The soon to be released LEGO Star Wars Slave Ship ($199) is made from a whopping 2000 lego pieces. Sure to be a challenge for young and old alike. The completed model measures 7"H x 17"L x 14"W in landing mode and comes with 4 minifigures with weapons including: Boba Fett, Bespin Guard, Stormtropper, and Han Solo in carbonite. Additional features include a rotating cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode, dual shooters and hidden blasters, and a display stand to show off your finished work in the characteristic upright flight position. Lego is expected to start shipping these kits after the holidays on January 15th.
The Pad & Quill Field Bag ($329) will be your go to everyday carry pack. The pack comes in at 11" W x 14" H x 2.3" D, is the right size for all of your essentials, and can even fit up to a 15" MacBook Pro. Designed vertically, it has a multi-pocket interior, and is handmade in the U.S. from Full-grain American cowhide leather, 18oz twill woven waxed canvas, parachute-grade nylon stitching, and nickel hardware. This guy is so well made that it comes with a 25 year warranty. So you can even hand it down to your kids and still have it covered.
This isn't you Grand Dad's credenza. Add a little glam to your home with The Rockstar Whiskey Bar ($CALL). The Rockstar is hand made in the UK and is available in American Black Walnut or Blackened Ash with either a Grey Berry Silk or Black Leather back panel. On the left of the bar is a brass light fixture with a heat cage for protection. Each bar is made to order so allow eight to twelve weeks for delivery.(more…)
Well someone has finally gone and done it and created a fully operational jetpack. Last week Jetpack Aviation unveiled it's JB-9 Jetpack ($TBA). If you were in New York at the time, you could have seen David Mayman lift off from a boat and fly around the statue of liberty.The JB-9 runs off of kerosene and can carry about 10 gallons of fuel. According to David this will give you about 10 minutes of flight. Additional specs include a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet, and a top speed of 100 miles per hour.The JB-9 is small enough to fit in the backseat of your car so you could, in theory, take it anywhere. The current jetpack is the first one they fill meets most consumer requirements. Future updates will include auto stability systems, longer flight times, and a rapid deployment parachute system. Now it'll be interesting to see, which goes into mass use first, a flying car or a jetpack.
The Book of 'Unnecessary' Quotation Marks ($12) takes your from the suggestive to the sarcastic, and shows you quotation marks doing what we love them to do best; wreaking havoc on the English language. Who would have second thoughts about ordering that "hamburger" on the menu at the diner or wondering what the hidden price is for that item advertised as being "free"? From the creator of the hugely popular "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks "blog", this book surveys the havoc caused by those stupid quotation marks on menus, signs, posters, placards and leave reality suspended by those supposed "facts". This is a smarty-pants guide, made no mistake about that, and is perfect for those who habitually "air quote", grammar police or anyone who just wants a darned good laugh.
In this volume, Things Come Apart ($21) brings us unique and inspiring photographs which capture the electronic and mechanical objects from both past and present in a broken down and meticulously arranged format. This is Todd McLellan's unique photographic vision of our material world and covers 50 design classics. These are first arranged by size and then by their intricacy, and they are quite beautifully displayed. We see them piece by piece, as well as exploding in midair and then dissected in frame by frame, real time video stills. We see through this book the inner workings of many of the most iconic designs in the world.