Category Archives: TOYS

want some Kinetic Art of your own? Space Warp 10000 does that

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(image credit: Japan Gadgets Shop) Space Warp 10000 | US$155.00 | www.japangadgetshop.com

if you are impressed with the kinetic art by Chris Burden’s Metropolis II and inspired to do the same but don’t know where to begin with, then check out the Space Warp 10000 from the Japanese toy maker, Bandai. well, maybe Space Warp don’t have 1200 die-cast cars and is puny compared to Chris’s art piece but it’s a start, right? based on the original toy in the 80s, the Space Warp 10000 uses kinetic energy to get the marbles going down a roller coaster ride. yes, it’s marbles not cars. Continue reading want some Kinetic Art of your own? Space Warp 10000 does that

China largest hand-built electric remote control aircraft maiden flight (video)

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(screenshot by Mike taken from YouKu)

a group of radio controlled model airplane enthusiasts in China hand-built this huge radio controlled model which took them half a year from design to its maiden test flight. the airplane was based on the retired China Air Force “Yi Er” (or Ilyushin) IL-18 Chairman Mao’s exclusive aircraft. this 3.8 meters radio controlled airplane has a wingspan of 4 meters and weighs in at 25 kg.

i say it is looking good and cannot help but to marvel at the work put into it. if you don’t know, the real IL-18 was a Soviet Union built passenger aircraft powdered by four Ivchenko AI-20M engines. introduced in 1959, it was thought to be the most elegant airliner ever built by the former Soviet Union.

check the video of this huge radio controlled airplane maiden test flight below.

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(screenshot by Mike taken from YouKu)

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(screenshot by Mike taken from YouKu)

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(screenshot by Mike taken from YouKu)

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(screenshot by Mike taken from YouKu)

via YouKu & M.I.C Gadget

awesome Portal Gun replica up for grab at Child’s Play auction

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(image credit: Volpin Props) Portal Gun replica | volpinprops.blogspot.com

i have a penchant for beautiful and sci-fi stuff. even i have not played the game Portal, i was totally captured by the Portal Gun replica by graphic designer and replica props hobbyist, Harrison Krix. i spend many hours admiring this work of art and wishing that i could be at the Child’s Play charity auction to have my bid on it. alas, it was just a dream which could not be realized.

the Portal Gun, if you’re not aware, is a gun which you use to port from Orange to Blue Portal and vice versa. well, porting is still not a reality yet and hence, the replica Portal Gun won’t allow you to be ported to anywhere but as a consolation, it can “fire” both Blue and Orange lights (portal’s existence is via your own imagination). this is as close as you can get to a Portal Gun.

it will be auction off in the coming Child’s Play Annual Charity Dinner Auction, to be held in Seattle on December 7th. if you’re looking at chance of getting this, i say – tough luck as the tickets for the fundraising dinner has already been sold out. now that’s not such a good news isn’t it?

check out more pics of this awesome replica below and a video of the Portal Gun replica in action.

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(image credit: Volpin Props)

via Volpin Props and DVICE

end of life for unofficial Steve Jobs Action Figure

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(image credit: M.I.C Store) Steve Jobs Action Figure | US$NA | store.micgadget.com

just yesterday, Apple fanboys would be thrilled to own one of this unofficial Steve Jobs Action Figure. well… you can’t anymore. M.I.C gadget has been notified by Apple to stop marketing and sale of this figure. how unfortunate. for those who already claimed yourself one of this, you are just so fortunate! this item is now officially a rare collector item. Continue reading end of life for unofficial Steve Jobs Action Figure

new old vintage of the week: BigTrak Jr. Programmable Rover

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(image credit: FireBox) BigTrak Jr. Programmable Rover | £29.99 | /www.bigtrakjr.com

while automobiles of the yesteryear are making a come back with modern technologies, toys are not missing out the resurrection party either. now get ready for BigTrak Junior – a compact (almost) palm-size brother of the original BigTrak from the 80s. yes, there are more to 80s than just shoulder pads. when personal computer was just at its infancy (in the 80s), a toy with the ability to be programed was a big thing and i bet it still stands true today. take it as a budget alternative to LEGO Mindstorms.

the BigTrak Jr has inherited the programming ability of the senior BigTrak plus some functions from the 21st century thrown in for good measures. to operate, simply punched in the desired commands, hit ‘GO’ and witness the BigTrak executes the sequence autonomously. this six-wheeler space rover can travel forwards, backwards, turn left and right. you can even program it to fire its ‘photo’ cannon while its executing its tour of duty.

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(image credit: FireBox)

there are a couple of 21st century technologies thrown in such as the memory save function which allows you to write and save the program for future use. there is also an unique ‘active’ accessory port allowing it to utilize a number of add-on accessories (coming soon in 2011) to carry out its mission. some of the planned accessories include webcam and foam rocket launcher. sounds like quite a load of fun. soon BigTrak can do more than just patrolling round the supplied ‘moon crater’ obstacles but ‘transform’ into either a reconnaissance vehicle or an mobile artillery unit.

i would love to see a BigTrak as Radio Control vehicle plus the webcam and foam rocket launching ability. how about a gyroscope built-in to enable firing on the move? nah… i am just kidding but it will be good to have, isn’t it?

advance Konapun cooking toys by Bandai

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(photo source: girls.channel.or.jp)
when i saw the videos for this toy, i simply go ‘wow’. the kanopun cooking toys from Bandai uses water and ‘magic’ powder to cook up some serious miniature delicacy. it’s not edible though and the product will perish after a certain period of time. it has a whole range of meals ranging from Japanese to Italian food.

making up the magic powder is mainly Alginic acid and seaweed’s constituent. each food powder contains different additives to create the color and viscosity required to imitate the designated dish. to get cooking, you will need some miniature cooking sets or kitchen set up which, without doubt, are available from Bandai too. wow, again.

visit Bandai website.

for more info visit Girls Channel website. (in Japanese only)

midterm election mood with Barrack Obama Action Figure

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how about getting into the mood of the coming US midterm election with this Inaugural Obama Action Figure – Limited Edition. the 6″ tall electroplated, gold-suited Inaugural Obama Action Figure has 6-points of articulations (unlike the standard edition, which has 8-points of articulations) is limited to 3,000 pieces and each piece is serialized. Continue reading midterm election mood with Barrack Obama Action Figure

drive yourself up the wall with TRON Zero G Light Cycle

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can’t enough of TRON? how about owning one of those Tron Legacy Zero G Light Cycle? i’m not kidding you. really. you can own of those for just £34.99 (approximately US$55) . yeah, you heard it right. but wait, it’s a toy, actually. never mind.

this toy is based on the movie TRON Legacy. you know that movie that probably will dazzle your vision with their neon lights? TRON Legacy Zero G Light Cycle is capable performing anti-gravitational maneuver by zipping up on your walls and across the ceilings. all thanks to it’s advanced vacuum technology which make the toy sucks – literally. don’t you just love movie-ups?

the cycle is remotely controlled via an infra-red transmitter, which is also it’s charging station. cool. neon bodysuit and helmet are optional.

visit FIREBOX.

Lego 3D printer that builds… Lego out of Lego pieces

MakerLegoBot 3D Lego printer
(photo source: battlebricks.com)
don’t let SkyNET get a wind about this. this mean Lego Mindstorms NXT machine can churn out Lego models. yes, you heard it right, earthlings. throw in some A.I. (artificial intelligence), this machine could be replicating itself and an army of Lego minions. well, fear not. we are safe for now cos’ this machine currently builds simple Lego models only. *phew*

Will Gorman, a member of the BattleBricks, build this out of 3 Lego Mindstorms NXT Bricks, along with 9 NXT motors and 2400 lego bricks. this Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer is being showcased in the LegoWorld Expo (October 22nd to October 26th, 2010) in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Will cited his inspiration from MakerBot and RepRap. personally, i have read both websites and i am inspired to create one myself too. exploration (tech, not nature) is certainly exciting.

the MakerLegoBot receive its printing instructions from MLCad Lego file via a Java Application on a PC, determines the print instructions and sends the instructions to the MakerLegoBot for printing via USB. the MakerLegoBot works with 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2, and 8×2 Lego bricks and there’s a feed system in place which can hold approximately 35 bricks of each type. all i can say is ‘wow’.

you can buy one now but you can build one yourself with the detailed instructions HERE.

visit BattleBricks website.
check out Will’s Lego Mindstorms NXT 3D Lego Printer webpage.

get ready for some snow fun with Snow Shredder

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i got to give this a big star for it’s design. the design of the Snow Shredder is really cool and resembles a Snow Ski, but this works only on a slope. get ready to rock the slope this coming winter and slide in style. want to shred the snow slope at night? not to worry, the Snow Shredder comes with a working headlight with an easy on/off button to make sure fun is not missed at night. obviously, the designer of this Snow Shredder knows you want to be in control, so it comes with a steerable wheel with adjustable heights up front for control your slide down slope. this should make control freaks happy. looks like adjustable steering is not just for automobile. the Snow Shredder fits 2 kids, aged 6 and up and as an added security, the kid behind gets to hold on to the handles if the ride becomes to rough. finally, a retractable hand up front enables easy towing of your slide up the slope for your next slide down slope. i love to have one of this but unfortunately, there’s no snow in this part of the world.

check it out @ Quirky website.