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We now know a lot more about ‘Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit’

By AR, augmented reality, engadget, feature, gaming, mario, mario kart, mario kart live, mario kart live home circuit, mixed reality, nintendo, racing, toy, Toys

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit was actually announced last month, but today Nintendo revealed new details about the “mixed reality” game ahead of its launch on October 16th. The software is free to download but it won’t work without one of the …

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‘Minecraft Earth’ gets a bit more physical thanks to new NFC-enabled minis

By engadget, gaming, Mattel, Minecraft, minecraft dungeons, minecraft earth, Mobile, pokemon go, toy, toy fair, toy fair 2020, toyfair2020, Toys

When the mobile-based Minecraft Earth was announced last year, it immediately drew comparisons to Pokémon Go because of its use of augmented reality and location-based activities. But it was very different (as senior editor Jess Con…

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Hot Wheels brings its NFC-enabled stat-tracker to even more toys this year

By engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, home, hot wheels, hot wheels id, nfc, toy, toy fair, toy fair 2020, toyfair2020, Toys

For stats-obsessed kids, last year’s release of Hot Wheels ID was a godsend. The NFC-based system let you scan your cars into the app to keep tabs on how fast and how far the cars in your collection had traveled. And it definitely solved the problem…

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Hasbro’s flurry of ‘The Mandalorian’ toys includes an animatronic Baby Yoda

By baby yoda, disney, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, hasbro, operation, Streaming, the child, the mandalorian, toy, Toys

Disney’s bid to cash in on The Mandalorian’s success has come a long, long way from when the company was scrambling to release crudely-designed shirts. Hasbro is releasing a deluge of toys and games meant to capitalize on the streaming show, and it…

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Alexa-powered Lego challenge winners include a game system and waffle iron

By alexa, Amazon, diy, do it yourself, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, Internet, lego, lego mindstorms, Toys, video, voice assistant

Amazon and Lego have unveiled the winners of their Alexa-focused Mindstorms challenge, and they’re as clever and oddball as you’d hope. The grand prize winner is Jason Allemann’s Game Station, a project that uses Alexa for a five-game console — you…

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Blipblox is a synth made for kids that adults will like too

By art, av, blipblox, children, educational, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, hands-on, instrument, kids, music, musical instrument, playtime engineering, synth, synthesizer, toy, Toys, video

Blipblox is a synthesizer designed for children. The company behind it, Playtime Engineering, even calls it a toy. And it certainly looks like one. It’s made out of bright, glossy, primary-colored plastic. The large knobs and buttons are cle…

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Lego dives into the Upside Down with a ‘Stranger Things’ play set

By av, duffer brothers, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, lego, netflix, stranger things, television, toy, Toys, TV

Netflix’s Stranger Things already has a number of unusual if appropriate tie-ins, but this latest might top them all if you’re a die-hard fan. Lego is releasing a 2,287-piece Stranger Things set that recreates both the Byers’ home and its Upside Dow…

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Lego dives into the Upside Down with a ‘Stranger Things’ play set

By av, duffer brothers, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, lego, netflix, stranger things, television, toy, Toys, TV

Netflix’s Stranger Things already has a number of unusual if appropriate tie-ins, but this latest might top them all if you’re a die-hard fan. Lego is releasing a 2,287-piece Stranger Things set that recreates both the Byers’ home and its Upside Dow…

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Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

By augmentedreality, collectible, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, games, gaming, gear, Internet, Mobile, ninja, Streaming, toy fair 2019, toyfair, toyfair2019, Toys, Twitch, tylerblevins, videogames

You can’t usually show support for a game streamer in the real world outside of t-shirt and stickers, but Wicked Cool Toys is kicking things up a notch. It’s introducing a line of toys themed around streamers, starting with Twitch superstar Tyler “N…

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Owleez is the mutant offspring of a cuddly pet and a helicopter

By drone, Drones, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, home, OWL, owleez, robots, spin master, toy, toy fair, toy fair 2019, toyfair2019, Toys

Ask any parent of a school-aged child and they’ll probably tell you nurturing toys are big now. Those are the ones where petting and feeding it are not optional activities, thanks to a series of sensors embedded under the plaything’s surface. It’s li…

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Nerf’s ‘Fortnite’ guns will be here March 22nd

By engadget, Epic Games, epicgames, fortnite, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, hasbro, nerf, super soaker, supersoaker, toy fair, toy fair 2019, toyfair2019, Toys

If you thought Hasbro was already milking the Fortnite trend for all it’s worth with an official Nerf gun, you haven’t seen anything yet. The toy maker has unveiled its full line of Fortnite-themed Nerf guns (including Super Soakers), and while it’s…

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Hot Wheels’ new TechMods are remote-control cars you build yourself

By diy, do it yourself, doityourself, engadget, gaming, gear, hands-on, hot wheels, techmods, toy, toy fair, toy fair 2019, Toys, Transportation, video

Hot Wheels has excelled at merging the real and virtual worlds for the past few years, but a lot of that has been focused on the driving experience — specifically, how to make it more like a video game, with toys like Hot Wheels AI, Mindr…

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The first ‘Rocket League’ Hot Wheels car arrives this month

By av, die-cast, diecast, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, games, gaming, gear, hotwheels, Mattel, psyonix, rocketleague, toy, Toys, videogames

Want a tangible sign of your devotion to Rocket League, but would rather not drop $180 on an RC car kit or even several dollars on a Pull-Back Racer? Don’t worry, you can buy something with your pocket change. Hot Wheels is launching its first Rock…

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Engadget giveaway: Win a Vector smart robot courtesy of Anki!

By amazonalexa, anki, ankivector, buddy, contest, engadget, engadgetgiveaway, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, games, gaming, gear, givewaway, home, robots, services, Toys

The Anki Vector is more than a high-tech toy, it’s a little AI wonderbot with facial recognition, smart speaker tech and an array of sensors packed into a remarkably lifelike package. This robot should be fun to interact with by asking questions, pla…

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Hot Wheels’ real-life ‘Rocket League’ RC cars land November 1st

By engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, hotwheels, hotwheelsrc, rc, releasedate, remotecontrolled, rocketleague, rocketleaguerc, toy, Toys

If you’ve ever wondered what Rocket League would be like in real life, this RC version is as close of an approximation as you’ll get to the video game. As teased earlier this year, Hot Wheels and Psyonix have teamed up to build an actual physical ver…

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Lego’s new toy train is a STEM tool for preschoolers

By coding, codingexpress, commoncore, design, diy, do it yourself, doityourself, duplo, Education, engadget, firstlook, gear, impressions, lego, mindstorms, preschool, preview, stem, toy, Toys, train

Twenty years ago Lego introduced Mindstorms as a way to engage kids who were becoming more interested in video games and the internet than plastic building blocks. It was successful enough that the kits became a regular sight in robotics class…

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Air Hogs’ Supernova packs motion controls in a kid-friendly drone

By airhogs, airhogssupernova, drone, engadget, gear, quadcopter, robots, spinmaster, supernova, toy, toyfair, toyfair2018, Toys, video

Toy drones have been cheap and plentiful over the past few years, but it’s really hard for new products to stand out from the pack when they need to keep the price down and can’t throw in premium features like a 4K camera. But that hasn’t stopped Spi…

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Hot Wheels’ new AR track turns toy racing into a warzone

By augmoto, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, hotwheels, Mattel, Mobile, toy, toyfair, toyfair2018, Toys, Transportation, video

Hot Wheels may be known for little die-cast cars, but celebrating its 50th birthday this year doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past. The brand’s already given us AI-controlled racers and cars on virtual courses, but the one thing that’s gone largely un…

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Teach valuable STEM skills with electronic papercraft noisemakers

By books, conductiveink, electronic, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, gyroscope, keyboard, Kickstarter, papiermachine, stem, Toys

*Hitches up onion belt* Now back in my day, our papercraft activity books just folded up into something pretty. And we liked it that way. But you kids, with your Nintendoodads and Snapcharts, well that just isn’t good enough, is it? No, your paper-ba…

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Engadget giveaway: Win an Anki Cozmo robot and Overdrive racing set!

By anki, ankioverdrive, contest, cozmo, cozmocollectorsedition, engadget, fast&furious, gadgetry, Gadgets, games, gear, home, Mobile, racingcar, robots, Toys

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s always a good excuse to get in a little play time. Picking up a few items for yourself or guaranteeing second-hand fun after you gift them is a win-win scenario. This week, smart-gadget maker Anki has passed…

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