Toys

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If you’ve ever worked in retail, especially in an industry that caters to merchandise for kids in any way, you’ve probaby heard the worlds “You’ve ruined Christmas!”. Heck, back in the day when I worked at Entertainment Earth, no holiday was complete until we heard it at least once.

But the demand for Frozen merchandise has apparently unleashed hell on Disney because the supply has dried up. People on eBay are selling Elsa dolls for up to $1750 bucks and parents are losing their ever lovin’ minds on the official Disney Store Facebook page.

Obviously, Disney didn’t anticipate that they would need to make Elsa and Anna dolls for pretty much every child on the planet and now people are willing to sell body parts for a toy for their little Susie.

It really is amazing to see the level of outrage. It reminds me of the Cabbage Patch insanity back in the day.

So if you have Frozen merchandise, you’re a very special snowflake. Enjoy that. If not, head after the break to see what you can look forward to at your local mall.

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You know what Westeros? Keep your Iron Throne with thousands of pointy swords; I’d rather have this striking version made from toys. The creative folks at Happy Garaje are huge fans of Game of Thrones and were inspired by the series to create their own version of the monstrous chair. Instead of using weapons, they forged the seat from toy soldiers, teddy bears, action figures, toy cars, LEGO bricks, and more. You can see them take shape as you get closer and closer to the throne, and it’s stunning.

Check out more photos of this incredible piece after the break.

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Need more adorable toys? Of course you do! Funko’s just announced their Fabrikations collection and it offers a different kind of toy: a plushie that has the qualities of an action figure. The soft sculpted figures stand on their own, have rotating heads, and come with vinyl accessories. For example, Deadpool gets swords and Yoda gets a lightsaber.

The toys are definitely cute, and I like the idea of putting stuffed figures on my shelves next to my other collectibles. So far the Fabrikations line includes characters from Marvel, Star Wars, and DC Comics. You can pre-order Deadpool, Yoda, Batman, and more for an estimated ship dates between April to August.

Check out more of the collection after the break.

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Father Slawomir Kostrzewa is cautioning parents that the Lego Monster Fighters series could be bad news for kids. Specifically, it could destroy their souls. According to Kostrzewa:

Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters. These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.

Okay, now I’m confused because I thought the Dark Side was a Star Wars thing. Are these toys going to destroy my children’s souls or turn them into Sith? The priest even quoted research from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury that shows happy expressions on the faces of Lego minifigs has been on the decline since their introduction in 1975. As for the good people at Lego, they responded to Mashable saying:

As a company solely focused on a child’s well-being as developed through creative play, our only agenda is to provide toys that foster creative building and role-play opportunities. Vampires, monsters and zombies are often the subject of fantasy-based stories, which is how they were represented in the Lego play world

Rest easy parents. Your children’s souls are safe.

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Japanese inventor Jun Rekimoto and his colleagues at the University of Tokyo have invented a HoverBall that’s just one small step away from the golden snitch in Harry Potter. The little plastic ball is embedded with a 90 millimeter wide drone and can hover for 5 minutes at a time. It’s controlled by remote control, but could be programmed with specific routes. From Buzzfeed:

“This ball has an ability to stay in the air, and change its location and behavior according to the sports game contexts,” the team said.

“With this technology, physical dynamics of a ball can be re-programmed by sports designers, and new ball-playing vocabularies, such as hovering, anti-gravity, proximity, or remote manipulation, can be introduced to extend the way people interact with balls.”

Yes, yes, all those things, but also Quidditch!

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If you’re on a mission from God, you’re going to need the right set of wheels. Jake and Elwood had their 1974 Dodge Monaco and now you can have your own, albeit somewhat smaller, “Bluesmobile” too. Ichiban Toys came up with a 295-piece, mini Lego version of the famous Blues Brothers car that features all of the vital details: the giant PA speaker, the reinforced front grill, cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks (ok, scratch those latter three). So come on, pick up your own LEGO Monaco, hit the road and get the band back together.

But remember one very important thing: Whatever you do, don’t forget the Cheese Whiz.

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Toys don’t have to be made from LEGO bricks in order to be attractively blocky. Artist Amanda Visell does a fine job making angles with her wood idols. We’ve featured her Star Wars figurines in the past, and now she’s added superheroes and Disney villains to her portfolio. The unique figures aren’t quite like anything I’ve seen, and I love the take on the characters and the fact that Visell also makes the boxes. Her newest designs feature Wolverine, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Hook, and more.

See more of the cool toys after the break.

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Headphone cords, while excellent for serving a music-related purpose, are kinda dull looking. But now you can make them a bit more fun by throwing on a Scaler or two. These little movie icons can snap onto just about any cord in your home, and the Scaler 1 series features all the best baddies: Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, the Predator and more! The Scaler 2 series features even more movie icons (including a few superheroes) and is available for pre-order with shipping set for July 2014.

Check out the second scaler series after the break…

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The Lego Millennium Falcon is made up of over 1,200 pieces, so half the fun is in putting it together, but being finished is a huge accomplishment. Then you get to put it on your shelf and gaze at it in awe, unless you’re poor Michael.

His friends Joost Reijmers and Thomaas pull a dangerously daring prank and completely disassemble Michael’s Lego Millennium Falcon right after he’s finished the thing. They even put it back in individual bags inside the box.

Check out Michael’s reaction after the break…

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Pacific Rim’s giant Jaegers were mesmerizing to watch. The most solid of the robots seemed to be Russia’s Cherno Alpha; she looks tough and fierce. LEGO builder Jason Corlett fell for the Jaeger and decided he needed to build a LEGO version. I support his choice completely.

He spent about 70 hours on the project and churned out an almost three foot tall, bricktastic replica. Though he didn’t count the pieces as he stacked and built, he estimates there are at least 5,000. I’m not sure how this version would stand up to a Kaiju attack, but I feel like it would look pretty awesome on a coffee table.

See more pictures of this awesome mech after the break.

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