Humanoid robots can be a lot more complex than what you'll see out of the Robosapien down at your local Best Buy. With the KONDO KHR-1 Robot Kit ($1100), for instance, you do the programming and controls, and the robot features 17 adjustable joints, and can do things like back flips and cartwheels. The KONDO KHR-2HV Kit ($1000) is the upgraded version of the KHR-1, and is faster, lighter, and features more controls, gears, servos, tricks, and skills than its predecessor. The Robovie-M V3 Robot Kit ($2700) has 22 joint angular sensors, and is capable of movements such as throws, punches, handstands, and playing soccer. It also automatically pushes itself upright after a fall, which is more than we can say for most of our drinking buddies.
The Transformers were cool. How many other toys combined sweet cars with dudes who carried big energy guns? The Transformers 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime ($70) is the ultimate Transformer for enthusiasts of both the show and toys alike. This Optimus contains great detail and speaks phrases from the 1986 film Transformers: The Movie. A twelve-inch tall, talking Optimus Prime? Count us in.
Since you're in bed for close to 3000 hours per year, you should probably prioritize your sheets a bit more. Brooklinen can help. They're a startup that is focused on taking your bedding game to the next level. Woven from 100% long-staple cotton, Brooklinen sheets are crisp, cool and get better with every use. Keep it classic with all-white sheets, or mix-and-match to customize things to look exactly the way you want. It's time to make your whole bed feel like the cool side of the pillow
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A trustworthy duffle bag should do way more than just carry your stuff. It should protect it. Which means it should be incredibly tough and reliable, like the Best Made Co. Roll Top Duffle Bag. It's made using 1000 Denier Cordura — fabric so tough it's been a staple for the military for decades. It's also lined in 100% cotton twill with straps that are densely woven and adjustable for durability and extra strength. The Cordura is naturally resistant to water, but the polyurethane coated lining offers another heavy-duty liquid barrier, while taped zippers provide a third water-tight seal. Available in black or olive, and in 50L or 100L sizes. The Roll Top Duffle is built to last — whether you need it for a weekend trip or have to live out of it for a month.
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As you're taking time to get your holiday gifts ready for everyone else, don't forget to pick up something for yourself as well — something like this 400% Medicom Darth Vader Kubrick Figurine ($95; Pre-order). If you want a whole Star Wars team, check out the Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper ($120) and the Han Solo Stormtrooper ($120) to complete your eight-inch squad.
Not all R/C toys have to be vehicles. The Tyco R/C N.S.E.C.T. ($100) is a radio-controlled bug that features eyes the change color based on what "mode" the toy is in, and a pincher-like claw in front that can grab items. The best part, though, is the "missile launcher" in the back that holds six foam missiles that can travel up
to 20 feet — far enough to keep your pets,
kids, or yourself entertained for hours.