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Strange Planet

Strange Planet

“Let us store irregular shapes inside shapes with flat surfaces.” Author Nathan W. Pyle’s charming and hilarious Instagram is now a book, filled with panel after panel of alien beings as they find their place and build their lives on an unfamiliar planet.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini

TurboGrafx-16 Mini

Konami jumps on the retro console bandwagon with a miniature version of NEC’s classic TurboGrafx-16 (aka PC Engine). The 1987 console was definitely ahead of the pack with its arcade-quality graphics. Now it’s coming back, loaded up with 57 licensed games, from R-Type to Blazing Lazers to Bonk’s Revenge. Drops 3/19/20.

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Metal Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Metal Claus

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially play Christmas music without feeling too guilty about it. If you’re tired of traditional carols, then sit back and rock out to Leo Moracchioli’s very special edition of Jimmy Boyd’s jolly little ditty I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

Punch King / Hammer King

Punch King / Hammer King

Now that you’ve built your mini video arcade, it’s time to upgrade your tiny Chuck E. Cheese’s with a couple of games that test your strength. Punch King asks you to flick its punching bag as hard as you can with your finger, while Hammer King is all about smashing its button with your fingertip. Each is sold separately.

10-Shot NERF Blaster

10-Shot NERF Blaster

There are lots of NERF blasters out there that can fire in rapid succession, but the majority can still only fire one dart at a time. James Bruton shows off an enormous custom NERF weapon he built that can fire 10 foam projectiles simultaneously. Each bank of darts is loaded into a magazine that rotates into place to be fired by rollers.

Twisted Whiskey Glass Gift Set

Twisted Whiskey Glass Gift Set

A great gift for whiskey lovers, Frolk’s substantive set comes with two 11oz crystal glasses and a matching 30oz decanter, both with a unique twisted base design. They come packed in a pinewood box, along with two XL spherical whiskey chillers, a freezer pouch, tongs, and two slate coasters.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

This 23-minute journey is Disney’s most ambitious attraction yet, recruiting guests into service as heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. Rise of the Resistance made its galactic debut at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will launch at California’s Disneyland Park on January 17, 2020.

Makeway Marble Tracks

Makeway Marble Tracks

These fun-looking marble tracks mount on magnetic surfaces like some whiteboard and fridges, letting you create Line Rider-style courses that take full advantage of gravity. Available tricks will include a spinner, bell, launcher, catapult, a motorized lift and more. Launching soon on Kickstarter.

World Order: Exodus

World Order: Exodus

The members of Japan’s electro-pop band and dance crew World Order may have changed over the years, but they’ve still got amazing choreography, as is proven by their latest video, which includes some new moves, along with their crowd favorite robotic walk.

Frozen Metal & The Cube

Frozen Metal & The Cube

VXD presents a truly unique deck and display case combo. Limited to just 499 pieces, each set includes a deck of Frozen Metal playing cards, a matching anodized aluminum card box, and an acrylic “ice” cube for display. The cards feature wintry holographic patterns which appear as you tilt them in the light.

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Satisfying Plank Collapse

Hobbyist Crouzier Benjamin loves to build complex structures using thousands of Kapla wooden planks. For this build, he took about 2 weeks assembling 20,000 of the beams, then watched it all fall in about 30 seconds. Check out his YouTube playlist for lots of other fun architectural collapses.

Every Way to Cook a Tomato

Every Way to Cook a Tomato

We’ve certainly had our share of diced, sliced, chopped, and pureed tomatoes, but Bon Appétit is here to show a whopping 47 different ways they can be prepared, from flattening them into leather, to turning them into a powder, and even making beefsteak tomato ice cream.

Funko Pop! The Child

Funko Pop! The Child

Let the Baby Yoda merchandising commence! Funko celebrates The Mandalorian’s adorable 50-year-old, with both a classic-size Pop! and a near-life-size 10″ tall version. Both are due out Spring 2020, but can be pre-ordered now.

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Togo (Trailer)

Togo (Trailer)

Inspired by the true story of Leonhard Seppala, Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson star in this original movie about a man who sets off on a perilous journey across Alaska with his sled dogs to help bring home a cure for a deadly disease. Streaming on Disney+ 12/20/19.

No Time to Die (Trailer)

No Time to Die (Trailer)

With Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1) directing, and writing by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve), we’re excited for Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond. The action-packed trailer looks to amp things up more than ever for 007, as he comes out of retirement to hunt down a new evil guy packing dangerous tech.

MMMBop: Pop-Punk Edition

MMMBop: Pop-Punk Edition

Punk Rock Factory has a knack for giving pop songs new life as pop-punk versions. Here, they take the 1997 Hanson mega-hit MMMBop and give the jibberish song an edge it previously lacked. From the album The Wurst Is Yet to Come, which packs 10 great covers.

Best Gifts for Men 2019

Best Gifts for Men 2019

Looking for gift ideas for the man who has everything? We’ve picked some of the best gift items from 2019 which we think any guy would love to receive for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this December. We’ve got gadgets, wallets, watches, bags, tools, toys, and more.

Black Widow (Teaser)

Black Widow (Teaser)

Despite the way that things turned out in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow is still getting her own movie. Taking place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the film introduces us to Natasha’s family, along with Russia’s equivalent to Captain America, Red Guardian, portrayed by David Harbour.

Ugears Dynamometer

Ugears Dynamometer

Flat pack model maker Ugears 48-piece kit is one of their easier builds, yet it’s simply fascinating to watch. The mechanical contraption converts air pressure to movement, which in turn spins a pointer which acts as a sort of decision maker for the next task for you to work on.

Cool Physics Toys

Cool Physics Toys

It’s been a while since we heard from YouTuber brusspup, but he’s back, and this time he’s showing off nine kinds of desktop toys, each of which shows off some interesting aspect of physics. We owned at least a few of these as kids, but there are definitely some unique ones here too.

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Ice Karting

Ice Karting

We’ve spent some time hooning about on the ice in high-powered sports cars, but these guys in Russia show that it doesn’t take a big budget to enjoy ice driving. With tiny studded tires and some 250cc engines, ripping around on a frozen river in go karts looks like a massive amount of fun.

LEGO Sheriff’s Safe Concept

LEGO Sheriff’s Safe Concept

Il Buono’s fun LEGO Ideas submission looks like one of those old-timey safes you might find in a movie about the wild West. The 548 part model has a smooth SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction, a working combination lock, and various props, including some LEGO gold bars to store inside.

Derren Brown Playing Cards

Derren Brown Playing Cards

Theory11 teamed up with illusionist Derren Brown to create this beautifully-detailed deck. Victorian-inspired imagery adorns their fronts and backs, and their green and gold boxes resemble antique books. For a special gift, check out the leather-bound box set, which includes two decks and a letterpressed note from Derren.

Monopoly Longest Game Ever Edition

Monopoly Longest Game Ever Edition

If you’re a die-hard Monopoly player, you know it can take quite some time for every player but one to go bankrupt. Now, Hasbro is making that end-state even harder to achieve with a version of the board game that has a whopping 66 properties to acquire, along with just a single die for even slower marches around the board.

YX ONE All-Terrain Board

YX ONE All-Terrain Board

The YX ONE offers riders a unique spin on electric skateboards. With its three-wheeled design, it’s easy to balance on, and thanks to its chunky tires, it can ride on sand, grass, gravel, and other tricky terrain, including up and down hills. It has a 25 mph top speed, and its battery pack provides up to 37 miles of range.

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculptor Dr. Garuda starts out with a hunk of clay and some googly eyes, but eventually ends up with a wonderful miniature statue of everyone’s favorite little guy, the as yet unnamed member of our great Jedi master’s species, lovingly known as Baby Yoda.

Orba Musical Instrument

Orba Musical Instrument

Artiphon’s Orba is a unique instrument that is sort of the musical equivalent of a fidget spinner. It combines a synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller all in one, and is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. It’s great for tinkering around with all kinds of sounds whether you’re bored or working on your next great composition.

Megalovania PVC Pipe Cover

Megalovania PVC Pipe Cover

Musicians Aaron Grooves and Snubby J teamed up for this lively cover version of the track Megalovania from the game Undertale, performing it on a Blue Man Group-inspired PVC pipe marimba, also known as RimbaTubes. We also spotted Snubby and Heather Freed’s great pipe and harp cover of Paint It Black.

The World’s Largest Trampoline

The World’s Largest Trampoline

(PG-13: Language) Taking inspiration from SHAED’s track Trampoline, the acrobatic members of Slovenia’s DD Squad took to the air, performing tricks and flips atop a gigantic 1549 square foot trampoline hanging from a crane 100 feet off the ground. See how they built it here.

Snarky Puppy: Tiny Desk Concert

Snarky Puppy: Tiny Desk Concert

The members of the jazz collective Snarky Puppy turned in a downright funky mix of keyboards, horns, bass, guitar, violin, and percussion during their appearance at the NPR Music offices. They performed their instrumental tracks Tarova and Xavi, the latter’s complex rhythms with the assistance of the audience.

I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.

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