For obvious reasons, Lego will never make an official Breaking Bad set, so the guys at Citizen Brick have given us the next best thing, the Breaking Bad Lego Lab Playset ($250). Built with stunningly-accurate detail, Gus Fring's industrial laundry superlab has everything you'd expect in a multimillion dollar meth-cooking outfit. This set comes with over 500 pieces, including some with pretty incredible decals, as well as three custom minifigs: Walter White, Gus Fring, and Mike Ehrmantraut. Build it and recreate some of your favorite cringe-inducing scenes — word is still out on whether a box cutter comes with the set.
Relive the glory days of your childhood with this Adult Size Big Wheel ($650). Reinforced for grown-man-sized individuals — 275 lbs max on this model — these puppies feature hardened steel frames, metal flake glossy paint, alloy rims, a fully adjustable seat, and all the power slides you can handle. Oh, and we won't need to remind you to remove the bell and tassels first thing.
While the rest of your friends and co-workers do battle with blasters that can barely throw a dart across the room, you can show up toting a Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster ($50). At nearly a yard long, this blaster can launch a mega dart up to 100 feet. It comes with a six-round magazine, and six mega darts to fill it up. A removable bipod stand helps improve your accuracy — especially if you're the sort who likes to camp out and snipe.
Unlike your average set, the Lego Architecture Studio ($150) doesn't come with a step-by-step instruction manual — instead, it comes with a 270-plus page guidebook filled with architectural history, design techniques, and exercises, edited and endorsed by professional architects. It includes over 1,200 white and transparent bricks, slopes, plates and more, letting you focus on your designs rather than color schemes. Recreate famous buildings by Gehry, Wright, Sullivan, or come up with your own masterwork. Your imagination and supply of bricks are your only limitation. [Scouted by Paul]
With Bandit Rubberband Guns ($25-$35), you can build your own arsenal of rubberband-firing shotguns. Each kit comes with laser-cut wood pieces, plastic fasteners (and a package of 130 rubberbands), so you can assemble your gun without glue or tools. Choose from two designs, either the sheriff shotgun, or the outlaw shotgun — or get both and have a duel with your buddy. Both guns have multiple firing modes like single shot, rapid shot, and shotgun blast, and can fire rubberbands up to 25 feet.
"Roads, where we're going, we don't need roads," Doc Emmet Brown famously said to Marty McFly in Back to the Future — and when you build your own Lego Back to the Future Time Machine ($48), you won't need roads either. This set, based off of a Lego Cuusoo submission, has every piece necessary to build all three DeLoreans from each movie in the trilogy. It includes plenty of fan-pleasing details like a flux capacitor, an "OUTATIME" license plate, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor, and very accurate Marty and Doc minifigs.
From the Baconery — the guys who brought us 23k Gold Chocolate Bacon — comes another bacon creation, Bacon Playing Cards ($10). Operating under the correct assumption that everything is better when you add a little bacon, they have created a completely bacon-themed set of playing cards, manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company (the same company responsible for Bicycle and Bee cards). The deck features cute pig face cards, colorful designs, and quotes about that perfect meat. No matter what game you play with them, we recommend enjoying it with a side of bacon.
Just because your name isn't James Cameron (explorer of the sea), doesn't mean you don't deserve to discover the ocean. And if you can't afford your own deep-water submersible, but still hear the call of the deep, the Ziphius Aquatic Drone ($245) might better fit your budget. With two powerful turbines, it can move across the water at speeds up to 6mph, for up to an hour, controlled entirely by an app on your tablet or smartphone. A 720p HD camera lets you capture video and photos, so you can record sailing, surfing, and swimming adventures, or stealthily observe life underwater.
There are few modern buildings more recognizable than the Sydney Opera House, with its shell rooftops, harbor views, and striking lines. The Lego Sydney Opera House ($320) does a remarkable job of recreating this 20th-Century architectural marvel in the form of a 11" by 25" by 15" model. Modular construction and new building techniques will keep you intrigued throughout the build. With nearly 3,000 bricks (including the largest blue-stud baseplate they've ever made and a wealth of dark tan bricks), this set is a worthwhile challenge for the most advanced lego builders. Available in September.
New York City residents and tourists alike will appreciate these Metrodeck Playing Cards ($550) as a piece of Empire City memorabilia. Made from found subway fare cards and inspired by famous landmarks across the city, these playing cards are screen-printed in enamel ink, with four colors on each face card. Highlights include a Brooklyn Bridge King of Hearts, an Empire State Building King of Diamonds and a Statue of Liberty Queen of Hearts. Each of the 40 decks varies slightly from the other, and comes in a letterpressed, die-cut box.
Whether it's destroying Stormtroopers' speeder bikes, Leia kissing her brother, or the creepy celebration after the battle for the forest moon of Endor, you can bring your favorite Episode VI scenes to life with the Lego Star Wars Ewok Village ($250). This gigantic set (nearly 2,000 pieces) is full of surprises and treats for fans. It comes with 17 minifigs — including three never-before-seen Ewoks, and new looks for Luke and Leia — a catapult, speeder bike, plenty of lightsabers, blasters, and spears, and even a levitating throne for C-3PO. Expect the set in stores by September. Until then, we'll be watching Return of the Jedi on repeat.
With the ability to drive and fly, the B Remote-Controlled Flying Car/Helicopter ($560) can pretty much go anywhere. Its innovation lies in a patent-pending wheel and propeller design, which places each prop within the wheel. It can take off vertically, hover and fly, and return to the ground to continue driving. Durable polycarbonate construction means it can survive falls from the air and punishing terrain on the ground. A 720p on-board camera and 32G Micro SD card support makes this one capable reconnaissance vehicle. Now, if only they could figure out a way to make the battery last longer than 15 minutes a charge.