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Jakks Improves EyeClops Night Vision Goggles

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 28th, 2009

eyeclopsgogglesKid’s gadgets are getting more and more interesting each holiday season. I know school just started back for most of the country, but manufacturers are already gearing up for holiday sales with the full shopping season only a few months away.

Jakks Pacific has some of the coolest gadgets for kids around. The company offers the EyeClops Mini Projector that connects to a TV to project games and other images on the wall or ceiling. The coolest gadget is the EyeClops Night Vision Goggles.

Rubik’s TouchCube debuts on QVC this weekend

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Rubik's TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik's CubeRemember that Rubik’s Touchcube that we told you about back in February? Looks like QVC has it first, so if you want to be the first on your block to get one, you better watch.

The touch sensitive, swipe-controlled cube will be available to buy on the Christmas in July segment this weekend. Instead of turning the segments, just swipe a finger in a straight line or an ‘L’ shape. There’s even an accelerometer built into the cube so that only the upwards-facing surfaces respond to your touch.

LED Illuminated Message Board

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2009

LED Illuminated Message BoardWhy didn’t we have this stuff when I was a kid? Sure, we had Etch A Sketch and Lite-Brite, but kids today have all kinds of cool stuff, like this LED Illuminated Message Board. It’s like a dry erase board. With the appropriate pens you can draw whatever you want on the white display.

After that just hit the switch and the whole thing lights up like a psychedelic chalkboard. That’s sure to get your message across. It can be written on over and over again and will display the colors red, blue, or green.

Rubik’s Cube 360 goes on sale next week

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

Rubik's Cube 360 goes on sale next weekRubik’s cube took the world by storm a few decades back. The man behind the cube is now ready to let another creation loose upon the world in the form of the spherical 360. Yes, he has gone as far as possible with cube puzzle technology and has now moved onto a round puzzle.

It’s a see-through sphere with domes on the outside. Within the main structure, there are two more spheres, with balls in the center. The colors of the balls match the little domes. You can already see how this thing will drive you nuts.

Sega Toys indoor fireworks projector

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2009

Sega Toys indoor fireworks projectorFireworks are awesome. Big booms accompanied by pretty lights are always cool. But alas, indoor fireworks are dangerous. So rainy days tend to be boring. Not anymore. Sega Toys has unveiled the Uchiage Hanabi. Now you can get your fireworks on indoors.

It’s a projector that displays “fireworks” on your walls and ceilings, with realistic movement and sound. You can even create your own fireworks and program your own shows. You won’t feel the booms and you won’t smell the smoke, but at least it’s pretty.

Remote controlled Halo vehicles now available

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Remote controlled Halo vehicles now availableHow long have Halo fans waited for these toys? You can now own your very own remote controlled Halo toys. That way, when you aren’t playing the game, it’s like you are playing a new one. There are 3 different toys available at the moment.

You can get the RC Mongoose with Master Chief, the Warthog with 2 figures and the IR Control Flying Hornet. The last one really flies and sadly the preorders are already sold out. The Hornet will cost you $38.99, the Warthog $ 23.99 and the Mongoose $ 23.99. They will all be officially available in August of this year.

Dareway: A Segway Knockoff for Kids

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2009

Dareway: A Segway Knockoff for KidsThe Dareway is a four-wheeled Segway knockoff for kids. Now kids can pretend they have way too much disposable income and Glide down the street in packs, toting briefcases. Kids 5 and up will be the talk of the playground.

The Dareway even dares you to buy it for your kid with its very name. Do you have the guts to make your little one “that kid”? The Dareway is powered by a rechargeable 12V battery and can spin 360 degrees. It only costs about $220. Sure to be dangerous. Dare you?

Hot Wheels: Margarita Madness

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

The coolest thing my Hot Wheels cars ever did was go in loops real fast and lose a little paint with each crash. What you see above is a hot wheels track that was hacked into a margarita dispenser. The track is set up with a series of microswitches and a Basic Stamp 1 board to communicate that your Hot Wheels cars have completed the tricks performed.

That’s when this system rewards you as a 12-volt pump fills up the margarita cup from the pre-mixed gas can full of alcohol. I’m guessing the more you play this game, the funner it gets. It’s the new nerd drinking game of choice for modders and Hot Wheels enthusiasts alike.

Flybar: A pogo stick that can jump cars

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Flybar: A pogo stick that can jump carsRegular pogo sticks just don’t have the serious power needed to make them a truly fun toy. They just don’t bounce that high. The Flybar however, is like a pogo stick on steroids.

That stick you had as a kid? That’s nothing. This baby launches you way higher. I’m talking hopping over cars here. It gives you the ability to do all kinds of dangerous stunts. It operates using amazingly strong elastic bands called rubber thrusters, which increase the bounce height to a full seven feet. And yes, you may order one if you don’t like your neck all connected to your spine, for $320.

Petaminx Dodecahedral puzzle will drive you insane

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2009

Petaminx Dodecahedral puzzleYou know those geniuses that can solve a Rubiks cube in like 20 seconds? This puzzle would drive even them insane. The Petaminx is a handmade puzzle by puzzle maker Jason Smith. It sort of resembles the Rubik’s cube.

It just happens to have twice as many sides and many more pieces to align. In all there are 975 parts and 1,212 stickers. It took mere 75 hours to build and that included the molding process and the placing each of those stickers by hand. Check out a video of this amazing puzzle below.

Beer Fund bank always has beer money

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2009

Beer Fund bank, always has beer moneyThis electronic change counting bank makes sure that you always have money for beer. Because in these tough times, beer money too often goes toward other frivolous things like a “mortgage”, or a “college fund”. Make sure that doesn’t happen to your beer money by making daily deposits.

It will count and tally up your total savings, but sadly doesn’t translate that into number of beers saved. It also won’t convert the change into cash, so you’ll be known as “that guy who always pays in pennies”.

Underground Time Capsule comes too late for my childhood

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

Underground Time Capsule comes too late for my childhoodKids are like dogs. They make messes, they dig stuff, they bury stuff…Some slobber all over themselves. They love to bury things and dig them up like 20 years later. Check out this awesome toy that I never had as a kid. The Underground Time Capsule.

It’s designed to go underground and hide precious objects for future generations(Or yourself) to find. You know, Baseball cards, bottle caps, a porn mag or two. What makes this so interesting is that it makes the process easier for you with a screw-on rock at the top, allowing you to add new items without digging it up again.

Mattel trains young Jedis with Mindflex

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2009

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a Jedi and having the ability to move objects with your mind, your dreams are about to come true. Mindflex is the new mental acuity game from Mattel, arriving this fall. It may not let you lift an X-Wing out of a Dagobah swamp, but you will be able to move a ball with the power of your mind.

A lightweight headset with sensors measures your brainwave activity. When you focus your concentration, a small foam ball will rise on a gentle stream of air. Relax your mind and the ball will drop. It’s not just mental, there’s also some physical stuff involved as you try to guide the ball through a customizable obstacle course.

Rubik’s TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik’s Cube

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

Rubik’s TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik’s CubeThe Rubik’s cube is more popular then ever. It’s getting a spherical update, it’s also a lamp and it makes a great alarm clock too. So this touchscreen Rubik’s cube makes perfect sense.

Plus, if any toy/puzzle needed a touchscreen, it’s the Rubik’s cube. It’s a natural progression. Obviously the TouchCube works just like the old version, but instead of turning it’s segments, just swipe a finger in a straight line or an ‘L’ shape. There’s even an accelerometer built in so that only the upwards-facing surfaces respond to your touch. How awesome is that?

Rubik’s Cube gets spherical update

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Rubik’s Cube gets spherical updateRubik’s 360 is not an Xbox 360 title. It’s the next version of the popular cube puzzle that is a sphere. The device is about to be officially unveiled in Germany this week at a national toy show. As you might imagine nerds the world over are enthusiastic about laying their hands on it.

The gadget has six balls trapped inside transparent plastic spheres. To solve it, you have to figure out how to get the internal balls “from an inner sphere into matching slots on the outer sphere by shaking them through a middle sphere that has only two holes.”