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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.

Tops With Frickin’ Laser Beams

Tops With Frickin’ Laser Beams
The guys from online shop MyVirtualZone just tipped me off to these little playthings. The appropriately named Laser Top has a little laser beam that projects out of the side as you spin it around. While I actually think the effect of the LEDs and the laser are pretty cool when its spinning, I think that the music that plays as it goes is about as ridiculous as it gets.
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Bandroid Robotic Trio Jams to Your Tunes

Bandroid Robotic Trio Jams to Your Tunes
This trio of pint-sized robots connects to your media player and rocks out to the beat of your favorite tracks. The robotic musical group, known as Bandroid, has a lead guitar player, keyboardist and drummer, which can each wildly gesticulate to the beat.

Rubik’s Cube Goes Into the Next Dimension

Rubik’s Cube Goes Into the Next Dimension
I’ve seen all sorts of variations on the original Rubik’s Cube puzzle, but never one quite like this. EastsheenCubes take multiple mini-cubes and join them together to form one crazy looking version of the classic mindbender.

Mini Robot Bugs From Japan

Mini Robot Bugs From Japan
I was checking out Bandai Japan’s website earlier today when I came across this new micro robot that they’re coming out with later this year. The Hex Bug series of miniature insect robots scurry along on six legs, just like real bugs.

Bandai Electronic Bubble Wrap Popper

Bandai Electronic Bubble Wrap Popper
Sometimes, you just can’t resist popping all that bubble wrap that your latest gadget purchase came shipped in. Well now you can feed that compulsion any time, thanks to this new gizmo from Bandai. The PuchiPuchi (rough translation) is a pocket-sized electronic device that simulates the sound and feel of popping bubble wrap.

Cubicle Periscope Lets You Spy on Coworkers

Cubicle Periscope Lets You Spy on Coworkers
This wacky spy gadget from ThinkGeek lets you peer over the walls of your cubicle and look out over the wall to see what else is going on around you. The Sportscope Cubicle Periscope was originally designed for viewing sporting events, but is ideally suited for snooping around your office to check up on your office-mates.

Transformers: Gadgets in Disguise

Transformers: Gadgets in Disguise
Just in time for the new Transformers movie to hit screens, Hasbro has released a new series of the classic toys, this time based on today’s most popular high-tech gadgets. The Real Gear Transformers series conceals little toy robots disguised as cell phones, digital cameras, portable video game systems among other things. Other designs include an MP3 player, camcorder and some (not so high-tech) binoculars.

King Titan Robot Walks, Talks and Generally Looks Badass

King Titan Robot Walks, Talks and Generally Looks Badass
While this robot might just be a kids toy, it actually looks pretty cool. The King Titan Robot walks, talks, and has a shiny electroplate chrome finish that makes it really stand out. King Titan measures about 15-inches tall and features removable weapons and armor.

Irregular Iq Cube Gives Rubik a Run for His Money

Irregular Iq Cube Gives Rubik a Run for His Money
Think those old Rubik’s Cube puzzles are just too easy for your giant brain? Well have I got a real mind-bender for you to solve. These Irregular IQ Cube puzzles might just blow your head off.

Super Mario Mushroom Guys Get Solar Powered

Super Mario Mushroom Guys Get Solar Powered
These wacky things out of Japan feature the likeness of Toad, the familiar mushroom character from the Super Mario games. The fun part is that these mushrooms wiggle back and forth when powered by the sun (or a desk lamp.)

Takaratomy Helibot Toy Helps Man Fly

Takaratomy Helibot Toy Helps Man Fly
This new toy from TakaraTomy Japan features a little humanoid who can fly. The little guy wears a backpack with a helicopter-like set of rotors to propel him into the skies. Special balancing rods keep the whole contraption from flipping over wildly through the air (although that sounds kinda cool.) The CAUL (Car Action Unit’s Line, whatever that means) Helibot can fly for about 5 minutes on a full battery charge, and can be remotely operated up to 90 feet away using the included 2.4GHz

Radio-Controlled Mario Kart Racer

Radio-Controlled Mario Kart Racer
Everyone’s favorite little plumber, Mario has arrived in the real world with a brand new gadget. This time he’s on wheels, and ready to roll. The $50 Giant R/C Mario Kart Racer is a 12″ long radio-controlled vehicle inspired by the Nintendo game of the same name.

Whac-a-Mole in Your Pocket

Whac-a-Mole in Your Pocket
Remember the old Whac-a-Mole games from the carnival when you were a kid? Now you can have your own mini-version of the game wherever you go. This pint-sized version of the stress-inducing game comes to us from Japan’s Epoch Games.

Dot Creator: Make Your Own Pixel Animations

Dot Creator: Make Your Own Pixel Animations
This electronic toy out of Japan lets you create your own pixel art animations. The Dot Creator from U-Mate has a small 21 x 21 pixel LCD grid on which you can draw your own animated art and then record frame by frame animations. It can store 3 animations of up to 19 frames each in its static memory.

Weta Workshop Handmade Rayguns

Weta Workshop Handmade Rayguns
These prop guns, designed and hand-built by WETA Workshop master model maker David Tremont feature a unique design sensibility inspired by turn of the century science fiction. Three designs are available (the Goliathon 83 Infinity Beam Projector , Manmelter 3600ZX Sub-Atomic Disintegrator Pistol and the FMOM Industries Wave Disrupter Gun) and each gun will be made in a limited series of only 500 each.
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