Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna

“Cutting the cord” is a big buzz word in the entertainment industry right now. People are cutting off their satellite and cable subscription in favor of using streaming services like Netflix and Hulu in order to save money. By adding … (More)


Here’s another cool iPad thing for kids. Osmo is a system consisting of an iPad stand (which works with pretty much any iPad but the original model) and a mirror attachment that fits over the iPad’s front-facing camera to redirect … (More)

A Visual History of the LEGO Minifigure

If you’re an avid LEGO “minifig” collector, if you recently developed an interest after seeing The LEGO Movie, or if you’re just a kid who never grew up, then you’ll definitely want to check out LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: … (More)


From the department of things that are both tools and toys: ToolChess is a handsome, handmade chess set with pieces fashioned from everyday nuts and bolts. The sets are crafted by a father-son duo, and the proceeds help sponsor kids … (More)

Cardboard Rocket

I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love playing with cardboard boxes. A lot of them also appreciate rocket ships, so the Cardboard Rocket would make an awesome gift for them. Obviously you could make your own rocket ship … (More)

Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit

I’ve always been kind of a sucker for geeky kid stuff. I grew up watching shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman’s World, and of course I had one of those Creepy Crawlers bug-maker kits. Now that I’m … (More)


Learning how to play guitar is something I’ve always wanted to do, but like so many skills, getting started from scratch seems daunting. The gTar (pronounced with a soft ‘g‘) aims to make this part of the experience a lot … (More)

LEGO Builder Case for iPhone 5

It’s no secret that I love LEGO stuff. I have kits stashed all over the place, with a giant box of the toys in the attic, waiting for my kids to get a little bit older. Belkin’s LEGO Builder Case … (More)

3-Man Chess Set

Chess, traditionally played between two people, is an ancient and treasured pastime. That doesn’t mean we can’t mix it up a bit, though. Enter the 3-Man Chess set, which introduces some fascinating mechanics and strategy, even making it feasible for … (More)

Syma Indoor Co-Axial R/C Helicopter

I’m a big believer in office toys, and the Syma 3 Channel S107/S107G Mini Indoor Co-Axial R/C Helicopter w/ Gyro is the funniest one I’ve ever had. With a range of about thirty feet, this mini helicopter is great for … (More)

Wind-up, Drum-Playing Robot

Lots of people have a love for vintage tin toys, and this drum-playing robot would be a great addition to any robot-guarded bookshelf or desk. You can pick this little guy up on Etsy for $18.

Silverlit Bluetooth Porsche

The Silverlit Bluetooth Porsche remote control car lets you use your iOS device as a controller, with gesture control, force feedback and sound effects. The remote app is free, while the car itself is $66 from Amazon. Riding in style … (More)

We’re Giving Away a Glif and a Pack of Field Notes

To one lucky reader, we’re giving away a Glif tripod mount and stand for your iPhone 5 and a brand-new 3-pack of Traveling Salesman Edition Field Notes. How to enter: Follow the Tools & Toys Twitter account Send us a … (More)

Wood-Carved Lego Dudes

If you’re looking for a more mature toy for the Lego-lover in your life, these hand-crafted, larger-than-life wooden Lego mini-figs looks just downright awesome. Each toy is unique, and numbered under the feet of the character. They come in a … (More)

20th Anniversary Macintosh

The 20th Anniversary Macintosh was released in 1997 in celebration of the company’s 20th birthday. Apple manufactured 12,000 TAMs, with a release run of 11,601. The remaining 399 were kept by Apple for use as spare parts. The company was … (More)

Rover 2.0 App-Controlled Wireless Spy Tank

The Rover 2.0 Wireless Spy Tank is smartphone-controlled tank armed with a camera, speakers, microphone, infrared and regular headlights that’s able navigate up to 200 feet away. This is due to the fact that unlike some devices that use Bluetooth … (More)

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter

The Parrot AR.Drone is not the remote control helicopter you got your nephew for his birthday. This thing is piloted with an iOS or Android device, stream 720p high-definition live video, has built-in Wi-Fi, accelerometer and gyroscope, and has a … (More)

LEGO 6-Case Workstation and Storage Unit

Most of us nerds have some LEGO around the house, dating back from our childhood. Mine are in a giant tub in the attic. After finding today’s item, I’m ashamed of how I am storing them until my kids are … (More)

Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set

As a kid, I always enjoyed model rocketry. Getting to build something with your dad then launch it in to the sky is hard to beat. The Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set is a great way to get started. For … (More)

LEGO Batman: The Batmobile Ultimate Collectors’ Edition

Just because it’s recommended for ages 10 – 14 years, doesn’t mean grown men can’t also buy a box of LEGOs. This ultimate collector’s edition of the Batmobile is like the cousin to the ride in Tim Burton’s Batman films. … (More)

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