The CIA Is Auctioning Its Creepy Osama Dolls

In one of its more bizarre PR ideas ever, the CIA toyed with using heat-sensitive Osama dolls that turned into demons to scare little kiddies away from joining al-Qaeda. Although someone in the chain of command saw sense and shut the project down, three prototypes were made, and they’re now being auctioned off.

That Hovering Tetris Tower Game Is Finally Available To Drive You Mad

First revealed at Toy Fair 2014 way back in February, ThinkGeek’s Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge game is finally available. It promises all the fun of Jenga and Tetris, but with the added twist that you have to build your tower atop an unstable platform that’s actually floating. So all that fun instead becomes maddening frustration.

Finally, Dolls That Help Girls Aspire To More Than Just Princess Jobs

Because very few girls actually grow up to be princesses, fashionistas, or fairy tale characters, the folks behind the GoldieBlox building toys decided to create an action figure for girls that promoted brains over beauty. So this holiday season Barbie will be in competition with Goldie: a pint-sized inventor wearing a toolbelt and brandishing a wrench.

The Perplexus Warp Ball Maze Teaches Patience And A Hatred Of Gravity

The trend to make everything 3D had an adverse effect on movies, but it works really well elsewhere. Remember those wooden Labyrinth games where you twisted a couple of knobs to manoeuvre a metal ball through a 2D maze? Well if you were to add a third dimension you’d end up with these Perplexus puzzles. And the latest version, the Warp, promises a whole other dimension of frustration, too.

2014 Toy Hall Of Famers Include Rubik's Cube, Army Men, And Bubbles?

Joining the esteemed ranks of such cultural icons as “stick” and “cardboard box”, three new beloved toys have taken their place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Say hello to your new champions: Rubik’s Cube, little green army man and… bubbles.

The Only Flying Car I Need Is This RC Version

RC cars come with the downside that they can’t fly. UAV are fun but they can only fly, not drive. The only natural evolution is that we must, in the spirit of hybridization, create a vehicle that can do both. Here is B, “the flying car.”

Your 80s Robot Butler Dreams Just Came True

Remember the robot servant that Rocky gifted Paulie in 1985′s Rocky IV? Every kid who saw that movie desperately wanted one of those robots for themselves, and now that those kids are all grown up, they can finally buy that very same robot — or at least one of its direct descendants.

A Super-Articulated Mario Figure Is Just What We Needed

Given the immense popularity of the Super Mario games and their countless spinoffs, you’d have thought that Nintendo would have been eager to get action figures of the characters into kids’ hands from day one. But it’s only recently that we’re finally seeing detailed and suitably articulated Mario figures that do justice to our favourite mustached plumber.

3D-Printable Cookie Monster And Grover Figures Hit The MakerBot Store

The first series of Sesame Street characters to hit the MakerBot Digital Store weren’t exactly its A-list residents. We all love Snuffleupagus, but he can’t hold a candle to Big Bird. So thankfully Series 2 is finally here, just in time for Halloween, bringing with it some bigger Sesame Street stars you can 3D print at home including Grover and Cookie Monster.

I Drifted Like Ken Block On The Adult-Sized Crazy Cart XL

Last year’s Crazy Cart gave kids the ability to drift to their heart’s content, but there was one catch: with a maximum weight capacity of 140lbs, most adults couldn’t ride it. No longer, the adult-sized Crazy Cart XL brings 27kph sideways hijinks to everyone. And we rode it.

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