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Why Baby Yoda plush toys aren’t ready for Christmas 2019

Why Baby Yoda plush toys aren’t ready for Christmas 2019

You cannot buy an officially-licensed Baby Yoda plush toy in time for Christmas 2019. That's by design... sort of. As Lucasfilm product licensing SVP Paul Southern said today, "It was important to us that the reveal of the new character, the Child, be a special moment for fans, and we could not be more thrilled with the response." Lucasfilm and Disney felt it was so extremely important to keep Baby Yoda a secret that they did not include imagery or descriptions of the character in the first wave of license-ready media for manufacturers. As far as they knew - no such character would even exist!

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Monopoly Speed is for people who think regular Monopoly takes too long

Monopoly Speed is for people who think regular Monopoly takes too long

Earlier this week, Hasbro announced a strange Monopoly variant. Dubbed Monopoly Longest Game Ever, this variant takes the core complaint that most people have about Monopoly - that games last too long - and turns it into a mechanic. With 66 properties and a win condition that ensures most people will never finish a game, Monopoly Longest Game Ever definitely had us scratching our heads.

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LEGO acquires BrickLink, promises friendly future

LEGO acquires BrickLink, promises friendly future

The LEGO Group announced today that they'd acquired BrickLink, the biggest LEGO fan marketplace and community on the internet. They've announced that the 1.1 million members in 70 countries will continue to be supported in their endeavors. It would SEEM that this is nothing but good for people who already use BrickLink and have come to love the independent spirit of the platform.

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Monopoly has officially gone off the deep end

Monopoly has officially gone off the deep end

There have been a lot of Monopoly variants throughout the years, but this newest one definitely takes the cake. Hasbro has taken to heart all of the complaints about Monopoly being too long and turned them into a new variant for the age-old board game. This new variant is called Monopoly Longest Game Ever, and the weak of heart will definitely want to stay away from it.

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

The LEGO Star Wars set 75254 "AT-ST Raider" rolls with one of the most epic-looking pieces of hardware in The Mandalorian. This set contains four minifigures and a rather mixed-up looking All Terrain Scount Transport (AT-ST), the likes of which we've only ever really seen looking a lot more... completely flat metal gray. Now it's got parts in red, with stripes, and all sorts of oddities.

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A tiny Transformers toys gift guide: Robust is best in 2019

A tiny Transformers toys gift guide: Robust is best in 2019

Transformers is a toy line that's never really dull. I remember getting Transformers toys for gifts for Christmas and birthdays when I was a kid, and even when (90% of the time) I did not know the character in the box, I was thrilled to get another one of these bafflingly entertaining pieces of moving parts in plastic. The difference between a "good" transformer and a "could've been better" transformer gift always depended on the intended audience for the toy. Not all Transformer toys are made for little kids.

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M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

Almost exactly six years ago, we reported on the first iteration of the self-assembling cube robots called M-Blocks. Since then, they've become exponentially more radical. Here in October of 2019, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) revealed their newest edition of the robotic cubes they call M-Blocks 2.0. The newest edition has many upgrades, the most amazing of which is a communication system with which the blocks can communicate, and thereby collaborate.

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Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Why would someone pay over one-hundred-thousand dollars for an action figure? That's likely the question most people ask when they see the most recent listing of a Star Wars: Boba Fett "Rocket-Firing Prototype" action figure here in late October, 2019. Today we're going to give a nutshell version of the low-down on this particular action figure and why it, above all others, strikes the fancy of the most hardcore collectors.

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LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils will be the go-to $60 gift this Christmas

There's a new LEGO Ideas set heading to stores that'll cost around $60 that's all about dinosaur bones. This set is called Dinosaur Fossils, and it's been a long time coming. LEGO Fans have been creating masterpieces like these for decades, but this is the first time LEGO's really dropped in and made a full set dedicated to the art of making bricks look like bones.

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Funko Pop! Convention style Mandalorian sold out

Funko Pop! Convention style Mandalorian sold out

After the first announcement of the Mandalorian line of Funko Pop! figures on October 1, one action pose is already sold out. Normally we'd not be covering something so extremely specific as this, but there's a trend happening here - The Mandalorian is hot!* The single Funko Pop! that's sold out in less than a week is ITEM NO: 43111 Pop! Star Wars: The Mandalorian number 330 - in a fancy action pose with blaster pistol!

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Boba Fett Funko Futura 2000 gear released before Mandalorian

Boba Fett Funko Futura 2000 gear released before Mandalorian

It's right about time when the most mysterious - or once-most-mysterious Star Wars character gets licensed to all ends of the earth. Now that The Mandalorian is coming to the Disney+ streaming service as the first official live action Star Wars television show, that is. It's largely because of the never-ceasing popularity of Boba Fett that The Mandalorian exists in the first place, really.

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Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Most of the technologies, be it hardware or software, that gets mainstream media attention are often targeted at adults, sometimes teens, that are, admittedly, the biggest market for such products. But just as technology should be accessible to everyone, including those with physical handicaps, it should also be usable for people of all ages, especially the children that will become the adults of the future. There is no shortage of educational apps for smartphones and tablets but their actual beneficial effects are still hotly debated. That's why Osmo is taking a different approach that brings AI, augmented reality, mobile and physical activity to promise a more holistic approach to learning for kids.

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