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Introducing The Beast, a 839-Foot Inflatable Obstacle Course for Adults

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For some kids, no backyard birthday celebration is complete without a bounce house. Since an inner child lurks inside every adult party guest, Travel + Leisure reports that a Belgian company called V-Formation has created what’s billed as the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, designed for grown-ups.

Called The Beast, the course features 839 feet (that’s longer than two football fields combined) of inflatable plastic fun, with 32 different obstacle course pieces—think bouncy balls, air-filled walls, nets, and other soft barriers—that can be assembled according to personal preference.

Sadly, you can’t purchase The Beast for your own backyard, as it appears to be one-of-a-kind. However, you can book it for private, corporate, and public events, by reaching out to V-Formation. And if you live in England, you can catch The Beast at the Betteshanger Country Park in Kent, from May 26 to 29; and at the Extreme Festival, a “brand new festival for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies,” held at Kent’s Groombridge Place Estates from April 29 to 30.

Watch how The Beast works below.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Stop-Motion Artists Make LEGOs for Breakfast
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LEGO bricks are made from plastic, but a clever stop-motion video makes the toys look tasty enough to eat. The filmmakers behind BrickBrosProductions—a LEGO-focused YouTube channel featuring stop-motion animations, tutorials, reviews, and more—created the film below, which follows a chef as he whips up a home-cooked breakfast using unorthodox ingredients: LEGO pieces crafted to look like butter, eggs, milk, bread, and jam.

The video took three days to film and was shot at a rate of 15 frames per second, Matthew—one half of the filmmaking team—told Ireland's The Independent. “The total amount of pictures taken for the brick film was 1500," he added.

Video edits took around two days to complete, and the filmmakers also added sound effects, including the real sounds of breaking eggs and pouring eggs. Hungry LEGO fans can watch the final product below:

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This Voltron LEGO Set Is Almost Ready to Assemble
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In spite of the fact they need no outside help whatsoever in building a billion-dollar toy empire, and that amateur submissions to toy companies often go unnoticed, building block giant LEGO has had great success fielding ideas from their devoted fanbase. LEGO Ideas regularly sifts through submissions that have accumulated 10,000 votes of support among visitors to determine their popularity and practicality.

For their summer 2017 review, they’ve decided a fan’s idea to revisit a classic 1980s Japanese anime ticked all the right boxes: Voltron will be coming to stores in 2018.

LEGO announced the winners on its website. The concept for Voltron—a giant, sword-wielding robot compromised of five smaller robots—was pitched by Leandro Tayag, a fan from Malaysia who created a mock-up of what the giant ‘bot might look like.

A prototype of a LEGO Voltron set
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A 41-year-old software architect, Tayag says he was inspired by his love for the giant robot genre in the 1980s. After designing the 2100-brick prototype, Tayag’s idea received a voice of support from Voltron license holder Bob Koplar. It only took 22 days for LEGO fandom to meet the required 10,000 votes in order for LEGO management to review the pitch.

No firm release date or price point has been announced, but LEGO expects the set to go into development shortly. Another winner, a LEGO message in a bottle, is also expected to hit shelves next year.

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