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Transformers Monopoly Is a Work of Art You Can Actually Hang on a Wall

You can find a copy of Monopoly tailored to almost any interest, hobby, or pop culture property. The most popular board game in the world has been endlessly licensed, but this magnificent Transformers version from Winning Solutions raises the bar all t… Continue reading

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This Giant BB-8 Toy That Follows You Like a Puppy Might Be the Ideal Robotic Pet

In March of 2014, Sony announced it would stop supporting its impressive line of AIBO robot dogs, leaving many owners heartbroken. Countless toy companies have tried to create similarly capable robot pets since AIBO’s demise, but they’ve all been a disappointment—until now. Despite being a Star Wars toy, Spin…

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I May Have Accidentally Just Adopted a Remarkably Lifelike Robot Baby

The aisles of Toy Fair are filled with dolls of all shapes and sizes that can eat, cry, talk, and even require a diaper change. But Spin Master’s Luvabella feels like a quantum leap when it comes to interactive toy babies. After playing with her for just a few minutes, I somehow walked away feeling like a neglectful…

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Watch ILM Turn New York City Into a Giant Twisted Knot for Doctor Strange

The Oscars are a little over a week away, which means we’re finally getting a bunch of peeks at the visual effects behind 2016’s biggest blockbusters, including Doctor Strange. Here’s how Industrial Light & Magic twisted New York City into a giant mind-melting knot that would have impressed M.C. Escher.

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This RC Batmobile Has a Real Working Exhaust That Blows Smoke and Our Minds

The bad news is that we’re not going to get a new Batmobile with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sequel, Justice League. The good news is that Mattel has created a remote control version of Ben Affleck’s batride with so many features that could probably be used as a miniature replica in the film.

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Giant Batman Robot Reveals Bruce Wayne’s Got Iron Man Envy

A few years ago, in the Batman comic books, after the caped crusader was presumed dead, Jim Gordon helped protect Gotham using a giant Batman mechanized suit. That “Superheavy” story arc is what inspired this obscenely giant BatBot Xtreme toy that will make you wish you were five-years old again.

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Star-Lord’s Helmet and Thor’s Hammer Get Their Own Excellent, Reasonably Priced Role-Play Gear

At last year’s Toy Fair Hasbro made it a lot easier for Marvel fans to live out their superhero fantasies without requiring an Avengers-sized budget. The company’s detailed but affordable role-play line is expanding this year with two new accessories for Thor fans, and those who wish they could join the Guardians of

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Lightning Earbuds With Built-in Charging Make Avoiding Wireless Slightly Easier

After the initial outrage of Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 died down, users not wanting to go wireless soon realized that using the phone’s Lightning port meant they could no longer charge while listening to music. Pioneer’s new Rayz Plus earbuds include a simple solution to that problem, but…

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While Kids Teach Beauty and the Beast’s Belle How to Dance, This Doll Teaches Them How to Code

Having not seen the live-action remake just yet, it’s hard to know what changes Disney has in store for its new Beauty and the Beast film. But in addition to a love of books, a new Belle doll from Hasbro seemingly reveals the character’s newfound love of programming too.

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This New Wearable Version of Simon Will Have You Swatting at Your Face

Simon, the classic four-color memory game, has managed to remain popular for decades, despite countless other electronic distractions at our disposal. But all brands struggle to remain relevant through ever-changing fads, and in a valiant attempt to remain hip, Hasbro is now taking a cue from virtual reality setups…

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I Want to Visit This 145,000-Piece Lego Jurassic Park Roller Coaster

Modern genetics still hasn’t brought us the dinosaur-filled theme park that Michael Crichton first envisioned back in 1990. So Lego master James Burrows built his own using 125,000 bricks to create an entire Jurassic Park theme park you’ll wish you could actually line up for.

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Vent Your Frustration and Rage With a Working Lego Whac-a-Mole Game

You’re probably going to need every kind of stress-relieving toy imaginable to get you through the next four years, and if you’re well-stocked with Lego, you can build yourself a working version of Whac-a-Mole that even keeps score. It might even be better than the original, because if you break it, you can easily put…

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You Can Now Open Castle Grayskull, or Your Front Door, Using He-Man’s Power Sword

Running around, bashing down doors with a giant sword in hand is generally frowned upon in modern society. So if you’re dealing with a secret He-Man fantasy you’re dying to live out, why not fill your pocket with a bunch of tiny swords that can open doors without destroying them?

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These Star Wars Soy Sauce Dishes Are Completely Absurd and I Want Them So Bad

Eating sushi is as much an art as making the Japanese delicacy. When it comes to enhancing the flavor of sashimi or nigiri you’re not supposed to just drown your sushi in soy sauce. A light dip is all you need, and these wonderful Star Wars soy sauce dishes will make it easy to know when you’ve portioned out the…

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It Took Over 10,000 Bricks to Make This Wearable Lego Batman Jacket

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Before you reach for your credit card, this amazing Batman-themed jacket made from over 10,000 pieces of Lego isn’t available for sale. It was a one-of-a-kind creation made to tease every Lego and Batman fan who will never be able to own it.

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How to Make an Amazon Dash Button That Gives the ACLU $5 Every Time You See Something Terrible

It’s all but impossible to watch TV, read a paper, or interact on social media without being bombarded with endless, depressing news these days. So here’s an easy hack that might make you feel better about how 2017 is going by making it easy to donate to the ACLU using an Amazon Dash button.

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For $400 You Can Own a Flawlessly Detailed Tiny Replica of Seinfeld’s Apartment

It’s quite possibly one of the most recognizable apartments in TV history, and if you’ve been looking to fill a Costanza-sized hole in your heart ever since the show went off the air, you can now own a tiny replica of the Seinfeld apartment, recreated with an incredible attention to detail.

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Watch Adam Savage Give a Nerf Blaster an Impressive Scifi Movie Prop Makeover

Despite being made of plastic, Nerf’s dart blasters look incredibly realistic and detailed—as long as you can ignore their garishly bright colors. Adam Savage apparently could not, however, so he spent an entire day giving the Nerf Longstrike CS-6 a fantastic facelift to make it look like a prop from of a scifi…

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This New Invisible Gel Robot Is a Stealthy Underwater Predator

As if the ocean wasn’t already full of nightmares, researchers at MIT have developed a soft and flexible robot made of hydrogel, a material composed mostly of water. The new bot is quick, strong, and almost completely invisible when submerged, allowing it to snatch up fish before they even realize they’re being…

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Leaked Video Reveals New Boston Dynamics Robot That Can Perform Amazing Stunts on Two Wheels

If this new leaked footage is any indication, it seems like the robot creators at Boston Dynamics finally found a way to improve on humanity’s primitive two-legged design: By adding a pair of wheels to their new self-balancing robot, giving the bot some impressive new capabilities.

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