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Don't let this custom Lego crossbow give kids any ideas


Lego - Custom
Sep 14
// Emily Smalara
We tend to see a lot of awesome custom Lego models and dioramas, but weapons tend to be a bit less common. Especially when those weapons actually work. Enter Siercon and Coral, makers of the downright badass looking Viper cro...
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Celebrate May the 4th with this R2-A6 MIMOBOT


Limited to only 1,000!
May 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you're any kind of nerd then I'm sure you're well aware already what today is, otherwise I'm revoking your nerd card. It's May the 4th and Mimoco is celebrating Star Wars day in style with their new R2-A6 astromech droid m...
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LEGO NES pad is for giants only--but it works!


Lego - custom
Jan 23
// Emily Smalara
When I first heard about a working Lego Nintendo controller, I thought "Hey, this might be a fun yet rather painful way to play a game!" Well, it may indeed be both of those, but for a very different reason than I'd been expe...
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Print yourself up some tabletop fun with Pocket Dungeons


Aug 17
// Emily Smalara
One thing that rarely gets covered around these parts is the world of miniature-based gaming. True, they're not strictly toys, but being a huge roleplaying and D&D geek (yep), I love seeing what sorts of tabletop-oriented...

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This porcine Totoro protects your cash


Apr 03
// Emily Smalara
Fans of all things Studio Ghibli (and really, isn't that everyone?) are sure to love this custom painted piggy bank from artist Mariana Rojas. It's an odd, but absolutely endearing look, capturing the forest keeper's unmistak...
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Lego Antikythera replica is your new calendar


May 11
// Emily Smalara
Anyone who's a big conspiracy theory nut or just likes reading about the unexplained mysteries of the world has probably heard of the infamous Antikythera Mechanism at some point or another. Found in a shipwreck near Antikyth...
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Get some Black Rock Shooter speakers on the cheap!


May 09
// Colette Bennett
I remember sometime amidst the unending blast of new Black Rock Shooter product that I had noticed these cool little desk speakers for your iPod or laptop. While I'm betting the sound is not the best, it's hard to complain wh...
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Best way to celebrate the new season of Doctor Who: the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver


May 02
// Colette Bennett
If you are a fan of Doctor Who, and you are watching the newest season with brand shiny new 11th doctor Matt Smith, I'm sure there's one thing we can all agree on: he is an absolute badass, and the new season is amazing. Conf...
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Introducing sushi blocks, the best way to leave an office memo ever


Apr 20
// Colette Bennett
I admit, we rarely post office accessories on Tomopop except for USB flash drives, but this one was way too cool to pass up. From Japanese company nico, this is a set of four notepads which retails for ¥1,890 (US$23)...
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Skullyboom becomes BoomBotix due to trademark appeal from Skullcandy


Apr 04
// Colette Bennett
We heard from our friends at the formerly named Skullyboom that due to a claim from headphones company Skullcandy, they had to go for a name change. This can always be a difficult thing when a legal struggle ensues, so Skully...
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The Mame-cam DX is the tiniest camera you can imagine


Mar 28
// Colette Bennett
Want a fully functional camera for your ball-jointed doll to carry around? We've got a solution for you. This micro camera, called the Mame-cam DX, is probably the best thing you can get when it comes to the $99 camera range ...
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Give your iPad a proper home with the iCade


Mar 22
// Colette Bennett
I can't believe I'm about to say this, because I never thought I would, but here it is: I want an iPad. Not because I need one, mind you, as my Macbook and iPhone really do all the work I need to them do. No, the only reason ...
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Friendly panda aids in chopstick placement


Mar 19
// Emily Smalara
Any connoisseur of Japanese cuisine knows the only real way to enjoy a meal is to break out the chopsticks when appropriate. But where to sit them when not using? On a napkin? On your bowl? If you've ever run into such a dile...
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The Itazura bank line continues with a panda version


Mar 11
// Colette Bennett
You might remember way back in the middle of last year we did a video review of the original Itazura coin bank, which featured a tiny cat that emerges out of the box to retrieve the coin you place on the top of the box and va...
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So your desk needs a perk me up: How about an owl?


Mar 09
// Colette Bennett
I'm sure you've seen these before -- toys that have a little solar panel and you can place them in the sun in order to make them move. Tomy had a line of them with smiley faces and big heads called the Nohohon, and while they...
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Rabbitsmile gadget cases are the sweetest thing


Mar 09
// Colette Bennett
You'd think after three years of writing about cute things, i'd get a little tired of it, but I guess some things never get old. We actually squeaked aloud looking at this little handmade case created to hold a gadget like a ...
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Totoro no Dondoko Odori will light up your life


Feb 09
// Colette Bennett
The world is jam-packed full of Totoro merchandise, and while it may seem like it's still a novelty in the US, when I was in Japan it was everywhere. I hate to have you imagine Totoro merchandise like the stuff you see in tou...
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This Darth Vader USB hub is seriously kind of scary


Feb 07
// Colette Bennett
Hey, um, Darth? I totally get that you're the dark lord of the Sith and stuff, but do you have to look at me with the red eyes like that? It's kind of creepy. Kind of makes me not want to plug anything into you, you know.If w...
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Under the Radar: Battleship USB hub


Jan 04
// Tyler Jones
USB devices are everywhere these days. Plug in your MP3 player to sync, plug in an external hard drive to store your porn files, a controller to play some games, and pretty soon you're out of ports. Now some enterprising nerd...
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MUGO announces a slew of great new artists in their second Artist Series


Dec 06
// Colette Bennett
In our post earlier today on new offerings from The Tenebrae, we mentioned a collaboration with MUGO, who make MP3 players skinned by great designer vinyl artists. This PO! collaboration is not the only one -- MUGO has j...
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Can't afford that 5D Mark II? Make your own!


Nov 05
// Colette Bennett
I admit, I'm a pretty major camera nerd, so anything that's a cross between toys and DSLRs always gets my attention. I giggled when I caught these paper replicas of Canon classics such as the Canonflex, AE-1 and EOS...
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Keep your books organized with Uprisings by Kozyndan


Oct 28
// Emily Smalara
You might not think water is the best thing to hold your books in place, but the duo of Kozyndan is set to prove you wrong with this inspired bookend design. Being both a huge bibliophile as well as a fan of the excellent art...
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Suit up with Tony Stark's briefcase replica


Oct 18
// Emily Smalara
I've never been the biggest comic fan, yet I adore comic book movies for some reason. Like a lot of people, though, the recent Iron Man film franchise is pretty darn near the top of my list, if not in fact holding number one....
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You will bake delicious cake, puny meatbag!


Oct 06
// Emily Smalara
Taking over earth by means of tasty baked goods? That seems to be on the menu--sorry--for these little 'bots, ready to control Earth by fattening up inhabitants with their delicious cupcake filling. Like any normal mold, just...
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Beautiful vintage Leica M8 camera recreated out of Legos


Oct 05
// Colette Bennett
This is the kind of thing that kind of just makes me choke on whatever I'm drinking and yell "COOL!" at my computer screen. And yeah, that happens all the time. I look like an idiot doing it. I already know.Anyway, ...
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Be@rbrick dock gives your iDevices a stylish new display


Sep 30
// Emily Smalara
Anyone that's known me over the past couple years is probably well aware I'm not totally into the whole customizable designer collectible scene. I am, however, enamored with my little iPhone, and if I'm sitting at the compute...
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Now you can own the Canon 5D Mark II in USB form


Sep 06
// Colette Bennett
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is one of those cameras that photogeeks like me dream about. The body alone will cost you a hefty $2500, and most of us don't quite have that much to shell out in pocket cash. What's to be done? Gaze ...
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Takara Tomy's Clockman wants to be your friend


Aug 13
// Colette Bennett
How cute is he? I mean, everyone needs a friend first thing in the morning. No one wants to get up, right? Well, Clockman might be just the friend you need (although it is worth noting if you get tired of him, you technically...
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SDCC 2010: Designer vinyl meets function with Mugo


Jul 26
// Colette Bennett
There have been a lot of really cool crossovers between the world of designer vinyl and functional gadgets as of late. There's Mimobot and their great flash drives line, which has of course been around for a while, Vannen's a...
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What is the Otomatone?


Feb 22
// Colette Bennett
Giant Robot's Eric Nakamura posted about this cool gadget on his blog, and I couldn't help but find that I wanted one right away. If you are staring at it wondering what exactly it does, the easiest thing to do is hit the jum...

Tomopop Review: Rad Blaster

Feb 22 // Colette Bennett
The Rad Blaster comes in a clever little box that disguises the extras the product comes with in a cool little boom box ... box. Yeah. Anyway, I could have done without the whole "Bump this MP3 ... Playa" business, but you know, I'm not a playa. I'm just a white chick from the South. So maybe the lingo is just lost on me. As you know if you've read our fine selection of reviews in the past though, I try not to focus too long on the box. Out of the box, the Rad Blaster is roughly about three inches in length. As you can see, SubUrban went to great pains to make sure the little boom box that could had the right look right down to the buttons. Here's where the USB magic happens. You pop off that side speaker, pop this into your computer, and you've got 2GB at your disposal. However, that's more or less the least of what this neat little device does. To get the stamp of approval, I asked Genji to come in and test it out.He kind of seemed like he wanted to take it away from me once I handed it over -- look at that face! -- but I chose to take the road of risk and trust him with it. I had a feeling once he got the music going, he'd ease up. And sure enough, I was right. Well, looking good there, Genji. Classic boom box on the shoulder there. That leads me to my next thing though -- for being such a tiny device, the Rad Blaster actually sounds pretty damn good. If you had this in  your bag and wanted to play a song for someone without having to share headphones, you could definitely do so and not be humiliated about sound quality.Oh, wow, Apparently Genji's seen "Say Anything". Are you playing some Peter Gabriel classics there, Genji? I think you can usually get the girl that way. Well, maybe if you're John Cusack. So Genji ... can I get that back? I'd like to listen to something on it... Oh. Fine. Well, I guess I was wrong about him giving it back. I don't fight with a dude that has a face like that. He might try to knife me.At $59.99, the Rad Blaster presents a pretty unique product that serves a good handful of purposes. It stores stuff, it plays music, you can record into it, and it even comes with a little OLED screen that you can use to interact with the features.  If you're in a fashionable mode, you can even attach a little chain to it (it comes with this piece) and rock it as a necklace. Fashion AND functionality? Come on .. that's the way of the future! Not to mention that now your toys can even have their own music accessory. I think I might have made this guy crack a smile for the first time in years...
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A couple of months ago, we got wind of a really cool little new USB device called the Rad Blaster. SubUrban Toys created this little device which not only can be loaded up with your personal files, but also actually plays MP3...

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Transformers Device Label coming to the United States courtesy of Toshiba


Jan 15
// Jonathan Tubbs
Back in April of last year, TakaraTomy announced Transformers tech gadgets that would function as actual USB devices with your computer. The project kept getting delayed time and time again until they were finally released in...
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Rad Blasters combine your USB and music needs into one


Dec 18
// Colette Bennett
I love weird USB drives, and Lord knows we've posted our fair share of them here on Tomopop. This morning, I got an email about a new one that puts on a spin on the usual USB stick modeled after a trendy-looking item: not onl...
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The Batman Returns speargun replica: Why can't we have nice (Batman) things?


Dec 11
// Jason Millward
It's not made out of pleather. It doesn't have gaudy gold snaps. It comes on a pretty cool, light-up base. It's molded from the original prop used in Tim Burton's incredibly underrated Bat-sequel. So why is the Batman Returns...
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Better late than never: Transformers Device Label USB Flash Drives


Oct 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
TakaraTomy seem to be a bit behind for their originally planned release date on their Transformers Device Label USB Flash drives. As the title says, better late than never, right? The 2GB Flash drives are from the same mold a...
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See more of your figures with the DorisII by TECO Style


Oct 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
It annoys me having to look at my figures from the same angle day in and day out. My figures offer plenty of visual pleasure from all kinds of angles but it's so frustrating adjusting them all the time to only get bored with...
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New Street Fighter IV cell phone straps let you take your shoryukens on the road


Sep 29
// Jason Millward
For decades, my most effective stress reliever has been Street Fighter. When everything seems like it's crashing down on me, firing up the SNES and smacking some bizzos calms me down post haste. Sadly, this only helps when at...

Tomopop Interview: ImaginaryThomas

Sep 11 // Jason Millward
Tomopop: This whole art gig is a relatively recent thing for you. How did you get into it?Thomas: I started about 2 years ago as sort of a "bettering myself" thing. Since I'm a programmer by trade I don't get to flex my creative muscles in my work environment. In an effort to keep them from atrophy I decided to draw, which lead to me branching out into a bunch of different areas.There's also a store downtown called Active Surplus -which is basically a junk store. surplus hardware and miscellanea- and I fell in love with it. I'd walk up and down the aisles just picking up random things. That's how I got into the toy building.Tomopop: Is that how it began? Did the found art creations come first?Thomas: The drawing and paper collages came first and I took the collage mentality to junk and went from there.Tomopop: You've got a lot of different media styles on display at your site: stuffed toys, metal robots, photography, sculpture. How did that all evolve, especially over a relatively short period of time?Thomas: Hah, I never really noticed. Probably due to my personality. I like to try and dip my toes in everything. Some days I'll crank out a papercraft overnight. others I'd be happier just coding something. I kind of work with my mood which is why some projects take months to complete. I have to wait for that same mood to come back around again, haha.I'm very mentally disorganized.Tomopop: That's awesome. I can relate.Thomas: Glad I'm not the only one!Tomopop: Not at all! Are there artists that have influenced your work, or the types of pieces that you work on?Thomas: I don't have many specific artists I draw inspiration from; more from specific pieces. I love going to book stores and leafing through art books, mostly graffiti books, and just get inspired. I do however love the works of Derek Yu, Brian Lee O'Malley as visual artists. For non-visual inspiration, I admire Author Italo Calvino. I found him about a year ago and I'm reading everything by him that I can find. He writes in this fantastic-realism style that I too like to use. Hajime Ueda and Jamie Hewlett.Oh! Genndy Tartakovsky, too.Tomopop: You credited Italo Calvino, in particular, as inspiration for one of your paper crafts, The distance to the moon. I really want to track down that story, now. The distance to the moon"Inspired by Italo Calvino’s story of the same name.Based on the theory that the moon is progressivly moving farther away from earth at ~3cm/year. Calvino writes of a time when the moon was close and folks would take a boat out when the moon was full and would climb a ladder to the moon and collect it’s cheese. The main character, ’Qwfwq’, falls in love with the captains wife and tries to get left behind on the moon with her."Thomas: It's in a collection called Cosmicomics. Brilliant, brilliant read.(We geek out about Tartakovsky's Clone Wars for a bit, before moving on to talking about his favorite places.)Thomas: Really my favourite place is probably my work desk. I've got all my tools, junk, paper pens and what have you all within arms reach. It's cramped and I love it. Outside of that probably the surplus store, haha.Tomopop: Right on. And your favorites of the art that you've created? Which ones stand out in your mind?Thomas: Oooh, good question. Probably, Once upon a whale. It was also the first piece I sold. Reluctantly. Once upon a whaleThomas: It just came to me when i was doodling and I loved the way it all came together.Tomopop: I'm amazed because of all of the different mediums that you're into, I find that there's so much to enjoy. Your site is very huge and I've spent at least an hour or more going through it. And it's all so varied. It's hard to believe that it only represents 2 years of work.The masked men from the woods is a perfect example. It's one of my favorites.Thomas: I love the mask, too! It was just on a whim. I went out and got some sticks from around our building and just went for it. I'd like to do something in that style again soon.The masked men from the woodsTomopop: Tell me about your creative process? Can you walk me through how you go from idea to finished piece?Thomas: A lot of my ideas come from the bored at work doodling in the margins. Other times inspiration comes from just staring off while on the subway or someplace and just letting my mind wander. As corny as it sounds I'm a real advocate for imagination and just letting your mind run. You'd be amazed where it goes.Tomopop: How much time do you spend creating, say, in an average month?Thomas: Most of my time, actually. Most of my friends are back home so I don't go out too much. I just feel really relaxed when I'm creating. Even if it's just doodling idly while watching TV. I often joked that I was their "imaginary friend" since I was never around which is where I got my pseudonym from.Tomopop: That is awesome. I like that. In terms of the more sculpture based items, when you're creating those is there always a plan? Do you sketch them out in detail, or just put them together as you think should work as you go along?ImaginaryThomas: I'll often start pulling things out of my junk drawers at random and kind of force the creative process. Take one thing and rotate it and wonder "what could this be?" from there I find other pieces that fit around it swaping one part for another until I feel it's the best possible composition. I rarely have a plan going into it because I'm at the mercy of the junk I have. If I don't have a specific part I can't do much about it. Tomopop: Where can we get a hold of your art? Do you do gallery shows? Do you have an online store?Thomas: I haven't done a show yet but I would love to. I really need to hold on to some of my stuff though. I sell a lot of it online or to friends. I love creating but It's a small apartment so I can't keep it all and I love being able to pass something I've made onto someone else. It's a great feeling. One thing I sold was actually as an engagement gift for someone's fiancé. I felt really special to have made something someone would give for that occasion.Tomopop: Alright, sir! Thanks so much for your time.Thomas: Thanks again, my friend.ImaginaryThomas' art can be seen on his website with many items available for purchase at his Etsy Shop. He is available for commissions and can be contacted through his website imaginarythomas.com.
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ImaginaryThomas is a man of many talents and a seemingly unlimited amount of imagination. He's a creator of toys and art that transcend any single medium. It would seem that if he can dream something, he will make it a realit...

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[UPDATED] New Sideshow Collectibles items up for pre-order next week are a film geek's dream


Sep 04
// Jason Millward
Today, Sideshow Collectibles released teaser images of products that will be available to pre-order on September 10th. A few of these are speaking directly to the geek in me (which, let's face it, comprises nearly 87% of my t...
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Custom Delights: Harrison Krix and his Daft Punk replica helmet


Aug 07
// Bryan Coffee
Harrison Krix, who you may know as the awesome dude who gave the Dtoid Robot a makeover earlier this year, is a really rad guy who knows his way around a workbench. In between being awesome and being rad, he somehow has time ...

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