LEGO sets are fun for all ages, but now, the Danish company introduces the Forma line, which promises “a premium LEGO experience designed for adults looking for a fun, engaging way to reconnect with their creative side.” The Koi fish set, priced at $46 (currently sold out), boasts 294 pieces, while replaceable skins enables you to transform the model into a shark as well as other creatures. These sets “are designed to help you reconnect with your imagination and disconnect from the stress of life (and) discover the simple satisfaction of building with your hands,” according to the LEGO Forma site. Read more for another video, additional information, and the Indiegogo page.
Casio teamed up with toymaker Takara Tomy to create a special edition Transformers G-Shock watch to celebrate the 35th anniversary of G-Shock, and the 35th anniversary of the Transformers, in 2019. Available in two different models, the DW-6900TF-SET, which includes a transforming Optimus Prime figure, and G-Shock DW-6900TF-4. If you pick up the former, the chest area of Optimus can be used to house the watch. One more cool feature is that the Autobot emblem magically appears when the EL backlight is activated. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
NASA recently tested their all-new Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression Water Deluge System at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B for its new Space Launch System (SLS). This test created a giant 2-million liter (450,000 gallon) water fountain in just over a minute. “When the mobile launcher is sitting on its pad surface mount mechanisms, the rest of the Ignition Over-Pressure/Sound Suppression System is connected to the pad supply headers and the water will flow through supply piping and exit through the nozzles…[as the water subsides], it flows into the flame trench and onto the east pad surface before finding its way to the east and west holding ponds through channels, called water flumes, or off the pad surface through the water drains and trenches,” said Nick Moss, NASA’s pad deputy project manager. Read more for another video on the SLS and additional information.
Yes, the one and only DeLorean Hovercraft that we covered many times in the past, is now for sale. Just to recap, it features a styrofoam wrapped in fiberglass body, coated in metallic paint, and its 36″ thrust fan is powered by a 23-horsepower Briggs & Stratton riding mower-style engine, while a B&S push mower engine powers the second 24″ lift fan. This enables it to hover 6-8 inches over nearly any flat surface, and hit a top speed of 31 mph on water. Read more for additional pictures and a link to the auction page.
There’s Apple Watch stands, and then the Pod Case by Joyce Kang and the C.O Design Lab. Simply slide the Apple Watch Series 4 body into the silicone case and you have a miniature iPod of sorts. Unfortunately, the job wheel is just for aesthetics and doesn’t actually function, though we could see the designers integrating one that actually works via Bluetooth some time down the line, if this concept actually make it into production. Read more for additional images.
Photo credit: The Butcher Billy
Billy Butcher, a talented artist from Brazil, paid tribute to the late Stan Lee by illustrating the Marvel co-founder as various superheroes from his own comic book universe. “He was a cartoon storyteller…he became an actor in live-action series, in movies, he became the voice and face of what he created. Marvel characters are a bit more fragile—because they mostly struggle with real life issues, and their issues are always quite personal, and I always found those concepts quite relatable,” said Billy. Read more to see all the Stan Lee comic book covers.
Did you know that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was actually first released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System as Super Mario Bros. 2 on June 3, 1986? This game was developed by Nintendo R&D4, the team led by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and designed for players who wanted something more challenging than the original. Unfortunately, Nintendo of America found the title to be too difficult for its audience and instead chose to reskin the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic. Read more for a full Super Mario Brothers 2 (Japanese) playthrough.
Yes, it’s true, the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, titled “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” is set to hit theathers in 2019. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and showcases a variety of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. “The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself,” according to the synopsis. Read more for a trailer reaction video and additional information.
Photo credit: Dylan Maithonis / Antonio Guillem
For those who have no idea what the “Distracted Boyfriend meme, also known as “Man Looking at Other Woman”, is about, it’s basically a stock photo series in which a man looks at the back of a woman walking by while his significant other looks on disapprovingly. Northern California-based Photographer Dylan Maithonis decided to recreate this scene using nothing but LEGO bricks. Read more to see the entire LEGO setup, which consists of three minifigs and lots of makeshift props.
Remember when you could buy an unopened limited edition box of Pokémon The Trading Card Game: First Edition for under $100? No, you’re not alone, as one of the rare specimens recently sold for a whopping $56,000 at a Huggins & Scott Auctions. Apparently, the box “has been in the possession of our consignor since release decades ago.” Did you know that in the US, the TCG was initially published by Wizards of the Coast, but The Pokémon Company eventually took over publishing the card game in June 2003? Read more for another unboxing video of an original First Edition box and more information.