The Harrington Group's half-scale cars have been around for 13 years, with the entire fleet of classic look-alikes being completely reengineered two years ago and a new level of sophistication added to the designs. The latest release of a two-thirds scale 1960s Lotus 25 F1 lookalike could prove to be much more than just an exquisite toy for the wealthy though. It's a low cost race car which could form the basis for a whole new sport with more relevance than karts.
Kids' bikes are learning to grow as quickly as children. Designs like the Grow bike and B'kid expand in size to keep up with the fast-growing tyke, and the Wishbone bike keeps right on growing from pedal-free balance bike to pedal bike. The new Leg&Go bike does all that and even transforms to keep the ride going indoors and out in the snow.
As a kid, pogo-sticks always looked like fun, but were inevitably disappointing to use. US-based Vurtego, however, designs pogo-sticks for adults and they're a bit more on the extreme side. Its new V4 can launch users up to 10 ft (3 m) into the air and is ideal for a mid-life crisis.
A successful Lego Ideas fan submission based on the Labyrinth marble maze game is to be produced. The Lego Labyrinth Marble Maze will feature a tilting platform that players must move around in order to guide a marble to the end of the maze, avoiding holes on the way.
Electrical engineer Charles Sharman noticed several years ago that as they got older,
the children he taught at Sunday School tended to migrate from Lego and
other building toys to video games. He wanted them to keep creating, so
he started a company called Seven:Twelve Engineering and began designing
a building toy that could hold the attention of these older kids. That
toy is called Crossbeams, and it can be used to design and assemble a
huge range of toys – including big, detailed, moving cars and