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The Sparks Brothers: First Look

The Sparks Brothers: First Look

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) directed this documentary about musicians Ron and Russel Mael, aka Sparks. The enigmatic and criminally underappreciated duo has been defying conventions since the 1970s and continues to make compelling music today. It’s tentatively scheduled for release 10.2021.

Allen Stone & Teddy Swims: Sara Smile

Allen Stone & Teddy Swims: Sara Smile

Proving you most definitely can’t judge a book by its cover, musicians Allen Stone and Teddy Swims do Daryl Hall and John Oates proud, belting out a fantastically soulful duet of Hall’s 1978 love letter to his girlfriend, the classic track Sara Smile. (Thanks Craig!)

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Rocket Cocktail Shaker

Rocket Cocktail Shaker

If those fancy Asprey cocktail shakers are too rich for your bank account, here’s a great alternative for rocket lovers on a budget. Viski’s stainless steel cocktail shaker has a great retro look and is perfect for making drinks like a Skylab Fallout, a Cosmonaut, or a Planetary Punch. It holds 24 oz. and has a built-in strainer.

Core Memory

Core Memory

Photographer Mark Richards and author John Alderman offer a visual guide to some of the earliest examples of computing devices. The 176-page hardcover book features artistically-composed images of machines like the Eniac, Cray 1, and the original Apple 1, which call Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum home.

Murder, Mayhem & Lollipops

Murder, Mayhem & Lollipops

Definitely not one for the kiddos, Joshua Mason’s sadistic strategy game is kind of like Hitman if you played it with cards. Except in Murder, Mayhem & Lollipops, you take on the role of a really bad assassin, who must use multiple weapons to take down each of their targets. Plus, you have an addiction to narcotic lollipops.

LEGO Creator Porsche 911

LEGO Creator Porsche 911

This 1458-piece LEGO Creator set lets you build a classic Porsche 911 from the late 1970s. You can choose to make either a 911 Turbo or open-top 911 Targa, and both cars have a detailed interior, flat-6 engine, steerable wheels, and tilting front seats. Pre-orders start on the LEGO website on 3.1.2021, or 2.16 if you’re a LEGO VIP.

You Suck at Cooking: The Book

You Suck at Cooking: The Book

From the creators of the YouTube cooking series of the same name, comes a cookbook filled with more than 60 tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes that will make you feel like you actually know a thing or two about cooking, and might actually impress your family and friends.

Death Star Coffee Mug

Death Star Coffee Mug

That’s no moon, it’s a coffee cup! Silver Buffalo’s Star Wars coffee mug looks just like the Death Star – assuming you squished it a bit, cut off its top, and slapped on a handle. The oversize 20 oz. ceramic mug has more vulnerabilities than just its exhaust port though, as it’s not dishwasher- or microwave-safe.

Danny MacAskill: The Slabs

Danny MacAskill: The Slabs

Street trials and mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill once again shows off his skills in a dramatic way. In this short film by Peny, he heads to Scotland’s Dubh Slabs, and takes his bike on a wild ride down the steep and slippery rock formations. The Arcade Fire track No Cars Go serves as the perfect accompaniment to the visuals.

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth

This intricate wooden sculpture offers a wonderful way to pass the time, first by assembling its 180+ laser-cut pieces to form its structure, then by guiding a marble through its 3D maze. In all there are over 150 obstacles to navigate inside of its acrylic cube. Includes everything you need – no tools or glue required.

NERF Rival Curve Blasters

NERF Rival Curve Blasters

Following in the footsteps of the modder community, NERF is making its own series of blasters that can fire on a curved trajectory. With a twist of their barrel, they can fire left, right, down, and even around corners. The SIDESWIPE XXI-1200 is out now, while the HELIX XXI-2000 drops 3.1.21, and FLEX XXI-100 arrives 8.1.21.

MAFEX Homelander Figure

MAFEX Homelander Figure

The Seven’s sociopathic leader gets a detailed action figure from Japan’s Medicom. Wrapped up in his red-and-white striped fabric cape and blue bodysuit, The Boys’ nemesis is fully poseable and includes interchangeable hands, and three head sculpts including his terrifying red laser eyes. Pre-orders ship 11.2021.

Spacecraft Switch Gear

Spacecraft Switch Gear

Concord Aerospace makes replicas of the switches found in NASA’s space vehicles, including the Apollo command module and the Space Shuttle. The switches feature accurate labeling, and can be wired to control circuits, should you decide to build your own basement simulator. You can also order switches with custom labeling.

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AKO DICE III: Dragon Stone

AKO DICE III: Dragon Stone

These unique metal dice from AKO have a modern look while incorporating a texture inspired by a dragon’s scales. Instead of round dice pips, numbers are represented with lines that mimic a dragon’s claw marks. They’re machined from aluminum and come in five colors. A 10-dice set includes a case/dice tower combo.

Werner Herzog on Skateboarding

Werner Herzog on Skateboarding

What does filmmaker and actor Werner Herzog have to do with skateboarding? Ian Michna of Jenkem saw a twinkle in Werner’s eye that made him think they might be kindred spirits and arranged an interview. Werner talked about his limited observations on skateboarding and how he might shoot a skate film. (Thanks Rob!)

Hot Wheels Magic Illusions

Hot Wheels Magic Illusions

5MadMovieMakers combine a mix of in-camera and post-production effects trickery to send their Hot Wheels car on a wild journey through a magical, illusion-filled course. Our favorite bit was the playing card gag. Zack King would be proud.

World’s Fastest Puncher

World’s Fastest Puncher

When we first watched this video of Kickboxer Pavel Trussov showing how fast he can punch, we thought it was sped up. It’s not. This guy really did manage 334 to perform full-extension punches in just one minute, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. Give him 3 minutes, and he can manage 919 punches.

Le Corbusier Paper Models

Le Corbusier Paper Models

Marc Hagan-Guirey – aka “the dark king of kirigami” – creates marvels with paper, a ruler, a sharp blade, and an equally sharp eye. For Le Corbusier Paper Models, he created templates and step-by-step guides so patient crafters can cut and fold their own mini-models of 10 iconic buildings by modernist architect Le Corbusier.

Invincible: First Look

Invincible: First Look

Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book, this animated series follows the relationship between a young man (Steven Yeun) and his father (J.K. Simmons), the world’s most powerful superhero. As he inherits his father’s powers and learns of his origins, he struggles to accept his new role. Coming to Prime Video 3.26.2021.

The Complete Chess Learning Bundle

Now that you’ve binged The Queen’s Gambit, are you ready to break out your chess set and get in on the action? This series of online lessons will help you learn everything from the basics to advanced chess-playing tactics from expert players. In all, there are more than 120 hours of instruction in this bundle.

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Godzilla vs. Kong (Trailer)

Godzilla vs. Kong (Trailer)

“Godzilla’s out there, and he’s hurting people, and we don’t know why.” It’s pretty obvious from the title, but this blockbuster is about a battle between two giant monsters. As an enraged Godzilla rises from the ocean, the giant ape Kong senses a threat and all hell breaks loose. Coming to theaters and HBO Max on 3.26.21.

WOWCube Entertainment System

WOWCube Entertainment System

It may look like a Rubik’s Cube, but this 2x2x2 puzzle is much more. It has 24 LCD screens, 8 processors, motion and touch sensors, and plays a variety of mobile games. It can also be used to display information widgets on its screens. It’s expected to launch by late 2021 with a price of $249. Place your reservation here.

Gimme All Your Lovin’ on Ukulele

Gimme All Your Lovin’ on Ukulele

The talented musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain jam out on another classic rock track. This time they took on the 1983 ZZ Top tune Gimmme All Your Lovin’, minus the ridiculously long beards, hot rods, and sexy models.

Radiohead on Cello

Radiohead on Cello

Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.

Medieval Castle Fly-through

Medieval Castle Fly-through

As pilot Benoit Finck’s drone emerges from the clouds over Normandy, France, it descends into the ancient castle atop the island of Mont Saint-Michel, then flies through the structure and its surroundings, giving us a fantastic first-person view courtesy of his GoPro HERO8 camera.

The Centipede Skateboard

The Centipede Skateboard

The guys from Braille Skateboarding love to test out unusual skateboards. In this clip, they show off an insane custom board with 10 trucks and 20 wheels. You might think that would make it faster, but all of those wheels increase friction and also mess with its maneuverability. Still, it’s fun to watch them attempt to ride this mutant.

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