Here Are All Our Toy Fair Gallery Links in One Place

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:14 am


Whether you've been following us on Twitter or just read this morning's Best-of list, chances are there are a whole lot of new toy reveals you haven't seen. Luckily for you, we have galleries of every picture Jim took at the show, grouped by company. So if you missed out on any of the following, just click and see.

Keep in mind not every picture is a masterpiece, and one man can't get everything. Our goal was to grab as many as possible rather than to nail all-too-few perfect shots.

All companies we covered are listed alphabetically, after the jump....

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Behold Spot, the Robot Dog Who's Not Just for Kicks

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:30 am


See Spot.

See Spot is a robot with no head. See Spot walk. See Spot run. See Spot climb stairs.

See Spot...get kicked?

Okay, yeah, it's a test to see if Spot can restabilize after getting its equilibrium forcibly adjusted, but still - kick a dog enough times and he'll bite you. Kick a robot dog enough times, your ass might be terminated one day. For now, presumably, they still have off-switches.

Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.
That's a head? Okay, so it just doesn't have a neck then.

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Weekstarter: Oculus Rift Porn, Monstrous Births, Rhino vs. Buffalo and More

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 am


Ancient sex trips for monsters, a temple to the "real" Thor, Oculus Rift porn and a few other stories you may have missed over the weekend are collected below for your enjoyment, compiled with an assist from Kyle LeClair.

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Poison Starfish vs. Reef Crabs

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm


It's like the SpongeBob movie, just with a lot more ecological destruction and annoying pinching. Begun, these Sea Star Wars have.

Today, the coral reefs...tomorrow, your inflamed, impaled foot. Or a bucket of crabs.

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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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Would Crashing Through a Wall Actually Kill the Kool-Aid Man?

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm


In trying to calculate the actual physics of a giant glass pitcher breaking through bricks, Vsauce's Jake has concluded that the wall would give way...but Kool-Aid Man would most likely die from blood loss in the process.

I say he is ignoring the obvious point that Kool-Aid Man is a T-1000. Red Kool-Aid is not his blood - it's his nanomite-filled nectar, designed to inculculate the courtship ritual of sharing drinks into young humans. Until one gives birth to Sarah Connor, at which point he'll morph into a glass stabby thing and kill her. ("Or mass-poison her and her family in Guyana..." NO. Stop right there. Jim Jones used Flavor-Aid. Get it right, bad nerds.)

Hey, it's no less logical than his existence to begin with. But you watch and decide.

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The 10 Best Nerdy Gadgets of 2014

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00 am


I've always loved being at the forefront of technology. Being an early adopter, however, has its downsides, like when you pick the wrong format, which I have frequently done. As a kid, when the other children were asking for an Atari 5200, I was begging for (and received) a Vectrex. I invested an obscene amount of money in HD-DVD which, on paper was the superior system. Then there was the time I spent $200 on a Diamond Rio, the first commercial MP3 player with its whopping 32 megs of storage, or roughly enough space for an album at low enough bit rates. Gadgets are expensive, but for nerds like me, they are ambrosia, and usually worth every penny. Nothing is quite as fun as unboxing a new toy and showing it off.

As technology improves, science fiction is quickly becoming reality. My children will never know what it's like to live in a world without touchscreens or Netflix. As sad as it is to think that they won't experience enjoying Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl full of sugary cereal or having to adjust the tracking on the VCR, they also get the privilege of experiencing technology that, for my grandparents, would have seemed like magic. As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to look back at that magic by taking a look at the ten best gadgets the year has brought us. Get your checkbooks (or Apple Pay) ready, kids: it's time to start planning for 2015's holidays.

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"Invisible Girlfriend" App Costs Less Than Bribing Someone to Pretend They Like You

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm


So many sitcom episodes just had their premises invalidated. With Invisible Girlfriend (and Boyfriend), there's an app that will text you, send photos and leave voicemails so it seems like you're in a relationship. This might be particularly useful for anyone who has to temporarily pretend not to be gay...or navigate some kind of wacky scenario in which an apartment can only be rented by couples.

Yes, yes, I know...Karen Gillan was already your invisible girlfriend. I totally believe you. Others will not. That's why there's this.

Want to be somebody else's imaginary love? Both sites let you submit selfies for use in their database, just so their photos don't look like stock models. Which could lead to really contorted hijinks if the fake date turns out to be a picture of someone your mark happens to know in real life.

via BetaBeat

Georgia Boy Born Missing an Arm Gets a Clone Trooper Replacement

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 am


Via the online networking site e-Nable, 7 year-old Liam Porter got more than he bargained for when the 501st Legion connected with the man who was 3-D printing a working Clone Trooper arm for him. Even better, because it comes with a system to slide attachments on and off, the kid can go full Trap-Jaw if he wants - although he has thus far rejected the idea of a sword, correctly noticing, as kids do, that it would have to be too rectangular to really work.

The Augusta Chronicle notes that

"because it is for a kid, that also meant having more fun with it,
"They want it to look as superhero-ish or as robotic as possible," Peterson said. "To them, it is just cool. And it actually frees us up a lot because now we can feel free to try to experiment and do different things. Like, hey, why not put a clamp on a hand? It's just a tool anyway."
To all of us, it is also cool, and that's why we advocate keeping that inner childishness alive.

I admit I have my trepidations about the "attachments" the kid will want in another ten years...

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Belfie: The Bendable Stick to Take Butt-Selfies

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm


I think I know why Mike Judge didn't push Beavis and Butt-head's comeback any further than a single season. You can't really use them to parody a culture that is nowadays fully in sync with their thought processes. Hell, somebody is actually going to make Idiocracy's Ass: The Movie if this thing is real.

I say "if" because the official site only offers a form to get information about preorders, rather than an actual online order form, so there's a chance this could be a prank. It's from the people behind a social media app called that I never heard of before, but which is available for free download.

If it's not a prank, though, how many of you will be checking out your own buttholes?

via Incredible Things