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Stealth Fidget Spinners

Need a fidget spinner? Forget the ubiquitous plastic variety. Stealth Fidget Spinners takes the toy to the extreme. At their center lies a removable, whisper-quiet R188 bearing, covered by a finger hold on either side and surrounded by hefty metal blades for longer spin times. Their flagship spinners include are made of electroplated brass for its significant weight and, therefore, long spin times, and include the B2 (shown in black, left) and the…

GET IT: $20+

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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…

GET IT: $120

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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,…

GET IT: $11+

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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…

GET IT: $60

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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…

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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…

GET IT: $25+

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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)…

GET IT: ~$15+

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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…

GET IT: $150+

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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,…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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,…

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Brixo Conductive Building Blocks

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…

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Mini Materials

There are plenty of toys that let you build miniature structures, but none come close to the realism mustered by Mini Materials. All parts are made using a 1:12 scale and include cinder blocks, red bricks, wooden pallets, pine 2x4s, and mortar, using the same base materials as their full-scale real life counterparts for authenticity. They’ll also sell you miniature Jersey barriers and mahogany pallets, the latter useful as coasters. And this silicone cinder block mold…

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Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer

As children, we waited for 3D printers for an excruciatingly long time. But better late than never. The Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer has numerous advantages over other hobbyist 3D printers, notably that it’s affordable and crazy easy to use, both benefits of being a mass produced toy primarily suited to kids. Use the accompanying ThingMaker Design app (already available for download) on an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone to customize your…

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Radio Flyer Tesla Model S for Kids

It’s a touch more affordable than a full-sized Model S, though there’s still some waiting involved before you get your hands on one (by way of a preorder). The the Radio Flyer Tesla Model S for Kids is a miniature version of the electric car that includes working headlights, a front trunk for stashing, presumably, more toys, a sound system with auxiliary input, and a pair of buttons to…

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ForeverSpin Tops

CNC machined from a solid block of metal, ForeverSpin Tops are meticulously balanced for a perfect spin and overbuilt to survive several lifetimes of use. These handsome tops are made of fifteen different metals to suit all tastes, including aluminum, titanium, copper, bronze, gold plated, tungsten — by far the heaviest — and numerous others, with different weights and thus spin properties. With a little practice they can even spin upside down….

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Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 Blaster

As children we would’ve loved to get our hands on one of Nerf’s Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 Blaster. And as adults, even more so. It’s the first fully automatic Nerf Rival rifle ever, rapidly unloading its yellow foam projectiles on whatever hapless individuals end up before its scope by just holding down the trigger, and this at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. It’s also got a 40 round magazine so your ammunition won’t run out after…

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Axis Vidius FPV Drone

Drone technology is advancing at a staggering pace. Case in point: the Axis Vidius FPV Drone, the world’s smallest first person view quadcopter. This diminutive drone features a 420p front-facing video camera that streams video straight to your smartphone or tablet, which can also be used for controls instead of the included 2.4 gHz dual-joystick transmitter. A 6-axis gyro ensures stability and easy flight while switching between three speeds lets you adjust for just the right…

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Tamiya RC Toyota Land Cruiser 40

No need to tinker and transform this RC car into a rock crawler. The Tamiya RC Toyota Land Cruiser 40 is already built for going off-road with a 4-link coil suspension, 125mm large rock crawler tires with 3-piece beadlock wheels, and a 4WD drive-train that easily handles the rigors of crawling. The 1:10 scale model also comes complete with a lightweight polycarbonate Toyota Land Cruiser body that’s true to the…

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Lego Architecture Skyline Collection

Lego’s Architecture line lets you recreate famous buildings big and small. And now the Lego Architecture Skyline Collection aims to think a little bigger, instead recreating (roughly) to-scale models of renowned cityscapes. The series takes on skylines from Berlin, New York City, and Venice, each featuring five easily recognizable structures. Amongst them are the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Reichstag building. Arriving in early…

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Skeye Nano Drone

Want to try your hand at piloting a drone without dropping a stack? Pick up a Skeye Nano Drone, a tiny but full featured quadrocopter that’s equipped with a 6-axis flight control system, built-in LEDs for flying at night, and throw-to-fly functionality that simplifies takeoff. The controller boasts a range of about 160 feet — go any further and you might barely see the thing — and switches through three flight…