Designed by Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black, this hypnotic, kinetic plaything is made from 21 interconnected metal rods, which can be spun and twisted to produce visually-stimulating patterns inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. It’s available in silver, gold, bronze, or a limited edition scarlet color. Be sure to watch the video.
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The Fiat 500 first debuted in 1957, and became an iconic vehicle in Europe and around the globe. LEGO’s 960-piece expert kit is based on the 1965 500F model, and includes a rear engine, a spare tire under the hood, a folding roof, and luggage to mount on its tailgate. LEGO also built a life-size version out of nearly 190,000 bricks.
Hong Kong toy outfit Tiny teamed up with MINI and Pantone to create this limited-edition, collectible series of 1/50th-scale die-cast cars, decked out in 36 different official Pantone colors. If the complete set is too hard on your wallet, they sell individual cars for about $13 each.
Fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic finally have a Chia Pet to call their own. NECA’s officially-licensed clay head lets you grow the novelty musician’s iconic ‘fro atop his noggin, so you can watch your plants grow as you crank up some White & Nerdy. We wonder if you could get some seeds to sprout from his mustache.
Premium toy maker Hot Toys is showing off a deluxe 1/6-scale collectible figure of Miles Morales as he appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The figure features 30 points of articulation, two great face sculpts, interchangeable hands, a fitted Spider-Man suit, and some of Miles’ everyday clothes.
Moose Toys turned up at the 2020 New York Toy Fair with Squeakee, a robotic dog that looks just like a shiny balloon animal. It responds to basic commands and touch, and you can even “pop” it with a pin. While it’s certainly not as sophisticated as Sony’s Aibo, this toy is sure to be a big hit with its quirky character – and its $60 price tag.
Mattel and Tesla have teamed up to create two remote-controlled toys based on Elon Musk’s crazy looking electric pickup. The 1/64-scale version will sell for 20 bucks, while the 1/10-scale version will go for $400, and even includes “cracked window” stickers. They’re only available in limited quantities, and will ship in December 2020.
Go squatchin’ at your desk with this silly plaything from Archie McPhee. A fun take on the old Wooly Willy toy, this version features an image of Bigfoot that you can groom using metal filings and a magnetic wand. Maybe you’ll even start a new Instagram fashion trend!
Have you lost pieces from your board games? Want to populate your games with NPCs? Peeples are tiny plastic game pieces you can use on any board game. They come in a box of 100 (10 each of 10 colors), and measure just under an inch tall. Their maker, Honeycomb Design, also makes colorful bowls for organizing game pieces.
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.
We’re surprised that LEGO machine expert JK Brickworks has never built a Great Ball Contraption module before, but his first one definitely lives up to his standards. Watch as four tiny LEGO robots work along an assembly line, each passing a ball to the next to move it down the line. It also appears to work as a hypnosis device.
Throw me the idol, I throw you the brick! BenBuildsLego’s sweet design celebrates the three original Indiana Jones movies. The 650-piece set features dioramas of The Temple of Doom, The Well of Souls, and Temple of the Sun, each a location where Indy recovered a rare historical artifact. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
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.
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.
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