Many of today’s popular toys are pretty different from those sold in the 1960s and 1970s. But in this video from Rhetty for History, you’ll see for as many things have changed, classics like NERF, Hot Wheels, and LEGO are still selling well today. And then there’s the Pet Rock.
This easy-to-use desktop 3D printer is designed for kids. The printer works with a mobile app filled with hundreds of toy designs and includes eight filament colors (aka “printer food”) for cranking out creations. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Inspired by the idea that Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down, mad inventor Colin Furze decided he wanted to become a Weeble himself. So he got to work on a semi-circular concrete base and a mounting plate that allows him to roll around his workshop without faceplanting.
To celebrate the launch of CrunchLabs, engineer Mark Rober endeavored to set up the world’s longest Hot Wheels track. At over a half-mile long, the track takes advantage of the warehouse space and has stacked switchbacks with Hot Wheels Boosters to keep the cars moving. We’d love to see the FPV footage of the full ride.
The original Hot Wheels Red Baron is one of the most iconic and collectible toy cars ever made. This video from Paul Restorer takes us through the long and painstaking process of disassembling, cleaning, and repairing the classic toy, which needed bodywork, a paint job, new wheels and axles, and fresh packaging.
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.
Backup cameras have been a great addition to modern cars, improving rear visibility and reducing fender benders. But they don’t all do a good job telling you how far you are from objects. This guy came up with a clever hack to ensure he always parks just the right distance from the wall in his garage.
Bored pets can be destructive pets. This electronic pet toy helps keep pets occupied by rolling around and lighting up autonomously. It has three levels of interaction, automatically pauses for breaks in between activity time, and has a built-in hole for hiding treats. Save 18% in The Awesomer Shop.
If you’ve played with K’nex construction toys, you know they they’re especially good for marble mazes and roller coasters. K’nex builder Venomeater123 shows off his epic roller coaster based on Steel Vengeance from Cedar Point. It took nearly a year to build the working replica of the world’s longest hybrid coaster.
This isn’t the first LEGO Hulkbuster, but it is the biggest and the best. With 4049 pieces, this 20.5″ tall model is the biggest LEGO Marvel set yet. The mech suit has a fully-articulated upper body, light-up arc reactors, and unique gold and glow-in-the-dark pieces. It also opens up to hold an optional LEGO Iron Man figure.
Backyard Racing takes us on another thrilling POV ride on one of their epic Hot Wheels tracks. This massive circuit includes a variety of water features, including waterslides, waterfalls, a zipline, and a 12-foot water bucket lift. We love how the track has so many elevation changes.
Artist Steven Richter has wowed us with his sculptures before. This time he took on a different kind of challenge – replicating the rocket car from the end of Toy Story. He started by modifying existing toys, sculpting a new head for Woody, and building a model rocket. He then assembled it all into this crazy creation.
ROKR’s intricate marble run makes a great desktop plaything. The crank-driven elevator wheel keeps marbles flowing through the endless maze, which includes multiple ramps, a spiral funnel, and other fun obstacles along the way. You’ll have fun building the 294-piece laser-cut kit too.
Fans of Knight Rider will immediately recognize this murdered-out 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as K.I.T.T. Playmobil’s version plays original voice clips and activates its scanner light when you touch its hood. The set includes poseable figures of Michael Knight, Bonnie Barstow, and Devon Miles.
The NERF Ultra Speed blaster fires up to seven darts per second, barraging your opponents with foam projectiles. The fully-motorized blaster comes with two 12-dart magazines and 24 AccuStrike Ultra darts. A built-in drop-grip helps with stability and accuracy, and a top handle lets you carry it briefcase-style.
Rugrats fans will recognize this green monster as Reptar, the goofy Godzilla from the long-running Nickelodeon series. Super7’s 16″ tall, 13″ long vinyl figure has a poseable head, arms, legs, and tail, and is ready to stand watch over your own rugrats. Also, we’ve got that Reptar cereal song stuck in our head now.
You know those pin art toys that take an impression of your hand or face? I Like to Make Stuff built a super-sized version of the plaything for their Maker Alliance pal Mark Rober to put in his new offices. He used large sheets of PVC, insulation foam, and 1000 PEX tubes to create the structure and its pins.
Singapore’s XM Studios makes incredible collectible toys. Among them is this 1/4-scale Maestro, a super-smart and super-strong version of The Hulk from the future. The deluxe variant of the hand-painted polystone model features Maestro sitting on a throne made from a sentinel head, surrounded by the spoils of his conquests.
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen Stretch Armstrong destroyed in horrible ways. But The Slow Mo Guys added their spin to the genre by capturing the carnage in slow motion. Like others, they filled the gooey kid’s toy with enough water to make it explode. Their high-speed footage also revealed Stretch’s true Achilles’ heel.
The Sopranos is one of the greatest TV series of all time. Fans of the show can now pre-order these officially licensed Funko POP! vinyl toys based on Tony and Carmela Soprano, Silvio Dante, and Christopher Moltisanti. Hopefully, we’ll get some of the other characters in the future. We really want Paulie Walnuts and Phil Leotardo.
This 1/10th-scale statue was inspired by the Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man meme. The 8.2″ tall scene features Spidey in his cartoon red and blue costume pointing his figure at whatever you want, along with a miniature shipping crate. You’ll need to buy two or more to replicate the meme, so that could get expensive.