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Zuru Toys is a curious outfit. On one hand, they have fantastic, original lines like their global hit Bunch O Balloons, this year's successful Smashers (now in Series Two) and one of my current Holiday Wish Guide™ picks - Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise (my girls LOVE theirs). But then they tread really close to other popular brands, releasing toys that there's no denying are at least inspired-by some heavy-hitters, perhaps stopping just short of being called something more unsavory... knockoffs. There's 5 Surprise, which as the name implies places five toys inside a round orb, no doubt taking some cues from MGA Entertainment's L.O.L. Surprise line, but packing-in toys akin to what you'd find in a 50¢ vending machine. Then you've got X-Shot, which is a straight-up competitor to Hasbro's NERF line; METAL MACHINES which is a value-priced diecast line that's clearly inspired by Mattel's Hot Wheels; Oosh which is essentially Educational Insights' Floam; you get the idea. Now they're chasing LEGO with MAX BUILD MORE, a new collection of "compatible" building bricks that's just launched as a Walmart (affiliate) exclusive. In a press release, Zuru touts them as "a premium quality, value-priced toy brick line -- compatible with all major toy brick brands and offering unbeatable value for budget with hundreds of high-quality bricks in each set for a fraction of the current price."

Word started circulating earlier this year that LEGO and Blizzard were collaborating on some new sets based on Overwatch, and within the past few weeks the real teasing began. Now comes word that the first LEGO Overwatch set will launch as a Blizzard Store Exclusive. The LEGO® Overwatch Omnic Bastion Building Kit (75987) is a 182-piece entry into a blocky new video game-inspired world. Check this out...

Several years in the making, the 150-acre LEGOLAND New York Resort will open to visitors in 2020, and this week the crew at Merlin Entertainment have unveiled the first look at the eight themed "lands" that will make up the family theme park. At a ceremony in Goshen, New York (60 miles outside of New York City), a 10-foot LEGO model of the entire theme park was shown for the very first time. Crafted from over 135,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGOLAND New York model took 20 Master Model Builders more than 1,300 hours to design and build. See the unveiling in the Facebook Live stream embedded below, along with all the details on the eight lands. The press conference starts at the 10:00 mark in the video...

It's a big day for movie trailers, and for this one we're looking ahead until February of the year 2019. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part takes things from the Mad Max-eque apocalypse that followed the events of "Taco Tuesday" and blasts off for some intergalactic adventure (soundtracked by the Beastie Boys, of course). Crank it up!

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As the saying goes, it's good to be bad... right? This fall, families will have a chance to do just that as they step into some villainous shoes in LEGO DC Super-Villains. The game will be available October 16, 2018 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC from WB Games (pre-order from GameStop - an affiliate), and now we've got the official announcement trailer and a look inside a world where the Justice League does not exist! Take a look...

Some of the coolest LEGO sets in recent years have spawned from the fan-generated LEGO Ideas program, and now the newest set is about to hit the streets. LEGO Ideas 21314 is the TRON: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible TRON grid with attachment points for the vehicles. There's three included LEGO minifigures - Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler - all ready to battle on their cycles or with their Identity Discs. The set will be available beginning March 31 exclusively at LEGO Store and LEGO Shop (and affiliate), with a limit of one per customer. Check out all the specs below!

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