In perhaps the most anticipated pop culture collaboration of a lifetime, everyone's favorite yellow minifigs and the cartoon world's most famous yellow family have finally joined forces. Lego The Simpsons ($200) will take two forms. The first, a Lego set, depicting the Simpson family's home painstakingly recreated in brick form — complete with minifigs of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer, Marge, and Ned Flanders. The second, a Lego-themed episode of The Simpsons planned to air on FOX in May of this year. The set is sure to please longtime Simpsons fans, with plenty of incredible details including the family's car, Bart's skateboard, a radioactive isotope, and much more. We can think of no better way to celebrate the show's 25th year than this iconic partnership. Expect the set in Lego stores this February.
For the uninitiated, Lego Cuusoo is a forum for brick fans to submit, and vote on, potential sets that may one day make it to a Lego store near you. And the fifth set to rise through the ranks of the internet, the Lego Mars Curiosity Rover ($30), is equally as impressive as the initial four. Modeled from a set designed by a real NASA engineer, the rover is ready to tackle any challenges it faces on the Red Planet, with six-wheel suspension, an articulated robot arm, and plenty of places to mount a camera. It's the perfect toy for any space buff, or for the adult collector who couldn't stand to let one of these coveted sets slip through his fingers.
No matter where you wage rubber band warfare — whether it's in your apartment with your buddies, or against co-workers in the office — you can take your game to a whole new level with the Rubber Band Machine Gun ($100). This all-wooden, fully-automatic rubber band gun functions very much like a gatling gun, with sixteen barrels able to hold multiple bands each. An electric motor rotates the barrels around a central axis with each trigger pull, letting you fire as many as 672 bands without reloading. And while reloading would normally make playing a complete pain, an included loader makes it take only minutes.
If you're feeling a little nostalgic for the days when games were simpler, it might be time to go with an original, the Classic Skee Ball Machine ($7,000). Channeling the vintage look of a 1930s skee ball machine, this one features a hand-finished oak exterior with brass details. With a retro flip scoring display, a pull-handle activation lever, and five balls included with the set, you'll feel just like you (or your dad) did playing at carnivals and arcades. [via]