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The one with the Friends LEGO set for the most obsessive fans

The one with the Friends LEGO set for the most obsessive fans

Before we get too far here, I need to mention that this is a real LEGO set you can actually buy in a store - for real. The Friends television show has such a ravenous following of fans that iterations of the various sets and people in the show have appeared as fan-made LEGO sets for years. Maybe not as long as there've been fan-made LEGO Star Wars minifigures, but still - for quite a while.

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New China tariff victims are nerds, gamers, and your wallet

New China tariff victims are nerds, gamers, and your wallet

Tariffs levied against imports of China-made goods mean higher prices for your favorite gadgets, gear, games, and collectables of all sorts. That's the situation in a nutshell. Today, more than ever before, it's become clear how major this disruption will be to your wallet. You, the SlashGear reader, the gamer, the smartphone user, the nerd - you could be any or all of these, and more. If you want to buy new games, gadgets, toys, or gear that were imported from China, you're gonna have to pay up!

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LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

LEGO Treehouse’s plant bricks are all plant-based

In the year 2018, LEGO started making SOME brings out of sustainable materials, like plant-based polyethylene. They've not exactly pointed out every single bring that's been made with this new material, as it's far more sensible to start in gradually - wouldn't want a mad rush on old LEGO bricks because they'll never exist again, would we? Now, here in 2019, a new LEGO Treehouse set (from LEGO Ideas) will appear with "all 185 plants and leaves" made of "sustainable materials sourced from sugarcane."

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Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

Toys R Us re-opens with the future of retail in play

At less than a third of the size of previously standard Toys 'R' Us store, the new locations might feel unfamiliar. It won't feel particularly familiar to the original customers of the mega-massive toy store chain, anyway. But what the new, more compact locations lack in size will be more than made up for with a modern retail cool factor. That's the aim, now that Tru Kids Brands (owners of Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us brands) are partnered up with the group called b8ta.

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McLaren 720S Ride-On gives young supercar fans an authentic ride

McLaren 720S Ride-On gives young supercar fans an authentic ride

There are saying about “starting them young” but no parent will probably get kids driving even before they can properly understand driving laws. They can, however, instill the love of car brands at a young age, attuning their minds to the intricacies of supercar designs and sounds. That may be the kind of thinking behind McLaren Automotive’s latest car toy, the 720S Ride-On, that tries to deliver a look and feel that these kids will remember as distinctly McLaren.

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Overwatch LEGO sets with Junkrat, Wrecking Ball, and Roadhog announced

Overwatch LEGO sets with Junkrat, Wrecking Ball, and Roadhog announced

Given Overwatch's popularity, it isn't really a shock to see Blizzard strike various merchandising deals with other companies. We've seen Overwatch NERF blasters and cereal, along with Overwatch-themed LEGO sets. Today, LEGO revealed two more incoming Overwatch sets - one featuring Junkrat and Roadhog and the other featuring Wrecking Ball.

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Hasbro reveals NERF Soldier 76 Blaster and wearable visor

Hasbro reveals NERF Soldier 76 Blaster and wearable visor

Hasbro is expanding its lineup of Blaster products based on weapons from popular video games. The company has unveiled the NERF Overwatch Soldier 76 Blaster, which is styled as the primary weapon wielded by Overwatch's Solider 76 character. Joining the Blaster is a wearable visor resembling the one donned by the video game solider.

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Minecraft Toy Story mashup lets you see the world from toys’ eyes

Minecraft Toy Story mashup lets you see the world from toys’ eyes

These days, movie tie—ins with sometimes completely unrelated products are no longer unusual. Even more so with the somewhat related worlds of films and games, and especially ones where imaginations can fly. So it’s that surprising to hear that Toy Story has teamed up with a game developer to help spread the word about its latest installment. It is, however, perhaps a bit surprising to hear that Disney and Pixar have chosen Minecraft to be the vehicle of that message.

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Mario Kart Hot Wheels cars and tracks are coming this summer

Mario Kart Hot Wheels cars and tracks are coming this summer

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has proven to be one of the most popular games on the Switch, and indeed, it's rare to see a Nintendo console without a Mario Kart game of its own. With that enduring popularity in mind, it isn't all that shocking to see Nintendo and Mattel team up to release series of Mario Kart Hot Wheels. Today, the two companies detailed the first wave of these track sets and cars.

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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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