Did you ever build plastic Revell model kits when you were young? Bring back some of those warm childhood memories by building one of these Papercruiser models. Download one of the nearly 20 (and growing) different PDFs and start folding away. Naturally, most of the models are of the ‘boxy’ type and include such cars as the Ford Raptor SVT, Jeep JK (Wrangler Unlimited), Toyota FJ Cruiser and numerous awesome classics like the Willy’s Jeep FC-150, Jeep Mighty FC and Ford Bronco. Wanna test out your folding skills before buying? Try one of the few free models first. $3-$7. www.papercruiser.com
The new Rover SS watch from Nixon offers a perfect blend of intelligent design and toughness. Its simple yet brawny design is guaranteed to make you feel pretty badass. The Rover’s case is made of brushed stainless steel and equipped with a hardened mineral crystal which features a date magnifier. Rounding out the design is a brushed stainless steel 3-link band, a luminous dial and hands, as well as a rotating coin-edge bezel. The watch’s innards offer a 3-hand, date Japanese Miyota movement. The Rover SS is available in three awesome finishes: all black/orange, all gunmetal and black/red. $250. www.nixon.com
Ever wonder what Bruce Wayne does on a quiet evening when he’s not chasing down villains in Gotham City? This chess set comes alive with the press of the Batman logo. 50 LEDs light up the clear playing surface as well as the Gotham cityscape below it. And if that wasn’t cool enough, the Bat signal is also projected into the sky. The highly detailed playing pieces are made of pewter and diecast metal and include all your favourite characters from the franchise including Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Joker, Catwoman, Riddler and Penguin. Playing chess in the dark has never been this much fun – nor was it actually possible. $795. News via www.likecool.com
Get ready to feast your eyes upon the future of television! LG Electronics began taking pre-orders for its razor-thin 55-inch OLED TV (model 55EM9700) in South Korea for the equivalent of $10,000 US. The new set will begin shipping in February. Availability and pricing for other markets will be announced in the next several weeks. With a hard-to-believe depth of just 4 millimeters (0.16 inches) this TV is truly super thin, and weighs in at a feather-light 10 kilograms (22 pounds). But the best news for movie buffs is this TV’s jaw-dropping picture which far surpasses the quality of any plasma or LCD/LED TVs. LG’s proprietary Four-Color Pixel system features a white sub-pixel, which works together with the conventional red, blue, green pixels to create the perfect color output. The 55-inch OLED TV also offers an infinite contrast ratio, which maintains optimal contrast levels regardless of ambient brightness or viewing angle. www.lg.com
This stunning set of nesting knives by the French company Deglon won’t make you a better cook but it should certainly inspire you to dust off that cookbook you got from your mom for your last birthday. These stainless steel knives, designed by Mia Schmallenbach, nest together in a design based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. This set consists of four pieces: a paring, a utility, a Chefs and a carving knife. Included with the set is a beautiful oak stand. Despite their name, we advise you not to bring these to your next working meeting. $749. www.deglon.fr
Looking sharp at a holiday party is important because it will get you noticed from across the room. But this CREED cologne will also give you the confidence to get close and personal with that cute friend of the family. The CREED dynasty goes back some 250 years, having served more than 10 royal houses so it should easily also be good enough for you. The Silver Mountain Water cologne was inspired by sparkling streams of water flowing through the snow-topped alps of Switzerland. Its scent offers a refreshing infusion of green tea and black currants. The white bottle is meant to resemble Swiss mountains covered by fresh snow. $315. www.creedboutique.com
It should be pretty obvious by now that the home of the near future will rely on smartphones and tablets. At the Guydster studio, we love to use our mobile devices to control various audio and video components. And now thanks to the Philips Hue connected bulbs you can also control lighting in your home from an iPhone or iPad. The dimmable, LED-based Hue light bulb outputs 600 lumens and can be dialed in using the control app to all shades of white (from warm to cold) and a variety of colors. $199.95 (Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack – includes 3 bulbs + bridge). You can even set timers to help you wake up. Up to 50 Hue light bulbs can be used in a single system. Available at www.apple.com
If you desire heart-stopping acceleration and exotic looks from a niche car brand, look no further than the Gumpert Tornante. German car manufacturer Gumpert has just revealed a production version of the Tornante sports car, first shown as a concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. This production version looks far sexier than the concept and will be built with the help of an Italian company Carrozzeria Touring, utilizing its Superleggera construction techniques which will allow the car to be incredibly rigid and lightweight. The Tornante will be powered by a 90-degree V8 bi-turbo engine outputting a beastly 690 horses, married to a 6-speed paddle shift semi-automatic transmission. www.gumpert.de
This Credenza from designer Sotirios Papadopoulos is a statement piece unlike any other we’ve seen before. The doors of this cabinet are treated with a photo-luminescent varnish made with an environment-friendly chemical base, which makes the image of the moon glow in the dark. Just resist the temptation to walk on the moon after a few glasses of wine on a Saturday night. News via Would Like Craftlab.
Every morning at Guydster starts with a hot pot of English Breakfast tea – hot until the tea cools down anyway, which happens quicker than we’d like. But now thanks to the WMF SmarTea Teapot that will never have to happen again. This attractively designed teapot sports a stainless steel/streamlined glass pot with a removable steeper positioned at the optimal brewing position. Best of all though, its base holds a tea light candle which will keep your tea hot for hours. $122. Available on www.amazon.com
There comes a time in a guy’s life when he realizes that listening to music through tiny computer speakers or an iPhone/iPod speaker dock simply isn’t enough – especially if you truly appreciate everything that music has to offer. You’ve been to enough concerts and seen plenty of live bands in bars to know what live music sounds like and you know that your current music system doesn’t come anywhere close. Assembling a good music system in your home can bring the live experience right into your home and provide you with years of enjoyment. And trust us, your girlfriend can easily share your passion for music too – just spin that Alanis Morrisette or Florence and the Machine album for her once in a while. Here’s a list of five awesome bookshelf speakers you should consider when building a great sound system. Bookshelf speakers are preferred by some listeners, as opposed to floorstanding speakers, since they offer better midrange tonality, soundstaging and overall transparency.
Ever wonder what kind of coffee they brew in a galaxy far, far away? Well now you can finally taste it for yourself! Based on Nestle’s Gold Blend coffee machine, these limited edition machines feature awesome Star Wars graphics and offer the taste of a Tatooine coffee. Sold exclusively through the Nestle website in Japan, the “Dark Set” (limited to 3,000) will feature Darth Vader graphics while the “Light Set” (limited to 2,000) will feature our favourite shiny robot, Threepio. Included with each machine is a matching dark side or light side mug. $120 (converted from 9800 Yen). News via Ohgizmo.
Remotes have a funny tendency to get lost between the cushions of a couch, in piles of magazines and even end up in other rooms. But thanks to the Pillow Remote Control you will never lose your remotes again. This pillow has a built-in universal remote that can control up to 6 home theater components, and is programmed to recognize some 500 devices. It offers easy-to-click fabric buttons and a comfortable place to rest your head. Available on www.amazon.com
The new M6 Gran Coupe is a luxury 4-door sedan that offers a ridiculous amount of power and can easily scare the heck out of your passengers. It aims to compete with cars like the Audi S7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS63. Its power comes from a direct-injected 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which puts out a whopping 560 horses and a peak torque of 500 pound-feet. This power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronically controlled Active M Differential for optimal traction. The M6 will do 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. www.bmw.com
The 101 Essential Rock Records book should be enjoyed by music lovers and hipsters alike. It contains 260 pages filled with text and cover illustrations celebrating the most influential rock records of the golden vinyl era. From The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to CCR you’ll find all your favourite records inside, and very likely discover some that you’ve never heard of too. An essay on each album is accompanied by the vinyl cover artwork, along rare variation covers like the highly collectible, first-ever Beatles LP. Topping it all off are thought provoking interviews and contributions for numerous bigwig musicians. $40. www.101essentialrecords.com
Every real guy knows how to fix stuff and should be able to tackle a small renovation. If you can’t maybe it’s time to man up! But in order to do repairs and renovations around your home, you’ll need the right equipment. Here’s a compilation of 5 power tools that every guy should have.
The Nike Air Force 1 is a new line of sneakers based on the coveted classic Nike Air Force 1 shoes. The new series consists of six different sneakers and hopes to define the apex of street, sport, court and culture. Each new sneaker combines three design principles – lightweight, breathability and comfort, achieved through the integration of Nike’s Hyperfuse construction and Lunarlon cushioning in some cases. Our favourite? The Nike Lunar Force 1 (pictured above), which unites the signature Lunarlon sole with an Air-sole heel unit for unrivaled support and reactivity. www.nikeinc.com
Patron Anejo is one of favourite tequilas thanks to its amazingly smooth and distinctive taste. And now that world-renowned fashion designer John Varvatos has teamed up with Patron to craft a limited edition bottle stopper, a bottle of tequila has never looked cooler. The miniature guitar head is made of metal and adorned with the Patron bee. Available with a 750ml bottle of Patron Anejo, just in time for the 2012 Holidays. It definitely on our wish list! www.patrontequila.com/johnvarvatos
Wanna impress some friends next time you host a party at your place? Try adding some of this Woodford Reserve bitters to bourbon cocktails. This product will infuse herbal essences, the bitterness of natural gentian root, the sweetness of cherry and spice notes – all enriched by aging in barrels that previously matured Woodford Reserve bourbon. Woodford Reserve suggests making the Classic Manhattan Cocktail as follows: 2 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters, stir with ice and strain (served up), stir and serve over ice (on the rocks) & garnish all with an orange twist. $15 for a 100ml bottle. www.woodfordreserveshop.com
The Don is a completely refreshed, modernized version of the classic The Don, a watch that started it all for Nixon. This steel analog watch offer a timeless, contemporary design that is sure to get you some street cred. It uses a three hand day/date Japanese Miyota movement and offers a 100 meter / 10 ATM stainless steel case with integrated lugs. The band is secured by a hidden stainless steel spring bar and a 3-link, solid stainless steel band that is tapered for style, comfort, and reduced weight. The Don is available three finishes: Blue Sunray, Black/Orange, and Black. www.nixon.com