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Self-Propelled Wooden Roller Coaster

By: on May 03, 2012

All the fun of a classic, 1920s wooden roller coaster, without the whiplash and 62% chance that it will collapse or derail mid-ride! Designed by a roller coaster engineer and built by a carnie, this 1:48 scale model comprises 464 pieces of laser-cut birch, plus illuminating LEDs that wrap around its handrails and flash as brilliantly as bead-seekers at Mardi Gras. The self-propelled train and (strangely stiff-looking) passengers begin their ride when a rotating spring draws the them up the lift hill. Heading into their first downward dive, the cars draw enough potential energy to continue indefinitely under momentum alone, careening around the structure's 3 turns, and plunging down its 4 hills.

One upshot of paying nearly $700 for a wooden roller coaster we can ride only with our eyes is that it arrives fully assembled. And anyone who would like it to stay assembled is advised to restrict its use to those aged 14 and over. Dimensions are 46" long x 22" wide x 18" high, and weight is 30 pounds. The wooden joyride's LED operation requires 10 AA batteries. Wow, that's a lot of batteries.

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Mini Matchstick Revolver

$182.86 from DHgate.com »

This mini model 304 revolver is a little pricey given all it does is load matches and go Bang! but if you're looking for a gift for a man, you really can't go wrong with a toy that...loads matches and goes Bang!...

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The TRON Light Cycle

Discontinued

Yeah, it costs more than twice the country's 2011 median income, but two little words make it worth every penny: Street. Legal. If you can convince the bank, or your mom, to spot you the cash, a living, breathing replica...

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Giant Batman Batarang

$199.99 from ThinkGeek »

A 4-foot Batman Batarang. I wonder if you could hang glide on that thing. I wonder if it would make a good frisbee. Or, at 4-1/2 pounds, a good World's Strongest Man chucking event....

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The New Erotic Photography (NSFW)

$13.49 from Amazon »

If they consider "new erotic photography" to mean putting baby bottle nipples on a lady's nipples, then I'm...I'm...I'm OK with that. I mean, it seems a little redundant, and maybe wouldn't have been the first path I...

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Jet Turbine Powered Batmobile

Discontinued

If you thought the TRON Lightcycle was awesome (and expensive) prepare your senses for overload as they take in this Batmobile replica. It's street registered in the US, so if you dream of trying your hand at Batman-style...

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Life-Size Alien Head

$1,799.99 from Sideshow Collectibles »

When the staff at the H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland saw this life-size replica head of the monstrous Alien their namesake created you could literally see the pride and joy bursting from their chests. (Good luck to...

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Daft Punk Helmet Replica

This is just one of many amazing DIY projects undertaken by Harrison Krix, and documented on his personal blog. If you think these photos are cool, check out his detailed explanation of them, as well as his nifty time...

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Levitating DeLorean

$398.22 from Amazon »

I used to pick up ladies by telling them I drove a DeLorean. It's how I met my girlfriend, She-Ra: Princess of Power. I went up to her at a party, ready to drop my pickup line, when she turned to me and said, Before you...

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Seinfeld Set Replica

$399.99 - $499.99 from Seinfeld Set Replica »

Better put away those lobster-crushing man hands before you handle this forthcoming Seinfeld Set Replica. At 16-1/2" wide x 11-1/2" deep x 6-1/2" high, Jerry's miniaturized apartment contains over 100 hand crafted, authentically...

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Two-Cylinder V-Twin Gas Powered Engine

$787.49 from Gyroscope.com »

One time I had to write white paper or a green paper or something about a Stirling engine for a job interview but I still didn't really understand how they work. Something about expansion and contraction of gas and...oh...

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TRON Car

Unlike the (now discontinued) TRON Light Cycle, you never could--and likely never will be able to--go to the TRON store and buy one of Timur Bozca's TRON Cars. You might be able to commission one with enough dollars and...

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Ice, Sword of Eddard Stark

$270 from Valyrian Steel »

Though it ultimately couldn't keep Ned Stark's head affixed to his body, the Valyrian steel sword Ice did serve his majesty of Winterfell well. And, should you be one of the lucky keepers of the North to grasp the formidable...