Most of us have been out on the open water. Few of us know what lies beneath the surface. These Below the Boat Wood Charts use bathymetric charts — the underwater equivalent of topographic maps — and laser-cut, hand-colored sheets of Baltic birch to create stunningly detailed recreations of the sea floor/lake bed in dozens of different locations, covering everywhere from the Alalakeiki Channel off the coast of Maui to the rivers surrounding Manhattan. Makes an ideal Father's Day gift for any sea-faring dad, especially since it's the only nautical-themed decoration that's acceptable two miles or more inland.
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Humanoid robots can be a lot more complex than what you'll see out of the Robosapien down at your local Best Buy. With the KONDO KHR-1 Robot Kit ($1100), for instance, you do the programming and controls, and the robot features 17 adjustable joints, and can do things like back flips and cartwheels. The KONDO KHR-2HV Kit ($1000) is the upgraded version of the KHR-1, and is faster, lighter, and features more controls, gears, servos, tricks, and skills than its predecessor. The Robovie-M V3 Robot Kit ($2700) has 22 joint angular sensors, and is capable of movements such as throws, punches, handstands, and playing soccer. It also automatically pushes itself upright after a fall, which is more than we can say for most of our drinking buddies.
The Transformers were cool. How many other toys combined sweet cars with dudes who carried big energy guns? The Transformers 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime ($70) is the ultimate Transformer for enthusiasts of both the show and toys alike. This Optimus contains great detail and speaks phrases from the 1986 film Transformers: The Movie. A twelve-inch tall, talking Optimus Prime? Count us in.