In honor of the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the LEGO Group today unveiled a new R2-D2 construction set that consists of 2,314-pieces. Not just any set, this one includes the droid’s unique retractable mid-leg, rotating head, periscope and several hidden tools including a lightsaber hilt concealed within a secret compartment in its head. When fully built, it’s perfect when displayed with right next to the set’s exclusive minifigure version of the iconic droid as well as a special Lucasfilm 50th anniversary LEGO brick. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
An engineer who goes by “JT” online has been fascinated by the grappling hooks used by Batman and other superheroes in movies. So, he went on to build his very own, and it wasn’t easy, since the entire process took over a year. What he ended up with was a aluminum chassis that packs a powerful 10,000W skateboard motor, attached to a custom-built grappling hook. The hook itself is propelled using 12g CO2 cartridges, operated by an an analogue throttle wheel controlled with your thumb. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Star Wars fans already know that the Razor Crest was a gunship used by the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, but prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire, it served as a military patrol craft. This famous gunship was used in the search for the child named Grogu, and continued to use it on the quest to find Grogu’s species in 9 ABY. Well, a fan of the series, Ayaal, and some friends, decided to create a life-sized replica of the ship. Read more for two videos and additional information.
You may have encountered street performers that are seemingly ‘levitating’ in mid-air, almost as if they were sitting on an invisible chair. Supernatural powers are definitely not in use, just a clever contraption. Simply put, it consists of three sections made of steel rods / plates: the seat, shaft, and a base plate. In this case, “The Q” made a custom leg brace capable of holding up his entire body’s weight hidden underneath his jeans. Read more for a video showing exactly how it works.
Doom II was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in 1995. For those who still remember, id Software did not go the shareware and mail order route this time, unlike the original game. It was such a success that a Master Levels expansion pack with 21 new levels made its way to stores on December 26, 1995. Gamer Bill Thrope spent 9-months recreating this FPS using cardboard and countless hours of editing. Read more for the video, which includes an appearance by none other than John Romero,
If you’ve browsed YouTube in the past 2-years, ASMR video might have randomly shown up in your feed. These refer to autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. The triggers for these sensations are commonly auditory / visual, and may be encountered through the interpersonal interactions of daily life. Spotify partnered with The LEGO Group to bring you an entire playlist of brick-filled goodness. Read more for a preview and additional information.
Anyone who used Microsoft Windows throughout the early 2000s probably remember the many sounds of these operating systems. One place you probably don’t expect to hear them is from an a capella group. Whether it be the Windows XP Home Edition shutdown, Windows Vista startup theme, recycle bin, “USB In” / “USB Out”, the MayTree group from Korea has them covered, without the use of a computer. What could be next? Possibly some Mac OS sounds if there are any notable sounds worth recreating. Read more for the video and additional information.
Ever wish you could relive the Toys ‘R’ Us experience from the 1990s? If so, this recently uncovered video from From the day before Thanksgiving in 1991, shot at a New York City Toys ‘R’ Us store, should do the trick. This particular Herald Square location, located at 34th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, was shuttered in the late 90s in response to the Times Square flagship store opening a few years later. Whether it be customers browsing the video game section for brand new Nintendo Game Boy consoles or classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, you’ll see it here. Read more for the video and additional pictures.
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Can a real F1 car generate enough downforce to drive upside down? Engineering After Hours set out to discover if it’s a possibility with his latest project. So, he started with one of his existing remote-controlled cars and then 3D-printed a few parts to generate downforce equal to three times the weight of the vehicle. Unfortunately, its underbody wasn’t able to get a good seal with the racing surface while moving. Read more to see what he had to do to get it working.
In the US, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) was originally published by Wizards of the Coast, but what many don’t know is that in the beginning, they actually test printed two cards to show Nintendo. That’s right, only two Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram cards were ever printed by Cartamundi for Wizards of the Coast, with this one being certified and graded by CGC to ensure its authenticity. Read more to for a video of the ultra rare $360,000 USD card in detail.