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Shanghai police arrested 25 suspects over a counterfeit anime toys / figure operation that netted over $42,000,000 USD. It all kicked off when back in June, police in the Huangpu district received a tip from an unnamed source and discovered these roughly made toys being sold in many shops, which included famous brands like Bandai Namco, Megahouse and Nintendo. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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When is LEGO not just something you use to build static sculptures? When BuWizz gets their hands on the bricks. The team used nearly 8,000 LEGO pieces, 32 L motors, 8 BuWizz bricks, and the BuWizz app to create a life-sized go-kart that can hit a top speed of 2.5 mph. Sure, it may not be a speed demon, but the idea that one day anyone will be able to create things like this at home was more than worth the hundreds of hours it took to build. Read more for two videos and additional information.
In the Star Wars universe, the X-Wing starfighter is a light escort and reconnaissance craft of the Rebel Alliance, New Republic and the Resistance. It comes armed with four laser cannons, two proton torpedo launchers, deflector shields, Class-1 superluminal hyperdrive, a repair astromech, and a full life support system. This life-sized LEGO version may not be equipped with battle, but it did take 2.5-million bricks to complete. Read more for an up-close video and additional information.
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Inspired by fighter planes, the 2 Jet Z by Luis Rodriguez is a real Toyota Supra-sourced 3.0-liter 2JZ inline-6 powered Hot Wheels car that you can actually drive. Weighing just a mere 1,650-pounds, the big-turbo setup on 2JZ pumps out an eye-watering 627 horsepower, making it feel like you’re driving an actual low-flying jet. For daily driving, there’s a more tame driving mode that pushes 525 horsepower.Read more to see Jay Leno go for a drive in this unique beast.
Created by LEGO Lead Model Designer Greg Omartian and Senior Model Builder Jeff Rushby, this life-sized Iron Man that stands 6.5-feet-tall made its debut at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. It’s modeled after Tony Stark’s Mark LXXXV suit from Avengers: Endgame and took exactly 35,119 LEGO pieces over 255-hours to complete. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The original Bugatti Type 35 was the most successful of the automaker’s racing models, winning over 1,000 races in its time. It won the Grand Prix World Championship in 1926 after winning 351 races and setting 47 records in the two prior years. At its peak, Type 35s averaged 14 race wins per week. In 1926 Ettore Bugatti built a half-scale Type 35 for his son Roland, and it was so popular that they produced 500 of them between 1927 and 1936. Now, to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary, they’re reviving the half-scale model, but with an electric twist at 3/4 scale. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Technic (42110) Land Rover Defender has just been unveiled, and it’s been launched alongside the new 2020 Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At 2,573-pieces, this kit includes authentic body panels / rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, a fully independent suspension, functional winch, and LEGO Technic’s most sophisticated gearbox yet. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
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.