Toys

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One of the more impressive parts about Guardians of the Galaxy is that Peter Quill’s mixtape from his mother played perfectly despite 20 years of use. Presumably, he was smart enough to reengineer it from time to time, but the Brotherhood Workshop created a stop-action LEGO video imagining what the Awesome Mix would sound like if the quality degraded. As you can imagine, the tunes aren’t quite as catchy.

Watch the short after the break.

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Funko mines all sorts of sources for their Pop! series, and they’ve recently taken a trip into the past to visit the classic X-Men. A new vinyl figure collection focuses on six iconic X-Men characters including: Cyclops, Professsor X, Magneto, Mystique, Colossus, and Storm. You’ll be able to pick up the superheroes and villains in stores this November/December.

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everything is awesome

If you’ve purchased a LEGO set recently, you’ve been instrumental in helping LEGO Group beat out Hasbro and even Mattel and their Barbie franchise to become the world’s top toymaker based on revenue and profit.

LEGO has seen double digit increases due in large part to the popularity of the LEGO Movie along with wildly popular sets like the Research Institute set (aka the Female Scientist set) which sold out in a weekend.

The question will be if they can keep the momentum going throughout the year. LEGO says they see the bulk of their sales in the period leading up to the holidays, so the big question will be if the LEGO power stays strong or if Hasbro and Mattel come back towards the end of the year to take the lead.

(via CNN)

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LEGO has done versions of Boba Fett’s ship before, but none of them have looked quite like this. The new Slave I will be out this fall and features 1,996 pieces. Eurobricks user just2good shared the first images of the box, bricks, and minifigs, and I can’t get over how slick it looks. The ship comes with Boba Fett, Han in Carbonite, a Stormtrooper, and a Bespin guard.

More pictures after the break.

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Is there such a thing as too much Funko? We don’t think so, and that’s good because the company keeps putting out new figures. The latest additions feature more characters from Thor: The Dark World. Starting in October, you’ll be able to get Odin, Heimdall, Lady Sif, and a new Loki design. Because Loki is irresistible.

See the rest of the characters in the Thor series after the break.

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The characters played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy are memorable to say the least. It’s surprising that they’re not available in a few different styles of toys, and these designs by A Large Evil Corporation prove they would make amazing vinyl figures.

The style of the characters from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and At World’s End matches the work in the company’s portfolio. They’ve worked for clients such as General Mills and Kia Motors, so maybe these could be designs for a short? Or it could just be something they came up with for fun. I’d happily hand over cash if these renderings became toys though.

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Dylan Prunty is just 8-years-old and he’s spent most of the last two years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He suffers from mitochondrial disease and has found that playing with Lego is the perfect distraction to the pain. From the CHLA website:

Fittingly named “Honorary LEGO Master Builder” by the LEGO Group, Dylan was invited to LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, Calif. to spend a day engulfed in his favorite hobby and pick up a LEGO kit designed especially for him, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Foundation. The kit was a 4,000 piece model of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that features specific places in the hospital that hold distinctive meaning to Dylan and also houses one of his favorite doctors, Mimi Kim, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at CHLA.

“I wanted to design Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, because they saved my life and we live here,” says Dylan. “I want to auction off the model and hope that it will make a lot of money for research at CHLA.”

Dylan, who has not had any solid food in the past two years due to his digestive issues, has stayed at CHLA for as long as six months and when he is not inpatient, he makes daily visits to the outpatient towers. “He is usually in a lot of pain from kidney stones,” says Dylan’s mother, Kapka Prunty. “It takes three months to a year for someone to develop a kidney stone. Dylan makes them sometimes in minutes, hours, days. He can pass up to 100 kidney stones a day.”

“It [LEGO Bricks] has helped distract from the pain. It’s like, the best pain medicine,” says Dylan.

Dylan also had his spirits lifted with a little help from Chris Pratt. The actor recently visited the hospital and put on his Star Lord costume to cheer up the kids, and took some time to recite lines from Dylan’s favorite movie, The Lego Movie.

See more pictures and video of Dylan reciting lines with Pratt after the break.

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Nintendo’s making their foray into toys that are part of the video game with their ambiibo line. The small figures will tie into games a la Skylanders or Disney Infinity, but even if you won’t be playing the games that go with the characters, you may just want to collect the toys. Kotaku’s got some pictures of the figures and they’re more detailed I expected. They’d look great on any toy shelf.

The amiibo figure line-up includes: Peach, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi.

You can pre-order the toys now for a ship date of December 31, 2014. Yes, New Year’s presents can be a thing.

See close-ups after the break.

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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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