E&M labs, which raised over £62,000 on Kickstarter last year for their Trebuchette, has built a new toy: Skallops. They're wooden clips that transform a regular deck of cards into a set of building blocks.
Almost exactly two years ago to the day, we got our first look at Parrot's AR.Drone quadricopter—the coolest flying toy we'd ever seen. Well we just got our first look at the AR.Drone 2.0, and it's gotten even cooler.
There's a simple formula behind these eco-friendly toys designed by Noa Himelfarb: Kids like dirt + kids like animals + kids like building = Muzoo. So instead of creating a creature from a potato, they use a lump of mud.
For £640,000 the makers of the Bellagio's fountain will happily create a smaller version you can call your own. Or, you can save yourself £580,000 and go with Brando's tiny desktop alternative instead.
Upping the ante when it comes to rotating cube frustration, these lawsuit skirting IQ Cubes from Brando are the same size as a standard Rubik's Cube. But further segment the sliding pieces into 3x3x7 and 3x3x9 configurations.
For £10 a newton's cradle provides about 10 minutes worth of distraction at work. If you want piss away the whole day, you'll need to spend a bit more. Like the $125 (£80) pledge needed for this Ferrite ferrofluid toy.
It's not going to guarantee you an A+ like showing up with a working portal gun would. But you can still wow your teachers by building your own version of Portal 2's potato-powered AI, even though the kit's a fraud.
Let's start with the obvious: this thing is adorable. Less obvious: this thing is powerfully smart. Not only can it learn from you, but it's cloud-connected, meaning it can learn from other DragonBots. I don't covet many toys. But I'd fight you for this one.
It's just a few blasters short of battling Jedis, but if you've ever chased a runaway ball down the street you'll appreciate Kåre Halvorsen's MorpHex sphere, which can transform into a six-legged crab and simply walk back to you.
It's funny, when I was a kid there was a huge move away from realistic toy guns — and playing "guns" in general. Now apparently the pendulum has swung back: you can buy your kid a 15-plus-inch toy baton and handcuffs for playing "FBI."
You've probably seen remote controlled dart launchers all over the place, but this updated version transfers launch control from your PC to an iOS device using Bluetooth, letting you play Khrushchev by putting the launcher wherever you like.
With a top speed of over 100 mph and a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds, the Traxxas XO-1 just made its way onto countless Christmas lists. Even if it's only recommended for experts racing on a closed course.
I'd imagine this is the sort of thing the Dark Night would use as a last resort. If the Batmobile, Batwing, and even Batpod, were all out of commission, he'd still be able to run down baddies at 20mph using this petrol-powered motorboard.
It's slow, it's pink, and it's piloted by an innocent looking stuffed animal wearing goggles. But that doesn't make YouTube user prallplatte's remote control trike any less badass. Better still: the trike is actually powered by steam, courtesy of a large boiler running down its spine. That's crazy.