LEGO Fusion Is Augmented Reality for Tweens

LEGO Fusion

Augmented Reality (AR) is not just the stuff of wearable displays (like Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens), ghostly virtual assistants, and floating keyboards any more. In a perfectly appropriate blend of real and virtual innovation, LEGO has found a way to use AR that embellishes the building blocks and increases creativity and real-world play (rather than take away from it) with the LEGO Fusion group of sets. Continue reading

TinkersToys vs K’nex: Gendering American Classics


There was a lot of silly and random gendering at ToyFair 2015. I saw the same foam bows and bikes painted pink, and lots of building toys like the TinkerToy sets above. One place did it the other way–their soap making kit had girls on it, but their one for boys was for making “prank” soap. Because cleanliness is for girls. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys


So, it’s once again that time of year. The time where we at GeekDad scour our reviews and products for the best gifts any geek would love. I know that Halloween has just barely passed, but with only six weeks left to Christmas, and barely four left to Hanukkah, it’s probably time to start some shopping.

This week we turn our eyes toward toys. Read on to see what the favorite picks from Jenny Williams, Z, Corrina Lawson, Jonathan Liu, Dave Banks, Brad Moon, Michael Harrison, and me.
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1988 Makes a Comeback With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Classic Collection


Nickelodeon and Toys “R” Us have released the Classic Collection of TMNT toys. Grab a flashback to 1988 with these toys cast from the original molds. Continue reading

Playmates Flaunts Its Turtle Power (Again!)

I am a Ninja Turtle hipster. I discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG in 1985, which was my gateway to Eastman and Laird’s original Mirage Studios comic. In the decades to follow the TMNT franchise went through a number of distinct mutations, but few have proved as satisfying as its current Nickelodeon Studios iteration and the wonderful new line of related action figures and accessories from Playmates. Continue reading

Foxonix Embedded Sound: Make Your Ideas Heard


Foxonix is an interesting way to add sound to your projects. It is able to record up to 3 minutes of high quality audio and is perfect for embedding sound in a stuffed animal or on a robot. Check out their Kickstarter video here. Continue reading

A Little Bit of Electronics Fun with LittleBits

littleBits of Geeky Fun!

littleBits are an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. See what can happen when you add them to the other toys you’ve probably already got in your house. Continue reading

Comic-Con Alert: Mattel Has the Collectibles You Need


Just a few more days until the event known as San Diego Comic-Con hits sunny California! I have my bags packed already and, being one of the premiere collectibles shoppers that hit the con floor, I wanted to know what to look for. Continue reading

What Is the Future of D&D and Tabletop Gaming?


What is the future of the role-playing game? What value does a game like Dungeons & Dragons have in the digital age? How can D&D and other RPGs compete with electronic gaming, or should they try to compete at all? And can D&D still change lives, the way D&D changed my life?
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Kinetic Creatures Make It From Kickstarter to Christmas Lists

I first saw Kinetic Creatures at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, and when I found out they were running a Kickstarter Campaign to start up production, I happily contributed. The Kinetic Creatures are wonderfully whimsical kits that meld papercraft … Continue reading