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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!

When A Company Makes Consoles For Girls And Also Cute Toys

Epoch is a Japanese video game company, which in the 80s and 90s made a number of consoles and handhelds. They’re also the guys responsible for the disgustingly cute Sylvanian Families (or Calico Critters) toy line. Advertisement The company, founded in 1958, is a bit like Nintendo, in that it made its name not just in games, but in kid’s toys as well. Where Nintendo was responsible for LEGO-like playsets and board games, though, Epoch is best known for a line of figures that are about the last thing you’d expect from folks who also built video game hardware. Sylvanian Families—now known as Calico Critters in the US—are cute enough to make you sick. Largely unisex by design (though slanting more towards girls in practice), they take real animals, sweeten them up, put ‘em in pants, give them houses and cars and let you have little tea parties and family outings. The were first released in 1985 in Japan, with the US following soon after, and they quickly became one of the biggest toy lines of the 80s. After a decline in popularity during the 90s, they’ve seen a resurgence of late, and are still widely available in many countries….

Look At This Cute Lil' Overwatch Action Figure

My chief complaint with Overwatch since the beta has been the lack of Overwatch action figures. And while Nendoroids aren’t quite what I had in mind, they are certainly better than nothing. Advertisement Good Smile Company announced the deal today, and while they’ll be making a whole line of figures, the only one shown—and the first to be released—is Tracer. Look at those cute lil’ guns. And those cute lil’ knees. And her hair moves. Advertisement The SWOOSH behind her is a nice touch too. It’ll be $50, and out in August. Ominously at that price, it’s officially called “Nendoroid Tracer: Classic Skin Edition”, so get ready for 1000 more over the next few year as they cover the best skins from the game’s events. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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An Exclusive Look at Some of the New Toys Celebrating Star Wars' 40th Anniversary

2017 is a huge year for Star Wars—not only is The Last Jedi on the way, not only has it been 20 years since the special editions changed the saga and fandom forever, but it’s also the entire franchise’s 40th birthday. That means, naturally, that there’s going to be some sweet Star Wars merch to celebrate, and we’ve got a first look. Advertisement Hasbro will be launching tons of new toys and merchandise to tie into the 40th anniversary throughout the year—staring this spring, with a new range of 3.75-inch Black Series figurines and a new anniversary edition of Star Wars Monopoly. The 3.75-inch figurines in the new Titanium series will retail for $15 each, and are all based on A New Hope. While they’re static diecast figurines rather than poseable action figures, each of the six —Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo—also feature accessories like FX pieces for their weapons, as well as their own special backdrops. The backdrops include two different inserts, a backdrop from the movies, and also character art that can be connected to other Titanium series READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Artist Making His Own Awesome Overwatch Statues

Blizzard is doing a terrible job at getting us official Overwatch figures and statues. Until they sort that out, there are artists like Mankej doing good work in their stead. Advertisement He’s made a few statues of Overwatch characters himself, and has recorded progress builds on his YouTube site (he also streams on Twitch) so you can see how they’re made. Which makes for fantastic viewing, because these are done entirely by hand. There’s no 3D printing in sight, it’s 100% clay on wireframe. Advertisement Here’s his D.Va: And here’s Tracer: He’s also done Junkrat: And, most recently, Sombra: You can see more of Mankej’s work at his Facebook page. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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LEGO's Kylo Ren Command Shuttle Includes Weapons that Actually Fire

Alright, this is one of the coolest LEGO sets ever. Kylo Ren’s command shuttle features articulating wings, spring-loaded weaponry, and six minifigures (including Kylo, of course). Best of all, according to the Amazon bullet points, it’s also “100% toy.” Today’s price is an all-time low, so lock in your order before Amazon alters the deal. $84 From amazon 115 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pass the Time in the Vault With Fallout Monopoly, Now Just $25

Game of Thrones Monopoly is still on sale, and now, the Fallout edition has joined the party. 25 caps dollars gets you the game; just make sure your sneak skill is sufficiently high if you’re going to cheat. $36 From amazon 1209 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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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!