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.
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Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 is one of the world’s most beloved roller coasters. CoasterWriter shows off an amazing backyard replica of the classic 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.
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.
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.
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″.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Funko has revealed a collection of POP! vinyl figures, inspired by the characters on the classic 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George are all here, wearing memorable costumes, including the Puffy Shirt and Urban Sombrero. Newman and the Soup Nazi also make appearances. Shipping starts 5.2021.
To complement the Big Car video channel, Little Car creates documentaries about various kinds of vehicles, including toy cars. In this video, they look back at the origins of Mattel’s Hot Wheels cars, their various collections, and their evolution over the years. They’ve also got lessons on Matchbox, Dinky, and Corgi cars.
A real hand grenade is designed to be tossed, then gives its thrower about 4 or 5 seconds to take cover before it explodes. This clever build from Make It LEGO follows the same paradigm. It stores energy in a rubber band “fuse” which then releases plastic shrapnel after a few seconds. Check out the build tutorial here.
Kidrobot presents a soft and squishy replica of the Hover Board that Marty McFly swipes and rides in Back to the Future II. Measuring 28″ long, the plush and colorful version of the board is a perfect match to the floating movie prop, minus the original’s Mattel logo.
LEGO bricks are the world’s favorite construction toys. We know they’re made out of plastic, but how do they make so many different colors and shapes? And how do they package just the right quantity of the right bricks? The LEGO Group takes us inside of their factories for an inside look at how a finished set comes together.
DeepMake sells these modular marble runs that stick to metal surfaces like a refrigerator. The pieces are made from laser-cut wood, and include ramps, loops, spinners, and stairsteps which you can configure any way you’d like. They come in 12-, 24-, 48-, and 96-piece sets, and are also working on a archimedes screw lift.
Doc and Marty would have never let their ride fall into the kind of disrepair that this DeLorean DMC-12 model was in at the start of this video. Honestly, it looks like somebody dropped it into a pond and left it there to rot. Can the folks at Good Restore make this toy look as good as new? The answer is a resounding “yes.”
Make your bookshelf look like a creepy laboratory with this collection of specimens from The Bradford Exchange. The 8″ high jars each capture Aliens at three stages of development, each floating in a water-filled glass jar. LED uplights add to the effect. Sold one at a time in a subscription series.
LEGO fanatic Brick Dangerous designed this awesome set of brick-built marine creatures. The 1164-piece set includes models of a seahorse, a jellyfish, and a clownfish (we found Nemo!), each of which can be displayed beneath a see-through cover that looks like a bell glass. Cast your vote if you want to see it produced.
Display and protect your collectible as the pros do. The DF60 is a cube-shaped modular display made from aluminum and clear acrylic. It has a black backdrop and ceiling, with a black velvet base, plus adjustable LED spotlights. Each cube measures 23.6″ w x 23.6″ d x 25.6″ h. Find more sizes on the Moducase website.
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.
Designed by LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member BrickHammer, this wondrous 2720-piece flying machine combines pirate-themed elements, steampunk aesthetics, and a splash of color. Despite the pirate ship looks, its creator says it’s a flying research vessel with defensive cannons to take on space pirates.
Puzzle Master’s metal plaything offers a Level 9 challenge for serious puzzle fiends. It’s made from 12 identical interlocking pieces that are painfully difficult to take apart and put back together. Despite having four fewer pieces, their similar Lattice puzzle is rated a Level 10 difficulty.
If fidgeting on your keyboard isn’t enough to keep your fingers and brain busy, the guys at Everyday Carry have got you covered with 12 picks for some of the best fidget toys you can buy. Rather than run-of-the-mill spinners, they’ve got gyroscopes, beads, balisongs, cubes, and other tactile objects to keep you occupied.