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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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How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

A few months ago I became interested in the offbeat art of bootleg action figures. I started by following artists and designers on Instagram, and a big part of sharing art like this on Instagram is revealing parts of the product's creation process. I wanted to see if I could make an action figure of my own, so I did it. I attained a few bottles of chemicals, grabbed some cups, cardboard, and tape, and got working.

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Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

Onewheel Pint is a smaller, more affordable one-wheeled skateboard

A relatively compact one-wheeled electric-powered skateboard was revealed today with the name Onewheel Pint. This isn't the first time a personal electric vehicle of this sort's ever been made - it's a sort of refinement of the concept. Like we're a couple iterations in to the idea, and we're getting closer to the sweet spot for size, weight, and cost.

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Bugatti Baby returns in a larger 3D-printed Type 35 body

Bugatti Baby returns in a larger 3D-printed Type 35 body

We see quite a few "miniature" model of iconic cars being made available for children to drive but that practice isn't a modern invention. More than a century ago, Bugatti made a half scale model of the historic Type 35 racing car for his four-year-old son. The car became so popular that the Bugatti Baby became one of the first limited edition miniature cars in history. To celebrate the company's 110th anniversary Bugatti is bringing the Baby back, this time with more than a few modern features for good measure.

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Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

If you'd seen the plush "Earthie" toy in photos of the International Space Station, you'd know it. It's basically a spherical earth in blue and green, with blue arms, blue legs, black oval-shaped eyes, and a circular black dot mouth. It's super cute, really - but where did Earthie come from? And the most obvious question - where can I get one to love and hold forever?

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Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Today we're looking at The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part LEGO set 70840 "Welcome to Apocalypseburg!" This is easily one of the most massive LEGO sets we've put together and certainly the most extravagant in the minifigure universe. This set is a whopping 3,178 pieces large, and it's not for the feeble of heart. It's a doozy and a half, of that you can be sure.

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LEGO Ford Mustang is a 60s icon with mod potential

LEGO Ford Mustang is a 60s icon with mod potential

A decent 1960s Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 could easily set you back six-figures, so classic pony car fans on a budget might prefer the latest LEGO Mustang model instead. Demanding a far more acceptable $149.99 from your wallet, the downside to the LEGO Creator Ford Mustang is that it's a little smaller than the real thing.

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Lightsaber dueling sport gets support from French Fencing Federation

Lightsaber dueling sport gets support from French Fencing Federation

France is now officially home to what may be the most entertaining sport: lightsaber dueling. The sport has received support from the French Fencing Federation, which is reportedly providing fencing clubs with lightsabers for training and battles. What makes lightsaber dueling an appealing sport? It gets kids off their phones and engaging in a physical activity.

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NERF Fortnite blasters revealed with preorders and release date

NERF Fortnite blasters revealed with preorders and release date

Late last year, Hasbro introduced a Fortnite-themed NERF blaster and now it is back with the rest of the lineup. Customers can pre-order the blasters ahead of their official launch in March, at which point Hasbro will release several NERF guns all styled after firearms from the popular battle royale games. Themed weapons include the tactical shotgun, rocket launcher, hand cannon, and more.

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Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is an interactive training system for padawans

Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is an interactive training system for padawans

Hasbro has introduced the latest evolution in toy lightsabers with its new Star Wars Lightsaber Academy. The system involves an extendable toy lightsaber that works with a mobile app to help kids develop their Jedi skills. Hasbro is also offering a basic version of its new toy lightsabers that doesn't include Bluetooth, as well as a version of the lightsaber that has sound effects and simulates light effects.

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LEGO Hidden Side combines AR game with physical building sets

LEGO Hidden Side combines AR game with physical building sets

We are still very far from that futuristic age where augmented reality almost becomes our reality, where every object or place can hold deeper value than what physical matter can contain. That doesn't mean, however, that we have to limit ourselves to fun but short-lived AR stickers and non-interactive dinosaurs. LEGO, the toy company that always puts itself at the STEM forefront, is showing what else can be down using AR with its new Hidden Side play theme, a ghost-filled experience that keeps one hand on the physical and another on the virtual, literally too.

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