To celebrate Honda Australia’s sponsorship of LEGO Masters Australia, the car company commissioned artist Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught to build a detailed model of the famed Mount Panorama racing circuit. The 150,000 brick model took eight builders over 650 hours to construct, measures 11 ft by 6 ft, and has driveable R/C cars.
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Light up your evening and easily identify your beer can with Nite Ize’s illuminated SlapLit drink wraps. Their neoprene insulator wrap keeps drinks cool and palms dry, and a their slap-bracelet inspired center band glows in one of three colors thanks to LED tech.
Namco’s classic ’80s arcade game Pac-Man has made its way into the blocky world of Minecraft. The DLC includes 10 different mazes and the ability to build your own, along with gameplay that roughly approximates the original dot-gobbling action, just in 3D. Available now from the Minecraft Marketplace.
One of the world’s favorite cocktails is the classic Dark ‘n Stormy, created in 1920s Bermuda when British Navy officers used Goslings Black Seal Rum to spike their seasickness cure: ginger beer. A century later, the drink gets its own holiday; June 9, 2020 is the first official Dark ‘n’ Stormy Day. Celebrate with the official recipe.
Techmoan checks out another unusual gadget from the past – though this one only dates back to 2007. For a brief period of time, videogame company SEGA’s toy division made a pricey miniature grand piano with mechanical keys that move in time with the music. You could also play it yourself – if your fingers were really tiny.
Jessica Ambats is passionate about both photography and aviation, and she’s quite the talent behind the lens. Her 160-page book features some of the spectacular images she’s captured over the past 15 years, with a unique focus on pilots who own and fly their own jets. Available as a digital download or hardcover.
Musician Luca Stricagnoli continues to wow us with his acoustic fingerstyle guitar performances, this time taking on the 1969 Led Zeppelin rock classic Whole Lotta Love. It’s certainly got a different texture without Jimmy Page’s memorable electric guitar sound, but it’s still pretty awesome.
Unlike many other handheld retro systems, the Evercade plays licensed games, rather than pirated ROMs. Games play smoothly on its crisp 4.3″ widescreen, and come in collections on cartridges, another nice retro touch. The Premium Pack includes Atari, Data East, and Interplay carts packed with 8-bit and 16-bit games.
This unique chess set from Sweden’s Induku consists of a thick felt board, along with laser-cut wooden pieces that stick into the board with pins. The design means you can attach it to a pushpin wall, or play it on a soft surface like a couch, bed, or rug. Available in blue or red felt.
Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. From Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff for sale.
The Electric Light Orchestra song Mr. Blue Sky is one of the most joyful tunes out there. So it’s no wonder that filmmakers have used it so often to bring a little light into their movies. Editor Jovi Prata compiled this montage of movie scenes that featured the track, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Trick out your game room with this home version of the classic skee ball arcade machine. This “Roll and Score” speedball game measures 10 feet long, and has built-in electronic scoring along with arcade sound effects. It sits on sturdy steel legs, auto ball return, and a metal safety cage to prevent balls from flying out.
Formed way back in 1976, Wire was one of the most influential bands in the UK punk rock scene. So it’s pretty awesome that three of the band’s original members still get together and make music. In this NPR Tiny Desk Concert, they performed a mix of classic and new tracks, which meld as if they were all recorded in the same era.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, NPR produced a series of broadcasts that retold the original Star Wars trilogy as a radio drama. Using original audio recordings of the series, combined with movie music and sound effects, Nigel Langes compiled all of the episodes into a playlist of three videos, running about 11 hours in total.
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.
Since getting his own DeLorean DMC-12, Colin Furze has been on a Back to the Future kick. While he’d love to have a real working Hoverboard like the one Marty McFly rode, he came up with the next best thing, strapping himself into a Gravity jetpack, and flying around with a replica board strapped to his feet.
LEGO and Lamborghini present an incredible Technic model based on the exclusive Sián FKP 37. The 1:8-scale kit measures over 23″ long, and challenges builders with 3,696 pieces. It has a replica V12 engine and 8-speed sequential gearbox, along with working suspension, pop-up rear spoiler, and scissor doors.
Take a soothing 360º flight through the snowy and scenic mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Helicopter pilot Bradley Friesen and videographer Devin Olsen captured more than 50 minutes of their flight using a GoPro MAX action camera. It’s even more immersive if you’ve got a VR headset to watch it on.
A crackling fire, advancing a mechanical camera, and a well-struck golf ball are among the most satisfying sounds in the world. Musician Dan Mace recorded and edited together some of these great noises into a soundtrack that’s engineered to be even more satisfying than its individual components.
This upcoming MMO invites players around the globe to build and explore a shared, persistent, and fully-editable universe. You can craft structures and spaceships, and buy, sell, and trade creations. Beyond its civilization-building, players can participate in space combat ranging from one-on-one dogfights to massive battles.
From the makers of Charty Party comes another silly card game. In Puns of Anarchy, players are challenged to modify the words on their cards to make the funniest puns to go with a theme card. For example, the theme is “Food”, and your card is “Post Malone,” you might change it to “Post Calzone” or “Toast Malone.” Yep.
Torsus’ rugged bus is designed for carrying passengers in challenging terrain. It’s powered by a 6.9L MAN diesel engine with 4WD and locking differentials, and rides on massive off-road tires. With 15.7″ of ground clearance, and parabolic leaf springs, it can navigate rough surfaces while carrying up to 35 passengers and gear.
Designed and built by architect Aigars Lauzis, this unique mobile home combines an electric tricycle, a boat, and a tiny living space in one. Its motors propel it up to 25 mi on land or 19 mi on water, and its wheels fold up when floating. Its interior has removable bench seating and a small sleeping area for two.
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