Described by its creator as being “as much of an art form as it is a toy”, the Paper Punk is actually a paper toy kit. I straightaway could see myself my daughter having a ball of a time with it and I’ve pledged a bit of money to it. Read more about it at the Paper Punk Kickstarter page and chip in if you can.
Remember Yum Yum, the guys who did that hilarious Parallel Parking video? They now have some fantastic toy designs called Heroes and Villains* which they’re trying to produce soon. The toys look wicked – rhese guys are insanely talented.
If the Crazy Cat Lady action figure was around when I was a kid, she would have defeated the G.I Joes and killed off the heroic Autobots. While that particular cat-astrophe may have been averted, the world still remains in danger unless the Sky Diving Sigmund Freud action figure comes to our rescue and questions her about her mother. Or maybe the Shakespeare action figure will bom-Bard her with his quill and destroy her. If all that fails, then the Lunch Lady action figure will come to save all of mankind by shoving her food scoop very, very far up the Cat Lady’s mastermind pussy, thus ending the reign of evil brought on by cats.
And they all lived happily ever after but wished poor, tasteless and juvenile fan fiction didn’t exist.
That’s the philosophy behind the manufacture of the toys at Auditorium Toy Company. Simple designs, unerring craftsmanship and the sense of immense pride in their work make these toys quite something. Paraphrasing the Patek Philippe brand advertising tagline, these are not things you own – you merely look after it for the next generation.
It’s a pathetic 2GB capacity drive but I am completely willing to overlook it for that transforming ability!
Three-dimensional plastic building bricks with graphics, the Block & Blockele toy looks like hours and hours of fun for any kid (or the kid at heart).
Amazon Japan has limited edition robot toys made from Amazon shipping boxes for sale at ¥1,000 (about S$15). An authorised customization of the original Revoltech Danboard cardboard robots, the Amazon robots, like the originals, also have a button on the left side of the head which lights up the eyes. Unlike the original toy, I am not sure if this box robot’s can be taken off to reveal any hidden identity — maybe it’d reveal a Japanese looking Jeff Bezos?
Let’s get one thing out of the way – this sweet F1 car steering wheel is a replica that is meant to be displayed on a shelf, not mounted in your car. These are handmade steering wheels from the Mclaren Mercedes, Ferrari, BMW and Red Bull Racing teams but they do jack shit. They cost £1,250 (about S$3,300 which can give me about 40 full tanks of petrol on my car with today’s prices) but you cannot use it in any productive manner whatsoever.
They just sit there.