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Hot Toys recently announced a new line of Back to the Future collectibles, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the classic time-travel flick. The first toy will be the above 1/6th scale Marty McFly figure, and as you can see the toy actually features an uncanny Michael J. Fox’s likeness, along with other crucial details like clothes, sunglasses and that bulky ’80s camera! Here’s what the company had to say about the figure:

The movie-accurate Marty McFly Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories. Pre-ordering at Ani-Com will include a 1/6th scale guitar as bonus accessory.

Pretty cool, right? By the way, the DeLorean looks amazingly detailed too, and I’m pretty stoked to see that Marty also comes with a retro skateboard.

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In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (named after astronomer Edwin Hubble) was carried into orbit around Earth, where it continues making amazing discoveries to this day. Now, GRusso has submitted his design for a Lego version of the telescope to Lego Ideas, saying “A LEGO model of this amazing piece of space engineering would come as a perfect homage to its [the Hubble's] 25th anniversary in 2015 (little more than a year from now).”

The design is getting a lot of support, but still needs more if it’s going to have a real shot at being accepted.

More pictures of this well-designed (and strangely round) model telescope after the break.

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Office Nerf battles are about to get more intense thanks to the release of the N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire blaster. The serious looking toy will be available in the United States this fall, exclusively at Walmart. According to a press release posted by Blaster Labs, the Rhino-Fire blaster is going to be as intense at is appears:

Dominate the competition with the biggest, baddest NERF blaster yet! The N-STRIKE ELITE RHINO-FIRE blaster is the first fully automatic NERF blaster featuring rapid-fire, double barrel blasting, an amazing 50 dart capacity and two N-STRIKE ELITE dart drums, turning ordinary battles into extraordinary ones. The epic RHINO-FIRE blaster sends darts soaring impressive ELITE distances of up to 90 feet, and features both a front handle for mobility and tripod to ensure awesome accuracy. Includes 50 N-STRIKE ELITE darts. Six “D” batteries required, not included.

Get your trigger finger ready.

(via Gizmodo)

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Well, I’m going to call this retro 70′s Alien Egg Chamber playset by Funko and Super7 the must-have SDCC Exclusive of this year’s Comic-Con (at this point anyway).

Limited to 250 pieces total and costing $100 bucks, I suspect that people are going to be willing to kill to get to the booth to pick one up the first day. From Super7′s Facebook page:

Look kids! Now you can relive the excitement of the Nostromo Crew’s journey into the Derelict Alien Spaceship! Venture with Kane deep into the mysterious Egg Chamber ReAction Playset and pose your sturdy ReAction Figures on the detailed, egg-covered base. Inspired by the playsets of the 1970’s and packaged in an era appropriate photo box, the playset provides the perfect backdrop for all of your ReAction Adventures. The playset comes complete with classically styled action base made from durable hand-cast resin and corrugated cardboard, full-color Alien Egg Silo backdrop that slides into the base for display.

Well played, guys. Well played.

(via Topless Robot)

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If you like building with LEGO but you’re on a tight budget or don’t have the space to store sets, allow me to introduce you to Pley.com.

Basically, Pley lets you rent LEGO sets for a flat rate of $15, $25, or $39 per month depending on the size of the sets you’d like to build.

Here’s a quick breakdown of more of the awesome and salient points:

  • Shipping is free both ways and, while you can only get one set at a time, you can rent as often as you like monthly. Plus they include freebies/giveaways in the sets.
  • Sets are sanitized between uses, so you’re not getting sets with cooties and, if you lose a piece, no big deal. They won’t charge.
  • If you decide you want to keep a set you rented, you can then purchase it.

You can even sign up for a free trial to test the service out.

(via io9)

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These Lego scenes imagine what superheroes do on their off days. They’re all the work of Angus MacLane who has made scenes of what heroes might do when they’re kicking back and relaxing on the couch. Apparently Batman likes to order in some pizza and Iron Man enjoys spending time with his favorite adult beverage.

See more pictures after the break.

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A few months back, the first official cast photo for Star Wars: Episode VII was released and everyone was abuzz with excitement. Now that famous photo has been officially recreated by the folks at Lego. They released the image on twitter saying “You’ve met the actors, now meet the Minifigure cast of @starwars Episode VII! #LEGOStarWars #StarWarsVII.”

Aw, look how happy the old gang looks to be together again.

See the full picture after the break, including the original shot.

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Homer’s The Odyssey is an epic tale that most of us read back in high school, but it’s even more epic as this huge LEGO map. It was constructed by a group of LEGO builders called VirtuaLUG who each worked on various bits to bring the story of the Odyssey, and a little of The Iliad, to life. It includes all the locales like Polyphemus’s Island, the Gates of Hades, and the Island of the Sirens.

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Kids (and adults) loving playing with toy swords, which is why Tyler Richins, an Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife manager, came up with the idea of making toy swords that had interchangeable pieces so they could be customized again and again.

He calls them Prime Swords and they’re currently up for funding on kickstarter. There are three different base designs that you can mix-and-match and you can secure one for a pledge of $30. If the project is fully funded, you can expect to have your sword this November.

See more pictures and the video after the break.

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If you don’t have your vacation plans yet for this summer, then try adding London to your list so you can visit this Lego bus stop. Yes, this is an actual bus stop with seats, and even clear Lego bricks for glass that’s been constructed at London’s Regent Street to celebrate 200 years of London buses. It’s even built to Transport for London specifications. Alas, it’s temporary, so book your flight quickly if you want a chance to see the Lego bus stop before it’s gone.

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