Toys

Misc

Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V

Whether one believes man has stepped foot on the moon or not — and, for the record, we sincerely hope you do — the Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V is bound to astonish even lukewarm brick-building fans. The one meter high rocket model comes together with a total of 1,969 bricks and splits apart into its three stages just like the real thing did back in the late 1960’s en route to the moon. The tip of the rocket also hides a lunar lander and the kit includes three stands to display the rocket, either split or not, horizontally, an extra command modular with flotation collar deployed, as well as three astronaut microfigures to recreate the Apollo missions yourself.

Learn more at Lego – $120

GET IT: $120

Toys

Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape

A bit of Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape goes a long way to boost the compatibility of everyday objects with your Lego bricks. This peel-and-stick adhesive-backed tape is flexible, shapeable, and can be cut down to the right length to handle various tasks, and since it’s got a Lego-like interface it’ll work to stick your existing blocks in places you otherwise couldn’t. Available in several colors including red, green, blue, and grey.

Find it at Indiegogo – $11+

GET IT: $11+

Misc

Nerf Doomlands The Judge

Nerf’s been on a roll creating lust-worthy foam-firing weaponry as of late, and the leaked Nerf Doomlands The Judge perpetuates this streak. It’s definitely the most intimidating stock blaster ever released by Nerf and looks like it’s straight out of a post-apocalyptic world. A massive revolver holds ten sets of three darts, firing off three at once every time you pull the trigger to increase the odds of landing a hit. Unfortunately other crucial information is thus far lacking, including firing range and whether a motor powers the pump, though it seems to have a slide on the bottom — so we’ll see this fall when it’s officially released.

Until then check out Nerf’s other offerings – $60

GET IT: $60

Misc

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

Nerf really doesn’t want us modifying their guns for added range or power. And perhaps we won’t be forced to anymore once the fully automatic Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K drops this fall. It shoots balls instead of darts but makes up for that firing speeds of 70 miles per hour by way of two spinning flywheels on the inside. Since the latter are powered by batteries (six D cells or a rechargeable Nerf Rival pack) just holding down the trigger unleashes a barrage of foam balls on your opponents or coworkers. And its massive 100 round hopper capacity ensures the rampage won’t end all too quickly.

Learn more at Popular Mechanics – $100

LEARN MORE

Gadgets

Zen Micromagnets

Remember Bucky Balls, those ridiculously-fun-but-ridiculously-dangerous-if-ingested magnetic spheres that could be sculpted into a variety of shapes and structures? They’re unfortunately still banned, but Zen Micromagnets are not. These 2.5mm neodymium magnets are half the diameter of Bucky Balls and comparable magnets but skirt the ban thanks to their reduced individual magnetic strength, attaining CPSA compliance. Because they’re tiny they’re a bit more of a challenge to work with though they make up for it in numbers: 432 magnets cost just 25 bones while a ludicrous 1728 will run you 84. Just remember to keep them out of reach of children and to not swallow any yourself.

Grab a set at Micromagnets – $25+ [via]

GET IT: $25+

Gadgets

Minifigs.Me

Maybe you dreamed of having a Lego city when you were young. Maybe you even made it happen. But do you really want generic Lego minifigures to populate that city? Minifigs.Me expands your options with a huge line of pre-designed minifigs that span real famous people and movie/TV/comic characters. The range includes Deadpool (shown), Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, Ripley (from Alien), Pope Francis, both POTUS candidates, Yoda, and way more (in the hundreds) than we can realistically list. You can also build your own by choosing individual pieces or get their team to recreate you (or anybody, really) from photos.

Learn more at Minifigs.Me – roughly $15+ [via]

GET IT: ~$15+

Toys

Flybrix Lego Drone Kit

You could already make near anything with Legos. And with Flybrix, even a drone. These naturally intuitive DIY kits include a LiPo battery, eight motor boom-arms and motors with propellers, a random minifig pilot, and all the Lego bricks you’ll need to make your own custom drone (though you’re more than welcome to sub in some bricks of your own). Their Basic kit relies on your smartphone and a Bluetooth flight control app to fly your creation while the Deluxe kit comes with a dedicated dual-joystick radio controller. They’re as crash-friendly as you’d expect though we’d expect more severe collisions to require a rebuild, and techies will appreciate the open source nature of Flybrix’ code to tweak the device or add functionality such as, for instance, GPS.

Learn more at Flybrix – $150 to $190

GET IT: $150+

Gadgets

Fidget Cube

Fidget incessantly at work or when sitting too long? You’re not alone. Numerous toys have been designed to meet this unique need over millennia including worry beads and Baoding balls but none come close to being as feature-packed as the Fidget Cube. On each of its six sides you’ll find a gliding joystick, a flip switch, a worry stone-shaped indentation to rub, a rotating dial, a ball (that also clicks in) and three gears to spin, and another side with five buttons, three that produce an audible click and two that are completely silent. It’s bound to meet your various fidgeting needs even if they’re complex and ever changing, and the inclusion of numerous silent options means your coworkers won’t want to murder you.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $19

GET IT: $19

Books

Codex Silenda

Prop a Codex Silenda up on your coffee table and it’s sure to attract attention. Not only is this tome thick as hell, it’s also made of laser-cut wood and boasts only five pages. But each of the five features an intricate puzzle that needs to be overcome to unlock the next page and keep progressing. Puzzles include the Mechanical Iris, a Rotating Maze, Geneva Gears, Paradox Sliders, and the Cryptex Lock, all more complex than the run-of-the-mill puzzles in the mainstream like Rubik’s cubes and one trick ponies in the form of interlocked pieces. The only catch is they’re all out of hand-assembled options so you’ll need to build it yourself — or  get someone to build it for you, since you’ll probably want a go at it yourself. Unlocking the last page also grants access to a small storage stash, useful once you’ve mastered all five.

Find it at Kickstarter – $125 [via]

Toys

Propel Star Wars Battle Quads

Ok, so the X-wing model isn’t quite as sleek as the real fictional thing, hence us not including it in the above crop. Still, Propel’s Star Wars Battle Quads are fast flying drones that legitimately dogfight, albeit with harmless lasers in the stead of deadly ones. The collection spans four iconic Star Wars vehicles — the Millennium Falcon, 74-Z Speeder bike, X-Wing Starfighter, and Tie Advanced X1 — each equipped with a reverse propulsion blade system underneath the chassis that propels (sorry) them to speeds of up to 37 miles per hour on the highest of three speed settings, effortlessly pulling off 360 aerial stunts at the push of a button. It’d be a shame to crash one, though, considering that each is hand-painted, numbered, certified, and ships in a collectable display box.

Learn more at Propel – $TBA

Misc

Official Star Wars Collectibles

Prop lightsabers are nothing new. Getting them straight from Disney and Lucasfilm in the form of Official Star Wars Collectibles that are made with meticulous detailing that borders those used in their films’ props? That’s definitely a first. The eight Episode VII-derived pieces in the limited edition lineup include Darth Vader’s melted helmet, FN-2187’s bloodied Stormtrooper Helmet, both Rey & Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber Hilts (the latter shown), and Chewbacca’s Bowcaster. Each one is firstly created using original 3D digital data that went into designing the actual props in the film before being hand-finished by skilled artisans down to the tiniest details. And each also includes a stand to show it off as well as a chip that can authenticate the serial number on its Certificate of Authenticity.

Learn more at Star Wars Collectibles – $1,250 to $3,500

Toys

Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster

Stealthy guerrilla tactics are amongst the most effective in Nerf office warfare. That’s why the upcoming Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster, which lets you sneakily fire off shots in enemy territory without putting yourself in any actual risk, is a must. This drone rides on large off-road treads and is equipped with both a camera and a tiltable foam dart blaster with a magazine that holds 18 darts. Its double joystick controller sports a display with a direct feed to what your drone sees, firing off shots at the press of its trigger. Or, hold it down to unload the cartridge quickly. The cannon is also equipped with rails for nerf accessories like lamps and laser sights, and it’ll even record videos of your coworkers getting pummelled in 720p quality — and quite frankly at this price point we’re not complaining.

Arriving in fall. Read the press release at About – $200

Tech

Brik Book Lego-Compatible MacBook Cover

Decals are one option. But there’s another way to make your MacBook a hell of a lot more unique: Brik Book’s Lego-Compatible MacBook Covers. Snap one of these slim plastic covers onto the display of your MacBook Air or Pro Retina and decorate it to your heart’s content with any Lego, Mega Bloks, or KRE-O building blocks. While no additional blocks are included, various available design kits include an Apple (shown), nametag, cityscape, and a donut, all for your inspiration and/or purchase. Though we’d strongly recommend you use your own blocks to come up with something truly original — that’s sort of the point.

Grab one at Amazon (grey only; $50) or at Brik Book ($60) [via]