And Down the Stretch they Come! Final Days Summer Surplus Sale!

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Toasters to Toilets

Start them out right with this (profusely) hand-illustrated, 96-page book: The Story of Inventions. Includes toasters, toilets, television, computers, cars, chocolate bars, dishwashers, pianos, flying machines, bicycles and blue jeans among many others. Includes a timeline, glossary and index. No age recommendations, but we like it for pretty much anyone.

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STORY OF INVENTIONS BOOK

Toasters to Toilets

Start them out right with this (profusely) hand-illustrated, 96-page book: The Story of Inventions. Includes toasters, toilets, television, computers, cars, chocolate bars, dishwashers, pianos, flying machines, bicycles and blue jeans among many others. Includes a timeline, glossary and index. No age recommendations, but we like it for pretty much anyone.

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$10.00 EACH
$10.50
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Flo, Flo, Flo Her Boat

Yes, TV watchers, Flo, the Progressive Insurance Spokesgeek who's become America's heartthrob is now a model—a model kit, that is—with her own little speedboat that’s made, like Flo, of plastic building bricks. This (19)-piece kit lets you put Flo and her boat back together again. And yes, our little model has that interesting hairdo, and sunglasses, too. Includes decals.

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PROGRESSIVE FLO BUILDING BRICK MODEL KIT

Flo, Flo, Flo Her Boat

Yes, TV watchers, Flo, the Progressive Insurance Spokesgeek who's become America's heartthrob is now a model—a model kit, that is—with her own little speedboat that’s made, like Flo, of plastic building bricks. This (19)-piece kit lets you put Flo and her boat back together again. And yes, our little model has that interesting hairdo, and sunglasses, too. Includes decals.

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$2.50 EACH
$3.50
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A Century Of Flight...

…in a box. This set of flying models comprises the history of flight from Kitty Hawk to the Space Shuttle Discovery. You’ll get the Wright Brothers' flier at approx 10" x 9" x 3", Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis at approx 12" x 11" x 6", the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet at approx 11" x 10” x 4", and the Space Shuttle at approx 12" x 8" x 4". All are fliers, with the Spirit of St. Louis powered by a rubber-band prop. Includes flight instructions. No glue or tools needed.

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FLYING MODELS KIT

A Century Of Flight...

…in a box. This set of flying models comprises the history of flight from Kitty Hawk to the Space Shuttle Discovery. You’ll get the Wright Brothers' flier at approx 10" x 9" x 3", Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis at approx 12" x 11" x 6", the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet at approx 11" x 10” x 4", and the Space Shuttle at approx 12" x 8" x 4". All are fliers, with the Spirit of St. Louis powered by a rubber-band prop. Includes flight instructions. No glue or tools needed.

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$14.95 EACH

Look Ma! No Tangles!

Introducing the Aeromax 2000. This update of the classic parachute toy has mesh under the canopy instead of lines, so it's tangle-free. Big 20" chute floats the little 3-1/2" tall trooper gently to the ground. In assorted colors, which we'll pick because we have really good color sense.

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AEROMAX 2000 NO-TANGLE PARACHUTE

Look Ma! No Tangles!

Introducing the Aeromax 2000. This update of the classic parachute toy has mesh under the canopy instead of lines, so it's tangle-free. Big 20" chute floats the little 3-1/2" tall trooper gently to the ground. In assorted colors, which we'll pick because we have really good color sense.

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$4.95 EACH

Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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RUBBER BAND LAUNCH ARROW COPTER

Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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$7.35 EACH
$7.95
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Not Your Grandmother's Postcards

This whimsical pack of (30) postcards measures, unsurprisingly, post-card size 5-3/4" x 3-15/16", with non-duplicating images of gravy and bacon, Nikola Tesla, narwhals, spontaneous human combustion, boxing kangaroos, infinity and taxidermy, among many others of that ilk. Those ilks. Whatever--just buy 'em and stop asking so many questions. Blurbs on the back.

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SCIENCE AND WHIMSICAL POSTCARDS

Not Your Grandmother's Postcards

This whimsical pack of (30) postcards measures, unsurprisingly, post-card size 5-3/4" x 3-15/16", with non-duplicating images of gravy and bacon, Nikola Tesla, narwhals, spontaneous human combustion, boxing kangaroos, infinity and taxidermy, among many others of that ilk. Those ilks. Whatever--just buy 'em and stop asking so many questions. Blurbs on the back.

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$8.85 EACH

Box O' Bones

Glow-in-the-dark plastic skeleton, about 1 ft. tall. That is the end result. What you get is a box of bones that you snap together to create the final product. Which is kind of fun. Or of course you can leave some or all of them disassembled to create a sense of havoc. We're not going to claim it is anatomically correct, or educational. But you do need to figure out that feet don't grow from shoulders and thigh bones do not connect to jaw bones. Maybe 5 minutes of fun!! And the finished product is one of our better little Halloween guys.

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GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PLASTIC SKELETON KIT

Box O' Bones

Glow-in-the-dark plastic skeleton, about 1 ft. tall. That is the end result. What you get is a box of bones that you snap together to create the final product. Which is kind of fun. Or of course you can leave some or all of them disassembled to create a sense of havoc. We're not going to claim it is anatomically correct, or educational. But you do need to figure out that feet don't grow from shoulders and thigh bones do not connect to jaw bones. Maybe 5 minutes of fun!! And the finished product is one of our better little Halloween guys.

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$2.95 EACH

Tippe Tops Are A Thing

We just learned that. You’d think we’d have known. Now we do. They’re sort of like round dreidels, with a hollowed-out middle around the stem, which causes them to turn themselves upside down while they’re spinning. Great lesson in center-of-mass instruction for physics teachers. Includes an explanatory booklet with activities and discussion topics. You’ll get (3) wooden tops at 7/8”, 1-1/4” and 1-1/2” dia.

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WOODEN TIPPE TOPS

Tippe Tops Are A Thing

We just learned that. You’d think we’d have known. Now we do. They’re sort of like round dreidels, with a hollowed-out middle around the stem, which causes them to turn themselves upside down while they’re spinning. Great lesson in center-of-mass instruction for physics teachers. Includes an explanatory booklet with activities and discussion topics. You’ll get (3) wooden tops at 7/8”, 1-1/4” and 1-1/2” dia.

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$4.95 EACH

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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DA VINCI CATAPULT

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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$17.50 EACH
$19.95
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Flying Bird

From France comes this fun mechanical plastic bird that really flies by flapping its wings. It is about 8" long and has a wingspan of 16" tip to tip. Snap the wings in place, wind up the rubberband drive and toss it gently into the air on its maiden flight. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. 

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FLAPPING FLYING BIRD TOY

Flying Bird

From France comes this fun mechanical plastic bird that really flies by flapping its wings. It is about 8" long and has a wingspan of 16" tip to tip. Snap the wings in place, wind up the rubberband drive and toss it gently into the air on its maiden flight. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. 

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$14.75 EACH

Bouncy & Glows In The Dark

Hey, that’s like a frog that swallowed a flashlight. But also this kneadable and stretchy lab putty, which is puttier than slime and glows really brightly. Did we mention it’s bouncy? It comes in a tin, approx 3” dia x 1” deep, like shoe polish, except it’s more fun than shoe polish. Might even be more fun than a barrel of monkeys, but it depends on the monkeys.

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STRETCHABLE GLOWING LAB PUTTY

Bouncy & Glows In The Dark

Hey, that’s like a frog that swallowed a flashlight. But also this kneadable and stretchy lab putty, which is puttier than slime and glows really brightly. Did we mention it’s bouncy? It comes in a tin, approx 3” dia x 1” deep, like shoe polish, except it’s more fun than shoe polish. Might even be more fun than a barrel of monkeys, but it depends on the monkeys.

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$4.50 EACH

THE CLASSIC VIEW

This reincarnation of the classic View-Master® is called (wait for it) the View-Master Classic®. As much fun as ever, and still battery-free. Comes with (3) reels with (21) 3-D images, including Age of Dinosaurs, Safari Adventure and Marine Life. Includes a case and, yes, it will accept all of the original film reels. For ages 3+.

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VIEW-MASTER CLASSIC® WITH 3 REELS

THE CLASSIC VIEW

This reincarnation of the classic View-Master® is called (wait for it) the View-Master Classic®. As much fun as ever, and still battery-free. Comes with (3) reels with (21) 3-D images, including Age of Dinosaurs, Safari Adventure and Marine Life. Includes a case and, yes, it will accept all of the original film reels. For ages 3+.

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$19.95 EACH
$21.95
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Temporary Tatooine

May the ink be with you, at least for a while. These Star Wars™ tattoos from Disney are temporary, but this kit offers lasting fun. Comes with more than (100) assorted tats and stickers, from 1/2" up to 3-1/4" x 2-1/4", some metallic, some glow-in-the-dark, some collectible. All the classic are here, from people and creatures to words and weapons. Don’t like images on your skin? Make a collage and use the inner packaging as a backdrop. Ages 4+. Made in the USA.

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STAR WARS™ TATTOOS AND STICKERS

Temporary Tatooine

May the ink be with you, at least for a while. These Star Wars™ tattoos from Disney are temporary, but this kit offers lasting fun. Comes with more than (100) assorted tats and stickers, from 1/2" up to 3-1/4" x 2-1/4", some metallic, some glow-in-the-dark, some collectible. All the classic are here, from people and creatures to words and weapons. Don’t like images on your skin? Make a collage and use the inner packaging as a backdrop. Ages 4+. Made in the USA.

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$3.75 EACH

This Avocado Might Spoil You

Who wouldn’t love a green avocado plush toy? Scrooge? Schleprock? Debbie Downer? They’re probably the only three, because the rest of us wouldn’t be able to resist this approx 15” x 10” x 5” two-tone-green avocado half with a beige pit for a face, brown eyes and a very happy red smile. There’s a little brown stem on top, too, and a hanging loop. Way softer than an actual avocado.

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AVOCADO PLUSH TOY

This Avocado Might Spoil You

Who wouldn’t love a green avocado plush toy? Scrooge? Schleprock? Debbie Downer? They’re probably the only three, because the rest of us wouldn’t be able to resist this approx 15” x 10” x 5” two-tone-green avocado half with a beige pit for a face, brown eyes and a very happy red smile. There’s a little brown stem on top, too, and a hanging loop. Way softer than an actual avocado.

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$6.95 EACH

Just In From Yesteryear

It’s Sandy the spinning seal! From Z Classic Wind Ups™, Sandy spins clockwise, bobs up and down and spins her ball on her nose. Arms and tail move, too. Measures approx 8" x 5" x 3", in teal and silver with a red ball adorned with a festive yellow star. All kids love wind-ups at some point in their lives. Great as kitschy adult decor, too.

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SPINNING SEAL WIND-UP TOY

Just In From Yesteryear

It’s Sandy the spinning seal! From Z Classic Wind Ups™, Sandy spins clockwise, bobs up and down and spins her ball on her nose. Arms and tail move, too. Measures approx 8" x 5" x 3", in teal and silver with a red ball adorned with a festive yellow star. All kids love wind-ups at some point in their lives. Great as kitschy adult decor, too.

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$6.75 EACH

What Mood Is Your Ring In?

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when people could gauge your mood just by looking at your fingers. Our mood rings are tasteful, simple metal bands with mood-indicating stuff on the outside. We'll send you a trio from our bins of assorted sizes, and chances are they'll fit one or the other of your fingers or thumbs. (Or toes, which can get quite moody, too.)

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COLOR-CHANGING MOOD RINGS

What Mood Is Your Ring In?

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when people could gauge your mood just by looking at your fingers. Our mood rings are tasteful, simple metal bands with mood-indicating stuff on the outside. We'll send you a trio from our bins of assorted sizes, and chances are they'll fit one or the other of your fingers or thumbs. (Or toes, which can get quite moody, too.)

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$5.75 PKG (3)
$6.95
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Rattlesnake Egg Magnets

Or singing suppositories. The pair is very magnetic, whatever they are. The 1-3/4" long prolate spheroids look like highly polished black hematites. Hold them an inch apart in your palm, toss 'em into the air and listen to them make a sound like the cyber-crickets. Or an electrocuted chicken. The manufacturer suggests keeping these mega-magnets away from computers, pacemakers, TV sets and credit cards.

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MAGNETIC RATTLESNAKE EGG

Rattlesnake Egg Magnets

Or singing suppositories. The pair is very magnetic, whatever they are. The 1-3/4" long prolate spheroids look like highly polished black hematites. Hold them an inch apart in your palm, toss 'em into the air and listen to them make a sound like the cyber-crickets. Or an electrocuted chicken. The manufacturer suggests keeping these mega-magnets away from computers, pacemakers, TV sets and credit cards.

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$1.95 EACH

Go Ballistic

If you're devoted to explosions, and who isn't, you'll love the new expanded 2nd edition of William Gurstelle's Backyard Ballistics, now 25% longer, with 25% more ka-boomery. Still the go-to reference work for building rockets, cannons (carbide and potato), flingers, fire kites, electromagnetic pipe guns, tennis ball mortars, cleaner-bag balloons, ballistic pendula and petards. You simply can't have more fun with common household materials. The soft-cover, 210pp compendium includes detailed and illustrated instructions, parts lists and sensible ways not to be hoist on your own petard. Be careful out there.

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BACKYARD BALLISTICS

Go Ballistic

If you're devoted to explosions, and who isn't, you'll love the new expanded 2nd edition of William Gurstelle's Backyard Ballistics, now 25% longer, with 25% more ka-boomery. Still the go-to reference work for building rockets, cannons (carbide and potato), flingers, fire kites, electromagnetic pipe guns, tennis ball mortars, cleaner-bag balloons, ballistic pendula and petards. You simply can't have more fun with common household materials. The soft-cover, 210pp compendium includes detailed and illustrated instructions, parts lists and sensible ways not to be hoist on your own petard. Be careful out there.

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$15.75 EACH
$16.95
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