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Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego, the iconic plastic toy building blocks, has announced it's going begin making a drastic change to the way its product is manufactured. See, while the bricks are popular around the world, they're actually not very environmentally friendly. The company has set a goal of eliminating its use of ABS, the oil-based plastic, by the year 2030, and they're spending $150 million to build a new sustainable materials center that will in turn develop an oil-free plastic.

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Celebrate the 4th with the world’s largest LEGO American flag

Celebrate the 4th with the world’s largest LEGO American flag

The National Museum of American History opened their new Innovation Wing in Washington DC this week just in time for Independence Day. The LEGO Groups joined in the fun with what is now the world's biggest American Flag made entirely out of LEGO bricks. This flag is a cool nine and a half feet tall and fourteen feet wide, weighing in at 546 pounds in all. That's over 100,000 LEGO bricks in red, white, and blue, with some black for lettering to spell out the name of the new exhibit.

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Anki Overdrive gains new play modes

Anki Overdrive gains new play modes

Earlier this year we talked about the cool racing game called Anki Overdrive. This isn't some sort of mobile or console game that you play in the virtual world. Anki Overdrive is a racing game with virtual weapons that has players controlling tiny cars via smartphones on a real track. It’s sort of like the next generation of slot cars.

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The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

A group of Swiss engineers has created what looks like the amusement park ride most likely to kill you Final Destination style. The ride is called The Tourbillion, which is a French word that translates to whirlwind. It was created by a Swiss firm called ABC Rides and it looks insane. It has taken three years to create The Tourbillion and the ride is finally ready to be unveiled to the world.

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LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO invests $150M in search for sustainable materials

LEGO may be fun and educational, but more environment-conscious consumers might take issue with what is being sacrificed to get to that point. LEGO has no delusions that the very materials that make up its iconic blocks and pieces, not to mention their packaging, do their own share of harming the environment. That is why the LEGO Group is stepping up its efforts to change that image by not only investing a huge some of money for R&D but also establishing its new Sustainable Materials Centre.

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Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Making Lego mosaics is a thing for geeky artists. Normally the mosaic is created by hand using lots of bricks and lots of big backgrounds squares of those Lego boards. A Lego geek named Jason Allemann has whipped up an awesome Lego creation that can created Lego mosaics for you using 1x1 Lego plates. Those are pretty small, but the upside is that you can connect them together to create much larger mosaics.

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LEGO Minifigures Online ends free-to-play, launches cross-platform

LEGO Minifigures Online ends free-to-play, launches cross-platform

LEGO Minifigures Online hast left its Beta once again, this time bringing a serious effort without the "free-to-play" nonsense of the past. This version of the game, being released for the first time today, will cost you - but only one time. Once you've got the game, the only paying you'll be doing is if you'd like to buy your own minifigures in real life - in physical toy stores - allowing you then to enter codes to gain access to the figures you've purchased. Other than that, you're free to go wild. This version of the game is the first to launch cross-platform on Windows PC, OS X, Linux, iOS (iPhone), and Android, all at once.

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Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

Stormtrooper helmet bluetooth speaker goes on sale in time for ‘Force Awakens’

With the December 18th release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than six months away, now is the perfect time to start rolling out the merchandising tie-ins. While not directly connected with the new movie, one item that might be of interest to music fans is this bluetooth speaker in the form of a Stormtrooper's helmet. The speaker comes from UK-based outlet The Fowndry, known for a number of geek-related goods, and will go on sale in October.

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Toys”R”Us’ entire Comic-Con Exclusive toy lineup

Toys”R”Us’ entire Comic-Con Exclusive toy lineup

SDCC exclusive toys begin to appear with Toys"R"Us at the helm, bringing on everything from Batman to Mortal Kombat X to Star Wars. What we're seeing here is a number of "exclusives" that aren't entirely exclusive to the event, thank goodness, including one massive toy set from the Star Wars Black Series from Hasbro. That's the most elite of the US-based Star Wars action figure lines here in the United States, coming correct with 3 3/4-inch inch figures and an ever-so-slightly-taller Rancor. What a beast.

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LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

While LEGO might not be made of plastic forever, Enzo Ferrari's masterpiece certainly will be. What we're seeing here is the new LEGO Creator-series F40 Ferarri (10248), all red and black with its own removable V8 engine. Luigi would be proud. This vehicle will be released to the general public on the 1st of August. For those of you in the LEGO VIP club, you lucky ducks, you'll be able to pick this beast up on July 15th - just a few weeks from now.

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LEGO to launch Dagobah set at SDCC 2015

LEGO to launch Dagobah set at SDCC 2015

The San Diego Comic Con will be arriving in the near future, and many are preparing their wares for starry eyed fans to enjoy. Among them is LEGO, the company behind the more-popular-than-ever plastic bricks. LEGO has a surprise for Star Wars fans in the form of a 177 piece set: a Dagobah set, which will only be made available at SDCC 2015. It is a blocky rendition of The Empire Strikes Back set where Yoda lives, and includes vaguely similar Skywalker and Yoda miniatures.

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Tesla’s Hot Wheels Model S will cost you $1

Tesla’s Hot Wheels Model S will cost you $1

Mattel's miniature toy car brand Hot Wheels has revealed the Tesla Model S. This is just one of several models shown off this week as brands like Chevrolet take to the showroom floor with a new set of vehicles just a couple of weeks before SDCC. While one doesn't necessarily have to do with the other, it's a perfect time to get in before the crushing blow of the nerd news comes down - and these models will be sold at the convention, too, so there's that.

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