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Testing Different LEGO Wheels

Testing Different LEGO Wheels

We’ve seen time and time again that there are other ways to move around besides ordinary wheels. LEGO builder Dr. Engine put together vehicles that run on seven kinds of wheels to see how they performed against various obstacles, including a pile of tires, a staircase, and a hill covered with wood chips. It ends with a tug-of-war between the vehicles.

The Worst-Case Scenario: Apocalypse

The Worst-Case Scenario: Apocalypse
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We’ve been watching Fallout, so a post-apocalyptic wasteland is top of mind. Should such a catastrophe come to pass, the latest Worst-Case Scenario book has got you covered. Whether it’s robots, nukes, aliens, or a pandemic that ends the world as we know it, you’ll find useful pointers from experts to help you not only survive but help rebuild civilization.

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Threezero Stranger Things Action Figures

Threezero Stranger Things Action Figures
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The figure masters at Threezero perfectly captured the ’80s vibe of Stranger Things in its sixth-scale action figures. The release consists of Eleven and the gang, along with Chief Hopper, the Demogorgon, and Vecna. Each figure has over 30 points of articulation and comes with a variety of accessories or interchangeable hands.

Making a Flying R/C Bullet Train

Making a Flying R/C Bullet Train

After seeing the airplane-like shape of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains, aerospace engineer Peter Sripol thought it would be fun to build a model airplane based on the design. It took a lot of experimentation with wing placement, but he eventually got his prototype to fly. Will the scaled-up model stay airborne or will it derail mid-flight?

The Beer Kraken Drink Carrier

The Beer Kraken Drink Carrier

This specialty gadget makes it easy to carry bottles or cans. The reusable carrier can hold up to six bottles on its bottom and six cans on top, and it has built-in openers for each bottle holder. Cans click securely into place by their tops, while bottles are held using spring-loaded clips. It comes with a sturdy, woven paracord handle.

Dark Matter (Trailer)

Dark Matter (Trailer)

Joel Edgerton stars in this series about a physicist and professor who finds himself out of place in his own life. He soon discovers that he has been abducted by a variant of himself, living a different version of his life. And his quest to return to his real family won’t be easy. Based on the best-selling novel by Blake Crouch. Premieres 5.8.2024 on Apple TV+.

Decathlon X Outercraft HydroBike

Decathlon X Outercraft HydroBike

Don’t have the balance to use a stand-up paddleboard? Decathlon teamed up with Outercraft to design the Hydrobike – a unique watercraft that combines a paddleboard, pedal boat, and catamaran. It has inflatable floats, a single-seat, and modular storage for outdoor gear. It’s a proof-of-concept at this point, but we hope to see it go into production.

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Eco-bricks Wooden Construction Toys

Eco-bricks Wooden Construction Toys
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Once Kids makes biodegradable construction toy bricks that are compatible with LEGO pieces. The natural variant of Eco-bricks are made from sustainable wood and are easy to decorate and clean. The colored pieces, on the other hand, are dyed using non-toxic water-based paint. There are also bricks made from bamboo that come with felt stickers.

Slider Boy Titanium Fidget Toy

Slider Boy Titanium Fidget Toy

This mini fidget slider was inspired by the Nintendo Game Boy. It’s small enough to carry in a coin pocket and offers a satisfying three-level sliding action thanks to clicky neodymium magnets. Its outer layers are machined from titanium, while its center layer is made from black anodized aluminum. Choose from natural, gold, or purple bead-blasted finishes.

Ninja Star Slingshot

Ninja Star Slingshot

Typical slingshots fire steel balls. DIY Crossbow built a homebrew version of the elastic-powered weapon that fires deadly ninja stars. The design is simple – wood strips glued together and attached to a handle. A slot down the center of its barrel is just wide enough to hold one of the metal stars, and a guide at the front helps keep the star flat as it exits.

The Black Keys Live from KROQ

The Black Keys Live from KROQ

The Black Keys dropped by the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ and turned in a fantastic short concert for a lucky few in attendance. The 24-minute set includes classics like Howlin for You, Gold on the Ceiling, and Lonely Boy, as well as three tracks off their latest album, Beautiful People (Stay High), On the Game, and This Is Nowhere.

Cuckoo (Trailer)

Cuckoo (Trailer)

In this creepy body horror film, an American teen moves to Germany with her father’s new family. Her dad started working for a hotelier who barely even disguises his sleaziness. But it looks like that’s actually one of the man’s better qualities, as the girl soon finds herself encountering increasingly bizarre figures in the hotel. Premieres 5.4.24.

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Star Wars Outlaws (Story Trailer)

Star Wars Outlaws (Story Trailer)

The Star Wars universe goes open-world in this expansive action-adventure game from Ubisoft. It takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a rogue and her furry companion who must take on the galactic underworld in a quest for freedom. Drops 8.30.2024 on PC, PS5, Xbox, and Luna cloud streaming. Pre-order now.

Matador Gear Tags

Matador Gear Tags
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Gear Tags are Matador’s weatherproof version of luggage tags. Their straps are made from Hypalon rubber, making them waterproof, dustproof, tear-resistant, and impact-resistant. Their writing surface works with most pens, though Matador recommends using a permanent fine-tip marker like a Sharpie. Each pack comes with two Gear Tags.

Joker: Folie à Deux (Teaser Trailer)

Joker: Folie à Deux (Teaser Trailer)

Joaquin Phoenix is back as the Clown Prince of Crime, and he’s just met the object of his affection. Lady Gaga debuts her whacked-out Harley Quinn, and the two break out of Arkham Asylum and break into song, jukebox musical style. Joker: Folie à Deux hits theaters 10.4.2024.

Ti Beetle Fidget Toy

Ti Beetle Fidget Toy

This unique fidget toy is shaped like a beetle with giant pincers. Its stonewashed titanium body has three sections that rock and click into place, giving your fingers something to focus on. Its pincers also double as a bottle opener, and it has a hole for hanging from a lanyard.

Chronicle Books’ Cocktail Dice

Chronicle Books’ Cocktail Dice
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What’ll ya have, Mack? Let Chronicle’s Cocktail Dice call the shots. Roll the three dice for your answer: one die is for liquors, one’s for mixers, and one’s for garnishes. With 216 possible combos, the fun is in the surprise. The 32-page booklet further helps customize your drink with what you have on hand.

Underwater Music Video

Underwater Music Video

To create the music video for his original song Farewell, musician Bernth dove beneath the water with his guitar and performed the track while holding his breath for more than two minutes. It’s a beautiful and emotive track, and the studio recording really was performed with his guitar partially submerged in water to give it a dream-like quality.

A1 Thanos Handheld Fog Blaster

A1 Thanos Handheld Fog Blaster

The A1 Thanos from FroggysFogFluid and TopCat is a portable fog machine built to look like a blaster gun. The high-output fogger uses theatrical fog fluid and runs on rechargeable batteries. It looks fantastic with that LED lighting, though at 31 pounds, it’s not the easiest thing to carry around on stage.

Cocktail Courier x Palm Royale Tanqueray Martini Kit

Cocktail Courier x Palm Royale Tanqueray Martini Kit
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With booze co-starring in the hit Apple TV+ show Palm Royale along with the wonderful Kristen Wiig, Cocktail Courier’s Tanqueray Martini Kit is a perfect viewing party in a box. Includes everything you’d need to mix up 8-16 Martini Royales and Damn Dirty Martinis, and even comes with a 2-month Apple TV+ subscription.

Blind Barrels Whiskey Tasting Boxes

Blind Barrels Whiskey Tasting Boxes
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To indulge in whiskey tastings without the need for a designated driver, Blind Barrels delivers these fun blind-tasting boxes to your door. Each box includes four 50 ml samples of hidden American whiskey gems and new craft distillery releases labeled A, B, C, and D so you can taste blindly to discover new favorites.

Bark & Barware Cocktail Smoker Kit

Bark & Barware Cocktail Smoker Kit
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If you love showy smoke-infused cocktails but hate craft bar prices, do it yourself with a Cocktail Smoker Kit from Bark & Barware. The handsome wood gift box contains six wood chip flavors (like cherry, hickory, and maple), a torch (sans butane), four whiskey stones, a metal brush, and tongs.

LEGO Pole Dancing Quartet GBC

LEGO Pole Dancing Quartet GBC

Despite the name of Akiyuki’s latest LEGO Great Ball Contraption module, it doesn’t involve minifigures grinding on poles for tips. To transport balls from one end to the other, it carries them to an upper ramp using LEGO worm gears and hockey sticks. A ready-to-build kit is available from Build A Moc or you can buy just the instructions from Planet GBC.

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