Toys

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Funko’s quest to suck all the money from our collective wallets continues apace with the newly announced Star Wars POP! vinyl bobbles. Luke, Leia in Bouush disguise, a TIE pilot, and Both Nalan Cheel are all adorable, but the Bib Fortuna is so cute I’m gonna die.

Head after the break to get a closer look.

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Well, this is cool. Entertainment Earth has announced a new exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends 6-inch figure box set.

Not only does this set contain the first-ever comic book version of Groot, it also has Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot in a Pot. Not surprisingly, Baby Groot is my personal fave.

But the best part is that you can get $20 off plus free shipping (in the US) on the set when you use the code “MARVEL 20″ during checkout. The offer is good on new orders until May 15th 2015.

Product Page ($119.99 $100)

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The original Rivendell built by Ben Pitchford contained 120,000 Lego pieces, far too big for an official set. However Lego reached out and asked if he would be interested in submitting a downsized version to Lego Ideas. He did, and it’s well on its way to becoming a reality.

The updated set clocks in at under 5000 pieces but still includes all 10 buildings, the main bridge to the platform, light-up moon rune with map, and the large tree at the top of staircase. The set doesn’t include the surrounding mountain for obvious reasons, but it does come with all our favorite hobbits and elves, a few horses, and of course Gandalf.

In an interview with The One Ring, Ben explains how he was able to build with such detail:

“I found a visual effects video from Weta Digital which gave me insight of Rivendell never released in the movie. With these behind the scenes images I was able to create every minor detail including the landscape, the location of the buildings, and even the moon runes which all light up.”

Take a closer look at the original LEGO Rivendell build after the break.

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Another month, another awesome subscription box from Nerd Block. This month’s classic box had an ’80s vibe to it, and you can check out all of the goodies that were inside after the break…

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Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys have debuted the Ultron Mark I Sixth Scale Collectible Figure and, man, is it pretty in a totally messed up way.

This figure has 24 points of articulation, a newly developed asymmetrical body with an insane level of exposed mechanical details and cable wires, LED light-up eyes, mouth, and chest reactor, and comes with a damaged Iron Legion and specially designed figure stand.

Head after the break to see more pictures.

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Good news for fans that have been frustrated with the state of female superheroes in movies and TV. DC and Warner Bros. have announced the new “DC Super Hero Girls” initiative targeted to an audience of girls ages 6-12. It’s going to include everything from TV specials to toys with a focus on the early years of favorite female DC characters like like Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Harley Quinn.

The call for more female superhero representation in toy lines and entertainment has been growing and this is a way for girls to feel like they’re included in a genre that, for the most part, caters to boys.

I mean, I’d rather there wasn’t a need to divide these things along gender lines. For many female fans, the products made “for boys” are just fine. However, this product line could help other girls jump in who wouldn’t have otherwise.

So kudos to you DC and Warner Bros. I’m impressed.

Check out the full press release after the break.

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The R2-ME2 project is a fantastic look at what happens when talented artists are officially encouraged to kitbash a figure. In this case, a blank prototype of the Sideshow Collectibles Deluxe R2-D2 Sixth Scale Figure. Over 90 artists friends and fans participated, and the results were on display at Star Wars Celebration. I had a chance to check them out and it’s really amazing to see what they came up with.

Head after the break to see more examples.

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The little rolling ball that is the BB-8 droid has been a big hit with fans based solely on glimpses from the trailers, and this might be your first look at the official Sphero remote control toy. Fat Brain Toys had a listing up for the toy with a retail price of $150 and availability of September 1st, but the listing has since been yanked.

We’ll have to wait and see if it reappears in the coming months, but you don’t have to wait to get your hands on something similar. Christian Poulsen hacked a Sphero toy to build a BB-8 and you can too.

See a picture of the listing and the homemade version in action after the break…

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With both the Batman V Superman and Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers having just been released, Youtuber Final Feature was quick to make the LEGO versions. What’s even more impressive is how accurate these are given how quickly they were made. And of course, they’re way cuter than the originals.

Check out both amazing LEGO trailers after the break.

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Okay so maybe this isn’t the exact bunny you want to cuddle with, but it represents the first step towards the ability to 3D print plush toys. The printer was developed by Disney’s research lab and it uses an adhesive felt material which is heated as each layer is drawn. The printer works layer-by-layer, trimming fabric in each layer as it goes. When the extra fabric is peeled away, the result is a carved out-looking bunny, but it is soft and squishy.

See Also: This New Liquid 3D Printing System Will Change Everything

Of course, Disney still has a long way to go in development, but their innovation is not just for making huggable toys. The research team explained that these printers can use two fabrics in one job, and is capable of integrating conductive materials (like wiring) into the sheets, which gives this device a much broader range of applications.

Check out the video and some more pics after the break.

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