The boys are back in the multiverse. After a 6-month hiatus, Rick and Morty returns with the back half of its fourth season. Along the way, they wear unnecessarily badass suits and destroy countless aliens. Oh, and Snuffles (er, Snowball) returns to face a new enemy. The five new episodes kick off 5/3/2020 on Adult Swim.
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Philip Lee and Classicbot expand their series of retro tech-inspired figures with an adorable take on the original iPod, named “iBoy.” This little guy comes with removable magnetic arms and legs, and a pair of headphones for him to wear. While there are no electronics inside of iBoy, he does have delightfully clicky buttons.
Most of today’s science fiction movies use CGI for creature effects, but the original Star Wars trilogy (and some of the recent ones) used puppets. Jamie Benning’s 2015 documentary takes us behind the scenes of Return of the Jedi, and introduces us to Toby Philpott and his fellow puppeteers who brought the slimeball to life.
Golden-throated, big-hearted Josh Groban raised his voice and spirits with a free bedroom performance. He also raised $15,000+ for Meals on Wheels America, on the front lines of the pandemic, so thanked fans by singing “You Raise Me Up” in his shower. (Fully clothed, though he has said the song should be used for Viagra ads.)
To support the charity Playing for Change, musicians Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, joined amazingly talented artists from around the globe for a performance of The Band’s 1968 classic The Weight. Enjoy more from their Songs Around the World series here. (Thanks Jonathan!)
“We are isolating, but we are not isolated.” Musicians and performers around the globe continue to provide us with great bare-bones performances during the COVID-19 lockdown. Listen and enjoy as the members of Barenaked Ladies perform their 2000 hit “Pinch Me” from the comfort of their individual living rooms.
Like much of the world, Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is staying put during the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped him from playing like a boss while wearing his respirator mask. Luca’s performance of Gorillaz’ track Clint Eastwood is a uplifting dose of what we need during these trying times. The future is coming on…
This stylized racing game from the creator of Absolute Drift lets you hoon about challenging courses in classic drift cars. The finished game will offer more than 50 cars, 60 stages, a career mode, weekly challenges, and online leaderboards. Best of all, they’ve released a short playable demo offering a glimpse of what’s to come.
Shortly before the lockdowns began, Chris Robinson and his brother Rich dropped by the NPR offices to perform three of their soul-stirring 1990s tunes stripped down to their essence, including their hits “She Talks to Angels” and “Jealous Again,” along with a lesser-known track, “Wiser Time.”
Fast and Furious 9 may have been delayed until 2021, but LEGO has a plan to keep gearheads occupied. This 1077-piece Technic set lets you build a detailed model of Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, with a big V8 engine with moving pistons, a wishbone suspension, working steering, and more. Pre-order now. Ships 4/27/2020.
If there’s one thing you can definitely do while stuck at home, it’s dance. We all have our own favorite moves, but most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the smooth-flowing choreography of dancer Poppin John, who wowed us with his colorful living room performance.
Looking for a fun and challenging activity to do at home? Artist Byriah Loper’s book is filled with designs and techniques for making some incredible folded polyhedral paper sculptures. You’ll need a variety of different types of paper, a bone folder, and a few other supplies to complete your own paper art. Definitely not for beginners.
The basement beneath L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum holds one of the world’s greatest private collections: a treasure trove of 250+ iconic and rare cars, trucks, and motorcycles that few visitors ever see. For the first time, you can sign up for free (donations welcome) 60-minute live-stream tours of their exclusive vault.
Funko memorializes two classic 1980s comedies with figures from Animal House, and Stripes. The collectibles include two versions of John “Bluto” Blutarsky, along with John Winger, Russell Ziskey, and Dewey “Ox” Oxberger. Both the Animal House Pops and Stripes Pops figures drop 5/2020. That’s the fact, Jack.
(PG-13: Gore) Rick and Morty star in this bloodsoaked anime about a group of angry Ninja Ricks who think Rick WTM-72 has kidnapped Shogun Morty, and will do anything to stop him. Directed and written by Kaichi Sato, and produced by Studio DEEN. In Japanese, with English subtitles.
The Colorado Symphony had to postpone its performances, but that didn’t stop their members from performing together. They just had to do it from home. To help keep the music alive, they played the uplifting Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Keep an eye on their #PlayOn playlist for more shelter-in-place performances.
Victrola’s turntable audio system features linen-wrapped wooden enclosures for both its record player and stereo speakers. It offers 50-watts of amplification, and can play vinyl at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 speeds. You can also stream music to its speakers via Bluetooth. It’s also available in oak and white variants directly from Victrola.
You might recognize Boone Langston from his time on LEGO Masters. He’s also a contributor to the Beyond the Brick team, and is here to show off some of the very cool retro sci-fi ray guns he’s made using LEGO. The background is a space-themed baseplate from Slab Dream Lab.
Minutes before COVID-19 shutdowns started, at The Magic Bag in Detroit, the Squirrel Nut Zippers made this video of “La Grippe,” a macabre ditty about the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. The infectious song originally appeared on the band’s debut album and will inevitably rock the setlist for the “Inevitable 25th Anniversary Tour.”
This special Monopoly edition celebrates eight decades of Marvel’s comic book heroes. The board and box features art by by Alex Ross. Its properties includes covers, Marvel Knights and Team Leaders, with Issues and Omnibuses in place of houses and hotels. The player tokens include logos representing Marvel heroes and teams.
This rugged electric skateboard is built for all-terrain riding. It features 4-wheel independent suspension and an impressive 6.1″ ground clearance to take you over the roughest surfaces. It comes in 2WD or 4WD configs, with 2000W or 4000W of power, respectively. Top speed for both boards is 27 mph.
If there’s one good thing to come out of sheltering in place, it’s the intimate performances being posted by musicians and other entertainers. In this episode of Rolling Stone’s series “In My Room,” John Fogerty performs three classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks, and proves he still has serious vocal chops at age 74.
While at home during California’s shelter-in-place mandate, “Weird Al” Yankovic decided to bust out his accordion and serenade his neighborhood in the hills with a little impromptu concert. His performance of Mason Williams’s 1968 instrumental Classical Gas is wonderfully expressive and heartfelt.
When we were kids, our parents told us not to play with our food. But this waffle iron encourages just that behavior, cranking out stackable waffle pieces that interlock like LEGO bricks. It makes 1×1, 1×2, and 1×4 blocks. In addition, they’re offering plates that serve as a base for stacking, with spots for butter and syrup.
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