Well before Power Rangers or TNMT, Ultraman was a live-action TV series, establishing a new type of sci-fi adventure, kitschy kaiju characters, salarymen superheroes, and sparkly special effects. Rarely broadcast in America, it’s now streaming on Pluto TV with select titles on-demand on Shout! Factory TV.
From the expert machinists at AltDynamic comes their most impressive creation yet, a family of elegant aluminum playthings which look nothing like a sphere, yet can roll like one. Each one splits down the middle and is held together with magnets. They come in three variants, each with its own unique rolling properties.
This quick-deploying hobby knife opens in less than half a second, and its blade locks firmly in place. It features a durable, lightweight frame made from grade 5 titanium, and accepts replaceable CKB-2 utility blades. It can also be equipped with a “tactical” comb and has spots for two optional glow-in-the-dark tritium tubes.
During the 2020 Portuguese MotoGP race, championship rider Aron Canet had a crazy close call that could have ended up much worse. Not only did he fall off of his bike at speed, but he also slid down the track for what seemed like forever, and narrowly avoided being run over by multiple racers. This guy should play the lottery.
Italo Vegliante is an actor and musician who starred in Italian B-movies back in the 1980s. More recently, he’s used his talents to a create unique style that incorporates whistling, mouth sounds, and acoustic guitar. Here’s his fun tribute to the master of Wild West soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. He also created this piece of Internet gold.
This USB-powered 3.14″ cube puts a high-tech air purifier on your desktop. It uses a solid-state photocatalyst tech to destroy bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants, returning fresh air to your space with its whisper-quiet ≤30dB fan. Save an extra 20% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE20 (expires 11.27.2020)
Do you find yourself vegging out on the couch too much? Tayto won’t judge! This jumbo couch potato is happy to hang out with you while you lounge. This huggable tuber measures about 13″ tall, and is filled with soft and squeezy polyester stuffing. Just don’t give in to the temptation to slather him in butter and sour cream.
To celebrate the release of the towering new PlayStation 5, guitarist Davidlap attempted to replicate the startup sounds from each of Sony’s game consoles, dating back to 1994’s original PlayStation. We think he did a pretty good job, but David admits the PS2 sound was really hard to recreate.
Despite measuring just 5″ wide by 7″ tall, this organizer can hold a surprising number of pocket tools and accessories. The MOLLE-compatible pouch has numerous elastic loops, inside slip and zipper compartments, and an exterior webbed pouch. Need even more space? Check out the Maxpedition Beefy.
A few years back, Nike made a working version of its MAG sneakers from Back to the Future II. After a couple of guys from Hacksmith Industries figured out that their leader might not know how to tie his own laces, they engineered a pair of self-lacing Vessi sneakers which are a bit more subtle in style than the ones from the movie.
LEGO builder Tom Gerardin is a big fan of Aardman Animations, so he designed a fun kit that includes poseable models of Wallace, Gromit, The Cooker, Feathers Mcgraw, and Shaun the Sheep. Accessories include The Wrong Trousers, a cup of tea, cheese, crackers, and a cracker packet. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
We may not have the Ranger Raptor here in the U.S. yet, so we’ll have to enjoy Ford’s the mid-size off-road truck from afar for now. It looks particularly great carved out of wood, as Woodworking Art shows off his impressive vehicle modeling skills yet again. We love how he incorporated the working suspension and steering.
Most ring-style phone grips do just one thing. The TRING not only improves your grip on your precious gadget, it adds five hexagonal wrenches, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, a bottle opener, box cutter, and seatbelt cutter. It holds to the back of your phone or case using a powerful magnet and doubles as a phone stand.
Jeremy Messersmith’s heartfelt folk tune looks back fondly on his childhood days playing video games. The track is accompanied by a wonderful papercut animation by Eric Power that includes imagery from classic games like Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Tetris, and Asteroids. From the album Mixtape for the Milky Way.
From the makers of Unstable Unicorns comes a card game about adorable dinosaurs attempting to avoid extinction. Players do their best to escape dino life’s little pitfalls ranging from hot lava to giant killer ants to dating disasters. Games last 30 to 60 minutes for 2 to 6 players. Good for ages 8 and up. Drops Spring 2021.
Celebrate life’s little achievements with these amusing merit badges for everyday tasks. Winks for Days’ embroidered iron-on patches let you pat yourself on the back for basic things like leaving the house, watering the plants, and eating your veggies. Sold in sets of three.
Most homes get power from utility companies, which can be costly and negatively impact the environment. VICE Impact introduces us to Jehu Garcia, an electronics enthusiast who has built a DIY powerwall – an off-grid installation of recycled lithium-ion batteries that stores solar energy and power his home.
Help keep your dog visible on night walks or running around your yard with one of these bright LED collars from Illuminated Apparel. They have reflective stitching for added visibility, are water-resistant, and can run for up to a day on a charge. Available in blue, pink, or green, and S/M or M/L sizes.
While nobody can play a Flea bassline quite like Flea himself, we’ve gotta hand it to Charles Berthoud for his efforts, as he performs two handfuls of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best and most memorable bass riffs and solos. Even more impressive is how he played them on a $85 electric bass.
If you’re not in-da-couch, perhaps that sativa has your brain running a thousand miles an hour and needs a creative outlet. This book should do the trick. It’s basically a blank journal loaded with ideas of things to doodle, from a giraffe riding a rainbow to a dog on a surfboard.
New Zealand tech startup Eight360 has created a motion simulator that looks like something out of Jurassic World or Oblivion. The sphere can rotate untethered in any direction, meaning its occupant can tumble, roll, and spin. Its movements are synced with a VR headset, so motion sickness isn’t as likely as stationary VR.
Boone Titanium Rings‘ oval-shaped titanium multitool packs 21 functions into something small enough to keep on your keychain. Among its many tools are a package opener, wood saw, comb, pliers, wrenches, tweezers, flat screwdriver, knives, 1/4″ hex driver, bottle opener, and a ferrocerium firestarter rod.
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