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You want to dress like Captain Picard? Make it so!

on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This jacket is as much like the original jacket worn by Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation show as it can humanly be.  An original, screen-worn jacket that’s been preserved by a private collector was used as the pattern for this replica.  Synthetic fabrics were carefully color-matched to the original, and details, likeRead More…

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Empty your Gringotts account for this game

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News

I’m actually happy Harry Potter hasn’t officially been made into a Monopoly game, as it deserves quite a few more bells and whistles than the standard ‘opoly treatment.  Lack of an official product has given fans an opportunity to fill that void with extremely creative iterations.  I’ve seen impressive printable files on Pinterest over the years,Read More…

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Cartegram is a global scavenger hunt game

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

Cartegram is a Kickstarter campaign for a scavenger hunt game that gets you off the couch and outside exploring your own town. Don’t worry, it’s not like geocaching where you have to use a GPS and sometimes cryptic clues to find the cache. Cartegram looks to be a significantly easier than that because everyone who plays will haveRead More…

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Strong Like Bull Throw Magnets offer a fun fling at your fridge

on Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

Ever toss a magnet at something to watch it stick? Simple but fun, right? Until you scratch or gouge the surface where the magnet lands. Brian Conti wanted to capture the fun of tossing magnets and watching them stick to things while avoiding damage to the magnet or the surface, so he created the crowedfunded KickstarterRead More…

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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 review

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I love building things with LEGO, from as far back as I can remember to this day, with the Gadgeteer Kid.  I would argue that LEGO are one of the greatest toys ever invented, enabling kids and adults alike to transform their imagination into reality. Back in my day, all we had were the classic bricks,Read More…

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Lure Dad to the Dark Side for Father’s Day

on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Forget cookies…  Come to the Dark Side for the M&M candies!  With one of these Star Wars candy dispensers for his office, Dad can have a constant supply of snacks from his candy dispenser topped with Darth Vader or Darth Maul.  You can even get special Star Wars themed M&M candies for his dispenser.  EachRead More…

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This coloring book is not for the kiddies!

on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

No, it’s not that kind of coloring book!  Between the Lines is an “expert level coloring book”, full of intricate drawings by Peter Deligdisch.  You’ll need some sharp colored pencils, a very steady hand, and an ability to really keep it between the lines to color in these images.  The book has 22 hand-drawn images of “varying difficultiesRead More…

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#ad Faveable puts you in the air with their list of the best RC drones

on Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

What do you think of when you hear the word “drone”? Do thoughts of unmanned flying aircraft and covert military spy copters come to your mind? Not all drones have been designed for those sorts of activities though. There are also drones for people like you and I that have much tamer uses in mind.Read More…

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Celebrate Star Wars day 2014

on Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Today is May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars day because … May the Fourth be with you. Get it? We love telling you about Star Wars themed gadgets and gizmos, so here is a small list of some of the more interesting items that we’ve covered in the past: Why fold a crane whenRead More…

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SKY Technologies Blue Handheld Laser review

on Sunday, May 4th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

It is interesting and humorous how thoughts and opinions differ between men and women on certain topics. Many times there is a black and white line separating their perspectives on some things. In this case, (overly-) powerful handheld lasers… the kind that can pop a balloon from across the room, melt plastic, and need eyeRead More…

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book – New from No Starch Press

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk is a complete beginner’s guide to building and programming robots using the newest EV3 kit from LEGO. This is the follow up to his bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. Laurens is a MINDSTORMS Community Partner and has years of experience building and testing MINDSTORMS robots. LEGORead More…

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Stepping on a LEGO brick won’t hurt if you’re wearing these slippers

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Are you a LEGO fan? I bet you don’t have a pair of these snazzy LEGO slippers under your bed. Only the true LEGO fanatic will add a pair of these LEGO Brick slippers from Convenient Gadgets & Gifts to their brick collection. These slippers are designed in the shape of a 6 post brickRead More…

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as IRead More…

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Custom hometown jigsaw puzzle

on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Simply Personalized has a great gift idea for jigsaw puzzle lovers.  This puzzle is only 400 pieces and it’s only 18″ X 12″ when completed, but what makes it special is its subject matter.  To order this puzzle, you simply enter a complete street address.  The Personalized USGS Map Hometown Jigsaw Puzzle ($39.99) picture is anRead More…

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Why fold a crane when you could fold Yoda instead?

on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Are you interested in origami but not so interested in folding the traditional figures?  With the Star Wars Origami book, you can fold Star Wars robots, ships, and people.  There are instructions for folding 36 figures – from Boba Fett to R2-D2.  You’ll also get 72 sheets of specially designed origami paper, so your foldedRead More…

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Now for something completely different the Mini Museum

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

You are a person of intrigue and as such you are a trend setter, a person living on the edge with the latest and greatest, a pioneer in cool. So what can I get to impress you, to wow you, to elevate my status beyond worldly? How about the Mini Museum a Kick-starter project fromRead More…

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Get your bounty hunter on with The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett

on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News

We showed you “Star Wars: The Jedi Path“. We piqued your interest in the dark side with the “Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side“. Now we want to expose your inner bounty hunter with “The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett“. Written by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason FryRead More…

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Turbo Flyer – A back to basics model airplane kit

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you enjoyed playing with paper airplanes as a kid or now as an adult, the Turbo Flyer kits from Tait Design Company will put a smile on your face. These easy to assemble balsa wood model kits have been designed to fly up to 50 feet without electronics, batteries or anything more than aRead More…

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Now you DO have room for a foosball table

on Monday, January 13th, 2014
Posted in: Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News

You don’t have a game room at your house, and your spouse won’t let you replace the dining table with a foosball table.  What to do?  Well, you could buy the Kartoni Foosball Table.  It’s made of cardboard with sustainable wood rods; it needs assembly, but you won’t need tools, glue, or screws.  The KartoniRead More…

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Let the salt and pepper shakers pass themselves

on Monday, January 6th, 2014

If you like kitschy in the kitchen, these salt and pepper shakers will fit right in.  These are actual wind-up robots that can walk themselves over to the diners needing some seasoning for their food.  They’re made of food-grade plastics, so you’ll have no worries using them on your table.  The Salt and Pepper Wind-upRead More…

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Let Darth Vader be your guide in your travels through the dark

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If your kid needs a night light or perhaps you’d just like an accent light with a touch of the Dark Side, check out the Star Wars Mood Lights.  They look like Darth Vader’s or a Storm Trooper’s helmet, and they have five LEDs inside to provide enough light to keep the dark at bay.Read More…

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Get ready now for the Fourth of July

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

It’s too late to use these to ring in the New Year, but the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.  If you live somewhere fireworks are illegal, or if you just prefer not using them, you could use the LED Fireworks Grand Finale to have a safe light show.  These indoorRead More…

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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won’t have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you’ll need a hot glue gun and hotRead More…

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Unlock secrets from the Dark Side

on Monday, December 30th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Larry Geisz told us how to unlock our inner Jedi, and now this kit will help us unloose the power of the Dark Side.  The Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side (Vault Edition) is a book and artifacts stored in a pyramid-shaped vault.  In addition to the book, which is filled with instruction manualsRead More…

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GAMAGO Contact Keys Lens Case

on Friday, December 27th, 2013

This is not strictly a gadget, but it’s a cute idea for the gadgety contact-lens wearer.  Instead of those generic cases, you can store you contacts in keyboard keys.  The compartments of the Contact Keys Lens Case are labeled like the L and R keys on a keyboard.  The snap-on covers keep your lenses safeRead More…