Take a siege weapon, reduce it to a harmless scale, and the Pennypult Trebuchet is the result. Pennypult stands 9 inches tall yet hurls projectiles at distances of up to 35 feet — more than enough to nail a target across the office — by gaining leverage thanks to its stacked throwing arm that uses 16 pennies (BYOP) as a counterweight. And although it comes unassembled, building takes under 15 minutes and requires no tools or adhesives of any kind: just snap the laser cut wooden pieces together and add in its brass, copper, and acrylic accessories.
Find it at Kickstarter – $30
The limiting factor of most Nerf guns’ firing rate is the pump action required to prime it. Nerf’s Rival Zeus MXV-1200, on the other hand, has no such barrier. This motorized blaster fires its dimpled, golf ball-like ammo at a rate of 100 feet per second — or 70 mph — without breaking a sweat. It’s also equipped with a clear quick-load magazine that holds 12 rounds, a trigger lock to prevent accidental firing, and tactical rails on the top and sides for affixing Nerf accessories like a scope or pinpoint sight, making this a force to be reckoned with in office warfare.
Preorder at Toys”R”Us – $50
Hard to keep from misplacing your numerous collar stays? Pump them out faster than you can lose them with Pick Punch’s Collar Stay Punch, a heavy duty hole puncher-like device that makes collar stays out of thin pieces of plastic, notably old credit cards and the like. The resulting stays are shaped like the flimsy ones included in most dress shirts, ensuring near universal compatibility.
Find it at Amazon – $30
Playing a round of Risk is not in any way quick. Nor is it really suitable for two players. And if we’re being picky, we’d rather fight a battle whose background we truly understand inside and out — like the one in Risk: Game of Thrones Edition. This board game includes two custom maps of Westeros and Essos as well as 600 unique game pieces representing the armies of each noble House. The game suits between two and seven players (using a combination of both maps when maxing out) and plays in three different ways — skirmish, dominion, and world at war — delivering some pretty decent bang for your buck as far as board games go.
Pick up a board on Amazon – $60 [via]
Silver and gold are naturally antibacterial, so it only makes sense to employ both in an everyday object that sees the inside of our mouths before sitting on a counter, wet, for hours. The Nano-B Antibacterial Toothbrush makes use these metals in its soft, rounded bristles to kill off the large majority of bacteria that would otherwise reside on the brush itself. They’re available in two versions — silver alone and charcoal with gold — the latter of which also naturally whitens by using bamboo charcoal bristles to absorb stain-causing substances.
Pick one up on Amazon – $14
Legroom on shorter flights is lacking, and that’s before you deploy the tray to hold your drink or prop up your tablet. Airhook helps by solidly anchoring to the closed tray in front of you, providing both a cup holder and a universal device holder for either a smartphone or full sized tablet in landscape orientation. It’s also collapsible for easy storage in a carry-on, adjusts in angle for accommodating reclined seats, and boasts a hook for headphones, earbuds, or a sport coat.
Preorder at Airhook – $22
A smartphone’s LED-emitted light is rarely described as warm, soft, or relaxing. Fred & Friends’ Travelamp Light Diffuser actually makes it so. This soft silicone lamp weighs in at about an ounce and a half and features an integrated rubber band-like strap to slide onto any small to mid-sized smartphone, diffusing the otherwise sharp, directional light into something far better for reading, playing cards, or just setting the mood.
Shipping in October. Find it at Fred & Friends – $8 [via]
Both seriously small and seriously strong, Brian Conti’s Strong Like Bull Stick Magnets are individual peel and stick magnets tailored to a variety of uses. Available in two sizes — 1.7-inch and 1-inch in diameter — they’re based around high strength neodymium magnets and sport a thin CNC machined and anodized aluminum cover that protects the magnet face from repeated attraction impacts that accumulate over the magnet’s life. They’ll hold keys, keep your charge cables from sliding off your desk, and the large versions are even strong enough to secure heavy tools like hammers and wrenches.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $20+ for three
Way before Angry Birds and Candy Crush, casual gamers’ preferred time sink was Microsoft’s Solitaire. And now it’s gone from digital to physical with Solitaire Cards, a deck of playing cards which feature Susan Kare’s designs on their front and back and come in a fittingly retro green card box. The deck also includes a pair of newly crafted jokers, which were not included in the digital deck due to lack of need.
Preorder at deck at Areaware – $14
The iconic toy so many of us enjoyed as children is all grown up. Silver Army Men is based on the green, inanimate plastic soldiers we know and love, but are instead crafted from sterling silver to the exacting specifications of the Louis Marx & Co originals. Each soldier weighs in at about 1.25 ounces and mans everything from a bazooka to a mortar. They’re also available in both Skull Face and Doughboy versions.
Learn more at Silver Army Men – $235 each / 2,585 for the 12 piece set