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WildSling has fun trouble written all over it

Posted in Toys,Weapons by Reuben Drake on October 14th, 2007

WildSling three person sling shot can launch things over 300 feetWe just can’t help but smile every time we look at this picture. What looks like a scene out of Jackass, the WildSling is a giant, three-person slingshot (or waterbomb catapult as the company calls it). The design calls for two people standing a safe distance apart to hold the WildSling handles while a third person pulls back the business end of the huge slingshot and aims for launch.

You probably wouldn’t want to launch anything more dangerous than a water balloon, and 50 balloons come with this package. The company says it can launch a balloon as far as 300 feet but I’m sure other things could go farther.

Transformer makers

Posted in Toys,Transformers by Chetz on October 11th, 2007

a real life Transformer Citroen car in NanjingWe’re one week away from the “Transformers” movie arriving on DVD and we thought it would be time for a related story. A pair of gearheads in Nanjing must be really big fans of the Transformers franchise because they turned a real-life Citroen car and turned it into a Transformer-looking robot. The project cost the geeks in disguise about $8,000 while the actual Transformer model weighs in at 600 kilos. The thing looks awesome and more than a little like Bumblebee in the “Transformers” movie. Now if these guys could build Soundwave next they would forever be my heroes.

Mario and Luigi golf on your desktop

Posted in R/C Toys,Toys by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2007

Mario & Luigi Golf

Love golf? Love Mario and Luigi? Then rejoice, Nintendo fanboy. This is your lucky day. Mario Golf isn’t just for the TV screen anymore. Now you can enjoy it on your desk too. Choose from either Mario or Luigi. They come with a Famicom style remote that controls the swing using the A and B buttons.

No collecting coins, or jumping on turtles here. No final showdown with Bowser. These guys are on vacation and just want a relaxing game of golf. Both Mario and Luigi are 3″ tall and require 2 AAA batteries. Each comes with 2 balls and a hole.

Piano in a can, with a duck

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on October 6th, 2007

Piano Can toy piano in a canLike the name implies the Piano Can from StrapYa is a piano conveniently rolled up in yellow can donned by a somewhat dismal looking duck who probably isn’t all too happy about his endorsement gig. It runs on batteries with eight keys each playing different notes along with an “auto” mode that will play a different short song for each of the keys. The top of the can has a little speaker that also doubles as a crank to roll the piano back into the can upon completion of your limited performance. A video of the Piano Can in action is included below:

Moon with a view

Posted in Outdoors,Toys by Chetz on October 3rd, 2007

Personal Moon gives you moonlight wherever you want itWhile it may be more impractical than useful there is something very appealing about being able to own your own moon and have the power to switch it on or off whenever you feel like it. Russian designers have come up with a concept they call a “Personal Moon”, a crescent-shaped light box that provides a brilliant while glow for your immediate vicinity. The artificial moon is bright enough to stand out from quite a distance away and it seems to radiate a lot of lumens (specifics weren’t available on the designers’ official website and neither was a price.)

The uses for such a cool toy are only limited by your imagination and the amount of storage space you have. Something like this hanging from a tree could be fantastic for lighting up your yard at night or for placing on top of your house to make life easier for those delivery drivers. Now what about making it change colors?

Inflatable Halloween haunting

Posted in Toys by Chetz on September 30th, 2007

Remote control bumper cars game

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on September 29th, 2007

Remote control bumper carsThese little bumper cars come as a set of two, one red and one blue, each with their own wireless remote control. The controllers let you drive them forward, back, left or right similar to real bumper cars with the goal of bumping your opponent. Each mouse-like bumper car has sensors on each side on on the back that tally up your hits along with headlight “eyes” and noises when you get bumped. After three hits your car freezes indicating that you lost the match. The cars measure a little over 4 inches long and from the product page video they seem to move pretty quick. The set goes for $40 before you add in the cost of the required 10 AAA batteries.

Oregon Scientific laptops take on Star Wars looks

Posted in Oregon Scientific,Toys by Nino Marchetti on September 26th, 2007

os-star-wars-laptops.jpgOregon Scientific and Lucasfilm want to help your kids learn Star Wars style. To that end they’ve unveiled some new Star Wars themed learning laptops targeted at different age groups – Darth Vader (ages 5 and up, $60) and R2-D2 (ages 3 and up, $25).

The Star Wars laptops are currently available as electronic learning devices for youngsters. The Darth Vader laptop offers over 50 activities, letting children “pick-up the interactive lightsaber and join the iconic villain on a variety of missions.” Activities include logic, memory and music games and the laptop is equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. The R2-D2 laptop, meanwhile, lets kids learn by “expanding their vocabulary, having fun with numbers, and developing logic and memory skills” via interactive adventures with R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Zip Zip Memory Brick 1GB USB drive

Posted in Flash Memory,Toys,USB by Darrin Olson on September 22nd, 2007

Zip Zip Memory Brick is a 1GB Flash memory USB Drive inside a plastic lego-type brickZip Zip Memory Bricks are small USB 2.0 Flash memory drives encased inside a Lego-type toy building brick. When the cap is on they appear like a normal toy brick, but pulling one half of the brick apart exposes the USB 2.0 connector. They come in colors of green, yellow, blue, red, black or white, much like Lego bricks do, and have a capacity of 1GB.

The Memory Bricks also have a lanyard attached to make them harder to lose and easier to identify should you happen to drop it into a pile of regular toy bricks. The company says you can stack memory bricks just like you would with regular toy bricks, but what would be cooler is if the memory would stack up as well!

USB RC Car Controlled From Your PC

Posted in Toys,USB by Reuben Drake on September 3rd, 2007

USB RC Car is powered from your PC through a USB connection and is driven remotelyAt first glance this noisy little car powered by USB doesn’t seem that interesting, but much to our surprise it’s actually kind of cool. The USB RC Car is an actual radio controlled car that gives about 5 minutes of remote controlled drive time with a 10 minute charge.

The car comes with a small garage complete with a door that closes which houses the car when it’s not in use and also acts as the charger and the wireless transmitter. The garage connects to a Windows XP or 2000 computer through a 4 foot USB cable and transmits 6-way directional signals from an on-screen graphical interface that’s controlled with the keyboard.

For the Serious Halo Fan

Posted in Games,Toys,Weapons by Chetz on July 31st, 2007

Halo replica weaponsWhat’s left for the universe of “Halo” to conquer? Handheld guns, of course. Jasman Toys got the license to make replica weapons from the upcoming “Halo 3″ video game and are set to release the first two models this October.

A Plasma Rifle (pictured) and Pistol from the Covenant side of the game (those are the bad guys) will arrive in toy shops and video game stores a few weeks after Microsoft releases the final chapter in the bestselling FPS franchise. Sometime in 2008 a Covenant Energy Sword will also hit store shelves. Jasman is making their “Halo” line of toy guns as authentic to the game versions as possible; for instance, the plasma pistol will have the same kind of lights and sounds as its gaming counterpart does, as well as a recoil vibration when you shoot. Also, when you hold down …

Hello Kitty Robot

Posted in Hello Kitty,Robots,Toys by Chetz on July 23rd, 2007

Hello Kitty Robot hangs out with your kidsI’ve gone on the record before that I think Hello Kitty is just wrong. Today I bring you more proof that something evil is behind this Japanese sensation: the Hello Kitty Robot. Clocking in at 52 cm tall x 39 cm wide x 33.3 cm deep (including the tail…yes, there is a tail), the HKR will provide the love for your child that you can’t because you’re too busy working to pay off the robot’s $6,299 price tag. No, that’s not a typo: this thing costs a penny under $6,300.

It’s head and arms move. It has a CMOS sensor cameras in its cold dark eyeballs. It has voice recognition software so it can respond specifically to your child’s cries for affection, compassion and understanding. It can recognize when it is picked up. It has an ultrasonic sensor too but for …

Marshmallow Blaster Gun Fires 50 Feet

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on July 22nd, 2007

Marshmallow Blaster Gun shoots marshmallows up to 50 feetThis Marshmallow Blaster can shoot a standard marshmallow up to 50 feet which would likely give you a significant advantage in any marshmallow fight you might encounter. It’s pneumatically powered and charged up with a pump-action slide. The bolt slides back to load your regular marshmallow or a bunch of tiny marshmallows.

The marshmallow gun comes with a carrying case and disassembles for clean-up, but you’ll still want to avoid using this when it’s too hot out. We’ve all learned from the GhostBusters movie of what kind of mess can be made from melted marshmallows. You can get one of these from Hammacher Schlemmer for $39.95.

via I4U

USB Missile Launcher

Posted in Toys,USB by Reuben Drake on July 3rd, 2007

USB missile LauncherThis USB Missile Launcher allows you to control the direction and angle through a software interface connected through your USB port.

You can connect the missile launcher and have it sit up to three feet away from your computer, and with an on-screen control panel you can rotate it a full 360 degrees and adjust the angle up or down about 45 degrees. It has 3 foam missiles that can be launched up to 20 feet in rapid succession if need be. You can give yourself a tactical intraoffice advantage for a mere $39.99.

via FunUSB

Bet You Can’t Pop Just One

Posted in Toys by Chetz on June 25th, 2007

PuchiPuchi Bubble Wrap ToyIt’s so odd that it has to be straight outta Japan: imitation bubble wrap. This little gizmo is called the PuchiPuchi Bubble Wrap Toy and it mimics the sound and feel you get when popping the sealed air bubbles inside plastic wrap. There are eight fake bubbles that you can press on the surface of the PuchiPuchi and each time you depress one a popping noise is played from a tiny speaker.

Press the bubbles 100 times and a different sound gets emitted, such as a dog barking or a sexy female sigh, like some kind of wacko Pavlovian reward for your ears. The thing comes in five colors and it can be hooked on to your keychain. It’s crazy, right? Crazy like a fox because we want one even though it is to bubble wrap what silicon implants are to breasts.

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