Artist and engineer Robert Spillner created this unique plaything – a disc filled with a sparkly fluid that looks like an atmosphere swirling around a planet. As you shake and move the disc, the metallic liquid creates an endless variety of organic patterns. Its particles can also be influenced by a magnet placed outside of its chamber.
Kenneth Brecher of Sirius Enigmas created this plaything with a phosphorescent disc that glows when exposed to a UV or deep purple laser pointer, resulting in spiral patterns that temporarily appear. Its disc is made from painted plastic, while its spinner is aluminum. The set even includes the laser pointer.
Mondo teamed up with artist Attack Peter to create this very special and unique Godzilla collectible. The figure is decorated in a black-and-white line art style inspired by the sgrafitto technique used in ceramics. Drops 10.5.2021 at 12pm CDT on MondoShop.com. Limited to 2000 pieces. Ships Summer 2022.
Playmobil proves it’s not just for kids with this extravagant set for Trekkies. The highlight of this 150-piece set is the 39″ long, light-up U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, which opens up so you can see the bridge inside. It comes with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov figures, and a display stand.
Hot Wheels enthusiasts Backyard Racing spent more than 4 months putting together this expansive race track that starts out on their roof. Along the way, the course winds through ladders, sun-dappled PVC tunnels, along fences, and splashes through two inflatable swimming pools.
This metal spider looks like some kind of creepy-crawly robo-arachnid. It’s made from dozens of tiny stainless steel parts and can be assembled or disassembled without glue. The finished model measures about 4.92″ x 4.92″ x 1.38″. They also make a more complicated steel scorpion kit.
Trackipede’s flexible track components upgrade any standard Hot Wheels track, making it easier to elevate and hold bends, create jumps, and other obstacles. The modular parts connect to the underside of the track and enable nearly infinite configurations. They can even wrap around railings and posts.
Mathematician and creator Yosuke Ikeda invented this glorious little plaything which uses a series of ramps to move marbles around as you push on it. Multiple AlgoLoops can be combined for more complex patterns. The project’s Kickstarter already has closed, but hopefully we’ll be able to buy these soon.
Touted by toymakers as instantly-hatching beings running a tiny civilization, Sea Monkeys are just brine shrimp. Hank Green and Journey to the Microcosmos offer their close-up take on the weird history of these novelty sea creatures. Interested in learning more? We recommend the Stuff You Should Know episode on the topic.
GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines shows off another unique LEGO Technic vehicle. This tank-like machine features two wedge-shaped body segments connected by a retractable hinge mechanism. This design allows it to crawl easily over a variety of uneven terrain, climb stairs, and even negotiate soft objects like pillows.
YouTube channel Brick Bending specializes in creating unexpected geometries using LEGO bricks. This satisfying video shows how they built an oversize wheel using three kinds of hinged components in a repeating pattern. We imagine you could use this method to build a wheel as large as you want, given enough bricks.
Pix Brix are interlocking single-stud bricks for creating 2D pixel or 3D voxel art. They not only click together like LEGO, but can be securely locked side-by-side for flat artworks. A special multifunction tool makes them easy to manipulate and disassemble. They’re also compatible with other major brick brands.
Finally, the NERF weapon we’ve been dreaming of since we were kids – an official M41-A Pulse Rifle from Aliens. The 28″ long blaster features design touches inspired by the sci-fi classic and has motorized Elite dart and pump-action Mega dart modes. It also makes movie sound effects and has a digital ammo counter.
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.
(PG-13: Language) Playing with toy cap guns is a rite of passage for many kids. Their impact-sensitive explosives make quite the racket at normal size, so imagine how loud a 5-foot-tall cap gun might sound. Builder Nick O’Hara shows how he designed and built his giant noisemaker, then used it to scare the crap out of his pals.
These sweet wall-mounted displays are perfect for Hot Wheels and Matchbox car collections. They’re handmade from a recycled tire with a set of wooden slat shelves. They come in 20″, 24″, and 26″ sizes which hold 48, 64, and 75 cars respectively. We especially love the colorful light-up model.
This badass NERF drum-spinner weapon offers two modes of fire – a shot at a time from its trigger, or all 20 darts in rapid-fire sequence with a pull on the slam-fire handle. It comes with 20 Mega Whistler darts which make a whistling sound as they fly through the air.
Inspired by the iconic logo of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions comes an awesome collectible toy of the little red robot with the spring sticking out of its head. The die-cast and plastic action figure has 24 points of articulation, and the back of its head opens to reveal the inner workings of the Bad Robot’s mind.
Was Tim Burton’s LEGO Batmobile too expensive or complex for you? Celebrate your love for the classic Batman TV show with this easy and wallet-friendly version of Batman and Robin’s 1966 ride. The 345-piece model includes LEGO stud launchers, a hinged trunk for storing ammo, and Batman and Joker Minifigures.
The Dude abides as a 1/6th-scale figure that’s a dead ringer for Jeff Bridges’ iconic character from The Big Lebowski. The 12″ tall figure offers lots of articulation and includes nine different hands, including a bowling ball hand and white Russian hands. The Sideshow version comes with an exclusive hand holding a joint.
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.
We’ve built our share of LEGO models over the years, but we’re nowhere nearly as obsessed with the bricks as Jordan aka Bricksie is. In this video, he shows off his collection, which includes a massive LEGO city in the center of the room, surrounded by hundreds of LEGO cars, spaceships, and sculptures filling his bookshelves.
This unique metal yo-yo features a lightweight CNC-machined frame that makes it look like its parts are floating. Its offset connector bars enable the optical illusion as it spins up to speed. It’s available in bead-blasted aluminum, black anodized aluminum, and titanium and includes a sleek metal desk stand.