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LEGO Night Train Dreamride

LEGO Night Train Dreamride

LEGO and railroad fan BananenBuurman teamed up with collector Pet van de Luijtgaarden to arrange for a journey through Pet’s extensive collection of LEGO and Playmobile toys. The finished ride is over 130 feet long and incorporates lots of colorful lighting effects. We love how they used all the old CDs and disc cases.

Pre-Prohibition Cocktail Syrups

Pre-Prohibition Cocktail Syrups

Pratt Standard makes delicious cocktails inspired by the classic pre-prohibition-era recipes. This set of three mixers includes 8oz bottles of True Rich Simple Syrup, True Tonic Syrup, and True Grenadine Syrup. Makes a great gift for any cocktail lover.

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Transformers x Led Zeppelin

Transformers x Led Zeppelin

Cybertronic Spree is a Transformers-themed tribute band who plays a variety of cartoon, videogame, and anime theme songs dressed in awesome costumes. During a 2019 concert, they also performed a truly entertaining cover of Led Zeppelin’s emphatically chanted Immigrant Song.

DIY Desktop Billboard

DIY Desktop Billboard

This tiny billboard lets you live out your graffiti fantasies right on your desktop. The kit is made from recycled chipboard and can be assembled in just a few minutes. Buy a bunch and create a whole bookshelf full of your own original street art. Grab ’em while you can. Sadly, its maker Boundless Brooklyn is closing up shop.

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

Feeling stressed or anxious? There’s nothing quite so calming as the sound of a rain shower. To help us unwind our minds, UK designer Jez Burrows put together a compilation of soothing rain sounds captured entirely from video games. Since this clip is titled “Part I,” we imagine a follow up is due if you need more rain.

Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker

Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker

Raise a glass to the great women of whisky. Jane Walker is a limited-edition Scotch whisky from Master Blender Emma Walker in honor of Cardhu, a 200-year-old Speyside distillery that flourished under the leadership of whisky pioneer Elizabeth Cumming. The blended malt is aged ten years, featuring notes of white peaches.

Wood Stratego Set

Wood Stratego Set

Stratego is one of our all-time favorite board games. If you love the game too, then check out VikingCarpenter’s very special version, which features laser-engraved pieces and a 3-dimensional board, all packed in a handsome wood box, embellished with a vintage cannon.

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

Daft Punk and Radiohead are two of our all-time favorite musical acts. But what would it sound like if the robots decided to play Paranoid Android? Well, Jehan has the answer, and it’s pretty awesome. Between the fat synth beats and the wailing electric guitar, it reminds us more than a little bit of Muse.

Rocket & Klein Luxury Toy Cars

Rocket & Klein Luxury Toy Cars

Rocket & Klein’s limited-edition desktop toys are inspired by classic sports cars of the 1940s through the 1980s. They come in five streamlined shapes and are made using automotive-grade materials and coated with three layers of non-toxic, UV-resistant paint. Each car measures appx. 12″ long and rides on rubber tires.

Backyard Trestle Railroad

Backyard Trestle Railroad

Zach Peterson is a plumber by day, but he loves to build things in his spare time. His greatest creation to date is a steam-powered backyard railway. The train is big enough to carry people along the world’s longest ride-on train trestle – at over 680 feet long. Coolest Thing introduces us to Zach and his amazing railway.

Hostess Snack Cakes Puzzle

Hostess Snack Cakes Puzzle

Craving carbs? White Mountain’s 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is covered with images of Hostess snack cakes like Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs, and Suzy Qs. We can’t guarantee it won’t make you hungry, but it will give you something to do other than running to the pantry to snack while you’re stuck at home.

Baby Yoda Desktop Light

Baby Yoda Desktop Light

This adorable Baby Yoda Desktop Light will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf and will bring a bit of the Light Side into your life on days when you’re feeling like giving in to the Dark Side of the Force. Rather than running on Midi-chlorians, this cute but powerful being gets its energy from a couple of AAA batteries.

Feel It Still on Strings

Feel It Still on Strings

Let us kick it like it’s 2017 now. The Vitamin String Quartet performs a socially-distanced cover of Portugal.The Man’s Feel It Still, bringing their energetic mix of classical and contemporary elements to the megahit track from a few years back.

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Knight Rider for 8 Cellos

Knight Rider for 8 Cellos

Musician Samara Ginsberg recently entertained us with her lively cello arrangement of the Inspector Gadget theme. She’s back with another fun cover – this time taking on the classic theme song from Knight Rider with an 8-layered cello recording.

Superintelligence (Trailer)

Superintelligence (Trailer)

Melissa McCarthy stars in this comedy about a woman who comes face-to-face with an AI who says that it will destroy the Earth if she can’t prove that humanity is worth saving. James Corden voices the machine, while McCarthy’s husband and writing partner Ben Falcone directed the film. Drops 11.26.2020 on HBO Max.

Gonk Toys x Anvil “1.21 Gigawatts” Plutonium Case

Gonk Toys x Anvil “1.21 Gigawatts” Plutonium Case

Anvil Cases teamed up with Gonk Toys to create a replica of the case that carried the plutonium that Doc Brown needed to power the DeLorean in Back to the Future. It includes a heavy-duty case, foam lining, 12 acrylic “plutonium” cylinders, and 12 “radioactive” stickers. There’s also a cheaper version without the cylinders.

No Reading Allowed

No Reading Allowed

From the authors of P Is for Pterodactyl comes a kids book about homophones, homonyms, and tricky punctuation. The playfully-illustrated book compares various words and phrases that sound the same but can have very different meanings, like “The hero had super vision” and “The hero had supervision.”

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (Trailer)

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (Trailer)

It’s a story that’s been told in books, movies, and articles, but we still don’t know who D.B. Cooper really was. HBO’s documentary shines new light on the story of the unidentified hijacker who extorted $200,000 in ransom, parachuted out of the airplane, and vanished along with the money. Premieres 11.25.2020.

Making a Custom Catan Set

Making a Custom Catan Set

The standard version of Catan comes with a thick paper playing surface and tiles. Kevlar DIY shows off a much more impressive Catan set that he built using black walnut wood, resin, and a variety of objects to create the game’s iconic hexagonal playing pieces.

The Complete Negroni Sessions

The Complete Negroni Sessions

Dante NYC offers this 8-bottle series of pre-mixed cocktails. The 8oz. bottles include not just gin-based Negroinis but ones that incorporate mezcal, bourbon, and tequila, balanced out with complex flavors like chocolate bitters, pineapple shrub, and cold brew coffee, among others. Each bottle serves three drinks.

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TRNDlabs Spectre Drone

This bargain-priced, short-range drone is really easy to use, with automatic take-off, landing, and altitude hold. Its camera captures 720p HD video, and you can watch a live feed of its footage using its companion mobile app. It also has LED lighting for night flights. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.

New Zealand Speedflying

New Zealand Speedflying

Skydiving expert Angus Sellen takes us on a death-defying flight through some incredibly rocky ravines of Shark’s Tooth Mountain in New Zealand. The fisheye perspective of his GoPro MAX camera captured a truly immersive visual that’ll have you holding on for dear life.

Race Motion: Baja

Race Motion: Baja

The Martelli Brothers and Mad Media offer up a different take on off-road racing videos, contrasting the quiet and serene setting of Baja, Mexico with the high horsepower action of trophy trucks, buggies, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs as they tear across the desert, catching air and throwing dirt everywhere.

Gorillaz f/Beck: The Valley of the Pagans

Gorillaz f/Beck: The Valley of the Pagans

We’ve been grooving to the Gorillaz album Song Machine, Season One since it dropped, and their team-up with Beck on The Valley of the Pagans is one of our favorite tracks. Now, we have the official music video, which just happens to have been created in Grand Theft Auto V.

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

The members of Epic Symphonic Rock shared footage from one of their concerts, in which they performed a enveloping, larger-than-life orchestral medley of tunes from the Mario Bros. game franchise. Mega Man fans, they’ve got you covered too.

LEGO Death Star Trench Diorama

LEGO Death Star Trench Diorama

Beyond the Brick shows off one of the most epic LEGO Star Wars builds ever. Anthony Ducre spent 7 months on this 50,000 piece diorama of the Death Star trench run from A New Hope, including an X-Wing fighter that “flies” through it on a track with Vader’s TIE Fighter on its tail. The crashed UCS Super Star Destroyer is a nice touch.

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