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.