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.
There are few things in this world more pleasing than classic cars rendered in brick form — instantly combining two of our favorite obsessions into one toy — and the Lego Mini Cooper is one of the finest examples of this combination we've seen. The classic Mini has been painstakingly recreated in green with white racing stripes, featuring a realistic motor, a trunk, hood, and doors that open, and an incredibly-detailed interior. With fog lamps, a moving shift nob, steering wheel, patchwork upholstery, and even a picnic basket, no element has been left out from this beautiful little British model (they even made it right-hand drive).
Combining your love for turning wrenches with your passion for one of the greatest board games ever conceived by man, the Tool Chess Set is hand-made from various nuts, bolts, and other hardware. Delivered to you in a classic-looking tool chest (available in either black or red), the set comes with 32 pieces, powder-coated in black and white, as well as a roll-up green and white vinyl chess board. Everything fits tidily into the case, letting you easily transport your set to wherever your games takes you. Each piece has considerable heft, giving them a great feel in your hand, while their durable finish won't tarnish, even after years of use.
Stop wasting your weekends sitting around on the couch watching the tube — it's getting nice outside, and you need to get out and appreciate it. And there's hardly a better way to do that than with the Aquapod Bottle Launcher. Made to work with any two-liter bottle, a bicycle pump, and water, the Aquapod is capable of launching a plastic pop bottle up to 100 feet into the air. Built to last for plenty of summers to come, it's constructed from high-quality, durable ABS plastic, and features a simple one-piece design. All you need to do is pump it up until the check valve releases pressure, pull the launch cord, and you're ready to go.
It might not be an official kit like the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, but that doesn't make The Blues Brothers Bluesmobile Lego Kit any less cool. Built by Ichiban using 100% authentic, brand-new Lego parts, this custom kit includes 295 pieces, a professionally-designed instruction booklet, a collector-quality box. As for the car, it features a full interior with front and rear seating, an adjustable steering wheel, cop tires with separate shock absorbers, and, of course, the giant speaker to attach to the roof of the car.
It was never the most impressive looking of the Star Wars vehicles — in fact, it looked a little junky — but it was always packed to the gills with interesting stuff. Now you can recreate it at home with this Lego Star Wars Sandcrawler set. Built from an impressive 3,296 pieces, it stands over 9 inches tall and 18 inches long, and features eight steerable tracks, a lowering ramp, opening side flaps, a speeder bike, a detailed interior, seven minifigures — including Luke, Uncle Owen, C-3PO, and some Jawas — and five droids, including R2-D2.
Most fans of writer/director/producer/creative badass J.J. Abrams know about his mystery box — if you don't, go watch this — and now you can bring a little bit of that mystery home with the J.J. Abrams x Theory11 Mystery Box. A collaborative effort from Abrams and magic makers Theory11, this unique offering consists of a handcrafted lockbox made from 100-year-old reclaimed wood, iron-branded with a question mark and arriving with an alphanumeric lock. But unlike J.J.'s box, you'll know what's inside — 12 decks of playing cards wrapped in letterpressed kraft paper and a letterpressed note from Abrams himself.
One of the best parts about going to a museum is the ability to look at rare artifacts from across the world — and beyond. The Mini Museum lets you do exactly that, right from your own desk. Available in small (11 specimens), medium (22) and large (33) sizes, each museum is handcrafted, encased in resin, and individually numbered. What's inside? Only some of the craziest, rarest stuff imaginable, including some of the oldest matter ever collected, chunks of dinosaur egg, pieces of the Berlin Wall, and even chips of a T-Rex tooth.
Like the Back to the Future DeLorean before it, Lego's Cuusoo has once again come up with a killer design for a legendary silver screen vehicle. This time, it's the Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 making the leap from concept to official set, including details like official Ghostbuster logos on the doors, a removable room, a tracking computer, a trap, and, of course, all four Ghostbusters — Ray, Venkman, Spengler, and Winston — all sporting their own Proton Packs. Lego ghosts not included.
With any luck, winter won't be hanging around too much longer — but just in case it stays a little longer than it's wanted, there's the Kyosho Blizzard RC Plow Vehicle. And while it's not going to be much use for actually clearing your driveway, it is a great way to take advantage of any lingering snowflakes. Built on plastic treads made to tackle some pretty serious snow, this little RC car is more than ready for winter's harshest bits. Comes completely assembled, with two powerful 380 size motors, a snow-proof chassis, and an independently-controlled snowplow.
Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 has long been the go-to quadricopter for tech-loving enthusiasts, but now you can get into the flying game without taking up a huge amount of space in your home with the Parrot MiniDrone ($TBA). This palm-sized flying toy connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth Smart, and is packed to the gills with sensors that help make it easy to fly. And unlike its big brother, it also includes two ultra-light indoor wheels that allow it to roll on the floor or ceiling before taking back off into mid-air. Coming soon to the airspace near you.
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]
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.