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The Last Of Us Remade In Giant LEGO Build

LEGO builder Tim Schwalfenberg has outdone himself here, building a The Last Of Us diorama that covers an entire city block, both indoors and out. Advertisement Via Brothers Brick, Schwalfenberg says he used over 20,000 bricks, and that it took him over 100 hours to put together. The diorama measures 100cmx60cm and is absolutely loaded with detail, from grass emerging through cracked rods to ruined bathrooms full of junk. Advertisement We don’t get the best look at them in these shots, but there’s a little minifig Joel & Ellie as well. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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We'd Like This Life-Sized Version of Lego Batman's Batmobile to Be an Official Set Immediately, Please

The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters in less than a month’s time, and to help ramp up the film’s marketing blitz, Lego teamed up with Chevrolet to build a life-sized version of the Dark Knight’s latest Batmobile out of mostly plastic bricks—some 344,187 of them to be exact. The Lego Batmobile, which measures in at 17 feet long, nine feet wide, and almost seven feet tall, actually has an internal frame made of square aluminum tubing to ensure it doesn’t collapse under its own weight. All of those plastic bricks weighs just shy of 1,700 pounds. (Each wheel on its own weighs close to 100 pounds.) We never pegged Batman as a superhero who would let himself get caught up in corporate synergy, but apparently Bruce Wayne was more than eager to team up with Chevrolet to help with the 222-hour build required to bring this version of the Batmobile to life. Advertisement Advertisement It’s incredibly detailed, and as much a work of art as it is yet another advertisement for Lego’s next movie. But READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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You Won't Be Afraid to Crash This $24 Mini Drone

Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a DJI Phantom, you can learn the basics of flying a quadcopter with this $24 toy drone from Aukey. Trust me, if you can fly this thing, you can fly a GPS-equipped, gyro-stabilized camera rig. And if not, well, it’s not like crashing it will be that big a deal. $24 From amazon Use code AU2DRONE Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Want a camera? Here’s a somewhat larger option for $72. $72 From amazon Use code W8CSJ7HO 96 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

These very cool Street Fighter x M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are $6 a pack, or $24 for the whole set of 12.

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Turn Pixel Art Into Playable Video Games With Bloxels, Now Just $20

Bloxels is ostensibly a children’s STEM toy, but it looks cool as hell, especially for an all-time low $20. Using a 13×13 grid and hundred of colored tiles, you can create your own pixel art, capture it with an iOS or Android device, and see it come to life as an interactive video game. Kids have it all these days, man. $20 From amazon 64 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Roblox Gets Into The Toy Business

After more than a decade of online creative play, massively multiplayer online game Roblox is expanding its user-created content into the real world, partnering with Jazwares for a line of collectible and customizable toys hitting stores in February. Advertisement Boasting more than 40 million monthly players in December alone, imagination-powered online community Roblox is at the top of its game these days. I’’ve not dabbled myself, but after watching my 10-year-old nephew spend Christmas Eve doing . . . something entertaining with a canon . . . on the Xbox One version of Roblox, I at least understand some of the appeal. Players get to create their own characters, program their own games, build their own objects and make money selling their wares. It’s sort of like a Second Life for the younger set. The toys, launching at retail next month, reflect the creativity and community spirit of the game. All figures in Jazwares’ line feature mix-and-match parts, with many of the designs taken directly from those created by popular Roblox players. Each package will also include codes for special in-game loot, and the kids love READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Rogue One and Other Toys That Could Have Been

Which Creates Despair out of Our Rogue One Desires This past December, Rogue One dominated the box office; hither, maintaining that Star Wars financial success. Yet despite the revenue of Disney movies like The Force Awakens, or the excitement brought by Doctor Strange, the cancellation of Disney Infinity means we won’t see more unique toys that were evidently in development. Latest toy leaks come from none other than artist B Allen, who had been working on several figures before Infinity’s cancellation. For those who don’t know, the cancellation of Disney Infinity occurred last May, with lead developer Avalanche Software falling under the axe and losing 300 jobs. Rumors point to mismanagement, in lieu of ratings for series itself. Nonetheless, few people know for certain. But what does seem certain is that Rogue One, Moana, and Zootopia toy lines were in the works. Not only that; several figures were completely finished when news came that production would stop. Reports say a Disney Infinity 4.0 was in development, with a plot that would have combined characters from recent Disney films. From there, would have expanded the roster with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Cars 3, and more. Along with Darth Vader, a larger line of toys was planned for release alongside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We know Jyn Erso…

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Look At This Official KOTOR Action Figure

Last year, Star Wars/toy fans were asked which character they’d like to see turned into one of the series’ fancy Black Series action figures. The winner: Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic, who is now finished and for sale…if you can find him. Advertisement If you’re thinking, well, he doesn’t look very detailed, that’s because this isn’t a fancy $250 adult collectible. The Black Series are regular ol’ 6-inch action figures, designed as much for kids to play with as for adults to stick on a shelf and try and stop their cats knocking over. Images via Toyark. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Super Mario Adventure: The Kotaku Review

This is a Mario game, but it’s not a Mario video game. It’s a ball puzzle/game/thing I got for my kid for Christmas, and we haven’t been able to stop playing it since. Advertisement We spotted it on Amazon trawling for Mario merch (kid is nuts for Nintendo stuff), and figured that because the box was 100% in Japanese, and that we’d never seen anything like it on a store shelf before, that we’d be getting him something cool that would be a genuine surprise for him. Mission accomplished. He lost his shit upon opening it. IT’S MARIO BUT NOT ON MY LITTLE NINTENDO, he yelped in his weird little three year-old voice, before helping me put it together (the Japanese instructions were surprisingly helpful) then spending the next few hours mashing his little fingers all over it. Advertisement It works like Mouse Trap vs Pachinko. There’s a theme going on here: the little red balls are Mario, and you have to get them through the level by smashing little plastic buttons that propel the ball along the course. Sometimes READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Custom Titanfall LEGO Is Great

There’s a lot to love about Titanfall 2, but one of the best things is the design of the game’s mechs. And while we wait for expensive action figures to hit, we can pass the time with these awesome LEGO models built by Marius Herrmann. Advertisement Via makers, Herrmann has recreated many of the game’s signature Titans in LEGO form, including the star of the campaign/my 2017, BT. I write abvout video games, I’m not a toy company executive, but it seems to me like this should be something I should be able to order on the internet then build at home, not just admire from afar. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Furby Horror Game Captures The Terror Of Owning A ‘90s Robo-Pet

Tattletail ‘90s virtual pet horror game Tattletail, released yesterday, is a game specifically about my fear of Furbies. More specifically, it’s about how unoriginal, how generational and how predictable my fear of Furbies is. Tattletail taps the well of millennial capitalist terror that ‘90s Nickelodeon cartoons injected into our bloodstream. Advertisement Your character wakes up in a bedroom with colorful quilts and a few glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars. It’s a few days before Christmas. You feel the overwhelming urge to peek at your presents early, downstairs, in the unfinished basement where they’re hidden under a table. You unwrap the present that contains Tattletail, a Furby. On Christmas of 1998, the year of the must-have Furby, how excited were ‘90s kids when we actually saw the thing? IRL, Furbies didn’t behave like they did in the Nickelodeon commercials. We wondered what sort of companion were we expecting. In Tattletail, your Christmas companion is the jagged, frightening robot you felt under the Furby’s skin—the one that, maybe one or two times, you knew was alive. In 1998, did carrying the Furby mean carrying another set of eyes? Was it the constant, self-referential jabbering that jerked us out of its “pet” conceit? Did it…

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Save $50 On Anki Overdrive, The Coolest Car Racing Game You've Ever Seen

Anki Overdrive is like slot cars for the smartphone age, and the starter set is marked down to $100 right now, which is $50 less than usual, and $20 less than even its Black Friday price. If it looks familiar, it’s because you probably played with it at an Apple Store. $100 From amazon 1960 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Cross All the Kids Off Your Holiday Shopping List With A Bevy of Discounted STEM Toys

Whether you have kids yourself, or just want to knock out holiday shopping early for your nieces and nephews, Amazon’s discounting dozens of fun and educational STEM toys, today only. With these toys, they can design their own robot, learn about electronics, dip their toes into programming, and a whole lot more. $19 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $120 From amazon 57 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $70 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Oh Hell Yeah, A Bunch of NERF Guns and Dart Packs Are Cheaper Than Ever

Amazon’s running a Gold Box deal on giftable toys today, and there’s plenty of stuff in there for kids of all ages. But let’s be honest, the real reason to browse the sale is for the NERF guns. There’s an entire section dedicated to NERF stuff, with dozens of options available for $15 or less. A few of our favorites are below, but head over to Amazon to browse the complete arsenal. $6 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $6 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $8 From amazon 26 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $8 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $12 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $14 From amazon 82 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $14 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $15 From amazon 67 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up…