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Listen, we know you probably already saw the low-res images (complete with sweet glaring flash!) of LEGO's upcoming The Simpsons House set that surfaced over the weekend. They were everywhere. We don't blame you for looking. We did. But you know what? You deserve better. Hit the jump to see the official, hi-res images, along with an HD video of the set in action.
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A year or two ago, LEGO's DC Superheroes line released a set called "Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape." At the time, I thought it was pretty awesome -- It had minifigs for Batman, Robin, the Joker and Harley Quinn, an appropriately creepy setup for a villainous hideout, and even a little roller coaster car that traveled through it on tracks. It was neat. And then Brickbaron came along and basically made it look like baby school with his version of the Joker's funhouse, complete with carnival rides, deathtraps and puzzles, all of which are motorized to put the whole thing in motion.
It's quite possibly the coolest LEGO build I've ever seen. Check it out in full video, complete with sound effects for Batman's eternal spin-kick, below!
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Thanks to Wal-Mart Canada, fans can finally scope out next year's Marvel Super Heroes sets from LEGO. In the mix are sets that seem to sit nicely with the upcoming Marvel multimedia slate, including three Ultimate Spider-Man sets, and two Avengers Assemble sets. Sure, they're technically based on Disney XD's current two Marvel cartoons, but there's a prominent Electro minifigure ripe for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie release this summer. Perhaps best of all, though, is the reveal of LEGO MODOK. Take a look after the jump.
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Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
There are a lot of factors that go into loving a toy. Some are tangible, others less so. Being awesome can't hurt, though, and ComicsAlliance saw plenty of that quality manifest across toydom in 2013. One theme that stood out this year especially, though? New spins on old favorites. From the mighty Titan Class Metroplex to the NES-inspired Jason of Friday the 13th fame, toymakers went beyond kicking out mere nostalgia cash-grabs and elevated familiar characters with state-of-the-art toy tech. Hit the jump to browse some of CA's favorite toys from 2013.
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