In honor of the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the LEGO Group today unveiled a new R2-D2 construction set that consists of 2,314-pieces. Not just any set, this one includes the droid’s unique retractable mid-leg, rotating head, periscope and several hidden tools including a lightsaber hilt concealed within a secret compartment in its head. When fully built, it’s perfect when displayed with right next to the set’s exclusive minifigure version of the iconic droid as well as a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
The LEGO Super Mario Adventures world continues to expand with an all-new Luigi Starter Course (71387) that’s set to be released this summer. This 280-piece set adds several new characters including a pink Yoshi, Bone Goomba and Boss Boom Boom. Similar to the Mario set, Luigi has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color as well as action bricks. As an added bonus, a speaker plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection consists of five iconic landmarks comprised of 468-pieces, and you can get a set for $31.99 shipped, this weekend only, originally $99. It features the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, complete with a collectible booklet containing information about the design, architecture as well as history of the famous landmarks. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a review, and additional information.
The LEGO Ideas Friends Central Perk Building Kit recreates the famous cafe, complete with authentic details that will bring back memories for fans of the TV show, and you can get it for $47.99 shipped after clipping the on-page $6 off coupon, today only, originally $59.99. The famous seating area is removable for easy play and there’s also a stage for musical performances as well as a service counter to order food. – be sure to clip the on-page $6 off coupon for the additional discount. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Hasbro second animatronic toy will be Galactic Snackin’ Grogu, a new take on what most still call Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian. It features a host of sound effects, animated motions, and interactive accessories, complete with several included items to munch on. These include a blue cookie from a school on Nevarro and a bowl of soup with a squid-like creature that can be fed with a spoon. Best of all, Grogu reacts to each one, and will let you know what he likes and what belongs in a trash compactor. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, which was developed in collaboration with the agency, consists of 2,354 pieces, complete with a landing gear-equipped Discovery orbiter, payload bay doors, elevons / rudder, and the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, which can either be folded and contained within the payload bay or expanded with solar array and displayed separately. Plus, you also get a nifty display plaque which features key data from the mission. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Hasbro’s Star Wars The Child Talking Plush Toy is a must have for fans of The Mandalorian, and you can get one for $18.74 after clipping the on-page $6.25 off coupon, today only, originally $24.99. He comes dressed in a little robe ever, complete with posable arms that let you pretend that the Force is within your reach. Simply squeeze the toy’s soft plush body to activate character sounds. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Mattel Creations teamed up with ProjectArt to create a The Child plush, complete with a show-like version of his levitating pram inspired by The Mandalorian series. Mattel Designer Michael Kadile led this project and the pram levitates around 2.5-inches above the base. When The Child is placed inside the pram, it begins spinning, all the while plugged in to a standard US outlet. This creation may not look very big, but it does weigh in at 19-pounds. Read more for a video and additoinal information.
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The 1:64 scale Hot Wheels RC Tesla Cybertruck was supposed to ship last year (December), but it has finally hit stores and is nearly sold out everywhere. This miniature three-inch vehicle has two-wheel drive, complete with Chill or Sport driving modes, and although it might be fast for its size, no zero-to-60 mph times were released. You may be seeing this listed for $49.99+ online, but before paying the premium, just know that it retails for $19.99. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Traxxas TRX-6 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6×6 just might be the most rugged r/c car yet since it has power going to all six wheels. Other features include three T-Lock remote-locking differentials, portal axles, high/low transmission, six aluminum long-travel shocks, and an extremely accurate body with brilliant LED lighting to make it the most capable RC crawler to hit the trails. Its approach (60°) and departure (55°) angles, when paired with the 3.14-inch round clearance as well as its 45-degree steering angle, means that it climbs with ease. Read more for two videos and additional information.