Toys

This Motion-Activated Band Turns Your Arm Into A Sound Effect Machine

Pew Pew! Vroom vroom! Chugga chugga! Time was when playtime special effects were whatever weird sounds you could make with your mouth. Not anymore! Moff is an app-powered snap bracelet designed to get kids up and active by turning arm motions into all kinds of cool audio snippets.


A Tiny RC Skateboard That Can Halfpipe Better Than You

Unless your name is Tony Hawk, or your likeness has been featured in his endless series of skateboarding games, you probably can’t pull a trick on a half-pipe as well as these tiny remote-controlled skateboards can. But that’s OK because if you stick to playing with these toys instead of the real thing, you’re guaranteed to never break a bone — probably.


The Adult Version Of Razor's Awesome Crazy Cart Will Be Available Soon

Last year Razor revealed a compact go-kart-like creation called the Crazy Cart featuring a single steerable wheel, allowing riders to perform astonishing drifts and turns. Unfortunately, it was designed for kids and had a weight limit of just 64kg. This made a lot of adults sad, but since Razor wants to put a smile on everyone’s face, it’s created a grown-up version called the Crazy Cart XL. Just take our money already.


How Star Wars Turned Toys And Action Figures Into A Cultural Phenomenon

To hordes of fans who grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy, owning the action figures was a fantastically hands-on way to connect with the big screen blockbusters. Plastic Galaxy is a new documentary that tells how those collectibles came to be — and ultimately changed the toy industry forever.


A Building Set With Fake Explosives Lets Kids Demolish Their Creations

Even if they have spent hours perfecting a towering creation, demolition is always the end game for kids building with blocks or other construction toys. It can come from a barrage of Nerf darts, an attack by action figures, or with this building set, a bunch of simulated explosives that kids can trigger with a remote.


You Can Finally Personalise A Marvel Action Figure With Your Own Face

Convinced you’re handsomer than Tony Stark? Or look better in blue than Captain America? Marvel (Disney), Hasbro, and a 3D printing company called 3DPlusMe have joined forces to give comic book fans a brief opportunity to turn themselves into an action figure — as long as their favourite characters are either Iron Man or Captain America.


A Simple Stamp Turns A Beach Into A Temporary Chess Board

Even if the water’s too cold to take a dip, there’s still lots to do on a beach besides soaking up the sun. With this cube stamp you can even resort to playing board games without the risk of losing anything in the sand, because this chess board and its pieces are all temporary.


Plankton Makes This Dinosaur Toy Glow, Batteries Not Required

As the story goes, the folks at BioPop were trying to make a sustainable light that relied on something other than man-made batteries. They tried using a bioluminescent plankton called dinoflagellates, but the tiny creatures required too much intervention to be a practical light source. They would, however, make for a really neat desk toy, and so the aptly-named Dino Pet was born.


Can You Tell Me How To Print, How To 3D-Print Sesame Street?

In order to show the average consumer that 3D printers aren’t just for prototyping parts or building a plastic housing for an Arduino project, the MakerBot Digital Store has added a handful of downloadable 3D models of Sesame Street characters that parents can print for their kids.


Tamagotchi 2014 Review: My Pocket Friend Left Me Before I Could Kill Him

Remember Tamagotchis? Of course you do. They taught you about responsibility. They taught you about friendship. But most importantly, they taught you that friends don’t leave friends in rooms filled with their own feces. Now, it’s time to reopen those old, grief-stricken wounds. The Tamagotchi is back — and it is still hungry.


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