Wacky Toys

A section dedicated to toys that are just, err, strange.


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The Force Is Strong with this Glove …

by James


Magnetic Force that is. One thing I like about both IronMan and Batman is that they have no super powers, only their brains. And as a result, they can do Super Hero feats thanks to technology. Now what does that have to do with Star Wars, the Force and Jedis? Patience, Young Padawan …

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Real life Hot Wheels stunt coming to XGames

by James


Hot Wheel tracks defy gravity sometimes. Loop the loops, hairpin turns, ang power units that fling those tiny cars around at Johnny Lightning speeds. They can get away with it because the cars are so small. But what would happen if they were life size? That’s what a pair of stunt drivers are planning to find out, live on network television during the X-Games. Fitting!
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Joggobot could get your kids off the couch and into running this summer

by James


If you’re a parent who’s worried about your kids becoming couch potatoes this summer and playing nothing but video games, get them outside running around with JOGGOBOT, an aerial drone which follows your kids everywhere they go.

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Mattel does the impossible … announces a Hoverboard!

by James


After decades of it being the number one requested toy in their mailbags, at this week’s annual Toy Fair in New York, Mattel announced a movie prop accurate replica of the Hoverboard from Back to the Future. And it even works. Well, sort of.

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If any toy defines coolest, it’s THIS ONE … or does it?

by James


OK, we’ll probably not see these for quite some time, if ever, but a research firm dubiously referred to as the “Japan Institute of Technology,” has created a levitating technology toy racetrack that uses liquid nitrogen powered Hot Wheels style cars to float around a Wipeout style car race track. And if it doesn’t make you say I WANT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, I don’t think anything will. Too bad it’s probably not real.

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

Home-built heavy NERF weapon fills a need

by James


One of the things that’s always been missing from NERFs ever growing arsenal of N-Strike Foam Dart guns is a heavy weapons design like a bazooka. Seriously, there’s a lot of fun with close foam combat operations that pick off players one by one, but what if you want to take out and entire squad of N-Strikers in one fell swoop? Check out this Instructable for making a “Bungie Bazooka …”

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The hot new sport that’s all the rage on college campuses is … QUIDDITCH?!

by James


Yep. Quidditch. The hard hitting, broom flying, catch the snitch and win the game sport that was made famous in the Harry Potter novels and films is now a popular intra mural sport on college campuses all over the country and around the world. But how do they play it?

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Life Sized Lego Halo Costume very bricky

by James

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Lego/Halo fan Ben Caulkins (aka Benny Brickster) has created a life size Halo Master Chief custom completely out of gray Lego Bricks. The costume is completely wearable and took six months to build.

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Life Size Lego Helmet tells stories

by James

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Comic Book and Lego fan Jonathan Robson has created a nifty minifgure inspired helmet which will read comic books to kids who are wearing it. The helmet offers volume controls and page skipping buttons and also a rear mounted USB port to placing story wav files to be read.

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