Optimus Prime that transforms on its own

Someone has created an Optimus Prime action figure / toy / collectible that transforms on its own. It even responds to voice commands and you can drive it around via an app. If this interests you in the least, here’s a video showing it off:

I have to admit, that is really cool. It’s great that they used the original transforming sound effect and that they got Peter Cullen to voice the dialogue. So props to the maker of this for doing it right.

It contains over 5000 components, 60 microchips, and 27 servo motors, with more details at the official site. As you might expect, technology this awesome is not cheap. $700 is out of my budget for such things, so I won’t be able to provide a hands-on review. Hopefully in the future it’ll get a lot cheaper, because it would be a great addition to my desk.

The reviewer in the video declares this the coolest toy ever. Of course that’s debatable, but I’m not going to argue with that. It is indeed awesome. Do you know of a toy or toy-like collectible that is more awesome?

caption contest, Japanese guys in crazy costumes

Despite the uncertainty with my calendar this week, I bring you another weekly caption contest.  This week’s photo features Japanese guys in crazy costumes.  What they’re probably doing in real life is fairly obvious, but of course you are free to create any interpretation / interpolation you can imagine.  Actually, it would be more fun if you think outside the box.  For example, how could these picture tie in with world events?  Politics?  A friend of yours?  (And then send them the link to the post.)  Your job?

Japanese guys in crazy costumes

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don’t play with your food

I recently had lunch at a local Mexican restaurant with several different couples.  One couple had two children, both boys, and they were having trouble with not getting in trouble.  At one point during the meal, I looked that way, and one of the boys had several small action figures standing in the refried beans on his plate.  He was creating some story to go with them, as kids do, and it was awesome.  But when his dad saw this, he wasn’t very happy at all, and he made his son quit immediately.  I wish he would’ve let him continue.  The toys were already dirty, and it was obvious he was past the eating phase of his meal.

I wanted to take a picture with my cell phone, but there wasn’t time before his dad caught him and made him quit.