Awesome Toys

Never-ending LEGO Climber

Never-ending LEGO Climber

Jason of JK Brickworks built this wonderful mechanical LEGO plaything inspired by an equally great retro Japanese battery commercial. It features a fire-fighting robot dog that climbs to the top of a tower, then smoothly descends to the bottom to repeat the task over and over.

Copernicus Mini Drone

This compact drone folds up small so that you can toss it in your backpack. It’s easy to fly – offering one-button take-off and landing and a fixed altitude hover feature. Choose from four options: no camera, 480p, 1080p, and 4K. Save an extra 20% through 6.20.2021 with code WELOVEDAD in The Awesomer Shop.

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Kotobukiya Darth Vader Industrial Empire Edition

Kotobukiya Darth Vader Industrial Empire Edition

Artist Adi Granov designed this awesome steampunk variant of the Dark Lord of the Sith. The 1/7th-scale figure features lots of great details including brass-finish rivets on Vader’s helmet and pauldrons, and a steam-powered machine to help keep the Imperial leader alive. Pre-orders start shipping 11.2021.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

This LEGO kit is based on a design submitted by LEGO fan Steve Guinness. The production version of the kit has 2,079 pieces with moving carriage and working keys. Its platen can hold paper and the set includes a typewritten letter signed by LEGO Group chairman Thomas Kirk Kristiansen. Drops 7.1.2021.

Mezmoglobe Nano Desk Toys

Mezmoglobe Nano Desk Toys

The guys behind the Mezmoglobe and Mezmotop are back with a new series of kinetic desk toys. These palm-sized aluminum playthings come in globe, cone, and cylindrical shapes, each of which spins fluidly as a spiral pattern draws your eyes towards its top.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva

LEGO presents a miniature version of the expensive and elusive McLaren Elva. This 263-piece kit does a nice job capturing the spirit of the open-cockpit performance car, and won’t demolish your bank account. In addition to the sweet blue ride, it includes a McLaren driver minifig with a race suit, helmet, and a wrench.

Jack Burton Q-Fig Elite

Jack Burton Q-Fig Elite

There’s Big Trouble in Little China! This 5″ tall vinyl figurine from QMX features our hero as he bursts into Lo Pan’s HQ, donning his iconic tank top, jeans, and combat boots. His only weapons against his enemies? A throwing knife and his wits. The sculpting on both Jack and the skull diorama is fantastic.

SpyraTwo Water Gun

SpyraTwo Water Gun

Sprya’s claims that its latest water gun is the world’s strongest. It uses an automatic pump that blasts out “water bullets”, instantly soaking your opponents. Its firing range is 30 to 46 feet depending on mode and firing angle, and it comes in blue and red so you can easily identify teammates and enemies.

LEGO Spider-Man Daily Bugle Tower

LEGO Spider-Man Daily Bugle Tower

Spider-Man fans will love this massive 3,772 piece LEGO kit that comes together to form the iconic Daily Bugle tower. Outside, battles play out between Spidey, Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Mysterio, and more. Inside, it’s editorial business as usual between Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson. Drops 6.1.2020 on LEGO.com.

Making Kids Toys More Dangerous

Making Kids Toys More Dangerous

Kids who grew up in the 1980s and before could almost certainly count on their toys to offer some risk of injury. But thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the fear of lawsuits, they’re far tamer these days. The Backyard Scientist teamed up with William Osman and Peter Sripol to Make Toys Dangerous Again.

LEGO x Marvel Infinity Gauntlet

LEGO x Marvel Infinity Gauntlet

This official LEGO kit (#76191) is a 590-piece model of the devastating Infinity Gauntlet from The Avengers saga. The 12.5″ tall gauntlet features lots of shiny gold bricks, colorful translucent Infinity Stones, and even has articulated fingers. Coming soon to LEGO.com and Walmart.com.

Marble Night City Marble Run

Marble Night City Marble Run

ROKR’s intricate marble run makes a great desktop plaything. The crank-driven elevator wheel keeps marbles flowing through the endless maze, which includes multiple ramps, a spiral funnel, and other fun obstacles along the way. You’ll have fun building the 294-piece laser-cut kit too.

ChopChucks Chopstick Nunchucks

ChopChucks Chopstick Nunchucks

Created by Plei Design, these collapsible and reusable titanium chopsticks double as a tiny set of nunchucks. So when you’re not picking up individual grains of rice with them, you can improve your manual dexterity by flinging them around like a martial arts master.

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K’nex Magnum Backyard Roller Coaster

K’nex Magnum Backyard Roller Coaster

Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 is one of the world’s most beloved roller coasters. CoasterWriter shows off a backyard replica of the thrill ride, built using K’Nex construction toys, and dubbed the “Magnum XL-300.” Johnny from 3D Coaster created the detailed 3D-printed coaster car replica. Be sure to take the POV ride too.

Candylab Food Truck Toys

Candylab Food Truck Toys

Candylab celebrates a staple of modern dining, the food truck. Among their wonderful collection of wooden toy cars, you’ll find this series of box trucks, featuring delicious treats like burgers, hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, and more. They look great with LEGO minifigs lined up and waiting to chow down.

Banned and Recalled Toys

Banned and Recalled Toys

Over the years, there have been numerous cases where toys got pulled off of the shelves. As part of his amazing Toy History series, Ed’s Retro Geek Out delves into some of the times when a toy vanished because of safety, consumer complaints, or other reason, in some cases, turning them into rare collectibles.

4-Side LEGO Walker

4-Side LEGO Walker

2in1 Bricking loves to create LEGO machines that can walk or drive. This particular model is designed to amble along the ground no matter which edge it’s placed on. Can you imagine giant robots or vehicles getting around like this?

The Mini Mutoscope

The Mini Mutoscope

Created by Tentacle Media Ltd., the Mini-Mutoscope is a 3D-printed replica of a 19th-century mechanical flipbook. The display works like an animation flipbook, only its movements are smoothly controlled by a crank. It holds up to 42 squares that you can load with your own animations, or one of the samples provided by Tentacle.

Pivot Magnetic Fidget Toy

Pivot Magnetic Fidget Toy

We love seeing unique takes on fidget toy designs, and the Pivot is unlike any other we’ve seen. It consists of a Reuleaux triangle body and an oblong flipper which can be pushed from corner to corner thanks to neodymium magnets. Available in titanium or bronze, as well as anodized colors and laser-etched patterns.

Die-Cast Eleanor Mustang

Die-Cast Eleanor Mustang

This awesome 1/8th-scale metal model from Eaglemoss’ Die-Cast Club is a perfect replica of the iconic Eleanor Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds. The finished car measures 22.9″ long and weighs 17.6 lb, and is quite the investment of time and money, with its parts arriving in small kits which arrive over the course of 27 months.

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Fidget Controller Pad

Fidget Controller Pad

Have a spare game controller lying around? Its tactile buttons and joysticks are great for fidgeters. Pilpoc’s Fidget Controller Pad is a fidget toy based on the same idea, but in a pocketable size. It has eight functions to keep fingers and brains occupied, yet measures just 2.8″ x 1.4″ x 1.0″.

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments

Made by Japanese toy company Kiko+ and gg, this beechwood 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.

LEGO Ideas Boston Dynamics Spot Robot

LEGO Ideas Boston Dynamics Spot Robot

LEGO builder Tom Jones, aka WalkCrawlRun created this 1/4-scale model of Boston Dynamics’ adorable Spot robot. While the LEGO version isn’t likely to be as smart or agile as the $75,000 robot, it is able to trot around on its legs like a robodog. Show your support for the design on LEGO Ideas.

LEGO Minifigure: A Visual History

LEGO Minifigure: A Visual History

Celebrate your love for all things LEGO with this extensive history of Minifigures. The 256-page hardcover book includes detailed photos of more than 2,000 of the most popular and rarest Minifigs dating back to their first appearance in 1978. The book also comes with an exclusive orange spaceman Minifigure for your collection.

Wacky Packages Minis

Wacky Packages Minis

These miniature 3D collectibles are inspired by Topps’ classic Wacky Packages bubble gum. There are 60 parody products in Series 1 and 72 in Series 2, as well as some rare variants. Some of our favorites include Cap’N Crud Cereal, Moron Salt, and Skimpy peanut butter. Sold in 5-, 15-, and 20-piece blind box assortments.

LEGO Creator Expert NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

LEGO Creator Expert NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

LEGO continues its collaboration with NASA with a detailed model of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The 2354-piece Creator Expert kit has opening payload bay doors and a robotic arm, along with a model of the Hubble Telescope which stows inside or can be displayed on its own. The finished model measures 21″ l x 13.5″ w x 8.5″ h.

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