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A Brilliant Toy Hacker Turned the G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

If you grew up in the ‘80s watching G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Action Force) and playing with the toys, you undoubtedly remember the Rattler, Cobra’s workhorse fighter plane. The original toy version was powered by imagination, but Adam Woodworth’s upgraded version—which actually flies—is instead powered by servos and ducted fan engines. Read More >>

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Hot Wheels Made a Real-Life Version of Rocket League With Tiny RC Cars

With Rocket League having already arrived on the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix and Mattel have teamed up to create the second most portable version of the game. The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals set brings Rocket League into the real world with a pair of tiny RC cars you use to knock a giant ball into your opponent’s net. Read More >>

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Someone Please Find a Toy Company to Make This Leaping, Rocket-Powered RC Car

Toymakers are always on the hunt for a fad or unique feature that will have parents fighting over their products come Christmas time. So if there are any toymakers reading this, the hot toy for the 2018 holidays will obviously be remote control cars outfitted with rocket engines helping them make the sickest of jumps. Read More >>

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Your Favorite Childhood Lego Set Has Been Turned Into a Flying RC Toy

Kids and space ships go hand in hand, which is why so many of us fondly remember Lego set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch, released 27 years ago. Last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of Lego’s shuttle that could fly indoors, but now he’s created a larger version that can soar through the sky like an RC plane. Read More >>

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Guy Upgrades Toy Firetruck To Start Blazes Instead of Putting Them Out

If you’re going to call something a firetruck, should its sole purpose really be to extinguish flames? That’s like a food truck driving around and disposing of people’s lunches. It just doesn’t make any sense, which is why YouTube’s PeterSripol upgraded a toy firetruck with a functional flamethrower so that at least one the vehicles can finally live up to its name. Read More >>

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Sphero’s New Lightning McQueen Makes Me Excited For the Future of Robotic Toys

I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero’s new Cars toy. My colleagues hate the way the robot announces it’s going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They’re also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up in trying to understand Pixar’s Cars world to realise that they’re playing with the incredible future of robotic toys. Read More >>

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An Aerospace Engineer Turned a Classic Lego Set Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old Lego set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound Lego’s design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it. Read More >>

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How to Build a Remote Control for a Bulldog 

As far as needlessly complex and useless gadgets go, there’s nothing better than a mechanical backpack that moves a wiener in different directions in order to get a bulldog to do your bidding. Read More >>

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An RC Toy Looks Like a Hollywood Stunt Car in Super Slow Motion

It’s one of the oldest tricks in Hollywood: if you want a tiny model to look like a full-size vehicle, you just need to film it with a high speed camera. As The Slow Mo Guys demonstrate in their latest round of experiments, a couple of Traxxas XO-1 RC cars suddenly look like there’s a Hollywood stuntperson behind the wheel when filmed doing stunts at 1,000 frames per second. [YouTube] Read More >>

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Giant 15-Foot-Wide RC Plane Weighs Less Than a Pound

Looking more like the tiny single-prop planes that amateur pilots fly, this massive replica of an Airbus A-320 airliner is actually a remote control plane with a wingspan of almost 16 feet. What’s more impressive is that it weighs less than a pound and flies slow enough that it can be piloted indoors. Read More >>

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Watch a Gigantic RC Fighter Jet Tragically Disintegrate in Mid-Air

RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a £200 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 26-feet long and weighing over 100kg , simply disintegrated in mid-air. Read More >>

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Got an Empty Attic? Here’s a Clever Way To Hide Your Flatscreen TV

They’re nowhere near as huge as the CRT and rear-projection TVs many of us grew up with, but a sizeable flatscreen can still take up quite a bit of space in a room—unless you find some clever way to make it disappear at the push of a button. Read More >>

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Fully Functional Mobile Crane Shames Everything You’ve Ever Built From Lego

Do you remember how proud you were the first time you built something with Lego — without instructions — that other people could recognise? We’re sorry to say it was probably complete crap compared to ShineYu’s fully functional, remote-controlled Liebherr LTM 1350 all-terrain crane model. Read More >>

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The Pilot of This Camera Drone Has Mad Skills

Watching this footage of talented RC pilots making their planes perform amazing stunts is made all the more impressive when you stop to think about the skills needed to capture these impossible mid-air closeups. Read More >>