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Matt Reeves Shares First Look At The Batmobile

The Batman director and co-writer Matt Reeves has shared three new photos featuring a first look at the Batmobile.

Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed all of the cast and crew for the film. Starring alongside Robert Pattinson’s Batman/Bruce Wayne is Zoë Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the Hunger Games films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Black Mass) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbo) as Oswald Cobblepot. Twins Max and Charlie Carver have also joined the movie in “sizable roles.”

Plot details are still being kept under wraps but The Batman is reportedly set to explore the Dark Knight’s younger years with Reeves further hinting at the film’s connection to the iconic comic book story arc “Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli which was published in 1987.

The Batman opens in theaters on June 25, 2021.

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LEGO Unveils Creator Expert Fiat 500

LEGO added another classic to its automotive roster—the Fiat 500 just got the LEGO brick treatment. 

To celebrate, LEGO has also reimagined the infamous Fiat ads from the ‘60s using this authentic-looking LEGO version. 

This LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 model car (10271) recreates a true icon of classic automotive design. Teenagers and adult fans will enjoy the challenging building experience offered by this model kit based on the Fiat 500F legend from the late ‘60s, and will appreciate all the authentic LEGO brick details, such as the luggage rack with suitcase, detailed interior, and opening roof, doors, hood and tailgate. To complete the Italian theme, this classic model car also includes a folding easel with a paintbrush, palette and small ‘painting’ of the car in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome.

The LEGO Creator Expert Fiat 500 is available directly from LEGO Stores & LEGO.com for $89.99.

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Rare Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro Could Be Worth Over $100,000

A true one-off and the third rarest of all Hot Wheels cars, this Chevrolet Camaro prototype was just recently discovered. It was found in a set of other Hot Wheels cars by self-proclaimed Toy Scout Joel Magee, known for his appearances on Pawn Stars and at collectible events. 

The Camaro toy dates back to 1968 and, as with all early prototypes, was given its enamel white paint in order to check for imperfections. Very few prototypes made it to retail, and this one is even more rare thanks to its Hong Kong-stamped chassis. 

“I’ve collected toys forever and this Hot Wheels Camaro is the Holy Grail of collectibles,” Magee said. “I am beyond excited to have found it to add to my vast collection. This car is so extremely rare that there is only one known example which is this one. Imagine something that originally sold for 59 cents now being worth upwards of $100,000! Wow!”

Magee intends to add his new Hot Wheels Camaro prototype to his collection, which he takes with him around the country to fairs, media appearances, appraisal events and toy events.

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Bill Murray Returns To Groundhog Day In New Super Bowl Commercial

It’s Groundhog Day all over again as Jeep brand debuts a Super Bowl  spot starring Bill Murray (in his first-ever national television commercial). But this time reliving the same day over and over again is always a new adventure when you’re driving the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. 

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LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car

Know a race car fan who would love to drive like the Stig from TV’s BBC Top Gear? Let them put their skills to the test with this awesome LEGO Technic (42109) App-Controlled Top Gear Rally Car. 

First, they can have fun building the rally car toy, discovering all the elements that make this Rally Car model work. Then the adrenaline builds as they try out cool moves – all using the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ App. Powered by a smart hub, the app allows super-precise movement, giving endless play combinations with authentic sound effects.

Choose from different control screens to drive forward, reverse, steer, accelerate, brake and tackle obstacles. They will also get real-time feedback, including a speed and tilt log and can test out their skills in the app’s racing challenges section.

– Let race car fans take on a driving challenge with this LEGO Technic app-controlled Top Gear Rally Car. It’s operated via a smart device with 3 screens. 
– This toy rally car model is controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app and powered by an advanced Smart Hub with 1 XL motor and 1 L motor for a more immersive play experience, authentic movements and hours of fun.
– Build the car. Download the app. Get ready for action. With multi-function control, drivers can go forward, reverse, steer, accelerate, brake, or play sound effects and get real-time feedback!
– At over 10” (26cm) long, 3” (10cm) high and 5” (14cm) wide, this motorized toy car is the perfect size for driving or for display. 
– Building can start without batteries but to enjoy the full power of digital play with the app controls, you’ll need to pop 6 x AA 1.5V batteries into the Smart Hub.

Pre-order the LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car HERE for $129.99 and it will ship January 1, 2020.

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The Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck ($39,990 — $76,900 ) offers the utility of a pickup with the speed of a sports car. It has an angular, cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton and ultra-strong “armor glass” that keeps occupants safe while protecting against dents, damage, and corrosion. Payload capacity is up to 3,500 pounds, it can tow up to 14,000 pounds, and it has 100 cubic feet of exterior lockable storage for gear. Three models are available: Single Motor RWD with 250 miles of range, Dual Motor AWD with 300 miles of range, and Tri-Motor AWD, with 500 miles of range and a 0-60 time under three seconds. 

Production is set to begin in late 2021, alongside the “one more thing”: an all-wheel-drive ATV designed to fit perfectly in the bed.

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Ford Introduces The Mustang Mach-E, An All-Electric Crossover SUV

Ford’s first true electric vehicle is here with the Mustang Mach-E, leveraging Mustang branding wrapped in crossover packaging and promising performance to live up to its name. 

The Mustang Mach-E is the first car to wear the Mustang name that doesn’t fit the familiar long-hood, short deck pony car profile, along with current EV styling cues like a grille-less front end and a massive touchscreen interface. The four-door body and raised ride height will no doubt strike a note with purists, but the practicality make it the right decision. 

The spec sheet puts the Mach-E GT, and especially the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, in the realm of Tesla and the European competition, with 0-60 times in the sub-four and mid-three second range respectively. Two battery options will be available at launch, good for 300 miles with the extended-range option. Power figures are 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque for the base model, with all-wheel and rear-wheel drive available. 

The Mustang Mach-E should hit showroom floors in late 2020 for $44,000+.

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5 Ways To Stay Safe On Your Next Uber Ride

Taking an Uber alone is a scary prospect, especially if you’re one of those people who has read a lot of Stephen King novels. Just about anything can happen, if you think about it. Getting into a car with a stranger and trusting them with your life can leave you feeling anxious and even paranoid.

If you’ve ever been in an accident inside an Uber, you know how it feels. You might feel overwhelmed, panicked and might not know what to do. In situations like these, just call up a good Chicago Uber Accident Lawyer and they will take care of the rest. Accidents are just one way in which an Uber ride could be unsafe, however. Read on to find out how to stay safe in an Uber.

Check The License Plate

The first thing you should do is match the number on the license plate with the one from the app. You need to verify the driver’s identity to ensure it’s not someone posing as them who’ll drive you around and potentially harm you. Take your time before you get into the car. Once you’ve seen the license plate number, write it down somewhere or take a screenshot from the app just in case you need it later. If a car doesn’t have the license plate, or it’s broken or damaged, don’t get inside. Just cancel the ride and order another Uber. You can never be too safe!

Keep In Touch

As soon you get into the car, make sure to send your Uber number and route to a family member or friend. This way, they can keep a track of where you’re going, in case your driver tries to pull off something shady. You should also tell your driver that you have shared your location and route with someone else. This ensures that the driver will take the shortest possible route to drop you to your destination.

Sit In Back

If an Uber driver ever asks you to sit in the front, your hackles should immediately rise. No driver should tell you where you’re supposed to sit. Ask them why they’re asking you to choose that seat and if they insist on it, cancel the ride. You can always get another Uber but you can’t always be safe! 

Check For Red Flags

You will be able to pick up on potentially dangerous red flags if you stay vigilant and observe the situation. If your driver seems like he’s drunk a little too much, i.e. if his speech is slurry or you notice he’s not driving well, you should ask him to pull over. Similarly, look out for other types of shady activity such as if the driver has invited a friend along for the ride. Your driver should be focused on the road ahead and should not be talking on the phone either. If you see them breaking any of these laws, immediately ask them to pull over and leave.

Don’t Get Chatty

Some Uber drivers really like to start a conversation. This is fine, provided it’s within reasonable limits. However, if you find your driver is constantly grabbing your attention and speaking to you, indicate that they should stop. If at any point you feel the conversation becoming threatening or uncomfortable, ask them to stop the car and get out immediately. 

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LEGO Announces Batman’s 1989 Batmobile To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of The Iconic Film

Celebrate  the  30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s iconic Batman movie with the incredible LEGO 1989 Batmobile launching on Black Friday. 

The Batmobile comes packed full of authentic features from the classic 1989 movie. The 1989 Batmobile is built from over 3,300 pieces, measuring over 23” long and sits on a rotating display plate. The sleek design makes this set a highly rewarding build that is perfect  for  displaying  at  home.  

This LEGO set includes three new-for-2019 minifigures: Batman with a new and unique cape, The Joker, with a new face and torso decoration and Vicki Vale featuring a brand new torso and legs. 

The  1989  Batmobile  comes  with  a  new-for-2019  wraparound  windshield  element  and decorative grappling hooks on both sides of the vehicle. Place the Batman minifigure into the car by opening the slide-open cockpit before turning the car’s turbine exhaust to make the two machine  guns  hidden  under  the  hood  pop  up. The  Batmobile  comes  with  detailed  Bat emblems on the wheel trim and a set of specially designed tires for the front wheels. 

  

The  1989  Batmobile  is  launching  as  part  of  LEGO  Black  Friday  events and  those  who purchase  the  set  between  November29th and  December 5th will  receive  an  exclusive  mini replica of the original model as a free gift available in limited quantities. 

The 1989 Batmobile comes with a rotating display stand, with an attached information plate detailing the cars statistics for easy viewing and a brick built minifigure display stand for the three minifigures. 

The 1989 Batmobile measures over 4” high, 23” long and 8” wide. The 3,306 piece set will retail for $249.99 and will be available directly from LEGO stores and LEGO.com on November 29th.

Features:

– This super-hero toy includes 3 new-for-November-2019 LEGO® minifigures: Batman (new torso decoration), The Joker (new face and torso decoration) and Vicki Vale (new torso and legs), plus a brick-built minifigure display stand.
– This LEGO brick version of the 1989 Batmobile features a slide-open cockpit with a new-for-November-2019 wraparound windshield element, 2 minifigure seats, a steering wheel, stick shift and dashboard stickers, 2 hidden, non-shooting machine guns under the hood with a pop-up function activated by rotating the turbine exhaust, 2 decorative grappling hooks, wheel trims with the Bat logo and specially designed tires for the front wheels, batwings and other iconic design details.
– This LEGO set also includes a brick-built rotating display stand for the Batman toy car with an attached information plate with 1989 Batmobile statistics.
– Weapons include Batman’s Batarang and a gun and The Joker’s gun. – Accessories include Batman’s new-for-November-2019 cape that matches his 1989 movie outfit and Vicki Vale’s brick-built camera.
– This LEGO Batman model car kit for adults includes over 3,300 pieces and makes a wonderful nostalgic holiday gift or birthday present for any Batman fan.
– 1989 Batmobile measures over 4” (12cm) high, 23” (60cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.  

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $60,000. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. 

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