Step up your winter snow sports game with the Arctic Force Snowball Blaster ($30) — capable of making and launching the perfect snowball. This blaster is the ideal tool for when the weather turns white and the competition gets serious, thanks to its removable and reversible built-in snowball maker. Able to make three snowballs at a time, the blaster can launch a snowball up to 80 feet at high velocity (much farther than you ever could with your own hands). The ergonomic design makes it easy to use, carry, and fire, while its blue, white, and orange design is well-suited to your winter get-up.
Ever since we first watched Robot Wars, we've wished for a fighting 'bot of our own. Our wish has been granted with Attacknids ($70-$80). These roughly one foot-tall robots feature six legs that can move through water and mud up to three inches deep, 360-degree rotating heads, and weapons that fly up to 30 feet. You control all the action via a 2.4GHz wireless remote with a range of up to 200 feet — and don't worry about not being able to tell who won the battle. A direct will cause your armor to explode off your body; three hits and your 'bot shuts down, saving itself for the next fight. Sure, they look a little creepy, but they are based on spiders, after all.
Just because you have a tiny apartment, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fun in your down time. With the Teckell Intervallo Foosball Table ($5,900) you get a fully-functioning foosball table — albeit a good bit smaller than your average one — that takes up no more space than a coffee or end table. Built with just three wood players on each side, this table features crystal glass construction surrounded with a wood frame. The glass top is removable, letting you access the game inside, as well as functioning as a serving tray.
America's most beloved mustachioed newscaster seems to be everywhere of late, and now he's been immortalized in the form of everyone's favorite toy. The limited edition Ron Burgundy Lego Minifigure ($20), while not an official Lego product, is pad printed on genuine Lego parts, and features everything you love about the highest rated man in news. From his unmistakeable burgundy suit, to his magnificent 'stache, to his well-coifed hair, right down to his bottle of scotch — they got every detail exactly right.
Given the name, you might think the Ralph Lauren Bond Game Set ($4,995) has something to do with 007 — and it does, if you consider that you need secret agent-level funds to purchase it. The set also shares with Fleming's creation a knack for style, as it's built from walnut and carbon-fiber leather, with game pieces made with polished and black powder-coated nickel. It's guaranteed to be the fanciest game of solitaire, chess, checkers, backgammon, or tic-tac-toe you've ever played.
At the intersection of do-it-yourself and playful childhood nostalgia, you'll find the Hot Wheels Car Maker ($40). Just turn on the press, melt down the wax, and form a custom car of your choice using the included molds and rolling bases. Once you're done, you can add decals, stage elaborate race scenes, or just roll them across your kitchen floor. Extend its capability with optional add-ons, including hot rod molds, muscle car molds, and additional wax colors. The only things standing between you and your dream (toy) car are a little bit of imagination, time, and the ability to act like a kid again.
While there are plenty of options available if you're considering a good table game for your house or apartment, there are few that look as good as the Post Foosball Table ($6,000). In an effort to preserve elements of historically-significant buildings near their home on the Saigon River, post has reclaimed hardwood sourced from demolished buildings in Vietnam. This table is made from that hardwood, instantly granting it an antique appearance that will look great in your space. Cast irons legs, iron nets, and abstract-looking players lend to its aged look.
Bring games on your mobile device into the real world with Sphero 2.0 ($130), the Bluetooth-controlled baseball-sized robot. Powered by an internal smart robot, this little ball is capable of rolling at speeds up to seven feet per second — so you can drive it at full tilt with your iOS or Android device, jumping it off the included ramps, taking it off-road, and even through water. With dozens of games available in app stores (games like Rolling Dead, Color Grab, and Sphero Golf), you can play on your phone or tablet like never before. Bright multicolor LED lights make playing at night even more exciting, while an available nubby cover gives it the ability to take on the toughest terrain.
Table games don't need to make your home look like the common area of a frat house — they can actually look great, and the District MFG Shuffleboard Table ($5,200) certainly does. Each table is individually handmade with reclaimed oak tops, stitched leather gutters, steel construction, and a powder-coated frame. Display it proudly in your basement, or replace your dining room table with this beautiful piece, it's guaranteed to make more of a statement. Comes with weights and powdered wax.
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Combine the tactile nostalgia of paper plane folding with the hands-on enjoyment of RC flight using the PowerUp 3.0 iPhone-Controlled Paper Airplane ($50). This iOS app controlled device is a Bluetooth wireless receiver and a motor connected to a propeller by a carbon fiber shaft that you can attach to nearly any paper plane. Just build a plane out of a piece of standard paper, attach the motor, and open up the app on your phone — it'll fly for up to ten minutes on a single charge. Available this month.
When you have something valuable to protect in your home, only the best security will do — that's why you need the Spy Gear Lazer Tripwire ($25). It uses invisible LED beams projected from three units, so you can form a perimeter that even Catherine Zeta-Jones can't dip beneath. When an intruder breaks the beam, the receiver unit alerts you with an alarm, so you can quickly assess the situation and respond appropriately.
Relive fond childhood memories of building models out of balsa wood with the Tait Turbo Flyer ($15). These high-flying airplane models are each printed and assembled by hand, and are capable of soaring up to an impressive height of 50 feet. With incredibly-detailed screen-printed designs and one-foot wingspans, they'll look great screaming across the skies. Buy them individually, or get the set of four and compete with your friends on who can stage the best aerial show. They come in environmentally-friendly cardboard cases and are made right here in limited batches in the USA.