Category Archives: TOYS

Dexim out AppSpeed Monster Truck for iOS devices

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(image credit: Dexim) Dexim AppSpeed Monster Truck | US$69.90 | www.dexim.net

our i-controlled life continues with Dexim’s AppSpeed Monster Truck, a tiny monster truck that is controlled by your iDevice like the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. instead of the traditional controller, this monster truck is controlled by your iDevice via a free AppSpeed app. the package includes a RF dongle that connects to your iDevice dock connector and control of the vehicle is either via touchscreen using the crude directional graphics or you can make yourself look pretty awkward by controlling it using tilt-action. Continue reading Dexim out AppSpeed Monster Truck for iOS devices

Parrot AR.Freeflight now available for free on Android

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(graphics: mikeShouts) Parrot AR.Freeflight for Android | US$free | www.parrot.com

good news for remote control toy-loving Android users. Parrot has rolled out the official AR.Freeflight app for Android smartphone and tablet users. guess i need not to refresh your memory but basically, it does what previously has been done on iOS devices but this time round users of Android devices running on Android 2.2 or higher can get to enjoy the remote control fun mixed with augmented reality flight. the application works best with multitouch screen and accelerometer, which is not lacking in today’s Android devices. of course, you will need to own an AR.Drone to begin with. Continue reading Parrot AR.Freeflight now available for free on Android

LEGO Volkswagen Camper Van to be available this Fall

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(credit: LEGO) LEGO Volkswagen Camper Van #10220 | US$99.99 | www.lego.com

there is something for hippie wannabe to rejoice this Fall. LEGO has recreated the T1 Camper Van from the 1962 complete with iconic pop-top camper option. if you know LEGO bricks, you will appreciate the challenge LEGO designer has to face in creating the appearance of a much rounded vehicle using the predominantly squarish blocks. in anyway, they did it and the result is this 1,322 pieces set complete with the legendary flat-four (aka known as boxer) engine squeezed in between the rear axle. well, that’s just half of the story. Continue reading LEGO Volkswagen Camper Van to be available this Fall

Super Deluxe Mario (and Yoshi) Radio Control Cars

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) Super Deluxe Mario R/C Cars | US$119.99 | www.thinkgeek.com

so you think are proficient in Mario Kart? then why not take your Mario Karting to the next level and into the real life? we are not talking about the real Go-Kart that could lead to potential injuries, arguments and sometimes, violence – if you drive like what you did in the game world. there is a less destructive alternative, in the form of the Super Deluxe Mario R/C Cars – though we can guarantee the argument part. with this car, the most you will get is a little “ouch” here and there for knocking into someone else’s legs or a couple of toppled trash cans but most importantly, you will get the full experience of a real life Mario karting. Continue reading Super Deluxe Mario (and Yoshi) Radio Control Cars

Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo for Preschoolers

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(credit: Hasbro) Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo | US$69.90 | www.hasbro.com

Elmo is back and this time round, he is going to proof that he can handle more than just tickling. come this September, Hasbro will launch the Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo. yup. this time, Rock is the path that our cute, red furry friend is taking. dressed in a concert-style tee, albeit still not wearing any pants, embarks on his musical career with his Let’s Rock musical instruments. give Elmo any one of the Let’s Rock instrument and he will “magically” (not my word, Hasbro used it in their description) recognizes them. Continue reading Sesame Street PlaySkool Let’s Rock! Elmo for Preschoolers

awesomely beautiful Elasto-O-Matic RBG-5 Rubber Band Gun

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shsss… let me tell you a secret. i have a penchant for rubber band guns too and this particular DIY item, dubbed the Elasto-O-Matic RBG-5, is perhaps the most beautiful DIY example i have seen. i am totally sold by its functionality and looks. created by a folk who is known by the nick Greasetattoo, this binder launcher, as Greasetattoo calls it, fires up to five rubber bands in succession. rubber band based firearms aren’t new at all but one that looks this gorgeous is far and few between. touted as the crème de la crème of Binder Shooters, it features a functionally safety mechanism, an ammo holder that holds up to fifteen rubber bands. as to where can you buy one, the bad news is, it is not for sale but if you’re a technically inclined person, you may follow Greasetattoo’s instruction over at his Instructables’ page and make yourself one. i admit, i have no such skills or equipment to do what he did. i secretly wish he would do it for us, the technically-challenged, for a small token. i am dead serious. a couple more look of this rubber band shooter after the break. Continue reading awesomely beautiful Elasto-O-Matic RBG-5 Rubber Band Gun

iHelicopter – iOS device controlled RC Helicopter

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(image credit: iHelicopters) iHelicopter iDevice Controlled RC Helicopter | from US$59.95 | www.ihelicopters.net

when we think iOS device controlled toy, we think of the Parrot’s A.R.Drone but of course, its 300 plus price tag is probably prohibitive to most of us. lucky for us, Keyword Shopping is bringing us the more affordable iHelicopters, beating Griffin to the game of affordable iOS device controlled RC helicopter. yup, that’s right. it is a RC helicopter controllable by your iOS devices. the iHelicopters look like any regular co-axial RC helicopter which you use a free controller app to control it. an included transmitter plugs in to the iOS device’s headphone jack enables the communication job between your iDevice and the iHelicopter. Continue reading iHelicopter – iOS device controlled RC Helicopter

Rubik’s Cube designed for the blind has colors in Braille

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(image credit: Konstantin Datz)

Rubik’s Cube has mesmerized millions around the world since its introduction as a toy in the 1980s and it makes no sense why the visually-impaired should be left in cold corner of the Rubik’s world. understanding this, designer Konstantin Datz wants to change that with his concept Rubik’s Cube for Blind Persons. instead of colors which is useless to the visually-impaired, Konstantin has the face of each cube embossed with colors in Braille words, namely green, blue, red, yellow, white and pink. if this concept realizes, the visually-impaired will have the opportunity to experience the Rubik’s Cube that has captured the heart and mind of millions since 1980. check out a few more images of Konstantin’s concept after break. Continue reading Rubik’s Cube designed for the blind has colors in Braille

Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit – paper plane goes electric

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(image credit: ThinkGeek) Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit | US$19.90 | www.thinkgeek.com

somewhere out there, there are folks who are dead serious about paper airplanes. the problem is, an old school paper plane is never going to give you sustained flight long enough for you to appreciate its flight, at least not until now. meet the Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit, a carbon-fiber body construction propeller kit that will bless your regular paper airplane with approximately a minute and half of electric flight on just a quick 20-seconds charge via a triple AAA battery powered charger. need we say more? Continue reading Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit – paper plane goes electric

LEGO Shuttle Expedition: pieces of the Space Shuttle history

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(credit: LEGO) LEGO Shuttle Expedition #10231 | US$99.99 | www.lego.com

the Space Shuttle may have retired but spacecraft enthusiasts will have a chance to rebuild their fond memories of the Shuttle with this new LEGO Shuttle Expedition set. yea, you can have your hands in building (or rebuilding, depending on how you look at it) this beautiful spacecraft of our time. the Shuttle Expedition comes packed with 1,230 pieces of bricks and a very small of team of minifigures comprising of a gentleman and a lady astronaut, as well as a lone service crew member. that’s all it takes to commission this LEGO shuttle, before that, it would be your job to piece together this 44-cm (17.5-inches) tall and 25.5-cm (10-inches) wide Space Shuttle. Continue reading LEGO Shuttle Expedition: pieces of the Space Shuttle history