Toys

That Time The Whac-A-Mole Inventor Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their way by the time Tim Roth, a good Samaritan, was on the scene. As he searched through the rubble and debris for injured humans, what he found was something else entirely.


Crystal Clear Putty Is Like Playing With Molten Glass

Play-Doh’s all well and good when it comes to entertaining a toddler. But when you grow up, you need science to deliver something a bit more captivating. And what could be a better way to waste away the hours at work than with a handful of crystal clear putty that looks like liquid glass?


Help This Excellent Doctor Who LEGO Set Become A Reality

Doctor Who comes in many shapes and sizes — literally — thanks to the wonderfully wonderful science-magic of regeneration. What the good Doctor’s regeneration powers aren’t capable of is transforming him into bits of LEGO, which would be undesirable from a practical standpoint, but great for those of us who, well, like LEGO. Fortunately, we have enterprising people like Andrew Clark, who’s put together a great pitch for an official Doctor Who LEGO set.


Blink And You'll Miss This 300 KM/H RC Car

Last week Samvir Thandi blew our minds with a model rocket car that hit 458 km/h. But it was basically just a rocket engine with wheels that you aimed — hopefully accurately — and fired. Nick Case’s remote control speed demons actually have electric motors, and his latest creation — quite possibly the world’s fastest RC car — just hit over 300 km/h.


A Treat-Dispensing Box On Kickstarter Teaches Your Dog To Put Away Its Toys

Second only to the pain of your bare foot finding a tiny piece of Lego, is stepping onto an abandoned rawhide bone. It’s a harsh reminder that your dog has no interest in cleaning up after itself, but with this Kickstarter for a treat-dispensing toy box, that doesn’t have to be the case.


You Can Finally Buy That Flying Fire-Breathing RC Dragon (For $US60,000)

Thanks to Game of Thrones, dragons are en vogue again. And Hammacher Schlemmer is capitalising on their renewed popularity by letting you buy one of Rick Hamel’s amazing flying RC dragons. In the air it can hit a top speed of around 112.7km/h, and on the ground it actually breathes fire. What more could anyone ever want?


Suck The Balls Is A Magical Pneumatic Journey Through A Fancy Foyer

It’s Sunday! Time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a genuinely satisfying session of Suck the Balls. Designer Niklas Roy’s interactive installation shows just how much fun can be had with pneumatic tubes, a vacuum, and a pit of yellow plastic spheres. (Spoiler alert: lots of fun.)


The World's Fastest Model Rocket Car Just Hit 458km/h

A toy car could easily break the sound barrier — or go even faster — in a kid’s spirited imagination. But back in reality it takes more than that. You need engineering, patience, and a handful of rocket model engines — all of which helped Samvir Thandi’s SST-3B-Falcon rocket hit a top speed of 462.831km/h.


Razor Crazy Cart Review: Even More Fun Than It Looks

When I was a kid, the Big Wheel endgame was to pedal down the driveway, then peel out in a Mario Kart-esque sliding turn. That typically meant more skinned chins and elbows than glory. But Razor’s Crazy Cart lets me drift to my heart’s content. You want fun? This thing is fun.


Those Mesmerising Robot Arms Are Back And Playing With Trains Now

It seems the best way to impress someone on the market for a set of industrial robotic arms is to demo them playing with kid’s toys. First DENSO Robotics did it with slot cars, and now ABB gets in on the action with this mesmerising model train demo.