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Project NESM puts your Slinky on a mesmerizing treadmill

Project NESM puts your Slinky on a mesmerizing treadmill

Whether we admit it or not, we all love the Slinky. A thin piece of metal, essentially a spring who’s lost its way, brings so much joy to us all. A new Kickstarter project wants to give your Slinky purpose, and you the never-ending enjoyment you always wanted.

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LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

Today is the day we review the newest edition of Jabba’s Sail Barge LEGO set, just in time for the 31st anniversary of the original release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Today is also the anniversary of the release of the first film in the Star Wars series: A New Hope. With Jabba's Sail Barge, today we return to the sand planet Tatooine in style, just as we’re meant to.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

The universe in which this LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 unit exists is not one made for a tiny, limited cross-section of creative children and those that want to see their models move. When you see "10+" on the package for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you’re going to need to understand that this does not mean it’s excellence is relegated to kids. You’re also going to need to recognize immediately that this is not just a toy - it’s a platform.

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LEGO Ideas launched: CUUSOO DIY spirit remains

LEGO Ideas launched: CUUSOO DIY spirit remains

Back in 2008, the group known as CUUSOO teamed up with LEGO to begin work on what would eventually become LEGO CUUSOO. The CUUSOO group is a Japanese partner of LEGO while LEGO CUUSOO is a group that’s been helping fans realize the dream of having their unique LEGO build become an official LEGO set for the past 2.5 years. Now LEGO has decided to change the name and bring the program "in house" with LEGO Ideas.

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Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart Internet-connected devices are arriving at increasingly rapid speeds, bringing a level of interaction to everyday appliances that were mere fiction in the recent past. The latest among those connected devices is the brainchild of a coffee roaster and marketing company.

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LEGO Simpsons episode trailer released with 10 screencaps

LEGO Simpsons episode trailer released with 10 screencaps

The Simpsons are coming up on their 550th anniversary show, preparing to ring in the occasion with no less than a fully LEGO delivery. This episode has been teased several times by the network and the LEGO brand - today we’re getting a glimpse of the first TV spot. A trailer, that is to say.

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Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light

Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light

Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn't a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight.

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LEGO Exosuit comes next in CUUSOO fan-made lineup

LEGO Exosuit comes next in CUUSOO fan-made lineup

As part of a collection of oddities that also includes Minecraft and the Mars Curiosity Rover, an "exosuit" has joined the fray known as LEGO CUUSOO. This is the first set to have been submitted and approved with LEGO CUUSOO that’s not either based on a pre-existing object or part of an entertainment brand. In other words - it’s extra beefy with originality!

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LEGO Mindstorms robot battle inspired by DIY printer

LEGO Mindstorms robot battle inspired by DIY printer

Earlier this year a fellow by the name Shubham Banerjee created a LEGO project that went viral. Banerjee is a 12-year-old inventor - he created the "BRAIGO", a Braille printer made using a LEGO Mindstorms set. This idea inspired LEGO Systems to create a competition in which several Seattle companies were invited to compete, creating a LEGO Mindstorms robot to improve everyday life.

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Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine LEGO Review

Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine LEGO Review

In the spirit of the film series - and partially because we didn’t get the set until very recently - we’ve decided to release our review of the Back to the Future (BTTF) DeLorean Time Machine LEGO CUUSOO set to here, several months after it’s been put on sale. This set is just one of a growing collection created by the minds at "Team BTTF", a set of conceptual LEGO artists that aim to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation and bring Back to the Future to a new generation of fans.

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Titanfall K’NEX sets release headed to Fall 2014

Titanfall K’NEX sets release headed to Fall 2014

While it’s fairly clear that the toy group has quite a few sets ready to roll in test form here nearer Spring, this week it’s been made clear that K’NEX Titanfall toys will be released later this year. Revealed in full - save the release schedule - at Toy Fair all the way back on February 17th, 2014, the K’NEX crew are bringing on at least six sets to the market before the end of the year. These sets won’t just be all sticks and connectors, either.

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LEGO Breaking Bad and Shaun of the Dead sets appear aside new Movie figs

LEGO Breaking Bad and Shaun of the Dead sets appear aside new Movie figs

This week at SXSW the LEGO presentation team have showed off and mentioned several new sets for the near future. In addition to suggesting that they’ll have more LEGO Movie sets in the near future, they’ve given glimpses of in-movie "history books" and Taco Tuesday. From what we understand of the LEGO Movie sets out on the market today, the team didn’t expect such a major response from moviegoers - they’ve been modest so far: there’s a lot more on the way.

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