This eight-foot-long fairytale puzzle lets a group of players craft their own story from 20 inter-changable pieces, printed on both sides. Imagined by author Anne Laval and released by the Laurence King publishing house, each Story Box includes colorful fairytale characters, scenes and scenarios. The collaborative game taps into imagination and emphasizes the importance of storytelling.
Beloved Long Beach, CA-based roller skate brand Moxi started making skates in 2008 and now routinely sells out of their retro-vibed releases. Available for pre-order (and shipping in November), these Panther Skates feature a drum-dyed suede boot with a curved collar and ankle padding for comfort, high-rebound wheels for outdoor use, and animal-print toe-caps to protect against scuffs. The brand also purveys safety gear for all, as the brand is committed to make “sizes to fit the full spectrum of skater bodies.”
With contributions from Cypress Hill members B-Real, Sen Dog and Eric “Bobo” Correa, FITZ Games’ HotBox card game prompts players to uncover comedy gold with each flip of a card. Dares and challenges populate the game, too, which comes with 420 cards per deck. From “take a shot of ranch” to “FaceTime your ex,” the weed-powered card game is still wildly fun when played with friends over Zoom. Cypress Hill also produced an extension pack for the game, available for $13, that pertains to their music.
Named “Center,” Round21 and artist Ju Schnee’s collaborative ping pong paddle features a colorful design that clearly marks the middle of the strike zone—where the ball should hit to avoid it careening out of bounds. A vibrant, geometric design adorns one side, while a speckled black and white pattern occupies the other. This high-preformance paddle features an ergonomic grip that lends comfort and control, and a rubber-foam hybrid pad for improved accuracy. Right now, the brand commits 10% of net proceeds to the Public Art Fund.
In addition to producing vintage-inspired bike helmets, Thousand commits to supporting environmental and educational projects every year. Their new Climate Collection features Terra Cotta, Coastal Blue, and Arctic Grey colorways with vegan leather straps. Each lightweight helmet has a premium matte rubberized finish and moto trim and is CPSC and EN 1078 safety certified. These helmets also feature a super-practical magnetic fastener that can be manipulated easily with one hand. Until 17 May, Thousand will donate $10 from the sale of each of these limited edition helmets to 1% For the Planet.
Available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and Steam, the doodle-like adventure game PIKUNIKU challenges users—who appear as a blob with telescopic legs—with puzzles and tasks in single or local co-op player modes. The game relies on a storybook-like plot line with mini games hidden within the larger mission and plenty of underlying relationships and Easter eggs to uncover—from “a deep state conspiracy” to a “fun little revolution.” Intended for kids and adults, PIKUNIKU is a well-developed game that’s both accessible and addictive. Watch the game’s trailer here.
Comprised of 960 pieces, Lego’s Fiat 500 set requires patience. Launched as a part of the brand’s Creator Expert line, the finished vehicle features movable parts and interchangeable accessories. Opening its hatch reveals a complex engine, a rollable sunroof opens the vehicle up further, and a sticker-covered suitcase mounted on the rear emphasizes the car’s Italian roots. An easel, palette and canvas adorned with a picture of the vehicle are included too. This limited edition toy pays homage to an Italian design icon. It’s intended for individuals over 16.
Printed onto durable A1 paper, Curiscope’s Multiverse Posters present Earth, Mars, and the Moon in a way that triggers augmented reality exploration. Each poster positions the celestial body—our personal favorite being Mars—at the center, in full frame. In activating the accompanying app and centering the planet in the phone’s camera frame, a transformation occurs: it pops off the wall in 3D. From there users can maneuver close to its surface, watch as a satellite orbits it, or examine its interior—all by tapping buttons. This clever innovation offers students, and space lovers, the opportunity to view these bodies up close.
Celebrating 20 years of the International Space Station (the largest spacecraft ever built), LEGO has created an 864-piece set based on the beloved vessel. In addition to its impressive details, the model kit comes with a buildable NASA space shuttle and three cargo spacecraft, as well as a stand for display and a helpful 148-page booklet with instructions and facts about the ISS. Intended for everyone over 16 years old, it offers an immersive and educational experience.
Inside this smart toy for cats and dogs, a tiny motor with three different modes provides it with the ability to respond to an animal’s touch, prompt a reaction, or offer a regimented routine of 10 minutes of play and 30 minutes of rest. An interior sensor means the ball avoids obstacles (drastically reducing the risk of a pet running into a wall or tumbling down a flight of stairs). And two treat holders on its exterior reward the pet for playing.
Made in Bolivia by a team of indigenous women, Oeuf’s plush rat toy is crafted from 100% baby alpaca yarn, with a poly blend inside. The yarn boasts a natural water-resistance and an ultra-soft touch, so it’s perfect for little ones. It’s also an eco-friendly alternative to cotton or synthetic fabrics. This woven toy is also fair trade, so the women who made it are paid living wages and are treated appropriately.
Trading the traditional royal motif for artful objects, Jonathan Adler’s Versailles Playing Card Set comes with two decks—one in green and black and another in pink and gold. Both sets are packaged within a drawer box, that’s embellished with a striking golden geometric pattern, for easy storage or transportation.
Billed as the world’s smallest record player, this Ghostly edition Stokyo Record Runner laps the grooves of 33 1⁄3 rpm records, amplifying sound out of its internal speaker. The underside of the van bears a stylus and a cartridge system, which picks up the songs encoded below. It’s self-propelling for up to 90 minutes of playtime, courtesy of two AAA batteries. Though this playful, pocket-sized record player is good looking, it’s not recommended for your best records or overuse, as unexpected bumps could cause scratches.
Recommended for architecture nerds (over eight years old), model kit maker ARCKIT’s 105-piece set comes with instructions for assembling the basics, but plenty of opportunities for customization, too. Whether an aspiring architect or someone looking for something structural to tinker with, there’s plenty to conceptualize and bring to fruition—from a standalone building to a corridor within a larger complex.
Available in two sizes (either five or 12 inches tall), sculptor and toy designer Jason Freeny’s Brick Man Anatomical Puzzle is fun for kids aged eight and over—and adults, too. Easy to assemble, with just 16 pieces, the 3D puzzle can then be displayed as a playful objet d’art.
Trusted by NBA and NCAA teams and trainers all over, the Homecourt app uses artificial intelligence and your smartphone to monitor basketball workouts and provide in-depth analysis. By opening the in-app camera, the intelligence picks up and records shot type, release time, release angle, leg angle, speed, and vertical, as well as makes, misses, hot zones and areas to work on. All of the data is then presented in easy-to-ready formats, like shot charts and precise percentages. A yearly pro subscription affords unlimited shots, video reviews, workouts, drills, and more.