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Archive for June 2021

The Great Wave off Kanagawa Cat Scratching Post: Fine Art for Felines

The Great Wave off Kanagawa Cat Scratching Post: Fine Art for Felines
Created using Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print, this is a cat scratcher in a 3D form of the masterpiece. Released by the Cat Club division of Japanese lifestyle brand Felissimo, the scratcher sells for around $90.

Heykube Electronic Puzzle Cube Teaches You How to Solve It: Kompanion Kube

Heykube Electronic Puzzle Cube Teaches You How to Solve It: Kompanion Kube
You can find dozens of tutorials and tips on how to solve a puzzle cube, but a company called Heykube figured out a way to build the guide into the cube itself. The eponymous toy has LEDs at the center of each side.

Playmobil Adds Marty McFly’s Truck to Its Back to the Future Playsets: Great Scott!

Playmobil Adds Marty McFly’s Truck to Its Back to the Future Playsets: Great Scott!
Presumably, because its previously released time-traveling DeLorean playset sold like hotcakes (and how could it not?), Playmobil is releasing another set, this time in the form of Marty McFly’s often overlooked pickup truck (affiliate link). I’ve already bought two – one for playing with and one for keeping mint in its packaging.

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam
Prolific designer toymaker Fools Paradise is releasing a beastly figure that sees a rugby player wearing parts of the RX-78-2 Gundam as protective gear. The figure is called Lowfool Steel of League Team 01-GD. Yep, the toymakers are saying it’s for a robot rugby league, despite the face mask.

Crashed UFO Garden Statue: Take Me to Your Weeder

Crashed UFO Garden Statue: Take Me to Your Weeder
Aliens: I want to believe they’re out there. And it’s easy because I’ve had direct contact with them on numerous occasions. But enough about the government refusing to take my calls anymore, this is the Crash Landing Flying Saucer Alien Spacecraft Statue available exclusively from purveyor of questionable home and garden decor Design Toscano.

Custom Watercooled Gaming PC Combined with a PS5: Play Everything

Custom Watercooled Gaming PC Combined with a PS5: Play Everything
PC builders have toyed with incorporating entire consoles into PC cases before – Origin even made some – but the folks at Modding Cafe came up with something that’s truly a sight to behold. The Vietnamese builders made a custom ITX build that watercools both a PC and a PS5.

Funko Turbo Man Action Figure Reissue: It’s Scalper Time!

Funko Turbo Man Action Figure Reissue: It’s Scalper Time!
Someone at Walmart slipped up, and Christmas has come early for toy collectors. A few lucky shoppers were able to grab what appears to be a 2021 reissue of the Turbo Man action figure from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic holiday movie Jingle All the Way, in which the action star plays a dad who goes to great lengths to obtain the fictional (and shortly real) toy for his son.

Edible Food Seasoning Crayons: Flavoring Outside The Lines

Edible Food Seasoning Crayons: Flavoring Outside The Lines
Created by mother Nadia Lahrichi along with daughter and son team Veronique and Kamil, Food Crayons are edible, food seasoning sticks designed to be shaved onto dishes to add flavor. They sure bring back memories of kindergarten, don’t they?

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers
Sure Old MacDonald had a farm, but did he have an Autonomous Weeder robot from Carbon Robotics? I think not. E-I-E-I-O indeed! The Autonomous Weeder, designed to kill weeds without harming the soil or water, scans the ground with its 12-camera array, identifies weeds via onboard AI, then kills them with high-powered carbon dioxide lasers.

Pastry Artist Creates Edible Desk Lamp: Luxo, Edible

Pastry Artist Creates Edible Desk Lamp: Luxo, Edible
Presumably envisioned in a eureka moment complete with a lightbulb going off over his head, incredibly talented pastry chef and chocolatier Amaury Guichon constructed a realistic desk lamp entirely out of edible ingredients. At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler Can Take on 125W Chips: Fanless Fin Fun

Noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler Can Take on 125W Chips: Fanless Fin Fun
Fanless or passive CPU cooling heatsinks are nothing new. But they were reserved for low-power CPUs, which usually draw around 50W on average. That’s why Noctua is making waves with its release of the NH-P1, the company’s first-ever passive CPU cooler.

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti
Here’s a version of Megatron that Optimus Prime would allow to flourish. Hasbro and Mighty Jaxx’s latest team-up with toy designer Quiccs is a 9.5″ x 11″ x 7″ vinyl bust that sees the Decepticon leader brandishing two silver spray paint cans.

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For
Because every possible piece of Star Wars merchandise that can exist does, Disney is selling droid restraining bolt magnets in the Galaxy’s Edge areas of its amusement parks. Thankfully for those of us without a Disney trip planned in the foreseeable future, they’re also available on Amazon (affiliate link).

VW Microbus Igloo Coolers: The Party Bus Has Arrived!

VW Microbus Igloo Coolers: The Party Bus Has Arrived!
Inspired by the classic look of vintage Volkswagen Type 2 microbuses, Igloo has released three limited edition coolers, each resembling one of the 1950s and ’60s vehicles. Available on Amazon in red and orange large sizes and a blue mini size (affiliate links), they’re the perfect coolers for bringing a few cold drinks to the beach.

DIY 3D Printable Mecha and Sci-Fi Face Masks: Man & Machine, Sanding Extreme

DIY 3D Printable Mecha and Sci-Fi Face Masks: Man & Machine, Sanding Extreme
You wouldn’t download a mech, but you would and you can download a mecha’s mask. It’s all thanks to designers like Etsy seller SeberdrA, who offers STL files of masks and other facial cosplay accessories inspired by popular mecha, cyborgs, and other anime, video games, and science fiction characters.

The Visible Hutt Anatomical Jabba the Hutt Figure: Everybody Gangster Until the Scalpel Comes Out

The Visible Hutt Anatomical Jabba the Hutt Figure: Everybody Gangster Until the Scalpel Comes Out
I never thought that someone would be a hardcore fan of Jabba the Hutt, but once again I’ve been reminded that there are all kinds of people in this world. Toy designer and maker Mighty Jabba not only has various collectibles of the Star Wars mob boss, but he also painstakingly designed, printed, and sculpted an anatomical figure of the menacing slug.

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