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LEGO Ideas pop-up book opens door to 10 more years of fan-made sets

LEGO Ideas pop-up book opens door to 10 more years of fan-made sets

The LEGO brick set you're about to behold looks like and acts like a pop-up book. This set drops in on two classic fairy tales in a way dissimilar to every single LEGO set in the history of LEGO. This set, for lack of a better word, is completely bonkers. It not only features some awesome new LEGO mechanics, but a set of new minifigures (and a microfigure too!) This set is a LEGO Ideas set, the first one to appear at the 10-year anniversary of the LEGO Ideas program.

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LEGO Minifigures turn 40: Here’s their original patent (and some prototypes, too)

LEGO Minifigures turn 40: Here’s their original patent (and some prototypes, too)

LEGO bricks are far older than their epitomous Minifigure friends, and today, 40 years after the first Minifigure was born, we're having a peek at the first patent. The patent comes after the first Minifigure, but it shows a sort of figure that's already evolved beyond the original release. LEGO celebrates the birth of the Minifigure in the release of the original "LEGO building figure," a terrifyingly odd creature born in 1974. It wasn't until 1978 until the form of the true Minifigure came to fruition.

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Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Over the past week we've played with the Air Hogs Supernova, a tiny drone made to be minimal. This drone is controlled with an on-switch and sensors. The user tells the drone what to do and how to act with a series of gestures - hand signals in the air - and all power is provided by a charging cable that's not unlike what smartphone users have for their smartphone. This drone is just about as simple as a drone gets.

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Harry Potter LEGO Minifigures will empty your wallet in August

Harry Potter LEGO Minifigures will empty your wallet in August

Today the folks at LEGO revealed they'd be bringing on the most wizard-friendly release for magic users in Minifigure form, this August. Today we've got images of the whole pack of packs. They're going to be blind-packaged in the store, so you've got two options. One, buy as many as you can and see what you get. Two, sit in the aisle and feel around with your dextrous fingers for the identifiable elements, and cheer with each new ID, like a goon!

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Star Wars’ Solo: Lando Toys Roundup (AKA Scoundrel Time)

Star Wars’ Solo: Lando Toys Roundup (AKA Scoundrel Time)

Today we're having a peek at a collection of Lando Calrissian toys from the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the first in a set of three films, all centered on the coolest outlaws in the classic film series. What we're looking at today is the expression - that one, singular expression - through which actor Donald Glover's projected the soul of Lando, a role originally commanded by Billy Dee Williams.

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Hasbro HASLAB is crowdfunding for rare toys: Star Wars first!

Hasbro HASLAB is crowdfunding for rare toys: Star Wars first!

The first toy in the Hasbro HASLAB project was announced in Jabba's Sail Barge from Star Wars. Like other crowdfunding projects, this HASLAB toy will not be created unless the project gets a set number of pledges. Unlike other crowdfunding projects, this toy's promise is set and executed by Hasbro itself. The crowdfunding, the production, and the shipping is all done by Hasbro itself, not a 3rd-party startup.

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We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

Behold this absurdly massive action figure, and cower before his retro reboot mightiness. This is the 2017 edition of Trypticon, a Transformer chosen to be reborn by the fans themselves. It was back in 2015 that Hasbro asked fans to choose between Omega Supreme, Scorponok, and the king monster big-boss hunk of t-rex you see standing before you. Today we've got the real-deal result of that fan interaction, the mighty, mighty 2017 edition of the city-sized t-rex TRYPTICON.

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Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Popular cosmetics line Shu Uemura has teamed up with Nintendo to launch a special new makeup set. Why Nintendo? Because the makeup set revolves around the company's most popular video game franchise: Super Mario. The makeup is inspired the massively popular game franchise, though it's more accurate to say that the packaging is inspired by it: the makeup is just makeup, after all.

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Wonder Woman Warrior Battle LEGO Review : Mega Movie Miniatures!

Wonder Woman Warrior Battle LEGO Review : Mega Movie Miniatures!

The LEGO DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (set 76075) ticks all the boxes for essential and classic LEGO set. While there's not really a BAD set of LEGO bricks for the first Wonder Woman movie as yet - this is the only one out in stores so far, as it were. Cross your fingers for a whole lot more down the line - especially in the form of Justice League action.

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BMW Hoverbike LEGO Review

BMW Hoverbike LEGO Review

This week we're taking a peek at a LEGO motorcycle [BMW R 1200 GS Adventure] that can be re-built as a hoverbike. It's completely batty, to be sure - but the appeal in having a BMW-branded hoverbike was more than I could handle. I had to built it - and built it I did. It took a few hours (spread out over a few days, about an hour off and on each day), and was quite enjoyable to see unfold. The build you're seeing here photographed by SlashGear is the Hoverbike part of this equation.

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Star Wars Gift Guide 2016

Star Wars Gift Guide 2016

Today we've got a gift guide for Star Wars fans for the holiday season, for men and women, girls and boys alike. This gift guide is golden for Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Life Day, and whatever else includes the giving of presents galore. We've got a list of the most awesome Star Wars products we've discovered and tested ourselves over the past 12 months - the lot of which we recommend personally.

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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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