Time for Machine makes amazing metal and wood models of vehicles. Among them is a tiny tank called the “Marvel.” TOMs Modeling in Motion assembled one of these mini mechanical marvels and captured the build as a time-lapse, stop-motion video. We also enjoyed watching him put together a metal Hindenburg from AEROBASE.
THE BEST Toys
NECA’s Bob Ross action figure depicts the artist as he appeared in his show The Joy of Painting. The figure stands 8″ tall and is fully articulated. It comes with a large easel display, a palette, two brushes, a palette knife, and a painting of happy little trees.
Illustrator and toy designer James Groman is the mind behind the insane and gross Madballs series. Now he applies his colorfully-deranged aesthetic to characters from the DC universe, including Batman, The Joker, Killer Croc, and Two-Face. Each is limited to just 3000 pieces, and measures about 7″ tall.
It’s been a while since we heard from YouTuber brusspup, but he’s back, and this time he’s showing off nine kinds of desktop toys, each of which shows off some interesting aspect of physics. We owned at least a few of these as kids, but there are definitely some unique ones here too.
Il Buono’s fun LEGO Ideas submission looks like one of those old-timey safes you might find in a movie about the wild West. The 548 part model has a smooth SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction, a working combination lock, and various props, including some LEGO gold bars to store inside.
Celebrate the holidays with a collection of 24 LEGO Star Wars toys, from minifigs to simple models of spacecraft and droids. Each toy hides behind a door, so kids (or us grownup kids) will have a new treat to enjoy every morning before Santa’s big day.
An incredible 1/6th scale figure of Half Life 2 protagonist Gordon Freeman, decked out in his iconic armor, with 25 points of articulation and details like removable eyeglasses, a crowbar, pump-action shotgun, a light-up gravity gun, and more. The Mondo exclusive version includes a Headcrab. Drops 11/22/19 at 12pm CT.
Puzzle maker Ravensburger’s kits are a blast for kids and kids at heart, letting you easily assemble fast-moving and complex marble runs. Modular components encourage experimentation, and include loops, magnetic cannons, and other tricks. The starter set comes with 122 pieces, while we’d go for the 240-piece XXL set.
Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.
Inspired by a fan-submitted concept, you can now buy official LEGO fossilized dinosaur skeletons. The 910-piece set (#21320) includes 1:32-scale models of tyrannosaurus rex (15.4″ long), triceratops (10.6″ long), and the winged pteranodon (5.1″ long), along with a sapiens skeleton, a paleontologist minifig with accessories.
Designer Greg “Craola” Simkins‘ awesome Unruly Industries toy features a goofy character with blade for a head, tossing out the peace symbol with his bunny like ear-fingers. We love how Simpkins captured that retro cartoony look that recently regained popularity with Cuphead. Pre-order now for summer 2020 delivery.
This LEGO construction by The Quinten is the most charming and adorable thing we’ve seen this week. The mechanical build features a beehive structure with some googly-eyed bees buzzing around as its crank is turned. The project is currently seeking support on LEGO Ideas, and we’d love to see it put into production.
While Funko has done a good job keeping up with pop culture, there are still people and characters who have yet to be immortalized as POP! figures. Spastic Customs makes unique figures, including Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, RuPaul Charles, and old man Steve Rogers among others. Custom boxes are also available.
Chronicle Collectibles and Cinemaquette teamed up to create a 78″ tall T-800 Endoskeleton statue. Based on the robot’s appearance in Terminator: Genisys, the statue is chrome plated, has LED eyes and articulated forearms and fingers. Limited to 100 units.
Learnplay’s HalfToys dinosaur figures have a magnetic shell that you can pull apart to reveal the dino’s skeleton. The skeleton can also be taken apart and put back together. Each figure also comes with a different paper diorama. They also recently released a new animal series.
K’nex fanatic Austin “Austron” Grainger shows off his latest build, an enormous ball machine made from over 115,000 pieces and more than 850 feet of track. It’s installed in the lobby of The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota. It’s not quite as big as his record-breaking machine, but it’s the largest one that’s currently standing.
Dappled Light Studio presents the ultimate take on Jeff Bridges’ character from The Big Lebowski. This urethane resin kit features The Dude achieving zen, enjoying a white russian, a joint, and bowling, while sitting cross-legged on his rug. Assembly and finishing required.
Designed by American Gross (sculptor Josh Kimberg) and produced by Clutter Studios, this creepy orange and black bunny of death is sure to ward off people who dare enter your cubicle at work. Limited to just 30 pieces, the 7″ tall collectible resin figure glows eerily in the dark, as if it wasn’t terrifying enough in the light of day.
Inspired by his appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home, toymaker Iron Studios‘ awesomely orange battle diorama features a 1:10-scale version of the gooey, yet terrifying Molten Man. It measures appx. 10.23″ tall, and is made from handpainted polystone. The only thing better would be if it doubled as a cigarette lighter.
Spoonman makes some amazing custom toys, often from kitbashing together pieces from various off-the-shelf toys. One of our favorites has to be this mashup of Transformers’ Optimus Prime and an AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. If ever we wanted to throw money at our computer screen, it would be now.
This terrifying porcelain beer stein features all four stages of the Xenomorph from the Alien series. It’s covered with deeply-textured, and deeply disturbing imagery based on H.R. Giger’s creepy creations, and holds up to 40oz. of beer. Available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange.
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