Awesome Toys

Dart Blaster Helmet

Dart Blaster Helmet

“It’s like my head is the Razor Crest.” Maker and Mythbuster Adam Savage shows off one of his more amusing builds – a head-mounted device that can fire dozens of foam darts in seconds. He started out with a pair of circular D-Dart Pro Blasters, modded them to be more powerful, and to be fired via a remote control.

NERF Hyper Mach-100 Blaster

NERF Hyper Mach-100 Blaster
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This motorized NERF blaster holds up to 100 rounds of round Hyper ammo. It can fire at up to 110 fps velocity and incorporates top and bottom tactical rails for carrying add-on canisters for quick reloads. Includes 80 NERF Hyper rounds.

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Hot Wheels Backyard Aquapark

Hot Wheels Backyard Aquapark

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.

LEGO Dots Message Boards

LEGO Dots Message Boards
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These new LEGO Dots sets give you the parts needed to create messages and signs you can hang on your wall. There’s a 531-piece Message Board, a 943-piece Big Message Board, and a standalone 722-piece kit that’s all about Lettering in different typefaces.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit ReAction Figures

Who Framed Roger Rabbit ReAction Figures
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We love the retro look of Super7’s ReAction figures. Now, you can pre-order a series of the 3.75″ articulated figures based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The collection includes Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, Judge Doom, Smarty, and Stupid, each in old-school packaging and ready for you to act out your own Toon Town drama.

LEGO Star Wars Helmets Series 2

LEGO Star Wars Helmets Series 2
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LEGO expands its series of Star Wars mini helmet models with the addition of Luke Skywalker’s Red Five helmet, The Mandalorian’s helmet, and a Dark Trooper helmet. Each helmet measures appx. 7″ tall, and they range from 584 to 693 bricks. The see-through orange goggles on Luke’s Rebel helmet are particularly clever.

Touch Toys Transformers Videos

Touch Toys Transformers Videos

The Color.R Touch-Toys YouTube channel is packed with wonderfully satisfying videos of Transformers and other transforming toys changing shapes. We can’t decide which video is our favorite, but the Medicus First Aid ambulance and the WWII Hot Rod are pretty awesome.

Mini Artillery Vehicle Battle

Mini Artillery Vehicle Battle

A little while back, Mr. Michal showed off a sweet mini artillery truck he built that fires ball bearings. Now watch the chaos that ensues as that truck does battle alongside a similarly-equipped tank on a field filled with plastic army men and toy tanks in his action short film “Battlefield 2022.”

LEGO Ships vs. Ocean Waves

LEGO Ships vs. Ocean Waves

The USS Brickster sets sail into the roughest seas a minifig has ever seen. Canvas 23 Studios took a model of the LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship, fitted it with a GoPro Hero 10 camera, and dropped it into the ocean to see how it and a smaller LEGO craft would withstand the surf.

Metal UFO Fidget Spinner

Metal UFO Fidget Spinner
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This awesome metal spinner toy from MCZHI Manufacturing looks like a spaceship out of 1950s science fiction. They come in stainless steel or titanium and can be equipped with glowing tritium tubes for an added effect. The small model measures 50mm (1.97″) across, while the UFO King is 200mm (7.87″).

How Poppin’ Pals Work

How Poppin’ Pals Work

Animator Jared Owen has dissected the inner workings of everything from the Space Shuttle to the Enigma Machine. This time, he delves into something less complicated – the Playskool Poppin’ Pals toy you might have played with when you were a tot. It might not be rocket science, but it’s still some neat engineering.

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Aluminum Infinity Cube
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Mechforce’s mindbending fidget toy features a series three metal cubes nested one inside of the other. The entire thing is CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminum. Measures 1″ x 1″ x 1″, and includes a removable keychain ring.

Star Trek Handmade by Robots Toys

Star Trek Handmade by Robots Toys
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Handmade by Robots series of collectible toys is designed to look like it was handknit, but they’re actually sculpted and then molded from vinyl. We love these two figures based on Captain Kirk and Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series. They also make nifty Ghostbusters toys.

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The Simpsons Kang and Kodo Plushes

The Simpsons Kang and Kodo Plushes
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Kidrobot has an excellent series of collectible toys inspired by The Simpsons. Their plush toys now include Kang and Kodos, the one-eyed aliens from Treehouse of Horrors. Kang comes with a Human Cookbook, and Kodos comes with a ray gun. Each measures 13″ tall. We also must have their vermillion red Homer Buddha figure.

Retrogimmick Action Figures

Retrogimmick Action Figures
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Retrogimmick makes bootleg action figures and packaging inspired by TV shows, movies, and memes. Among our favorites are the Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, Wilford Brimley Diabeetus, Chuck Norris Action Jeans, and the Soprano’s Pine Barrens two-pack.

Infidget Aluminum Infinity Cube

Infidget Aluminum Infinity Cube
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This desktop fidget toy keeps hands busy with its endlessly flipping arrangement of cubes. Unlike the cheap versions out there made from plastic, the Infidget is fabricated from durable aluminum alloy. Available in red, silver, blue, or pink.

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.

Tesla Cyberquad ATV for Kids

Tesla Cyberquad ATV for Kids

Tesla teamed up with Radio Flyer to create a pint-size version of the electric ATV shown alongside the Cybertruck. This kid-friendly Cyberquad has a top speed of 10 mph, 15 miles of range, and rides on a steel frame with off-road pneumatic tires and disc brakes. Before you get any funny ideas, it has a 150 lb. weight limit.

World’s Largest NERF Gun 2021

World’s Largest NERF Gun 2021

A while back, we saw what was then the largest NERF gun on record. Not one to be outdone, Michael Pick aka The Casual Engineer created an even bigger dart-flinging toy – measuring 12 ft. 6 in. long. Based on the NERF N-Strike Elite Longshot CS-6, Michael’s weapon can fire jumbo darts up to 250 ft. at speeds up to 50 mph.

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Backyard Racing takes us on a glorious Hot Wheels ride through the colorful fall foliage. The treetop track took a month to build and incorporates jumps, loops, tunnels, a motorized gondola, boosters, and a water feature complete with a car-eating shark.

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Mezmocoin Galactic

Mezmocoin Galactic

This new variant of the awesomely spinny Mezmocoin adds a colorful image to its top. The precision-machined discs spin smoothly for up to 12 minutes and fascinate the eyes with their holographic images of galaxies set beneath a clear resin dome.

Beast Kingdom Iron Man Medieval Knight

Beast Kingdom Iron Man Medieval Knight
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This 1:9-scale figure envisions Iron Man as a medieval knight. The costume brilliantly melds European armor with Iron Man’s red-and-gold color scheme and Infinity Stone jewel tones. It has 19 points of articulation, an LED arc reactor, a sword, shield, and spear. The Deluxe Version adds a jet pack, firearms, effects, and more.

Making a Cardboard Ball Blaster

Making a Cardboard Ball Blaster

Weapons are usually built from durable materials like metal or plastic, but The S built this one primarily from cardboard. The oversize toy blaster fires plastic balls and uses a corkscrew to feed them into its motorized chamber for launching. Bonus points for incorporating those rubber sandals into the firing mechanism.

Armored Black and White Batman Statue

Armored Black and White Batman Statue
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A monochrome take on one of Batman’s baddest looks ever. Sculpted by Alterton Bizarre, this black-and-white polyresin statue stands 7.25″ tall and does a great job capturing the technical juggernaut looks of the armored Batsuit from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Limited to 5,000 pieces.

Restoring a Rusty Double-Decker Bus Toy

Restoring a Rusty Double-Decker Bus Toy

This rusty toy double-decker bus has seen much better days. But with a little time, effort, and epoxy, Restore Machines made this busted out London transporter look as good as new. Given the huge amount of rust outside and in, we’re shocked at how clean the finished model looks.

LEGO Ultimate Collectors Series AT-AT

LEGO Ultimate Collectors Series AT-AT
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This isn’t the first LEGO Imperial Walker, but it’s the most impressive. UCS model 75313 has 6785 pieces and stands 25″ tall. Details include poseable legs, moving cannons, a Minifig-scale interior, two speeder bikes, and more. Among its nine Minifigs us Luke Skywalker with a tow cable for him to hang from. Drops 11.26.2021.

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