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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Wiring up your Lego creations? That’s not necessary with Brixo Conductive Building Blocks, which happen to be compatible with both Lego and Mega Bloks and are coated in chrome to safely and efficiently conduct electricity wherever they’re laid. Three types of Brixo blocks exist: Trigger blocks, Connector blocks, and Action blocks. Connectors, expectedly, act as wires, while Triggers include a slew of sensors (Bluetooth, sound, light, and proximity) and Action blocks include LED lights and motors. Rig them up to do tons of stuff including lighting up when it’s dark or upon sound, creating a dog treat dispenser that releases treats when he goes to his crate, integrating triggers with your smart home devices, and whatever else you can dream up.
Grab some at Kickstarter – $35+