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Think Of The Haba Baudino Spilling Funnel XXL As 3D Sand Castle Printing

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Playing around in the beach invariably involves building some kind of structure with wet sand. Humans have probably been doing this since forever, and a good number of toy and accessories have been invented over the years which purport to help or assist in the process. The Haba Baudino Spilling Funnel XXL is one such toy. It’s a hand-held funnel that fills up in part with water, and the other part with sand. You then use it to create whatever you want, since the line of sludge that comes out the tip solidifies almost instantly, turning your hand into a 3D printing head. Sure, the resolution on this won’t be stellar, and maybe you’ll have to sand some edges (see what we did there?), but in the end you’ll have your kid (or even yourself) playing around in the beach, being creative, and hopefully exercising some sort of intellectual skill that these kinds of toys are supposed to stimulate. It’s $9.49.

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Can The Force Help You Afford This $10,000 R2-D2 Pinball Table/Coffee Table?

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You have to be a serious fan of the franchise to consider dropping 10 large on a coffee table. Sure, it’s decked out to look a lot like R2-D2. And sure, it’s got a fully functional pinball table as its core. And yeah, sure, there’s even a mini slideprojector (picturing R2 in the Death Stars’ sewage), a flashlight, sounds, lighting programs, and a fully functional animated droid on the play field. And ok, yeah, it did take over 320 hours to assemble… But $10,000? Yeah. That’s a heck of a lot for a piece of functional furniture, no matter how cool it looks. Still, if you’re really motivated, it does look like the company, Altar Furniture, will make you one.

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Japanese Gymnast Game Looks Like Fun For A Few Minutes

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We’re not sure about the replay value of the Daisharin Tetsubo-kun Horizontal Bar Gymnast Game, but we can see us spending at least a couple of hours trying to get it right. It’s a tabletop game that only uses two buttons to spin a plastic gymnast on a horizontal bar, and then release it at the right time so it’ll stick its landing. It’s a little bit like a real-life version of QWOP, where you have to coordinate and time your button presses just right if you want to achieve your goal. It does require four AA batteries, and will set you back a pretty substantial $64 to own. But if it’s quirky fun you’re after, it’s money well spent.

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Circular Skates “From The Future”

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Now that it’s 2015 and it’s clear we won’t be getting in our hoverboards anytime soon, maybe we can start thinking about some other futuristic-looking alternatives to our current skates and rolling boards. The Sidewinding Circular Skates are some people’s idea of what that might look like, except they’re available now… and they’ll make you look like a tool. But hey, we don’t judge:

These are the annular skates that are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard without having to push off the ground. Riders simply place their feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around the feet, propelling riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. Since the wheels are not connected, riders can easily perform 720° spins and turn on a dime, while stopping is achieved by placing toes on the ground. The wheels are 10″ in diameter, allowing them to traverse short grass and dirt surfaces.

There’s an included rod with which you can join the wheels and stabilize them to make your learning experience easier. And to be honest, we imagine we’d need that rod if we were trying to learn to ride these; “placing our toes on the ground” as a method for stopping sound like a few broken bones waiting to happen. If you like to live dangerously, it’ll cost you $100 to own.

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Colorful Ferrofluid In A Bottle Is The New Lavalamp

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You can choose to adorn your desk with an almost infinite number of trinkets, but we beg of you to ignore the Newton’s Cradles, or the Lavalamps, or even the decorative Rolodexes of old, and consider the Colourful Ferrofluid In a Bottle instead. Ferrofluid is a thick liquid that is mixed in with nano-scale iron particles. It doesn’t mix with water and tends to clump together. But in the presence of a magnet, the liquid comes to life. You can delight yourself and your guests, for at least 30 whole seconds, with the shapes the liquid will take inside the bottle. You can even “double your fun” by using two magnets. It’s a fun tabletop toy that costs $60.

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Walter White Would Be Proud Of This Breaking Bad Fries-enberg Mr. Potato Head

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Recently shown off at the NYC Toy Fair, the Mr. Potato Head Fries-enberg is the perfect toy to get… well, not your kids, that’s for sure. Well… maybe your young kids were allowed to Watch Breaking Bad so it might not be that inappropriate for them, but we like to think this particular toy offers more appeal to the grown-ups who have an appreciation for the famed TV franchise, and who still carry a bit of youthfulness in their hearts. You can of course argue about the ethics of having a potato head also be a meth dealer, but we imagine you’re not supposed to overthink this $25 purchase, which will be shipping in April and is available for pre-order now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ChipChick ]

Hasbro To Launch A Make-Your-Own Line Of Lightsabers

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It’s pretty clear there’s a new Star Wars movie in the works because the merchandising machine is starting to run full steam. Hasbro has announced a cool line of lightsaber toys that can be customized in many ways, allowing children young and old alike to create lightsabers that are as weird as they’d be potentially lethal to the person who wields them.

The main Jedi Master Lightsaber set (for ages 4 and up, $49.99 includes a lightsaber with lights and electronic sounds, a pair of lightdaggers, an expansion hilt and a variety of connectors.

From there, kids can mIx and match from three other assortments with connectors and lightsaber blades tied to various characters. The electronic lightsaber ($19.99) comes in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker flavors, the foam lightsaber ($14.99) has Yoda, Vader and Luke variants, and the extend lightsaber ($9.99) offers something for Luke, Vader and Anakin Skywalker fans.

The line was on display at New York’s Toy Fair last week and will be launching this fall, in time for the release of the new movie in December.

[ USAToday ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Floating Iron Man Suit Is The Coolest Useless Toy Money Can Buy

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We’re not sure it’s ever smart to spend a large chunk of change on a toy, but if you have $170 burning a hole in your pocket, the Iron Man Mark II Special Floating Edition sure looks cool. It’s part of the Egg Attack series, and floats in mid-air thanks to a combination of attracting and repulsing magnets.

True to the key features of the Egg Attack series, Iron Man’s every detail is meticulously crafted, including the armor, joints, and flying mode air deflector. The Iron Man 3 Mark II Magnetic floating version’s main body is painted with high-quality metal coating, showcasing Mark II’s steel-like armor. High-luminance LED light is hidden within the eye, chest reactor, and feet, which stays true to the night flying mode in the Iron Man movie.

The Egg Attack Iron Man 3 Mark II Magnetic Floating Version is shipped with a glowing magnetic levitation base, a customized battery case (fits 8 AA batteries, sold separately), and a protective sheet.

So that’s it, $170 for an awesome levitating Iron Man toy. Watch the video; it’s hard not to want it.

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Deal Of The Day: 14% Off on SmartPlane, A Smartphone-Controlled RC Plane

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If you’ve always dreamed of flying a plane one day, then you’ll have a blast with SmartPlane. Granted, you won’t be flying people to their destination (it’s a toy plane, after all!), but you’ll be the pilot of your own plane without fear of injury in case you don’t perfect either your landing or takeoff.

The SmartPlane is smarter than your average remote-controlled plane for a number of reasons. Its fully proportional rudder helps make those turns easier, while the intuitive app and gyroscope tilt controls makes it easier to control the plane with your smartphone.

The SmartPlane is available for $59.99.

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