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This Lego particle accelerator was built by Jason of JK Brickworks and it accelerates a particle that looks a lot like an orange Lego soccer ball to a speed of 12.5 KPH. Sure, that’s not quite what the fancy scientists are pulling off with their particle accelerators but it’s no small feat. According to Jason, he used a little math to figure out the ball’s speed:

The ring has a circumference of around 264 studs and at maximum speed the ball travels around it approximately once every 0.6 seconds. That works out to about 440 studs per second, which is the equivalent of just over 12.5 km/hr.

The mechanism that accelerates the ball is actually a pair of Lego wheels powered by a Power Functions M motor. The affect is great and the little video with minifig scientists is wonderful.

See the video and a close-up of the acceleration mechanism after the break.

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Despite his rough and tough attitude, Rocket Raccoon is cute. His small stature contributes to his appeal and also means that the character was destined to become a life-size statue. NECA toys has come up with a slightly larger than life-size Rocket Raccoon figure that’s almost 3 feet tall. He’s hand-painted to match the on-screen version of the character, and the figure is made from foam rubber and latex. Whatever you do, don’t give him a weapon.

Pre-order now to receive your own pet Rocket Raccoon in March 2015.

See more pics of the big collectible after the break.

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As we revealed over the weekend, LEGO is set to produce a Big Bang Theory set. Unfortunately, two of the sets that it was up against for approval were Doctor Who-themed. Don’t worry though! If you watched the announcement video through to the end  you would have learned those two sets aren’t dead yet. Lego Ideas team member Peter Espersen notes:

This review period featured two Doctor Who concepts, and the LEGO Review Board is evaluating them. We’ll let you know when we decide whether or not one will be produced as a LEGO set.

Yes! This seems to indicate that the licensing issues over Doctor Who have been worked out and that the Lego people are just trying to decide which set they should produce. Their current choices are a set called Doctor Who by GlenBricker or a set called Doctor Who and Companions by AndrewClark2, both of which look great. They should just make it easy on themselves and build both because you know every Whovian out there would be more than happy to own two sets.

See more pictures after the break.

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Funko practically has the market on cute vinyl figures cornered. Their Pop! line is vast and they’re adding to their collection all the time. They’ve successfully stepped into the realm of mash-ups before, and if you’re a fan of Domo and Ghostbusters, you’ll love their latest series. They put the two franchises together for Domo versions of Staypuft, Slimer, and a Ghostbuster.

Pre-order now to receive the figures in February.

See the rest of the toys after the break.

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This playable Lego version of clue was created by Ian Spacek for the MocOlympics which challenges builders to come up with their own, one-of-a-kind creations. In this round, competitors had to make a game that you’d play on a rainy day when the power is out and you don’t have any of the usual gadgets like phones and tablets as entertainment.

Spacek used a real board as reference to get the scale and patterns just right. He also selected a few items to recreate in Lego for each room like a table and turkey for the kitchen. There’s also one unique component that’s even better than the original. To keep track of who did what, there’s a Lego scorecard to track the weapons, rooms, and suspects.

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The latest Pop! vinyl figures feature scary characters, but they look so cute you’ll just want to hug them. There’s a Cthulhu that will be available in January and The Crow which will be available in November. Both can be pre-ordered now.

See The Crow version after the break.

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Luke Skywalker looks good in his Jedi robes, but the man absolutely rocks the X-wing pilot outfit. Sideshow Collectibles has captured every detail of the bright orange jumpsuit and Mark Hamill’s likeness in their new sixth scale Luke Skywalker figure. They’ve made a screen accurate flight suit and harness and given him a removable helmet. Here what the Star Wars statue comes with:

Helmet with Visor and Comlink
Detailed Flight Pressurized G-Suit
Flak Vest
Life Support Unit with Chest Pack Straps
Gear Harness with Belt Flares
Data Cylinders
Right and Left Relaxed Flight Gloved Hands
Right and Left Flight Gloved Fists
Right Force Gesture Flight Gloved Hand
Right and Left Flight Boots
Signal Flares
Support Stand with Yavin Base Flight Deck Graphic

You can pre-order now to receive this statue in October 2015.

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To heck with international copyright laws! Chinese toy companies Decool and Bozhi have made two different sets of League of Legends Lego-style minifigs that include 14 figures altogether.

They’re neither true Lego minifigs nor a licensed product, but they still look great and would likely get along just fine with the genuine minifigs in your collection.

See more pictures after the break.

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Funko is having all the fun with the Firefly franchise. They’ve released ReAction versions of the characters, and now the Pop! vinyl figures they teased at Toy Fair are available for pre-order. They’ve got a great line-up for the first series including Mal, Jayne, Wash, Zoe, and Kaylee. Everyone’s dressed in the costumes we know and love, and each character comes with an accessory. You can’t take the toys from me!

The figures will ship in November.

See the rest of the series after the break.

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Wooden stakes are the best tool for getting rid of vampires, but maybe could you stop them with cuddles by giving them a plush stake? Indeed, this plush version of Mr. Pointy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer actually exists. The 12″ toy is definitely one of the weirder licensed items I’ve seen, but it works. Bonus: you could also pretend it’s a wand.

Mr. Pointy will be available to purchase in Q4.

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