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Jeep and Ram at Badlands

Jeep and Ram at Badlands

We recently spent the day at one of our favorite off-road spots in the Midwest – Badlands Park in Attica, Illinois. There, we were given free-reign to explore acres upon acres of challenging terrain behind the wheel of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

Can You Shred Paper with LEGO?

Can You Shred Paper with LEGO?

The aptly-named Brick Experiment Channel decided to see if they could make a paper shredder using only LEGO components. While the motor and gearing was pretty simple to set up at first, getting Technic gears to actually shred paper took some serious experimentation.

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Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Serial screamer and contact wearer Leo Moracchioli’s takes on one of the most infectious earworms of all time, OutKast’s Hey Ya! Leo’s version will almost certainly have the song rattling around your head for the rest of the day too.

The Chef Show (Trailer)

The Chef Show (Trailer)

Jon Favreau first collaborated with chef Roy Choi when he made his movie Chef. Now the two are continuing their partnership in a new Netflix series. The Chef Show sees Favreau and Choi cooking and dining with celebrities and other food experts. Premieres 6/7/19.

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Crossbow maker Raduka shows off a truly impressive build – a miniature version of a reverse-draw compound crossbow, capable of firing dangerous little projectiles with tremendous power. All of the parts appear to have been shrunk down from a full-size weapon, and it works just like the real deal.

GT Throne Gaming Chair

GT Throne Gaming Chair
$475  Buy Comment

The GT Throne gaming chair has three electric motors that create vibrations based on the sounds from your PC, console, or mobile device. For comfort, it has a tilt and recline mechanism, and a removable back cushion. It’s on sale at Touch of Modern as of this writing.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Trailer)

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Trailer)
$60  Buy Link Comment

Earth’s heroes and villains team up to prevent Thanos and his Black Order from getting their hands on the Infinity Stones in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 for the Nintendo Switch. The action RPG features online and offline co-op for up to 4 players. Drops 7/19/19.

Picard (Teaser)

Picard (Teaser)

CBS All Access teases us with its next big addition to the Star Trek universe, a follow-up to The Next Generation that tells us what Jean-Luc Picard has been up to since leaving Starfleet, and why he swapped his Tea, Earl Grey for Wine, Red, Bourgogne.

Rubicon Hitch Tent

Rubicon Hitch Tent
$1200  Buy Comment

Rubicon’s useful camping accessory lets you attach rooftop tents vertically to vehicles that have a 2″ hitch. This frees up roof space and maintains your ride’s aerodynamics. It has four adjustable legs that let you deploy the tent as a standalone structure.

Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth is an upcoming free-to-play augmented reality mobile game for iOS and Android devices. It will let you build small or life-size structures with the real world as your canvas, as well as collect and battle mobs. A closed beta will launch this summer 2019.

Terminator: Dark Fate (Trailer)

Terminator: Dark Fate (Trailer)

Set after 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Dark Fate sees Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and the T-800. Along with a soldier from the future, they try to protect a hybrid Terminator from a new T-1000. Directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and premieres 11/1/19.

Rapha Waterproof Rear Pack

Rapha Waterproof Rear Pack
$130  Buy Comment

Rapha’s oversize bike pack not only protects your gear from getting wet, it also ensures that your bicycle stays stable while it’s attached. It’s secured to both the seatpost and the saddle rails for stability. An aluminum spine and a three-point harness cinches the bag to compress it.

Evil (Trailer)

Evil (Trailer)

In this upcoming horror TV series Evil, a psychologist reluctantly collaborates with a priest-in-training, who asks her for help in determining whether alleged cases of miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings have logical explanations. Premieres fall 2019 on CBS.

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Aliens Roller Coaster

Aliens Roller Coaster

Hin Nya constructed an incredible virtual roller coaster which incorporates the haunting visual and auditory elements of the Aliens films in an insane 15-minute-long ride, built with the theme park simulator app Planet Coaster. Headphones recommended.

Mosi Tea Infuser Bottle

Mosi Tea Infuser Bottle
$32+  Pledge Comment

The Mosi Tea has a silicone sieve that’s easy to clean. The sieve is attached to the lid so that your loose leaf tea won’t stay submerged in the water and make your drink bitter. It also has a leakproof flip top cap, and a double-wall insulated bottle that holds up to 16oz.

Woodstock (Trailer)

Woodstock (Trailer)

From August 15 to 18, 1969, an outdoor concert was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in New York, with over 400,000 people in attendance. Woodstock would go on to be one of the most legendary festivals ever staged. PBS’ documentary on the show features never before seen footage.

Upside-down over NYC

Upside-down over NYC

We always though helicopters weren’t designed to fly upside-down, but Red Bull Air Force pilot Aaron Fitzgerald proved that wrong as he performed a variety of insane helicopter flips, barrel rolls, and nosedives over the Big Apple.

Caravan Stories

Caravan Stories

Previously exclusive to Japan, Caravan Stories is getting a North American release via the PlayStation 4. It’s a fantasy MMORPG where you tame and train beasts and customize your caravan as one of five races. It has both PvP and co-op modes. Drops 7/23/19.

Planetary Blocks

Planetary Blocks
$75/set  Pledge Comment

The always awesome Chop Shop Store teamed up with The Planetary Society to create 20 wooden blocks, each featuring a planet, dwarf planet, or moon from our solar system, and printed with useful data. They’re also offering space-themed add-ons like posters, tees, and stickers.

Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated

Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated

Travel Oregon follows up its wonderful Studio Ghibli inspired promo with another amazing animation, featuring flying whales, anthropomorphic islands, and many more amazing things you won’t actually see when visiting. Still, it’s a beautiful place, and you should go see it.

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Toy Story 4 (Trailer 2)

Toy Story 4 (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 shows more of Woody, Buzz, and the gang’s misadventures as they try to rescue their new friend, a silly and happy go lucky toy spork. They make new friends along the way, some with questionable ideas. The movie premieres 6/21/19.

Europe vs Dvorak

Europe vs Dvorak

Enjoy two strange musical bedfellows, Europe’s 1986 hit The Final Countdown and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, melded by the Papageorgio String Quartet a. Be sure to listen to their Beethoven vs Metallica and Led Zeppelin vs Bach and My Chemical Romance vs Pachelbel too.

EcoDecor Escape Room Shop

EcoDecor Escape Room Shop
$550+  Buy Link Comment

Want to build your very own escape room? This Moscow, Russia prop builder and Etsy shop custom-makes all kinds of tricky puzzles to keep people perplexed, from an LED color-coded lockbox, to fake bombs to diffuse, to a mysterious talking owl, to a laser maze to crawl through, and more.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Trailer)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) A roomful of Nazis set on fire 20 seconds in makes it clear that this is a Quentin Tarantino flick. But this is no Inglourious Basterds. The film is set in 1969 Hollywood against the backdrop of the Manson family murders, as two aging stuntmen try to keep their careers alive.

Black Mirror Season 5 (Trailers)

Black Mirror Season 5 (Trailers)

After Bandersnatch, we weren’t quite sure if and when we’d get more Black Mirror episodes, but on 6/5/19, Netflix will feed us junkies three new episodes of dark, dystopian goodness, as modern technology continues to wreak havoc on our lives.

LEGO Dragon Boat Race

LEGO Dragon Boat Race
~$50  Buy Comment

While many of the LEGO kits we feature are based on some pop culture franchise, we love the more traditional source of inspiration for this 471-piece set. LEGO set 80103 features a duo of Chinese dragon boats, each with its own minifig crew and a group of onlookers cheering them on from the stands. Drops worldwide on 6/1/19.

Moonwalk to Backflip

Moonwalk to Backflip

(LOUD) If you’ve never been to a monster truck rally, you owe it to yourself to view the madness first hand. You could see crazy stuff like this Monster Jam, where driver Neil Elliott managed to not only keep his truck on two wheels and do a moonwalk, but then run it up a ramp backwards.

Revoltech Optimus Prime Action Figure

Revoltech Optimus Prime Action Figure
$90  Buy Comment

The leader of the Autobots becomes the first Transformer to join Kaiyodo’s Revoltech Amazing Yamaguchi line. This G1-inspired Optimus Prime action figure stands 5.5″ tall, comes with an axe and a rifle, and is incredibly articulated for lots of posing flexibility.

Moving Trampoline Stunt

Moving Trampoline Stunt

You’d think that bouncing on a trampoline while it’s being driven down the road would be a bad idea. You’d probably be right, but at least the guys from the Dunking Devils Squad have physics on their side as the forward momentum of both the trampoline and jumpers keep them in sync.

Brightburn (Final Trailer)

Brightburn (Final Trailer)

Things get really bad, really quickly in the final trailer before Brightburn hits theaters on 5/23/19. The anti-Superman story about an alien child who crash-lands on Earth but uses his superpowers for evil instead of good looks incredibly intense.

Danny Daycare

Danny Daycare

If you’re going to leave your child with a famous freestyle mountain bike rider, don’t expect them to sit around on the couch. In this silly video from Danny MacAskill, he takes on daycare duties in the only way he knows how – with stunts.

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