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More Modarri – The Ultimate Toy Car

Some more items from Modarri have come into our store. They;ve expanded the car offerings as well as recieved the body changes and tires. Lets have a look at the new Modarri Cars. First up is the DIY Street Car



More New Metal Earth Models (part 1)

Metal Earth Models are great little models you build from laser-cut sheets of steel! We’ve been selling them for several years and now have added a few more great entries from the product line.  Let’s look at 3 of the new ones. We’ll start with the Ford 1965 Mustang Coupe!



Metal Earth: New Models Part 1

Metal Earth, previously known as Metal Marvels and Metal Works has introduced a new batch of models, including some of their Gold series which use three sheets to build. The originals were built using just one single 11x11cm sheet. The Silver series increased it to two sheets, and now comes the Gold series.

In any case, if you didn’t know what Metal Earth is, it is models you put together using pieces laser etched into sheets of steel. Assembly usually takes about 30-45 minutes and requires only a set of needle-nose pliers.

First up we will look at the new Gold Series. We added two of these, first is the Sydney Opera House



Marble Run!

Construction toys are fun, and they are even more fun when they actually can do something! Marble Run is a new product that Spectrum Scientifics is carrying that lets you build spinning ramps for marbles to race down.

Marble run comes in two sizes: 37 pieces and 80 pieces for $9.99 and $19.99 respectively. Pieces are compatible so you can combine sets to make even larger marble runs. The 37 piece includes 15 marbles and the 80 piece has 30 marbles for some serious rolling.

Marble Run is meant for ages 3+, making it an excellent construction toy for young builders!


Straws & Connectors

We’ve added a new construction toy, well, its new to us anyway. Straws and Connectors!

Straws & Connectors use a simple concept: You get lots of plastic straws, as well as a bunch of jack shaped connector pieces that allow you to attach one straw to another, either in a straight line or at a right angle, etc. Straws can be made to curve (such as in the cylinder shape of the rocket shown above). You can even cut the straws for special shaping. The straws and connectors are  vividly colored. Several hints are given on how to build various shapes and objects, but kids can download special instructions to build rockets, boats, cars, castles and more at www.strawsandconnectors.com.

Straws and Connectors come in three sizes, the 230 piece set, the 400 piece set, and the deluxe 705 pieces set.

In addition to Straws & Connectors, we have also added the actually new Newspaper Connectors to our product line!

The concept is the same as with straws and connectors, except now instead of straws kids roll up newspapers using provided tube ends and connect them with larger size connectors. The newspapers take the place of the straws and so can be cut easily to exactly the correct length. Kids can build huge structures using old recycled newspapers. With 36 connectors and 200 tube ends you have enough to make your own playground! Probably shouldn’t swing on it however.

Straws & Connectors and Newspaper connectors are good for ages 4+.

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Two New Books!

We’ve added a couple of really neat books to our line-up. First up is Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

Build Implements of Spitball Warefare

As the name implies, the entire book is devoted to plans and building of mini-catapults, launchers, crossbows and such. Included are

  • Clothespin Catapult
  • Matchbox Bomb
  • Shoelace Darts
  • Paper-Clip Trebuchet
  • Tube Launcher
  • Clip Crossbow
  • Coin Shooter
  • Hanger Slignshot
  • Ping-Pong Zooka

…and many more! In all over 35 projects are described along with some instructions for building some nifty targets for your min-weapons to shoot at!

The usual caveats should apply here: Do not aim any of these weapons at people, etc. Yadda, yadda you know the drill.

The next book is Amazing Leonardo Da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself and like the Mini-Weapons book it involves making and building cool things based on the inventions and sketches of the famous inventor



Now, how well some of these invention work may be a different matter. Most of Leonardo’s sketches were never ‘brought to life’ and most folks can see there will be some design flaws with them (his hand cranked  helicoptor is an example). But that still leaves lots of great things like a Perspectograph, Weather Predictor,  Trebuchet,  and many more. Detailed building instructions are given for over fifteen Leonardo inspired constructions that use ordinary household materials.

Both of these books are part of our library of excellent science books. Be sure to pick up copies today!


Laser Pegs

We’ve got a new product in house. It is called Laser Pegs!

Laser Pegs are the world’s first light-up construction toy! You join pieces together and not only do they for new structures, but they also form low-voltage electrical circuits that light up LED’s in the pieces! The pieces have all sorts of different colors, and some even blink!

Laser Pegs Dune Buggy

These kits are powered by ‘AAA’ batteries, however you can also purchase an AC adapter for more long-lasting lights

The “Big Kit” that we carry at Spectrum is the Laser Pegs 3-in-1  Kit

Laser Pegs 3 in 1

Laser Pegs 3 in 1 Set

But you might also consider the smaller kits, such as the Mini Monster Bug, the Tractor, and the Dune Buggy.

We would have added Laser Pegs back during the holidays, but they are a new product and were a victim of their own success – they actually ran out of kits to sell. But now they are back and well stocked to boot! Get yourself some Laser Pegs kits today!