Take your lunch break warfare to a whole new level with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster ($40). Packing eight quick reload clips that rest in a rotating ammo rack, this Elite Dart-firing monster holds up to 144 rounds, and offers the ability to hit targets up to 75 feet away, two tactical rails for accessorizing, and a special acceleration trigger that activates a motor for semi-automatic firing. Ready your cubicle accordingly.
Believe it or not, we have a special place in our hearts for slot car tracks — and Slot Mods Raceways ($300 and up) are some of the best we've seen. Ranging from standard setups that cost less than a grand to completely custom, massive tracks that can range in the tens of thousands, each 1:32 scale Slot Mod is based around a track that's cut and routed out of MDF, slots precision-carved with a CNC mill, and hand-crafted details, and includes cars, controllers, and a power supply. [via]
Building LEGO weapons not really your thing? Perhaps this LEGO Land Rover Defender ($TBA) is more your speed. This amazing creation is a 1:8.5 scale recreation of Rover's legendary truck, built from nearly 2,800 parts, including 7 motors and 3 IR receivers. Yes, you read that correctly: it actually runs, controlled via RF with a LEGO-based controller. Along with the intense AWD system and live axles in the front and rear, it also features a five-speed sequential gearbox with an automatic clutch, a two-speed transfer case, and a whole host of working parts like doors, hood, and tailgate. It's currently up on Cuusoo, and needs over 10,000 supporters to become a reality — and pledging your support is free, so there's no reason not to. [Scouted by JC]
One thing has been consistent across all of the 007 films — the English spy's awesome cars. While we doubt you'll ever be able to take them for a spin, you can drive them around your own small-scale course with these Scalextric James Bond Cars (£50-£120; roughly $80-$190). The collection includes the Aston Martin DB5s from Goldfinger, GoldenEye, and Casino Royale, as well as a set celebrating the upcoming release Skyfall, which includes a DB5, a Range Rover, and a figure 8 track.
Arrive at your next food fight properly equipped with the Double Barrel Marshmallow Shooter ($35). Sporting a blue and red body and packing two 25 mini-marshmallow magazines, it's ready to fire sugary satisfaction into the face of your enemies... even if they're taking the mashed potato-on-a-spoon "dirty bomb" approach.
It's certainly not the most practical thing, but this Scale Wooden Roller Coaster ($700) is rather amazing nonetheless. Built from 464 pieces of laser-cut birch, this functional 1:48 scale homage to early 20th century coasters features four hills, three turns, flashing LEDs that wrap around the red handrails, and a single rotating spring that drags the car back up the hill for the next run. [via]
Spend your weekend honing your intraoffice battle tactics with the Air Strike Catapult ($15). Arriving with its own set of six spiky foam balls, it can fling its projectiles up to 40 feet, or more than far enough to hit the annoying guy five cubicles down.
Remember the days when you'd actually have to push on your Hot Wheels to get them to move? It appears those days are gone, thanks to Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speeders ($20-$35). Powered by dual 30,000 RPM motors, these tiny RC cars come with a controller that doubles as both a charger and carrying case, and can reach scale speeds of up to 600 mph. Several models are available, including a Mustang, Camaro, and our favorite, the Ken Block Ford Fiesta Rally Car.
Real-life supercars are damned expensive, so it only makes sense that their radio-controlled counterparts would be equally so. Coming in at around as much money as you'd expect to pay for a beat up pickup, the Traxxas X0-1 RC Car ($1,150) is ready-to-race straight out of the box. Known as the world's fastest RC automobile, it's capable of 100 mph speeds and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds. The X0-1 features an aerodynamic body, a big block brushless motor, an integrated speed, RPM, temperature, and voltage telemetry system that works with an iPhone or iPod touch mounted in the controller's docking base to give you unheard of control over your mini-ride, and heavy-duty AWD drivetrain so you don't burn the thing up in the first weekend. [via]
Sure, collecting model cars isn't that unusual a hobby, but where are the scrapes, bumps, scratches, and rust that give real-world rides their character? You can find them in Classic Wrecks ($40-$70). These 1/24 scale models sport lovingly handcrafted details like broken windows, rusted and/or missing parts, and the feel of something that wasn't just put on a pedestal, but driven — hard — for years and years before being left outside to rot. Perfect for your junkyard-themed den. [Scouted by Ron]
The trouble with zombie-related goods is that everyone has their own idea — or ideas — of what the undead might look like. The DIY Zombie Customizable Action Figure Kit ($60) overcomes this by letting you decide for yourself. Included inside are three eight-inch articulated bodies, five different heads, two pairs of hands, one pair of "just bitten" and one pair of "really rotten" arms and legs, an extra chest prosthetic, a business suit, some medical scrubs, a lab coat, two pairs of shoes, and instructions. All you need is paint, scissors, patience, and imagination. Oh, and a camera to capture your creations.
What's better than shooting missiles? Shooting HD video. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300), the new version of the smartphone-controlled quadricopter, adds a new high-def camera, video recording (1280 x 720 res), flight data sharing, a new piloting mode, and increased stability. Like the original, the AR.Drone 2.0 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.