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IKEA Set to Release a Line of Toys Designed by Children for Charity

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In 2003, Swedish furniture giant IKEA launched the Soft Toys for Education charity program, in collaboration with UNICEF and Save the Children. The goal: to provide educational opportunities for poor children in developing countries. Since the program's launch 12 years ago, the organizations have raised over $101 million, reaching 11 million children from 46 countries. In an effort to keep up the momentum, IKEA has revealed a new line of soft toys available this season, each designed by a child as a part of the Soft Toys Drawing Competition.

Children from all over the world submitted toy designs for the contest, and 10 were chosen to have their imaginative creatures brought to life as stuffed animals. The designs range from a bat, to an armless dinosaur, to an orange unicorn. Toyland has published images of the original drawings side-by-side with the new products to show just how true IKEA stayed to the source material. 

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According to IKEA's press release, for every soft toy from the SAGOSKATT collection and every children's book sold between November 1 and December 26, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.11 (approximately 1 Euro) to UNICEF and Save the Children. "This means that children are helping children to build a better future for themselves,” IKEA Sweden Product Developer Bodil Fritjofsson said in a statement. "All children should have the opportunity to go to school," added IKEA President Lars Petersson. "We continue to put our hearts into selling IKEA soft toys so that children in the most poverty stricken areas can benefit by getting a good education ... We hope our U.S. customers—and all the world—will support this program so more children will have the opportunity to continue their education and help build a brighter future."

The toys are now available on the IKEA U.S. website. Head over to IKEA to learn more about Soft Toys for Education—and to grab a few for the kid in your life.

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New LEGO Set Recreates Jurassic Park's Iconic Velociraptor Chase Scenes
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, is skulking into theaters on June 22. That makes now the perfect time to revisit the original film in LEGO form.

This LEGO set, spotted by Nerdist, depicts some of the most suspenseful scenes from the 1993 movie. There's the main computer room where Ariana Richards's Lex shows off her hacker skills while Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) struggle to keep a hungry dinosaur from barging in. Just like in the film, the door features a deadbolt lock that's velociraptor-proof (though, unfortunately for the characters, the detachable window is not). Other Easter eggs hidden in this part include a map of Isla Nublar and a screener saver of LEGO Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight).

In the neighboring room, you'll find the cold storage unit where the dinosaur embryos are kept, along with the fake shaving cream can Nedry uses to steal them. The final section is the kitchen, where Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex are stalked by the velociraptor. There's less room for them to hide in the LEGO version compared to the movie set, but there is at least one functioning cabinet for Lex to tuck herself into. Closer inspection reveals even more details from the film, like the lime-green Jello Lex is eating when the raptors first arrive and the step ladder the gang uses to escape into the air ducts during the final chase.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

The Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase set is currently available from the LEGO shop for $40.

[h/t Nerdist]

All images courtesy of LEGO.

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The Sandlot Funko POPs! Are Coming

In 1993, a 1960s-set family film about a group of baseball-loving kids charmed youngsters and adults alike, and turned The Sandlot into a bona fide hit. Now, 25 years later, Scotty Smalls and the rest of the gang are getting the ultimate pop culture recognition as toy giant Funko has announced a line of POP! toys in the cast’s likeness. A black-eyed Smalls, Benny the Jet, Squints, and Ham (pointing to the fences) will all get their own vinyl figures—which you can also buy as a set—but that won’t be the end of The Sandlot fun.

GameStop shoppers will have exclusive access to The Beast, the baseball-chowing neighborhood hound, while Target will have a special two-pack featuring Squints and Wendy Peffercorn.

While the film’s official 25th anniversary is this month, you’ll have to wait until June to get your hands on these toys. But once you've got them, where, when, and how often you repeat the phrase “You’re killing me, Smalls” is completely up to you.

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