A Towering 1771-Piece Yoda Leads a New LEGO Star Wars Collection

LEGO
LEGO

This winter promises to be a busy one for fans of the Star Wars franchise. The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars television series, arrives on the Disney+ streaming service on its launch day, November 12. A few weeks later, the ninth chapter in the theatrical series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, hits theaters on December 20. For LEGO fans, that means a fresh wave of new Star Wars sets to help you further immerse yourself in the space opera.

On October 4, which LEGO has dubbed Triple Force Friday, the company officially made its eight new sets available to the public. Though the sets depict vehicles and scenes from the upcoming TV series and movie, the most striking of these may be the towering Yoda figure, which stands an impressive 16 inches tall when all 1771 pieces are fully assembled. The diminutive Jedi features an articulated head, eyebrows, fingers, and toes. He also comes with a lightsaber as well as a Yoda minifigure. You can buy it from LEGO now for $99.99. 

A LEGO Star Wars Yoda set is pictured
LEGO

Other new releases include a Death Star Cannon ($19.99); a Resistance A-Wing Starfighter ($29.99); a Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter ($69.99); a multi-vehicle Pasaana Speeder Chase set, which is inspired by a sequence in The Rise of Skywalker ($39.99); an AT-ST Raider from The Mandalorian ($49.99); Kylo Ren’s Shuttle ($119.99); and another iteration of the Millennium Falcon as it appears in the new film ($159.99).

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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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