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PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go

PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go

For those of you who haven't heard about it, PowerUp makes smartphone-controlled paper airplanes. They're relatively inexpensive, with a basic PowerUp 3.0 costing $24.99, and they work pretty well
Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

Tamagotchi will return next month with six miniature designs

It may not seem like so much time has passed, but the venerable Tamagotchi turns 20 this year (in the US, that is), and to mark the occasion Bandai Namco will release a special miniature version of
Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

Qoobo is a “therapeutic” pillow with a wagging cat tail

There are many theories on things that make humans happy. Some swear by scents, others with touch. This latest thing to come from Japan would have us believe that our worries can be swept away by the
Mattel Pulls Aristotle Children’s Device After Privacy Concerns

Mattel Pulls Aristotle Children’s Device After Privacy Concerns

Mattel’s Aristotle device was intended to be used in children’s rooms.
Eye Strain Is a Small Price to Pay For Having My Own Tiny Video Game Arcade

Eye Strain Is a Small Price to Pay For Having My Own Tiny Video Game Arcade

The smartphone in your pocket can perfectly emulate any video game from the ‘80s, but not the experience of crowding around a cabinet at an arcade, waiting to try the latest hit game. Fortunately, if
New York Comic Con: Check out the snazziest new toys and collectibles

New York Comic Con: Check out the snazziest new toys and collectibles

It's impossible to see everything at New York Comic Con no matter how hard you try because there's so much to catch. Luckily, there are fans all over the place at NYCC with cameras at the ready and
New Hatchimals Make Their Debut—and Your Kids Already Want Them
Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to life

Sphero’s R2-D2 is getting an Imperial counterpart, with a limited-edition R2-Q5 joining the remote-control lineup. Expected to be a hit at NY Comic Con when it goes on sale from today, the R2-Q5 is
Calm Down With These Stress-Free, Non-Violent Video Games

Calm Down With These Stress-Free, Non-Violent Video Games

Inspired by games from the 2016 Self-Care Jam (which Kotaku mined for favorites), MetaFilter users recently named their favorite calming video games. Some will be familiar, but others are deep cuts by
Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Seedling’s Parker teddy bear uses AR to teach kids caregiving

Your teddy bear doesn’t need to be a (sometimes freaky) robot to be cool and hi-tech. It just needs an iPad or an iPhone. And maybe some imagination. Well, actually, you and your kid will need those
What You Can Learn From This Modern Old-Fashioned Toy Company

What You Can Learn From This Modern Old-Fashioned Toy Company

By focusing on it vision, Candylabs, which makes wooden toy cars, has been profitable from its start and has seen 40 percent year-over-year growth.
15 New York Comic Con exclusives well worth fighting a zombie horde for

15 New York Comic Con exclusives well worth fighting a zombie horde for

Cons are awesome, in and of themselves. Any argument against that is invalid. What makes them all the more awesome, though, are all the exclusives that you never even knew you needed, like
Shovel More Coal Into That Nostalgia Train With $12 Light-Up Mario Statues

Shovel More Coal Into That Nostalgia Train With $12 Light-Up Mario Statues

PDP’s Pixel Pals light-up pixel art sculptures make great desk toys, and three different version of Mario are $3 off today. Each one is about 6" tall, and you’ll need to run them off a pair of AAA
Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero Mini brings spherical robot under fifty bucks

Sphero’s attentions may have been on Star Wars lately, and its incredible R2-D2 robot, but the company still found time to make a new ‘bot of its own, Sphero Mini. Condensing much of what makes its
Sphero Mini is coming soon, according to briefly live Play Store app listing

Sphero Mini is coming soon, according to briefly live Play Store app listing

Even if you're not that familiar with the original Sphero remote control ball, you've probably seen the more recently released Star Wars tie-ins, such as R2-D2 and BB-8, or Lightning McQueen of Cars

Where It’s Made: Visit a Lego Factory

Step inside a factory that makes the bricks for your favorite Lego toys in this 360° tour.
Digitally Savvy Mattel CEO Tries To Revive Hot Wheels and Barbie

Digitally Savvy Mattel CEO Tries To Revive Hot Wheels and Barbie

Do old-fashioned toys really need computer chips to sell?
Digitally Savvy Mattel CEO Tries To Revive Hot Wheels and Barbie

Digitally Savvy Mattel CEO Tries To Revive Hot Wheels and Barbie

Do old-fashioned toys really need computer chips to sell?
This LEGO Ninjago Movie ship is epic: behold the Golden Banana

This LEGO Ninjago Movie ship is epic: behold the Golden Banana

This is the Destiny’s Bounty, and it’s arrived at SlashGear just in time for The Ninjago Movie premiere. The Ninjago Movie is coming to theaters in the United States this weekend, and this ship aims
Big-Headed Master Chief And Locke Say Hey

Big-Headed Master Chief And Locke Say Hey

Just in time for next week’s 10th anniversary of Halo 3: Live Halo Or Die Trying, the folks at gaming gear makers Jinx have launched a new line of official Halo clothes and things. Things like these