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LEGO Minions Lair Set Puts Your Minions in a Minion

LEGO Minions Lair Set Puts Your Minions in a Minion
To celebrate the upcoming release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, LEGO has revealed several new sets inspired by the film. My favorite of them is this set that lets you create some larger minions for your minion minifigs to hang out in. Set #75551, aka “Brick-built Minions and their Lair” features models of minions Kevin and Stuart, each of which opens up to reveal a part of the minion’s lair inside.

Give in to The Dark Side with The Emperor’s Throne Armchair

Give in to The Dark Side with The Emperor’s Throne Armchair
If you are more aligned with the Dark Side than the Light Side of the force, I just found your new office chair. Just sit your butt on the Emperor’s Throne Armchair and you can watch space battle from your throne room, with your withered face and evil smile. This is a great replica of the Emperor’s throne from Return of the Jedi.
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How to Make an Origami Millennium Falcon

How to Make an Origami Millennium Falcon
Sure, she may be made of paper and is susceptible to fire. Sure, she can be crushed easily, but this Millennium Falcon origami ship can deliver some killer paper cuts to the Empire. She’s a fast ship alright, but fast to build?

Build a Marble Run with Tiny Bricks and Mortar

Build a Marble Run with Tiny Bricks and Mortar
Marble runs can be a whole lot of fun to build and watch in action. But most of the ones I’ve seen are made from wood or maybe plastic. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, check out this marble run kit that includes towers made from bricks. There’s no way the Big Bad Wolf is blowing down the Teifoc Run n’ Roll Marble Run.

Etch-a-Sketch Revolution Can Actually Draw Circles

Etch-a-Sketch Revolution Can Actually Draw Circles
Drawing with an Etch-a-Sketch can be quite a challenge. After all, it’s nearly impossible to illustrate anything with curves thanks to its simplistic X/Y movements. Even the most talented Etch-a-Sketch artists end up with jagged little “stairsteps” instead of real curves.

Hot Wheels Is Making R/C Tesla Cybertrucks

Hot Wheels Is Making R/C Tesla Cybertrucks
While hundreds of thousands of people put down a $100 deposit for an opportunity to buy Tesla’s Cybertruck when it eventually goes into production, I’d bet that only a small portion of those people will actually end up buying one when they find out the true retail price.

McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Candles: I’m Lightin’ It

McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Candles: I’m Lightin’ It
McDonald’s isn’t exactly known for the best food, but it is certainly one of the most consistent places to grab a quick bite on the road – and sometimes you just crave the textures and salty seasonings of their burgers and fries.

The Baby Yoda Animatronic Toy Is Adorable… and Ready for Pre-order

The Baby Yoda Animatronic Toy Is Adorable… and Ready for Pre-order
Since The Mandalorian was released close to Christmas last year, not many official toys of Baby Yoda (aka “The Child”) made it to market in time for the holidays. That’s all changing in 2020, and this might be the best one yet.

These Unique Clothes are Made from Rubber Bands

These Unique Clothes are Made from Rubber Bands
As far as I know, most clothes are made out of fabric like cotton, polyester, leather, or nylon. But this unusual fashion line is made entirely out of rubber bands. Student Rie Sakamoto designed the stretchy clothes as part of her Integrated Design thesis project at Japan’s Tama Art University.

If Chewbacca and Groot Had a Baby…

If Chewbacca and Groot Had a Baby…
Chewbacca and Groot have some things in common. They’re both big, strong, brown, and men of action – not words. But neither of them is particularly cute (though Baby Groot is a different story.)  But if you combined the furry mop of Chewie with the plant-growing abilities of Groot, then shrunk them down to pint-size, the offspring would be simply adorable. This little guy was created by Redwood Stoneworks, who based the design on the head of Chewbacca’s Funko Pop figure.

This LEGO NERF Maverick REV-6 Blaster Replica Really Works

This LEGO NERF Maverick REV-6 Blaster Replica Really Works
Building LEGO replicas is one thing, but building working replicas of guns in LEGO is something entirely different. Check out this reproduction of the NERF Maverick REV-6 blaster by AstonishingStudios. This is some awesome LEGO engineering. This fully-functional blaster uses only plastic bricks and a metal spring for power.

UnAlice: An Awesome Keycap Set Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

UnAlice: An Awesome Keycap Set Inspired by Alice in Wonderland
Head down the rabbit hole every time you use your computer. That’s the notion behind this keycap set that features imagery inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland.” Designed by keyboard enthusiast Rafal Hrynkiewicz, the UnAlice keycap set comes in a creamy Winter White color, with a skinny, easy-to-read typeface.

Termitat is an Ant Farm for Termites

Termitat is an Ant Farm for Termites
If you live in a house constructed with a wood frame or wooden siding, this is the last thing you ever want to buy. But if your dwelling is made from brick, concrete, stone, metal, or glass, read on… Do you want to see what termites can do to a piece of wood?

KFC Teams up with Crocs to Make the Weirdest Shoes Ever

KFC Teams up with Crocs to Make the Weirdest Shoes Ever
KFC’s marketing folks have some really strange ideas. Over the years, they’ve made chicken-scented fireplace logs, gravy-scented candles, and a Colonel Sanders bearskin rug. They’re either insane or creative geniuses, because they’ve got me talking about their brand yet again.

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots

Sony KOOV Challenge Encourages Kids to Build Cool Robots
Do your kids love science, technology, engineering, or math? Sony’s KOOV system is a great tool for kids to learn about all of these disciplines, while having lots of fun doing it. These modular building kits encourage kids to experiment as they construct robots and other mechanical creations, and learn to program them.

This Clock Draws the Time Using Sequins

This Clock Draws the Time Using Sequins
There are lots of different ways to tell the time. You can use an old school analog clock with hands, a segmented digital display, or even a sundial. But I can say with 100% certainty that this is the first clock I’ve ever seen that tells time with sequins. Architect and tinkerer Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi put together the Sequino, a truly unique timepiece that takes advantage of the bi-colored nature of some sequins, flipping them from one side to the other to reveal the current time.
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