How do you make a phone-controlled toy helicopter even better? Give it missiles, of course. The Helo TC Assault ($60) is an updated version of Griffin's prior mini helicopter, and is controlled via an app and "Flight Deck" module that gets plugged into the headphone jack of your iOS or Android device. Tap away to fire up to six missiles at your unexpected targets, then tap the new Auto Land button to bring her down safely once the mission is complete. Arriving this spring.
The crazy kids at Lego do a pretty good job of giving us interesting items to build, but what if the thing you're lusting after — a Lego DeLorean, for instance — isn't available? That's where these Ichiban Custom Lego Kits ($15-$800) come in. Painstakingly designed, each kit arrives with all the brand-new, official Lego elements needed to recreate the design, but many also arrive with an instruction booklet — otherwise available as a PDF download — and a collector's box. They might lack some of the polish seen on Lego's most impressive kits, but if you're looking to build a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the Batpod, or the Nebuchadnezzar, they're the only game in town.
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots has nothing on these. Arriving in a package weighing 850 lbs. (!), these Robot Boxing Machines ($17,000) take recreational robot warfare to a new level. You and buddy each climb inside one of the beasts, and use a thumb-triggered button and two independent joysticks to activate the pneumatic-powered, tire-tread-fisted arms, while a Honda gas engine powers the hidden wheels, letting you float like a tank at up to 3 mph for up to five hours of fighting. Just the thing to liven up your holiday gatherings. [via]