Toys

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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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This incredible Legend of Zelda lamp was built by Baron von Brunk. He included Kokiri’s Emerald, Zora’s Sapphire, and Goron’s Ruby using Lego hinge bricks to attach the sides to each other. You’ll see the Triforce symbol on top is smooth in the center because he used the very tricky SNOT (Studs Not On Top) method. He created all of these images himself, using the game as reference to get them all right.

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Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael are probably the most popular turtles on the planet. The current Nickelodeon cartoon featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been bringing a younger generation to the franchise, and longtime fans seem to like it too.

Revoltech isn’t wasting the opportunity; they’re releasing fancy highly-articulated figures based on the characters. These turtles have interchangeable heads and will be a step up from the average action figure. They should be out in September of this year, and the suggested retail price is set at $47.

See more pics of the cool looking action figures after the break.

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Ready to fight vampires and other monsters in the cutest way possible? Funko’s here to help with a new line of precious Pop! vinyl figures featuring the Scooby Gang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series includes Buffy, Oz, Willow, Angel, the creepy Gentlemen, and two versions of Spike. As usual, Willow has my favorite outfit. I hope they continue the series so we can see characters like Xander and Giles!

You can pre-order the toys now for a September ship date.

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It’s time to cool down with Funko’s latest line of Pop! figures. That’s right, Frozen toys are coming! Merchandise from the popular animated film has been flying off shelves to the point that Disney stores have limits for their customers, and I have no doubt these precious designs from Funko will sell like crazy. Funko’s Frozen series includes Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

They’ll be available in July, and the timing makes me wonder whether they’ll debut at Comic-Con. We’ll see! Wherever they show up first, I’ll be buying one of each. In the meantime, the figures are currently available for pre-order at $9.99 each.

See the rest of the series after the break.

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