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Paper Airplane LEGO Robot

It's no drone, but this custom LEGO robot is designed for something much cooler...folding and launching paper airplanes automatically. Arthur Sacek, a LEGO enthusiast and designer, used the colorful bricks to create a machine that could not only fold the planes, but launch them automatically as well. That's right, once folded, the machine shoots it down a 'runway' directly into flight. LEGO Mindstorms computers were used to precisely calculate the folds and just how quickly the airplane is folded. Continue reading for another behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus custom LEGO creations.

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Superhero Action Figures Funny

Photo credit: Hot.Kenobi via Bored Panda

LEGO Batman may give us a sneak peak at what Bruce Wayne does when he's not fighting crime, but what about the other superheroes, such as Batman, The Avengers and Superman? Well, Japan-based photographer who goes by "Hot.Kenobi" shows us in his ongoing photo series. Simply put, he takes action figures and sets them in real-life locations, in which some may fool the untrained eye at first. Continue reading for another stop-motion video and more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.

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LEGO Ideas Caterham

The LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R is modeled after its real-life counterpart, and it can be picked up for just $55.01 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Features a removable nose cone, engine and engine cover, and an opening boot containing four axle stands. Place the car on the axle stands to remove the wheels like a mechanic. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Nerf Doomlands Judge

NERF fans rejoice! Set for release later this year, priced at $60, "The Judge" comes equipped with a large rotating cylinder that holds ten sets of three-darts each. When used to capacity, you'll be able to fire 30 darts in mere seconds. It sports a single tactical rail above its turret and two strap points: one on the back of the blaster and one built into its handle. Available this fall in stores and online. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about a man who chooses to live his life as a real-life Batman.

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LEGO Drone

The DJI Mavic Pro is great for hobbyists and professionals alike, but for those looking to just get started with drones, Kitables has the LEGO kit that can easily be pieced together at home. "Many of you probably want to be a person who builds 'things' but don't know where to begin. Our kits offer an all-around better building experience that challenges both novice and experienced users," said the company. You can pre-order one now for just $50 on their Kickstarter page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Pray Lord of the Rings

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A great-grandmother from Brazil, has been praying to a Lord of the Rings Elrond for years, after mistaking it for Saint Anthony, the late Portuguese priest and patron saint of lost things. This discovery was made when Facebook users pointed it out after posting a series of photos on her Facebook page. "My daughter's great-grandmother prays to this figure of Saint Anthony every day, but looking more closely. We tried to explain right away but she didn't understand at first. The next day we explained again and she understood and we got her a new figure of Saint Anthony," said makeup artist Gabriela Brandao. Continue reading for more pictures of the figurine and information. Click here for some bonus behind-the-scenes images from the Lord of the Rings movies.

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Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster

The Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster can not only fire darts, but it also has a foam saw blade, and it's being offered for only $19.88, today only, originally $29.99. Pull the blaster's string to make the chainsaw blade start spinning around. The sight of a whirling sawblade says it all: back off! The foam blade is integrated into the dart-firing Zombie Strike Brainsaw blaster to give two modes of defense. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review, with firing test, and more information.

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K'NEX Turbo Jet

The K'NEX Turbo Jet 2-in-1 Building Set has 402-pieces, motor included, and it's being offered for only $15.99, today only, originally $29.99. Each building set includes a battery-powered motor to operate the turbo jet plane and heli-plane. This set contains K'NEX rods and connectors, plus special motorized moving parts like wheels, helicopter rotors, and more to complete the turbo appearance of each plane. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on TV demonstration and more information.

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Electronic Chewbacca Mask

The Star Wars Chewbacca Electronic Mask lets out a roar when your mouth opens, and it's being offered for only $17.99 (Prime Members - free 30-day trial), today only, originally $31.99. High-quality sound and clear output re-creates the symphonic balance between the temper of a mighty Wookiee warrior and a loyal, trusted friend with a heart as big as the Millenium Falcon he co-pilots with best friend, Han Solo. Just a breath unleashes the mighty roar of faithful first mate Chewbacca during high adventures through the twisting fortunes of a galaxy in turmoil. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike

The Nerf Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster has three different modules that can be configured for each battle, and it's being offered for only $29.74, today only, originally $49.99. Customize a Modulus blaster with the interchangeable accessories to create different combinations. Whether it's a stealth operation, close quarters battle, or long-range targeting, the Nerf Modulus system has the gear to configure a blaster suited to the mission. Over 1000 different combinations are possible with the full system. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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