“Hot Wheels” 50th Anniversary Book from Assouline

An exciting visual exploration of the beloved toy brand's past, present and future

Chris Down, SVP of Hot Wheels, says it best: “Everybody has a Hot Wheels story.” More than six billion miniature cars have been produced in the brand’s 50-year history. And not only children have adored them, adults covet the products—from iconic race-car driver Mario Andretti to entrepreneur Elon Musk, who went so far as to put a Hot Wheels version of a Tesla Roadster on …

Bristly Lets Dogs Brush Their Own Teeth

This toy entertains your pooch while also improving their oral hygiene

Pinning your dog down to brush his or her teeth isn’t fun for anybody—between their painstaking reluctancy and your own guilt—but ignoring their oral health isn’t possible. Dental bones and other chews can help, but they don’t often get into those hard-to-reach places. Fortunately, a Kickstarter launched recently with a solution to the double-fault dilemma: a toy that’s dedicated to cleaning a dog’s teeth and …

Make Beats by Bouncing the Oddball Drum Machine

Funding on Kickstarter now, a product that's part musical toy and part tech device

Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Oddball is many clever entities, crammed into a palm-sized sphere. Part toy, part musical instrument and part tech device, this invention is a drum machine that can be bounced to make different sounds. Almost any surface can be used—simply bounce the Oddball (the lighter you bounce, the more delicate the sound) and sensors inside translate noise via Bluetooth to a …

Lego’s Replica of James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Including both a working ejector seat and also hidden machine guns, Lego’s 1,290-piece 1964 Aston Martin DB5 contains many surprises. The real-life car—driven by Sean Connery’s James Bond in “Goldfinger”—has curves that Lego couldn’t quite match, but every detail inside hits the mark. It’s an exciting replica, and when it goes on sale in August (for $150), there will be guaranteed demand. Read more at …