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LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

This week LEGO revealed the final build of the LEGO Ideas model based on the Caterham Seven 620R sports car. This vehicle is just about as authentic a replica of an automobile ever made (on this scale) in LEGO brick. Inside the box are (over) 770 bricks, several of which are extremely rare and/or unique to this set. Much like previous heavy-hitter LEGO Ideas releases like the Back to the Future LEGO Delorean, this model comes with its own booklet that includes information about the LEGO fan/designer and the Seven 620R - and there'll be instructions for the model too, of course.

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LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator Review : Biggest. Technic Set. Ever.

We've got the biggest LEGO Technic set in the world here this week and we're about to get in deep with how much we dig it. This is the LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator, a "Technic" brand set that utilizes mainly Technic pieces, but a small set of standard LEGO bricks as well. This set is more than just a Technic set - it's not just a model. It's not the sort of thing an adult builds and lets sit on a shelf, as some LEGO Technic sets are prone to do. Instead, this set, be it on purpose or by complete coincidence, works with LEGO Minifigures.

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Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

Star Wars BB-8-controlling Force Band from Sphero debuts this month

One of the biggest Star Wars-related products to be released last year in the build-up to The Force Awakens was the robotic BB-8 toy from Sphero. The device could move around on its own in an automated mode, or be controlled via smartphone, but in January the company revealed a new Force Band accessory. When paired with BB-8, the wristband allows users to control their bot with mere hand gestures. And it will finally be available later this month.

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McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald's struggles with its ill-fated activity trackers keep getting worse, as the company has now issued a recall for all of the wristbands that have made their way into the wild. Folks who are in possession of one are encouraged to take it to a nearby McDonald's store to receive a replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a pack of apple slices in exchange.

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McDonald’s puts activity tracker toy wearables in Happy Meals

McDonald’s puts activity tracker toy wearables in Happy Meals

McDonald's has introduced new toys into its Happy Meals aimed at encouraging kids to be active, a toy that is shaped like an activity tracking smartwatch. McDonald’s is offering the toy at its U.S. and Canadian stores for the next four or so weeks, something that is supposedly targeting the combination of summer break and the summer Olympics excitement. There are half a dozen trackers in total, and while they aren’t actual watches, they do know how many steps you take.

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Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

One of the coolest Kickstarter projects that I have seen in a while has turned up for a device called the Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles. The book is made from wood and has some very cool puzzles. It looks like something you would find hiding some arcane spell that will make you wealthy. The codex is a five-page book with five intricate puzzles.

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This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

Pokemon GO and Pokemon Sun and Moon have brought about a new age of Poke-Popularity - and with it, one very awesome toy. This toy captures the joy of tossing a real Pokeball, ejecting the pocket monster therein. This Pokeball doesn't just bounce away, like most Pokemon toys would - this one unlatches and sends its contents (a Pokemon figure) flying. This is the Pokemon Throw 'n' Pop Poke Ball, and it's something we've been waiting for for years.

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Riley roving camera is a home sentry robot

Riley roving camera is a home sentry robot

A company called iPatrol has a new HD camera robot called Riley. The little bot cruises around your home on two-rubber tank-tread like strips. It is able to see in the dark with night vision tech and can alert the homeowner when motion is detected.

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These Star Wars and My Little Pony collectibles will be Comic-Con exclusives

These Star Wars and My Little Pony collectibles will be Comic-Con exclusives

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off tonight with a special preview of the show, and Hasbro will be arriving at the convention with a bunch of limited edition collectibles in tow. The collectibles on offer cover a range of franchises, from Hasbro's own My Little Pony and Transformers to licensed collectibles from the Star Wars universe. These collectibles will be available exclusively at Comic-Con while the convention is taking place, with Hasbro saying it will make a limited number of them available at its online store once Comic-Con wraps on Sunday.

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New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

The Bucket Wheel Excavator will soon hold the honor of being the largest LEGO Technic set in history. This isn't just an enthusiast build - it's a real-deal for-purchase set from LEGO. Users will be putting together 3,900+ pieces to create one of two sets. This set allows you to choose between two sets of directions, building either the Bucket Wheel Excavator or the Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant. This model also has a motor and battery box to make its final build as engaging and authentic as possible.

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This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.

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CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

The dinosaur "toy" shown here is not what it appears to be. It's supposed to be a toy for smart kits - or, to be fair, goofball kids if they know how to press a button and speak. It looks like a toy, but it's not just that. This is the CogniToys Dino, and it's likely the smartest dinosaur-themed object in my living space. He's also the most-used children's toy here (used by children or their parents) over the past few weeks. He cannot be stopped.

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