17 Photos Tags See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years Lego Movie 2 star Chris Pratt gets meta with Chris Pratt minifigs Lego Movie 2’s Apocalypseburg set overflows with whopping 3,000 pieces Lego bricks outshine gold bars as investments, study finds Enlarge ImageQueen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace. Lego Queen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace, which has 995 pieces, retails for $100 (around £78, AU$140). The bubble-looking Space Palace set includes minifigures for Bachelor Batman, Celeste, Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi and the Royal Guard. The multi-level palace set also features a rotating top section with a detachable rocket plus opening pods. There’s even a smoothie maker and a DJ booth.The 691-piece Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa Lego set retails for $70 (around £54, AU$98), and comes with figures for Benny, Washed-out Wyldstyle, Balthazar, Unikitty, Flaminga, Eight, Archimedes and Balthazar vampire bat.Enlarge ImageShimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa Lego The Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa also has revolving wall for Balthazar to transform into a vampire bat — plus a hot tub, a massage table and more.All three sets will be available in stores this spring. Build Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech as scene in Lego Movie 2. Lego When a film is all about Lego like Lego Movie 2 it’s bound to inspire plenty of Lego kits. Previously, we’ve seen the whopping 3,000-piece Apocalypseburg set, and now there are more sets on the way.Lego Group announced on Tuesday, in advance of its presence at New York Toy Fair, three new Lego Movie 2 sets. The new sets include Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech, Queen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace and Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa. Fans can build Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech as seen in Lego Movie 2. The 322-piece Lego set retails for $30 (around £23, AU$42). The couch set comes with various figures including Emmet, Sweet Mayhem and a brand new Unikitty as Rampage Kitty figure. Share your voice 1 Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies More Lego Comment Lego
Vivo India under fire for sacking employeesFacebook/VivoIndiaChinese smartphone manufacturing firm Vivo has come under fire after it sacked about 20 employees on Tuesday, July 25. Following the layoffs, over 100 employees gathered at the brand’s Greater Noida manufacturing plant and protested against the company and even clashed with its security personnel.The employees of the organisation said that those sacked were not given prior notice and had no alternate jobs to fall back on. The employees were reportedly told to wind up after lunch as there was not enough work for them. There were also rumours that the firm was gearing up to lay off more number of employees after which the tensions are said to have escalated.”Believing the information, the employees stopped their work, and started gathering inside the premises. They soon started raising slogans against the company management. The officials tried to pacify them but they did not listen,” the Times of India quoted an official as saying.The protesting employees are said to have vandalised the Greater Noida office premises and broke some equipment. Some of them are also said to have stolen mobile phones. The Greater Noida police then had to step in and control the protest and six persons were arrested. The police are also going through the CCTV footages to identify others.”The police team conducted a search at the company premises and arrested six persons. The accused were produced in court and sent to judicial custody,” Nishank Sharma, CO II, Greater Noida, told the daily.Post the clash, the Vivo office remained closed on Wednesday, and the officials said that they were assessing the damage and carrying out maintenance and repair work.Meanwhile, speaking of the layoffs, Vivo India said that they were in tune with the company’s business decision. “We look at staffing the right size in various divisions to improve productivity. The layoff is in line with this business decision,” Vivo India told International Business Times India. Vivo is here with on-screen fingerprint scanner smartphoneInternational Business Times, India | Kukil Bora”We have strictly adhered to the rules and regulations and the contract, and are taking all the right measures to ensure a peaceful transition keeping their best interests in consideration.”Vivo has been doing well for itself in India. Apart from making a mark in the mobile phone market with an array of devices, it recently extended the title sponsorship contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL) by five years and has also acquired the rights of becoming the title sponsors of the Pro-Kabaddi League for five years. The deal is valued at Rs 300 crore.
On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We get an update from the National Weather Service on the heavy rain that’s been affecting the region.And, since Hurricane Harvey made landfall nearly two years ago, we’ve heard more and more about how Houston’s concrete landscape worsens flooding. Despite the warnings, the city continues to allow development in places experts say it shouldn’t. News 88.7’s Jen Rice takes a closer look.Also this hour: Local and state officials are joining the call from Congress for the White House to release billions allocated more than a year ago to Texas. But will the full court press work? We discuss that and other recent developments in our weekly political roundup.Plus, there are all sorts of great restaurants in Houston — many known for their food and atmosphere. But some are known for their kitsch. Our foodies from The Full Menu share some of their favorite unique themed restaurants around town.And musician Pete Yorn performs two new singles off his upcoming album.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen