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Five ‘Fun’ Board Games About Real Disasters To Remind You We’re Completely Doomed

There are plenty of horror board games and tabletop RPGs that thrive on fantasy, whether it's helping a ghost solve its own gruesome murder in Mysterium, or helping to stop (or aid) the rise of evil gods with Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. But of course, the biggest horrors are the ones humans actually face in real life. And yes, there is a board game for each one. 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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All the Dangerous Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing With Your Fidget Spinners

Like lawn darts, nano-magnets, and slap bracelets, fidget spinners are only one stupid stunt away from becoming yet another forgotten fad. And as usual, instead of enjoying them responsibly, the internet is hard at work trying to find ways to make spinners as dangerous as playing with firecrackers. This is why we can’t have fun things. Read More >>

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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars With a Mashup of Bonkers Footage From Throughout the Years

With the 40th anniversary of Star Wars coming next week, everyone is going to celebrate in their own special way. However, one cinema in Los Angeles might have everyone else beaten with the weirdest collection of footage this side of the Outer Rim. Read More >>

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Fidget Spinners Are Good

We all fidget. We swing our headphones, we peel twigs and tear cardboard coasters, we flip pens around our thumbs and split the ends of our hair. Do we really need to explain, rationalise and lend science to the newest fidget toy? Read More >>

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New Board Game The Captain Is Dead Is All About Surviving A Sci-Fi Horror Scenario

The captain's been killed, the engines are dead, and aliens are at the front door just waiting to come in and make a bloody mess. New board game The Captain Is Dead is basically what you get when you fast-forward to the final disastrous minutes of any Alien movie. Read More >>

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An Incredibly Cool Mecha Godzilla, And More Of The Best Toys We’ve Seen This Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our roundup of the merchandise most likely to burn a hole in our wallets this week. Today we have some retro Batman action figures, a cool way to build your own LEGO Transformers, and an alarmingly adorable Xenomorph plushie. Read More >>

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Every Office Should Have Slot Cars Racing Across All the Desks

Think your office is cool and progressive because there’s a ping pong table in the corner? You’ll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone’s desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done. (Theoretically. Who could resist getting totally distracted?) 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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Live Out Your Astronaut Dreams With Lego’s Metre-Tall NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket

To this day, the Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful rocket NASA has ever blasted into space, which is perfectly reflected in Lego’s new Apollo Saturn V model. That model stands a full metre in height, with the Apollo lunar lander, lunar orbiter, and astronauts, hidden away inside. Read More >>

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The Greatest Hot Wheels Track Ever Built Ends With an Explosive Finale

Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions. Read More >>

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This Obscene £2,338 Pram Will Teach Your Kid To Drive Before They Can Walk

If there are two things every pram lacks, it’s a $3,000 (£2,338) price tag and the ability to make a child look like an unfortunate castoff from Downton Abbey. Luckily for all of us, however, a company called D.Throne has created an obscenely over-the-top electric car for kids that you can justify as an essential baby accessory, if you’re the kind of person who expels money from every orifice. Read More >>

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A Homemade Brick Blaster Makes Lego Accidents Even More Painful

Joerg Sprave, the internet’s most famous slingshot-loving amateur super villain, has found ways to weaponise everything from foam Nerf darts, to those tiny Ikea pencils. His latest troubling achievement is a custom elastic-powered blaster that can turn Lego bricks into tiny projectiles. Read More >>

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Essential Reading Before You See the Film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits UK cinemas screens on Friday, and if you want to be extra prepared for the highly anticipated sequel, there are some books you should probably stick your nose into beforehand. It's not 100 per cent necessary, but what kind of geek would you be if you didn't? So here's a list of everything you should check out, plus a few other purchases you might enjoy. Read More >>