Little Kids Demonstrating Their Very Impressive Transformer Costumes

May 21, 2018

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This is a video of three young kids demonstrating their surprisingly impressive Transformer costumes. In the mix are Optimus Prime, Starscream (one of my favorites) and Bumblebee. They take a little while to get ready to transform and roll out (skip to 0:30), but once they do, it's a treat. Now if only the person filming could have just transformed their phone from portrait to landscape mode. It's kind of crazy to think about -- they took what could have been a rock-solid video, and almost rendered it unwatchable. Did they ever stop to think about all the panning they were having to do? And like, maybe there's an easy fix for that? "Obviously not." Obviously. I'm so mad I could spit. *spits* "That's a lot of blood, GW." I think my stomach is bleeding.

Keep going for the video, complete with ridiculous zoomed sidebars because somebody was clearly determined to make an already bad video even worse.

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Video Of The Evolution Of Hot Wheels Cars To Celebrate Brand's 50th Anniversary

May 21, 2018

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand, this is a video of the evolution of Hot Wheels cars, complete with pop-up landmark years for the toys. I learned a lot by watching it -- mostly, that I'd forgotten about those heat-activated color-changing cars that were released in 1988. Those were pretty sweet. Man, I can still remember the first time I was finally able to rip the wheels off a Hot Wheels car and jam them up my nose and have to go to the ER to get them removed. "Um, what?" *reminiscing fondly* Those were simpler times.

Keep going for a trip down memory lane.

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Prop Maker Creates Realistic Sloth Costume

May 21, 2018

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This is the adult-sized sloth costume crafted by Berlin-based prop maker Karoline Hinz. It looks like a sloth and is perfect for wearing to work so you have an excuse when your boss asks what the hell is taking so long on that report. Just look at me! You're lucky I even made it to work before it was time to leave.

I am a sculptor/propmaker/costume designer and had the chance to make this lifelike sloth costume last year. How could I resist, sloths being my favorite animals on this planet.


It's a two-layered padded bodysuit, separate movable extended claw-gloves, claw-slippers and of course the head. The face is silicone with punched hair and glass eyes. Give him a hug!

I want one. And I'm not just saying that because my girlfriend loves sloths and it might score me some cuddles, but I don't get nearly enough cuddles in my life. Sometimes I even beg her to let me be little spoon and she just looks at me like I'm a spatula.

Keep going for a bunch more shots.

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Smart Thinking: A Bathroom Designed To House Whip Spiders

May 21, 2018

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Because why replace the toilet paper on the holder when you can just set a roll on the back of the toilet tank like my roommate does, this is a recent post from Dubairoaches.com on Facebook featuring, and I quote, "Such a cool bathroom idea!" The bathroom has been outfitted with cork bark tubes to comfortably house a bunch of whip spiders. Whip spiders, also known as tailless whip scorpions, are arachnids of the order Amblypygi , which lack venomous fangs but can grab things with their mouth-feet when provoked, resulting in "thorn-like puncture injuries." Perfect for a bathroom! I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner. Granted I prefer a roach bathroom, but they're already there and I like to pretend I'm cool with it.

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Artist Creates Star Wars Character Inspired Scientific Insect Illustrations

May 21, 2018

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This is 'Arthropoda Iconicus', a series of imaginary insect illustrations created by artist Richard Wilkinson based on various Star Wars characters. I thought they were all very well done. Some are more blatant than others, but I thought they were all good. Now if only wiping out the Galactic Empire was as easy as reaching for the bug spray. "The same could be said for the Rebel Alliance." *plugging in bug zapper* What was that, Vader?

Keep going for a ton more, but you can follow the series at it expands on Richard's Instagram page HERE and buy limited edition prints HERE.

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Hasbro Successfully Trademarks The Smell Of Play-Doh

May 21, 2018

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Because smoke 'em if you got 'em, Hasbro has successfully trademarked the smell of Play-Doh. Trademarked scents must be proven to "serve no important practical function other than to help identify and distinguish a brand. The smell of an air freshener or a women's perfume wouldn't count, for example." Interesting. In Hasbro's own words while I cash in on the fact they didn't trademark the taste and start selling Play-Doh flavored gum and lollipops in grocery store check-out lanes:

The trademarked scent, which Hasbro formally describes as a unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough, makes the PLAY-DOH brand one of the few active and certainly most famous scent trademarks in the country...


"The scent of PLAY-DOH compound has always been synonymous with childhood and fun," said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Global Marketing for the PLAY-DOH brand. "By officially trademarking the iconic scent, we are able to protect an invaluable point of connection between the brand and fans for years to come."

Did you know Play-Doh was originally marketed as a wallpaper cleaner, but so many children liked to play with it that it was rebranded as a toy? That's true. Kind of reminds me of how I used to play with bleach when I was a kid. It made my fingers feel so slippery! Why is that not a toy? "Because it'll kill you." But I'm not dead. "You sure?" No I am not.

Thanks again to James M, who agrees it's only a matter of time until Tide Pods are branded a toy/after school snack.

Bandai Releasing Line Of Weaponized Cat Action Figures

May 21, 2018

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What started as an April Fools' joke (remember: 9/10ths of all April Fool's jokes executed by companies are actually test marketing -- I'm looking at you, ThinkGeek) is becoming reality, and Japanese toy manufacturer Bandai is releasing a line of weaponized cat action figures. The Nekobusou ('Armored Cats') toys will range in price from 500 yen (~$4.50) for a basic figure ,and up to 1,388 yen (~$12.50) for one of the more elaborate ones. Of course they'll probably end up costing like $60 here in the U.S. because some jerk bought them all and is reselling them on eBay at a ridiculous markup. "You were right! It looks like the seller GWsToychest has got them all." Wow, what an a$$hole. *shrug* I guess we'll just have to pay though.

Keep going for several more shots of all the fun to be had.

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Grandma Keeps Her Cool During Explosion

May 21, 2018

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This is a very short video of somebody's grandma, who appears to keep her cool despite a giant water main (gas line? mole people construction?) explosion covering her in debris. Of course there are those who would argue that she's didn't remain calm at all, that she was actually running for her life, which I half believe. I did notice she lost that sort of waddle of hers after the explosion. No, upon closer examination (I'm wearing a monocle now), this is clearly a video of a grandma operating at speed 11. I'd say somebody has earned themselves a nice cup of tea and nap when they get home. Fingers crossed whichever grandchild she decides to call actually picks up to hear about her harrowing experience. "You almost lost me today, you know," I imagine her casually dropping between sips of Earl Grey.

Keep going for the video while I speculate that this probably isn't her first explosive rodeo.

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