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Jack knew something wasn’t right when he woke up. The covers were too hot on him and his head was pounding like he’d been drinking too much the night before. He shifted, trying to get his bearings, but at some point during the night, he must have pulled the covers over his head. He struggled free, enjoying the fresh air, before noticing a pair of paws on the bed. When he moved his arms, the paws moved too. What followed next was a confusing jumble of panic and incoherent screaming that came out as yowls.

He must have passed out again, because when he came to, he was still disoriented and nauseous. He confirmed that, no, it had not been a bad dream. Somehow, he’d grown four legs and a tail overnight.

After the initial panic, he jumped on his bedside table where his phone was, but he was uncoordinated, and ended up knocking the phone to the ground. He batted at it on the floor, but found that the battery had drained itself overnight when he’d forgotten to charge it.

Cursing and swearing to himself, he wandered his apartment on shaky legs. Thankfully, he hadn’t quite turned off the tap in the bathroom and the dripping of the faucet helped to parch his thirst as he tried to think of what try next. He needed to get help soon. Otherwise, he was going to end up starving to death in his own apartment.

In the living room, Jack found a window that he’d left open because it had been too hot last night. He squeezed out onto the fire escape and tried not to look down. It was strange in this body. Jack never had an issue with heights before, but now, a glance downward to the street had his head spinning with vertigo.

Left with no choice, Jack began to climb upward with the dim hope that someone had also left a window open.

He didn’t get too far before the enticing smell of spices and baked dough reminded him how hungry he was. He followed the smell until he staring into a kitchen where someone was bent over, pulling pies from an oven. Jack called out for the guy’s attention, and when he finally glanced in Jack’s direction, he scrambled to open the window.

“Hey, kitty. What are you doing so high up?” he asked. Jack stiffened when the guy picked him up, but he let himself get rescued from the precarious ledge. “Where did you come from?”

Help me! I’m not really a cat! Jack tried to say, but as expected, it came out in a series of pitched meows.

“Hmmm, okay. You hungry?” He set Jack on the floor to rummage around in his fridge. He set out a plate of leftover meatballs which Jack, losing his composure, attacked immediately.

“I’ll take care of you. Don’t worry, little–uh– guy?” He attempted to lift Jack’s tail to check, but Jack had hissed and swiped his claws. “Okay, never mind. We’re not going there,” he said backing off. Satisfied, Jack continued to eat, though with a suspicious eye on the guy who’d now dropped onto his stomach to watch Jack with a bright smile.

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Day One Hundred and Eight

-I heard a child’s voice shout, “Cowabunga!” They were not within my field of vision, so I cannot confirm the type of gnarly stunts that they have just pulled, but I am certain that they were suitably sick.

-Readers of these stories will know that I place a great deal of value in returning shopping carts to their rightful place post-purchase, but I would like now to add a stipulation to this rule. You are more than welcome to abandon motorized carts anywhere you may please. I will never complain about being paid to drive a go-kart through the store.

-A woman waved a Lego Batman backpack at me, asking if it was a good size for a four year-old. I was unsure whether she meant for one to carry or for carrying one. I nodded either way.

-A child demanded a toy despite his mother saying no and having to wrench it out of his hands. I placed it in a bin behind my register and continued the transaction, only to find the child behind the register with me, stealing the toy back. As his mother caught him, he threw himself to the floor and tried to crawl his way back to the toy, wailing and clawing as his mother held him by the ankle. His passion and perseverance will carry him far in life, and if he learns that shrieking and sneaking do not go hand in hand, and that he, more often than not, will lose in a battle of brawn with an opponent who can pick him up in one arm, nothing will be able to stop him.

-A three year old grew very concerned as I handed them a sticker, explaining that they weren’t sure if they could leave the store with it. Never has a face been filled with such a combination of ecstasy and disbelief as theirs when I told them that they could.

-A kind man purchases a few toys for his granddaughter. I slipped a handful of stickers into her bag as I handed it to her, and he slipped something to me in turn as I handed his receipt to him. It was not until they had already left that I looked down to see that if was an origami ring fashioned out of a dollar bill. I firmly believe this to be how all transactions should be carried out.

-My understanding of my luck has been reaffirmed today. Despite months of being perfectly cognizant and present for guests that will likely never give me a second thought, it was today that, in a state well beyond cold-induced delirium and incoherency, three readers recognized me and chatted with me for a while. I appreciate their kindness, but I hope their first impression is not one that will last.

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LEGO Dimensions

A new wave of LEGO Dimension content has just been revealed and it features characters from the Ghostbusters reboot, Adventure Time, A-Team, Mission Impossible, and Harry Potter as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Gremlins, The Goonies, Teen Titans Go!, Sonic the Hedgehog, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Beetlejuice and E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial.

Once again LEGO brings together a ton of awesome!

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1st video from LEGO Bionicle featuring the Summer Wave sets

LEGO 2016 Wave I (Jan-Jun)

Most of these upcoming LEGO sets have already been confirmed one way or the other. Quite a few things to look forward to – most of all the huge Ghostbusters HQ (+4,600 pieces / $350).

Last update: 10th November 2015

  • 60106 Fire Starter Set
  • 60107 Fire Ladder Truck
  • 60108 Fire Response Unit
  • 60109 Fire Boat
  • 60110 Fire Station
  • 60111 Fire Utility Truck
  • 60112 Fire Engine
  • 60113 Rally Car
  • 60114 Race Boat
  • 60115 4x4 Off-Roader
  • 60116 Ambulance Plane
  • 60117 Van and Caravan
  • 60118 Garbage Truck
  • 60119 Ferry
  • 60127 Prison Island Starter Set
  • 60128 Police Chase
  • 60129 Police Patrol Boat
  • 10251 Brick Bank
  • Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters
    • Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost
    • Also includes Slimer, a pink ghost and a blue ghost
  • 71011 Series 15 (January)
    • Consists of 16 minifigures: Queen, Exterminator, Jewel Thief, Tribal Woman, Dancer, Flying Warrior, Satyr, Evil Knight, Wrestling Champion, Shark Costume Guy, Clumsy Guy, Kendo Warrior, Astronaut, Robot with Laser, Concierge, Farmer
  • 71012 Disney Series (May)
  • 70310 Knighton Battle Blaster
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Knighton Knight and a Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70312 Lance’s Mecha Horse
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Lance, Lancebot and a Lava Monster Bowman
  • 70313 Moltor’s Lava Smasher
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Aaron Fox and Moltor
  • 70314 Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot 
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Macy Halbert and Beast Master
  • 70315 Clay’s Rumble Blade
    • Includes 5 minifigures: Clay Moorington, two Claybots, Lava Monster, Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70316 Jestro’s Evil Mobile
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Jestro and Lance
  • 70137 Fortrex
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Clay Moorington, Aaron Fox, Axl, Chef Robot, two Lava Monstersand a Lava Monster Swordsman
  • 70599 Cole’s Dragon
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Cole and Bucko
  • 70600 Ninja Bike Chase
    • Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: Kai, Nya and Sqiffy
  • 70601 Sky Shark
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Lloyd and Flintlocke
  • 70602 Jay’s Elemental Dragon
    • Includes 2 minifigures: Jay and Cyren, plus Monkey Wretch
  • 70603 Raid Zeppelin
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Zane, Doubloon and Clancee.
  • 70604 Tiger Widow Island
    • Includes 4 minifigures: Nya, Cole, Sensei Wu and Sqiffy, plus a Dogshank big figure
  • 70605 Misfortune’s Keep
    • Includes 6 minifigures: Jay, Lloyd, Kai, Bucko, Nadakhan and Flintlocke, plus Monkey Wretch
  • 75870 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • 75871 Ford Mustang GT
  • 75872 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
  • 75873 Audi R8 LMS ultra
  • 75874 Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race
  • 75875 Ford F-150 Raptor and Model A Hot Rod
  • 75876 Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane
  • 75127 Microfighters: The Ghost
    • Includes 1 minifigure: Hera Syndulla
  • 75128 Microfighters: Advanced TIE Prototype
    • Includes 1 minifigure: TIE Fighter Pilot
  • 75129 Microfighters: Wookie Gunship
    • Includes 1 minifigure: Chewbacca
  • 75127 Microfighters: AT-DP
    • Includes 1 minifigure: AT-DP Pilot
  • 75134 Galactic Empire Battle Pack
    • Includes 4 minifigures: 3 Imperial Stormtroopers and an Imperial Technician
  • 75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor
    • Includes an Obi-Wan Kenobi minifigure, plus an R4-P17 Astromech Droid
  • 75136 Droid Escape Pod
    • Includes 3 minifigures: C-3PO and 2 Jawas, plus an R2-D2 Astromech Droid
  • 75138 Hoth Attack
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Han Solo, an Snowtrooper and and a Rebel Trooper
  • 75141 Kanan’s Speeder Bike
    • Includes 3 minifigures: Kanan, an Imperial Pilot and and an Imperial Stormtrooper
  • 30446 Batmobile (Polybag)
  • 30604 Cosmic Boy (Polybag)
  • 76045 New Batmobile
  • 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave
  • 76053 Gotham City Cycle Chase
  • 76061 Batman vs Catwoman
  • 76062 Robin vs Bane
  • 76063 The Flash vs Captain Cold
  • 76048 Iron Skull Sub Attack
  • 76049 Avenjet Space Mission
  • 76064 Spider-Man vs Green Goblin
  • 76065 Captain America vs Red Skull
  • 76066 Hulk vs Ultron