A group of LEGO builders recently built a giant 8-foot by 4-foot LEGO Han Solo in carbonite. Because why not? It was made to promote the 2020 release of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo aka E3.
The sculpture was made from 49,735 individual LEGO pieces, took 38 hours to design, and 210 hours to build. Too bad I can’t hang this up in my palace. Then again, it’s also too bad I don’t have Slave Leia kneeling beside my throne either. But I do have my own Salacious Crumb sitting nearby and cackling every time I make a joke. Long story.
So far I haven’t heard any reports that a bounty hunter snuck into E3 at night and defrosted Minifig Solo, but I would be very disappointed if this didn’t happen. Maybe a Jedi like me should go rescue him. Nah, I’m not up for fighting a Rancor monster and battling on several sail barges. Let someone else handle it.
Over the years around here, we have perused ThinkGeek on the daily looking for cool stuff that geeks would want. We’ve also purchased more than a few of those geeky items for ourselves. I still have that air guitar shirt that plays music around here somewhere.
ThinkGeek was gobbled up by GameStop a while back, and the two maintain separate stores, with some ThinkGeek items at GameStop stores. ThinkGeek has now announced that it officially closing up shop and everything is going to GameStop – that’s a sad day for geekdom.
This kind of sucks. We like ThinkGeek, and it doesn’t appear that any fans of the website are happy about the deal. As more and more games move to streaming and download formats, GameStop is seen as a sinking ship, and it might take ThinkGeek with it. Sad we are today.
When Arnold said “I’ll be Back” in The Terminator, he solidified his throne as the summer blockbuster lead for the next several decades. The T-800 has appeared in several sequels, and this November he’s back again in Terminator: Dark Fate.
The figure is fully-articulated with “movie accurate” details and and authorized likeness of Arnie. It comes with an interchangeable head wearing sunglasses, and three deadly looking weapons to wield, presumably at the same time.
Chinese tech company DJI is best known for its excellent photography drones. Now they’ve taken their expertise in remote-controlled vehicle design, and applied it to an earth-bound vehicle, dubbed the RoboMaster S1.
This $499 robot isn’t just for play though, it’s designed to teach kids (and kids at heart) about robotics. This thing looks like a really sophisticated bit of tech, packing in the ability to program 46 different components, and 6 AI modules using Scratch 3.0, an easy-to-use graphical interface, or directly via Python. It comes as a kit, but doesn’t look too difficult to assemble – just enough that you’ll learn about the various components that go into a robot.
The RoboMaster S1 features an on-board, gimbal-stabilized HD camera, and can move swiftly in any direction thanks to its sweet mecanum wheels, each with its own independent drive motor. It also packs a remote-controlled blaster that fires gel projectiles, and each one has sensors in its armor so you can play battle games if you have multiple RoboMasters in the same space.
The robot also has a variety of sensors, so it can recognize lines, object markers, people, clapping, gestures, and even its own kind – other S1 robots. Combining these sensors and AI tech, it can even drive itself around a space autonomously.
The DJI RoboMaster S1 is available for order now for $499, and looks like an incredible bit of tech for both play and learning.
Jeopardy has been on TV seemingly forever, and with the recent health woes of host Alex Trebek, it’s possible it won’t be on the air too much longer. You can pay tribute to your favorite very serious game show host with this Funko Pop! Alex Trebek figure.
The figure features a modern-day likeness of a grey-haired Trebek, as he reads off a Final Jeopardy question in his dapper suit. If you’re really lucky, you might get the rare limited “Chase” edition of the figure, which features a more youthful Alex, complete with moustache.
The figures are sent out at random, so you get what you get if you buy one and don’t get the rare edition. “Alex, What is, throw a fit?” You can grab one over at Amazon for about $10, or you can cut right to the chase and guarantee yourself the Chase edition for about $40.
LEGO makes some really cool kits, but has never released a set that looked like an arcade machine. But after seeing this awesome build by brick-building expert Frostbricks, we really hope they consider it. What you’re looking at here is a LEGO version of the arcade classic Donkey Kong.
It’s got everything you know and love about the classic Nintendo arcade game, including those wonky red girders and blue ladders, and figures of Jumpman, the Princess, and a brick-build version of that annoying barrel-tossing monkey. I hope that Frostbricks submits this to LEGO Ideas, as I’d love to see a whole series of LEGO classic arcade machines. I’d certainly buy them.
Be sure to check out Frostbrick’s gallery and Instagram page for more awesome LEGO creations and some of his sweet toy photography. I especially love the fast food stands that look like a burger, fries, and a shake.
Of all the toys that you could give your kid to either terrify them or make them laugh hysterically, the jack-in-the-box is it. But this version doesn’t have the creepy clown inside, it has Deadpool inside. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing for the little ones.
Naturally, the tin box he hides inside looks like a taco truck. When you spin the handle “Pop goes the weasel” plays. We’ve been assured he doesn’t swear when he pops out of the box though, so I guess it’s sort of kid friendly.
It’s a limited edition with 2,394 units to be made. Each one is individually numbered with a holographic sticker. This item is meant to be a San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive. If all the units sell out, there will be no more. You can preorder one for $29.99 at Entertainment Earth with shipping expected in July.
What’s better than Rick and Morty? Well yeah, a new season, I hear that. But aside from that, if you add in some Dungeons & Dragons action, it makes everything better. And crazier. This officially-licensed Rick and Morty merch is the ultimate crossover.
But this is so much more than a comic book. This edition has character sheets, extra art, and an exclusive module to play the events of the comic as your next D&D campaign. Nice. Read it, play it, live it. A fun adventure through the multiverse awaits. Play time is about an hour to two hours, but you can always extend that to however long you want.
Come on, you know that you’ve been itching to roll up your character as Pickle Rick. This will be a lot of fun for fans of the hit animated series or as we used to call them, cartoons. Grab your copy now at ThinkGeek for $24.99.
Arya Stark went from a rather petulant child to a full-on badass over the years on Game of Thrones. Fans of the show who watched the behind the scenes documentary that aired after the finale might have forgotten just how young she was when the show first started. This action figure of Arya is based on her appearance in the seventh season of the HBO series.
The 6″ McFarlane toys figure has 12 points of articulation and comes with accessories. It includes Needle, a Valyrian steel dagger, and other “screen accurate” accessories. It would probably shag any Gendry action figures in the vicinity, and be sure not to let it near your Night King action figures. It’s available for pre-order now for $19.99 at Entertainment Earth.
LEGO doesn’t make an official Godzilla set, but it should, and it should look exactly like this guy. He looks awesome, and is pretty smooth considering he’s made entirely of LEGO bricks. This LEGO MOC Godzilla by Redditor u/frenchybricksjunky is just amazing, and arrived on the scene in time for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
This monster model is massive too, packing in some 4,000 pieces. Even better, this model is also fully articulated, allowing it to be adjusted into various poses. This isn’t some small action figure, which is why it took him an entire 4 months to complete. I have to say, the end result is pretty impressive. Especially considering that studs-not-on-top texture, which isn’t easy to do with LEGO.
If you want to create your own LEGO Godzilla, you can because Frenchy Bricks Junky is selling instructions for this version of the famous kaiju. It will cost you 20 euros (~$22.40 USD), and of course the cost of the LEGO bricks you need.
Let him stomp around your home, maybe build a Mothra for him to fight too. This giant LEGO Godzilla is truly King of LEGO monsters.