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Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

The very first licensed Furby toy in the history of Hasbro's Furby lineup is, appropriately, from Star Wars. Furbacca, he's called, and he's part of Hasbro's return to the market with the Furby brand. Chewbacca's visage might be slightly less recognizable than your average licensed Star Wars collectible or toy - coming with the standard yellow beak of the Furby rather than his own furry set of chompers. Is this a one-off, or is this the start of something great for Hasbro's strange, speaking electronic friend collection?

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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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Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Star Wars may have those sweet lightsaber weapons, but Star Trek will always have phasers, which are… kind of cool? Well, never mind that, if you're a big fan of the original Star Trek TV series, you better get yourself to Los Angeles quick, as an original prop phaser is going to be auctioned, and it's expected to sell for at least $60,000. Now 47 years old, the phaser was used by William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, and is one of only two that still exist.

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X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

If you're a big Star Wars fan with young children, get ready, you're going to find this incredibly adorable and then want one for your own kid. A craftsman from New Zealand who builds wooden toys has constructed a rocker in the design of a X-wing fighter, paired with its own R2-D2 figure. While Steve Coupe has been building toys for some 25 years, this master piece is a one-of-a-kind that is meant to raise money for a children's hospital.

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LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

This week the folks at LEGO Ideas have made their next couple of sets known. These are sets originally created by fans of the LEGO universe who've submitted ideas for judgement by the public. Once the public votes and a certain number of positive votes are counted, the product goes to LEGO for judgement - these two newest sets have made it through to production. They include a learning "Birds" set and a set based on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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Keaton-era Batman batarangs include LED display

Keaton-era Batman batarangs include LED display

Can't get enough movie props? Hollywood Collectibles Group has rolled out a limited supply of batarangs from the Michael Keaton-era Batman movies, one of which includes an LED display as seen in Batman Returns. They're sent in a case for display in your collection, but there's no shame in taking one out and letting it fly.

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Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

We've seen some interesting creations from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht before, none of them quite as (literally) shocking as her new metal plate dress -- complete with plasma balls on the shoulders -- that she wore between two big, potentially deadly Tesla coils.

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Borderlands Dahl assault rifle, real-life edition

Borderlands Dahl assault rifle, real-life edition

We've seen video game weapons come to life before, but few are as beautiful as the replica of the Borderlands Dahl assault rifle. The weapon clone is the brainchild of Ikkalebob, and with it comes a bit of (non-lethal) functionality. Thanks to a write-up on Instructables, the DIYers among us can make their own.

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Baby Dancing Groot toy released by Funko

Baby Dancing Groot toy released by Funko

The Dancing Baby Groot toy is real - it’s even got a bobble-head. The folks at Funko have turned super-popular underground interest in the Guardians of the Galaxy character Baby Groot into a toy in what must be record time. It was that or watch people rip the heads off their Adult Groot - good choice!

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Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

Ghostbusters ECTO-1 LEGO Set Review

It’s time to pick up the landline and dial the Ghostbusters - the ECTO-1 LEGO set has arrived at SlashGear. This magnificent set comes from the same place several of the most web-popular LEGO sets from the past few years have come: LEGO Ideas. Here we’ve got all four of the team present as well: Venkman, Ray, Egon, and Winston.

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Steampunk LEGO AT-AT mixes the best of both worlds

Steampunk LEGO AT-AT mixes the best of both worlds

LEGOs. You spent your childhood using them to create pyramids, and caused untold amounts of cursing from adults who stepped on that one brick you kept losing. Little changes when you get older, except you're usually the one stepping on the stray brick and cursing. Some among us, however, take it up a notch and use LEGOs to make fantastic creations, not the least of which is a LEGO steampunk AT-AT.

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare figurines inbound

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare figurines inbound

Plants vs. Zombies has risen to solid success, and nothing indicates that quite like a line of action figures. If your yard is looking a little bare but traditional garden gnomes aren't your thing, these figurines will be arriving for your lawn next month.

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