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 |  Aug 24 2011, 2:45 PM

In a world filled with mostly useless, annoying toys that don’t challenge the mind, LEGO is an exception.

The Danish company has been making toys out of interlocking building blocks since 1949, and they cater to different skill sets based on their models.

If you played with LEGO when you were growing up, their new model might take you back into their store. It is a 1:12 scale model of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and it’s their latest addition to their TECHNIC line.

This model has 2000 pieces and is fully functional. It has a working winch, optional snowplough, suspension, differentials, a four-wheel drive system and even working pistons!

The TECHNIC Unimog was built with full co-operation from Mercedes-Benz, which wanted to celebrate this work trucks 60th anniversary.

Look for it in at your local LEGO store soon. Based on European prices, it should cost you $255, which is a bargain for something that will make you feel like a kid again.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 2:45 PM

Get ready for the next generation of radio control cars. Hot Wheel’s Nitro Speeders will be hitting store shelves this fall and tearing up a sidewalk near you.

The newest generation of micro radio controlled vehicles, Nitro Speeders were launched at this year’s New York Toy Fair. Measuring in at less than 1 3/4-inches long (1/87th scale),  they can reach speeds of  8.3 mph. Thanks to the Nitro Speeder’s lightning speed and precise responsiveness, they can tackle vertical loops and can be driven on standard orange Hot Wheels stunt tracks.

Great fun for kids of any age, Nitro Speeders come in its own carrying case (which also pulls triple duty as the remote control and a charger) and that fits right in your pocket. They will be available in Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta for around $21.50. If you want to see them in action, watch the video after the jump.

[Source: Oh Gizmo!]

 

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 |  Oct 07 2010, 8:44 PM

Remember that little red wagon your mom used to pull you around in as a kid? Well, it’s been pimped out and is cool enough to take out for a spin now that you’re an adult.

The brainchild of Toby Hall, this Red Radio Flyer wagon was the result of watching a Home Improvement episode (starring Tim Allen).

This particular wagon was built on a full custom tube frame that gets its juice from a VW 1641 cc flat-four mill with a turbo off of a Renault 5. Because it’s so lightweight, this turbo wagons is going to be able to catch some serious speed, so fly down hills at your own risk (and remember, if you fall out and skin your knees, you’re too old to have your mom come over and kiss them better).

And this model still comes with a big silver handle out front. So, you can use it as a fully functional tow handle if the wagon is being towed by another vehicle (is this really a good idea?) or a simple hand pull if you run out of gas and need to tow it to the nearest service station.

[Source: Ride Lust]