Archive for Toys

Rubik’s Cube turns 40

Posted in Toys by Tam Yue on May 19th, 2014

Rubiks CubeHappy Birthday to one of the most frustrating puzzles ever invented. Most people can’t even solve the thing without cheating via the solution book or, now a days, YouTube.

The Rubiks Cube was designed by Erno Rubik and was originally meant to be a learning tool to help explain 3 dimensional geometry. When he turned all the pieces, it ended up taking him a month solve it. It was in 1979 that he took the cube to a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany when it was bought and licensed.

Paper airplane with an electric motor

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2011

The Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit will turn your paper airplane into a real airplane. Tiny, but real, as in engine powered. The kit includes a tiny propeller powered by a tiny electric motor. Just add it to any standard paper airplane. The propeller sits at the rear and pushes the plane.

Awesome. It works because the motor is powered by a capacitor that holds just enough juice for 90 seconds of flight. A separate battery pack charges up the capacitor in about 20 seconds. I wonder how much further you could get your plane to go now.

Rolobox, for kids more interested in the box, than the toy inside

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Buy a kid a cool toy and chances are he/she will end up spending more time playing with the box it came in than the actual toy itself. Kids just have more fun when they can use their imagination. Well, the Rolobox is for just this phenomenon.

This little kit is about $14 and has four wheels and a pull string. The wheels and string attach to the box and turn it into a pull toy kids can play with. It’s a great idea, but it’s still not a plain blank box. Nothing is as fun as that.

Green Lantern Power Battery

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2011

Like any other comic book movie, DC’s Green Lantern movie has some merchandise it wants to share with you. The Green Lantern Power Battery Prop Replica is for hardcore Green Lantern fans. It’s shaped exactly like the one used in the movie.

It even comes with the Green Lantern ring which will turn it on. All you have to do is press the ring against the lantern. It will cost you $289.99 and only 2,500 have been created, so if you want one you better hurry.

Sega toys unveils Wappy Dog

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

Forget the i-Dog. Check out this toe tapping robotic dog called Wappy Dog from Sega Toys. Sega Toys and Activision will be releasing this new robotic mutt alongside a video game for the Nintendo DS. Wappy interacts the video game and your child alone.

You can talk to the dog and pet it and Wappy will respond by making noises, moving or glowing with it’s colored lights. Sound is actually what makes Wappy tick. The beeps fromthe video game will have Wappy reacting in various ways.

Rubik’s Brain Cube

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on February 18th, 2011

Nothing challenges your brain like a Rubik’s cube puzzle. Matching the colors on each side can be both frustrating and rewarding when you finally do it. Making it all one color would be harder. Say, a brainy pink. Then add some actual brain details and this becomes an extra challenging puzzle.

Not only would this be hard, but you are constantly reminded of your brain, which is struggling. This design comes from Jason Freeny. It may be the grossest puzzle ever. Hopefully the texture isn’t all squishy and wet. Great puzzle for mad scientists.

Tandars Interactive Pet charges via USB

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Remember how popular Furby was? Well, that was then and this is now. This critter has the potential to be the next hot toy for kids. Tandars’ new Interactive Pet monkey is cute and cuddly, with realistic movements and will interact with children and even other Tandars.

They feature sensors that change their mood depending on how you play with them. For instance, when it needs more battery power it will say “ah jee baz nam nam”. Then your kid can then pull the USB cap off of the end of its tail and plug it right into a computer. Sounds weird, but your kids will probably love it.

Hasbro announces KRE-O Building Block System

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Hasbro has announced a new toy line this week called KRE-O. Think of it as their version of Lego. They come in some neat looking Transformers character kits. The kits will include Optimus Prime, of course, for $59.99.

Other smaller kits will also be offered, with mini collectible figures for about $8 and other kits like Bumblebee and Starscream will cost about $25. According to the company these blocks are compatible with “most” other building block systems on the market. That means your Legos should be compatible. Look for these this fall.

Keepon robot is now affordable

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2011

We first saw the Keepon robot way back in 2007 when it cost a stunning $30,000, which meant that only rich folks could enjoy the little bot. Well, this little silly guy is now available for home use for just $40. That means we can all afford one.

It’s called the My Keepon now and is even more of a “toy”, dumbed down just a bit compared to its predecessor so that it can be affordable. Are you going to buy one? Or is this too silly for you?

Gigantic 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is crazy

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

If you have trouble solving the original Rubik’s cube, you will have no hope of solving this one. Shapeway’s huge 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube boggles my mind just looking at it. Designer Oskar van Deventer’s massive 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is now a reality.

Deventer has successfully used a 3D printer to bring his puzzle to life. It has over 1539 individual pieces and took over 15 hours in total to create. He will be presenting his world record shattering Rubik’s Cube next month in New York City. I wonder how long it will take the most skilled people to solve it.

Hot Wheels cars get an embedded camera upgrade

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

At this year’s CES, Mattel showed off their new Hot Wheels offers, which are pretty cool. They have embedded the toy cars with a miniature camera. This allows you to see your crazy driving of the 1:64 car first hand.

Pretty cool when going through loops and courses, not to mention crashes. It’s called the Hot Wheels Video Racer and is sure to be a hit with kids everywhere when it hits the market.

TRON Light Cycle Launcher Baton

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

The latest in TRON merchandise for the new movie is this baton, inspired by the film. It’s actually a launcher that will fire away a replica of the famous light cycle that appears in the film. It’s a pretty neat toy.

We aren’t sure how far it launches, but we can see a lot of broken TVs and windows in it’s future. The TRON Legacy: Baton Light Cycle Launcher is available now for $16.50.

Mechanical Yoshi is on the rampage

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

You might remember that awesome Mechanical Mario from earlier this year. Well, Donald “KodyKoala” Kennedy is at it again and has created a Yoshi version.

It is simply amazing like Mario. He used a Playmobile police station for Yoshi’s back and a couple of Lego laptops for the front display and keyboards. We’re not sure how tall it is, but we picture it rampaging over a large city causing mayhem.

Magnetic nanodots let you build geeky stuff your kids won’t get

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2010

When it comes to geeky toys that we liked when we were kids and many adults still play with today, building sets are right up there. I would wager a number of geeks play with Lego to this day and on occasion, we see an awesome Lego sculpture turn up. A new and suitably geeky building system called nanodots has now surfaced.

Nanodots are tiny little magnets that are round and look like BB’s. You can take the little nanodots and use them to build all sorts of shapes and other items with angles, flat surfaces and more. The magnets are powerful enough to keep their shape even with complex designs needing thousands of the little things.

Skitterbot is the world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

I am a sucker for robots and remote controlled toys so when you combine them I am interested. A new product has been unveiled from a company called MyDeskpets called the Skitterbot. The little RC robot toy is very fast and runs on a rechargeable battery.

The bug has a 5-function remote control and can be had in four different colors. Each control can be set to one of four frequencies to let up to four players race at one time. The robots will sell for $19.99 at Toys R Us and Radio Shack stores around the country.