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LEGO is Coming: Game-of-Thrones Inspired Minifigs

Game of Thrones LEGO

Citizen Brick is calling this the “Dragon Sword Fighter Force” minifig set, but we all know what it really is: a Game of Thrones-inspired set of minifigs that features most of the characters you know (or at least, used to know) from the hit HBO series. LEGO isn’t keen on creating an adult line for their sets and minifigs so Citizen Brick has stepped in for the time being to satisfy adult toy collectors and builders for the meantime.

The minifigs are being sold in sets of three, so there are a total of four packs to collect. As a special treat, you’ll get a figure that looks like Mr. Martin if you buy all 12 figures at once.

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Pibal is a Bicycle and Scooter In One

Pibal Bicycle

If you feel like cycling but have a scooter and feel like scooting but have a bike, then you should check out the Pibal. It’s a bicycle-scooter hybrid that lets you do either in one neat commuting machine. The Pibal is a product of a collaboration between French designer Philippe Starck and Peugeot, who created it for a free cycle scheme in France.

The awesome part? The first 300 of the Pibals are being manufactured and will be delivered by June to citizens, who will be able to take it out for a spin and go places for free.

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The Lean, Mean Weaponized Mecha Machine Smartphone Holder

Mecha Smartphone Holder

Transform your smartphone into the ultimate fighting machine–well, sort of–with the Mecha Machine Smartphone Holder. As the name implies, it’s a contraption that’s designed to hold your phone in the most menacing way possible. The holder might look like it was put together using random screws, hinges, and other spare gear that you can find in a typical tool shed, but we’re willing to bet that making it called for a bit of skill and loads of creativity.

A variety of other holders are available on MechWorld‘s Etsy shop. He’s also got some pretty nifty-looking robot toys and Transformers figures on display.

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B-Shoes Are For the Clumsy: Smart Fall Prevention Shoes

B-Shoe

If you’ve got two left feet and trip over stuff a lot, then you might need to trade in your Chucks for this pair of shoes. These B-Shoes are uniquely-designed footwear with an integrated fall prevention system to make sure that you stay upright–at least while you’re wearing them, anyway.

Kidding aside, the B-Shoes were made especially for older folks who are prone to spills due to their age and perhaps slower reflexes. The shoes aren’t called smart for nothing, as they prevent falls by kicking into action when they detect that the wearer has lost his balance and is about to fall backwards.

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Screw It…With a Wink and a Smile

Screw Smile

Sometimes, even the smallest of details make all the difference. Take these screws that are aptly called the Screw:), for example. They look just like your average screw except for the head, which has a smiley face imprinted right on it. That means conventional screwdrivers won’t work with it either, because you can’t exactly jam it into the smiley face’s eye to screw it in. Instead, you’ll need a custom screwdriver with a protruding smiley face to be able to screw the Screw:) in tightly.

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They Don’t Stand a Chance: Pow! Splat! Fly Swatters

Pow Splat Fly Swatter

 

You can go for one of those electric fly swatters to zap those pesky flies and mosquitoes out of your face and into kingdom come–or you can go for these comic-inspired Pow! and Splat! fly swatters. Granted, it’s easier to get that insect, specially the fast flyers, with the tennis racket-shaped electric swatters. But if you’re out of juice and really need to get that thing out of the air, then this will have to do.

The expressions featured on the bubbles are pretty apt for their purpose too: Pow! to hit that bug in order to make it go Splat! Yowza!

The fly swatters are available online for $10.

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Thirsty? Eat This: Ooho Water Blobs

Ooho Water Blob

Water bottles add to the bulk of trash that’s already overflowing in most landfills. Thing is, people still need their hydration on the go and some just can’t be bothered with water jugs. The alternative? These edible blobs filled with water created up by three London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche.

It’s called the Ooho and it’s a membrane made up of a compound formed from brown algae and calcium chloride. The gel-like substance is able to hold water and eliminates the need for non-biodegradable containers because, as mentioned earlier, it’s edible.

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Halfbike is Essentially a Pedal-Powered Segway

Halfbike

 

Want to ride a bike without actually, well, riding one? Sounds impossible but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the Halfbike. As the name implies, it’s an alternative mode of transportation that’s inspired by the bike–or at least, half of it. It’s basically a pedal-powered Segway of sorts that comes with a single brake and a handlebar that looks like a gigantic joystick.

It was created by Kolelinia, who explains: “Halfbike is great for commuting and transforms it from a monotonous task into a vibrant part of our everyday life. It is suitable for short distances and in conjunction with public transport could be taken on board for longer trips. Halfbike is compact enough for an elevator, light enough to carry it on stairs and fits into spaces too small for a normal bike.”

The winning point has to be the one about portability for me, although you might want to go for a regular bike or a car, even, if you’re going someplace far. The Halfbike is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $899 will get you one of your very own.

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Commute Case Folds Open and Transforms Into a Scooter

Commute Case

The Commute-Case looks like something you’d see on the Jetsons with its sleek and futuristic design. While it looks like some strange contraption to be used to wheel your briefcase around, it’s actually much more than that. It’s a compact electric scooter that folds into a briefcase or trolley when it’s not in use.

When you’re ready to go, just fold it open and scoot along. The Commute-Case weighs 27 pounds with a weight capacity of 275 pounds. It has a top speed of 12.5mph and boasts of a 25-mile range. Like most scooters, it’s weatherproof and comes with a manual handbrake.

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