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Introducing The New LEGO Batmobile From Chevrolet

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Chevrolet, along with students from Detroit’s Cody Rouge community, A World in Motion and FIRST LEGO League, unveiled its life-size LEGO Batmobile today at the North American International Auto Show.

Measuring 17-feet long and featuring exclusive stud shooters, the LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet was designed to strike fear in the heart of any villain. The vehicle was inspired by Batman’s Speedwagon featured in “The LEGO Batman Movie,” which hits U.S. theaters on Feb. 10.

In this exciting new animated LEGO adventure, Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero who famously prefers to work alone, must learn to cooperate and connect with others to save Gotham City from The Joker.

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Built using more than 340,000 LEGO® bricks and measuring 17 fee

Built using more than 340,000 LEGO® bricks and measuring 17 fee

Built using more than 340,000 LEGO® bricks and measuring 17 fee

“To work on the LEGO Batmobile with Warner Bros. is an absolute thrill for us at Chevy,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Many of the themes in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie,’ like imagination, family and community, align perfectly with our Chevy brand values and add to the value of the partnership.”

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The LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet will also appear in the next variation of Chevrolet’s “Real People, Not Actors” campaign. In the new spot, real LEGO Minifigure figurines discuss what kind of person would drive the all-new LEGO Batmobile.

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To learn more about all the exciting options available on the LEGO Batmobile, please visit HERE.

LEGO Batmobile Fast Facts:

– It’s 83 inches (6.92 feet) high, 204 inches (17 feet) long and 111 inches (9.25 feet) wide.

– Total weight is 1,695.5 pounds. Each tire is just over 100 pounds.

– The interior frame is made from more than 86 feet of square tube aluminum and weighs 282.5 pounds.
– Total number of LEGO bricks used to build the Batmobile: 344,187

– Total number of LEGO colors used: 17

– The LEGO Batmobile took 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build.

– The LEGO Batmobile was designed and assembled in the LEGO Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut, by LEGO Master Builders.

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Faraday Future FF 91

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The Faraday Future FF 91 is built on an all-electric, flexible powertrain system and its chassis and body are a single form for better handling and safety. That’s doubly important since its multi-motor all-wheel drive system and 130 kWh battery are capable of producing 1,050 hp, a 0-60 time of under 2.4 seconds, and a range of 378 miles.

The rest of the tech is equally impressive. Pop-up 3D lidar headlines an autonomous system that also includes 10 high definition cameras, 13 long and short range radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Facial recognition cameras on the exterior unlock the door for you automatically, then adjust settings like seating position, temperature, and driving style to suit your preferences, while an expression- and mood-sensing camera on the interior can prompt an experience to match or improve your mood, using music, temperature, scent, content, massage and more.

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Production starts in early 2018, with reservations available now for $5,000 a unit. Price TBA.

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Electric Cars Appear To Be Gaining In Popularity

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When electric cars first appeared on the automobile scene, many viewed them as too impractical and slow to really make a dent in the market. Here we are more than a decade later and the concept has evolved right alongside improved technology and innovation. in fact, Norway has just surpassed 100,000 all-electric cars being driven throughout the country today. This amounts to roughly three percent of the total number of automobiles in service. That is a spectacular undertaking in a country with a relatively small population of just over 5 million. Norway is becoming an example for other countries to look at in terms of how electric cars can better be put into service and how to alleviate the concerns of a skeptical public.

Holland Is Experiencing Tremendous Growth As Well

In an apparent trend that shows Europe being a global leader in all-electric technology, the Netherlands has seen the share of the automobile market that consists of electric cars sky rocket to nearly seven percent. This was not believed to be possible a mere decade ago. A combination of tax and other incentives has encouraged the Dutch to begin considering the purchase of such vehicles. In addition, Steve Voudouris notes that improving technology leading to a longer drive time between charges and making it more convenient than ever as a primary means of transportation.

Voudouris also mentions the recent entry of major car manufacturers into the all-electric genre. This includes Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, and Audi. These are major players in the automobile industry and are all well respected by Europeans. The cars have become much more comfortable in recent years, making them suitable for small families, as opposed to only commuters. These same manufacturers have been to enter the American market with some early signs of success. American car markers are also jumping in on the all electric bandwagon, with many new prototypes already in development.

Electric Cars Are Not Only Good For the Environment

Naturally, electric cars first came onto the scene as a way to eliminate some of the environmental costs long associated with cars and trucks in operation around the world. While this was always a noble cause, many consumers have long been reluctant to go all-electric due to the relatively high cost of running the vehicle and the lack of accessible charging ports. This was especially concerning in countries like America, where cars are depended on to drive long distances in the absence of a more extensive mass transit network.

Recent years have seen many of these concerns be alleviated. The costs associated with all-electric vehicles have come down noticeably in recent years. The time between necessary charges has increased, allowing the average driver to conduct his or her average daily routine with few disruptions. With the costs continuing to come down, coupled with the increased accessibility, all electric cars are becoming more feasible of an option by the year. There is still much technology that can be implemented into the design of these vehicles to make them even more consumer friendly, so look for future updates in this area.

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The Hottest Lexus IS Ever

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Lexus wants you to know it’s the hottest automobile brand around. So, it created a red-and-green, hotter-than-hell Sriracha version of its new Lexus IS sports sedan.

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The vehicle was produced and was on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sadly, you won’t actually be able to buy the Sriracha IS as it Lexus made only one.

The spicy car has a Sriracha-injected steering wheel; temperature settings that go from Cool to Sriracha; a special Sriracha paint job, Sriracha Red offset with flecks of chili-like flakes; green accents including the spindle grille outline and hand-stitching on the seats; and even a key fob with an “emergency chili button” that dispenses Sriracha from a nozzle and the trunk is stocked with 43 bottles of Sriracha for emergencies.

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“The new Lexus IS is so hot, we decided to make it Sriracha hot, with all the custom details every Sriracha fan will appreciate,” says Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing.

“I feel so humbled to see my Lexus and Sriracha friends’ love for my hot sauce,” adds David Tran, CEO and founder of Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods. “The Lexus Sriracha IS is really the perfect mix for a ‘hot’ and ‘spicy car’—just the way I like it.”

Lexus agency Team One dreamed up the idea and helped to execute it.

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Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships

Your favorite Star Wars starships have been reimagined as Hot Wheels cars for optimal speed and maximum performance! Carships capture the attributes of iconic starships while accelerating to lightspeed on Hot Wheels track. Collect all six in the assortment!

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Introducing LEGO Ideas 21307 Caterham Seven 620R

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The wait is over! LEGO has been been polishing this yellow and black beauty all night so that they could finally present to you the first official images and details of the LEGO Ideas 21307 Caterham Seven 620R! Measuring in at 771 bricks distributed across 3” (10cm) in height, 11” (28cm) in length and 5” (14cm) in width, this Caterham contains stunning details to reproduce that awe inspiring Caterham look.

This LEGO Caterham is racing to a store near you on October 1, 2016 for 79.99.

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Here is the official product description:

Create a LEGO version of the Caterham Seven 620R, a custom-built sports car with an unashamed old-school vibe. Power steering? No chance. Electric windows? Forget it. The Caterham Seven is definitely not for the faint-hearted—luxury is for wimps! Remove the nose cone, engine cover or engine to take a closer look at the authentic details of a LEGO model that’s for true car connoisseurs only.

Carl Greatrix, fan designer, and Henrik Andersen, LEGO Designer, share their insights:

“One of the most exhilarating drives I’ve ever had was out on the track in a Caterham Seven. It is brutally fast due to its light weight and tremendous fun to be in. It really struck a chord in my heart that I never forgot”, Carl Greatrix explains as he talks about his love for Caterham cars.

This love turned to inspiration for his future LEGO Caterham model, Carl explains “When I got back into building LEGO car models I thought the shape of the vehicle would lend itself to being modeled well in LEGO bricks as it is very angular and if I could find a suitable scale then I would be able to get all the details into it that I would love to see”.

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The Batmobile By Craig Drake

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Mondo will be selling this beautiful 24 x 36 print of the Batmobile by Craig Drake. The poster will be available at booth 835 at San Diego Comic Con today!

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LEGO Creator Expert Set 10252 VW Beetle

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Celebrate the iconic VW Beetle with this awesome LEGO Creator Expert reproduction. This detailed model comprises a number of special features and elements that help recreate the distinctive Beetle characteristics, including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic 4-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank. The accessible interior features beige-colored, forward-tilting seats, dashboard and steering wheel, and the roof-mounted surfboard and a cooler box can be removed. This model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia.

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– 1960s VW Beetle with surfer theme features an array of brick-built details including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, white rims with distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, wing-mounted turn signals and opening hood, trunk and doors.
– Use the included stickers to choose 1 of 4 license plates.
– Remove the cooler box and surfboard from the roof rails.
– Tilt the rear seat forward to access the storage space with fabric beach towel.
– Lift the hood to access the spare tire and fuel tank.
– Open the trunk to reveal the authentic, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.
– Open the doors or remove the roof section to access the detailed beige-colored interior with dashboard, steering wheel and tiltable front and back seats.
– Special elements include a round tile with printed VW logo, arched fender elements and an updated windshield design.
– VW Beetle including surfboard and cooler measures over 11” (15cm) high, 10” (29cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.

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Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning August 1, 2016 for $99.99.

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A Tiny Spock Leaning On A 1964 Buick Riviera Is The Best Hot Wheels Car Ever

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San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, which not only means we’re about to get tantalizing looks at next summer’s blockbuster films, but also a mountain of exclusive toys and collectibles. The convention hasn’t even started yet, but Hot Wheels might have already won the whole thing with this exclusive 1964 Buick Riviera featuring a badass-looking Spock leaning on the hood.

The die-cast car is based on a well-known photo of Leonard Nimoy, in his full Spock getup, who celebrated the success of the original Star Trek TV series by buying himself a 1964 Buick Riviera and then posing with his new ride on the studio’s backlot.

It’s weird to see Spock standing near a vehicle not destined for space travel, but from the looks of it, the 1964 Buick Riviera was at least as large as the USS Enterprise, and it was probably able to carry more passengers and crew.

So how can you add this to either your Star Trek or Hot Wheels collection? The good news is you don’t need to be at Comic-Con to buy the car and its included 3D diorama. It will be exclusively available online from MattyCollector.com for $20 once the convention gets under way, although presumably in limited numbers, so don’t drag your feet.

(Reprinted from i09)

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Hot Wheels Unveil Beatles’ Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Collection

Hot Wheels aren’t just for kids anymore; they’re for the Beatles fanatic, too. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1966 song “Yellow Submarine,” Hot Wheels will release a special collection to accompany the animated film.

The collection includes the Hot Wheels Yellow Submarine replica, complete with orange track-compatible wheels, as well as an assortment of six cars featuring the art of the iconic 1968 Yellow Submarine film. Fans will appreciate the collection’s nod to the movie, with vivid colors, creative designs, and, of course, John, Paul, Ringo, and George adorning the packaging. And even though the film’s Blue Meanies were music-haters, they get some love from Hot Wheels with their own “Kool Kombi” tour van.

The Beatles-themed assortment pack will first hit shelves on June 9 at The Cirque du Soleil Beatles Shop at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, before rolling out to Walmart stores in the U.S. on June 15.

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