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LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

The LEGO Ideas ISS (International Space Station) was revealed as a build-ready, in-store, consumer-ready set this week. This build was made on the micro-level, which means it's got a pair of 2 astronaut microfigures that'll live in the base of the set near its user-built stand. This system is both incredibly detailed and surprisingly simple - an instant classic, for sure.

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LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

There's a next-level DIY robotics LEGO set out in the world starting this week, and it's called SPIKE Prime! This is a LEGO Education set, which means it's geared toward students - but you're not the sort of person to let a silly thing like that stop you from using the newest in LEGO power enhance the builds you've had brewing, right?

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Disney shows new Baby Yoda toys that don’t ship till spring

Disney shows new Baby Yoda toys that don’t ship till spring

The Disney Shop revealed another Baby Yoda plush toy today. This wouldn't be a big deal on its own, but this reveal is strange. Much like the first Baby Yoda (aka The Child) plush toy (and every other official Baby Yoda toy), this new plush won't be available until late February of 2020. It's as if Disney wants to drive fans into the loving embrace of independent artists creating their own yarn baby Yodas on Etsy!

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LEGO as insulation: Better, cheaper than industry standard

LEGO as insulation: Better, cheaper than industry standard

Physics students at Lancaster University did a study which revealed a bit of a shock about standard, commercially available LEGO bricks. The material with which LEGO bricks are made* as well as the method with which LEGO bricks connect made for a perfect test element for thermal conductivity. They created structures made of LEGO and tested their abilities to isolate elements from extreme cold. Not only could they insulate, they provide solid support without any 3rd-party adhesive - they're their own connectors!

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Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

The folks at the Pokemon Center have a bunch of seasonally-cute Pokemon products appearing in their store this season, and we've got our hands on a few of those bits involved. In the mix this year you'll find holiday-themed Pokemon plush toys, hats, socks, PokeBall-themed items, and some String Lights. There are crew neck sweatshirts, Pikachu and Eevee Pokemon Holiday 2019 Pins and Greeting Cards, a Pokemon TCG: Pokemon Holiday Lights Playmat, and a big ol' coffee cup.

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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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