• Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Ever wanted to build your own mini-city on a tabletop, but realized there weren’t too many options in toy buildings and other infrastructure available at hobby shops?  Yeah, city building fans are like unwanted children when it comes to fun things.  If you’d still like to take a break from SimCity to build miniature urban landscapes you can touch, Ittyblox offers a potential avenue to satiate your longing. Created by architectural enthusiast Steve Fox, it’s a series of 3D-printed buildings [...]

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  • Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    It’s not quite the hoverboard we wanted, but given the absolutely barren list of choices, the Hendo Hoverboard is the one we want anyway.  Yes, someone finally made a real hoverboard that can lift a short distance off the ground while supporting the weight of an adult on top. Unlike the one Marty McFly rode in the Back to the Future movies, you can’t exactly take this one out for a spin around the neighborhood.  That’s because it can only [...]

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  • These DIY Wintercroft Masks Make For Beautiful Low-Cost Halloween Costumes

    These DIY Wintercroft Masks Make For Beautiful Low-Cost Halloween Costumes

    You hate dressing up for Halloween, but don’t like being the Debbie Downer of the gang, either, so you’ve decided to buy a mask to wear for this year’s festivities.  Except all the cheap masks in the store are really crappy and it’s too late to order those Freak Masks from the internet and you don’t really want to spend a lot of money and you don’t know what to do.  How about you make your own using these printable [...]

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  • The Mozartkugel Music Box Is The Random Desk Toy You Never Knew You Wanted

    The Mozartkugel Music Box Is The Random Desk Toy You Never Knew You Wanted

    Looking for a way to inject some culture into your cold, unwelcoming cubicle at work?  Try this Mozartkugel Music Box, an odd-looking desk toy that will play Mozart’s “Voi che sapete” on cue. Designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen, it’s an adult take on the classic childhood music box that automatically plays music when opened.  You know, like those toys that will mysteriously open and play music in haunted house movies even though the protagonist was sure it was [...]

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  • MyBuild Robot Frame Lets You Build Articulated LEGO Robot Figures

    MyBuild Robot Frame Lets You Build Articulated LEGO Robot Figures

    Building LEGO robot figures is fun and all, but if all they can do is stand there all stiff, they can only be so much fun to play with.  While using LEGO Technic pieces can let you make articulated robot parts, this new solution called MyBuild Robot Frame offers what appears to be a simpler, more cost-effective approach.  If you have access to a 3D printer, that is. Made by Hero Design Studio, it’s a 3D model for an articulated [...]

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  • Crazy Cart XL: Everyone’s Favorite Drifting Toy, Now For Grownups

    Crazy Cart XL: Everyone’s Favorite Drifting Toy, Now For Grownups

    Razor’s Crazy Cart is one of the most amazing toys ever created, giving kids an insane drifting machine that can turn any empty room into a veritable wonderland.  It’s so amazing, in fact, that even grown-ups want one.  And, soon, they can with the new Crazy Cart XL. Designed for adults, the new ride is bigger, faster, and downright crazier than the original kiddie version.  Sure, it’s no actual drift car like Ken Block would drive, but we doubt you [...]

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  • These Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Are The RC Fingerboards You Never Knew You Wanted

    These Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Are The RC Fingerboards You Never Knew You Wanted

    It was a long time ago when you came to terms with the fact that you sucked at doing tricks on a skateboard.  Being a frustrated skater, you turned your attention to fingerboarding.  Except you’re so clumsy, you sucked at that, too.  Don’t worry, it’s not time to give up yet.  If you’re any good at mashing buttons and moving joysticks, these new Tony Hawk Circuit Boards might just be the thing to get you over the hump.  And, yes, [...]

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  • Fold These Poligon Metal Sheets And Watch Them Turn Into Beautiful Animal Sculptures

    Fold These Poligon Metal Sheets And Watch Them Turn Into Beautiful Animal Sculptures

    Similar to foldable paper toy models, Poligon is a pre-designed sheet that you can fold and attach together to create a 3D sculpture.  Unlike them, however, it uses metal for the sheets, allowing you to create durable, hardwearing sculptures that look like laboriously-produced art pieces. Don’t worry, you won’t need superhuman strength to fold the metal sheets.  Instead, each one comes pre-lined, with each line chemically etched, so they can be folded just as easily as a relatively slim piece [...]

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  • Laser Collar Pet Toy Is The Modern Dangling Carrot That Will Keep Your Pet Busy for Hours

    Laser Collar Pet Toy Is The Modern Dangling Carrot That Will Keep Your Pet Busy for Hours

    We can’t say it often enough: lasers make everything better.  Even pets.  To prove that point, just look at this Laser Collar Pet Toy, a simple laser pointer that will keep your pet busy playing on his own for hours on end. Everyone’s familiar with just how much dogs and cats enjoy chasing after the light on a laser pointer.  Only problem is, you had to hold the laser pointer and keep moving it around – not exactly the best [...]

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  • Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Whether it’s for Christmas, weddings, or any other occasion, I hate wrapping up gifts.  I’m horrible at it, they’ll tear it open anyway, and I’m really horrible at it.  Seeing this Skyline Gift Wrap, however, makes me want to get good at gift wrapping.  Seriously, I’m excited about wrapping up tons of gifts for the first time. Made by Suck UK, it’s erstwhile regular wrapping paper, the same kind you can get from any gift shop for making your crappy [...]

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  • Behold, The Amazing LEGO RC Cars In Sheepo’s Garage

    Behold, The Amazing LEGO RC Cars In Sheepo’s Garage

    Everyone who plays with LEGOs have probably tried building a car at some point.  And some of you may even be really good at it.  We have to say, though, that the cars in Sheepo’s Garage definitely take constructing LEGO automobiles to another level. Created by Sheepo, the alter-ego of a Spanish civil engineering student named Fernando, the fleet isn’t just made up of cars put together using construction bricks.  Instead, they’re functional radio-controlled vehicles that you can drive around [...]

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  • OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking.   You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a supervillain pet crate).  That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout. Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in [...]

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  • Use The Animal Gift Wrap To Make Your Crappy Presents Look Super Adorable

    Use The Animal Gift Wrap To Make Your Crappy Presents Look Super Adorable

    When you’re a kid, it’s tough to resist the urge to immediately rip the wrap off any gift you get.  Because, let’s be honest, you want to toys and boxes aren’t toys.  But if the gifts came covered in these Animal Gift Wraps, we have a feeling it might delay the impulse to tear out that wrapping paper just a little bit. Like any gift wrap, you use these to dress up boxes, along with a pair of scissors, a [...]

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  • Paparazzi Thwarting Visor Covers Your Face In Reflective Robot-Like Shield

    Paparazzi Thwarting Visor Covers Your Face In Reflective Robot-Like Shield

    Even though people make fun of them, you think Google Glass actually looks cool.  So much so that you would actually wear one on your face, if it wasn’t for the fact that the darn thing costs over a grand.  If you just enjoy looking like a weirdo from the future, maybe you can get your fix wearing one of these Paparazzi Thwarting Visors instead. We’re not sure why they’re calling this a visor. I mean, it looks more like [...]

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  • Treepee Is A Hanging, Swinging Tent For Kids

    Treepee Is A Hanging, Swinging Tent For Kids

    Building your kids a tree house can make you feel like the parent of the year.  But, let’s be honest, that’s going to be too much hard work.  Just set up a Treepee in the backyard and they’ll love you like you’re parent of the year all the same. Combining a tent, a swing, and a trampoline, it gives kids their own private fort that’s suspended a short height off the ground.  It’s designed to rock back and forth across [...]

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  • Supersize Your Game With This Giant Vintage Chess Set

    Supersize Your Game With This Giant Vintage Chess Set

    We’re, pretty sure, playing chess on a large board with large pieces is just the same as playing on a regular-sized board with regular-sized pieces, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say watching the game played on this Giant Vintage Chess Set looks exponentially more awesome.  I mean, look at the darn thing. Made by Restoration Hardware, the board measures 29.5 inches on all sides and rises 2.5 inches off the tabletop when laid out all ready for play.  [...]

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  • Prepare The LEGO Garage! We’re Getting LEGO Ferraris

    Prepare The LEGO Garage! We’re Getting LEGO Ferraris

    Ever thought of building a LEGO garage, then decided not to go through with it?  Well, it might be time to revive the project because you’re going to need the garage space to park all the awesome Ferrari LEGO cars in the new Shell V-Power Motorsport Collection. Four cars, one gas tanker (that you can put in a head to head collision with your LEGO Service Truck), and two playsets (a Shell station and a Ferrari-themed racing set with a [...]

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  • Forget Toy Construction Sets, Here Is A Toy Destruction Set

    Forget Toy Construction Sets, Here Is A Toy Destruction Set

    Ever wanted to demolish a building but you don’t work construction and you’re not Incredible Hulk?  Well, maybe you can get your kicks sending toy buildings to ruin instead with the Build and Demolish Destruction Set. Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, the toy lets you build an industrial facility, which you can then demolish with the included triple-blast detonator.  Since this is for kids, there are no explosives involved.  Instead, the detonator can individually activate three spring-loaded blasters [...]

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  • Instagate Crams An Entire Tailgate Party In A Single 3x2x2-Foot Box

    Instagate Crams An Entire Tailgate Party In A Single 3x2x2-Foot Box

    Tailgating is fun.  Packing all the gear you need and transporting it in your little Volkswagen Beetle to the stadium parking lot, however, isn’t.  The Instagate is an all-in-one solution that bundles all the tools you need for a successful tailgate party in a single box.  Really. Forget trying to cram a table, a grill, and a cooler in the tiny boot of your compact sedan.  Just pick up one or two of these 60-quart cooler-sized boxes and you’ve got [...]

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  • Sennheiser Urbanite: Hey Kids, We Can Make Headphones With Massive Bass Sound, Too

    Sennheiser Urbanite: Hey Kids, We Can Make Headphones With Massive Bass Sound, Too

    Sure, audiophiles love Sennheiser, but that kind of love doesn’t get you the kind of mammoth sales among the younger generation that made Beats an unprecedented phenomenon.  Sure, it’s probably too late to beat Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Apple at their own game, but who says Sennheiser can’t bring a slice of that young people market into its fold?  That’s what they’re trying to do with this Sennheiser Urbanite. Just like Beats, it’s aimed at the cool, hip urban crowd.    [...]

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  • This Car Engine Repair Playset Turns Your Kid Into A Mini-Mechanic

    This Car Engine Repair Playset Turns Your Kid Into A Mini-Mechanic

    Teaching your children to tinker under the hood of a car is one of those bonding moments many fathers look forward to.  If they are not quite the age to properly handle a wrench, however, you could get the tyke started with this Car Lover’s Engine Repair Playset. A kid-friendly recreation of the front half of a car, the toy lets children pop the hood and tinker with the engine like in an actual vehicle.  Of course, it’s not as [...]

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  • PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    Hooking up your MIDI devices to an iPhone makes it easy to play music on the road.  The mass of wires you will have to deal, however, makes it just as much of a mess as when you’re playing at home.  The PUC can save you from the hassle. Created by the same guys behind the Jamstik, it’s a wireless MIDI interface that hooks up to your MIDI keytar, DJ controller, or Bliptronics Synthesizer to give the instrument the ability [...]

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  • This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    Once you’ve solved the Rubik’s Cube multiple times, going back to the same puzzle again and again can become impossibly boring.  When you find your brain aching for some new stimulation, maybe this X Cube will present the challenge it so deservedly craves. Originally a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, the puzzle takes the original Rubik’s Cube and fashions it into a three-dimensional X-shaped monstrosity.  We’re not sure if it’s easier or more difficult than Brando’s 12-Surface IQ Pentagon puzzle, but it’s [...]

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  • Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    If building an arcade cabinet is among the unrealized dreams of your younger self, you’ll be happy to know that you can still have a chance to strike it off your bucket list.  And it’s going to be drastically easier this time around with the CupCade, a DIY mini-arcade kit. Made by Adafruit, the kit contains all the parts you need to build a proper miniature cabinet with all the electronics it requires to function.  Even better, it comes with [...]

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  • Finger Hands Are Creepy And Funny At The Same Time

    Finger Hands Are Creepy And Funny At The Same Time

    The Man Hands, which makes smaller hands look like they belong to a giant lumberjack, is all manners of funny.  These Finger Hands, on the other hand, while just as funny, is also all manners of terrifying.  Like it came straight out of a demented horror movie. You know how finger puppets can be funny and, so, you assume putting hands on the tips of your fingers will look just as hilarious?  Well, it doesn’t.  I mean, look at the [...]

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  • Brick-A-Pic Helps You Turn Any Photo Into A LEGO Mosaic

    Brick-A-Pic Helps You Turn Any Photo Into A LEGO Mosaic

    People have been using LEGO to create pixelated 2D artwork for years now.  So far, though, if you want to build custom mosaics, you’ll have to tap into your creativity (assuming you have some) and fashion one completely from scratch using trial and error.  Brick-A-Pic is an upcoming service looking to change that. Using a proprietary software, the service can take any image you upload and process it into a virtual mosaic using nothing but LEGO’s available colors.  You can [...]

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  • 20 Of Our Favorite Things To Come Out Of Comic Con International San Diego 2014

    20 Of Our Favorite Things To Come Out Of Comic Con International San Diego 2014

    The 2014 San Diego Comic Con has come and gone.  Like previous years, it was used as the stage to launch some of the biggest pop culture projects due for release in the near future.  Here are our favorites. 1. Wonder Woman The first official photo of the new Wonder Woman appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were released on Saturday.  And it shamelessly bites on Xena, the Warrior Princess.  And we have no problem with it.  And [...]

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