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Robot Dog is Surprisingly Not Too Creepy

Robot Dog is Surprisingly Not Too Creepy
Having seen my share of weird Japanese robotic animals, I was actually pretty impressed by the fact that this one doesn’t look like it’s going to attempt to murder you in your sleep. SEGATOY’s new robotic dog is a heck of a lot less creepy than their hollow-stared robot cats, and actually seems to act quite a bit like a real pup (sans the poop). Inud the robo-dog (aka the Dream DX robot dog) responds to touch, voice commands, and can even track you as you move around it.

Super Mario Toys for Your Mushroom Kingdom

Super Mario Toys for Your Mushroom Kingdom
Are you a Mario fanatic? Here’s a couple of new desktop toys which are a must for any serious Super Mario collector. These excellent Super Mario Sofubi (soft vinyl) figures stand 9.5-inches tall and look great in your cubicle, living room, standing on top of your horizontal Wii, or even glued to your car’s hood as an ornament.
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Build Your Own Lightsaber

Build Your Own Lightsaber
Were those lightsaber laser pointers just too tiny to satisfy your man-sized Star Wars hunger? Then wrap your hands around one of these full-sized lightsaber replicas which you can actually customize to your own liking. The Force FX Lightsaber Contstruction Kit gives you everything you need to create your own blade.

Halo Energy Sword Gets Real

Halo Energy Sword Gets Real
If you’re a Halo fan, at some point you’ve probably wished you could have an actual energy sword to take out your frustrations with. While no such real-world weapon currently exists, here’s the next best thing. Currently up for auction over on eBay, this life-size replica Halo sword isn’t made from an unknown energy source, but it still looks intimidating.

Sega Brain Checker Asks Just How Stupid Are You?

Sega Brain Checker Asks Just How Stupid Are You?
If you haven’t gotten a chance to play either of the Brain Age games on the Nintendo DS, you might want to check out this gadget from Japan’s SegaToys. Thanks to my limited knowledge of the Japanese language, I’m not 100% sure what the Brain Checker does, but it sure looks like it could be fun. From what I can tell, the Brain Checker is a standalone mental acuity game, offering up a battery of mental fitness tests including math, pattern matching games and other puzzles to help figure out if your grey matter is in proper working order. The portable gadget features a small LCD touch screen and stylus for controlling the games.

Mini R/C Helicopters Take to the Skies

Mini R/C Helicopters Take to the Skies
These radio-controlled helicopters are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The choppers come in a matched pair that can run on different frequencies, so you can have mini-dogfights with your friends. Pressing a button on the remote can fire an invisible IR beam at your opponent’s helicopter, making it start to spin out of control.

Remote Control Cars Send Passengers Flying

Remote Control Cars Send Passengers Flying
What fun are toy cars if you can’t smash them together and cause little car crashes? These new r/c cars encourage reckless driving by sending their occupants into the sky when they hit. No airbags here, just flying little men, spiraling through the air to an untimely demise. Buttons on the sides of each car automatically trigger ejector seats that make its passengers and driver go airborne on contact.

Mario Brothers Mini Golf: Putt-Putt Forthefunofit

Mario Brothers Mini Golf: Putt-Putt Forthefunofit
Somehow I let these Mario Brothers miniature golf players slip between the cracks when they came out a couple of months back. But in my quest for holiday gifts for gamers, they popped back on my radar screen — so I guess it’s better late than never. Mario and Luigi sit on your tabletop and can putt a tiny golf ball into a little cup.

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.

Lets Talk About Chicks, Man.
If cute is your thing, you’re in luck. These baby robot chickens from Japan are so sugary sweet, you might go into a diabetic coma. SegaToys’ Dream Chicks are lifelike baby birds that respond to real world stimuli.

USB Terminator: Deterrence via Annoyance

USB Terminator: Deterrence via Annoyance
Plug this beefy-looking plastic thug into your USB port, and it’s supposed to scare those who approach it away from your computer. While it’s called the USB Terminator, it looks more like the bouncer who’d tell you to hit the road because you can’t come into the trendy new nightclub dressed like Andy Sipowicz.

Mini Xbox Games in Cereal Boxes, Break Just Like the Real Thing

Mini Xbox Games in Cereal Boxes, Break Just Like the Real Thing
I was wandering the cereal aisle in my local grocery store looking for my morning sugar fix, when I stumbled this Xbox-themed promotion in boxes of cereal. Six Xbox-branded mini-games are available in specially-marked boxes of Kellogg’s cereal (I always wanted to say that), including Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Honey Smacks and Frosted Flakes. The 6 mini-games are described as follows: Reactor – “Your mission: fight through defending alien ships and destroy the enemy power source!

Weird Japan: the Digital Push-Up Counter

Weird Japan: the Digital Push-Up Counter
It’s always fun to see what sort of quirky tech will come out of the creative minds of Japan’s electronic toy makers. The latest wacky gadget to find its way from Konami’s Party Goods division is the electronic Push-Up Counter. The device does one thing, and one thing only.

Tiny Robots, Smaller Than a Quarter

Tiny Robots, Smaller Than a Quarter
These amazing micro robots measure in at under 1/4 cubic inch in volume, and weigh less than an ounce. Sandia National Labs has developed these tiny automatons which operate on the power of three watch batteries. Teensy little treads drive the bots over a variety of surfaces (although at a rate of only 20 inches per minute).

Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys

Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys
The title speaks for itself. Sound Activated Mini Dancing Monkeys has to be the best product name I’ve heard in a long time. What more can you ask for than mini monkeys that dance along to sounds?

Giant Inflatable Talking Robots Invade Wal-Mart

Giant Inflatable Talking Robots Invade Wal-Mart
I’ve always wanted a headline like that. It sounds like something out of Weekly World News. However, I assure you that this time it’s 100% accurate. The Mega Mech Airmagination Inflatable Robot has to be one of the worst product names I’ve heard in a long time.

Low-Tech Tetris

Low-Tech Tetris
We don’t need no stinking video game consoles to get our Tetris on around here. No-siree, we like to play it using real 3-dimensional blocks instead. Tetris Tower 3D is the classic puzzle-piece video game brought to life.
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