Have a lot of time on your hands and over four feet of office space to devote to your Star Wars/Lego obsession? Then start saving your pennies for the Lego Star Wars Super Star Destroyer ($400). Weighing in at nearly eight pounds, measuring 50 inches long, and consisting of over 3,000 pieces, the latest Ultimate Collector's Series model features incredible detail worthy of Vader's personal flagship, and comes with a display stand, data sheet label, and five minifigs, including IG-88, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk, and Darth Vader himself.
It's about time someone offered all the advantages of paintball without the paint. Xploderz Water Pellet Guns ($15-$40) shoot pellets made of a super-absorbent polymer that you "grow" in water before loading into a cartridge and slapping on your weapon of choice: either the pistol-like XBlaster 200, the mid-sized, Uzi-like XStormer 1000, or the sniper-style XRanger 2000. As an added bonus, you can crush the spent ammo into your yard to help it stay healthy in the dry heat — the polymer was designed by the Department of Agriculture, after all. [via]
We've seen more expensive chess sets, but never one as kinky. The Kiki De Montparnasse Chess Set ($10,000) is a limited edition set featuring deliberately sensual shapes for the glossy or matte black pieces, all of which sit on a handmade walnut game board. It's not cheap, but if you're the kind of person who enjoys slowly seducing your partners by playing chess with what amount to really high-end dildos, price probably isn't an issue.
No matter if you've got a little one whom you're trying to get into building, or if you're just indulging your own childlike desires — these LEGO Master Builder Academy Kits ($30 and up) will have you building your own custom models in no time. Beginning with the Space Designer kit and moving through microbuild, robot, flight creature, and auto builds, this multi-kit, in-home and online program teaches you the the tips and techniques of master builders, from beginner to advanced levels. It's just the thing if you're wanting to get hired at Legoland. [Thanks, Will]
The Bauhaus was known for its minimalist designs, and the Naef Bauhaus Chess Set ($350) is no exception. Brought to life by Josef Hartwig in 1923, these simple, ingenious pieces are literal symbols of the moves that can be performed with each, a perfect example of the school's form follows function aesthetic. Oh, and don't forget the chessboard.
Our own yo-yo skills haven't progressed beyond the basic Duncan level, but if you're an elite spinner, you'll want to take a gander at the Hitman Pro Yo-Yo ($50). Designed by world champ Johnnie DelValle, this high-end handheld toy features the Solid Spin axle system for a more stable and balanced spinning experience, wide weight rings with carbon fiber caps for a smoother ride, and a classy silver and black color scheme befitting a pro-level unit.
Who said kids are the only ones that want toys for Christmas? We'd be more than happy to find a Boattail Racer ($350) under the tree. Inspired early 20th century streamlined racers, this unique toy features wooden bodywork made from 13 ply Baltic birch, 77.5 millimeter carnelian-core industrial grade wheels, stainless steel axles and fasteners, and a custom archive box that's way classier than anything you'll find at Toys 'R Us.
Who says you need snow to go sledding? Now you can sled down the hillside anytime with the Year 'Round Sled ($90). This traditionally-shaped polyethylene sled features two removable plastic ice molds that, after being filled and frozen, attach to the bottom and allow for wintertime hijinx even in the heat of summer. In the winter, simply remove the molds and sled the traditional way: on snow, while freezing. Be warned: there's a weight limit of 200 lbs., so our larger readers might want to steer clear, or else purchase one for each cheek.
Is your Marshmallow Mforcer or Executive Elite Marshmallow Blaster simply not getting the job done? Step up to the Chewbacca-approved Marshmallow Crossbow ($36). This double-barreled office weapon holds up to 50 mini-marshmallows at a time, letting you perform rapid-fire assaults on your co-workers from up to 30 feet away. Stay Puft-branded bandolier not included.
Bring a bit of England to your home bar or game room with Pub In A Box ($30). This handy collection of traditional English pub games includes playing cards, dominos, standard dice, poker dice, a cribbage board, a dual-sided Nine Mens Morris and Draughts board, blue and red game markers, and both small and large sets of white and black game pieces. Drunken football hooligans fortunately not included. [Thanks, Eric]
Unleash pure office supply hell with the Rubber Band Gatling Gun ($500). Far from a child's toy, this 15-20 lb. shooter is made from powder coated solid billet aluminum, and holds up to 100 standard office rubber bands that come flying out as fast as you can crank it. Perfect for ambushing co-workers who take the rest of the week off due to an "illness" yet amazingly appear on Xbox Live every evening in the Halo Reach matchmaking lobby.
Forget Power Wheels — get your motoring-obsessed offspring a blast from the past with one of these Half-Scale Cars ($TBA). Available as authentic reproductions of the Porsche 356, Mercedes Benz 300SL, the Jaguar E-Type, the wartime Willys Jeep, the Bugatti T35, and an assortment scooters, these gas- or electric-powered titans of the tike world are a blast for kids — and adults can cram into them to, but you didn't hear that from us. [via]