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Guy Builds Amazing Lego Star Destroyer With Three-Level Interior

Guy Builds Amazing Lego Star Destroyer With Three-Level Interior

Imgur user doomhandle shared his recently completed Tyrant Imperial Star Destroyer and it’s awesome. Measuring 4 ft, 7 in (1.4 m) long and weighing over 70 pounds (32 kg); it also features a three-level interior with characters, ships and removable sections.

The design is based on the 2014 LEGO Star Destroyer Set (75055) and the custom-design was built entirely with readily available LEGO pieces. It’s about 20 times the size of the official LEGO Star Destroyer set which allows for a lot more customization inside.

I’ve included exterior and interior shots below, but be sure to check out the full 45-picture album on Imgur where doomhandle goes into far more detail about the build and components of the ship.

[via doomhandle on Imgur]

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Built and Designed by doomhandle

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/05/lego-star-destroyer-with-three-level-interior-by-doomhandle/

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25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

25 Parenting Hacks Every New Mom Or Dad Should Definitely Know

Just under 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. That means that some 8 million parents welcome a new child into the world.

And as those parents know, raising a kid is not an easy job. There are sleepless nights, stressful days, diaper changes, crying…the list goes on. As your little ones grow up, new challenges arise. That’s why it’s so important to have an edge. There are some top tips in this post though it caters towards a more State-side Audience.

Take it from moms and dads who have been parents many times over — this insider knowledge is sure to make things easier on just about any new mother or father.

1. Prevent your kid’s toys from floating away in the tub with an old laundry basket.

2. Make a DIY sparkler hand protector out of a Solo cup.

3. Change the bottle game by enabling your tot to feed themselves.

4. Use a rubber band to teach your kids how to hold a pencil and write properly.

5. Use disposable coffee cup tops to prevent messy popsicle drips.

6. If your kids are afraid of monsters, spray their room with “Monster Spray.”

7. Turn cleanup time into a fun game.

8. Freeze Capri Sun overnight to make a delicious slushy.

9. Give your kid a sweet playpen by inflating a pool indoors.

10. Put padlocks on plugs so there’s no risk of your little tykes playing with them.

11. Once your baby learns to crawl, put them in this adorable onesie — they’ll mop while they explore.

12. Use a shoe organizer as a storage spot in your car.

13. All you need is a strong sheet and a table to make a baby-friendly indoor hammock.

14. An old camera bag can work as a new diaper bag.

15. Use an old phone to make a monitor for your baby’s crib.

16. Give your baby some shade and shield them from nasty bug bites by putting a crib sheet over their outdoor playpen.

17. Disposable sauce containers are a great place to store pacifiers.

18. Keep kids from making a mess while they eat in the car by bringing along shower totes.

19. Use an old lotion bottle to make an easy water balloon pump.

20. Fill a glove with beans to make it seem like you are holding your little one while they sleep.

21. Make an awesome faucet extender with an old shampoo or body wash bottle.

22. A large cardboard box can turn any stairway into a slide.

23. This little hat will prevent tears while you bathe your baby.

24. Let your kids know exactly how much toilet paper they should be using.

25. And finally, for when you’ve got teens…use this trick to alert you if they try to sneak in after curfew.

(via WooHome)

Hopefully, these hacks will make your transition into parenthood a bit smoother. But above all, just enjoy the ride!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/parenting-hacks/

Why not check out our blog post about our Extensive Doll’s range for boys and girls

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This Spray Can Turn Any Surface Into A Touch Screen

This Spray Can Turn Any Surface Into A Touch Screen

 Electrick Spray and it’s application

Tired of pesky small touch pads? Well, this spray might be your savior, allowing a wide variety of surfaces to become touch sensitive.

The technology, called Electrick, was developed by scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, with the findings published in an open access paper.

The spray consists of an electrically conductive carbon-based material. When applied to an object, it allows it to conduct electricity. By applying electrodes to the object, and then measuring the voltage at different points, the position of a persons finger can be tracked.

Electrick spray

Using Touch Control Electrick Spray on a Steering Wheel

“For the first time, we’ve been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything,” said Chris Harrison, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and head of the Future Interfaces Group at CMU, in a statement.

The spray can be applied to a variety of objects, anything from plastic toys to smartphone cases, and even to Jell-O. In the video below, the team describe the various uses for this technology.

For example, applying the spray or paint to a table, you could have certain locations that are touch sensitive to open apps on your computer. A toy could be made to make noises when you touch its noseor belly. And a brain-shaped piece of Jell-O can be used to teach people about the various regions of the brain.

The effect is known as shunting, where electric current is shunted to the ground when a finger touches a particular location. The electrodes can localize where this shunting is occurring, using a process known as electric field tomography.

In their paper, the researchers note that modern touch screen technology is not suited to large applications, such as a table or desk. Using Electrick,however, things as large as a wall can be made touch sensitive, with a tap of a finger turning a light on or off for example.

The team also said their process is compatible with regular manufacturing methods, such as spray coating or casting, and even 3D printing. This means there is a huge range of objects that can be made touch sensitive, with little additional technology required.

The team also found no wear in any of the objects they made, with some used up to 896 times by participants. They note, however, that theyre not sure how the coating will hold up to elements like rain, and environmental electromagnetic noise from other appliances affected the accuracy. Nonetheless, its agood start for a cool idea.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/this-spray-can-turn-any-surface-into-a-touch-screen/

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This Danish Company Creates The Best Playgrounds In The World

This Danish Company Creates The Best Playgrounds In The World

LEGO aren’t the only Danish engineers inviting kids to celebrate their imagination. One Danish company is building creative one-of-a-kind playgrounds, and they’re every kid’s dream.

MONSTRUM, founded by former theater set designers Ole Barslund Nielsen and Christian Jensen, has been making elaborate and whimsical playgrounds since 2003. From a giant electric eel swirling around a lighthouse to a princess tower and a rocket ship mashup – these imaginative playgrounds are inviting children to play in Denmark, Sweden, Egypt, and other countries. Scroll down to vote for your favorites, and let us know in the comments which one of these thematic playgrounds you’d want in your back yard.

Welcome to our playground in Liseberg, Tivoli in Gothenburg! Swing in gigantic nets and climb as high as you dare (adults might be tempted too), and enjoy close encounters with solar reflections and giant birds.

Back in the days in 1800-something, when Brumleby was located in the countryside there was a dairy and a slaughterhouse at Brumleby. The idea of the playground is to create a piece of this old Brumleby to remind us of its fantastic history.

Can you imaging anything better on a Sunday morning than to be swallowed by a blue whale? You can climb up on to the back of the whale by crawling through its mouth and into its stomach. You can also crawl through the hole in the side and into the basket, that sits on top of the whale. From here you can slide down.

The story takes place on the African savannah. The Lion Chunga lies comfortably, hiding from the small goats and dreaming of his next meal. Behind the grass you will see a glimpse of the old hut in the trees with two giant slides.

Right next to the National Museum of Bermuda you will find a giant green murray eel wrapped around the a lighthouse.

A large dragon has settled in Mulighedernes Park in Aalborg, so children come play if you dare!

Have you ever dreamed to be the size of the insects? The playground, Futuroscope frames that adventure with tall grass, large flowers and a giant ant.

The Sperm Whale has been the focal point of many exciting stories through times. From story about Jonas and the Whale to the stories on Moby Dick and Pinocchio.

The creepy crawling is all over the large playground in Kristinebergs Slottspark. The two giant owls, both 5.5 meters tall, are the king and the queen of the playground. They are ruling over a large slide area, tempting curious boys and girls to enter both long and short slides.

A pilot has been on a long expedition across the Bermuda Triangle to investigate the many stories about the ships and planes mysteriously disappearing in the area

The background of the founding fathers of MONSTRUM is in building set designs for theatres in Copenhagen. Just like a set design a playground must have an inspiring front attracting children and a functional backside with climbing, sliding and relaxing options.

Childrens Railway Station is an indoor playground on the Danish Railway Museum in Odense. The playground is inspired by Odense station in the 1960s.

The Pike is a very voracious fish that eats everything. In the year 1230 a German Emperor captured a pike that was over five meters long and weighed more than 1/4 ton.

The inside of the submarine is separated by a bulkhead with round manholes. The navigation deck can be accessed via the ladder in the submarine tower. Older children can climb from the navigation deck onto the hull of the submarine.

On DOKK1 (Arhus new main library and citizen service center) you will find the playground Kloden (english: the globe). The project is made in collaboration with Schmidt / Hammer / Lassen Architects and Kristine Jensen Architects. The project was donated by the Herman Salling Foundation.

The coaster has wrecked on a sandbank and is broken in two. The many wreckage pieces, such as boxes and logs are spread out in the water and on the sandbank.

In Terville a large frog is looking out of the water. He tries to catch the flies with his long tongue. So beware you do not get eaten, he may well think you are a fly.

Perhaps two ships have stranded on a small island with a lighthouse and a small lighthouse keepers house? Perhaps they have been lured in there by the people living on the island?

The idea of the playground is a journey through the Russian space program. Meet the dogs Lika, Belka or Strelke and jump on to the satellite Sputnik, the launch vehicle R-7 Semyorka and moon vehicle Lunokhod 1. Climb around and explore the history and feel the rush when you crawl into the big crawling tubes or slide down the big slides. Enjoy!

A cannon is on the way out of the hull, still attached to the deck. It looks just too difficult to get on board, but soon you will see new opportunities to find small routes around the explosion.

The Fortress City is designed as a small adventure land where children can hide and play role games.

You can enter the the 260cm tall Diesel engine through the flywheel, and climb on up to three tube slides.

The playground is located at the third floor level, and you can see all the way to Tivoli from the top of the Japanese tower.

A large grass snake twists and turns on the forest floor. Inside the snake there is a long mazy tunnel in which you can hide from the other children when playing tag.

Lots of giant letters are scattered all over the area, inspiring the children to play and have fun. The crazy, oversized letters have different sizes, colors and play opportunities.

If you as a small child want to feel big go to Flledparken in Copenhagen and visit The Tower Playground with its countless opportunities for physical activity and technological interaction.

Stjerneskuddet is an integrated childcare institution for children aged one to six years in Copenhagen. The playground is divided into areas, providing space for riding a bike, playing ball, climbing and sand digging.

The proud ship S/S Oceanliner is on a long journey. Suddenly, a giant octopus rises from the deep blue sea and attacks the ship.

The fishing boat is equipped with a rudder and compass, so that the children have acces to all the tools they need to navigate the boat safely into port.

Marco Polos old ship has run aground the Easter Islands, and she now lies half buried in sand far from civilisation. Two of the cannons are still intact, but the mast lies broken across the railing

A big parrot with multiple levels inside is the new central play equipment on the playground.

Din Teaterpark in Pildammsparken is designed by artist and scenographer Annika Carlsson together with MONSTRUM, and carried out in collaboration with Malmo Stad in 2013-2014.

Between the long reeds stands a big beautiful pheasant. You can crawl into the body of the pheasant that serves as a playhouse in three floors. Around the pheasant is the 2-3 m tall reeds, where you can climb and balance on ropes between the tribes. Both children and adults can use the pheasant, which invites to play and stay.

You are dreaming about a big and sweet banana or pear, while you are sliding down from an apple, climbing on an orange or sailing away on a melon shell.

It is a hot summer day at the beach. We are in very shallow waters where the bladder seaweed sways slightly in the waves.

The large cod is swimming in the eelgrass with tiny fish around him. It works as a combined climbing frame and hide out.

The Danish cartoon series on Petzi tell about a life of adventure. Petzi and his friends sail their ship Mary to discover new land, solve problems for their new friends, build new things, trade, and play together.

An apple has just fallen from the tree and is now in the grass. You can become tiny and crawl into it and explore.

The large globe fell down, and as it hit the ground all the continents slid off. That is why they are now scattered around the globe all over the playground.

This small city is composed of a series of small playhouses, connected by a network of paths that meander through the small town.

The crocodiles are two sculptural elements on the beach. Here you can play or just sit and enjoy the view.

The Globe is a nice little space that you can reach by a net, a firemans pole or a slide

The spider is designed as a giant mechanical spider being caught in its own web. The head is the control cabin with two joystick controllers to handle all the legs.

This playground is designed like a small section of the forest floor with a ladybird, some branches, and some small rocks.

The submarine has just surfaced after yet another adventure. The wave laps onto the foredeck in large soft shape, a great place to run across

The children in Bispeparken wanted a monster on the playground. MONSTRUM put up a trap and caught one.

A large haunted house, three fluttering bats and a dark forest inhabited by ghosts set the mood of the spooky ghost playground in Varberg.

A huge cargo ship is sunk. Now it is on the ocean floor next to the lighthouse and among cargo crates and fish.

Playhouses in Gyllins Trdgrd float on piles in different heights and provide a lovely view of the area.

A great old Galion has gone down in a storm close to shore. Waves are lapping over the sides of the ship.

The playground consists of a small striped town on the fringe of the forest with a large spider in the middle.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/children-playgrounds-monstrum-denmark/

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Unusual Toys

Unusual Toys

Not So Much Unusual Toys

Rather Toys You May Find Unusual for us to have here

Some easy build, clip together model kits that come with paint and a brush and require no glue. Easy and fund to build, these kits have proved popular and at only £4.99 are a steal. They are great fun to build and the parts simply snap together, a sharp knife to get them off of the sprue. They clip together with ease and look great painted up, there are some images below for you to enjoy:
Apache Model

Camping gear, we have some fun kids Camping gear from the House of Marbles and the lantern is especially bright. These are fun for younger children to have and as camping season looms closer you might want to take some with you.
Camping Gear

Shopkins, they have been a long time coming to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, and at last we have the Shopkins in stock
Shopkins

Board games, various sorts though we always have Chess, Draughts, Ludo and both Junior and Normal Scrabble variations in stock.
Board Games

Rubik’s cube. Not the original and pretty expensive Hungarian version, rather a good quality cheaper version and at only £3.99 works very well.
Rubiks Cube

Marbles, marbles have always been stocked at Silly Billy’s ever since we opened 20 years ago, we now have a great selection which look resplendent in Acrylic cases and with backdrop LED Lighting.
Marbles

Dice. Do you ever lose dice for games, do you need dice for a game or are just after some great dice. We have fantastic quality replacement dice here at Silly Billy’s for only 50 pence per die. A throwing bargain.
Dice

Dominoes, we have professional quality double-nine competition dominoes here in our Toy Shop as well as the standard cheaper version dominoes.

Baby Toys, we have Toys Suitable for New Borns and babies under 1 year. Sophie La Giraffe Toother is new to us and was made a media sensation by David Beckham some time ago.
Sophie_la_girafe

You may have seen our recent Facebook post on Orchard Toys, we have received a massive delivery of Orchard Toys and have all their new lines for January 2017 in the shop including:

  • Cheeky Monkies
  • Smelly Wellies
  • Toys
  • Match and Spell – Next Steps
  • Alphabet Flashcards

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