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Category: Cool Toys

LEGO Google Street View Car Gets a Makeover

LEGO Google Street View Car Gets a Makeover

Mark Crosbie’s original LEGO Street View Car didn’t look as car-like as he wanted, which is why he decided to rebuilt it over the past few months into this new version, using only LEGO Mindstorms NXT…

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Back to the Future Props Hit the Auction Block

Back to the Future Props Hit the Auction Block

If you’ve got some deep pockets, and are looking for something that you know nobody else will be getting as a holiday gift this year, then you might want to head on over to Los Angeles…

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Jet-Powered Harley Sold on eBay: Hell Yeah!

Jet-Powered Harley Sold on eBay: Hell Yeah!

This is the ultimate motorcycle if you ask me. I have wanted a jet bike since I was a kid when that Battlestar Galactica TV Movie had Starbuck and Apollo flying around on jet bikes. This…

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Flamethrower Pistol Shoots Flames, Not Bullets

Flamethrower Pistol Shoots Flames, Not Bullets

Despite what I’ve learned from video games, I actually think I like my chances of running away from a flamethrower-wielding villain versus one armed with a loaded gun. But that didn’t stop one hacker from building…

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Utamin is One Ugly Hairless Mogwai Theramin

Utamin is One Ugly Hairless Mogwai Theramin

Have you ever wanted a Mogwai? You know, those creatures from Gremlins who remain cute and cuddly as long as you don’t expose them to sunlight, feed them after midnight or get them wet? While this…

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Cave Johnson Talking Portrait: for Daily Inspiration and Insults

Cave Johnson Talking Portrait: for Daily Inspiration and Insults

This officially licensed portrait of Portal 2′s Aperture Science CEO isn’t just a bunch of ink on paper. It has been enhanced by science! It will blast one of 13 embedded quotes from Cave Johnson when…

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Star Wars Dioramas at The 50th Shizuoka Hobby Show: The Detailed Side of the Force

Star Wars Dioramas at The 50th Shizuoka Hobby Show: The Detailed Side of the Force

We’ve seen a few Star Wars dioramas – most of them made with LEGO –  but these works of art from the 50th Shizuoka Hobby Show are unbelievably beautiful. They may not have hundreds of characters…

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DIY Wrist-Mounted Crossbow: Wrist Augmentation

DIY Wrist-Mounted Crossbow: Wrist Augmentation

Real-life Forge Patrick Priebe wowed and nearly blinded us with his palm-mounted laser. Now he’s back with another hand part-mounted doer of harm – a wrist-mounted crossbow gauntlet.…

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Star Wars Gomu Erasers: for the Rebels Who Still Use Pencils (and Paper)

Star Wars Gomu Erasers: for the Rebels Who Still Use Pencils (and Paper)

I honestly can’t remember the last time I used a pencil, but if you’re still using those sticks of dead things to write on sheets of dead trees, you can correct your mistakes with the help…

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Time Twister LEGO Clock Spends Most of its Time Telling the Time

Time Twister LEGO Clock Spends Most of its Time Telling the Time

Programmer/Dad/Casual Mindstormer Hans Andersson has earned a reputation on the mean and geeky streets of the Internets as a LEGO Mindstorms master. His first two Mindstorms creations were machines capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube and…

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Snowball Crossbow is Robin Hood’s Winter Weapon of Choice

Snowball Crossbow is Robin Hood’s Winter Weapon of Choice

We don’t get a real winter here in Texas, it rarely snows. If it does snow, it only lasts a few days. In colder climates, like Technabob HQ in Chicago, you guys can spend the winter…

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Baja 5SC 1:5th Scale R/C Truck Could Eat Your R/C Car for Lunch

Baja 5SC 1:5th Scale R/C Truck Could Eat Your R/C Car for Lunch

I enjoy remote-controlled cars and trucks as much as the next guy, but I had no idea that you could actually buy ones that are this huge, and drive this fast.…

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World Record Holder Solves Rubik’s Cubes, One Juggle at a Time

World Record Holder Solves Rubik’s Cubes, One Juggle at a Time

Brains aren’t the only thing required to solve the Rubik’s Cube in record time. There’s also technique and, of course, practice. One of my friends used to teach me how to spot patterns on the faces…

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Dare to Be the Ammunition for the Human Slingshot?

Dare to Be the Ammunition for the Human Slingshot?

I admit, I am not the very daring type. I always chicken out when it comes to doing stuff that’s even just slightly scary–like ride a roller coaster, for example. That just isn’t me. But if…

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ThinkGeek IRIS 9000 Dock Controls Siri, Won’t Try to Kill You (Unless Your Name is Dave)

ThinkGeek IRIS 9000 Dock Controls Siri, Won’t Try to Kill You (Unless Your Name is Dave)

I can remember being freaked out by HAL 9000 when I was a kid. The thought of a computer that could think and try to kill you was pretty creepy. The main things I recall from…

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Super Mario Playing Cards are not from 19th Century Nintendo

Super Mario Playing Cards are not from 19th Century Nintendo

Any gamer worth his salt knows that Nintendo wasn’t always a video game company. Founder Fusajiro Yamauchi started out in 1889 making and selling playing cards, particularly those used in a Japanese game called hanafuda. Fast…

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