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Remote-Controlled Snowplow Kyosho

Kyosho's Blizzard SR Snowplow won't be able to clear your driveway after a blizzard, but it's definitely fun to drive around while paying someone else to do the work. It comes fully assembled, boasts a dust / snow proof chassis, and is powered by two 380 size high torque motors, giving it enough power to climb over just about any hill. Product page. Continue reading for another video of it in-action, more pictures and additional information.

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Celebrity Dolls Repainted

You normally pass by these dolls and action figures in the toy section of many stores, but have you ever wondered what they'd look like if an artist repainted their faces? Noel Cruz specializes in this, and the Katniss Everdeen doll you see above, fetched $2500 on eBay. The process usually starts by first re-trimming, re-dying the doll's hair, scratching off all the existing paint, and then using a set of tiny brushes to re-paint the details. Continue reading to see many more of his masterpieces as well as a link to his website.

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Giant Rubik's Cube

A standard Rubik's Cube is hard enough to solve for most people, but this Pillow 13x13x13 IQ Brick takes things to a whole new level. There are 13 squares in a row on each side of the cube, and in total, the 3D puzzle features 1,014 colored tiles - 169 colored tiles on each side, compared to 9 found on a regular Rubik's Cube. Hong Kong-based Brando says that it's "good for creative thinking and improving both your IQ and EQ [emotional intelligence]." Unfortunately, you'll have to pay $320 to even try it out. Continue reading for more pictures, the product page and additional information.

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S977 Helicopter

WLToys S977 Remote-Controlled Helicopter with camera is currently being offered for only $35.49 shipped, today only. This S977 SPYCAM has an extra channel to turn the camera ON or OFF, and you can start or stop recording at the pus of a button, as well as take still picturess onto an included 512MB Micro SD Card. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

Notable features:
  • Helicopter Dimension: 23cm x 4.5cm x 10.50cm.

  • Charging Time: About 30 minutes.

  • Flight Time: About 6 minutes.

  • R/C Distance: 10 meters.

  • Flight Height: About 10 meters.

  • Charger: USB and Remote Control.

  • Helicopter Battery: 3.7V 180mAh.

  • Transmitter Battery: 6 x AA batteries.

  • Function: Forward / Backward, Up / Down, Left / Right Rotation / Camera/ Video.

[via Amazon]

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Funny Toy Knockoff

Christmas gifts aren't the easiest to find for everyone you know, but there are still some things better left at the store, like these strange toy knockoffs. Above, we have one that is supposedly "Dark Rider Batman", but as everyone knows, that most certainly is not The Dark Knight, but rather a very poor knockoff of Spider-Man, complete with a creepy mask. Continue reading for more knockoffs that nobody wants for Christmas.

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Hubsan X4

Hubsan's X4 H107C RC Quadcopter is currently being offered for just $64.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $130. An incredible quadcopter, so compact it can fit comfortably in your hand and fly on precision controlled exercises into the narrowest of nooks. The X4 features 4 formidable motors, which give you the versatility to perform expert takeoffs and vertical climbs. Product page. Continue reading for another video test and more information.

Notable features:
  • Hubsan X4 H107C RC quadcopter with HD 2MP Camera: Recording module.

  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity.

  • Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels.

  • 4-ways flip(left,right,forward,backward).

  • memory card:Micro SDHC.

[via Amazon]

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Wendy Tsao

Photo credit: Child's Own Studio / My Modern Met

You've seen other companies do this before, but Vancouver-based artist Wendy Tsao is a one-person company who turns children's drawings into handmade plush toys. They're officially called "softies," and can be made from just about any drawing. It all started in 2007, when she transformed her four-year-old son's self-portrait into an original, one-of-a-kind toy. She says: "I loved it because it was his first creative effort to make sense of his world." Current production allows her to make up to 120 toys per year through Child's Own Studio. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lovebird in Japan showering in an unlikely place.

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Children's Drawings Into Stuffed Animals

Children's drawings usually don't make any sense, but one company specializes in turning these crazy ideas into real stuffed toys. Introducing Budsies, a service that allows you to email them your artwork and then have a real artist handcraft a stuffed animal based on the image. To ensure it doesn't fall apart upon arrival, a professional seamstress stitches all the parts together after it's stuffed with high-quality polyester fiber. Continue reading to see some of the creations that have ensued.

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V959 Quadcopter

WL Toys' V959 Quadcopter is currently being offered for only $62.90 shipped, today only, originally priced at $179.99. Its 4 gear-driven rotors are powered by 4 motors protected in plastic housings. This quadcopter handles exceptionally well, thanks to an on board gyro and adjustable control sensitivity, making it perfect for pilots of all ages. Product page. Continue reading for another Batman-themed video featuring the V959, more pictures and additional information.

Notable features:
  • Camera on Board, can be triggered w/transmitter.

  • Complete ready to fly out of the box.

  • New Arrival.

  • FPV in an affordable package.

[via Amazon]

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UDI 818A Quadcopter

UDI's U818A Quadcopter w/Camera is currently being offered for only $61.30 shipped, today only, originally priced at $499.99. The UDI 818A offers new and experienced pilots both a 6 axis stabilized quadcopter that is capable of loops and high speed flight. 2 flight modes offer enhanced performance. Everything you need for alien missions is included in the box. Just add (4) AA batteries for the transmitter. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

Notable features:
  • 6 AXIS GYRO with posture control - Integrated design guarantee the precise positioning of the aircraft.

  • 4 CHANNEL function provide stable flying and easy operation. Video Camera FPV.

  • High Capacity Battery And Strong Power Motors Enable The Helicopter To Fly Much Longer And More Efficiently.

  • Modular Design makes it easy to install and repair. Remote Distance is up to 30m.

[via Amazon]

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