Toys

An R2-D2 BBQ Apron Really Just Sells Itself

With a new Star Wars movie arriving later this year, there’s no better time to upgrade your grilling ensemble with an R2-D2 apron. Made from cotton-coated PVC it will keep hot grease splatters and BBQ sauce off your clothes, while four built-in pockets keep lighters, tongs and spatulas close at hand.


It Takes Just 10 Seconds To Recharge This Incredibly Tiny RC R2-D2

In a remarkable feat of miniaturised engineering, Takara Tomy has created a tiny R2-D2 toy that stands just over an 2.5cm tall but can still be steered around your desk using an equally small lightsaber remote control.


How A Little Toy Dinosaur Is Made

Video: There’s a lot of work — and so many different materials used — in making a little toy dinosaur. But once you get the casting right, you can make the dinos forever. Here’s how it goes: the figurine is first hand drawn, then digitally drawn, then re-created in wax. After that, the figure is doused in silicone, buried in putty, filled over with plaster, done up in molten zinc and then is ready to be made.


Nerf's New See-Through Blasters Reveal How Their Firing Mechanisms Work

It looks like Nerf is the latest brand to find it hard to keep its Comic-Con reveals a secret. Yesterday it announced a pair of blasters from a new Doomlands line featuring clear plastic housings that make their firing mechanisms visible so you’ll finally know exactly how those darts get launched.


You Can Finally Buy A Working Back To The Future 2 Hoverboard

The day you’ve dreamed of since Back to the Future 2 first hit theatres 26 years ago is finally here — kind of. ThinkGeek is now selling a perfect working replica of the hoverboard that Marty McFly rode in Hill Valley, circa 2015. As long as your interpretation of “perfect working replica” includes the hoverboard being just an inch-and-a-half long, you won’t be disappointed here.


A See-Through Ant Farm Tie Is The Perfect Dress Code Rebellion

Does your workplace demand you show up every morning wearing a shirt and tie? Instead of rebelling by wearing a polo and khakis and risking retribution, take the passive-aggressive approach with a suit paired with one of these clear vinyl ties that doubles as a living ant farm.


You'll Feel Like Iron Man Wearing These Glowing Laser-Etched Shades

There are countless reasons why it would be awesome to wear one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits, not the least of which being the slick heads-up display providing info on targets and other nearby threats. But for just $US55 (instead of billions) these laser-etched glowing plastic shades provide a similar experience on the cheap.


Fill This Tiny Toy Aquarium With Immortal Fish You Draw Yourself

If your attempts to own and care for a pet fish have resulted in a non-stop procession of toilet-side funerals, this new aquarium from Takara Tomy should help boost your success rate. It’s filled with colourful virtual fish you draw and colour yourself that will only die if your smartphone does.


Hasbro's Bringing Back Skylynx As A Transformers Combiner

Originally released way back in 1986, Skylynx was one of the grander Transformers toys of its time, combining a walking, rolling mechanised lion with a bird that turned into a space shuttle. In retrospect, a robot griffin didn’t make a lot of sense, but that didn’t stop it from being awesome. And that’s obviously why Hasbro has chosen to revive Skylynx as part of its incredibly popular Combiners series.


The World's Smallest Perplexus Puzzle Looks Like A Nightmare To Solve

The makers of those spherical Perplexus maze puzzles are masters at driving you to the brink of insanity. And now they have gone and created an even faster way to frustrate you with a miniature four-inch version of their original maze sphere requiring an even steadier hand to solve.