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LEGO Ideas Women of NASA

Follow in the footsteps of 4 pioneering women of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration—America’s space agency) with this fun and inspiring LEGO set. Build the Hubble Space Telescope and learn astronomy with the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman. Develop the software for space missions with computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. And launch the space shuttle with Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, and Mae Jemison, the world’s first woman of color in space. Build, play, learn and one day you too could become a science, technology, engineering or mathematics superstar!

A personal tribute to pioneers

Science editor and writer Maia Weinstock combined three of her personal passions in designing the Women of NASA set for LEGO Ideas: space exploration, the history of women in science and engineering, and LEGO building.

“I thought people might like to build their own display featuring minifigures of accomplished women in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] professions. For the vignettes, I wanted to contextualize each person in terms of her contribution to NASA history.”

“I was absolutely elated when the project reached 10,000 supporters! The set clearly touched and inspired many, as it reached 10,000 supporters in just 15 days. The night on which it appeared we’d reach 10K, I stayed up until 4:30 or 5 in the morning so that I could watch the 10,000th vote come in. I didn’t get much sleep that day, but it was thrilling!”

LEGO Designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges were thrilled to help refine Maia’s model into an official LEGO set.

“I was extremely excited about working on this one, especially as I had already heard of it and really wanted it to become a set,” says Gemma. “My focus was on ensuring that the model had stability, the colors were aligned and the subjects were accurately portrayed, all while staying respectful to the design of the original model.”

For Marie, “The main challenge in designing the minifigures and the decorations was that I could not make anything up. Every detail was important and needed to match reality, since they represent real-life women. It was beautiful to hear some of the stories behind the scenes, like how Sally’s name tag was changed from ‘Sally Ride’ to just ‘Sally’ at her own request.”

The Women of NASA 231 piece set will officially be landing on store shelves on November 1, 2017 for a recommended retail price of $24.99.

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Funko Vynl IT Pennywise and Georgie

There’s no I in Vynl. – because there’s always two of them. The newest Vynl. features characters from the terrifying film IT!

Will Pennywise convince Georgie to float?

This Vynl. pair features Pennywise holding his enticing red balloon, and Georgie – complete with his raincoat and SS Georgie boat! Add them to your collection this Winter!

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Newly Opened LEGO House Is A Tribute To Creative Play

On September 28, 2017, a 12,000-square meter house filled with 25 million LEGO bricks opened its doors to a brand new creative universe. Children and creative souls of all ages can now get the ultimate LEGO experience all year round in the new LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

It has taken four years to build the most unique LEGO experience in the world – LEGO House. The house is located in Billund, Denmark, where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, and was opened at a grand event attended by HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess and their children.

For LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the house is a place where LEGO fans of all ages can find out much more about where LEGO play can take you.

“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities,” says third-generation LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and adds:

“At the heart of all LEGO experiences – from the boxes of LEGO bricks that children have at home to this fantastic LEGO House that we are celebrating today – is the unique and timeless LEGO brick. With LEGO bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”

The heart of LEGO House is the experience zones. Here, you will find two exhibition areas and four play areas where you can explore your creativity in lots of different ways. The zones are based on four different colors, each symbolizing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing,” says Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.

If you wish to visit LEGO House, you need to book your visit in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions. This is to ensure that all visitors get the full experience without having to endure long queues and crowded experience zones.

– LEGO House was designed by the architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and consists of 21 white bricks stacked on top of each other. Its facade is covered with tiles, giving the illusion that the whole building is made of LEGO bricks.The building covers an area of 12,000 m2.

– On the ground floor, you will find three restaurants, a LEGO Store, a conference room and the 2,000-square metre LEGO Square. 

– The experience zones comprise four colored play areas, a large gallery of LEGO creations built by fans and a large exhibition about the history of the LEGO brand – including 200 of the most iconic LEGO boxed sets. 

– The experience zones are based on four different colors, each representing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.  Each color zone has a number of activities that encourage visitors to play.

– In addition to the experience zones, the enormous bricks house a sheltered public space and a number of interconnected outdoor terraces and playgrounds for visitors to explore and enjoy. From LEGO Square, you have free access to three eateries and a big LEGO Store. 

– Visitors arriving by air to Billund Airport are welcomed on approach by eight light beams from the gigantic LEGO keystone brick on top of LEGO House, representing the eight knobs on a 2×4 LEGO brick.

– LEGO House expects to welcome 250,000 paying visitors each year. Visitors are expected to come from all over the world – mainly families, but also school groups, LEGO employees and AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). 

More info HERE.

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Sphero Mini

Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robot about the size of a ping pong ball. Drive Mini using different modes with the Sphero Mini app, or just by using your face. Yes, you read that right. Face Drive is a hilarious new feature that uses your facial expressions to drive the ball.

Mini’s games are just as addicting – use the ball as a controller to shoot your way through space, race a ship through a tunnel, or rotate your ball to destroy a polygon of bricks. Thanks to the beauty of app updates, there’s always more on the way. If you’re feeling extra clever, download the Sphero Edu app and program your robot using JavaScript.

Packed with teeny tiny tech, Sphero Mini has a little gyroscope, accelerometer, and LED lights. Colorful, interchangeable shells are available, so you can easily switch one out to suit your mood. With almost an hour of play time, Sphero Mini is the next big thing.

Features:

– Drive Mini using different modes with the Sphero Mini app – Joystick, Tilt, Slingshot, or Face Drive.
– Face Drive – Face Drive is a hilarious new feature that uses your facial expressions to drive the ball.
– Gaming – Sphero Mini can be used with the app as a video game controller. Play 3 games with more updates on the way.
– Coding – Download the Sphero Edu app and program your Sphero Mini bot using JavaScript.
– Interchangeable Shells – Colorful, interchangeable shells allow you to switch one out to suit your mood.

Order HERE for $49.99.

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Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Game

Launch real Hot Wheels cars at the starting line, send them speeding down the ramp and — ZOOM! — you’re racing through amazing digital worlds.

The Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Game allows players to race through 8 different worlds, on tracks that deliver unique thrills and challenges around every corner. MindRacers comes with 6 Hot Wheels cars that have their own unique personalities and super automotive powers.

Strategize, anticipate and react for real-time results. Throw down tangible tokens to control your race car’s actions. Each race is a new challenge for players’ brains and reflexes.

Share fast-paced fun with friends and family. Race each other one-on-one in competitive mode. Or work together to win challenges in cooperative mode. You can even race solo against built-in competition! However you want to play, MindRacers is always ready to test your skill and daring.

Order HERE for $59.

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Amazon Announces 2017 Top 100 Holiday Toys

Amazon has revealed its list of the 100 most popular playthings set to take 2017’s holiday season by storm, with a continued focused on STEM items, pet-themed toys and blockbuster movie licenses.

All products will be available through the online retailer’s website and by using Alexa-enabled devices.

The top 25 holiday toys and games include:

– FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
– LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 (847 Piece)
– Fingerlings Glitter with Blanket – Interactive Baby Monkey Rose – Amazon Exclusive
– Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
– Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant
– Soggy Doggy Board Game
– Disney Princess Dance Code Belle – Amazon Exclusive
– Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds
– Nerf Nitro FlashFury Chaos
– Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset
– FurReal Makers Proto Max – Amazon Exclusive
– LEGO Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty 70618 (2295 Piece)
– Enchantimals Panda Tree House Playset
– DropMix Music Gaming System
– Cozmo
– Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby (Brunette)
– Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – Amazon Exclusive
– Tegu Travel Pals Building-and-Stacking-Toys (6 Piece)
– Seedling Littles Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Kit
– Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
– Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
– Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
– Osmo Genius Kit
– Automoblox Mini SC1 Chaos & HR5 Scorch, 4.5″ x 1.75″
– Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Check out the full list HERE.

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Funko HQ Grand Opening On August 19th

Come join Funko on August 19th to celebrate the grand opening of the official Funko HQ store at 2802 Wetmore Avenue in Everett, Washington!

This will be the first opportunity for fans to see the new location and promises to be a completely new and exciting experience for any Funatic! You’ll walk through the world of Funko like never before – among the figures you already know and love, you’ll also find brand new products, unique activities, and special surprises! The festivities will include food trucks, giveaways, fun photo opportunities, and a signing with the one and only Brian Mariotti! And of course… there will be exclusives available ONLY at the store and ONLY during the grand opening celebration!

More details HERE!

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Radio Flyer Debuts Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder At San Diego Comic Con

Radio Flyer – maker of the iconic little red wagon – today unveiled Radio Flyer’s first-ever Luke Skywalker Landspeeder at San Diego Comic Con. This product allows kids to experience riding in the Landspeeder first depicted in Star Wars forty years ago.

The Landspeeder was designed with features mirroring that from the film, modeled after the sand-packed and sun-faded X-34 craft from Star Wars: A New Hope. It features scuff marks on the hood, a dashboard that lights up just like Luke Skywalker’s and R2-D2 sounds and lines from the movies.

It seats two people and is recommended for children ages four and older, with a maximum weight capacity of 130 pounds. The vehicle includes a 12 volt rechargeable battery that allows speeds up to 5 miles per hour.

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder will be available on ToysRUs.com and beginning September 1, the Landspeeder will be available in Toys ‘R’ Us stores.

For more information, visit landspeeder.radioflyer.com.

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Justice League Elite-Tek Batmobile

Straight from the epic movie blockbuster, Justice League, and zooming into kids’ hands everywhere is the awesome Elite-Tek Batmobile styled just like the one in the film!

The iconic Batman vehicle roars into New York Toy Fair and comes to life in epic scale with remote-controlled functionality. Check out the cool features in the video: smoke releases from exhaust pipe, missiles move on hood of car, the engine roars and the wheels are all decked out with armor. If that isn’t enough to get you going, through an app-enabled tablet or smartphone, fans can assume the role as the Caped Crusader and take complete control of the vehicle all from the palm of their hand! The Elite-Tek Batmobile also includes a camera in the cockpit so you can drive from Batman’s point of view via an app-controlled device. Includes special “jump mode” feature that elevates the Batmobile with hydraulic-like movement. The included Batman figure has full shoulder movement to steer the wheel. There’s no other set of wheels like it!

The Justice League Elite-Tek Batmobile will be available this fall for $249.99.

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Coming Soon From Funko, Stranger Things Action Figures

From Netflix’s Original Series Stranger Things, some of your favorite characters from Hawkins, Indiana are joining the Funko Action Figure line! Action Figures are arriving as 3-packs. Each figure stands 3 ¾ tall and are fully articulated.

Pack 1 includes Lucas, Mike, and Eleven – with her signature Eggo

In addition, pack 2 features Will, Dustin, and Demogorgon

Coming in August!

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