The Cool Stuff
So much stuff I need to buy yet so little money…
I spend too much time on Amazon when I should probably be doing something more productive with my time! Still, there’s no harm in looking, right? I think I might have some kind of problem, if I don’t have something in my wish-list or (better still) my basket then there’s something wrong. Right now I have some books I added about 5 years ago, a lightsaber and a Kindle Paperwhite. Eventually, what typically happens is I have a beer (or two) and ‘accidentally’ buy one. So, I thought I’d share some of the cool stuff I’ve recently seen on Amazon – what do you currently have in your wish list, drop me a comment below? Below is a picture of a beer, it looks nice, doesn’t it? Look at its frothy head.
So here we go, check this stuff out. I’m including here some of the cool stuff I’ve found recently on Amazon and everything has at least 4 stars at the time of writing this. I’ll be honest, that was more of a coincidence I guess – it just so happens that the stuff I like gets good reviews, it’s not always the case though.
Showing my Age…
Fun Snaps Throw Bangers
If you’re around the same age as me, and I’m not about to admit how old that actually is, you’ll remember these from when you were a kid. Basically, they’re small packets of gunpowder that explode on impact with a hard surface. Sounds fun, right? They may not be quite as dangerous as they sound but they are awesome. You’ll be picking up little bits of paper for weeks after playing with these for half an hour. You can check them out if you like here. Actually, when I first saw these again I was surprised you could still buy them. With so much emphasis on ‘Health and Safety’ these days it wouldn’t have surprised me one bit if they were banned!
Don’t lose a piece…
Lego Technic Porsche 911
Next on the list, quite different from the Throw Bangers, above. The bangers will reduce stress levels, this one, not so sure! Depends how much patience you have I guess. Personally speaking, I’ve never been that great with DIY – it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s that I’m just not very good at it! Not sure you could put this under the ‘DIY’ category, but it’s using my hands to make something, which is never a good idea. The Lego Techic Porshe 911 GT3 RS is almost as extreme as you can get when talking Lego. It’s been reduced a little recently, but it’s still certainly not cheap. What I want to know is, when someone builds this, do they then eventually take it all apart again and do it all over?
It has a massive 2,704 pieces (don’t lose one!) and (taken from the Lego website) has:
- authentically designed aerodynamic bodywork, adjustable rear spoiler, headlights and taillights, red suspension springs, original-design rims with RS emblem, detailed brake calipers, low-profile tires, working gearbox, working steering wheel with gearshift paddles, detailed seating, glove compartment with unique model serial number, opening doors, opening hood containing a suitcase, and an opening rear lid with detailed flat 6 engine.
Working gearshift paddles! Glove compartment! Lego has really gone to town with this one and it’s (arguably) worth every penny.
An Attractive Product
So, continuing on with stuff that needs to be in your wish list, for err some reason, is a magnet. This isn’t any ordinary magnet, oh no, this is some mega Neodymium Magnet. It’s smaller than you think, only 5cm in length but has a massive pull of over 30kg! That’s about the weight of my son, so basically if my son was made of metal, this little thing would be able to lift him up. Although, if my son was made of metal he’d obviously weigh a lot more than 30kg. Anyway, I don’t want to get bogged down in understanding the logistics of metal-boy and his mass but this thing certainly packs a punch. Or pulls a punch, whatever – you know what I mean. Also, if you’re looking to justify the purchase to your better-half then you can say it’s to be used as a science/education tool.
Dirty Keyboard – Dirty Mind
Okay, the next thing is a keyboard dust cleaner. It cleans dust. From your keyboard. Trying to think of more things to say about it but it’s just cool, and cheap. There should be a new word for things that are cool and cheap. Maybe ‘chool’. Also, it’s green and just works, seriously – check it out. Seriously though (if you can be serious about a thing that removes dust from your keyboard) – it’s actually very satisfying to use. You almost want to deliberately get dust into your keyboard so you can use it.
Time to bounce back..
The Waboba Moon Ball
It’s really bouncy. I’ve got one of these, err I mean my son has got one of these. I don’t know what makes it so bouncy. Actually, I do – technically I guess it must lose less energy when it makes contact with a hard surface than other bouncy balls. That means more kinetic energy and the higher the return bounce will be. Apparently, it can reach up to 100 feet, I believe that actually. A word of caution though, if it bounces into your nose it hurts. Also, eventually it will bounce into or onto something it shouldn’t, for instance – stinging nettles or someone else’s car.
The Question is, “Do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk?”
Nerf CycloneShock Blaster
Dirty Harry, if you’re wondering where that quote was from. We have a lot of Nerf guns in this house, we don’t know where to put them – I’m rather embarrassed to share this with you but here is a photo of some of them:
We could really do with storing them somewhere or selling them. I wonder if my son would notice if one disappeared every now and then?
This is a favourite though, it just works. Quite a few of these type of guns can suffer from jamming but it’s very rare with CycloneShock Blaster. Also, the Mega Whistler darts can fly up to 90 feet which is actually really impressive for one of the guns. They’re cheap, cool (chool) and work – what more do you want?
So, there you go – just a handful of stuff that’s been in my wishlist and subsequently my basket. Not all of them have made it into my house (like the Lego 911) just yet, but one day they might. Cool stuff to buy on Amazon UK, complete. Well, not really – you should see what’s in my wishlist now! Maybe that’s for another day.