Hello Uglydoll

Hello Kitty UglydollThe good, the bad and the ugly…well not so much the bad, are the best words to describe the new collaboration between Hello Kitty and Uglydoll. The new co-branded line will feature Hello Kitty decked out in a variety of Uglydoll costumes. Under development for two years, the Hello Kitty Uglydoll plushes are made by Gund are set to make their entrance at this years San Diego Comic-Con.

Source: Kidscreen

Scalpers Get Their Very Own Action Figure

GI Joe Scalper Action FigureWhat Cobra is to G.I Joe, scalpers are to toy collectors. This dislike towards the dreaded scalper has led to the creation of  a custom G.I Joe action figure, that would look fitting next to the likes of Cobra Commander, by HISSTank member Wyo. Called the Toy Capatalist , the figure represents a stereotypical depiction of the toy scalper, who scavenges stores to purchase hard to find toys, such as action figures, and sell them for much higher prices on internet auction sites and other eCommerce outlets.

LEGO Creator Sydney Opera House Set Announced

LEGO Creator 10234 Sydney Opera HouseWhile the LEGO Architecture line has already played host to a Sydney Opera House set, a new, much larger version will soon be available under the LEGO Creator Umbrella. 10234 Sydney Opera House features 2,989 pieces and is 11 inches tall and 25 inches in length. The set is built upon a 48 x 48 inch baseplate, which has traditionally only been available in grey, but for the first time will be available in blue for the set. Priced at $319.99, the set will be available this September.

Source: Brickset (Image)

Building With Your iPhone and LEGO Bricks

iPhone 5 Brick Lightning CapYour iPhone can make quite the “brick”, as Taiwanese outfit KBme2 new Brick Lightning Cap has shown. Made to cover the iPhone 5’s Lightning port, the adapter comes in two different sizes, 2 x 1 and 4 x 1.

KBme2 iPhone 5 Brick Lightning CapNot only does this allow one to build stands, cases or other accessories for the iPhone 5, but it also allows for the iPhone to be incorporated into LEGO creations. While not yet available for sale, KBme2 will be manufacturing an aluminum version that will be for sale in the near future.

New Pacific Rim Heroclix Line On Its Way

Pacific Rim HeroclixWizkids will be adding a new line based on the upcoming film Pacific Rim, to its flagship collectible miniature game HeroClix. 10 different figures based upon characters from Guillermo del Toro will be part of the line, with each individual miniature being blind boxed. More information on the Pacific Rim line is expected from Wizkids soon while the movie itself will be released on July 12th, 2013.

Matchbox Launches 60th Anniversary Line

Matchboxs 60th Anniversary Line

Mattel is launching a line of 24 diecast vehicles to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Matchbox.  Featuring the likes of the Lamorghini Giardo Police Car, Aston Martin DBS Volante, Jeep Wrangler Superlift and Porsche 911 GT3 2007, Mattel has suggested the diecast models would make a “a great alternative gift for Father’s Day”. Each of the 24 diecast cars that are part of the line will be packed in a classic matchbox sized box.

Source: Toy News

LEGO Minifigure Faces Are Beginning To Look Angrier

LEGO Minifigure FacesUniversity of Canterbury researcher Christoph Bartneck says the faces of LEGO Minifigures have gotten angrier looking over time. Bartneck asked a sampling of adults to categorize the emotions of the 3655 different types of minifigure faces produced by LEGO between 1975 and 2010. While 324 of the figures still featured happy expressions, 192 featured angry ones. Over time, the increase in angry faces has paralleled the rise of licensed themes in the LEGO lineup, whose characters often feature angrier expressions. While the effect of such angrier faces of LEGO minifigures has not been researched, researchers seemed concern about how children would interpret such expressions.

Source: Smithsonian, Research Digest, CPB

BrickPi Brings Together LEGO Mindstorms and Rasberry Pi

BrickPiDexter Industries new BrickPi board brings together the world of LEGO and that of Rasberry Pi. The BrickPi board allows for the Rasberry Pi , a single board computer the size of a credit card, to control up to 3 LEGO Mindstorms motors and 4 LEGO Mindstorms sensors. The BrickPi, Rasberry Pi, motors, and sensors will all be powered with an attached 9V power source.

The ability to utilize the full LEGO system while harnessing the power and versatility of the Rasberry Pi board will allow for the building of some very interesting robots once the BrickPi has been released. Dexter Industries has already run a successful Kickstarter campaign for the BrickPi board and is aiming to ship them by August of this year.

Even with the financial success of Dexter Industries KickStarter campaign, the firm has kept the design of BrickPi open, allowing for anyone to copy or modify the board, in hopes of advancing the education mission of the project.