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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.

Series 2 Android Toys from DyzPlastic

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

We love our toys and Android fans will be happy to know that some cool new figures have surfaced. These bots are series 2 from DzyPlastic and these guys are looking cuter than ever. They have three new designs including a Racer with the green color and white stripes and a driver in the belly.

Rupture is a pink robot with a black and white head popping out of the top. Then there’s Bluebot which is the basic Android mascot painted blue. The official launch date for the new designs is unknown, but of course we want all of them.

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.

Disney wants technology standards for web-connected toys

Posted in Disney by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

We don’t have much in the way of details at the moment, but Disney wants to have some order in the web-connected toys market. Whether that means a goofy doll that surfs the web or a Mickey Mouse ebook that updates with bedtime stories, we have no idea. The company’s consumer products division is all set to detail a proposal to establish a set of technology standards at the Engage Conference and Expo this month.

Armen Mkrtchyan, the head of Disney’s “Toymorrow” team will be laying out the plan. He will talk about what kinds of standards Disney is looking at, and how those standards could lead to cost-savings and “increased playability.”

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.

Stretchy Shapes rubber bracelets for kids look like gadgets

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

My daughter and most of her friends in the neighborhood all wear as many of those rubber band looking bracelets on their arms as they can fit without turning their hands blue. The bracelets look like all sorts of things when you take them off like animals and food among others.

A new package of those bracelets has surfaced for kids who like gadgets. The 24-pack of rubber band bracelets is shaped like all sorts of gadgets. They are in the shape of mobile phones, tablets, MP3 players, portable speakers, cameras, and notebooks.

Magnetic Thinking Putty combines magnetism and Silly Putty for geeky fun

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

I bet there are many geeks out there who played with Silly Putty as a kid. You remember the stuff you could stretch it, tear it, bounce it and more. Vat19 has a new kind of putty called Magnetic Thinking Putty.

This stuff is very similar to Silly Putty in that you can shape it and bounce it. The big difference is that the Magnetic Thinking Putty has millions of tiny magnets inside the putty and you can make the putty stretch and dance using a powerful cube magnet that is included.

Rich, geeky, and live by the water? We have the toy for you!

Posted in Toys,transportation by Shane McGlaun on March 5th, 2010

If I were loaded and could stand to be in the 650-degree Texas summer heat longer than it takes to sprint from the house to my car, I would totally buy the Jetlev Flyer. The thing is a combination of a jet ski and a jetpack.

You strap into the pack, which has twin nozzles behind the pilot and a pair of handles that control the thrust allowing control over altitude. The long yellow hose you see in the picture here attaches to a motor on a boat that trolls along behind the Jetlev Flyer.

Bitsosan Ke toys from TOMY encourage you play with their nose hair

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2010

I’ve never heard of ‘Bitosan Ke’ either, don’t feel bad. Apparently he’s a little character that has just a few strands of hair on his head and a few strands sticking out from his nose. The hairs are made of static carbon fiber and when touched, they signal him to talk.

We aren’t sure what he actually says, but our guess is he isn’t too happy with having his nose hairs played with. Bitsoan Ke and five other characters will say different things. They’re powered by a LR-44 button cell and I’m not sure they qualify as cute. Just weird.

Zibits mini RC robots break cover

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

If you read SlipperyBrick much you know we are suckers for cool RC toys and robots. When you combine both into one tiny package, you really grab my attention. A company called Senario has unveiled a tiny RC robot called Zibits.

The little bot can be had in 12 different designs to appeal to all tastes. Each of the little bots is a bit more than 2-inches in size and has a remote to control the robot.

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.

Chew toys that make your dog look ridiculous

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Chew toys that make your dog look ridiculousDogs are man’s best friend. But sometimes they do bad things. Pee on the rug, chew up your favorite shoes, maybe eat your sock. When that happens, you need to put them in their place and make them look like idiots. It’s the only way they learn.

These chew toys should do the trick. They will make your mutt look ridiculous and comical. The lips are great, but I’d love to see the one with a chicken leg in this guys mouth. Looks like they might only be available in Japan. They know how to humiliate dogs over there.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s that time of the week again where we take a look at all of the things that will lead to Terminator hunter killers. They can’t be bargained with, they can’t be reasoned with, but they can be captured by our robot blog for posterity. So that one day in the far future, when the human rebellion finally gathers together enough pieces to re-assemble a computer and a rough internet, they can see how it all began.

CB2 Child Robot: A face only a robot mother could love.

MechRC: Your face on a robot.

NSFW: Women who prefer robots.

Vintage Toys: The God-Jesus bot.

EyeClops Mini Projector details announced

Posted in Jakks Pacific by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

EyeClops Mini ProjectorWe talked a bit about the EyeClops Mini Projector earlier this month. You may recognize the EyeClops name as a line of high-tech toys for older kids that includes a cool set of night vision goggles and a microscope.

When we first spoke of the projector, the pricing was stated at under $100. Today Jakks Pacific announced the official pricing of the projector of $99.99, a whole penny under $100. Jakks is still not giving us a specific launch date for the projector.

Alcatel + Lego = Lego phone

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

Alcatel + Lego = Lego phoneAlcatel and Lego teaming up to make a Lego handset? Earlier this year Lego and Digital Blue announced combined efforts that would yield a variety of Lego-electronics aimed at kids. The announcement included details on a digital camera, a walkie talkie and an MP3 player. The functional toys would fall into an affordable $20 – $60 price range.

Now Alcatel is apparently jumping into the mix and the trio is planning to get cell phones in the hands of children using Legos. This piece of Lego-electronics is rumored to be released by this summer along with the rest. Not sure yet if you’ll be able to connect a few of these Lego handsets together or not.


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