One of the best kits to surface from the LEGO Ideas site isn’t a branded tie-in like most. Instead, it’s an awesomely detailed little sea shanty filled with nautical items. Designer Robert Bontenbal (aka RobenAnne) knocked it out of the park with this 2049 piece kit.
Sphero follows up its neat BB-8 droid with R2-D2 and BB-9E (a new character that will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). The R2-D2 toy has a built-in speaker for its trademark bleeps and bloops, while the BB-9E toy has the same fascinating spherical body as BB-8.
A look inside a factory that makes collectible figurines, as its designs go from sketch, to digital model, to wax model, to silicone mold, to plastic model, to plaster cast, to metal die for creating the final production pieces. Those pieces are then hand-painted and assembled.
Rick and Morty’s Chief Science Officer recently assumed his greatest form yet – Pickle Rick. Now you can have this seemingly innocuous, but actually deadly Rick in Funko POP! form. Comes with drill hands or a laser cannon. Pre-order now for delivery starting 1/2018.
LEGO makes regular size bricks, and larger Duplo bricks for little kids. But the bricks in Matt Denton’s awesome build are way bigger. He used a Lulzbot 3D printer to render all 98 pieces from a classic LEGO Technic go-kart kit, resulting in a 5x larger version of the original.
An all-terrain, modular, open source remote-controlled exploration vehicle inspired by NASA’s rovers. The Turtle Rover has waterproof modules, a 2MP camera with a wide angle lens, and a robot arm. It has a universal mount so you can add an airsoft gun, a flashlight, etc.
Blitzway’s 12″ tall Hannibal Lecter action figures are based on Anthony Hopkins’ appearance in The Silence of the Lambs. The straitjacket version comes with a gurney, the iconic mask and more. The prison uniform version comes with a nightstick, a Clarice drawing and more.
Designer and fabricator Chaz Capobianco shows off a nifty creation, a large, flat spiral cut from a sheet of aluminum, which produces mesmerizing patterns as its center is moved about. It’s sort of like giant, flattened Slinky, and so much cooler than a fidget spinner.
PCS Collectibles follows up its Akuma statue with ones of Dhalsim, the flame-spewing pacifist. Sculpted in an amazingly impossible pose, the 24.3″ statue comes in four variants: two based on his classic appearance, and two based on his looks in Street Fighter V.
The Toys Asia’s life-size statue Iron Man’s Mk. 43 armor opens up to reveal, well, sadly not enough space for a man. It still looks amazing though. It takes 46 motors and 28 seconds for the armor to open up. The statue is limited to 50 units and costs… cough… over $370,000.
Give your cat a different happy place every day with the Ripple Rug. It consists of a base rug and a detachable top layer peppered with holes. The top layer has Velcro strips that let you reshape it on the base rug. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and is non-toxic.
“You may fire when ready.” Hot Toys shows why it’s one of the best toymakers in the business with this incredible likeness of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin from Star Wars: A New Hope. The 12″ action figure comes with a high-back chair and three pairs of hands.
Todd McFarlane reinvented Spider-Man, created Spawn, and helped revolutionize the comics industry by co-founding Image Comics. Now he has a toy empire. He sat down with Complex to share tons of practical tips for success based on his passion and experience.
Tearribles are dog toys that your dogs can tear apart over and over again. Their limbs and tails or eyes are attached to the body via hook and loop strips, so you can easily put them back together. They’re made of tough plush and mesh to resist holes and tears.
Steel weapons are badass, but they’re not safe or kid-friendly, and they could get you in trouble at conventions or other public places. Foam swords are cheaper to make and easier to shape, but how do you make them rigid? Odin Makes has one answer: graphite golf clubs.
While we’re not sure the designs are officially licensed, the metal model kits from Amusien are still pretty awesome – especially the ones with color. Among their flat-pack kits are a Peterbilt 389 truck and Optimus Prime, along with a Scorpion Gunship straight from Avatar.