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.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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Corkcicle introduces the Waterman series to its hydration line, which takes its already best in class triple insulated cup to another level with the addition of a super durable powder coated finish. This coolest cup ever is crafted from 2 layers of stainless steel with a vacuum seal and is the only insulated Tumbler with a proprietary third layer of insulation that further improves how long it keeps your drinks hot or cold. With easy-grip sides, a no-slip bottom, and shatterproof, drink-thru lid, the Waterman edition offers you best-in-class sipping for your wildest adventures.
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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.