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Monopoly money no more: Voice-activated banking in new edition

Monopoly money no more: Voice-activated banking in new edition

Having been around for 84 years at this point, Monopoly is a game that's gone through a large number of variations. The most recent spin on the classic board game, however, might be the most interesting one yet. The newest version of Monopoly actually drops physical cash and cards and makes most everything digital, with a voice-activated Mr. Monopoly keeping track of transactions as you play.

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Fortnite NERF Rocket Launcher gets an early limited release

Fortnite NERF Rocket Launcher gets an early limited release

Months ago, Hasbro revealed that it teamed up with Epic Games to release a line of NERF and Super Soaker toys with themes based on popular weapons from battle royale game Fortnite. The items went up for pre-order initially, and a number of items are already available to purchase. In an announcement today, Epic revealed that one new NERF Blaster is scheduled for a limited early release, but it'll be hard to get.

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Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

I can't say for sure - because nobody knows for sure - but I'm calling it right now: Hot Wheels ID just stole Christmas. Using a bit of the magic summoned by the Apple x Anki Overdrive remote control car toy collaboration and some established-brand PR power - plus some features over which kids will likely flip their lid - Hot Wheels ID just struck gold. Again, I'm just making some informed guesses here - but take a look and see what you think.

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LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander joins 7 new sets depicting NASA’s future

LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander joins 7 new sets depicting NASA’s future

The LEGO Group announced a whole bunch of new outer space sets this morning, all of which were inspired by NASA. The entire collection for this season includes seven LEGO CITY Space sets and a single LEGO CREATOR Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. This is one of the biggest single blasts of space sets from LEGO in a single season since the start of LEGO Space theme sets 40 years ago!

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Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box

Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box

This week the folks at Hasbro sent out a number of sizeable cardboard boxes to the media. These boxes contained large arrangements of toys - Transformers toys. It's the 35th anniversary of the original release of Transformers into our collective conscious - and it's apparently time to celebrate. This celebration is connected to the hashtag #morethanmeetstheeye, because of course it is.

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LEGO Stranger Things set can flip to the Upside Down

LEGO Stranger Things set can flip to the Upside Down

LEGO has just launched a new brickset based on the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things. The unique kit features the core element in the series, the creepy dimension referred to as the Upside Down. Players can literally flip the set upside down to switch between the two dimensions; each includes iconic details, including the Christmas lights communication board on the wall.

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Tamagotchi On looks to make lightning strike twice

Tamagotchi On looks to make lightning strike twice

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, it seemed that virtual pets were everywhere, with Bandai and its Tamagotchi line of devices leading the charge. The virtual pet craze began to wane in popularity pretty quickly, but Bandai persisted in releasing new Tamagotchi, both on a global scale and (more often) exclusive to Japan. Now the company is looking to make a Tamagotchi comeback here in America with a new virtual pet called Tamagotchi On.

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Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave I: 20th Anniversary Edition LEGO Review

Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave I: 20th Anniversary Edition LEGO Review

Boba Fett's own personal lowrider Slave 1 was made available as a 1,000-piece LEGO set at last. Note here that I'm using the lower-cased l, the number 1, and the upper-cased I interchangeably because different sites say different things, and different Gs use different keys. But here's the deal - this is the most balanced version of Boba Fett's spaceship offered yet.

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LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander coding kit arrives this fall

LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander coding kit arrives this fall

During CES 2017, LEGO introduced Boost, a product that helps kids learn to code. The company has announced the latest product to join the Boost lineup, and it involves one of the most iconic Star Wars characters. Called the LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander kit, the set will include R2-D2 alongside two other programmable droids.

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Robotics company Anki will shut down after last-minute funding issue

Robotics company Anki will shut down after last-minute funding issue

Robotics company Anki will be shutting down, the company has revealed. The decision was forced due to a lack of sustainable funding, resulting in a surprising twist for a company that had raised more than $200 million in venture capital. The confirmation follows a leak that claimed Anki employees were informed about a complete layoff earlier today.

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LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

It sounds like a fusion of Transformers and Amazon for gaming and, in reality, LEGO Education's latest product may actually have elements of those. This is, after all, what happens when you take a DIY robot that you can program like a game and sell as a commodity for kids of all ages to enjoy and learn from. LEGO SPIKE Prime takes all the company has learned from its years in education-oriented robotics and packages them into colorful kits that it hopes will spark the confidence young learners need to excel not just in STEAM subjects but in school overall as well.

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Riptide R1 Black electric skateboard gets serious about carving

Riptide R1 Black electric skateboard gets serious about carving

Riptide has a new electric skateboard, the Riptide R1 Black, and if you've always wanted your motorized 'board to go carving then this is probably the model for you. Based on Riptide's existing R1 design, the new Black version adds some special Surf and Rail adapters to introduce a huge degree of tilt.

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