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Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Kids these days are exposed to technology at very early ages. On the one hand, it’s good that they become immediately familiar with the technology that will define their future. On the other hand, they are trained early on to become consumers when they should be learning to become creators instead. Enter Animoodles, a collection of plush toys from the collective minds and skills of Disney, Apple, and Pixar veterans that aim to inspire imagination, creativity, and fun all at the same time. How? By letting kids, and grown-ups, mix and match body parts.

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Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony aibo is back: 5 things to know

Sony's aibo is back and, more than a decade after the robot dog project was shuttered, there's a newer, smarter version to steal your heart. Benefiting from the latest in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the cloud, the new aibo it wraps the cutting-edge in a seriously cute design. Read on for the five big things you need to know.

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LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what'll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history. This is the LEGO Ideas "Women of NASA LEGO set". It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline "Ladies rock outer space"!

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Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

It may not seem like so much time has passed, but the venerable Tamagotchi turns 20 this year (in the US, that is), and to mark the occasion Bandai Namco will release a special miniature version of the gizmo. Only limited quantities of the device will be made available, an annoying trend mirroring things like the NES Classic and McDonald's special dipping sauce.

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Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

There are many theories on things that make humans happy. Some swear by scents, others with touch. This latest thing to come from Japan would have us believe that our worries can be swept away by the hypnotic movement of cats' and dogs' tails. But not everyone has the predisposition, or the luxury, to keep such furry critters. So what is a human to do? Since robots are predicted to replace us soon, why not start with our pets? Enter Qoobo, which is practically, a headless, limbless robotic cat that will still wag and curl its tail in approval.

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Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero's R2-D2 is getting an Imperial counterpart, with a limited-edition R2-Q5 joining the remote-control lineup. Expected to be a hit at NY Comic Con when it goes on sale from today, the R2-Q5 is not only a standalone toy but will interact with other Sphero-powered Star Wars figures the company has already launched.

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Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Your teddy bear doesn't need to be a (sometimes freaky) robot to be cool and hi-tech. It just needs an iPad or an iPhone. And maybe some imagination. Well, actually, you and your kid will need those if you want to fully experience what Parker has a to offer. A traditional teddy bear toy in all but one sense, Seedling wants kids to enjoy a timeless classic toy while sprinkling some digital wizardry using the magic of augmented reality.

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Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero's attentions may have been on Star Wars lately, and its incredible R2-D2 robot, but the company still found time to make a new 'bot of its own, Sphero Mini. Condensing much of what makes its smartphone-controlled spherical robot great into a roughly billiard ball size, it's the new entry-level model in the company's range. Best of all is the price.

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LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty LEGO Review (behold the golden banana)

LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty LEGO Review (behold the golden banana)

This is the Destiny's Bounty, and it's arrived at SlashGear just in time for The Ninjago Movie premiere. The Ninjago Movie is coming to theaters in the United States this weekend, and this ship aims to be the real-world representation of the main characters' flying skyship, containing the entire crew of 7 main character minifigs. Behold, this film's most iconic vehicle.

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New Millennium Falcon is LEGO’s biggest set ever

New Millennium Falcon is LEGO’s biggest set ever

LEGO Star Wars aficionados, look out, there's a new Millennium Falcon set coming to break your bank account and occupy your time. The company has announced the latest in its Ultimate Collectors Series, and it also happens to be largest and most expensive set LEGO has ever released. How big and how expensive? This new take on the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" weighs in at an incredible 7,541 pieces, and has a $800 price tag.

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Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

We may only be heading into September, but I'm calling it: you're looking at Sphero's R2-D2, and it's going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars "Force Friday" event, the remote-control R2-D2 - and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero's new BB-9E droid - looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they're kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero's most popular robot to-date.

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We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

We’ve got Trypticon: Transformers’ biggest Decepticon action figure yet

Behold this absurdly massive action figure, and cower before his retro reboot mightiness. This is the 2017 edition of Trypticon, a Transformer chosen to be reborn by the fans themselves. It was back in 2015 that Hasbro asked fans to choose between Omega Supreme, Scorponok, and the king monster big-boss hunk of t-rex you see standing before you. Today we've got the real-deal result of that fan interaction, the mighty, mighty 2017 edition of the city-sized t-rex TRYPTICON.

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