A few years back, we watched an artist craft a beautiful replica of an 8-ball from wood. Now, watch as Oregon woodworker Carl Jacobsen creates a shell for a Magic 8-ball toy, with a cool basketweave pattern on its exterior. Also, we always thought the whole toy was filled with liquid, not just a cylinder in its middle.
THE BEST Toys
Keep your fingers occupied with this different kind of fidget toy. This pocket-sized plaything is made up of multiple metal cylinders which spin around a central ring. Roll its center around the palm of your hand, or play with its individual rollers between your fingertips. Available in four sizes, from 1″ to 1.75″ diameter.
Restoration junkie MrRescue got his hands on a toy Porsche 356 model that looks like it was stomped and kicked into a pile of dirt. From the looks of the undercarriage, it doesn’t look all that ancient, but we’re still impressed with the finished car after he brought it back to its former glory with that glossy peanut M&M paint job.
This unique spin on fidget toys uses helical gears, each with a herringbone pattern than allows them to interlock. Each set comes with a pair of machined brass and aluminum gears, which not only roll against each other, but can attach and spin on their sides thanks to strong neodymium magnets.
Christophe Ruge’s LEGO Ideas model of the International Space Station is going into production. This outstanding 864-piece kit is packed with solar arrays, each of which can rotate, along with a dockable Space Shuttle, and a deployable satellite. It also comes with scale astronaut micro-figures for conducting spacewalks. Drops 2/1/20.
Give a truly personalized gift with one of these handmade custom bobbleheads from AllBobbleHeads.com. Simply send in a photograph of your subject, and in 4 to 6 weeks, they’ll produce a unique figure just for your recipient. Grab a 50% off deal in The Awesomer Shop.
This impressive 12.5″ tall figure of the Iron Giant offers more than 35 points of articulation, four heads, six hands, a battle mode arm, a delicious girder snack, a magnetic “S” for his chest, and more. The Mondo exclusive version comes with a junk car with a tiny Hogarth inside and a sad giant head. On sale 1/17/20 at 1pm CT.
NERF’s toy arsenal gets bigger and badder thanks to the N-Strike Elite Titan CS-50. It’s a minigun-style launcher that can fires eight darts per second from its spinning barrel. It has a 50 dart capacity, and comes with 50 foam projectiles and a shoulder strap to carry some of its weight.
This pricey robot toy uses 22 programmable servo motors and joints to change from a mech into a vehicle, just like a Transformer. It can dance, pose, speak, walk, and drive like a car too. It’s fully-programmable via an app, and also supports voice commands.
LEGO and aviation enthusiast BigPlanes shows off an incredible custom build – a scale replica of U.S. Air Force One. He used roughly 25,000 bricks to build the 6-foot-long model of the 747 jumbo jet, which features a fully-detailed interior. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more amazing LEGO aircraft.
SoSickWithIt’s nifty 3D-printed accessory converts your existing NERF guns into badass new mega weapons. The connector slides into rails to join up to four weapons into one, so you can quickly switch when one runs out of ammo. There’s also a two-weapon version top/bottom in top/bottom or side-by-side configs.
A fun stunt flyer you control using your smartphone. It’s designed for easy operation, and comes with a special joystick that sticks onto your phone’s screen. Flies for up to 12 minutes per charge with a range up to 200 feet.
Builder knexpert06 shows off an incredible creation made using K’Nex construction toys. The 141 foot-long roller coaster has dual tracks so two coasters can race side by side. It took nearly 500 hours to build, but a full lap of the coaster takes just under a minute.
London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy partnered with LEGO to create the Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas, a dozen installations made from 372,931 bricks. It took 2,200 hours to snap together a castle, a dapper tea-drimking lion, and a motorcycle fit for Santa. The massive centerpiece? A dragon-shaped Christmas tree made from 150,000 bricks.
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.
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.
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