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This Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure Will Creep You Out

M.I.C., the same company that turned Apple CEO Steve Jobs into an action figure, has released yet another nerd-themed figurine -- this time, of Mark Zuckerberg. That's right, kids: You can now spend hours in your rooms, pretending that you're the founder of Facebook, and arguably the most awkward billionaire the world has ever seen. Granted, M.I.C. demonstrated a remarkable attention to detail in...

Sphero Lets You Play Ball with Your Phone

The Sphero, from Orbotix, is one of the toy hits of CES 2011. Like the AR Drone, the toy hit of CES 2010, you control the Sphero with your smartphone (a remote control app is available for iOS and Android). Your phone connects to the Sphero via Bluetooth, and to control the ball you can use a virtual joystick or the accelerometer (simply tilt your phone). In our brief hands on, the Sphero proved...

Shopping Tips: Know What You Want, Know How To Get It

Finally flexing your shopping chops, huh? Thinking you can score some sweet deals on your Web jaunts? Now that you are up to date on your favorite stores and have your phone loaded with shop-happy apps, you think you are invincible, right? Wrong. You are still babes in the woods. Luckily, we are here, ready to save you from your retail-reject past....

World's Oldest Computer Reproduced (In Stop-Motion!) With LEGO

Nerds, kids and kids-at-heart love to assemble LEGO duplications of modern objects, particularly items that possess technological relevance. Despite that interwoven relationship between the tiny plastic toys and complex scientific creations, LEGO engineers have apparently ignored one seminal machine that might be the oldest computer ever crafted by human hands. Well, Apple engineer and...

FBI Says Video Barbie Girl Could Be Used for 'Child Pornography Production'

When we got our hands on the new Barbie Video Girl a few months ago, we sort of knew that the camera-equipped doll could give rise to a whole new era of kiddie voyeurism. Little did we know, though, that it could spawn a whole new era of homemade kiddie porn, as well. Yet that's exactly what the FBI is worried about, according to a new memo (PDF) that describes the toy as a "possible child...

Denver Police Detonate Toy Robot That Could've Easily Been a Terrorist

Yesterday, Denver police found themselves in the middle of a lengthy standoff with a robot that had threatened to blow up Coors Field. Fortunately for all of humanity, the white, eight-inch 'bot was just a toy. Unfortunately for the 'bot, though, police had no choice but to put it out of its misery. A citizen first noticed the robot yesterday afternoon, and immediately notified local police....

Apple Fanboys Love Steve Jobs Action Figure, Apple Doesn't

Seeing as Apple's CEO likely wouldn't know what to do with a kung-fu grip, let alone a rocket launcher, the Steve Jobs action figure strikes us as problematic. (Maybe the "action" lies in the market-analysis skills of that oversized noggin.) Some folks, though, don't see the problem with it. Manufacturer MIC quickly unloaded the 300-figure run -- before Apple demanded that it cease and desist. ...

MakerLegoBot Printer Builds LEGO Creations for Us, Can't Print Itself

As if the programmable LEGO Mindstorms toys weren't brilliant enough on their own, fanatics over at BattleBricks decided to construct a fully functioning 3-D LEGO printer, made entirely from three NXT kits and nine NXT motors. The machine, named MakerLegoBot in homage to the MakerBot series of 3-D printers, uses only standard LEGO bricks as building material, fed from AutoCAD designs. Can the...

Fujitsu Teddy Robot Shows Off Enhanced Ursine Terror

Fujitsu's interactive robotic teddy bear arrived last spring, but our friends over at Engadget just recently got a one-on-one demonstration of the bear-bot's personalized and reactive behavior, capturing its animatronic antics on video. (Check it out after the break.) The somewhat terrifying bear, designed for children and the elderly as a "people-friendly terminal," originally inspired doubts as...

'Kid's Walker' Robot Gives Your Kid the Gift of Physical Injury

What's a great way to tear your child away from his PlayStation and get him outside? Why, with a giant robotic toy that will walk for him, of course! At a little over 5-feet tall and weighing over 400 lbs., the new 'Kid's Walker' 'Avatar'-esque robo suit isn't so much a toy as it is a recipe for carnage. Just plop your kid in the bot's seat, let him spend hours cruising around the neighborhood...

Japanese Man Burns Down House After Mom Trashes His Gundam Girlfriends

Thirty-year-old Yoshifumi Takabe did what any emotionally repressed nerd might do when his mother, with whom he lived, threw out some of his robot action figures. He burned down the house. Takabe, who says he became suicidal after losing the Gundam 'bots that he considered his life partners, just plead guilty in Kobe District Court for setting the blaze in 2009....

AIMEC Robo-Kid Keeps Childless Couple Company, Tells Jokes

A U.K. inventor has developed a 4-foot-tall plastic robot child for he and his wife that, believe it or not, is creepier than Haley Joel Osment in 'Artificial Intelligence: AI' (way to be redundant, Spielberg). According to The Daily Mail, Tony Ellis and his wife, Judie, don't have any kids or pets, but they do operate a toy robotics company called Conceptioneering (which is almost as bad of a...

Slink-O-Matic Keeps Your Slinky, Er, Slinking

Have you bought yourself a Slinky, but just can't find the time to play with it? Or, are you an obsessive compulsive Slinky-er, and absolutely can't stand the thought of your precious toy going to waste? Or maybe a high-paid executive whose Newton's Cradle has lost the thrill it once had? Well, inventor Jim Sellers has you covered. Sellers has created the Slink-O-Matic, a machine that will...

Barbie Video Girl's Chest Hosts a Camera, We Go, Erm... Hands On

First, Barbie went nerd, and, now, with the release of Barbie Video Girl, she's suddenly gone all Peeping Tom on us. The new doll, at first glance, looks like any other disproportionate, run-of-the-mill Barbie. A closer look at her, um, cleavage, however, would reveal a camera embedded discreetly within her necklace. And, on her back, is a color LCD screen. That's right, girls of all ages can now...

GearBox's Smartphone-Controlled Ball Is Another Reason to Skip Catch With Your Kid

While the majority of tech heavyweights have spent their time working on creating better smartphones, GearBox has been devoting its energies to far more important things: smart toys. And, as its first step toward creating a new generation of even lazier, even more obese kids, the company has just unveiled its very own robotic ball. As the company explains on its blog, the new ball is, for all...