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I Love Watching These Self-Balancing Boxing Robots Beat Each Other Into Submission

The self-balancing technology that powered the overhyped disappointment that was the Segway is finally living up to its full potential with Hexbug’s new VEX Battling Boxing Robots line. You can not only build a pair of robo-pugilists that ride around on hoverboards, you can also fight them using motion controls to knock your opponent’s head clean off. Read More >>

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Hasbro is Getting Into Crowdfunding With an Insane Star Wars Toy

Today, Hasbro unveiled Haslab, which promises to basically be the toymaker’s answer to Kickstarter, for diehard fans of its toys. The new crowdsourcing program is kicking off with one hell of a project: a 4-foot long, 14lbs intricate recreation of Jabba’s Sail Barge from Return of the Jedi. Read More >>

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These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag

It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles. Read More >>

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There’s Another Avengers Lego Set on the Way, and it’s a Giant Hulkbuster

Earlier this week we got our first official look at the first wave of Lego sets tying into Avengers: Infinity War. It didn't take long for Lego to announce something new, though, because today's it's unveiled the Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition set. Read More >>

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The Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Lego Set is Now Official

Yesterday we brought you news that Lego had officially announced the first wave of sets tying into Avengers: Infinity War, but while we were busy doing other things it went and confirmed the newest version of the Millennium Falcon - which is to be featured in the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Read More >>

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A Brilliant Toy Hacker Turned the G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

If you grew up in the ‘80s watching G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Action Force) and playing with the toys, you undoubtedly remember the Rattler, Cobra’s workhorse fighter plane. The original toy version was powered by imagination, but Adam Woodworth’s upgraded version—which actually flies—is instead powered by servos and ducted fan engines. Read More >>

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Hot Wheels Made a Real-Life Version of Rocket League With Tiny RC Cars

With Rocket League having already arrived on the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix and Mattel have teamed up to create the second most portable version of the game. The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals set brings Rocket League into the real world with a pair of tiny RC cars you use to knock a giant ball into your opponent’s net. Read More >>

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Man Redefines Horror By Building a Singing Furby Organ

As if the fear of a looming nuclear war wasn’t enough, Sam Battle, the hacker-musician behind the YouTube channel Look Mum No Computer, hacked together 44 Furby toys to build the world’s first (and hopefully last) singing Furby organ, introducing a whole new element to your nightmares. Read More >>

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A Giant Version of Pong Played With Feet Should Be the Next Olympic Sport

The most entertaining part of watching the modern Olympics is hoping you catch some kind of drama, scandal, or debacle. And while the IOC has hoped that the addition of new sports like mixed doubles curling will breathe new life into the games, the Olympics should instead introduce sports like mixed doubles interactive Pong—now that I’d stay up late to watch. Read More >>

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Monstrous 90,000-Piece Lego Roller Coaster Replica Gives You the Six Flags Experience Without the Puking

I’m OK with roller coasters as long as they make no attempts to flip me upside-down, which usually limits my rides to loopless wooden coasters. But if you can’t even line up for a coaster without getting queasy, maybe riding along on this monstrous, 90,000-piece Lego replica will let you experience the thrills of a roller coaster without the nausea. Hopefully. Read More >>

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Hacking a Child’s Ride-On Toy to Hit 40 MPH Trades Safety for Fun

With a top speed of around four or five miles per hour, most ride-on toys don’t provide much of a thrill—unless you throw safety out the window. The irresponsible chaps from YouTube’s The Real Life Guys channel upgraded a simple ride-on toy with a 15 horsepower engine that can accelerate it to over 40 mph in less than three seconds. Read More >>

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These Are The 50 Most Wanted Funko Pops

As my colleague once Tom said, "if it exists, there is two Funko Pops of it" - which sounds ridiculous until you try and count the number of collectable Funko toys currently available. We did count - there are over 11,000 listed on Pop Price Guide, which appears to be the go-to internet Funko database. Read More >>

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Why the Drinking Bird Toy Is Actually a Brilliant Piece of Thermodynamic Engineering

At some point in your life you’ve almost certainly marvelled at the classic drinking bird toy, and probably lost a few brain cells trying to figure out how it works. Don’t be ashamed if you never successfully unravelled the science, though; as engineer Bill Hammack explains, even Einstein apparently couldn’t crack it. Read More >>

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This Tiny Replica Video Shop Offers Tiny ’90s Nostalgia

Ah, yes, the good old days. Where forgetting a movie on your coffee table could cost you, and a Blockbuster card was essential cultural currency. The days of the local video store may be long gone (well, mostly), but one prop creator has built the perfect memorial. Read More >>

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Children’s Magnetic Putty Removed From Amazon For Dangerously High Arsenic Levels

Arsenic isn't something that you should have to worry about being included in children's toys in any amount, really. But a magnetic putty that was listed on Amazon from a third party was found to contain seven times the legal amount of the poisonous chemical. Read More >>