If you already feel bogged down by the upcoming Presidential election, with more than a year to go, The Contender might be what you need to keep things light. Following a similar premise as Cards Against Humanity, The Contender has one player act as moderator, while the other players take the roles of candidates during a debate. Candidates are charged with creating the best, funniest argument that supports their position using cards that contain sarcastic and hilarious summaries of actual statements from some previous presidential hopefuls.
iPads and physical activity aren't known for being complimentary. Until now. The Hackaball is a programmable toy that's packed with sensors to let it know when it's being thrown, kicked, bounced, or otherwise moved around. The ball connects to an iPad app that lets you (or your kids) create games using the various sensors to keep track of things, and it has lights, speakers, and a vibration motor to give you feedback while you're playing.
Most of us still haven't outgrown our love for Nerf guns, and the Nerf Rival Zeus Blaster will only feed those nostalgic feelings. First and foremost, it has the ability to shoot 12 high-impact rounds at speeds up to 70mph, that's right, 70mph. And just in case that isn't enough to get your interested, it features an easy to load ambidextrous magazine, flip-up sights, and the ability to rapid fire the whole clip at your target by holding down the acceleration.
Sure, you could build your home designs out of blocks procured from the local toy store. But if you're wanting to get serious about showing off your architect skills, perhaps you should graduate to the Arckit Architectural Model System. This building tool uses a variety of interconnecting components to represent floors, walls, windows, doorways, stairs, roofs, and pretty much any other architectural feature you could imagine, all of which snap together without any glue or tools required. You can also apply textures and finishes like wood, tile, and stone via adhesive sheets, and like any good building system, it's just as easy to rip it apart and start over again.
Yes, it's a toy. But it's also a loving tribute to the last car Enzo Ferrari ever put his seal of approval upon. The Lego Ferrari F40 is a faithful plastic brick reproduction of the late '80s supercar, including details like working pop-up headlights, custom-made molded rim inserts, and a twin-turbo V8 engine that you can remove from the body to admire up close.
Three years ago if you wanted a drone to take high-quality video, you had to shell out tons of cash and rely on a big, bulky flyer. With the Micro Drone 3.0 from Extreme Flyer, you get 720p HD quality video, all attached to one of the smallest drones on the planet. Video can be streamed directly to your smartphone, and works with live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat. And to help you concentrate on getting great footage, this quadcopter is incredibly stable, flying consistently thanks to motion sensors while it soars up to 300ft, through 45mph winds, with a battery life of around 8 minutes per charge.
Whether it's cold, wet, or just too damn hot to be outside, you can take the game under roof with this Indoor Cornhole Set. Designed specifically for indoor use, the boards measure 17 3/4" wide by 24 1/2" long, and are made by hand out of solid American Walnut. The bags are similarly plussed, with American-sourced leather on one side, canvas on the other, and Jolly Time popcorn filling.
Shooting guns at your annoying co-workers and family members isn't acceptable behavior. Shooting them with Elastic Precision Rubber Band Guns is. Handmade in Kansas City from solid hardwoods, these toy shooters are modeled after real guns like Bond's Walther PPK and the MP5 machine gun, come with a supply of rubber bands, and can shoot them distances of up to 30 feet.
It's okay — kids aren't the only ones who like Lego bricks. But when it comes time to display your creations in your office, cubicle, or home, you might want to add a little bit of adult sophistication to the mix. Do exactly that with Lego Carbon Fiber Tiles. Available in packs of 10, these 1x2 tiles are made from 3mm sheets of aerospace grade carbon fiber, manufactured in the USA, and lend a touch of class to any model you add them to, whether it be a serious Architecture model or a double decker couch.
Some of the best time wasters fit snugly into your pocket and we aren't talking about your smartphone. EDC Tops from J.L. Lawson & Co. take a game that has been around for centuries and modernize it with these manually machined pieces. Starting from a solid bar of 7/8" brass or copper, each piece is then manually turned and a tungsten carbide ball is press fit for the tip. A custom leather pouch is also included for storage. Whether it's a relaxing ritual or a competition for the longest spin time, each top is hand made to last for as many spins as you can muster.
If you're a fan of all things remote controlled, or are just fascinated with drone culture and the growing interest surrounding it, the Nano Drone from Morrison Technologies looks like a great way to get started. The world's smallest quadcopter measures 2" across and 3/4" tall and is capable of flying for 5-8 minutes on a single USB charge at a distance up to 150 feet away. Learn how to pilot a drone without the worry of possibly destroying something pricey.
Approved by the World Chess Federation, the FIDE World Chess Championship Set will lend an extra air of legitimacy to your friendly matches. The set was designed by Pentagram vet Daniel Weil, and draws inspiration from both classical Greek architecture and the classic Staunton design. Handmade out of rosewood and maple, the matching board is the perfect base for the ebonized boxwood chessmen.
Gain a whole new perspective on family game night with Wall Scrabble. Measuring nearly seven feet wide and roughly five feet tall, this massive game board is made from solid wood, and features vintage graphics taken from the original 1949 edition. Along with the board itself, the tiles are also made of wood, and boast powerful integrated magnets to keep them in place. Each player (up to four) gets their own detachable, chalkboard-backed tile rack that can be turned around to store their tiles on the board, a built-in chalkboard lets you keep track of the score, a fabric bag stores extra tiles, and, should you wonder how you're going to keep all this hanging on the wall, handware is mercifully included.
Nerf basketball was one of two enjoyable things you were able to do in your room when you were a kid. Recapture some of this magic with the Killspencer Indoor Basketball Kit. This upscale, corner office-friendly version features a matte black maple backboard, a black leather net, and a powder-coated black metal rim, with a breakaway feature for all those dunks. Not fancy enough for you? The Special Edition features a gold foil skirt on the bottom of the net and a 24-karat gold-plated rim.
Ditch the boring decks you bought at the local store and upgrade your poker games with these Amigos Playing Cards. This series of three includes a deck from Jessica Hische boasting a playful cat, one from Frank Chimero, who used fine lines to create intricate designs, and one from Alonzo Felix, who took his inspiration from space. All three decks are printed by the capable hands at The Expert Playing Card Company, so they're sure to last, and can be purchased as a set, as a two-pack, or individually.
Pinball. The Big Lebowski. Two of life's great pleasures, combined in one machine. The Big Lebowski Pinball Machine is an officially-licensed game built using industry-standard Bally Williams parts, featuring three playfields, authentic, licensed images and audio clips, and even a replica Brunswick bowling alley in the subplayfield. As a bonus, $25 of each sale goes to benefit No Kid Hungry — The Dude's favorite charity — and if you order by October 19, you'll even get a custom woven, perfectly sized rug to stick under the machine. It'll really tie the room together. [Scouted by Mike]
Sleek. Seductive. Dark. No, we're not talking about the latest blacked-out supercar. We're talking about the District MFG Parsons Pool Table. Made from start to finish by skilled craftsmen in a downtown LA workshop, this sophisticated gaming table features a welded steel frame that's covered in hand-selected black walnut, high-grade slate covered in black felt, and inlaid brass markers. Worthy of placement in even the most minimalist home.
As with any release in their Ultimate Collector Series, the Lego Batman Tumbler has been eagerly anticipated — fueled by rumors and plenty of speculation — but now the wait is (almost) over. Set for a september release, this massive set is made up of nearly 2,000 pieces, making it far bigger than any Tumbler set we've seen to date, measuring in at a staggering 15 by nine inches. In addition to this beautifully-realistic model, the lucky few who get their hands on one of these sets will also get two minifigs, Batman and The Joker, both modeled after the characters from the Dark Knight franchise.
Entertain yourself this summer no matter if you're at the beach, park, or just in your own backyard with this Chambray Roll-Up Backgammon & Checkers Set. Handmade from premium Japanese selvedge chambray, the bag itself is two-sided, with a checker board on one side and backgammon on the other, as well as a white suede drawstring cord and red stitching. Inside, you'll find 32 wooden game pieces and a die & dice cup, plus room for a towel, sunscreen, or any other essentials you might want to bring along.