Zack sends us "A look at some wild and often highly-collectible knockoffs, including several things you can't unsee, and a piece that combines Thomas the Tank Engine with giant 'combiner' Transformer sets such as Devastator. I want two of those."
Bootlegs. Counterfeits. Knockoffs. They’re the bane of any toy manufacturer, but a source of pure delight to the jaded collector. Their affordability, availability, and aesthetic all intersect into what might be the perfect toy. I know, that’s a crazy statement. “Perfect” is a pretty subjective term, it turns out; however, I’m going make the case for bootlegs, knockoffs, whatever you wanna call ‘em. We’re gonna look, laugh, and maybe learn somethin’ before we’re done. Hold onto your Pop Rocks, kids, we’re goin’ in!
The Wild World of Bootleg Toys
5 years ago, Boing Boing described James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood as “a jaw-dropping tour de force history of information theory… The Information isn’t just a natural history of a powerful idea; it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes (as Dawkins has it), and […]
Etsy seller Chet Phillips sells his amazing science-fiction/vintage Japanese matchbox art remixes as 5″x7″ signed prints with mats and backing boards at $12 each. (via Kadrey)
Hinterland’s Pink Sea Urchin Jellyfish are a $13 set of three air plants (Oxacana, Scaposa, Medusa) set in 2-3.5″ sea-urchin shells that you hang in a way that simulates jellyfish — keep ’em misted and they’ll remain jauntily decorative! (via Interesting Finds)
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]
You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code at home for less than it costs to go out for dinner. I was particularly impressed with this new 2017 bundle because it includes courses on […]