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Bank Quest: Tomy’s bank with built-in RPG

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2008

Bank Quest: Tomy’s bank with built-in RPG
I guess it isn’t easy being a Japanese geek. Not that it’s easy being an American geek, but the Japanese have so much more cool stuff to tempt them out of their savings. That’s why Takara Tomy has made a new kind of piggy bank. One with an RPG game built into it. It’s called Bank Quest.

Not very original, but appropriate. You can buy weapons and armor for your character from the savings you place inside the bank. Where have I seen this before. Oh right, it was called an arcade, where you put your money in played. Except you get to keep the money with this bank. Improve the graphics and gameplay, you might just have a bunch of gamers saving their money for once.

Shocker ATM Bank keeps your money safe

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2008

Shocker ATM Bank keeps your money safeIf you’re worried about greedy relatives stealing your money, the Shocker ATM Bank should cure the problem. When you put money in it, it will yell “Eeeeee!” for some reason. I guess it’s happy for you and your financial situation. The bank will also know the difference between all coins between 1 and 500 Yen, and will display the total amount saved so you don’t have to count it yourself.

Comes with a security card and an individual pin number. It will cost you $30, but it will cost your family several nasty shocks before they learn to keep their mitts off. It also has alarm clock and calculator functions. Hands off my yen mofo!

Awesome ’66 Barris Lego Batmobile

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2008

Awesome ‘66 Barris Lego Batmobile
Check out this amazingly detailed ’66 Barris Batmobile LEGO replica. The creator has a great eye for detail and even included a Bat-Phone in the car. The Batman and Robin figures are pretty awesome too.

Now, if Lego had this kind of amazing creation sitting on the store shelves, I’d be buying one faster then 1960′s Batman can slide down the Bat-pole. I’d love to see what the creator would do with the rest of the Bat-verse. Definitely a high point in an otherwise slow news day.

Collectors Edition Nintendo Monopoly

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Collectors Edition Nintendo Monopoly
Ok, so I have been sick of seeing Monopoly this and Monopoly that, for years now. Every time you turn around there’s a new one and I always imagine some lonely geek collecting each one and storing it away as they come out. But this latest Monopoly game I might actually buy and it might even make me want to play again.

This one features Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Kirby, and other NES icons. The box comes with 6 collectible pewter tokens including Donkey Kong’s Barrel, Link’s Iron Boots, Hylian Shield, NES Controller, Mario’s Cap, and a Koopa Shell. I especially like the NES Controller. The Collectors Edition Nintendo Monopoly retails for just $33.00. As usual, it’s the same exact game. It just has Nintendo graphics everywhere.

Many BrickGun LEGO models to choose from

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2008

Many BrickGun LEGO models to choose from
As kids, we all built our share of toy weapons out of LEGO, but the end result was always a mess of different colored bricks that just looked weird. Here are some more authentic looking weapons. We told you about the Glock 17, but BrickGun actually has several models available. The BrickGun models are surprisingly accurate when compared to their real life counterparts. At the moment the company sells 5 different models including a Beretta 92FS, a Desert Eagle Mark XIV, a Glock 17 and 19, plus a limited edition Heckler & Koch MP5 which is sold out at the moment.

They won’t fire a projectile, but they have ‘working’ triggers, slides, hammers and other moving parts. The handgun kits range in price from $39.99 to $59.99 and include all the LEGO pieces and instructions you’ll need. Or you can order a CD with just the instructions or even purchase PDF files directly from the BrickGun website.

BrickGun Glock 17 for LEGO related crime

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2008

BrickGun Glock 17 for LEGO related crimes
The BrickGun Glock 17 is obviously our gun of choice here at the Brick. It’s perfect for LEGO related crime, and would come in real handy if you ever find yourself in an alternate universe where humans are LEGO people. It’s built to a 1:1 scale so it fits your hand just like the real thing.

It looks just like a LEGO replica, and even shares many details of the actual glock. You can even pull the slide back and cock the internal striker. Pulling the trigger will cause the striker to fall with a nice loud “click”. The slide can also be opened like the real deal when the magazine is emptied. Good thing this doesn’t shoot anything, so you can’t put somebody’s eye out. No word on pricing yet.

Indiana Jones electronic FX whip

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2008

Indiana Jones electronic FX whip
The 4th Indiana Jones film will hit theaters in less than a month. Indiana Jones fans can now get themselves a toy version of Indy’s most famous accessory, next to the hat. The bull whip. Now you’ll be able to relive classic scenes from the movies. “Throw me the idol, I’ll throw you the whip.”

While I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to have kids going around whipping things like Devo, this is a toy that’s long overdue. We always wanted one. And yes, it’s as lame as you thought it would be. It’s not likely to hurt anyone by accident. The three foot soft whip features a plastic handle that not only plays authentic whip-cracking sound effects as you swing it, but also the well-known Indiana Jones theme music. A switch on the handle turns the sounds on and off, and it even features a carrying strap for attaching it to your belt. It will cost you $26.99

Ants Life Studio is a virtual ant farm

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Ants Life Studio is a virtual ant farm
If you like the idea of an ant farm, but don’t like the idea of all those ants stuck in a prison for your amusement, this is for you. This is not for those who like to burn ants with a magnifying glass. The Ants Life Studio from Bandai is a colony of virtual ants who go about their daily lives, digging virtual tunnels, collecting virtual food and even fending off attacks from enemies.

The monochrome LCD display has an electroluminescent backlight so you can watch your ants even at night. That might be a bit obsessive of you, but hey who am I to judge. It also includes a clock and calendar function to keep you tehered to the real world.

Moov makes some awesome Kid Vehicles

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Moov makes some awesome Kids Vehicles
Moov is one of the coolest kids I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a DIY 4-in-1 vehicle kit for kids between 5 and 12 from Dutch company Berg. You can build a racer, a carver, a tricycle, and a scooter. It’s like combining LEGO and Erector with the big wheel.

With the large wood and plastic pieces, it’s easy enough for a kid to build and big enough to ride it down the street. Plus, they are actually learning while they play. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see add-ons for these very soon, that would pimp up the kid creations.

Official Rubik’s Cube speed cubing kit

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Rubik’s Cube speed cubing kit
The current world record stands at 9.18 seconds. Think you’re geek enough to beat that? That’s no easy task, Poindexter. But if you really want it and you are willing to train like a Nerd Rocky Balboa, this new kit can help.

The official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit has some completely legal tricks to help you out. (legal as defined by world record standards.) The kit includes a bottle of lubricant, not so much for if you get yourself all excited, but more to help reduce the friction on the moving parts. It also includes a few screwdrivers for loosening the joints. You even get a manual on how to become a professional cuber, but it’s in Japanese. It’s going to take the eye of the tiger, but you can do it. You can win Rock…

Mario Kart pull back toys are here

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2008

Mario Kart pull back toys are here
You can never have too much Mario. Or Bowser. Or Donkey Kong. Maybe Peach, her whiny voice can grate on the nerves. The point is, you can never have too much Mario Kart. Now, thanks to Anytoys, you have a whole selection of Mario Kart Pull Backs featuring Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Wario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong.

Just pull them back and forth and they’ll take off on their own. These are straight from Japan, and each pack costs $11.60 and comes with 3 random characters. You better go prepare for your races. You’ll probably want to buy a bunch of baby turtles so you can sling shells at each other. Some will have to be painted red of course. Then you’ll want to gather some banana peels, have at least a quart of oil ready for those oil slicks too. However, if you are going to go for that kind of authenticity, I would suggest playing outside.

Bandai mirai scope: digital fortune teller

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

Bandai mirai scope
Here’s the latest in electronic oracles, ready to predict your hum-drum future. Unlike, say the magic 8 ball, it uses digital personality assessment, and other strange voodoo to predict your future. The Mirai Scope begins by asking you about fifty personal questions, so that it can sort you into one of 236 personality types. Once it pigeonholes you, your profile is combined with some other crazy nonsense as it tries to zero in on your future course in life.

You can ask it for predictions on topics like health, wealth, and even your love life. One interesting feature is an infrared profile-sharing feature that lets you predict the future for you and your significant other. It sounds like a basic “20 questions”, narrowing down possibilities with your answers. It will cost you $28 in Japan.

Leapfrog Tag brings audio to story time

Posted in Toys by Nino Marchetti on January 29th, 2008

Leapfrog Tag Reading SystemLeapfrog, a developer of educational products for kids, has unveiled a new handheld “learn-to-read” technology which lets children interact with the stories they read. It is called the Leapfrog Tag Reading System and pricing is around $50.

The Leapfrog Tag Reading System is a small handheld scanner a child can use to touch a page of a special “Tag book.” These pages, when touched, emit audio for the stories. This is supposed to create a higher degree of interactivity with what the child is reading. Parents connect the Tag handheld to a computer to transfer audio for each book onto the device. 16MB of internal memory lets Tag hold around five books worth of material.

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CES 2008: WowWee humorous personal robot

Posted in CES 2008,Robots,Toys,WowWee by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2008

Mr. Personality

Here’s one of WowWee’s fun companion-robots from CES 2008. He sure looks like he has a sense of humor. He’d have to, with a face like that. “Mr. Personality” displays said personality on a LCD screen that features animated and synced facial features. He tells jokes, reads your daily fortune and will gladly answer any questions you may have about the future. The cool thing about this robot is that the user can download new personalities from the Internet via USB or an SD card.

Some specs are: A fully animated upper body, color LCD screen, several play modes including Bits, Crystal Ball, Fortune Cookies, Demo modes. He is also capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles, and he’s not afraid to tell you when he falls or when the batteries are running low. He has a three-wheeled omni-directional motion base, 7 motors, 4 IR sensors, a built-in microphone for voice memos, 64 MByte of built-in memory, audio input connector and he requires 6 “C” batteries. The remote controller requires 3 AAA batteries.

Sega genesis portable has arrived

Posted in Games,Handheld Entertainmnet,Toys by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2008

Sega genesis portable has arrived

We first told you about the Sega Genesis portable in November, coming from Tectoy. It appears that either it had a name change or someone else has beat them to it, basically cloning it.

Just like the Tectoy version, the AtGames Mega Drive Portable, the device comes pre-loaded with 20 classic games like Ecco, Sonic & Knuckles, Alex Kidd and Golden Axe. And just like the Tectoy version, you can’t download any extra games. But you can play them on your TV if you choose. The price is far cheaper then we first thought at $39.