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Finally: The Simpsons LEGO Set Looks Awesome

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D’oh! It’s about time the Simpsons LEGO set became a reality. Fans have been waiting for LEGO to release a set featuring one of the most well-known families on television. It’s been twenty years coming, and the set does not disappoint.

LEGO will be releasing the Simpsons set on February 1st, and it will feature the entire Simpsons family and their freaky diddly-doodly neighbor, Flanders. Bart will have his skateboard and comics, Homer will have his car, Lisa will have her sax, Marge will have her mile-high hair, and Flanders will come with his own barbecue set.

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McDonald’s Happy Meals in Japan are All About Super Mario

McDonalds Mario Happy Meal

Happy Meals are truly happy in Japan.

While McDonald’s stores in the US are all about NFL-themed toys, the ones in Japan right now are particularly super as they feature none other than Super Mario. They’re doing it as a way to celebrate one of Nintendo’s most well-known franchise. In a way, it’s also celebrating Nintendo as a video game company, as they’ve been making games (and making the lives of the people who play them a lot more fun) since 1889.

The toys feature Mario in various costumes and positions, and include figures of the Princess and Yoshi, too. But what about Luigi?

VIA [ That’s Nerdalicious ]

Electric Paint Pen With Conductive Ink Could Teach You Basics About Circuits

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This is a pen with a special ink that when dry, will conduct electricity. Meaning you can literally draw some basic circuits on a piece of cardboard and they’ll work. Connect them to some resistors, or LEDs or whatever else elements go into a circuit and teach yourself or a young one the fundamentals. The surface resistivity is 55 Ω/Sq @ 50 microns, if that has any meaning to you, and you should probably not use it with voltages above 12V. It’ll work on just about any surface except skin, and maybe metal and will set you back all of $12 or $19 for two.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Portal Companion Cube Dice

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With its nearly instant popularity among geeks, we’re fairly certain you know at least one Portal fan. So if they have a birthday, or some kind of special even coming up, why not buy them a pair of Companion Cube dice?

This unique die (singular dice) is made layer by layer in a 3D printer and then fired to fuse the metal particles into solid steel.

It is available in a numbered version, a version with just hearts.

The dice are available on an Etsy store, meaning they’re handmade in low volumes, meaning that they’re relatively expensive. One die is $29, so if you’re going to buy a pair, you’re out $60. That’s a lot for dice.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Brain Cube: It’s the Ultimate Rubik’s Cube

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There’s a pattern you have to take note of when you’re solving a Rubik’s cube–something about the colors and what they should look like relative to the ones around them. If you’ve mastered solving 3×3 cubes and no longer find 4×4 and even 5×5 Rubik’s cubes challenging, then maybe it’s time you gave the Brain Cube a shot.

It resembles the Rubik’s cube in form, but that’s where the similarities end. Instead of six colorful faces, the Brain Cube is only rendered in one color. It’s also got grooves and markings on the surface (like the ones on the human brain), which are meant to be used as a guide in putting the brain right again. And perhaps to distract the player, it’s made from a soft, squishy material to resemble an actual brain somehow.

It’s available for $35.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Red Ferret ]

‘Franklin Shoot Again’ Is The Lazyman’s Basketball Hoop

Granted, if you’re going to want to be shooting some hoops in the comfort of your room, you’re probably not going to get a full size setup with a regulation ball; that’s just a recipe for some broken windows. But something like the Franklin Shoot Again system pictured above on the other hand would do nicely. It’s a lot like the games you play in carnivals or arcade parlours (remember those?), consisting of a foam ball and a plastic hoop. There’s a plastic elbow at the bottom that returns the ball to you, saving you the hassle of, you know, walking a bit. There’s an electronic scoring and time clock, with authentic announcer sounds. The return elbow even rotates 180 degrees so it’ll send the ball back at you from any angle.

That’s a pretty sweet $40 present for a someone that spends a lot of time in their room.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BonjourLife ]

Tiny Luchadors Will Block Your Audio Jack

Chalk this up as yet another Japanese fad, although this time we aren’t freaked out at all but rather amused. What you’re seeing is a set of headphone jack plugs featuring the heads of Mexican wrestling “Luchadors.” Aside from serving as an ornament for your mobile, you could make the argument that they also prevent dust from entering the jack and gumming things up in there. So whether you buy these for the look or the utility, at $8 a pop, you won’t break the bank doing so.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Licensed Portal 2 Turret Up For Purchase

By David Ponce

The above is a 16 inch tall replica of the turrets you find in the game Portal. It looks just like the one in the game and for good reason: it was made using the game’s 3D files for it. Turns out it’s a functional replica too, minus the laser: there’s a motion detector that makes the turret light up when you wave a hand in front of it. And there’s a slightly more expensive version with audio effects, which include “in-game turret activiation, search, auto search, disabled, and tipped over sounds as well as other voice samples.” Whether you get the $300 without sound or the $325 with sound version, they’re both cast in high quality poly-stone and hand-finished and hand-painted. The initial production run understandably sold out pretty quickly, but there’s a waiting list you can get on with a pre-order. No word on when the next batch will be made, though there are talks of the company making replicas of other characters in the game.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Etcher Brings The Etch-A-Sketch Back To Your iPad

By David Ponce

There’s a project getting some steam on Kickstarter that would bring back the old timey joys of the Etch-A-Sketch for the iPad generation. Granted, there may be kids out there who have no idea what we’re talking about, but those of you who played with one back when this was the toy to have will be pleased to know about the lengths that the team behind this is going to in order to preserve the authentic feel of the original. It’s called The Etcher and is a special case for all three generations of iPads that would emulate the toy. And although it’s not set in stone, as it would entail higher fabrication costs, the Ohio Art company (makers of the toy, and owners of the trademark) have expressed willingness to manufacture it. And even if they don’t end up making it, they’ve already granted a license, and quite enthusiastically. A lot of effort is going into small details, such as programming a stylus that is visible underneath the line being drawn, as well as the line getting darker with multiple passes of this stylus, just like in the original. And it would work pretty much as you’d imagine, except with some added iPad perks. For example, shaking the thing would erase your image, but it wouldn’t have to be gone for good; you could save it or share it with friends.

At the moment you can pre-order yours on Kickstarter (and help contribute to their reaching their funding goal) for $60. Estimated shipping would be sometime in October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]