Lego's Architecture series has thus far done a great job of offering brick-based models of landmark buildings the world over. Now they're taking on entire cities. The Lego Architecture Skyline Collection includes mini-models of some of the most famous buildings in Berlin, New York City, and Venice. Representing the Big Apple are the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty, while the German capitol is portrayed via the Reichstag, Victory Column, Deutsche Bahn Tower, Berlin TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate. Finally, the canals of Venice shine in blue tiles, on which sit Rialto Bridge, St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Campanile, St. Theodore and the Winged Lion of St. Mark, and the Bridge of Sighs. Details are scant, but expect these sets to be on the small size — suitable for desk/shelf display — and to number in the hundreds, not thousands, of pieces.
Pairing a smart design with contrasting materials, the Rawstudio Travel Chess Set overcomes the limits regularly embraced by portable games to create something that's both easily packable and worthy of display at home. Each piece in the set is made from heat-treated and oxidized stainless steel, polished by hand to create the differences in color and designed so that they interlock when stacked. This results in a "tube" that can then be used to house the rollable leather pieces, which alternate the skin and suede sides of the Italian hide to create the black and white squares of the board. Shipped in a wooden presentation box, made using Victorian-era machinery in London.
They're nowhere near as complex as most building toys. And that's entirely the point. Cosmos Magnetic Wooden Blocks use a patented system of neodymium magnets that pop up to snap together much like real-world locking mechanisms. They're available in five sets — shuttle, rocket, satellite, lander, and planet — with a grand total of 28 wooden pieces and 58 connection points among them. An ideal gift for aspiring explorers and space-obsessed big kids alike.
With a sleek design and tons of custom options, McClure's Contempo Shuffleboard Tables are a thing of beauty, but the pro-level gameplay is what really stands out. Crafted entirely by hand, every Contempo table is built in Grand Rapids, Michigan using locally-sourced hard maple for both the playing surface and cabinet. The table is available in models ranging from 9 to 16 feet, and comes with your choice of solid color or two-tone finish to mesh perfectly with your game room, man cave, or office. Every table includes 8 pucks and wax.
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You've already got the ECTO-1. Give it a place to park with the LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ. Measuring over 14" tall, this impressive model includes over 4,600 pieces, and has enough room inside to park the aforementioned wagon. It comes with 9 minifigures, including all four 'Busters from the original film, plus Janine, Dana, Louis, a zombie driver, and the library ghost, three ghost figures, including Slimer, and has a huge number of details, like the alarm bell, jars of slimes, an arcade game, the containment unit, and, of course, the fire pole.
An updated take on the classic game, Edge Dominos is both eco-friendly and visually appealing. Each tile is extruded from a solid block of aluminum, leaving zero waste, then anodized black, with the number patten laser-etched onto the tile to create a lasting finish. The 28-piece set is made entirely in the USA, and ships with in a cotton bag or wooden storage box — but they look so good, you may just want to leave them on display.