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Super Precision Gyroscope Is Science-y Fun For Kids Of All Ages

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The Super Precision Gyroscope is made from solid brass, along with a light-weight aluminum enclosure. The included battery-powered motor is able to get the brass disc spinning up to 12,000 RPM for an indefinite amount of time, or up to 7 minutes if you detach it.

The gyroscope comes with a number of attachments allowing numerous configurations to perform scientific, educational or simply mesmerising experiments. [Included are] 2 x 50 mm long stainless steel extension rods, 2 x ball ends, 1 x slotted end. The rods when screwed together will extend 100mm, and can be screwed in other positions to create gimbals etc. There are 7 places on the frame of gyroscope that the attachments can be screwed into.

If you’ve ever played with a gyro you’ll know they can be a lot of fun, especially to younger children who don’t initially understand how gravity can apparently be messed around with like that. Granted, $129 may sound like a lot for what appears to be a toy, but all things considered, there are a lot of much worse ways to spend that much.

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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

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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?

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Unhappily Ever Afterlife: Zombie Disney Princess Dolls

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Disney’s princesses don’t always have it all. Like the rest of us, they die, and some of them even come back as the undead, completely changed but still bearing a resemblance to their old selves. You can see this clearly in the unique set of dolls by Wow Wee. They’ve created zombified versions of Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, Rapunzel, and Snow White that still look cute despite their ghastly appearance and tattered clothing.

Each Zombie Princess doll is priced at $33. Hit the break to check it out the rest of the dolls in the series.

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Rubber Band Machine Gun Spells Office Mayhem

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Here’s a fun weekend project. The Rubber Band Machine Gun (RBmG) is a motorized, uh, weapon that fires rubber bands in quick succession, like a Gatling gun, only with less people dying. It comes as an assemble-at-home kit which takes about 30 minutes to put together, and once fully loaded can unleash a barrage of up to 128 bands (loaded carefully) or 64 (loaded not so carefully). It does seem to use batteries for power and is made of wood, and will cost you $49 to own. If you don’t mind a slightly lower quality version, you can even get away with paying $39. It’s a Kickstarter project at the moment so you’ll have to wait 23 more days to see if it gets funded. If it does, a $59 pledge guarantees Christmas delivery.

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Vicious Plush Adds Some… Charm To Teddy Bears

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Who said teddy bears had to be cuddly and fluffy and sweet? We like to think plush toys are due for an overhaul, and while some young children might be afraid of the Vicious Plush pictured above, we think that once they reach a certain age, they’ll get a kick out of them. Featuring menacing looks, fake blood, glow-in-the-dark eyes and fangs, the Vicious Plush would make awesome gifts around Halloween. Unfortunately, you can’t get them for this year’s Halloween, because the bears are not commercially available yet. They’re doing the Kickstarter dance and have barely gotten off the ground, so there’s no guarantee they’ll even ever be available. But if you want one, you can help move that along with a $30 early-bird pledge. There are three types, and they’d start shipping in January 2014 if fully funded.

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Fugglers are Creepy Plush Toys with Fake Human Teeth

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These Fugglers plush toys are the stuff of nightmares. They look all sorts of creepy, no thanks to the fact that their mouths are lined with fake human teeth. Some sport painful-looking grimaces, others wear expressions that scream bloody murder, and one in particular just looks plain crazy.

Clearly they aren’t meant for the kids, but they might make for some interesting decorations come Halloween.

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Become A Fearless Adult By Taming The Mighty Cthulhu As A Child

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Granted, we’re not suggesting you teach your toddler to actually wrestle Cthulhu, especially given that it’s a fictional character. But given its monstrous appearance, it might not be such a bad idea to introduce your child to a giant plush toy fashioned after the creature. If your baby can learn to sleep with a large and heavy tentacled stuffed animal, he may grow up to be of a tougher constitution than a child brought up hugging a yellow sponge with pants. Then again, he may not.. we are not child psychologists and couldn’t be trusted with taking care of anything more complex than a fish, let alone giving parenting advice.

This plush toy is big, and weighs 9.9lbs; it might be better suited as a crib adornment than a huggable teddy bear. But if the mighty Cthulhu tickles your fancy, prepare to pay $460 for the privilege of ownership.

Edit: A concerned parent has pointed out to us that leaving this toy by the crib could present an accidental strangulation hazard. Having no kids ourselves, we would like to make you aware of this and to suggest careful and responsible use, should you decide to buy it.

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Kinetic Sand Sticks To Itself, Not To Your Fingers

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I was flying from there to here, and while switching planes I had the pleasure to touch some kinetic sand on display at Brookstone. I have to say I was impressed. It’s just like wet sand, only it doesn’t dry, and doesn’t stick to your fingers. It’s made from 98% sand, with some proprietary coating that gives it its special properties. You can mold it, play with it, make all kinds of shapes, and start over at will. It’s just a toy (similar to the ill fated Buckyballs) that will probably lose its appeal after some time, but at $15 for a 2.2 lbs bag, it’s safely in impulse purchase territory.

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