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MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

MTS briefcase doubles as weapon-proof personal shield

You never know when you're going to need to unleash your inner Rambo, and having the right equipment on hand is probably essential to make sure it ends well. You could carry a metal shield around everywhere and claim it's a hipster umbrella, but if that's not quite subtle enough for your needs, there's the MTS briefcase, which looks like a good alternative. It's a briefcase during the 9 to 5, but when the time comes it transforms into a personal (nearly) weapons-proof shield.

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Cuddle Clones are Stuffed Replicas of your Pet

Cuddle Clones are Stuffed Replicas of your Pet

People really love their pets and sometimes they want to immortalize said pet in some way. A company called Cuddle Clones will make you a stuffed replica of your pet that you can hug and hold long after the pet is gone. It’s a little strange, but far better than having the actual pet stuffed to keep forever.

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Robotic jellyfish: a modern twist for your fish tank

Robotic jellyfish: a modern twist for your fish tank

Fish tanks are pleasant to have around, but they're a decent amount of work, and no matter how much effort you put into it, those little fish are going to go belly up at some point. Fortunately, we live in an age where there's an alternative -- in this case, a robotic alternative. It's a robot jellyfish from Hexbug, and it looks surprisingly like a real jellyfish (only, you know, with mechanical parts and unnatural colors). This 'pet' runs on batteries and swims just like the real thing.

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Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Believe it or not, you won't actually need a View-Master to view the content Google is presenting this week. The View-Master device is just a box with a magnetic switch - just like Google Cardboard. To "view" a View-Master reel - like the "reels" you remember from the original View-Master, you'll need only your smartphone. To view these reels correctly, you'll need a Google Cardboard headset - and that doesn't need to be manufactured by Mattel. The View-Master headset just makes everything easier to understand visually.

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Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

Behold, Furbacca: the Furby Chewbacca

The very first licensed Furby toy in the history of Hasbro's Furby lineup is, appropriately, from Star Wars. Furbacca, he's called, and he's part of Hasbro's return to the market with the Furby brand. Chewbacca's visage might be slightly less recognizable than your average licensed Star Wars collectible or toy - coming with the standard yellow beak of the Furby rather than his own furry set of chompers. Is this a one-off, or is this the start of something great for Hasbro's strange, speaking electronic friend collection?

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Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Blending Buckyballs make for a nice but dangerous light show

Small, spherical Neodynium magnets, more popular by their commercial name "Buckyballs", have been declared illegal last year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because of the danger they pose to children. To commemorate the commercial death, at least officially, of the hot geek product, as well as to dispose of it, Blendtec saw it fit to make the balls rest in pieces by putting it inside one of their blenders. Will it blend? Yes it does, somewhat. But it produces more than rubbish too.

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Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Buy the original, 47-year-old Star Trek phaser for $60k

Star Wars may have those sweet lightsaber weapons, but Star Trek will always have phasers, which are… kind of cool? Well, never mind that, if you're a big fan of the original Star Trek TV series, you better get yourself to Los Angeles quick, as an original prop phaser is going to be auctioned, and it's expected to sell for at least $60,000. Now 47 years old, the phaser was used by William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, and is one of only two that still exist.

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X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

If you're a big Star Wars fan with young children, get ready, you're going to find this incredibly adorable and then want one for your own kid. A craftsman from New Zealand who builds wooden toys has constructed a rocker in the design of a X-wing fighter, paired with its own R2-D2 figure. While Steve Coupe has been building toys for some 25 years, this master piece is a one-of-a-kind that is meant to raise money for a children's hospital.

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LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

This week the folks at LEGO Ideas have made their next couple of sets known. These are sets originally created by fans of the LEGO universe who've submitted ideas for judgement by the public. Once the public votes and a certain number of positive votes are counted, the product goes to LEGO for judgement - these two newest sets have made it through to production. They include a learning "Birds" set and a set based on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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Keaton-era Batman batarangs include LED display

Keaton-era Batman batarangs include LED display

Can't get enough movie props? Hollywood Collectibles Group has rolled out a limited supply of batarangs from the Michael Keaton-era Batman movies, one of which includes an LED display as seen in Batman Returns. They're sent in a case for display in your collection, but there's no shame in taking one out and letting it fly.

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