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Kapibara-san, Capybara plush toys from Japan

Japan is increasingly obsessed with capybaras, the best rodent and very likely the best animal of all time. Accordingly, there's a plush toy craze to go with it: behold Kapibara-san.

No animal is complete without its own cute character in Japan—and capybaras have Kapibara-san (link in Japanese). By one estimate, over 5,000 items (link in ...

Meet the rocket scientist who invented the Super Soaker

Lonnie Johnson, age 70, was always a maker. As a child, his experiments with rocket fuel nearly burned down his house. While in high school, Johnson was the only black student to enter the Alabama science fair; his entry, a pneumatic robot named Linex, took first prize. Johnson went on to earn engineering degrees from ...

Teddy Ruxpin participates in Trump’s impeachment trial

Got my daughter a broken Teddy Ruxpin “little bopper” off eBay, fixed it up and wired in a speaker. Unfortunately the only radio station I get good signal on is NPR so my testing just involves teddy ruxpin convulsing to the impeachment testimony pic.twitter.com/FTbwEGJEgX

— Nunzio Vuono (@nvuono) January 22, ...

New Lego International Space Station model kit

Lego fan Christophe Ruge's design for an International Space Station model was selected for production in celebration of the Lego IDEAS site's tenth anniversary. The 864-piece set also includes a NASA space shuttle, three cargo spacecraft, and two astronaut minifigures. It's $69.99 and will be available next month. From the press release:

The realistic set ...

Patent for a toy turtle operated by houseflies

In 1926, Oscar Williams of San Diego, California was granted a patent on a toy turtle operated by houseflies buzzing around inside. From patent number US1591905A, "Artificial Animal":

My invention relates to artificial animals with movable limbs and members operated by natural animals or insects and the objects of my invention are: First, to provide ...

Snag Mokuru on sale, the perfect gift for anyone who loves board games

12.17.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles, Toys Articles

TL;DR: Get your friends and family together with the Mokuru Card Game for $29.74, a 36% savings.  Over the years, board games and card games haven't seen much growth. There are infinite versions of Monopoly, but that's about where the creativit... ...

The game Operation was born as a test of desert survival skills

We all know the game Operation in which the player must conduct surgery on a curious character named Cavity Sam. As the commercial goes, "It takes a very steady hand." But as sci-tech historian Allison Marsh writes in IEEE Spectrum, Operation evolved from a very different electrified game called Death Valley that was invented ...

Best Black Friday toy deals: Where to find sales on L.O.L. Surprise! sets, Star Wars LEGOs, Xbox bundles, and more

11.30.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles, Toys Articles

No one tells you how hard it is to shop for The Youths™️ once you age out of the Toys 'R' Us catalog (RIP). Toy trends seem to change constantly, and if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, you risk looking like Steve Buscemi ... ...

Disney releases cringe-worthy Baby Yoda merch

Who could have guessed an adorable, big-eyed baby Star Wars alien would have generated a ton of demand for toys? Apparently not Disney, which today started to sell merchandise based on The Child from new Disney+ show The Mandalorian, commonly known as “Baby Yoda”. The shirts, bags, mugs, and phone cases all feel…forced, like Disney ...

Gifts for kids on sale: Barbie, Fire HD Kids Tablets, and STEM toys

TL;DR: Toys are on sale before Black Friday — save up to 48% on Fire HD Kids Edition Tablets, coding toys, L.O.L. Surprise!, Barbie, and more. Everyone has seen Jingle All the Way, right? Heartwarming movie about a dad trying to get a sol... ...