Photographer Mitchel Wu specializes in capturing toys, and combines them with practical effects to create 'alternative universes' where fantasy and reality become one. "Many of Wu's photographs combine characters from different universes, creating bizarre crossover storylines. Thanks for the popularity of his work, Wu has been hired by clients ranging from Warner Bros to Mattel," according to Peta Pixel. Continue reading for more pictures.
Dream Cruises has just completed its 18-deck, 151,695-ton cruise ship, so they decided to mark the occasion by building a large-scale replica out of LEGO. This "World Dream Ship" replica was built using over 2.5-million LEGO pieces, and it weighs over 2,800 kg, while measuring in at 8.44 m (27.7 ft) long, 1.33 m (4.36 ft) wide and 1.53 m (5 ft) tall. More than 1,000 cruise line guests and members of the public, along with the help of Greater China's first LEGO certified professional, Andy Hung, helped construct the model. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Dynasty Toys' Laser Tag Set lets you ditch the bulky vests and shoot the blasters - get a set of four for $49.99 shipped, today only. With 4 completely unique team settings, players both young and old will enjoy countless hours of Laser Tag Heaven. Switch between the 4 separate blasters in your arsenal. Each blaster has its own strengths and weaknesses in relation to damage, range, and reload time. Tap the butt of the blaster to reload, and the built in speakers will notify you that your blaster has been reloaded. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video showing four different ways to play, and more information.
Studio NINE teamed up with Corian to create LEGO-compatible furniture with integrated building plates that let you build directly on their surface. The surface itself is made from a Corian material, ribbed with LEGO-studs, and offers a three-dimensional canvas to build to your heart's delight. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Besides building transportation tunnels, Elon Musk's Boring Company also offers quirky gadgets on the side, like this flamethrower, and now, a giant LEGO-inspired brick made from stone recovered from an excavated tunnel. Just like its plastic counterpart, these blocks are designed to be interlocking, which means if you're lucky enough to score a few of them, you may be able to actually build a structure of sorts. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there's no word yet on when these will become available for sale, nor what they'll be priced at. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Oregon Trail Handheld Game is a modern take on the original computer game, which was originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. It was was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding a party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley via a covered wagon in 1848. This portable version looks like a '70s-era computer, complete with a monochrome layout, keys, and even a floppy disk that needs to be inserted into its drive to boot up the game. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Toys R Us is planning to close or sell all its US operations, which means consists of 735-stores, due to heavy debt and relentless trends that undercut its business, from online shopping to mobile games. CEO David Brandon said the company will attempt to bundle its Canadian business, with about 200 stores, and find a buyer. For those looking to start their holiday shopping early, the stores will be liquidating their entire inventory, gadgets and video games included. Continue reading for more old Toys R Us video game ads, commercials and information.
In the comics and upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars film, the Infinity Gauntlet is basically an item designed to hold six of the 'soul gems', better known as the Infinity Gems. When these are used in combination their amazing powers, it gives the wearer near limitless power. Hong Kong-based Hot Toys has created a life-sized version that unfortunately, does not included working gems, but embedded LEDs still provide a nice effect. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
LEGO fans rejoice! Ryan "Brickman" McNaught, a LEGO master builder, received permission from NBC Universal to recreate the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, and he used 65,143 bricks in the process. It's not an exact 1:1 replica, but this massive model does feature working lights and smoke dispensers for added authenticity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Harry Potter fans rejoice! LEGO has just revealed an all-new 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall set, which consists of 878-pieces, complete with special minifigs of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Nearly Headless Nick, and Professor Quirrel/Voldemort. Standing 14 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 11 inches deep when built, the set boasts four levels, a spiral staircase leading to the potion room, treasure room and Mirror of Erised. Expect it to set you back $99 when it hits stores on August 1. Continue reading for another video, hands-on pictures and additional information.