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LEGO Speed Champions

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Beginning from March 2015, builders of all ages, with fuel in their veins, can now create the speeding-bullet cars at home. The LEGO Group has now announced its partnership with the three automobile manufacturers Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche resulting in a new, high-speed product line for building the most favorite cars from LEGO bricks: the LEGO Speed Champions.

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An adrenaline kick and the thrill of speed are included.

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Seven different LEGO sets will be available from spring 2015, ensuring lots of racing action and squealing tyres in the children’s room. A large red Ferrari truck drives up – together with the Ferrari F14 T Racing car. What’s more, a McLaren Mercedes pit stop set will also be available, featuring the McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 as well as the home stretch with lights function and two Porsche cars – the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Also four sets of stand-alone vehicles wait to hit the track. Whether it is a racing car or road car – the new brick built car models will get the hearts of five- to eleven-year old as well as grown up engine fans beating faster.

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In addition to typical LEGO building fun, the LEGO Speed Champions series of vehicles is particularly amazing thanks to its many authentic details: the LEGO minifigures are wearing racing car overalls, there is a winner’s cup, flags and detailed tools.

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Automatic

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The check engine light — that enigmatic indicator that can signal anything from a loose gas cap or old spark plugs, to a worn out catalytic converter or an empty windshield fluid reservoir — is hardly an effective way of remaining in-tune with your car. But with Automatic ($100) you can finally decode that uninformative light, letting you know what kind of help your car needs and potentially saving a trip to the mechanic. And that’s not all it does: helping improve your car’s fuel economy, alerting emergency response in case of a crash, and automatically remembering where you parked are just a few incredibly-useful features.

Automatic plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service. It’s easily accessible near the steering wheel.

Add in that its beautifully-designed iOS and Android apps are constantly updated with new functionality, and you get the partner your car always needed.

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Batmobile: The Complete History

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Here for the first time is the complete history of the sleek, sophisticated, incomparable Batmobile!

In addition to comic books, the Batmobile has been immortalized in nearly every imaginable medium, including film, television, toys, and video games. Most recently, it was given breathtaking new life—and extraordinary capabilities—in Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking Dark Knight trilogy. This book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile in unparalleled detail and scope, with special attention paid to Nolan’s Tumbler.

With stunning photographs, detailed specs, blueprints, concept artwork, and original interviews, Batmobile: The Complete History ($35) is an informational and visual delight for auto and Batman fans alike. It’s a high-speed journey that will leave you breathless!

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Navdy

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Navdy ($300) is a head-up display (HUD) that allows drivers to use turn-by-turn navigation, make calls, and use smartphone apps, all without taking their eyes off the road. The Navdy display mounts atop the driver’s side dashboard and projects an image on a 5.1-inch transparent display.

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The driver interacts with Navdy through voice and gesture commands. Navdy is currently available for pre-order, and is scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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Hammacher Schlemmer Offering The Authentic 1966 Batmobile For Only $200,000

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So accurate it requires almost a year to complete, this is the officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile featured in the iconic 1960s TV show and it will only set you back a mere $200,000.

Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, this crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. Though equipped with neither atomic batteries for power nor turbines for speed, a rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon to alert citizens while in pursuit of fiendish criminals. Other intriguing, if less functional, accessories include a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna, and empty rear parachute packs. The vehicle’s exterior bears all the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield. Though the original Batmobile lacked rearview mirrors, this street-legal model comes with clamp-on side mirrors as well as a rear video camera.

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To order The Authentic 1966 Batmobile call 1-800-227-3528 and a Hammacher Schlemmer Product Specialists will gladly answer all questions and provide additional information.

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The Filmography of Cars, An Illustrated Chart Featuring 71 Iconic Vehicles From TV Shows & Films

A group of independent artists from Calm The Ham have created “The Filmography of Cars,” an illustrated chart featuring 71 “iconic vehicles of film and television from 1929 to the modern day.” 

A limited edition of 500 signed and numbered prints are available to purchase online.

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Batman Automobilia Figure Collection Magazine Special: The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank

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From the critically acclaimed comic series – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – comes the futuristic tank-like Batmobile. This scale model of the heavily armed, militaristic Batmobile is produced in immaculate detail and set in front of a 3D lenticular.

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The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank will retail for $38 and ship on October 30, 2013.

You can pre-order the item HERE.

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Car Drives Through Anamorphic Illusions in Clever Honda Ad

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A car drives past (and sometimes through) a series of clever anamorphic illusions in this commercial for Honda. The commercial was created by UK ad agency mcgarrybowen.

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset

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Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset ($50) allows you to create awesome racecars From scratch! Kids can make their very own vehicles in a matter of minutes! The Hot Wheels Car Maker turns a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car that can be customized with decals. This innovative machine features cool lights, music, and voice prompts that lead kids through the entire car-making process – from revving up to cooling down. It’s creative play for every Hot Wheels fan!

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Amp Up the Design Fun! Simply heat up the unit by plugging it in and turning it on. Then select a mold and wax color for your vehicle. The set comes with two molds and 10 Protoshotz wax sticks in a variety of sleek and sporty colors. Insert the mold into the machine and add your favorite wax color. In eight minutes, the Car Maker melts the wax into the mold and cools off – and you have a custom Hot Wheels vehicle body!

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Detail Your Unique Vehicle! Attach the molded vehicle body to one of the three included chassis. Then get really detailed! Decorate the car with cool decals from the sticker pack. Go for speedy flames or stylish graphics ? or both! Now your brand-new car is ready for racing action. For additional vehicle and design options, check out the Car Maker Mold Packs and Car Design Refill Packs (each sold separately).

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Simple, Safe, and Fun! The Car Maker is easy to use and ‘talks? young car-designers through each phase of the process. Kids receive voice prompts about when to insert the materials, press the button, and pull down the handle. They’re instructed to remove the mold only after the wax has safely cooled. Plus, the machine’s music and flashing lights during car building add to the interactive excitement!

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Garmin Heads-up Display

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The Garmin Head-up Display ($150) receives navigation information from your smartphone and projects it onto a transparent film on your windshield.

The device displays turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival.

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Place HUD onto your dashboard and pair it wirelessly with your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Using Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone, choose your destination and HUD will project turn-by-turn directions to get you there.

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