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PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

Remember the days when paper planes where innocent, impromptu sources of joy and sometimes mayhem, that could carry either a love note or a ticket to detention? Well, those days are long over as today's paper planes can be armed to the teeth. Not exactly with weapons (though sometimes that too) but with cameras that can sometimes do as much damage. Taking their craft beyond version 3.0 two years ago, PowerUp FPV promises a more professional looking paper plane drone equipped with a camera for your VR pleasure.

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LEGO reveals NEXO Knights: tech-infused castle adventure oddness

LEGO reveals NEXO Knights: tech-infused castle adventure oddness

This week the folks at LEGO have revealed their newest property: NEXO Knights - fully infused with ancient magic, technologically advanced machinery, and high entertainment value. This release will fill the shelved with a new set of sets of LEGO by the end of the year, with a number of sets for both the good side and the bad, magic and technology - not necessarily mutually exclusive. In short, this is a mix-up of two of LEGO's previous properties: knights and space - sort of. It's complicated.

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‘Risk’ board game is getting a big redesign next year

‘Risk’ board game is getting a big redesign next year

The board game Risk, a popular game that has been around for many years and has, at times, undergone facelifts, will soon be reintroduced with a new design. This latest design change brings with it a fairly drastic update, eclipsing the more minor tweaks we’ve seen over the decades, and will include changes to the game tokens and other peripherals. New illustrations, changes to the topography, and more are all inbound.

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Land Rover Defender pedal car aims at the young

Land Rover Defender pedal car aims at the young

Over the years we have some very cool SUVs come from Land Rover with some aiming at the luxury set and others at the hard core off-road crew. The Land Rover Defender is one of the most capable off-roaders on the planet and Land Rover has announced a new version of that Defender.

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Halo 5’s arrival and our Mega Bloks Review

Halo 5’s arrival and our Mega Bloks Review

Today we're having a peek at a crossover between two of our most favorite media: big-name games and tiny interlocking block toys. Today we're preparing for Halo 5 by taking a closer look at several of this season's Halo-brand toy sets from the folks behind Mega Bloks. Just like the Halo video game franchise, these toys strike a place between childhood and adulthood - a pressure point in the body of the gamer. After your Master Chief experience but before Halo 5, here you'll find something very different.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

As you may have guessed, the Star Wars merchandise revealed for The Force Awakens thus far is not the full shebang. Steve Evans, Hasbro's design director for their Star Wars line of toys, spoke this week on the future of the toy line. He revealed that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys released thus far had been purposefully restricted in their detail. The detail they'd reveal about the film, not the detail in their plastic. They are, in fact, only from "the first third of the film."

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Anki OVERDRIVE is now available in the US, Canada

Anki OVERDRIVE is now available in the US, Canada

After months of teasing robot car racing fans, Anki is now announcing the retail availability of its latest masterpiece, Anki OVERDRIVE. Taking the lessons, both good and bad, that it learned from the first Anki DRIVE, the company has expanded not just the capabilities of the the cars but the capabilities and nature of the tracks themselves. With Anki OVERDRIVE now ready for purchase, all sorts of players, from car racing fans to video gamers, can try to build their own challenging track to face off with each other or sophisticated AI.

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First-wave LEGO The Force Awakens line revealed for Force Friday

First-wave LEGO The Force Awakens line revealed for Force Friday

Today we're getting our first full look at the Star Wars The Force Awakens lineup for LEGO systems this late summer. This is just the beginning - certainly not the end of the totally massive number of Star Wars LEGO sets that'll be continuing to be released throughout the rest of the year. We're beginning with just the bits you've likely seen in the teaser trailers - plus one more tiny transport you've probably never seen before.

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There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

Just in case you didn't want to get the real-deal BB-8 by Sphero this Force Friday, there is another. This is supposing you're not wanting to pay one hundred and fifty dollars for the greatest Star Wars toy ever made, that is to say. If that's a bit out of your price range, there's also the Hasbro Target exclusive remote control BB-8, one that's not nearly so fantastic, one that works with AA-batteries instead of rechargeable built-in batteries.

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R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Nintendo has just announced that Shovel Knight, the popular, critically acclaimed indie game, is the first third-party title to get an Amiibo without a character appearing in Nintendo's Smash Bros. fighting game series. Amiibo are miniature figures that can connect with Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS game systems, while Shovel Knight, released for both platforms already, is an 8-bit inspired action game with a throwback feel to original NES era.

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Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

It looks like the first real marketing blitz for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will begin next week. Disney has announced that starting Thursday, September 3rd, an 18-hour live toy unboxing event will take place across the globe, with 15 different cities around the world revealing the first look at new Star Wars merchandise. The event is described as a "New Year's Eve style celebration," with 12 countries each participating at local times on September 3rd, starting in Australia.

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