparently the success of the co-branding alliance between LEGO and The Simpsons was enough to inspire a second wave. Thus reads the rumor mill this week with a list of LEGO minifigures that'll likely be released this May. There's also word of a second LEGO Simpsons full-sized brick set to match with the original Simpsons House. This second Simpsons LEGO set will be the Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart (71016), and it'll also be released this May of 2015. As for another episode of The Simpsons matched with LEGO - that's looking a lot less likely.

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