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Tag Archives: Toys

Stick-Lets Branch Connectors Make Fort Building A Breeze

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These have been on the market for a couple of years, but news tends to go in cycles and here we are discussing them again. The Stick-Lets are a set of silicone connectors that are used to, well, connect branches together in an effort to create a self-standing structure. They come in different shapes, allowing you to build your treehouse/fort with whatever loose sticks or branches you find. You can stretch them over and over, and use them and reuse them almost indefinitely. It’s a fun activity to do with your kids, or by yourself if you fancy the outdoors a lot. Prices start at $2.75, while an 18 piece kit costs $48.50.

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Arckit Is Like LEGO For Budding Architects

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Building stuff out of LEGO is great, but you’re always aware that you’re looking at LEGO pieces; stuff made like this has a distinctive look and feel to it. But if you’re into creating more realistic structures, Arckit may have what you’re looking for. It’s dubbed “The Architectural Model Building Tool”, and contains modular pieces allowing you to construct modern looking homes in all shapes and forms.

ARCKIT is a freeform model building tool that allows architects and everyone to physically explore designs and bring their projects to life. The interconnecting components use no glue and are completely modular, making it possible to create a diverse range of scaled structures that can be used as working models to communicate ideas to clients and to showcase finished projects.

The kits come in four sizes, called AGo, A60, A120, and A240. The numbers represent the possible maximum floor area in square meters, and kits feature 160+ pieces, up to 620+ pieces for the A240. Additional component packs can be purchased, although prices for the entire range are not on the lower side. AGo costs €59.99, or roughly $65USD, while A240 will set you back a hefty €339, or about $376USD.

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It’s 2015 And Where’s My Hoverboard? Here. Here’s Your Hoverboard

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Ok, so it’s probably not what you had in mind. But let’s face it, this Back To The Future Desktop Hoverboard is about as close as you’re going to get to the ‘real thing’, at least for now. The pyrolytic graphite board hovers over a rare earth magnet base; give it a little push and it’ll go back and forth for a bit. Sure, it’s not as satisfying as carving some turns in the air, but at least it’s officially licensed merchandise and not come cheap trinket. The desktop toy will attract a bit of attention, and keep you excited about the possibility of seeing the real thing one day soon (Google might actually be able to build one, but won’t). It’s $40.

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This Deck Is Sizzling: Bacon Recipes Playing Cards

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Bacon, recipes, and playing cards. Put all three together and you’ve got these Bacon Recipes Playing Cards. You’ll be treated to card upon card printed with a heaping pile of bacon on the back, while the opposite side gives you bacon-centric recipes that should be a breeze to put together. The deck measures 2 1/2-inches x 3 1/2-inches and comes with a linen finish.

It’s available online for about $10.

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It Doesn’t Get Much Smaller Than These Tiny R/C Star Wars Spaceship Helicopters

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I don’t think you’re looking at anything too high tech, like self-stabilizing quad-copters or whatever. It’s just a bunch of super tiny remote controlled helicopters with a 16 ft. range. Their bodies are shaped like Star Wars battleships, like a TIE Fighter or an X-Wing, which is why they’re cool. A 3 minute charge will get them airborne for about 4 minutes. We can’t tell you how precise the controls are, but our guess is: not at all. Still, it might be good enough to keep you entertained for a while, or to introduce kids to Star Wars. They’re $50 a pop, although you’ll have to deal with a product page in Chinese.

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Here Are The First Shots Of The Upcoming WALL-E LEGO Set

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If you watched WALL-E and didn’t think he was the cutest imaginary robot ever created, perhaps there’s a little hole where your heart should be. So we’re excited to show you what appears to be the first pictures of the upcoming WALL-E set from LEGO. Originally the idea of Angus Maclane, an animator on the movie, LEGO announced back in February that the set would come to life. Now it has and here are what some think are sneak peaks. They showed up on a reseller website, ut now they’ve been taken down. Are they fake? We’re not sure, so obviously there’s no word on availability, but we hear pricing is rumoured to be between $40 and $65. One way or another, we suspect LEGO WALL-E is going to happen.

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LEGO Labyrinth Maze To Become Reality

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LEGO has a section on their website where you can submit your ideas for what the next set should be. When your idea reaches 10,000 votes, the folks at LEGO look at it, often approve, and then make the set. We’re used to seeing pop culture related items, but it’s the first time we run across an approved project for a tilting Labyrinth Maze. Submitted by Jason, who goes by JK Brickworks on the Ideas site, the Labyrinth Marble Maze was approved some months ago and is apparently in the pipeline. It’s not a traditional Marble Maze set in the sense that balls only become stuck in the holes; they don’t fall underneath to be returned to you. You do get to customize the ball’s path and make it as challenging or as easy as you’d like. It’s an interesting idea that should get kids young and old alike learning about LEGO mechanics.

Also, in celebration of having reached 2,500 votes, Jason even built a ‘Legends of the Sea’ maze that will have you simply running through the maze as fast as possible; there are no holes for your ball to get stuck in. LEGO only recently officially announced they’ll be releasing the set, although price and timeline haven’t been announced yet.

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Wallet Drone Fits In Its Controller, Which Fits In Your Pocket

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Drones are getting smaller and smaller. Right now you’re looking at the Wallet Drone, which is small enough to fit inside its own controller, which itself is small enough to fit in a pocket, albeit a little snugly. The rest is pretty standard drone fare, which means it’ll fly for 5-7 minutes, do flips on command, and charge back up in 20 minutes. The fun part is the controller itself has a battery which can charge the drone, so you don’t have to make a trip back home to get it going again. There are even some bright LEDs for night flight. All this in a $40 package seems like a winning proposition. It’s a fully funded crowdfunding campaign, so delivery should happen in July of this year. Super early Christmas gift?

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Here’s Something Fun You Can 3D Print

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Buying a 3D printer is all fun and games until you realize you’re running out of fun things to print. Now and then, however, we see something cool, like this Dremel Devil. It’s a plastic fan inside a cylinder, and it’s meant to be launched off a Dremel rotary tool. If done right, you’ll see this little toy soar up to 200 feet up in the air.

It’ll require a little bit of trial and error to figure out just how much pressure to use when inserting the Dremel Devil in the adapter, but a small learning curve shouldn’t keep anyone from having fun with this for at least a day or two. The file is free on the Thingiverse.

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