Category Archives: TOYS

SpyNet Laser Trip Wire: a toy but may just work for real

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(image: ThinkGeek) SpyNet Laser Trip Wire | US$39.99 | www.spynethq.com

movies like Entrapment (20th Century Fox, 1999) shown us how cool it is to protect your precious properties from nasty (but gorgeous) thieves with laser security system. a cool idea that will probably remain as a fantasy to most folks unless you are some hi-tech firm with millions to spare. that doesn’t need to be case cos’ you could set up your very own laser security system for just $39.99. i am talking about the SpyNet Laser Trip Wire from toy maker Jakks Pacific. yeah, it may be a kid’s toy but it has real working Class 1 laser emitter and receiver, and when combined with a couple of mirrors, you got yourself a mini laser trip wire system. Continue reading SpyNet Laser Trip Wire: a toy but may just work for real

Lancer Assault Rifle from Gears of War – LEGO-style

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(photos: PlumBrothers)

rubber band gun is nothing new and rubber band gun fashioned out from LEGO is not new either but a rubber band-shooting Lancer Assault Rifle from Gears of War fashioned out from LEGO is totally mind-blowing. according to its creator, this bad ass gun is a life-size assault rife built in accordance to the in game weapon and it is totally functional – yes, it shoots rubber bands. it even has reload-able LEGO magazines for the rubber band ammo and a real moving motorized chainsaw for some sawing action. simply breathtaking. of course, the sawing part is totally non-lethal and on the other hand, we also know how frail LEGO models can be, so don’t expect to wield this chainsaw after your neighbor who happens to own a 12 gauge shotgun. Continue reading Lancer Assault Rifle from Gears of War – LEGO-style

Steampunk Big Daddy Gun. it’s gone but still worth a look

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(photos: Neil Taylor) Steampunk Big Daddy Gun | US$sold | www.faustus70.com

there is nothing that strike more fear in online shopping fanatics like the big red (sometimes, bold) word that says ‘SOLD’ but that won’t stop us from showcasing this Steampunk Big Daddy Gun, created by one Neil Taylor aka faustus70. born as a NERF Barricade, this awesome toy gun was a given a comprehensive nip and tuck, and the result is what you see here – the Steampunk Big Daddy Gun. yea. i know, it’s nothing like a Barricade, only 100x more awesome. the main bulk of the body was made from planks cut from an old chair that is said to be at least 75 years old, and held in place with hand-cut aluminum strips with rivets. i guess that makes it one heck of a vintage gun. Continue reading Steampunk Big Daddy Gun. it’s gone but still worth a look

this Ford Explorer is made from 380000 LEGO bricks

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(photos: Ford) LEGO Ford Explorer | US$na | www.ford.com

you know what they say about records are meant to be broken. well, that statement is absolutely positive. just when we thought Lene’s Great Wall of LEGO astounding 270,000 individual bricks is mind-boggling, then comes along a life-size replica of the Ford Explorer that was created from an even ming-blowing 380,000 individual LEGO bricks. yes, you heard it right, it is a full-size LEGO Ford Explorer. it took 22 designers and 2,500 hours to complete this 2,654-lbs (1,204-kg) monstrous LEGO model that’s reinforced by a 768-lbs (348-kg) interior aluminum base. Continue reading this Ford Explorer is made from 380000 LEGO bricks

NERF VORTEX NITRO Blaster: disc is the new ammunition

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(photos: Hasbro) NERF VORTEX NITRON Blaster | US$44.99 | www.hasbrotoyshop.com

move over foam darts, cos’ blasting your enemy with disc is the latest game in town. meet the NERF VORTEX NITRO Blaster, the latest addition to NERF’s toy gun line that is capable of sending 20-disc to your target in full-auto mode. coupled with electronic scope, additional onboard magazine storage, and a fully customizable Tactical Rail System, this NERF gun will give you the edge over your backyard enemy. thanks to its high-powered disc-blasting technology, the NERF VORTEX NITRO offers long-range, high-powered disc-blasting technology that is said to give it an incredible range. so just exactly how far this thing will go? to that end, Hasbro did not give any official numbers. Continue reading NERF VORTEX NITRO Blaster: disc is the new ammunition

missed the Nike MAG on eBay? make one with LEGO!

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(credit: Orion Pax via Flickr)

whether you missed out the auction or simply can’t afford the insane (but for a good cause, of course) amount for a pair of the Back to the Future Nike MAG replica, then you probably want to consider making one yourself, out of LEGO. that was exactly what one dude, Alex aka Orion Pax did and it looks pretty cool too, well, at least in LEGO point of view. the downside is, you probably can’t wear it without breaking it apart and plus, it is guaranteed to be the most uncomfortable footwear ever. then again, if you are one of the 1,500 lucky (and filthy rich) folk to score this limited edition replica footwear, then i bet you won’t want to wear it too. it deserves to be displayed behind a bulletproof display showcase. another look at this LEGO Nike MAG after the break. Continue reading missed the Nike MAG on eBay? make one with LEGO!

finally. Sphero, the remote control ball is up for pre-order

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(credit: Orbotix) Orbotix Sphero | US$129.99 | www.gosphero.com

remember that cute little Bluetooth-controlled ball Sphero? it is finally here. well, almost. it is up for pre-order over at Sphero website for $129.99. not exactly cheap as far as toys are concerned but it is, after all, an innovation and the fact that it has an Open API means more games will be developed to work with this little ball of fun. for the uninitiated, the Sphero is just a ball about the size of a baseball that can be controlled by Android or IOS devices via the trusty Bluetooth connection. all you have to do is to pair it up with your Android or iOS device and you are good to go. Continue reading finally. Sphero, the remote control ball is up for pre-order

this is how a 43,280-brick LEGO Star Destroyer looks like

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(credit: Iomedes)

if you thought the LEGO Super Star Destroyer (#10221) was huge, then you have yet to see this non-kit, fan built LEGO Ventator-class Star Destroyer created by one Iomedes (aka Sylvain Ballivet). the mind-boggling 43,280 pieces of LEGO bricks used versus the 3,152 pieces of the #10221 kit, should let you in on just how huge is this scale LEGO model. inspired by one LEGO model designer, Erik Varszegi who had built one back in 2005 to promote the Star Wars Episode III movie, this LEGO juggernaut measures an incredible 2.44-meters (8-feet) long, and weights 82-kilograms (180-pounds) – a statistic which practically dwarf the LEGO Super Star Destroyer. all said, i hereby take my hat off to Iomedes for the patience and LEGO skills he possessed. only one word could describe this LEGO Ventator-class Star Destroyer: awe-inspiring. hmm, or was that two words? never mind. blast pass the jump for a video ‘tour’ and more images of this awesome creation. Continue reading this is how a 43,280-brick LEGO Star Destroyer looks like

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