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Funko The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar

Funko The Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar

Here’s a pre-Christmas gift that’s perfect to hand over on Halloween. Based on Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s multi-holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the set includes 24 Funko Pocket Pop! vinyl figures ready to scare you behind its 24 doors. Though we’re not too sure about a 2″ tall Jack Skellington.

LEGO 1989 Batman Batwing

LEGO 1989 Batman Batwing

LEGO is showing off an awesome set based on the flying Batwing from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. The 2,363-piece advanced set measures 22″ wide and 20″ long once complete, and includes minifigs of Batman, The Joker, and the Boombox Goon. Now you just need a moon lamp to hang it in front of. Drops 11.1.2020.

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Rusty Tonka to R/C Tonka

Rusty Tonka to R/C Tonka

Like Odd Tinkering and Rescue & Restore before him, TRG Restoration gave a rusty Tonka truck a new lease on life. But he went one better, and once he cleaned it up and repainted it, he added a 4×4 R/C drivetrain and lifted suspension so it can be driven off-road. The metal body does it no favors in the speed department though.

LEGO The Child

LEGO The Child

Fans of The Mandalorian can soon get their hands on this adorable LEGO version of The Child aka Baby Yoda. The 1073-piece kit builds a 7.8″ tall version of the littlest could-be Jedi, and features a posable head, movable ears, and an adjustable mouth. Drops 10.30.2020. Pre-orders start at 1pm PST on 9.21.2020 on LEGO.com.

LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

Take your minifigs to a wretched hive of scum and villainy with this official Mos Eisley Cantina set from the LEGO Star Wars collection. The 3187-piece set opens up to reveal the interior of the infamous bar where Han shot first, and includes a whopping 21 figures, a V-35 landspeeder, a new Dewback, and more. Drops 10.1.2020.

3D-Printed Surprise Eggs

3D-Printed Surprise Eggs

Designer agepbiz has been creating a series of fun 3D-printable models which can be stored inside of a matching toy egg. Each one is designed to be printed in place, without the need for support structures. You can download the models to print your own over on Cults.

This Is Fine Dog POP!

This Is Fine Dog POP!

Now that you’ve got that dumpster fire figure, round out your 2020 toy collection with the official Funko POP! version of KC Green’s nonchalant This Is Fine dog, complete with his coffee mug and flames licking at his chair. Pre-order now for 12.2020 delivery. In the mean time, find more This Is Fine goodies over on Topatoco.

LEGO Godzilla

LEGO Godzilla

This fan-built LEGO Godzilla is truly impressive. It took Frenchy Bricks Junky about 4 months to put together this 4,000-piece monster, with its awesome scaly texture. You can purchase the building plans from Rebrickable for about $20 – bricks not included, naturally.

Petoi Bittle Robot Dog

Petoi Bittle Robot Dog

While we’d love to have a Boston Dynamics Spot robot to play with, the $74,500 price tag exceeds our toy budget. The Petoi Bittle may not be as large or sophisticated, but it certainly reminds us of the quadruped. Sold as an easy-to-assemble kit, the tiny robot uses 10 servos and a custom circuit board to control them.

Office Possum

Office Possum

Tired of people wandering into your cubicle and swiping your office supplies? Put a stop to that with Archie McPhee’s Office Possum. With its beady little eyes, gnashing teeth, and tendency to hang out in trash cans, it’s sure to deter anyone who dares to cross the threshold into your personal space.

NERF Halo Infinite MA40

NERF Halo Infinite MA40

Inspired by the MA40 assault rifle in Halo Infinite, this official NERF blaster features motorized dart blasting, and the ability to smoothly fire with sequential trigger squeezes. It includes a 10-dart magazine, 10 NERF Elite darts, and an attachable rail riser for mounting accessories. We wish it had a real ammo counter though.

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

Inspired by legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, comes a remake of one of the most iconic kids toys of the 1970s. The classic wind-up stunt bike set is back in production for a limited time. The new version has an improved gear mechanism so you can send your pint-sized stunt man flying even faster.

Making a Vacuum-powered Dragster

Making a Vacuum-powered Dragster

Using large syringes, Tom Stanton shows us how the vacuum captured inside can be used to drive gears, a belt, and an axle. The result is a mini dragster that travels an impressive distance compared to the short distance that the syringe’s piston moves.

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Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

These teensy arcade and vending machines come from The Brick Show Shop. In order to avoid licensing issues, the machines ended up with names like “Ms. Dot Man,” “Froggy,” and “Astrobricks,” but we still love them, and have already built a whole arcade for our minifigs to play in.

FlyNova Flying Spinner

FlyNova Flying Spinner

If a fidget spinner and a mini drone had a baby, it might look something like the FlyNova. When you spin it up, the motorized plaything lights up. Toss it up and out, and it hovers smoothly before returning like a boomerang. Toss it downward to play catch with a friend.

Monkey Bars Fidget Toy

Monkey Bars Fidget Toy

Looking for a unique fidget toy? Monkey Bars offer up lots of fun for your fingertips. They feature a patented design which uses bent stainless steel pins that turn and slide as you play with their aluminum handles. Their first model, the 2020-R has grooved handles as shown in the video.

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.

Bag O’ Beach Bones

Bag O’ Beach Bones

Kids will have a blast on the beach with this set of plastic molds, which let them create a life-size skeleton in the sand. The set includes 14 separate body parts for making different poses. Paint them white and bury yourself up to your head for bonus fun!

DIY No-Dip Bubble Wand

DIY No-Dip Bubble Wand

Normally, if you want to blow big bubbles, you need to dip a bubble wand in a pool of soap bubbles. But designer pojken shows off a fun and easy gizmo that uses a pressurized garden sprayer, a wand, and a string frame to continuously feed giant bubbles on demand. Learn to build your own on Instructables.

RP Minis Desktop Games

RP Minis Desktop Games

Bored at your desk? Give your fingers something fun to do with this series of miniature games from Running Press. There are tiny versions of Skee-Ball, tetherball, shuffleboard, cornhole, ping pong, basketball, and even mini boxing and weightlifting sets to give your digits a workout when they’re not typing.

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Ford Bronco LEGO MOCs

Ford Bronco LEGO MOCs

Given the brand partnership between Ford and LEGO, there’s a good chance we’ll see an official LEGO version of the new 2021 Ford Bronco at some point, but for now, let’s appreciate these fan-made designs by Ford engineer and brick builder Peter Blackert, who made models of both the 2-door and 4-door versions of the SUV.

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

This playful interactive desktop artwork transforms between a pine cone shape and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin it. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because bosses don’t like colors, and like to spend twice as much money.

Giant Food Plushies

Giant Food Plushies

Love food? Why not give it a hug? Not So Subtle Plushies sells giant, photorealistic foods you can use as throw pillows. From baguettes and croissants, to grilled meats, to ramen noodles, there’s something for every food fetish. Grab a couple of slices of bread, bacon, and a fried egg, and you can even make a plush sandwich.

Fun & Games

Fun & Games

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.

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.

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