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First-wave LEGO The Force Awakens line revealed for Force Friday

First-wave LEGO The Force Awakens line revealed for Force Friday

Today we're getting our first full look at the Star Wars The Force Awakens lineup for LEGO systems this late summer. This is just the beginning - certainly not the end of the totally massive number of Star Wars LEGO sets that'll be continuing to be released throughout the rest of the year. We're beginning with just the bits you've likely seen in the teaser trailers - plus one more tiny transport you've probably never seen before.

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There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

Just in case you didn't want to get the real-deal BB-8 by Sphero this Force Friday, there is another. This is supposing you're not wanting to pay one hundred and fifty dollars for the greatest Star Wars toy ever made, that is to say. If that's a bit out of your price range, there's also the Hasbro Target exclusive remote control BB-8, one that's not nearly so fantastic, one that works with AA-batteries instead of rechargeable built-in batteries.

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R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Hit game Shovel Knight is Nintendo’s first indie Amiibo

Nintendo has just announced that Shovel Knight, the popular, critically acclaimed indie game, is the first third-party title to get an Amiibo without a character appearing in Nintendo's Smash Bros. fighting game series. Amiibo are miniature figures that can connect with Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS game systems, while Shovel Knight, released for both platforms already, is an 8-bit inspired action game with a throwback feel to original NES era.

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Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

It looks like the first real marketing blitz for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will begin next week. Disney has announced that starting Thursday, September 3rd, an 18-hour live toy unboxing event will take place across the globe, with 15 different cities around the world revealing the first look at new Star Wars merchandise. The event is described as a "New Year's Eve style celebration," with 12 countries each participating at local times on September 3rd, starting in Australia.

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Nerf’s new ‘Rival’ tactical guns are for grown ups, fire at 70MPH

Nerf’s new ‘Rival’ tactical guns are for grown ups, fire at 70MPH

Nerf guns are fun for a moment or two, but the combination of endless dart hunting and lackluster shooting speed/accuracy wears thin quickly. As such, the play rifles have largely been relegated to the realm of children, but that'll be ending with the maker's new 'Rival' lineup of tactical guns for competitive play. Nerf has been silently working on these new tactical arms for more than four years, and this week graced us all with a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making them. Pre-orders are live, but you're probably too late: most of them are sold out already.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys mistakenly released early

Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys mistakenly released early

Last month we got a look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, but they weren't for sale, and still shouldn’t be. The toys aren’t supposed to be hitting retail shelves until September 4, which has been dubbed “Force Friday”. If you’re near at least one Toys “R” Us store, however, you might be able to waltz in get ahold of the toys early. The retail toy store has been spotted selling the toys prematurely, and we've gotten a look at a bunch of pictures of them.

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Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Star Wars Death Star Final Duel LEGO Review

Today's LEGO review of Palpatine's Throne Rome, otherwise known as the "Death Star Final Duel", we're going to do something different. Instead of just getting up close and personal with all the little bits, we've gone ahead and captured a number of emotional, colorful recreations of the most epic scenes from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the film from whens this LEGO set and its minifigures originated. Prepare yourself for the most intense and highly dramatic LEGO review we've done so far!

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Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

This Friday a documentary will be released by the name of "A LEGO Brickumentary," and in it, a math professor will tell you how many different LEGO creations you can make. Of course the real number isn't entirely feasible to calculate. Back in 1958, LEGO estimated and suggested through a patent (as created by the original LEGO creator's son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen) that six standard LEGO bricks could potentially be stacked in around 103-million ways. According to math professor Soren Eilers, whoever suggested 103-million was about 900-million off the mark. Behold this tiny brick clip.

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This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

A design student from Sweden's Umeå University has created what is quite possibly the coolest prosthetic arm imaginable for kids. Simply put, the arm is directly compatible with Lego, letting kids replace the standard hand-like gripping attachment for one they can easily start snapping plastic bricks onto. The prosthetic is specifically designed to be simple for kids to use, with little more than a twist-and-lock mechanism. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, the student who created the arm, even got Lego FutureLab and disabilities organization CIREC to collaborate on the project).

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Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth handset gets unveiled at Comic-Con

Star Trek fans rejoice! You're now going to have the chance to own an exact replica of the sci-fi show's Communicator device, and it's fully-functioning to boot. Sadly, the Communicator won't let call up to the Enterprise, but it will work as Bluetooth handset and speaker for your smartphone. The device is built by The Wand Company, and will be officially shown off for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con this week. You can even pre-order one now for $150 on the official Star Trek web store, however it won't be shipping until January.

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Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego to end use of oil-based plastic in bricks by 2030

Lego, the iconic plastic toy building blocks, has announced it's going begin making a drastic change to the way its product is manufactured. See, while the bricks are popular around the world, they're actually not very environmentally friendly. The company has set a goal of eliminating its use of ABS, the oil-based plastic, by the year 2030, and they're spending $150 million to build a new sustainable materials center that will in turn develop an oil-free plastic.

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