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Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 LEGO Review, with Graveyard Mystery

Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 LEGO Review, with Graveyard Mystery

Today we're taking a peek at a couple of new LEGO sets in the company's newest line: Hidden Side. This new LEGO line Hidden Side stars with some spooky setups and enhances play with a smartphone app. The sets themselves are akin to past releases with monsters, haunted houses, and Halloween in mind. Given their release of this series here so far in advance of Autumn, we must assume that the ghoulish attraction of the month of October is spread beyond its Roman Calendar confines at last!

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LEGO instructions now have audio and braille for the visually impaired

LEGO instructions now have audio and braille for the visually impaired

It is a sad fact that much of the world's products take for granted the people who deserve the same experience but could not due to one physical disability or another. That's true from some visual-centric products like smartphones and tablets but is also equally true for toys. LEGO, a brand that's known for inspiring creativity and learning, has unfortunately been out of reach of children who couldn't even see the instructions for building a set. That is, fortunately, changing with the company now creating formats that can be used by the blind and the visually impaired.

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Netflix He-Man show produced by Kevin Smith

Netflix He-Man show produced by Kevin Smith

Unfortunate for fans of the Netflix reboot of She-Ra, He-Man will not be made by the same crew of creatives. Instead, Netflix opted to push their optioning of He-Man in a very, very different direction. The show will be called "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" and showrunner/producer Kevin Smith had some rather excited words to say about its release this week during Power-Con.

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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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