For those looking for a more realistic – and less expensive – snap-together version of Volkswagen’s iconic Type 2 van than LEGO’s kit, look no further than this Airfix Quickbuild model. It requires no glue or paint, and clicks together in minutes. Choose from sky blue or red paint jobs. They also make a matching VW Bug.
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Keep your brain and fingers occupied with this entertaining desktop toy from TEC Accessories. It consists of a titanium body with a embedded neodymium magnets, and a chrome steel ball which can be rotated around its center endlessly, or rotated like a track ball, or spun like a top. Save 55% in The Awesomer Shop.
The Bentley Ultratank is one insane build, but it’s not something most mere mortals like us will ever get near. Perhaps sensing this futility, low-budget maker Liberman decided to make himself a miniature version out of cardboard, toothpicks, wood rulers, plastic bottle caps, and the motors from an RC car.
You can now own a soft and squishy replica of the face of the killer computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, thanks to Master Replicas. When you squeeze him, HAL’s eyeball lights up, and he says one of 12 phrases, including “I really like you Dave. I know you would never plan to disconnect me.” Drops 11/2019.
Toymaker Super7 presents a series of retro-style action figures inspired by major league baseball players, including greats like Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, and more. They even have the oddball Phillie Phanatic. Here’s hoping for more players and mascots in future.
There are few things more satisfying than watching old, rusted out objects made good as new by talented restoration artists. In this clip from Odd Tinkering, he takes a 1970’s era Tonka toy dump truck, and gives the yellow plaything a fresh new lease on life. Scrubbing off the old paint looks like a particularly satisfying task.
Maker Ivan Miranda’s decided to see if he could modify a remote-controlled car so it can drive upside-down on the ceiling. He added a pair of powerful fans to create downforce (or is it upforce?) It took some trial and error, but he ultimately got it to work. Of course, he could have just bought one of these.
A limited-edition handpainted sculpture of the classic 1960s Batmobile, as the dynamic duo makes haste to jump in and chase down some villains. It headlights and taillights illuminate, and it plays the Batman TV theme song too. measures 5-3/4″ W x 8-1/4″ L x 4-3/4″ H.
Rid yourself of the tensions and pressures of life with this extra squishy foam stress relief toy from Archie McPhee. Based on the nearly indestructible microscopic organism, it’s designed to absorb all of your anxiety, then scatter it into the ether as it slowly recovers to its original form.
Godzilla finally gets a collectible toy that suits his name. This monstrous PVC figure measures in at 38.19″ long, and 18.5″ tall, and features incredible amounts of detail, from its scaly skin, to spiny back and tail, to its mouth full of deadly teeth. Keep an eye on the X-Plus website and Facebook page for pre-order details.
Did you know that it’s possible to create monochromatic LEGO minifigs by collecting parts from numerous sets? The guys at Monofigs have done the hard work for us, collecting all the needed arms, legs, torsos, heads, and hands to create these wonderfully minimalist figures. Incredibly, every piece comes from an official LEGO kit.
Maker Ivan Miranda played around with a couple of NERF Rival Kronos blasters and decided that he could do it better. So he set about building a gigantic, vacuum-powered version that can fire of 10 rounds of ammo per second, at speeds over 62mph. We wish he made it fire actual NERF ammo though.
Christmas may be a long way off, but it’s never too early to get a jump on shopping. Here’s the perfect pre-holiday gift for Marvel fans – an advent calendar that features a different Funko Pocket POP! figure for each of the 24 days leading up to the big day. Drops 9/15/2019.
Start off with a humble bill and hope and prey he gets signed into a law with these two adorable 9.5″ plush toys based on I’m Just a Bill from the classic 1970s educational cartoon Schoolhouse Rock! They’re expected to debut in the ABC booth at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
McLaren previously released a pint-sized version of its P1, and now they’re showing off an even more accurate mini 720S. This sports coupe for kids doesn’t have 700+ hp, but the battery-powered car makes realistic sounds on acceleration, and has working headlights and brake lights. It’ll sell for about $399.
Grind Hard Plumbing Co. took a Barbie Power Wheels Mustang and hopped it with a Honda dirt bike engine up so its power and speed match its muscle car looks. Sure, it’s basically a go-kart with a plastic body now, but it’s still awesome and we want to take it for a ride.
Greenlight makes these collectible die-cast car models based on iconic vehicles from TV and movies. They include Smokey and the Bandit’s Trans Am, John Wick’s ’69 Boss Mustang, Starsky & Hutch’s striped Gran Torino, and The Dude’s beater Gran Torino, Jake and Elwood’s The Bluesmobile, and even the A-Team’s GMC Vandura.
Super7’s Transformers G1 Super Cyborg is a line of action figures that depict our beloved Autobots and Decepticons in their classic cartoon style, with the added bonus of a removable chest plate that exposes their inner workings. The Megatron figure is available from TF Source.
Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective X-Men action figure features the mutant-loving Magneto in his classic purple and red costume. The figure is about 7″ tall and comes with two heads and nine hands, including two with force effects that have magnets on them.
LEGO presents the ultimate set for Jurassic Park fans. This 3,120-piece set (#75936) is highlighted by a 16″ park gate, a hulking 27″ long T.rex model, and 7 scenes on its backside inspired by the movie. Includes 6 minifigs ad a baby dinosaur figure. Drops 7/1/19 at LEGO Stores and shop.lego.com. LEGO VIP members can grab it 6/19/19.
Bandai has released an impressive Soul of Chogokin action figure of the super robot from Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, aka the Vehicle Voltron. All 15 vehicles are here, and snap together to form an 11″ tall mech. It comes with a ton of weapons and four pairs of hands.
Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.
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