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Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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FASCINATIONS® STEEL BLACK PEARL MODEL KIT

Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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Blasts From The Past

You can’t beat a nice fossil for helping you forget about the present. Transcend the 21st century with: a fossilized shark tooth, between 1-1/2” and 2”, dating from the Eocene to Cretaceous ages, which is even before chicken fingers; or a nice 3/4” chunk of dinosaur bone from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, dating from the Mesozoic era, and it was broken when we found it, honest.

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3/4” DINOSAUR BONE CHUNK

Blasts From The Past

You can’t beat a nice fossil for helping you forget about the present. Transcend the 21st century with: a fossilized shark tooth, between 1-1/2” and 2”, dating from the Eocene to Cretaceous ages, which is even before chicken fingers; or a nice 3/4” chunk of dinosaur bone from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, dating from the Mesozoic era, and it was broken when we found it, honest.

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Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot

From Elenco®, than whom nobody is cleverer, this MECH5 kit--a STEM kit--will make (5) robots, all of which use a mechanical coding wheel instead of software. They perform tasks, including forward, back 45 or 90 degrees, left or right turns, and modes to make bots draw circles, throw or push a ball, grip things, or act as a forklift. You add (2) “AAA” batteries for the small DC motor. Kit has (220+) pieces and the finished bots will be approx 6” tall. Ages 10+, but it’s intricate enough to need some adult help unless the kid is a genuine whiz-bang.

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ELENCO® MECH5 ROBOT STEM KIT

Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot

From Elenco®, than whom nobody is cleverer, this MECH5 kit--a STEM kit--will make (5) robots, all of which use a mechanical coding wheel instead of software. They perform tasks, including forward, back 45 or 90 degrees, left or right turns, and modes to make bots draw circles, throw or push a ball, grip things, or act as a forklift. You add (2) “AAA” batteries for the small DC motor. Kit has (220+) pieces and the finished bots will be approx 6” tall. Ages 10+, but it’s intricate enough to need some adult help unless the kid is a genuine whiz-bang.

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$34.95 EACH

“My Rolls-Royce Radio Is Broken”

Yes, now you can truthfully tell people this. Just get this combo 10" long 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom slash AM radio and you’re in business. The power knob/volume control in the right-side spare tire is frozen, but if you’re handy you can fix it and then truthfully say “I just fixed the radio in my ’31 Rolls Phantom.” These radio-models are from the mid ’70s, so they might be a tad tarnished, bumperwise, but they’re still your chance to work on, and own, a Rolls.

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RETRO ROLLS-ROYCE RADIO

“My Rolls-Royce Radio Is Broken”

Yes, now you can truthfully tell people this. Just get this combo 10" long 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom slash AM radio and you’re in business. The power knob/volume control in the right-side spare tire is frozen, but if you’re handy you can fix it and then truthfully say “I just fixed the radio in my ’31 Rolls Phantom.” These radio-models are from the mid ’70s, so they might be a tad tarnished, bumperwise, but they’re still your chance to work on, and own, a Rolls.

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$9.50 EACH

Vehicular Kits

Suddenly we find ourselves with an assortment of highly coveted, plastic, brick snap-together kits from BanBao®. These kits will make pull-back racing cars with sturdy, chunky 1-5/8” dia tires. Models have from (86) to (108) pieces and will measure approx 9” x 5-7/8” x 2” when complete, and include instructions and some decals. We’ll pick (2) different for you.

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PULL BACK SNAP-TOGETHER RACE CAR KITS

Vehicular Kits

Suddenly we find ourselves with an assortment of highly coveted, plastic, brick snap-together kits from BanBao®. These kits will make pull-back racing cars with sturdy, chunky 1-5/8” dia tires. Models have from (86) to (108) pieces and will measure approx 9” x 5-7/8” x 2” when complete, and include instructions and some decals. We’ll pick (2) different for you.

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$9.50 PKG (2)

She Looked Sketchy

Inspiration can strike at any moment, so you best be ready for it with this artist’s sketch set. It contains a handy 9” x 6” double-spiral sketchbook with (50) blank pages between the plain black covers; a sturdy tube of (7) colored pencils; and a pack of (12) pre-sharpened #2 pencils. Easily deployed whenever the desire to draw drives you.

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ARTIST SKETCH NOTEBOOK AND PENCIL SET

She Looked Sketchy

Inspiration can strike at any moment, so you best be ready for it with this artist’s sketch set. It contains a handy 9” x 6” double-spiral sketchbook with (50) blank pages between the plain black covers; a sturdy tube of (7) colored pencils; and a pack of (12) pre-sharpened #2 pencils. Easily deployed whenever the desire to draw drives you.

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$6.25 EACH

STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY

Or maybe not. Hotel managers get funny about rocket launches, but this is NASA-level fun for the backyard, or maybe a cheap motel parking lot. The Stomp Rocket™ uses no batteries, fuel, diet cola or anything else but your feet. And good stomp on the 4" X 8" "Blast Pad" can get you 200 feet of lift at speeds up to 100mph. You get (4) bright yellow plastic rockets, 9" long x 7/8" dia, with soft, round nose cones (bulbs?) for safety's sake, and a tripod gantry. Fine adjustments even allow for accuracy contests. If the neighbors have really high roofs, or you manage to achieve orbit, we've got a (2) pack of replacement rockets. For ages 6+.

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AIR LAUNCHED STOMP ROCKET

STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY

Or maybe not. Hotel managers get funny about rocket launches, but this is NASA-level fun for the backyard, or maybe a cheap motel parking lot. The Stomp Rocket™ uses no batteries, fuel, diet cola or anything else but your feet. And good stomp on the 4" X 8" "Blast Pad" can get you 200 feet of lift at speeds up to 100mph. You get (4) bright yellow plastic rockets, 9" long x 7/8" dia, with soft, round nose cones (bulbs?) for safety's sake, and a tripod gantry. Fine adjustments even allow for accuracy contests. If the neighbors have really high roofs, or you manage to achieve orbit, we've got a (2) pack of replacement rockets. For ages 6+.

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Friends Forever

Nothing says friendship more than a bracelet and nothing builds a better bracelet than leather and paracord. Each set includes a pack of (12) always stylish 7/16” x 9/16” x 1-1/8” black buckles that snap together for easy wear and removal. You select: the leather pack, which includes (10) leather cords in traditional leather light-brown, dark-brown or black colors, approximately 42” long; or the paracord pack, which includes a 100-foot spool of 3/32” dia., 275-lb test, UV-, rot- and mildew-resistant, 4-strand paracord, the color or pattern of which our warehouse manager will personally select to match your eyes. Weave, twine and knot to your heart’s content.

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BUILD-A-BRACELET – PARACORD

Friends Forever

Nothing says friendship more than a bracelet and nothing builds a better bracelet than leather and paracord. Each set includes a pack of (12) always stylish 7/16” x 9/16” x 1-1/8” black buckles that snap together for easy wear and removal. You select: the leather pack, which includes (10) leather cords in traditional leather light-brown, dark-brown or black colors, approximately 42” long; or the paracord pack, which includes a 100-foot spool of 3/32” dia., 275-lb test, UV-, rot- and mildew-resistant, 4-strand paracord, the color or pattern of which our warehouse manager will personally select to match your eyes. Weave, twine and knot to your heart’s content.

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$8.25 EACH

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes  came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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UNDERSEA EXPLORER DIVING SUBMARINE

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes  came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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$4.95 EACH

Crack It Open East Of Java

This excellent kit has (4) genuine geodes between 1-1/2” and 2” dia just waiting for you to crack them open, and since every place we ship to is in North America (OK, plus Guam) you’re going to be cracking them (a long way) East of Java. You’ll also get safety goggles, a little magnifier and an activity book. A Dr. Toys Seal of Excellence Winner.

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GENUINE GEODE STARTER KIT

Crack It Open East Of Java

This excellent kit has (4) genuine geodes between 1-1/2” and 2” dia just waiting for you to crack them open, and since every place we ship to is in North America (OK, plus Guam) you’re going to be cracking them (a long way) East of Java. You’ll also get safety goggles, a little magnifier and an activity book. A Dr. Toys Seal of Excellence Winner.

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$20.95 EACH

Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base. Ages 8+.

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SOLAR SYSTEM

Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base. Ages 8+.

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$11.95 EACH

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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MAGIC SET WITH 77 TRICKS

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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$14.95 EACH

JUNIOR SCIENTIST™ STRANDBEEST KIT

The Junior Scientist™ series brings you the staggeringly clever wind beasts from Dutch artist Theo Jensen. These mini versions of his giant contraptions come with detailed instructions and history of the projects. Your Strandbeest (strand as in beach because it was made to walk on sand), will be about 8" x 6-5/8" x 4-1/4" after you assemble the 117-part wind-powered automaton. For ages 8 and up, the only tool you need is scissors.

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The Junior Scientist™ series brings you the staggeringly clever wind beasts from Dutch artist Theo Jensen. These mini versions of his giant contraptions come with detailed instructions and history of the projects. Your Strandbeest (strand as in beach because it was made to walk on sand), will be about 8" x 6-5/8" x 4-1/4" after you assemble the 117-part wind-powered automaton. For ages 8 and up, the only tool you need is scissors.

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$29.95 EACH

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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MICRO MODEL VEHICLE KITS

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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$4.95 EACH

Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene. For ages 8+.

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LEGO® MOVIE MAKING KIT

Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene. For ages 8+.

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$24.95 EACH

The Pet Of Tomorrow

Our robotic kingii dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii, or frilled-neck lizard) is better than a puppy because you don't have clean up after it and it won't chew the furniture. This STEM education kit has (2) motors and digital control via IR sensors to activate LED eyes, motorized mouth and pop-out neck frill, plus "Escape" and "Chase" modes, which make it retreat and follow you using IR sensors, respectively. You'll need (4) "AAA" batteries and some patience, as this kit is delightfully challenging. Finished dragon will be 13-1/2" long x 8-1/4" x 5". For ages 10+.

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DRAGON ROBOT KIT

The Pet Of Tomorrow

Our robotic kingii dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii, or frilled-neck lizard) is better than a puppy because you don't have clean up after it and it won't chew the furniture. This STEM education kit has (2) motors and digital control via IR sensors to activate LED eyes, motorized mouth and pop-out neck frill, plus "Escape" and "Chase" modes, which make it retreat and follow you using IR sensors, respectively. You'll need (4) "AAA" batteries and some patience, as this kit is delightfully challenging. Finished dragon will be 13-1/2" long x 8-1/4" x 5". For ages 10+.

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$42.95 EACH

Let There Be Running Lights

Nice little 8-LED running light kit from Velleman® has program and speed controls. You control which lights go on and off, and how fast they "run" in sequence. It's the basic concept used in those vintage blinking signs that entice you into car dealerships, amusement parks and cocktail lounges. You get the PC board and all the parts except the 9V battery you need to let the little lights shine. Ages 10+, as some soldering is required.

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VELLEMAN® RUNNING LIGHTS KIT

Let There Be Running Lights

Nice little 8-LED running light kit from Velleman® has program and speed controls. You control which lights go on and off, and how fast they "run" in sequence. It's the basic concept used in those vintage blinking signs that entice you into car dealerships, amusement parks and cocktail lounges. You get the PC board and all the parts except the 9V battery you need to let the little lights shine. Ages 10+, as some soldering is required.

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$11.95 EACH

We've Got Floppets!

From the world of Collect 'Em All, these uber-cute little foam animal figures are 1" to 1-1/2" across with a little 3" hook-n-loop band on the back so they can be attached to fingers, flip-flops, shoelaces, backpacks, wherever kiddies think they belong. You'll get (4) different ones from the selection of frogs, pandas, monkeys, elephants, kittens, bats, fishes, penguins and toucans.

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FOAM FINGER PUPPETS

We've Got Floppets!

From the world of Collect 'Em All, these uber-cute little foam animal figures are 1" to 1-1/2" across with a little 3" hook-n-loop band on the back so they can be attached to fingers, flip-flops, shoelaces, backpacks, wherever kiddies think they belong. You'll get (4) different ones from the selection of frogs, pandas, monkeys, elephants, kittens, bats, fishes, penguins and toucans.

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$3.25 PKG (4)

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