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Griffin’s new MOTO TC Rally iPhone controlled race car takes fun to new levels

on Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Griffin’s new app powered MOTO TC Rally touch-controlled race car connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth, letting users drive, maneuver and race using their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. “MOTO TC Rally isn’t your typical remote-controlled car,” said Erica Kyle, Youth Product Line Manager at Griffin. “We’ve added fun features like the Bump ‘n Run Read More…


OYO minifigs look like your favorite sports heroes

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I’m not really a huge sports fan, but these minifigs from OYO make me want to start so I can buy a few. The mini figures might look like LEGO minifigs, but OYO isn’t associated with LEGO. Their figures feature rotating forearms, bendable knees, team colors, logos, and player likenesses so that they look like Read More…


You’ve added a laser to your phone – now add lasers to your building blocks

on Monday, November 4th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Laser Pegs are similar to a lot of toy building blocks on the market, but you build lighted creations with these blocks.  Each kit has 72 blocks, and each block has an LED light and low-voltage circuitry; the power supply in the base makes your creations glow with light.  There are a variety of kits Read More…


Dale Mathis 3D Metal Mechanized Playing Cards are insanely cool

on Friday, November 1st, 2013
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

My heart skipped a couple beats when I first saw the 3D Metal Mechanized Playing Cards from artist Dale Mathis. I absolutely love gears and Steampunk style art, so I was very interested in learning more about Dale’s Kickstarter project. First of all, the Tuck Box (the box that holds the playing cards) is the Read More…


Turn almost anything into a controller with the VERVE

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Hackers, makers, tinkerers (is that a word?), programmers, and general noodlers should check out the VERVE Kickstarter project. The VERVE is a controller that connects to your PC or Mac.  You plug up to 7 sensors into it that can be used to translate your activity into game controls or keyboard commands. The 7 included sensors Read More…


Explore the Milky Way with Darth Vader

on Monday, October 28th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Did you realize yet that it’s less than two months until Christmas?  If you have a budding astronomer or a devoted Star Wars enthusiast on your gift list, you need to check out the SEGATOYS HomeStar STAR WARS Darth Vader Planetarium from Brando.  This planetarium projects about 10,000 stars on an approximately 106 inch field at Read More…


Add a different dimension to family game night with DICE+

on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Have you ever had a game board that was useless because you lost the playing pieces or the dice?  You can always buy new dice, but you can’t necessarily get new game pieces.  Why not just replace it with a suite of games for your tablet and a Bluetooth dice?  DICE+ is a universal board Read More…


Nano Falcon is the world’s smallest IRC helicopter

on Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

When you claim to have the world’s smallest IRC helicopter, you better be able to back up that claim. The Nano Falcon from Brando can do that because it was certified by Guinness World Records in March of this year. The Nano Falcon measures 3.19 inches long by 2.00 inches high and 0.88 inches wide Read More…


The Alien Abduction Lamp – I want to believe!

on Monday, October 7th, 2013

I’ve been looking for lamps recently, and I stumbled across this.  It may not be the statement I want to make in the living room, but it might be perfect for the home office.   With the Alien Abduction Lamp, it looks for all the world as if old Bossie the cow is being abducted Read More…


Ice the competition with this chess set

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

If you like chess, but you need a new challenge or perhaps you’re just tired of the other player forever pondering his moves, this chess set will add a definite time constraint to the game.  The Ice Speed Chess Set  from ThinkGeek comes with two silicone molds that will make two complete sets of chess Read More…


The perfect gift for the special Captain in your life!

on Monday, September 30th, 2013

The holiday gift-giving season is coming quickly, and Roddenberry Entertainment has a perfect gift suggestion for the Captain in your life (especially if it’s you).  Captain Kirk’s own chair was built by surrounding a Danish chair with a plywood enclosure and equipping it with incandescent lights for the buttons.  These Star Trek TOS Captain’s Chair Read More…


Boldly go – and know you have the most accurate uniform out there!

on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Geek Toys, News

Halloween is coming, and you want to go dressed as one of the crew from the original Star Trek TV show.  Don’t despair!  You don’t have to make do with cheap costumes; you can have a uniform shirt as authentic as Roddenberry Entertainment can make it.  “Using decades worth of accumulated research and access to Read More…


Kinetic Sand allows you to build sandcastles without the mess

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Do you have fond memories of playing in the sand? I walked into a gadget store yesterday and saw a display for Kinetic Sand, which is made by WABA Fun. It reminded me of playing in a sandbox with Play-Doh. Kinetic Sand only sticks to itself so you can mold it and play with it Read More…

Manuka Makers Precision Gyroscope

The Precision Gyroscope is like spinning magic

on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

We show and review a lot of cool and useful gadgets here on The Gadgeteer, but sometimes it’s nice to find an item that has no real purpose other than being fun to play with. The Precision Gyroscope, a Kickstarter project from Manuka Makers, is such a gadget. Although gyroscopes have many practical uses, most Read More…


The Sphero remote controlled robot ball gets an update

on Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Last Winter Dave and his son (AKA The Gadgeteer Kid) reviewed the Sphero ball, which they found fun to play with, but were not convinced that it was worth the $130 price tag. A new version of this remote controlled toy has just been announced – the Sphero 2.0. What’s different? It’s now 2x faster Read More…


Cryptex vaults to make gift-giving more fun – for you!

on Friday, July 19th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Remember the cryptex from The Da Vinci Code book and movies – the small, but complicated vault that would destroy the contents unless opened with the proper code?  A company called 4Thought Products is offering two cryptex-like enclosures to make your friends work for their gifts.  The Vino Vault Wine Cryptex fits over a wine bottle and Read More…


This workstation corrals your LEGOs and encourages play

on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a lot of LEGO bricks, you know it can be a pain to keep them organized.  This LEGO Workstation from The Container Store makes it a snap to keep everything organzied and ready for play.  It stands 12.2″ x 14.6″ x 24.5″ high, and it has six cases to organize your blocks by Read More…


Thirsty? Take a swig from your tie… Ummm what?

on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Remember the Pillow Tie that inflated to create your own little desktop nap oasis? Well, keep that tie in mind if you partake a little too much from the FlaskTie. Each FlaskTie™ comes equipped with a TieBladder™ holding approximately 6 fluid ounces for your drinking pleasure. Located at the end of the back slip is Read More…


Rev up your engines with the LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles book

on Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

‘The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles’ is the latest how-to LEGO book by Nathanäel Kuipers from No Starch Press. Available next month (July 2013), this 136 page book offers step-by-step instructions with full-color renderings for 10 vehicles ranging from a simple go-kart to a rescue truck. The idea is to use your existing Read More…

Be amazed with Q-BA-MAZE marble maze building block sets

on Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Q-BA-MAZE kits are a collection of plastic interconnecting building blocks that you can use to build cool marble maze sculptures. The blocks are made of translucent colored plastic and when combined with other blocks, create tracks and runs for marbles to slide through. They are designed for anyone… adults and kids ages 5 and up. Read More…


Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks review

on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago when I was in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I happened to see Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks kits. As a huge LEGO fan, I was instantly captivated by these miniature LEGO-like bricks. My mind was whirling with ideas of cool models that I could build and display at home and work. Read More…


ZenWheels Micro Car review

on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Remote control cars are always fun, but the downside of the classic remote control cars is that they are fairly large and require an even larger area to play on.  Then someone invented those micro RC cars that are pocket-friendly, but those RC cars only go one speed, which is super fast and right off Read More…


This LEGO book makes me sad

on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

To me, LEGO bricks represent childhood, imagination and fun. This new book from Starch Press on the other hand, does not. The 232 page BrickGun Book by Jeff Boen has step-by-step instructions for building five handgun replicas from readily available LEGO pieces. Model plans include the classic Berreta 92FS and a rubber-band-firing MAC-11. Maybe it’s Read More…


You can have a 3D Star Wars Stormtrooper figurine with your face on it

on Monday, May 13th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

If you’ll be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the next few weekends, you can have yourself immortalized as a 3D Stormtrooper figurine for only $99.95 (plus shipping and taxes).  The D-Tech Me experience is a 10-minute process that uses the “world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by [Disney's] Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. That Read More…


Customize your light with the Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Nearly everyone who’s familiar with electronic games has heard of Tetris, and ThinkGeek has capitalized on this to make a nostalgia-inspiring Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp. You can customize your lamp into various configurations using the seven interlocking pieces, which are of course, shaped like classic Tetris shapes. The base shape is the four-block straight Read More…