Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.
THE BEST Toys
Inspired by a fan-submitted concept, you can now buy official LEGO fossilized dinosaur skeletons. The 910-piece set (#21320) includes 1:32-scale models of tyrannosaurus rex (15.4″ long), triceratops (10.6″ long), and the winged pteranodon (5.1″ long), along with a sapiens skeleton, a paleontologist minifig with accessories.
Designer Greg “Craola” Simkins‘ awesome Unruly Industries toy features a goofy character with blade for a head, tossing out the peace symbol with his bunny like ear-fingers. We love how Simpkins captured that retro cartoony look that recently regained popularity with Cuphead. Pre-order now for summer 2020 delivery.
This LEGO construction by The Quinten is the most charming and adorable thing we’ve seen this week. The mechanical build features a beehive structure with some googly-eyed bees buzzing around as its crank is turned. The project is currently seeking support on LEGO Ideas, and we’d love to see it put into production.
While Funko has done a good job keeping up with pop culture, there are still people and characters who have yet to be immortalized as POP! figures. Spastic Customs makes unique figures, including Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, RuPaul Charles, and old man Steve Rogers among others. Custom boxes are also available.
Chronicle Collectibles and Cinemaquette teamed up to create a 78″ tall T-800 Endoskeleton statue. Based on the robot’s appearance in Terminator: Genisys, the statue is chrome plated, has LED eyes and articulated forearms and fingers. Limited to 100 units.
Learnplay’s HalfToys dinosaur figures have a magnetic shell that you can pull apart to reveal the dino’s skeleton. The skeleton can also be taken apart and put back together. Each figure also comes with a different paper diorama. They also recently released a new animal series.
K’nex fanatic Austin “Austron” Grainger shows off his latest build, an enormous ball machine made from over 115,000 pieces and more than 850 feet of track. It’s installed in the lobby of The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minnesota. It’s not quite as big as his record-breaking machine, but it’s the largest one that’s currently standing.
Dappled Light Studio presents the ultimate take on Jeff Bridges’ character from The Big Lebowski. This urethane resin kit features The Dude achieving zen, enjoying a white russian, a joint, and bowling, while sitting cross-legged on his rug. Assembly and finishing required.
Designed by American Gross (sculptor Josh Kimberg) and produced by Clutter Studios, this creepy orange and black bunny of death is sure to ward off people who dare enter your cubicle at work. Limited to just 30 pieces, the 7″ tall collectible resin figure glows eerily in the dark, as if it wasn’t terrifying enough in the light of day.
Inspired by his appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home, toymaker Iron Studios‘ awesomely orange battle diorama features a 1:10-scale version of the gooey, yet terrifying Molten Man. It measures appx. 10.23″ tall, and is made from handpainted polystone. The only thing better would be if it doubled as a cigarette lighter.
Spoonman makes some amazing custom toys, often from kitbashing together pieces from various off-the-shelf toys. One of our favorites has to be this mashup of Transformers’ Optimus Prime and an AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. If ever we wanted to throw money at our computer screen, it would be now.
This terrifying porcelain beer stein features all four stages of the Xenomorph from the Alien series. It’s covered with deeply-textured, and deeply disturbing imagery based on H.R. Giger’s creepy creations, and holds up to 40oz. of beer. Available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange.
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.
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.