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Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box: Spring, 2019

Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box: Spring, 2019

This week the folks at Hasbro sent out a number of sizeable cardboard boxes to the media. These boxes contained large arrangements of toys - Transformers toys. It's the 35th anniversary of the original release of Transformers into our collective conscious - and it's apparently time to celebrate. This celebration is connected to the hashtag #morethanmeetstheeye, because of course it is.

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LEGO Stranger Things set can flip to the Upside Down

LEGO Stranger Things set can flip to the Upside Down

LEGO has just launched a new brickset based on the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things. The unique kit features the core element in the series, the creepy dimension referred to as the Upside Down. Players can literally flip the set upside down to switch between the two dimensions; each includes iconic details, including the Christmas lights communication board on the wall.

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Tamagotchi On looks to make lightning strike twice

Tamagotchi On looks to make lightning strike twice

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, it seemed that virtual pets were everywhere, with Bandai and its Tamagotchi line of devices leading the charge. The virtual pet craze began to wane in popularity pretty quickly, but Bandai persisted in releasing new Tamagotchi, both on a global scale and (more often) exclusive to Japan. Now the company is looking to make a Tamagotchi comeback here in America with a new virtual pet called Tamagotchi On.

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Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave I: 20th Anniversary Edition LEGO Review

Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave I: 20th Anniversary Edition LEGO Review

Boba Fett's own personal lowrider Slave 1 was made available as a 1,000-piece LEGO set at last. Note here that I'm using the lower-cased l, the number 1, and the upper-cased I interchangeably because different sites say different things, and different Gs use different keys. But here's the deal - this is the most balanced version of Boba Fett's spaceship offered yet.

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LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander coding kit arrives this fall

LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander coding kit arrives this fall

During CES 2017, LEGO introduced Boost, a product that helps kids learn to code. The company has announced the latest product to join the Boost lineup, and it involves one of the most iconic Star Wars characters. Called the LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander kit, the set will include R2-D2 alongside two other programmable droids.

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Robotics company Anki will shut down after last-minute funding issue

Robotics company Anki will shut down after last-minute funding issue

Robotics company Anki will be shutting down, the company has revealed. The decision was forced due to a lack of sustainable funding, resulting in a surprising twist for a company that had raised more than $200 million in venture capital. The confirmation follows a leak that claimed Anki employees were informed about a complete layoff earlier today.

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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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