At $699.99, the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Imperial Star Destroyer (75252) is more of a set you that you put on display once completed. Featuring all the authentic details of the starship as it appeared in the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope, including swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, hengine exhausts, intricate surface detailing. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
No, this isn’t a full-sized G53 AMG 6×6, but rather a remote-controlled vehicle, called the Traxxas TRX-6. Featuring 60° approach / 55° departure angles, 45° steering angle, along with 3.14-inch (XX-centimeter) ground clearance, this vehicle is tackle just about any terrain. Aesthetically, it replicates its life-sized counterpart by sporting chrome accents, molded trim pieces, and metallic paint. Read more for a video and additional information.
Harley-Davidson is best known for their motorcycles, but now, they’ve created electric balance bikes for kids to get them started early. Available in IronE12 (3-5-year-olds) and IronE16 (5-7-year-olds) models, they feature 12-inch (30 cm) wheels, a 13-inch (33 cm) seat height and 16-inch (40 cm) wheels and a 17-inch (43 cm) seat height respectively. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Created by MOC user “Madoca1977”, this LEGO Technic Tatra 8×8 truck that isn’t just a static sculpture fit for a bookshelf, but rather an off-roading vehicle capable of going almost anywhere. It’s based on the Czech-made Tatra T813 truck and is powered by several motors capable of powering the vehicle through rough terrain, like rocks. Read more for a video and additional information.
Standing over 14-inches tall, the LEGO Ideas (21318) Treehouse is the largest in the line yet with 3,036 pieces and it even comes with leaves in two colors to for both summer as well as fall versions. In addition to the three cabins and four minifigs, what really sets it apart from the other sets are the plant-based flowers, trees, and shrubs. That’s right, these pieces are all made entirely from plant-based polyethylene using sustainably sourced sugarcane. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a master builders at LEGO spent nearly 300 hours designing and building a life-size model of the lunar module pilot and the iconic A7L spacesuit that he wore on July 20, 1969 at Tranquility Base, using a whopping 44,051-bricks. This life-sized figure made its debut to the public on Thursday (July 18) at the Apollo 50 Festival hosted by the Smithsonian and NASA on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is a magnificent kit with 1,087 pieces, but what could make it even better? Turning it into a short film, complete with NASA sound effects. That’s exactly what aerospace engineer Adam Woodworth did. However, there were some modifications that needed to be made, starting with clearing out the ascent stage for a battery, and then adding a flight controller as well as some rotors. Read more for the video and additional pictures of the build.
Photo credit: Dave Slater
LEGO fans rejoice! There were several special-edition DeLorean cars produced over the years, and the car is most notably featured as the time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. A total of six DeLorean chassis were used during the production, along with one manufactured out of fiberglass for scenes where a full-size DeLorean was needed to “fly” on-screen. Dave Slater decided to pay tribute by building a miniature replica using LEGO parts, complete with a tiny flux capacitor. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Priced at $400, this all-electric McLaren 720S for kids just might be the fastest toy this holiday season. It’s powered by a single electric motor that boosts the miniature replica to a zippy 3mph, and possibly faster. Yes, the car does have working brakes, complete with a brake light, while a speaker plays engine noise. Want to enjoy your own tunes? Simply plug in a USB stick or SD card after stepping into the vehicle using its dihedral doors. Read more for a video, another picture and additional information.
Mattel, Inc. unveils Hot Wheels id, the digital evolution of the brand that generations of kids grew up with. This high-tech update brings together physical and digital in a Mixed Play experience with uniquely identifiable vehicles, a smart Race Portal, Smart Track, and digital hub, so you can build your personalized fleet, measure your performance, and compete like never before. You’ll be able to scan your Hot Wheels iD cars digitally and then, challenge them to break records in both the real as well as virtual worlds. With the added ability to measure and clock speed, count laps and measure distance traveled on specially-designed tracks and playsets, Hot Wheels id amplifies the physical experiences kids have known for generations through digital play. Available starting June 14th exclusively through Apple and on the App Store. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.