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Build ‘Em Then Eat ‘Em: Functional Chocolate LEGO Blocks

Functional Chocolate LEGO

So you’ve been taught not to play with your food. But what if those morsels you can chew are actually toys at the same time? Cue Akihiro Mizuuchi and his chocolate LEGO bricks. They look just like LEGO and work like LEGO, too. This means you can connect and stack them one upon the other to come up the final figure you had in mind.

Making them isn’t exactly rocket science, but it’s not that easy, either. Chocolate is basically poured into precise molds, where they are cooled before being popped out and used as bricks. The fun part is making them using various types of chocolate, include dark, white, and even strawberry-flavored.

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Better Than the Truck? Retro Game Console Transformers

Retro Game Console Transformers

Everyone has seen Optimus Prime transform into a truck and back again, but have you ever seen him transform into a Playstation 1 and vice versa? Thanks to toymaker Takara Tomy, you will. He transformed a Playstation 1 and a Genesis into two of the most recognizable characters in the franchise, Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, and it’s amazing how all of the parts just fall into place.

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Water Balloon Fights Will Never Be The Same

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There’s nothing quite as much fun as a water balloon fight on a hot summer day. But it’s safe to say that water balloon warfare is a field that’s seen relatively little technological innovation over the years. That’s about to end with the introduction of the “Bunch O’ Balloons” product. It’s a device that allows you to fill up 37 water balloons at once, using nothing but a garden hose. It unites the 37 balloon stems into one large stem which is then simply screwed onto the end of the hose. Open the faucet, fill them up, then just shake them loose; a special clamp automatically ties them shut as you shake so you don’t even need to tie them individually. At this rate, you’ll be able to fill about 100 a minute, which should be plenty fast enough to keep you armed through an entire afternoon.

The Kickstarter understandably blew right past its $10,000 goal, and is sitting at $537,000 at the time of writing. People are excited about this, and at $17 for a pack of 100, it won’t break the bank. Shipping is slated for September, however, so unless you live in a hot climate, you might not be able to get this in time for this summer.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ The Verge ]

LEGO Set To Launch Massive 1,869 Piece Batman Tumbler Kit

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Chris Nolan’s Tumbler was but one of the many highlights from the latest Batman trilogy, but boy was it memorable. So much so that it makes perfect sense for LEGO to create a replica kit. This, however, is no ordinary LEGO kit. You’re looking at a massive 1,869 pieces that assemble into a 5 inch tall, and 15 inches long version of the car. It comes with two limited edition minifigs of the Joker and Batman, so this might add yet more appeal to a kit that, despite everything, will still have to justify its astronomical price tag: $199. It’ll be available in September.

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They’re Out to Get You: Horror Movie Action Figures

Horror Movie Action Figures

You probably shouldn’t get kids any one of these action figures–unless you want to give them the gift of nightmares. The figures from Funko’s Horror Series features some of the most horror-inducing characters from incredibly popular horror franchises, like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead.

Each one is only 3.75 inches tall, but think of that as being almost four inches more than you can take of pure horror. That Sam figure is particularly creepy.

They retail for $10 each.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Metallomaniac: Star Wars 3D Metal Model Kits

Star Wars 3D Metal Model Kits

The best things to have are those that you’ve made with your blood, sweat, and tears. You won’t have to go through such lengths for these three-dimensional Star Wars metal models, though. They might look complex and difficult to make, but would you believe that each and every one of them started out from flat, laser-etched steel sheets?

All you have to do is pop out the pieces from the sheet. Then you bend, fold, and connect each part with the other until you end up with the character that you’ve chosen.

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Because You’re Super: Personalized Superhero Action Figures

Personalised Superhero Action Figures

 

If you could be any superhero, who would you choose to be? The choices are limited when it comes to Firebox’s personalized superhero action figures, but they’re still awesome all the same. Guys can decide to be Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor, while the ladies can pick between being Catwoman or Wonder Woman.

The DIY kit contains a superhero action figure with its original head attached, epoxy putty, and a white tack. To truly make it your own, Firebox will print a model of your head in 3D and include it in the kit. All you have to do is take two pictures of your head (one front view and one side shot) and they’ll take care of the rest.

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Printeer – the Kids-friendly 3D Printer

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There is no denying that modern day kids are smarter than we were at their age; being exposed to tons of new and cool gadgets has given them the upper hand, at least where technology is concerned. One piece of tech, however, has long been out of reach because of the level of technical expertise required – and that’s 3D printing. But thanks to Mission Street’s Printeer, kids can now get hands-on with three-dimensional printing as well. Involving no complex CAD programs and software, the 3D printer just requires kids to have an iPad and a drawing tool. Once an image has been drawn, they simply send it to the 3D printer. With a pledge amount of $549, Printeer is likely to be made commercially available sometime after November – after they’ve met their crowd-funding target. Pledge-givers, however, can get their hands on limited inventory as early as October.

[ Kickstarter ] VIA [ Engadget ]

At Last! A Never-Ending Treat for the True Slinky Connoisseur

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If you love the Slinky so much that you can’t even go a day without nudging one down the stairs to see whether it will keep going, crash or simply get tangled up before reaching the bottom, then this is the gizmo for you. Project NESM – a severe-sounding acronym for Never-Ending Slinky Machine – is on the designer’s block awaiting crowd funding through Kickstarter. For a pledge of just $59, you can help push it through to production. The makers (Creatables Labs) have already reached their target of $33,660, so if you pledge you can count yourself among the few lucky people that will get a production model NESM. Designed with a simple conveyor belt mechanism tilted at just the right angle, this unique machine will keep your slinky going on and on. And on, until you tire of it and simply let it walk off the machine. USB powered and speed-variable, this is the hottest thing since…well, the Slinky.

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