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Some of our earliest childhood memories involve colorful Fisher-Price toys with big buttons, spinny parts, and other tactile things to play with. This short animation from NYC creative house Bullpen envisions the evolution of these toys as we grow into adulthood, better representing life, from the mundane to the downright dangerous.

LEGO Star Wars Helmets

LEGO Star Wars Helmets

Celebrate your love for LEGO and Star Wars with these challenging models based the iconic Stormtrooper and Boba Fett helmets. Each 3-dimensional bust does a great job replicating the look of the original design, with more than 625 pieces, and measuring about 8.5″ tall when complete.

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Transformers x Back to the Future

Transformers x Back to the Future

To celebrate 35 years of Back to the Future, Hasbro has made a new Transformer known as “Gigawatt.” In vehicle form, it looks like Doc and Marty’s DeLorean DMC-12 time machine, but can turn into a mech with a flux capacitor in his chest. The car’s wheels also flip into horizontal mode like the flying version in the movies.

Ghinorah Kaiju Figure

Ghinorah Kaiju Figure

Looking for something to complement that Nozilla figure on your bookshelf? Illustrator Noger Chen and Black Seed Toys are back with another playful anthropomorphic kaiju. This three-headed gold dragon monster is ready to hit the schoolyard, and comes complete with a mini Nozilla toy figurine, dodgeball, and trading card game.

MAFEX The Mandalorian Figure

MAFEX The Mandalorian Figure

Medicom’s 1/6-scale premium figure of Mando features his Beskar armor and lots of articulation. Our gunslinger wears a real cloth cape, and carries both his blaster pistol and Amban sniper rifle, along with a flamethrower gauntlet. The set also includes a scale version of Baby Yoda aka “The Child”. Drops 12.2020.

Murder Hornet Action Figure

Murder Hornet Action Figure

In case you missed it, one of the many threats facing humanity (and the insect world) is the Vespa Mandarinia aka “Asian Giant Hornet” aka “Murder Hornet.” Revoltech’s RevoGeo line is offering an incredibly lifelike 7″ long plastic figure that captures every detail of the terrifying flying killer, complete with posable body parts.

Tactile Rubik’s Cube

Tactile Rubik’s Cube

This special edition puzzle adds a tactile dimension to the classic Rubik’s Cube. Each of its color cubes also has a different embossed texture, making it possible to be solved in the dark, with a blindfold on, or by people with visual impairments.

Statler & Waldorf Action Figure Set

Statler & Waldorf Action Figure Set

The Muppets regulars Statler and Waldorf are here to heckle all of your other action figures. Diamond Select Toys’ set includes both of the grumpy old men, along with a balcony for them to hang out in while they look down their noses at the rest of the world. Figures stand 3″ to 5″ tall.

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

Calling occupants of Planet Earth! This fun kit lets you build a pixelated 3D model of our globe using 1338 tiny bricks. The resulting planet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, and will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf. Just don’t let the dog get ahold of it, or you’ll have a tiny armageddon on your hands.

Picard Facepalm Bust 2.0

Picard Facepalm Bust 2.0

Since the sad demise of ThinkGeek, Icon HeroesPicard facepalm bust has been off the market. Just in time for the madness of 2020, the 8″ tall sculpture is back, now with a painted Starfleet logo on its base. You can pre-order one from Entertainment Earth, with deliveries expected by 8.2020. Limited to just 1701 pieces.

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Mechforce’s mindbending fidget toy features a series three metal cubes nested one inside of the other. The entire thing is CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminum. Measures 1″ x 1″ x 1″, and includes a removable keychain ring.

Pewter Death Star Container

Pewter Death Star Container

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.

Transformers x Ghostbusters Ectotron

Transformers x Ghostbusters Ectotron

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.

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Hot Wheels High Jump

Hot Wheels High Jump

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.

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

Retro Tech: SEGA Grand Piano

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.

NERF Ultra Two Blaster

NERF Ultra Two Blaster

Holding up to six Ultra darts in its chamber, NERF’s oversize motorized blaster can fire its sturdy foam projectiles up to 120 feet. Its mechanism can fire fast, and its open back means super quick reloads. Additional darts sold here.

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments

Made by Japanese toy company Kiko+ and gg, this beech wood burger and fries are designed for kids, but we’d be happy to play with our food too. The cheeseburger clacks like a castanet, while the fries make the sounds of maracas. We want one of their telephones for our desk too.

Mattel Thank You Heroes

Mattel Thank You Heroes

To pay tribute to our brave and dedicated frontline workers, Mattel is creating toys that include figures based on nurses, doctors, EMTs, and delivery drivers, as well as police, fire, rescue, garbage, and delivery vehicles. Proceeds from purchases made through 5.31.2020 will go to #FirstRespondersFirst. (Thanks Pat!)

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

Replitronics Mini & Micro Boomboxes

New Wave Toys expands their lineup of retro-inspired miniatures with a pair of detailed, working boomboxes. The M90 Mini is about 40% of the size of its muse, with dual 2.5″ speakers and 16w of amplification, while the teensy M90 Micro is a 1/6th scale replica that looks perfect alongside Replicade arcade machines.

Hot Toys IG-11

Hot Toys IG-11

One of our favorite characters to emerge from The Mandalorian is IG-11. The robotic bounty hunter didn’t last long but the Taika Waititi-voiced droid certainly left a lasting impression. Hot Toys‘ sixth-scale figure measures 14″ tall, has 29 points of articulation, and has a light-up mechanical head. His waist can even spin 360º.

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Rubber Band Shotgun

Rubber Band Shotgun

ROKR’s flat-pack wood kit gives you everything you need to assemble your own working rubber band shotgun. It features a simulated pump-action mechanism, and can fire multiple bands in sequence. Includes wooden soldier targets and plenty of rubber bands.

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

Brian Volk-Weiss is the man behind The Toys That Made Us. When he heard about the challenges faced by independent toy stores in the face of COVID-19, he got to work producing a docuseries about 50 wonderful shops, giving them some added exposure, and donating the majority of the show’s proceeds to the stores featured.

Gaming Heads DOOM Plushes

Gaming Heads DOOM Plushes

Gaming Heads‘ cute and cuddly plush toys are based on two of DOOM’s creepy floating creatures, the horned Pain Elemental and the spiky Cacodemon. Each one measures about 7″ tall, and would look great sitting on any gamer’s couch. They also made a Space Marine plush, but sadly it’s already sold out.

Best Fidget Toys 2020

Best Fidget Toys 2020

Looking for a good way to burn off a little stress? Fidgeting is a good way to occupy your mind and to focus on something other than the day’s worries. The guys over at Everyday Carry have picked out 10 of their favorite fidget toys, including one of our go-tos, the stainless steel Mechforce EDC Gyroscope.

Nozilla Fire Edition

Nozilla Fire Edition

Taiwanese illustrator Noger Chen’s and Black Seed Toys imagine Godzilla as a youthful dude in shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers. This variant dolls him up in a flame tee and black shorts, and comes with a tiny Game Boy, a video game, and a VHS tape. The original version already sold out, so grab one before it’s gone.

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone era of shopping. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.

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