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Self watering squirrel
Self watering squirrel  

I can’t say I have green fingers, so it’s good to find a gadget that helps me with my plants. You can fill this pot with water and it will get drawn up through threads in the bottom of the inner pot when needed. The little squirrel floats on the water. If he peeks out of his hole, there is enough water. But if he hides, the water level is too low. Ingenious!
I bought this in a store called Design Torget.

 

Tamagotchi
Tamagotchi  

The Tamagotchi first entered the scene in 1996. It took the world by storm and became many people’s first digital pet. Over 70.000.000 have been made in different versions. From a good colleague I got this first edition Tamagotchi still in its original box.
Tamagotchies are still sold in some toy shops.

 

LEGO trucks
LEGO trucks  

The first LEGO-cars were small (1:87) plastic cars with metal wheels. At a marked for antique toys in Sweden I got a hold of two of these small trucks made between 1956-1969. In the beginning the LEGO brick was mostly used to build houses. It wasn’t until 1962, when LEGO “invented the wheel”, that you could actually build cars.
LEGO trucks can be found at toy markeds, but at very different cost. One salesman wanted 400kr for a bad specimen. I found two nice ones for about one hundred a couple of stands further in.

 

VW Beetle Galanite
VW Beetle Galanite  

Small plastic cars were fun to play with in the sandbox. I loved making tunnels and spiral houses and letting the cars drive over and through the sand. Sadly all this playing also scratched the plastic cars. Therefore I became quite happy when I found this car in near mint condition at a flea market in Sweden. It is a VW Beetle from Galanite. After a quick check online, I’ve also discovered that these cars are collector’s objects, and are sold for many times more than what I paid for it.
Maybe at a flea market or EBay?

 

AVR Man
AVR Man  

ARV man is a superhero who fights his arch enemy, the evil Wasteman and his waste of energy. He was developed by a Norwegian company called Fantasi-Fabrikken (Fantasy-Factory) for the electronics manufacture giant Atmel. The commercial campaign with the energy saving hero, has received excellent critics from all over the world.
I got this action figure, which is one of 5000, from a colleague who has written the text to the comic about the ARV-man.

 

LEGO Soft
LEGO Soft  

One evening while I looked for LEGO on the web, I came over a photo showing giant LEGO bricks. After some web-searching, I eventually discovered that they were called LEGO Soft. These blocks are about 6 times longer, and thereby 216 times larger than ordinary LEGO bricks. They are made of a sturdy yet relatively soft rubber material. With enough of these, you can build a real LEGO house in full size. But I think I’ll make do with building furniture for starters.
LEGO Soft blir hovudsaklig solgt til barnehager o.l., men LEIKA selger også til privatpersoner.

 

Roadster - Bruno
Roadster - Bruno  

This toy roadster is almost 30cm long and has a lot of curves. With its long hood it looks like the car is in motion, even if it is standing still. I think it’s strange to think about the fact that when I was half my height, 15cm toy cars seemed as big as this one.
Bilen kjøpte jeg fra den britiske leketøysprodusenten Playforever.

 

Toy Plane - Buster
Toy Plane - Buster  

Round shapes fascinate me, and this plane has a lot of them. The plane is quite large, about 25 cm, and looks like an old plane that does air acrobatics. In addition to the shape, I also like that the planes different colors are not painted on the same area – the different colors are on different parts. Thereby you don’t have to worry about poorly painted areas.
Flyet kjøpte jeg hos R.O.O.M. i Oslo. Det er fra den britiske leketøysprodusenten Playforever.

 

LEGO
LEGO  

In 2008 LEGO celebrated their 50-year jubilee of their famous brick. But he LEGO brick is actually older than 50 years. At a flee marked I stumbled over some bricks which are produced before 1953. These were called Automatic Binding Bricks, , are hollow underneath and lacks the patented tubes which first came in 1958 (hens the jubilee). They also have slits on the side, for old windows and doors. Even though they don’t connect as well as the modern LEGO brick with tubes, they fit modern bricks, and I think they are very interesting.
Ta en titt på loppemarked eller bruktbutikk!

 

LEGO Mario Mosaic
LEGO Mario Mosaic  

After my mother had made me a quilt with a motif of Mario, I wondered if I could make the same mosaic in LEGOs. Thanks to the computer program LEGO Digital Designer (free download), I got the chance to test different combination of colors before I ordered the bricks. I originally planed to put it in a frame, but since I wasn’t able to find one, I ended up building the frame also.
Må bygges selv.

 

Molecule
Molecule  

What does this look like – a dog? Actually it’s a molecule that you might know of: ethanol, the best known alcohol. So think of this the next time you party, that you are drinking miniature dogs. I’ve also built the aspirin molecule just in case.
Molekylbyggesett kan kjøpes i noen bokforretninger, særlig der de selger kjemibøker til skoler.

 

Alessi Sugar Bowl
Alessi Sugar Bowl  

This sugar bowl from Alessi might look quite modern, but actually it’s a copy of a 140 year old bowl made by Christopher Dresser. With its tree legs the upside down cone stands firmly on the table, but it also looks like it is going to run at any minute.
Den kan kjøpes i de fleste kjøkkeninteriørforretninger.

 

Nintendo Mushroom
Nintendo Mushroom  

This mushroom is for me a memory of the Super Mario games. This keychain makes several different sounds from the game when you knock it on the table.
Denne ble kjøpt hos Fint Design i Bergen.

 

Adidas Shoe
Adidas Shoe  

A gadget shoe? Yes, I think this shoe is a gadget. It says “duppedings” (gadget) on the side. That is because you can put stripes of your own design in this shoe as it is a part of Adidas’ Adicolor project.
Denne ble kjøpt på G-Sport.

 

Rabbit in a hat
Rabbit in a hat  

This rabbit in a hat is really a holder for toothpicks. When you try to pull the rabbit out of the hat, toothpicks fold out and make it easy to get to them. A simple and nice concept. The simple geometric shapes it is made up of, also raises the gadget factor I think.
Kaninen finner du der de selger Alessi-ting. Men man skal lete hardt etter en sort en, da disse ble produsert i begrenset opplag.

 

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