Toys

lego mobility

Normally, economic explanations about income equality or mobility come in the form of graphs or charts. Instead, Brookings Institution economist Richard Reeves has used LEGO to show how your upward mobility can vary due to several factors including race, education, and marriage status.

There’s something about the use of the LEGO that bought this into a different perspective for me. It’s a simple trick, but it’s effective.

Check out the video after the break.

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Big Hero 6, the first animated film from Marvel and Disney, will be in theaters on November 7th. The movie features a group of kid heroes and a lovable robot named Baymax, and Funko’s just announced a line-up of Pop! vinyl figures of the characters. The series includes: Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred.

You can pre-order the Big Hero 6 toys for an October ship date.

See the rest of the figures after the break.

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I always love seeing what LEGO builders decide to focus their talents on, and I must say Nathan’s choice of a Fawlty Towers diorama impressed me. He built the hotel from the late ’70s BBC sitcom starring John Cleese and Connie Booth for BrickFair. He included the moose head with the broken antler, the umbrella stands, a bell on the desk, and even a perfect floor pattern. Bravo, sir, bravo.

Check out more pics of the LEGO hotel after the break.

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cassandra

As a Doctor Who fan, I am both fascinated and horrified by this Cassandra recreation, which is sort of how I feel about Cassandra herself, so I think that’s probably good.

Also, like Cassandra, this creation is made with something that is both loved and reviled, depending on the person viewing it: a Furby.

I’m really hoping she gets a vocal track by the end. She really needs to say, “Moisturize me!”.

You can see more pictures and a video after the break.

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Howard the Duck funko pop

Funko has recently announced they’re releasing a dancing Groot Pop! figure, and the tree being won’t be alone because they’re also rolling out Howard the Duck. Remember Howard the Duck? Even if you’d like to forget him and his movie, this Pop! toy should be okay since it can’t talk. Both Howard the Duck and Groot will be available in December.

Product Page ($9.99 via CBR)

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Behold, the terrible and beautiful Smaug in giant toy form! This large scale Smaug figure from The Hobbit has a wing span of 22 inches and is sure to strike fear in the hearts of your other toys. He has ten points of articulation and though he’s plastic, the core of Smaug is wire and able to be posed. The dragon Smaug comes with a surprise 1.5 inch action figure (maybe Bilbo or Bard?) and is part of a limited edition run of 3,000 pieces. You can pre-order now to receive a Smaug of your very own in December.

See more photos of the magnificent beast after the break.

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This incredible mod comes from pro modder Platimumfungi who has fit a Nintendo game system into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Wagon toy. He’s even got controllers to match painted by Custom NES Guy. The best part is that he’s auctioning off this mod to the highest bidder on eBay!

See more pictures after the break.

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LEGO introduced their Friends line a while ago, and while it has attracted some little girls to LEGO, the fact remains that it’s different. It’s not just the overly pink packaging and designs, the figures are actually different shapes than the standard LEGO minifigs. Freelance developer Jon decided to challenge the female stereotypes the Friends sets presented and started the LEGO Super Friends project.

For all of July, he made custom figures with LEGO Friends figures as the base. He turned the characters into superheroes and villains and released one for each day of July. He tackled characters such as Supergirl, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, and Captain Marvel. The custom builds look awesome, and if he sold all 31 of his Super Friends in a set, I’d happily fork over money for them.

See some of our favorite super transformations and see the full list of characters after the break.

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Little dancing Groot stole the show in Guardians of the Galaxy and now he’s got his first official toy. Ryan Penagos tweeted the news and the toy has been so popular that its sold out of its first delivery slated for October!

See the tweet after the break.

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We’re used to seeing custom LEGO builds tackle geeky subjects, but a couple of projects in recent months have pulled inspiration from mythology. We’ve seen a LEGO depiction of Homer’s The Odyssey, and now there’s this rad statue of the Monkey King from Chinese mythology. Builder Tyler Halliwell told The Brick Brothers he spent about 100 hours over two months assembling the Monkey King, and it only has about 1,500 bricks. The statue is mostly hollow so it didn’t require a ton of LEGO pieces.

Overall, the Monkey King is 40″ x 15″ x 21.”

See more photos of the impressive build after the break.

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