Toys

Woman Builds Giant Spirograph, Takes Chalk Art To The Next Level

Over on imgur, a user with the alias ‘hababird’ has posted a gallery of images showing the step-by-step process she went through to create a gigantic 2.4m wide wooden Spirograph set that uses chunky pieces of chalk to create intricate artwork on streets and sidewalks.


How Buckyballs Fell Apart

As of last week, Buckyballs are dead. The magnetic toy has been officially recalled following a two-year battle with US regulators who sought to ban them. Here’s how a seemingly wonderful amusement became plaything non grata in the span of just a few short years.


This Simple Contraption Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons Every Minute

Like with nuclear war, a water balloon fight isn’t about pinpoint accuracy. What’s most important is raining down as much soakage on your opponent as quickly as possible. Which means that the Bunch O Balloons, which promises to let you make 100 throw-ready water balloons every minute, could be the most important addition to your summertime arsenal.


Life-Size Darth Vader Hot Wheels: That's No Hoon

When he’s not making life miserable for the Rebellion in his custom TIE Fighter, Darth Vader must surely spend his days cruising around the Death Star in this awesome life-size Hot Wheels vehicle bearing his unmistakeable likeness.


Hasbro Won't Mind If You Design (And Sell) Your Own 3D-Printed Toys

The advent of online file sharing made it easy for anyone to copy and distribute media for free, and many feel — and fear — that 3D printing will eventually do the same for physical products. So it’s surprisingly refreshing to hear that a corporation like Hasbro has decided to embrace 3D printing, and will work with Shapeways to allow fans to design and sell their own toys based on the company’s properties.


Cheap Toys Look Surprisingly Cool Through X-Rays

Aussie Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick uses both chest X-ray and mammogram machines in his photography, a technique he learned when he had to develop an X-ray like look for a client — it turned out the best way was to use actual X-rays. He told us about his work.


MOSS Robotics Toy Review: The Easiest Way To Build Your First Robot

When reviewing a building toy it’s impossible not to make comparisons with Lego. Not only are its bricks able to build everything from dinosaurs to X-wings, Lego also offers robotics sets that have been used to make some truly impressive autonomous creations. In that latter category, it finally has some competition.


Nerf's Double-Barrelled Rhino-Fire Blaster Guarantees Office Supremacy

Although they’re still designed with kids in mind, who among us doesn’t have a Nerf blaster tucked away in a desk drawer, or hidden inside a carved out phone book? Office warfare can flare up in a heartbeat, but with Nerf’s recently leaked N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire blaster at your disposal, you’ve already won the battle before it started.


Helicopter Lawn Darts Give You Time To Duck And Cover

Remember lawn darts? Unless you grew up during the 1980s, you don’t, because the government decided that people lobbing giant darts with four-inch pointed metal spikes on the end was a terrible idea — so they were banned. But these Copter Darts appear to provide a similar type of gameplay, minus the risk of sending your opponents to the hospital.


You'll Probably Never Own This Retro Egg Chamber Toy From Alien

If you’re running a booth at a convention, there are a couple of things you can do to lure in attendees. Say, having some sort of exclusive item they can purchase that has an awesome rating that breaks the scale. Take San Francisco-based toy company Super7 and its extremely limited run of 250 retro Alien Egg Chambers, which will only be available at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Yes, you guessed right — they can only be bought from Super7′s booth.