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A Golden Girls LEGO Set Is One Step Closer to Becoming Real

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LEGO Ideas

LEGO bricks may not come in floral prints or white wicker textures, but that hasn’t stopped Golden Girls enthusiasts from sharing their desire to see Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia—and yes, even Stan—turned into tiny plastic playthings.

As part of the LEGO Ideas initiative, in which fans submit and vote on each other’s proposals for new LEGO sets, Samuel Hatmaker (a “lifelong LEGO fan who works in product development and marketing in New York City” and goes by the handle lostsleep) has put forth a proposal for a Miami-Bricksburg mashup that would reconstruct the foyer, living room, and kitchen of the ladies’ fictional Florida bachelorette pad. But with a quirky, fourth wall-breaking touch: the house would be constructed as a television set, with one wall removed.

Even with 343 days left to go in the voting process, The Golden Girls LEGO Set has already gotten the thumbs up from 10,000 supporters—the total number needed in order for LEGO to take the idea seriously. And they do: LEGO Doctor Who came to be from another LEGO Ideas proposal.

Next up for Hatmaker is a LEGO Review, in which a team of designers and marketers evaluate its viability in the marketplace. If that goes well, the product goes into production to be sold around the world, with the creator earning both royalties and bragging rights.

“I have re-created many classic scenes from the show,” Hatmaker explains, “including a visit from Burt Reynolds, Rose shooting Blanche's vase, Dorothy playing ‘Grab That Dough,’ and Rose rescuing her Teddy bear from a mean little girl.” Clearly, the details of this proposed play set are in the hands of a true aficionado. Which means that he did not forget the cheesecake.

All photos courtesy LEGO Ideas.
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The NES Classic Edition Is Returning to Stores June 29
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It wasn’t easy to land an NES Classic Edition when Nintendo released it in November 2016. In fact, it was nearly impossible. Stores were selling through their (extremely limited) stock within hours of hitting shelves, and soon enough, the only way to actually get one was to pay well above the MSRP on eBay or through a scalper.

Nintendo is now giving people another shot to satisfy their 8-bit nostalgia as the company announced that the NES Classic Edition will be hitting stores yet again starting June 29. Best Buy has already gotten out in front of it, announcing that they will be using a ticketing system for the console similar to how they treat Black Friday—and both in-store and online orders will be limited to just one per customer.

Chances are, many major retailers that got shipments in 2016 will get new stock on Friday, but no one knows how many each store will get, exactly. Thrillist got in touch with stores like ThinkGeek—which said "We do know it will be similar to last time. So, people will have to act fast."—and GameStop, where some stores may just see 10 units overall on Friday. If you want to make sure you're not wasting your time, call ahead.

This all may sound like more gloom and doom from Nintendo, but in a Facebook post about the release, the company did say both the NES and SNES Classic Editions will be available through the end of the year, meaning that while you might not score one on the 29th, you could still get one with a little patience.

The NES Classic hitting stores on June 29 will be the same one released in 2016, with 30 pre-loaded games, like Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, retailing at $59.99. The company's renewed interest in the Classic Edition isn't just a U.S. thing; on July 7, gamers in Japan will be able to pick up a special gold Famicom Mini loaded with 20 games based on popular manga series like Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Fist of the North Star. Don't expect that one to make its way stateside, though.

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Flying Saucer Toy Recalled for Its Misleading Take on Nazi History
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Revell

A German toy has been recalled from shelves over concerns that it promoted an inaccurate glorification of Nazi history, Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog reports.

The toy in question, a 69-part model of a flying saucer called the Haunebu II, was inspired by a Nazi aircraft design that never flew. In the product description, its manufacturer, Revell, called it the "first space flight-capable object in the world," claiming it could fly "up to speeds of 6,000 kilometers per hour," or the equivalent of more than 3700 miles per hour. The image on the box showed a Nazi flying saucer covered in emblems of the Third Reich shooting down Allied planes. (The product is no longer listed on Revell's site, but there's a cached version here.)

The Nazis did want to develop space-ready aircraft, but they didn't succeed. They definitely never made a functional flying saucer like the one Revell was selling—it wouldn't have been technologically possible, historian Jens Wehner of the Military History Museum in Dresden explained to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. You don't get that sense from the product's design, packaging, and product description, though, which claims that "airworthy prototypes" of the flying saucer flew in 1943 and that the project was halted by World War II.

Suggesting that the Nazis had access to secret, superior space technology might lead some model builders to doubt current historical understanding of the Third Reich, fueling conspiracy theories. And it doesn't help that if there are two things conspiracy theorists love, it's Nazis and UFOs. Some already falsely claim that Germans set up a rocket-launch base in Antarctica and landed on the moon as early as 1942 (neither of which happened, we should emphasize), and toys like this only add to those myths.

Germany has strict laws designed to prevent anyone from glorifying its Nazi history, including statutes that criminalize Holocaust denial and banning anything that idealizes or pays homage to the Third Reich, including swastikas and Nazi salutes. In Austria, where Nazi glorification is also illegal, a Hitler impersonator was arrested in 2017 for posing for photos outside the dictator’s birthplace.

Revell's misleading flying saucer toy wasn't discontinued as a direct result of those laws, though. Instead, the company yanked the product after complaints from organizations like the German Children's Protection Association (DKSB) and Dresden's Military History Museum. The company is currently investigating how a product covered in Nazi symbols got to market at all.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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