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Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

This week the folks at Sphero have revealed that they're continuing their high-five of a relationship with Disney with a CARS 3 vehicle. They worked with the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney to make a real-deal BB-8 a reality - and in the process made the best Star Wars toy we've ever experienced. Now they turn their attention to the Pixar mega-franchise Cars for a slightly more traditional endeavor with Lightning McQueen.

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A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A bunch of Star Wars-themed events are taking place starting today, the 3rd of May, and last until the end of May the 4th (be with you). This is the ump-teenth time in a row that Star Wars has been celebrated on the 4th of May - back since the first Star Wars Geek heard those fabulous 6 words in that order. Fourth really sounds like Force - so let's use it to fill the bottomless pit of need for more Star Wars merchandise and special events, forever!

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

NASA has taken the wraps off its new LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V kit, a model that was designed by Felix Stiessen and Valeri Roche for LEGO Ideas. The kit features a 1:110-scale replica of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket, which measures in at about a meter tall. This was the notable rocket that first put humans on the moon, and in LEGO form it contains three stages that can be assembled together for a complete model. The company will also be launching new astronaut minifigs and more.

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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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Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

Toyota turned a HiLux pickup into a real-life Tonka Truck

At some point growing up, most kids spent some time playing in sand or dirt with big yellow toy trucks — more thank likely those from Hasbro's Tonka Trucks line. Those with fond memories of those times are just who Toyota is looking to appeal to with its latest concept: a 2016 HiLux pickup designed to resemble a life-sized Tonka Truck. Outfitted with plenty of off-road gear, it looks just as if a kid's toy was brought to life.

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Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape that connects with LEGO blocks

Nimuno Loops is an adhesive tape that connects with LEGO blocks

LEGO can be used to do almost anything but there are still things these blocks that can can’t actually do. They’re not good at curves, for one, and corners also give it problems. It all boils down to the rigid and unyielding nature of these blocks. If only there were flexible LEGO pieces you can attach non-flexible LEGO pieces to. That’s exactly what the folks behind the Nimuno Loop adhesive tape thought so they went to Indiegogo to usher in what they hope will be the “LEGO of Things”.

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Makeblock Neuron launches Kickstarter to get kids interested in STEM

Makeblock Neuron launches Kickstarter to get kids interested in STEM

Getting kids interested in STEM fields can be a difficult thing, but a new Kickstarter wants to change that. Say hello to Makeblock Neuron, a set of modular, plug-and-play building blocks that aims to get kids interested in things like robotics, programming, and engineering in a relatively simple and engaging way.

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CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

Connected toys are becoming increasingly popular, and one such toy is CloudPets’ stuffed animals. With these and a related app, parents and kids can record messages for each other that are shuttled between the toy and app via the company’s cloud service. That cloud service, it turns out, is quite insecure and has allowed voice messages recorded by parents and kids to be leaked online for anyone with the skills to grab them.

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Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Hoverboards are so last year. Or last two years, for that matter. Especially after regulators and retailers cracked down on poorly built and exploding hoverboards, which has seemingly made them vanish from radars. Unfazed, Shane Chen and his company Inventix, creators of the “original” hoverboard “Hovertrax”, is taking another stab at the two-wheeled personal transportation market. Called the Solowheel Iota, it takes after the first Solowheel but with two key differences. One, it’s no longer huge. Two, it’s no longer a solo wheel.

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Amazon STEM Club delivers educational toys every month

Amazon STEM Club delivers educational toys every month

Considering how we live in a world full of computers, be it on our desks or in our pockets, it’s now wonder that STEM, a.k.a. “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, has become a primary concern for educators and companies who want to harness the power of the young. Believing, perhaps, in the adage to start them young, Amazon is kicking off a STEM Club that will deliver age appropriate educational toys and trinkets that focus on these four fields on a monthly basis and for a monthly free, of course.

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Lego Batman Movie’s Batmobile made life-size with help from Chevy

Lego Batman Movie’s Batmobile made life-size with help from Chevy

The Lego Batman Movie will be hitting theaters in less than a month, and to help promote it the Lego company teamed up with Chevrolet to take the film's latest take on the Batmobile and build a life-size version of it out of — wait for it — (almost) nothing but plastic Lego bricks. While it may look like the latest Batman Lego set you can buy in stores in the photos shown here, it's actually a 17-foot long, 1,700-pound replica made from just over 344,000 bricks.

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LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

It's almost never too early to begin learning about robotics - that's what LEGO seems to be telling us with LEGO Boost. The LEGO Boost system is a platform aimed at children 7-years and up. This is decidedly different from previous LEGO robotics sets offered in the past, like the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 which requires a bit more skill than most 7-year-olds are able to muster to make full use of.

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