DIY Captain America Shield Can Bounce Back: Fibers, Assembled

There are a thousand replicas and scale models of Captain America’s iconic shield, from action figure accessories and cheap children’s toys to full-on display pieces. But none of them actually work like Cap’s weapon – you can throw them, but that’s like playing catch with a cat. That thing isn’t coming back. Unless you’re YouTuber JLaservideo, who cobbled together a fairly simple but surprisingly effective life-size toy that can bounce back near you.

JLaservideo used fiberglass to create an elastic ring, allowing the shield to deform and bounce back. He then molded the rest of the shield out of carbon fiber to keep it light while still being durable. The key factor that JLaservideo figured out was that he couldn’t directly connect the carbon fiber plate to the fiberglass ring. That version wasn’t elastic enough, and the stress from being thrown on walls even just a few times would damage the plate. So he made a smaller carbon fiber plate, then used latex strips to connect the plate to the ring, creating a buffer between the two main pieces. He also wrapped the ring in carbon fiber for added durability.

You can skip to around 5:12 in the video for the build and about 15:23 for the final demo:

Obviously, JLaservideo’s toy doesn’t bounce back perfectly, but it works well enough that you can mimic Cap’s double wall bounces with it and have to rush only a few steps to have the shield float back to your arms. Speaking of which, he also used small pieces of neodymium magnets to strap the shield to his wrist. If Disney can make a retractable lightsaber, I don’t see why they couldn’t make a more polished version of this toy.

LEGO Infinity Gauntlet Set: I Am Inevitable

Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet: I wish I had it. I’d only use it for good though, I swear. Well, mostly good. But considering the power glove is entirely fictional, I may have to settle for this 590-piece LEGO set is due for release on August 1st. Obviously, if you don’t plan on attaching minifigs to all the knuckles, what’s the point?

The set will retail for $70 and measures approximately 12.5″ tall, 5″ wide, and 4″ deep. The fingers are all moveable, and due to the set’s “engrossing construction challenge,” it’s recommended for builders 18-years and older. Does that mean a 14-year old wouldn’t be able to follow the instructions and build it? I doubt it. Does that mean I wouldn’t be able to follow the instructions and build it? Almost certainly.

I added it to my birthday list, but I doubt my wife will ever actually get it for me. And even if she does, how many arguments are we going to have about how I shouldn’t keep the infinity stones in my mouth ‘for safekeeping’? Now that I think about it, it’s probably best I don’t get it after all.

[via Slashfilm]

LEGO released a DIY Infinity Gauntlet kit that definitely doesn’t wipe out humanity with a snap… we hope

With 590 pieces (including 6 faux Infinity Stones), this meticulously detailed LEGO Infinity Gauntlet definitely adds a Marvel-ous touch to your room (I had to make that joke. You know it).

While LEGO’s Infinity Gauntlet doesn’t give you any sufficient superpowers, it’s definitely one of the most interesting pieces of pop-culture decor you can have in your room. Made from golden LEGO bricks, the gauntlet’s solid (which means you can’t wear it) and is slightly smaller than you’d expect… but LEGO makes up for it by incorporating movable joints into the fingers, which means the gauntlet can technically ‘snap’ its fingers.

The LEGO® Marvel Infinity Gauntlet (76191) is available for pre-order on LEGO’s website for $69.99.

Designer: LEGO

Audemars Piguet’s stunning Black Panther Flying Tourbillon watch pays tribute to Wakanda’s King

No, it isn’t powered by vibranium…

Luxury Swiss timepiece brand Audemars Piguet surprised us this week with the release of the Royal Oak “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, a watch that’s decidedly Wakandan in its spirit and sports a crouching King T’Challa on the watch’s face, poised right above a glorious tourbillon. Created in partnership with Marvel, the watch features a 42mm body made from sandblasted titanium with a black ceramic bezel, within which sits the watch’s crown jewel – a miniature figurine of the Black Panther crafted from white gold before being hand-engraved and meticulously painted with stunning attention to detail. For the watch aficionado, however, there’s also a flying tourbillon located right under King T’challa, complete with the Audemars Piguet logo.

The Royal Oak “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon looks a lot like something Shuri would cook up in her Wakandan lab. It uses the signature black, purple, and silver color combination, while also using textural elements and patterns that help it look the part. The hands on the watch face closely resemble the fang-necklace seen around the Black Panther suit’s neck area, while the exhibition back uses a low-poly pattern quite similar to the one seen in the film’s artwork. The miniature figurine on the front looks stunningly realistic, with a laser-engraved microtexture on the suit, while the rest of the details are hand-carved and hand-painted to absolute perfection. Adding dynamism to the front of the watch is that tourbillon, which completes one full rotation every minute. Flip the watch over and its exhibition back showcases an in-house 3Hz hand-wound caliber 2965 movement with a 72 hours power reserve. Glareproofed sapphire crystal panels sit on the front as well as the back, and give the watch 50m of water resistance. The watch comes affixed with a purple rubber strap, and you can even grab yourself an additional black strap, swapping it out to give the watch a more serious demeanor.

The Royal Oak “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon was unveiled at an online charity auction hosted by Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias and actor Kevin Hart, and a special one-off 18k white gold version of it racked up a final asking price of $5.2 million. If you don’t have that kind of walking-around money, Audemars Piguet is producing a further 250 units (made from titanium) for sale across its various retail stores with a slightly more modest price tag of $162,000.

Designers: Audemars Piguet X Marvel

Limited to just 250 pieces, the watch retails for a cool $162,000 a pop and is available upon appointment. I guess you’d have to be Wakandan royalty to be able to afford these.

The Black Panther miniature figurine comes realized in white-gold. There’s a video on AP’s website that showcases the intricate process behind how specialized artisans hand-carve and hand-paint each Black Panther miniature.

The back reveals the stunning hand-wound caliber 2956 movement powering the timepiece (sorry, no vibranium included!) enclosed under a stunning scratch-resistant sapphire crystal panel.

This all-black titanium hammer is so magnetic, even Thor would be drawn to it!

While everyday household tools like hammers or pliers might not be expected to have a major design or functional shift from the ones that have been time tested for centuries, it’s time to think again. Can your average hammer have an aesthetic design shift with an added flair that draws you towards its magnetic form factor? Looks like, yes there is one hammer design that you’ll instantly want to make your prized possession. Even Thor would want to hold this hammer in his grasps!

The brainchild of Design by Holo, the matte-black Monolith 01 hammer comes milled from a single billet of solid titanium, and will last a lifetime while still maintaining its hypnotic minimal form. While most hammers have a rounded base, this one has a rectangular grip and the hammerhead to deliver maximum force down to the nail with minimum effort. It looks more like a cop’s baton rather than a hammer, so one can assume it can be doubled as a baton too. After all, who won’t want to carry around this tool along at all times? It can even double as a self-defense instrument for desperate times!

The stability and ergonomics of the Monolith 01 Hammer are what make it shine among other hammer designs that are nothing extraordinary. The textured finish of the grip and the titanium finish of this hammer strikes the nail on the head when it comes to redefined aesthetics for a tool as simple as a hammer that’s not seen much of a functional boost since it has been delivering what’s required of it for ages!

Designer: Design by Holo

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