Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.
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Celebrate Halloween with one of the most iconic characters of the season, Tom Hanks’ incredibly memorably SNL creation David S. Pumpkins, along with his glow-in-the-dark B-boy skeleton crew. All three figures are ready to scare the hell out of you in this limited edition set from Funko. Any questions?
R/C car experts Traxxas show off an awesome jumbo-sized model, an incredibly detailed 27″ long trophy truck designed to take on any terrain you can throw at it. Its tube frame chassis, suspension, and 4WD system is inspired by real desert racing trucks, and it can hit speeds over 50mph.
Go Speed Racer, Go! Funko is readying a collection of figures inspired by the classic Japanese cartoon. Choose from Speed Racer in his iconic opening pose, an evil chase edition, Racer X, or our must-have: Speed behind the wheel of his powerful Mach 5. Ships January 2020.
We’ve seen designer David Weeks‘ articulated wooden robots at art museum shops before, but this multi-colored series is our favorite. Each one is made from beech wood and elastic, allowing you to pose them into various positions, including a cube. Sold individually in 4.25″ tall and 6.75″ tall sizes.
Designer James Paulius extends his collection of colorful wooden architectural blocks with a miniature version of New York City. The full set features two iconic skyscrapers, a handful of shorter buildings, and a smattering of urban greenspace. The Empire State building and greenway models are available separately as well.
Give yourself a cheap thrill with your very own MTV Video Music Award, inspired by the iconic moon man seen on the very first moments of MTV’s existence, and later on VMA trophies. Naturally, the Funko POP! version has a disproportionately large head, but it still looks awesome.
Do you collect Funko POP! figures? Assuming you take them out of the box to enjoy them, 630Laser’s acrylic wall shelves let you display them easily, and grow your display as you grow your collection. They stick with double-sided wall tape, and are sold in singles or multi-packs. They also make displays for boxed figures.
Not too long ago, we got to see a rusty old Tonka dump truck restored to its former glory. Not to be outdone by Odd Tinkering, fellow restoration expert Rescue & Restore worked his magic on a similarly distressed Tonka tow truck, and it’s just as satisfying to watch.
This unusual battery-powered blaster uses a flywheel to load up and fire up to 28 foam darts in sequence. Since they’re designed to be held and fired by a single hand, you can dual-wield them too. Out of Darts recently reviewed it, and showed how much faster it can fire when modded.
New Wave Toys, makers of those awesome miniature arcade machines has some new gadgets for retro tech fans. First up, a miniature change machine you can display alongside your arcade machines that doubles as a 6-port USB charger. There’s also a Walkman-inspired gadget that works as 16000 mAh power bank.
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.
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.
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