Toys

A Star Wars Speeder Bike Quadcopter Looks Perfect Racing Through Forests

Inspired by that wonderful scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke and Leia race through the trees of Endor using speeder bikes, there’s a small group of enthusiasts who do the same thing using camera-equipped remote control drones. Like Adam Woodworth who decided to take his hobby one step further by building a quadcopter that looks exactly like a stormtrooper riding a speeder bike.


Chess Is Even More Challenging Played On A Tiny Board With All Queens

There’s nothing more devastating to your morale than losing your queen while playing a game of chess. She’s like Mario after he’s found himself one of those invincible stars — except she can still be wiped out by a pawn. But here’s an interesting take on the classic game that sees every piece replaced with nothing but queens, and on a smaller board.


This Jedi Holocron Quiz Toy Knows More About Star Wars Than You Do

In the Star Wars universe the Holocrons are kind of like a Jedi’s version of a flash drive, storing vast amounts of knowledge and data. And in the case of Uncle Milton’s new Jedi Holocron toy, all of that knowledge happens to be about Star Wars itself, and by asking just 20 yes or no questions it can guess any person, place, or thing.


A Red Hot Nickel Ball Proves Gak Is Basically Invincible

Remember Gak? The impossibly amazing substance invented my Nickelodeon’s mad scientists in the 1990s is still on the market, and it’s still incredible. And, as this new video of a red hot nickel ball waging war against the toy seems to illustrate, it looks like Gak is actually invincible.


The Posable Figures On This Spinning Zoetrope Make Anyone An Animator

It takes a tremendous amount of patience to create an entire film using stop-motion animation techniques, but this simple spinning zoetrope toy makes the process a whole lot easier. You’ll only end up with about a second of animation after posing all ten of the bendable figures, but the results are still really satisfying given how much work is still needed to create every individual pose.


Big Hero 6 Baymax Lamp Illuminates With Light, Not Medical Advice

Despite being completely vulnerable to attacks from safety pins, the Baymax robot from last year’s Big Hero 6 was just about the best sidekick a kid could have — mostly because it was skilled at treating skinned knees and other injuries. This LED lamp version of Baymax isn’t quite as talented, but it can ensure a kid who’s afraid of the dark will sleep through the night.


An Adorable Felt Apple Watch For Kids That Never Needs Charging

You caved on the iPod Touch, and maybe even bought your kid a cheap tablet, but how are you going to explain to them that there’s no way you’re buying a $US500+ Apple Watch for them? Easy, you just make an adorable felt alternative like Hiné Mizushima did and tell them it’s powered by their imagination so it never needs charging — unlike your smartwatch that’s already about to die.


You Can Now Play Cards Against Humanity Online With Anyone For Free

When Cards Against Humanity was first released to the world, it was made available under a Creative Commons licence that meant that anyone could simply print our their own copy of the game. Or, as designer Dawson Whitfield did, turn it into an online browser-based web app so that anyone can play it against their friends using a computer, smartphone or tablet.


Jean-Claude Van Damme Finally Gets The Action Figure He Deserves

He may not have a successful film franchise like Terminator or Die Hard behind him, but Jean-Claude Van Damme is still one of the most memorable action movie stars from the past few decades. And while there have been lots of action figures made based on characters he’s played, here’s our first official JVCD figure that’s articulate enough to do his signature splits.


Race The Clock To Rebuild This Puzzle Cube After You Drop It On The Floor

Sometimes the challenge of just completing a puzzle isn’t enough. When you’re trying to prove you’re better than your friends you need a specific metric to validate your superiority. So this puzzle, made of randomly-shaped pieces that assemble into a perfect cube, has a built-in timer that starts when the cube breaks apart, and stops when you’ve successfully re-assembled it.


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