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The Lego Movies’ Secret Gaming Roots

Around this time three years ago The Lego Movie arrived in theaters and everything was awesome. No one would ever imagine that a feature-length toy commercial could actually be one of the funniest, smartest, and most imaginative movies of the year, even if it totally got robbed of an Oscar nomination. Since then, the Lego cinematic universe has only expanded. By the time I stop laughing at jokes from February’s Lego Batman Movie, it’ll be time to laugh at jokes from The Lego Ninjago Movie hitting theaters this September. But as fans of Lego in all kinds of media, we couldn’t help but notice how these films’ wild sense of humor reminded us of the long-running series of Lego video games and its wacky cutscenes. And after playing three of the most recent Lego games (Lego Worlds, Lego City Undercover, and Lego Dimensions), the movie-game connections seemed even stronger. Was it just a coincidence that these two branches of the Lego tree resembled each other? Maybe, or maybe not. So to get to the bottom of this, we went to the source and talked to employees at TT Games, the developer behind the Lego games, and Animal Logic, the animation…

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Deadpool Shows Off What Hasbro Can Do With 12 Inches

My photoshoot of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends 12-inch Deadpool figure might have gotten away from me, but the point stands—Hasbro has really gotten a handle on 12-inch figures. Advertisement During the heyday of my Marvel action figure collecting it wasn’t Hasbro making Wolverine, Iron Man and Thor action figures, but rather ToyBiz, progenitors of the Marvel Legends line. Prior to the detailed Legends line, ToyBiz did a line of passable Marvel Universe toys. That line included a series of 10 inch figures that were very, very bad. “Kill me” So when I think of a large Marvel Comics action figure on store shelves, I imagine something horrible like this or Hasbro’s Titan Heroes line. Kids’ stuff. Advertisement This is not kids’ stuff. Well, depending on your kids. 6-inch Legends Deadpool just kind of showed up. He brought his taco. Hasbro kicked off its 12-inch Marvel Legends line last year, debuting Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man at Toy Fair 2016. Instead of the barely-articulated, sparingly-detailed abominations of the past, these figures were premium collector material, packed with extra heads, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Speed Across Jakku With This $12 Star Wars LEGO Set

Remember that awesome speeder Rey used to haul her shit across Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? There’s a LEGO version of it, complete with a Rey minifig, and it’s only $12 right now. You’ll treasure it sitting on your desk like she treasured that beat up Rebellion flight helmet. $12 From amazon 54 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission There’s also a First Order snowspeeder on sale for $8, which is nowhere near as cool, but there it is. $8 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Flexible Lego Tape Is A Great Idea

One of the biggest problems facing today’s Lego builders is there are only so many surfaces that can accept bricks. Team Nimuno proposes flexible solution to this dilemma—rolls of colorful, cut-table, Lego compatible tape. Advertisement They’re calling it Nimuno Loops, and lots of Lego aficionados were talking about it during Toy Fair 2017 in New York last month. It’s pretty much rubber stripes with adhesive on one side and Lego-compatible studs on the other. Just thinking about the concept sets my eyes wandering about my office, wondering which un-Lego’d surfaces to Lego first. Nimuno Loops is the brainchild of Anine Kirsten and Max Basler, a pair of professional industrial designers out of Cape Town. They’re into designing toys that encourage creativity and interacting with the physical world. Placing sticky Lego tape all over everything counts. The Lego strip down the dino’s back to pure class. I managed to run into Anine Kirsten at Toy Fair last month, and she passed a long a small Nimuno Loops sample, attached to her card. I had put it to random use. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Look At This $600 Bloodborne Statue

In 2015, I said a $300 Bloodborne statue was “expensive”. Which would make this $600 Bloodborne statue more expensive. Advertisement It’s Lady Maria, stands 20″ tall and if $600 is a problem, you’ve got a long time to save, because it won’t be out until 2018. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Look At This 1:1 R2-D2 “Figure” (If You've Got $7500 To Spend)

There’s a point where R2-D2 toys stop being “figures” and start being “actual droids with limited functionality”. That point is probably somewhere around 48″ tall and $7500. Advertisement I mean, look at how this thing from Sideshow ships and has to be put together. And look at the dumb shit people are going to be doing every time they come to your house: And look at the…OK, so this actually looks pretty great. If you’re wondering what you get for $7500 other than the size and build quality, he has a variety of ways that he can light up, his dome can be moved via a remote control and he has “holographic projectors”. Advertisement And just in case you were also thinking “I could get a car for that money”, know that this has a very similar payment plan. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The State Of Toys In 2017

The biggest game of 2016, Overwatch, meets the biggest toy trend of 2017. The New York Toy Fair is a showcase for the latest and greatest playthings hitting store shelves in the coming year, but it’s also a good indicator of where the toy market is heading. In 2017, that’s directly to the inexpensive collectibles aisle. Advertisement Much of my Toy Fair coverage centered on the basics. Action figures, building toys, video game-themed items, expensive Japanese imports and the odd doll or two—these are the items I feel most resonate with our audience. But in the grand scheme of things, those old favorites are a small fraction of what was shown in the halls of the Javits Convention Center this year. You don’t see many brand-new action figure lines popping up these days, at least not from major players like Hasbro or Mattel. For them it’s about the licensed properties. Why take a gamble on something completely new when you’ve got brands like My Little Pony, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Transformers, Pokemon, and the like? Even a niche player like McFarlane Toys, which used to do a brisk trade in original READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dominate Your Next Nerf Battle With This Discounted Blaster

Your coworkers and family members will cower in fear during your next Nerf gun fight when you pick up the Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster for an all-time low $28. Rather than darts, this blaster shoots two “high impact” yellow balls at once at up to 80 feet per second. Good luck dodging that. $28 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Celebrate Pokémon Day With These New Gallery Figures

February 27 is Pokémon Day, commemorating the 1996 release date of the first two Pokémon games in Japan. The Pokémon Company is marking the occasion with the release of the first four entries in its premium Gallery Figures line, showing off fan-favorite pocket monsters performing their signature moves. Obviously crafted for collectors, the Gallery Figures come in lovely window boxes, perfect for people who would prefer to let their toys slowly suffocate to death than ever feel the warmth of human contact. And while they look great in their boxes, they look even better in the open. Eevee rides it’s signature “The More You Know” meme stars into battle, teaching us an important lesson about friendship. Magikarp just does the best it can. Look at that lil guy. He tries so hard. Mew brings those pink squigglies. And I am not sure Pikachu has ever looked quite so badass in toy form. Advertisement Advertisement While Tomy handles a lot of Pokémon toys in North America, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Build Up Your Toy Collection With Discounted LEGO Sets

Fill your kids’ your toy box with new LEGO sets for less, thanks to Amazon’s discount. Use the code BIGTHANKS at checkout and take almost $9 off some pretty awesome sets like LEGO Batman, Star Wars, and Architecture. If you’re not feeling any of those, any set above $50 will quality for the discount. Here are some of the top sets, but here’s the list of $50+ sets so you can make your choice. $52 From amazon 142 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $51 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $54 From amazon 196 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $52 From amazon 68 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Playing Retro Games on These Tiny Arcade Cabinets Is Still More Fun Than on a Smartphone

The thrill of realizing you can play the classic arcade games you grew up with on your smartphone is immediately gone once you actually try to guide Pac-Man around a maze using touchscreen controls. It’s so frustrating that you might consider carrying around one of these incredibly tiny arcade machines in your pocket, in addition to your phone. Advertisement When a game is specifically designed to be played using a touchscreen, like Angry Birds or Super Mario Run, it can be a very enjoyable experience, as directly interacting with on-screen characters enables some unique gameplay elements. But games developed in the ‘80s, when touchscreens were primitive at best, were designed around joysticks, buttons, and other physical hardware. Replicating those controls as on-screen buttons means you’ll be constantly looking away from the game itself to make sure your fingers are in the right place. It’s an added distraction you don’t need when you’re trying to outrun a bunch of ghosts. Advertisement Super Impulse, the company responsible for READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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As indicated by the massive inflated Pikachu ass hanging from the ceiling, we’re at the 2017 New Yor

As indicated by the massive inflated Pikachu ass hanging from the ceiling, we’re at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, where we’ll be bringing you pictures, stories, and cool new things to play with all weekend long, if w ever break free of Pikachu’s hypnotic spell. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Transformers' New Trypticon Is The Biggest Decepticon Ever Made

In late 2015, Hasbro asked Transformers fans to choose from one of three massive classic characters to update for the modern age. Decepticon city Trypticon beat our Omega Supreme and Scorponok, and now we have our first look at the biggest official Decepticon toy ever. Advertisement It pretty much had to be Trypticon, the only character of the three not to get a new version since his 1986 debut, despite being the go-to evil guy when a Transformers video game wants a mind-bogglingly huge villain to play with. His Autobot counterpart, Metroplex, saw an alternate character with his name in the Unicron Triology of toys/cartoons, and was retooled by Hasbro into one of the biggest Autobots back in 2013. Here’s original Trypticon: And here’s new and improved Trypticon: Hasbro didn’t give me specific dimensions, but assured me new Trypticon is the biggest Decepticon they’ve ever made. We get the same basic beats. The city tower backpack, the orange gem in the hips, the snout gun and those ineffectual little arms. He’s just much bigger and more detailed than ever before. Since the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Ghost In The Shell Movie Has Some Very Expensive Statues

Weta, of Lord of the Rings and Mad Max fame, are doing the visual effects for Ghost in the Shell. They’re also handling merchandise duties for the movie, and have released these two very expensive statues. There’s a robot Geisha, which has an interchangable head, and a triumphant Major which does not (though it does have a base that lights up). Advertisement Advertisement They’re both priced at USD$449. Pricey at first glance, maybe, but par for the course for this kind of merch, especially since they’re at 1:4 scale. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!