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LEGO phasing out plastic bags

LEGO phasing out plastic bags

Inside every non-basic LEGO brick set you'll find a series of plastic bags with numbers printed on their sides. You'll get a set of 3 or more, each with a set of LEGO pieces that correspond with the set's instructions booklet. In an effort to promote sustainability and assist in the preservation of all life on Earth, LEGO will begin phasing out this system of waste over the next several years.

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Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina LEGO set finally goes full-size YOLO

Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina LEGO set finally goes full-size YOLO

At long last, it's time for a proper LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina. LEGO released a couple of editions of this location in the Star Wars universe before, but the size of the tavern was limited. We've gotten fractions of this watering hole before, but never one so complete as this.

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LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

There's a new brick (actually several new parts, but one key brick) in the new LEGO Eductation SPIKE Prime set. The LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set was released today as the 2020/2021 school season begins, ready to roll for STEAM, coding, and all sorts of LEGO robot adventures. And there'll be new LEGO elements! The brick I'm most excited about here is the "Integrator Brick" (with cross axle). UPDATE: New resources were launched for educators and parents for students this season!

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IKEA and LEGO make BYGGLEK, a match made in modular heaven

IKEA and LEGO make BYGGLEK, a match made in modular heaven

LEGO and IKEA just announced that they've partnered up to create a line of LEGO-compatible storage and display boxes called BYGGLEK. The initial product will be "a series of storage boxes with LEGO studs and a special LEGO brick set." The most surprising part of this collaboration is that it wasn't done a whole lot sooner.

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LEGO Braille Bricks are awesome and not for the public

LEGO Braille Bricks are awesome and not for the public

LEGO Braille Bricks were revealed by LEGO as a "pioneering project that will help children with blindness or visual impairment learn Braille in a playful and engaging way." This system is created with LEGO bricks made with the same materials as standard LEGO bricks, but made specifically to assist in learning and developing an understanding of Braille and associated systems.

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Mario is getting his own Jenga and Monopoly games: Here’s why

Mario is getting his own Jenga and Monopoly games: Here’s why

The Super Mario franchise is turning 35 years old this year, and while there have been rumors that Nintendo will remaster a number of classic Mario games for the Switch, this anniversary serves up the opportunity for plenty of Super Mario-themed toys and products. LEGO already got the ball moving with its Super Mario and NES sets, which will all be out next month, and now Hasbro has revealed two new Super Mario board games.

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LEGO NES kit revealed for nostalgic adults with cash to burn

LEGO NES kit revealed for nostalgic adults with cash to burn

Throughout the first half of this year, LEGO and Nintendo have been trickle releasing information about their new LEGO Super Mario sets. It turns out that Super Mario isn't where LEGO and Nintendo's team up ends, as the two companies today announced the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System. As the name suggests, this new LEGO set will have you building an NES, its accompanying controller, and even a retro '80s TV all out of LEGO bricks.

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LEGO Nintendo (NES) leaked with controller, cartridge, and tiny TV

LEGO Nintendo (NES) leaked with controller, cartridge, and tiny TV

A Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) original game console LEGO set was leaked. This set looks to roll with several exclusive parts, including a Mario JUMP flat brick and several 1-peg pieces - like a turtle shell and a mushroom. There's a one-brick flat mystery block too. With this set, you'll be able to create all sorts of different scenes from the original game - and expand beyond the original, too.

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Back to the Future Transformer toy revealed: Gigawatt!

Back to the Future Transformer toy revealed: Gigawatt!

Hasbro and Universal Brand Development collaborated to bring to life a true oddity. This is the Back to the Future branded Transformer called Gigawatt. Alongside the release of this transforming plastic toy, IDW will release at least one issue of a crossover Transformers x Back to the Future adventure, also in collaboration with Amblin Entertainment.

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The world’s rarest Star Wars toy just went up for auction

The world’s rarest Star Wars toy just went up for auction

A true prototype Rocket Firing Boba Fett Star Wars action figure was revealed for sale on eBay this week. As the Star Wars brand made the most valuable "collectors item" toys in modern history, the Rocket Firing Boba Fett is the most sought-after item in the whole Star Wars action figure universe. This version of the action figure is not only one of the very few examples of this action figure to ever exist, it might also be one of the rarest iterations of said action figure.

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3Doodler Build & Play lets kids in on the 3D printing fun

3Doodler Build & Play lets kids in on the 3D printing fun

3D printing has definitely changed how hobbyists and tinkerers make things, allowing them to be more in control of their projects rather than being at the mercy of professional manufacturers and assemblers. All that, however, has been mostly the purview of grownups who don't have a monopoly on imaginative creations. Just as the likes of LEGO are trying to get kids started early on robotics and programming, 3Doodler is doing the same with its new Build & Play set, designed for the youngest makers and dreamers.

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LEGO just revealed every Super Mario set

LEGO just revealed every Super Mario set

Throughout the year, LEGO and Nintendo have been revealing the LEGO Super Mario series. The reveals began with the Starter Course, then we saw the announcement of two Expansion Sets and finally four Power-Up Packs. Today the two companies have pulled the veil back entirely, announcing the full LEGO Super Mario lineup. The whole line is extensive, to say the least.

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