We usually gag at anything related to the Steampunk movement, but this rejiggered Nerf Barricade blaster stole our heart. The Big Daddy Nerf Gun ($300) is crafted from wood planks that were part of a 75-year-old chair and hand-riveted aluminum, and sports a working scope. It holds 10 whistler Nerf darts and all the dreams of your steam-powered childhood. [via]
If Nerf's previous guns simply weren't cutting it for your backyard battles, upgrade your arsenal with the Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster ($45). The newest addition to Nerf's toy gun line, the Vortex Nitron uses a battery-powered motor to shoot discs at frighteningly long ranges, and also features a 20-disc clip, onboard storage for additional magazines, an electronic scope with targeting lights, and compatibility with Tactical Rail System accessories. A perfect office warfare weapon.
Do hippies tend to be Lego fans? We're not sure, but if that's the case expect to be seeing a lot more tie-died apparel at your local Lego Store thanks to the Lego VW Camper Van ($120). A painstaking recreation of the T1 Camper from 1962 — also known as "the hippie van" — this 1,322-piece set includes details like the flat-four VW boxer engine above the rear axle, a pop-up roof, opening doors, a rounded roof and window frames, and an authentic interior including a sink, a bench that converts into a bed, a folding dinette table, an opening cupboard, a hippie-inspired color scheme, a lava lamp, and a t-shirt in the window that says "Make Lego models, not war."
Never mind the '90s-era website from which it comes — the people were obviously too busy shooting their guns to worry with web design. The Bullet Chess Set ($300) is a completely unique set made from spent .223 bullet shell casings, which have been creatively cut, smashed, and otherwise manipulated into intriguing forms that are nonetheless recognizable as their respective pieces. For extra flair, carry the board separate and load the pieces up into a bandolier.
If only we'd had this in middle school. The Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit ($20) is exactly what it sounds like — a motor-driven propeller for your dead tree creation that can extend flight time up to 90 seconds, clips easily onto the nose of your plane, is made from carbon fiber so as to not weigh things down, and recharges in 20 seconds off the included, three AAA-powered charging box, getting you back up and flying in as little time as possible.