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4 Awesome New Toys Debuted at Toy Fair 2015

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Every February, New York City hosts Toy Fair, which gives us a sneak peek at all the toys that just might cause minor riots by the time the holidays roll around. When we visited Hasbro's showroom, we saw plenty of new playthings (for every age!) to get pumped about, from build-your-own lightsabers to truly transformative Transformers—and a little guy named Furbacca.

1. Star Wars Bladebuilders

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Although this year’s Toy Fair didn’t include the debut of any new toys from the upcoming sure-to-be-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there were plenty of other offerings to keep the Star Wars fan in your life very happy. In a firm nod to the new J.J. Abrams-directed feature—which appears to be populated by all sorts of strange new lightsabers, creations that place a premium on individual elements and a sense of DIY to the max—the new Bladebuilders toy promises to allow fans of the series the ability to make their own lightsaber, even if it’s not exactly canon.

The new Bladebuilder sets include a ton of interchangeable elements, including various blades (from foam to extendable), hilts that offer up more extensions than is probably wise, and a mess of lights and sounds. Every piece fits together with surprising ease, making it a little too easy to go to the Dark Side by way of a multi-blade lightsaber that looks dangerous to even carry.

2. Transformers Combiner Wars Devastator

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Oh, hello, giant Transformer. Devastator has long been one of the most powerful Constructicons in the Transformers universe, and while he’s appeared in toy form before, he’s never quite looked like this. A massive, multi-piece Voyager Class toy, the new Devastator breaks down into smaller Transformers—including Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Scrapper—which combine to form a hulking beast of a Transformer. Each piece will only be available in this new set —no individual Hooks or Scrappers—and all the various pieces fit together into one of the most impressive Transformers yet.

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Notice how each individual Transformer still retains its own look—a shovel made into a foot, a cement mixer into a leg—while forming the utterly devastating Devastator. Sure, most people would probably balk at a green and purple construction vehicle cruising towards them, but who could possibly guess what that colorful lil guy is a part of?

3. Jurassic World Figures

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This summer, humans will be heading back to Isla Nubar in Jurassic World. The new film picks up after the failure of Jurassic Park has been eclipsed by a newly relaunched and revitalized park—one that promises up a fun (and safe) experience with a bunch of genetically engineered dinosaurs. But where can I get a ticket to such a park?

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The new film may be all about happy visitors enjoying the park, but this new set of toys indicates that not everything is going to be all cotton candy and smiles, considering most of these playsets and figures include torn up (and frankly, pretty angry looking) dinosaurs snarling at each other. From the Tyrannosaurus Rex Lockdown set to a Pteranodon attacking a helicopter, something is going to go very wrong at Jurassic World, and soon everyone will be able to recreate it in toy format!

Most of the dinos yell and scream—including a new Velociraptor that offers up a “growling attack!” that might rival the first set of films. Although these new figures include plenty of familiar dinosaurs, like bloody T. rexes and Velociraptors named “Charlie,” there appear to be some new dinos zipping around the park—including an awkward aquatic creature that looks like a horrifying combo of a shark and a particularly mad raptor.

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Many of these playsets look familiar, too, including that T. rex pen and the iconic (and now updated) “Jurassic World” gate, but the dinosaur action has been improved on and refined. Think they can still open up kitchen doors?

4. Furbacca

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Few people may have ever dreamed of combining the charms of Star Wars’ own Chewbacca with ever-advancing Furby technology, but the mad geniuses at Hasbro have cooked up just such a thing for mass consumption. His name is Furbacca and you will love him.

The first Star Wars-centric (there may be more in our future!) Furby manages to look like both a standard Furby (loud, adorable, hairy) and the galaxy’s best sidekick (also loud, adorable, and hairy) in one teensy package. The normal Furby features are all here, and Furbacca responds to touch (head pats), feeding (approximated with a finger on his tongue, though an app will also be available for other feedings), and affection (tug meanly on his tail, and he’ll start playing the “Imperial March” in a high tone, otherwise he’ll happily roll his eyes in pleasure), but this is still a singularly Star Wars toy, as various intergalactic images flash across Furbacca’s eyes at various intervals (from lightsabers to the Death Star). Furbacca responds in kind to each image, from hopping with fear to gurgling in happiness. He’s a mostly upbeat little dude—even if he’s loud enough to hear across a bustling showroom—but he’s so charming that even his lack of manners is something to be loved.

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And, yes, he does include a tiny bandolier (holding eggs, because Furby) and a messenger bag. Even his fur is the perfect color. He’s perfect. We love you, Furbacca.

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