"Roads, where we're going, we don't need roads," Doc Emmet Brown famously said to Marty McFly in Back to the Future — and when you build your own Lego Back to the Future Time Machine ($48), you won't need roads either. This set, based off of a Lego Cuusoo submission, has every piece necessary to build all three DeLoreans from each movie in the trilogy. It includes plenty of fan-pleasing details like a flux capacitor, an "OUTATIME" license plate, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, and very accurate Marty and Doc minifigs.
From the Baconery — the guys who brought us 23k Gold Chocolate Bacon — comes another bacon creation, Bacon Playing Cards ($10). Operating under the correct assumption that everything is better when you add a little bacon, they have created a completely bacon-themed set of playing cards, manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company (the same company responsible for Bicycle and Bee cards). The deck features cute pig face cards, colorful designs, and quotes about that perfect meat. No matter what game you play with them, we recommend enjoying it with a side of bacon.
Just because your name isn't James Cameron (explorer of the sea), doesn't mean you don't deserve to discover the ocean. And if you can't afford your own deep-water submersible, but still hear the call of the deep, the Ziphius Aquatic Drone ($245) might better fit your budget. With two powerful turbines, it can move across the water at speeds up to 6mph, for up to an hour, controlled entirely by an app on your tablet or smartphone. A 720p HD camera lets you capture video and photos, so you can record sailing, surfing, and swimming adventures, or stealthily observe life underwater.
There are few modern buildings more recognizable than the Sydney Opera House, with its shell rooftops, harbor views, and striking lines. The Lego Sydney Opera House ($320) does a remarkable job of recreating this 20th-Century architectural marvel in the form of a 11" by 25" by 15" model. Modular construction and new building techniques will keep you intrigued throughout the build. With nearly 3,000 bricks (including the largest blue-stud baseplate they've ever made and a wealth of dark tan bricks), this set is a worthwhile challenge for the most advanced lego builders. Available in September.
New York City residents and tourists alike will appreciate these Metrodeck Playing Cards ($550) as a piece of Empire City memorabilia. Made from found subway fare cards and inspired by famous landmarks across the city, these playing cards are screen-printed in enamel ink, with four colors on each face card. Highlights include a Brooklyn Bridge King of Hearts, an Empire State Building King of Diamonds and a Statue of Liberty Queen of Hearts. Each of the 40 decks varies slightly from the other, and comes in a letterpressed, die-cut box.