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LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime

LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime
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This official LEGO Transformers kit lets you build a 13.5″ tall Optimus Prime. Not only do its 1508 bricks accurately capture the look of the Autobot, but it transforms between robot and truck modes. The figure has 19 points of articulation and stores the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in its chest chamber. Drops 6.1.22.

WAVES Playing Cards

WAVES Playing Cards

This 1st Edition deck from 52Kards features a mesmerizing optical illusion on the back that produces a sense of depth as you move them, making them perfect for showing off your cardistry moves. The symbols and face card designs echo the wavy line design, and they come packed in a matching tuck box.

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Exit Stage Left: The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars

Exit Stage Left: The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars
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Author Nick Duerden interviewed 50 popular musicians, including Bob Geldof, Stewart Copeland, and Robbie Williams, to learn about the psychological, physical, and financial impact of coming down off of the high of success. The print edition drops 6.28.22, but you can buy the Kindle edition now.

Land Shark Golf Ball Marker

Land Shark Golf Ball Marker
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We’ve heard of alligators and snakes popping up on golf courses, but this is the first time we’ve come across a land shark. This stainless steel ball marker from artist Nikki Heikkinen pokes its fin out of the grass instead of the water, protecting your spot on the green from other players who might mess up your next shot.

World’s Largest Hexagonal Domino Structure

World’s Largest Hexagonal Domino Structure

Domino expert Lily Hevesh spent more than 50 days painstakingly assembling this eyecatching structure out of interlocking hexagons. With its densely-packed dominoes, the colorful geometric sculpture all came crashing down in a matter of just 5 seconds – with a bit of a nail-biter before the big collapse.

Ohm’s Quest Escape Room Puzzle

Ohm’s Quest Escape Room Puzzle

Love to solve escape room puzzles? Ohm’s Quest is basically an escape room in a cube. It packs buttons, lights, wire jacks, an accelerometer, an RFID sensor, and a speaker to guide players through an interactive puzzle-solving experience. It comes with three games, and new games will be available via a subscription.

Westworld Season 4 (Teaser)

Westworld Season 4 (Teaser)

HBO posted this unlisted teaser trailer for the fourth season of Westworld. Set to Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, the footage is packed with tidbits and clues about what awaits in the battle of the hosts as they delve deeper into the big city and return to some familiar locations. Is New York City just another Delos creation?

Laser Tag at Sea

Laser Tag at Sea

In olden times, shuffleboard was the most fun you could have on a cruise. Now it’s laser tag! Pew pew! On the very top deck on very tall Norwegian Cruise Line mega-ships! The planet’s only outdoor laser tag arenas are even awesomer than the only go-cart racetrack at sea on the same deck.

Balloon Pop Races

Balloon Pop Races

In keeping with their name, the guys from How Ridiculous set up a series of fun and challenging obstacle courses, loaded them with balloons, then competed to see who could pop the most while running, tossing darts, driving go-karts, riding on electric skateboards, and piloting R/C cars.

DIY R/C Gyrocopter

DIY R/C Gyrocopter

Maker Peter Sripol has an obsession with flying machines. He recently put together a working replica of one of the more unusual aircraft – a gyrocopter. Combining elements of a helicopter and an airplane, it has both horizontal and vertical rotors. It took Peter a lot of trial and error (and crashes) to make one that flies reliably.

Interlocking LEGO Circles

Interlocking LEGO Circles

Expert LEGO builder Brick Bending loves to make complicated geometric structures using repeating patterns. In this clip, they wanted to see how large of a structure they could build using interlocking circles. Watching the 3200-piece build come together is quite satisfying and reminded us of the Olympic rings more than once.

Rock Music on Percussion Instruments

Rock Music on Percussion Instruments

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Porter is back with another medley of music performed on various percussion instruments. This time, he played rock tunes from bands like Metallica, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Iron Maiden. It’s also likely to be the only time you’ll hear Sweet Child of Mine played on a steel pan drum.

Pistol (Trailer)

Pistol (Trailer)

Filmmaker Danny Boyle directed this fictionalized 6-episode series about the legendary punk band The Sex Pistols. Based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, it follows the band on its explosive rise to fame against the backdrop of mid-1970s England. Drops 5.31.22 on Hulu.

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E.T. Kuwahara Bicycle

E.T. Kuwahara Bicycle

40 years after the release of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, you can have the same bike that Elliott rode into the sky with his alien pal. This special edition Kuwahara bicycle looks like the one from the Spielberg classic, upgraded with a 4130 Chromoly frame and sealed bearing hubs. The bike drops in the fall of 2022 for $800.

Singing While Drinking

Singing While Drinking

The idea that you could sing a coherent song while your mouth is full of wine seems implausible. But this guy not only can gulp down a bota full of wine while singing, but he also does it without so much as a gurgle or a drop of liquid dribbling out of his mouth.

Ron Carter Tiny Desk Concert

Ron Carter Tiny Desk Concert

Throughout his 60-year jazz career, double bass maestro Ron Carter has always been the coolest cat in the room. To celebrate his 85th birthday, the national treasure jams supreme in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert filmed onstage at the Blue Note Jazz Club. The jazz deity will be fêted at Carnegie Hall on 5.10.22.

All-terrain Cooler Wagon

All-terrain Cooler Wagon
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This large-capacity cooler is ready for outdoor events no matter how remote or rugged the location. It rides on 10″ inflatable all-terrain wheels that can ride over dirt, rocks, grass, sand, snow, and more. It holds up to 70 cans or 50 bottles and has a foam-insulated steel body that can keep contents cool for days.

Don’t Stop Me Now Movie Montage

Don’t Stop Me Now Movie Montage

Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now is one of the most uplifting and energetic songs ever. Over the years, the track has found its way into various movie scenes, from superhero training montages to zombie takedowns. Editor Jovi Prava assembled a montage of scenes that incorporated the track, with a few video game clips tossed in for fun.

Lizard Infinity Puzzle

Lizard Infinity Puzzle

Nervous Systems’ unique plywood jigsaw puzzle is made of 216 colorful lizards which fit together to form a nearly infinite number of shapes. Despite the flexibility, each lizard only fits in one spot. Combine multiple Infinity puzzles to make even larger designs.

LEGO Bicycle

LEGO Bicycle

LEGO builder SleepyCow came up with this awesome design for a miniature bicycle, complete with working steering, spinning pedals, a drive chain, a kickstand, and pneumatic front and rear disc brakes. The design uses 999 authentic LEGO bricks and is currently up for consideration on LEGO Ideas for a production run.

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Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

MTB photographer Sterling Lorence walks us through his efforts to capture the perfect shot. To get there, he headed to the mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore and followed riders Brett Rheeder and Jackson Goldstone into the misty woods. A great documentary about the creative process from Anthill Films for Ride Shimano.

Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble Tequila
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Distilled from high-altitude Blue Weber agave, Casa Noble Tequila was a pioneer in the use of certified organic agave, even going so far as to make their own compost to guarantee its purity. The blanco tequila’s refined flavor and aroma come from resting in toasted French oak barrels instead of common American oak.

Giant Steps on Harmonica

Giant Steps on Harmonica

A rambling, improvisational style is a trademark of jazz saxophone great John Coltrane’s sound, making them notoriously difficult for others to perform. Listen as harmonica player Cy Leo shows off his incredible breath control as he keeps perfect time with a passage from Coltrane’s 1960 classic Giant Steps.

Little Shop of Horrors Tiny Desk Concert

Little Shop of Horrors Tiny Desk Concert

Little Shop of Horrors is one of our favorite musicals of all time. Turning a B-movie about a man-eating plant into a hit Broadway musical was sheer genius. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, composer Alan Menken was joined by the cast of the off-Broadway revival to perform five of the show’s instant classic songs.

Duo Dice

Duo Dice

These unique nested dice offer more possible outcomes to your tabletop gaming sessions. Each has an inner D6 with a see-through outer shell that can be used to add, subtract, or as another game modifier. Register your interest to be notified when they launch on Kickstarter.

Eye of the Haggard

Eye of the Haggard

Musical mashup maker Bill McClintock took Survivor’s track Eye of the Tiger, slowed it down a bit, and combined it with the old Merle Haggard Goodbye Comes Hard for Me, turning the formerly energetic Rocky III theme song into a twangy bluegrass ballad.

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