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Pop Culture Nod of the Week

Take a weekly look at a modern-day thing with a nostalgic influence.

Preset Chess

Chess enthusiasts looking to break out an ad-hoc game or two have a potential new option, Preset Chess.

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Arduboy

This credit-card sized retro gaming system draws its design inspiration from Nintendo’s Game Boy.

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Nanoblocks from Kawada

As their name implies, Nanoblocks fill a micro-sized building brick gap in the LEGO universe.

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DC Comics Miniature Comics Tile Collection from Cryptozoic Entertainment

Before the advent of specialty shops, building a comic book collection usually involved a trip to the corner store to check out the latest issues, which were often nestled in a “Hey!! Kids Comics” spinner rack. The Miniature Comics Tile Collection is a nod to this nostalgic memory.

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Dino Lamps from Firebox

Firebox’s new LED lamp series combines dinosaurs, plastic, and origami into prehistoric panache.

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Dino Sphere from BioPop

Move over Sea-Monkeys! California-based BioPop has developed a unique spin on a water-based ecosystem, the Dino Sphere.

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The Lampster

The Lampster is part superhero-themed sculpture and part retro desk lamp.

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Four Up from Restoration Hardware

Home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware has released Four Up, an upscale version of the popular “four-in-a-row” checkers game Connect Four.

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Turtle Mail from AE Dreams

AE Dreams’ Turtle Mail, a wooden mailbox for kids with a high-tech playtime twist, is bringing the excitement of snail mail deliveries back to the mainstream.

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Star Wars Pop! Ceramic Mugs from Funko

Funko, one of my favorite purveyors of pop culture, recently unveiled a new line of Pop! Home ceramic mugs shaped like iconic characters from the Star Wars universe.

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