While pro sports might be on hold in 2020, ESPN is keeping the dream alive with lots of great stories about the past. This episode of 30 for 30, docu-series looks back at the steroid-powered summer of 1998, as the Cardinals’ Mark McGwire and the Cubs’ Sammy Sosa battled it out for home run supremacy. Premieres 6.14.20.
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This top-rated Bluetooth speaker is perfect for outdoor use – even in the swimming pool. The Barnacle Vibe 2.0 is completely sealed from water, and can play music with or without a sound source, thanks to its built-in 8GB of iTunes-compatible storage. Runs for up to 8 hours on a charge, and mounts just about anywhere.
Indie gaming platform itch.io and more than 500 game creators are away access to over $3400 worth of games for anyone who donates at least $5 to their campaign. All proceeds will donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund, and split 50/50.
Basic Fun, the guys behind the portable version of The Oregon Trail, comes another retro-inspired handheld game. This time, we get the educational mystery adventure Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, complete with authentic sounds, graphics, and gameplay, and a case that looks like a tiny computer from the 1980s.
You could bring your car to a professional tuning shop to give its engine more power, or you could upgrade it with a Dilithium warp drive, an FTL jump unit, or a 1.21 gigawatt Flux Capacitor. DarkStarLab has you covered with their series of stick-on chrome plastic car badges inspired by classic sci-fi propulsion systems.
With the NPR offices temporarily off-limits, they’re continuing the Tiny Desk series with new episodes recorded at musicians’ homes. Here, MC Sa-Roc brings her smooth blend of hip hop, soul, social commentary, and spiritualism to bear, with a set of four poetic tracks loaded with meaningful messages. That’s Sol Messiah on DJ duties.
Measuring in at just 4″ in diameter, Royal Selangor’s pewter Death Star is roughly a 1:1,600,000 scale replica the Empire’s deadly space station. But rather than exploding when you hit its exhaust port, this one splits in two so you can store small trinkets inside. A very special collectible for serious Star Wars fans.
When we were kids, we had one of those wind-up toys that launched a flying propellor into the air. Aerospace engineer Tom Stanton wanted to see what he could do if he ramped up the energy by spinning up a larger (and more dangerous) version of the propellor flywheel using a motor.
The main difference between all of those irons you carry around in your golf bag is the loft angle of its metal wedge. Stuff Made Here managed to engineer a single, mechanical golf club that could replace of a whole bag of irons. The club can also automatically adjust based on desired distance in the middle of the swing.
The 1980s meets the 1980s with this fun mashup toy from Hasbro. The poseable figure is a model of Ghostbusters’ iconic Ecto-1 wagon that uses 22 moves to transform into a 7 inch-tall, ghost-zapping mech warrior. Includes a scale Slimer figure to go with.
Go back to the 1990s with this fast-paced party game inspired by the iconic video rental chain Blockbuster. The game asks players to act out, describe, and quote scenes from 200 classic movies. Naturally, it comes in a Blockbuster VHS tape case. For 4 to 12 players.
The guys from 5MadMovieMakers love their Hot Wheels. They assembled a track with a 13 foot drop and a vertical ramp at its end to see how high they could launch the toy cars, and still land them on their wheels. We wonder how much higher you could go with a longer runway.
With his adamantium skeleton replaced, Wolverine is impervious to just about everything. But his underlying bone claws aren’t nearly as strong. Rather than actual bone, The Hacksmith made himself a set from steel and tried to break concrete with them. Test footage starts at 10:00. They’re pretty awesome for Fruit Ninja IRL.
This fun outdoor game combines miniature golf with beer pong. It features a two-ended artificial turf mat, with a set of six golf holes at each end. Instead of bouncing a ping pong ball into cups, the objective is to sink golf balls. It folds up small for storage, and includes 2 putters, 12 hole covers, and 2 golf balls.
This special edition of the classic board game Battleship is the polar opposite of the Neon Pop Edition. Its folding playfields are made from wood with a weathered look, and pack up into a crate for storage. We love the overall look, but we think wood boats and brass pegs would be nicer than the standard plastic ones.
A diminutive version of SEGA’s 8-bit Game Gear handheld. The system measures just 3.1″w x 1.7″h x 0.8″d, and will come in four colors, each with four games. Its 1.15″ screen is so tiny that they’re selling a magnifier called the “Big Window Micro.” Launching in Japan on 10.6.20 for about $45 each. Collect them all!
Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.
Machined from a solid hunk of aluminum or brass, the Flipo Flip offers a unique take on the desktop fidget toy. This metal plaything is designed to feel great in the hand, and is perfectly weighted for flipping, spinning, and manipulation with your fingers. Available in hexagonal and square designs.
Board game players looking for a fun way to randomize their dice rolls should check out this very cool and unique dice tower from RUBrand. The tower features undulating layers of laser-cut, high-density wood fiberboard with cutouts that tumble dice as they cascade from the top to the coliseum below. Assembly required.
Music mashup master Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, he managed to combine the Motown sounds of The Isley Brother’s classic Shout! with the metal edge of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, giving frat boys a whole new kind of chant for their toga parties. Shoo-be-doo-wop-bop.
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.
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.
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