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Sep 19, 2014

Army Men Doing Yoga

created at: 09/19/2014

Yoga fan [and, ahem, ManMade reader] Dan Abramson created Yoga Joes, a re-imagining of iconic little green army men who've traded their battle poses for yoga positions. You know, like "Drop and give me 20 dogs. Downward-facing… read more

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Aug 26, 2014

Movie Quiz: Can You Identify These Film Characters Created in LEGO Bricks?

created at: 08/26/2014

Alright, pop culture people. Challenge time: Name the film characters in the image above. Or perhaps this… read more

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Jul 15, 2014

A Complete History of the Super Soaker

"Wetter is better." Never has a marketing campaign worked so well on yours truly. The original Super Soaker 50 was the true great gift lust (well, that and a by-then unpurchaseable Fireball Island game) my version of Ralphie's Red Ryder. And nothing was sweeter than that moment on my [9th? 10th?] mid-June birthday...which is a pretty great time to get a giant pressurized neon water gun.… read more

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Jun 30, 2014

How to: Make a Skateboard Swing

Skateboard decks are designed to support one's bodyweight yet be flexible to absorb changes. Meaning, they're kinda ideal for making other stuff to play on...like this swing… read more

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Apr 28, 2014

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

Designer and LEGO artist Chris McVeigh, the mastermind behind these LEGO ornament sets, presents his latest series of builds: retro technology, including old tube televisions, Ataris, rotary telephones, vintage cameras, and an NES.… read more

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Mar 25, 2014

DIY Idea: Make a LEGO Utensil Organizer

created at: 03/25/2014

There's nothing new to say about LEGO: they're awesome, they're fun, and they're surprisingly strong...as long as you don't ask them to bear much… read more

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Feb 21, 2014

A Giant Inflatable String Jungle Gym...For Adults!

Croatian-Austrian collective Numen/For Use have created "String Prototype," a fully-functioning massive inflatable jungle gym-like structure made up of a grid of strong… read more

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Oct 29, 2013

How to: Make a Terrifying Zombie-fied Teddy Bear

Halloween Teddy DIY

If you're the kind of person whose sense of humor tends towards the dark and creepy, this DIY undead teddy bear project'll do nicely… read more

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Jan 30, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: January 30, 2013

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.


I wish I could see the world like… read more

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Jan 25, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of the Erector Set

Many of my earliest creative memories are sitting on that awful burnt orange rug in our basement floor, listening to LPs on my brown plastic Fisher Price record player, and putting together [seemingly] elaborate edifices with construction toys. Honestly, though the specifics have been slightly updated, it's basically how I spent last evening - in the basement, listening to music, and putting stuff together.

See, both my parents were science teachers, and I always had many more engineering-style toys than action figures, and while many kids love their LEGOs, I was always into the (sadly discontinued) Construx and Ramagons, and that kinetic masterpiece, the Erector… read more

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Jan 08, 2013

How to: Make DIY "Manly" Wooden Teething Toys

created at: 01/08/2013

Last month, my nephew turned one, and he's suffering the pains of little ones everywhere - new teeth and very sore gums. He's sticking anything he can in his mouth to try to relieve the pain, so my sweetheart asked me if we could make up some dedicated teething toys, made from natural materials, for his birthday gift. And since his parents are both hilarious and always up for a laugh, we decided to go all out and avoid the monkeys and giraffes common in infant toys, and make them in humorous, tongue-in-cheek "manly"… read more

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Nov 30, 2012

3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

If you haven't purchased your holiday gifts for the year yet, you can hang up your shopping list, and just buy these for everyone you know: 3D dinosaur cookie… read more

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Nov 27, 2012

Limited Edition Handmade Wooden LEGO Guys

Artist and woodworker Malet Thibaut has created twenty handmade wooden "art toys" modeled after the iconic LEGO… read more

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Jun 12, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Lego Key Holder

created at: 06/11/2012

I've been seeing various DIY Lego key holders pop up on Pinterest and around the blogosphere lately and I think it's a brilliant and super easy idea. First of all, everyone loves Legos. Second, we're all misplacing our keys, right? Well this DIY project will add some geeky-chic flair to your home and, hey, if you're still looking for a Father's Day gift for Dad, why don't you make him one of… read more

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May 30, 2012

The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

created at: 05/28/2013

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation… read more

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Mar 14, 2012

How to: Make an Alka-Seltzer Rocket

created at: 03/14/2012

DIY comic website Howtoons offers a fun, fast, and easy project for creating a small propulsion rocket using regular Alka-Seltzer tabs as… read more

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Feb 24, 2012

Video: 170,000 Bouncy Balls Going Down a Hill in San Francisco

created at: 02/23/2012

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you). 

created at: 02/23/2012

Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt… read more

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Feb 20, 2012

Toy Vehicles Made From Their Own Packaging

created at: 02/19/2012

Tube Toys are little toy vehicles created by London-based designer Oscar Diaz that are assembled from their own packaging. Inside each package are components like wheels and stickers that are inserted into pre-cut slots in the package.… read more

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Feb 07, 2012

The Original LEGO Patent from 1958

created at: 02/07/2012

When I first saw this picture of the original LEGO patent from 1958, I couldn't help but marvel at how complex it makes a single brick appear. I mean, I realize patents need to be thorough...but… read more

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Jan 23, 2012

Casualties of War Toy Soliders

created at: 01/22/2012

Casualties of War is a sobering series of plastic toy soldiers by the design collective Dorothy. At first glance, they might seem like ubiquitous green army men, but when you look closer you'll see that they are actually depicting the personal hell that returning soldiers endure after coming back from combat.… read more

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