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Large-Scale Legos: BrickExpo 2010

If you were lucky enough to be in Cincinnati last weekend, you could have seen some amazing Lego creations at the 2010 BrickExpo held at the Clemont County Fairgrounds. Inside a 6,000-square-foot building were many large-scale Lego creations by builders from all over the country.

Aside from incredibly detailed models of everything from planes, trains, and automobiles to a Gothic cathedral, one of the highlights of the show was a Lego creation of Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's finest hour, now known as "The Miracle on the Hudson." The impressive installation featured ships and Coast Guard helicopters coming to the aid of US Airways Flight 1549 after Sully was able to safely land the plane in the river last January.

Star Wars fans, you'll be amazed at the scale and attention to detail displayed in this scene from the famous attack on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The diorama, complete with AT-ATs, a torn-apart Millennium Falcon, and teeny-tiny Snowtroopers, will make any geeky boy or girl's heart skip a beat.

If sci-fi isn't your thing, maybe this massive sea battle between scurvy pirates and a respectable naval force will shiver yer timbers.

Some of the largest installations were entire (tiny) towns that featured very detailed skyscrapers and houses, all kinds of automobiles, varying topography, and even a rather bloody, but cute, shark attack.

For more from this very fun event, head over to the BrickExpo Flickr page to stare in awe at these amazing models.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Is Getting the Funko Treatment
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Though the New York Toy Fair—the largest trade show for playthings in the western hemisphere—won't officially kick off until Saturday, February 17, kids and kids-at-heart are already finding much to get excited about as the world's biggest toy companies ready to unleash their newest wares on the world. One item that has gotten us—and fans of fine parody songs everywhere—excited is "Weird Al" Yankovic's induction into the Funko Pop! family. The accordion-loving songwriter behind hits like "Eat It," "White & Nerdy," "Amish Paradise," and "Smells Like Nirvana" shared the news via Twitter, and included what we can only hope is a final rendering of his miniaturized, blockheaded vinyl likeness:

In late December, Funko announced that a Weird Al toy would be coming in 2018 as part of the beloved brand's Pop Rocks series. Though we know he'll be joined by Alice Cooper, Kurt Cobain, Elton John, and the members of Mötley Crüe, there's no word yet on exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on Pop! Al. But knowing that he's coming is enough … for now.

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