01 Overwatch Nerf Guns $TBA • Hasbro nerf.hasbro.com Blizzard and Hasbro is not necessarily a duo we would have pictured together but now that we’ve seen a couple of images of what they have planned, we’re totally okay with it. POWERED UP: An Overwatch line of Nerf guns – or at least, Reaper’s and D.Va’s guns so far, and we assume more will be revealed – are due for release in 2019. They will be part of the Rival range from Nerf and will shoot squishy balls rather than the familiar darts. We’re just die, die, dying to play with them. PLAYED OUT: 2019 might be too long to wait. Also, the Rival line has never made it Australia before…
02 Musterbrand Iron Man Cardigan $250 • Musterbrand www.musterbrand.com It’s no secret we enjoy Musterbrand apparel. The well-designed threads with subtle nods to geekery that the folks there do so well keep us hanging to see the next piece. And here it is. POWERED UP: Fronting a new lineup of Marvel gear is this burgundy and gold “Iron Man” cardigan. Appropriately coloured, the cotton cardigan has a rippled pattern that is reminiscent of Tony Stark’s armoured suit. PLAYED OUT: As always, Musterbrand gear would be more affordable if you actually were Tony Stark.
03 Gravity Industries Jet Suit $610,000 • Gravity Industries A… erm… stark accompaniment (DAMMIT TERRENCE!) to the Iron Man cardigan is this jet suit, which literally enables a person to fly. POWERED UP: Two jet engines on each arm, one large one on the back, and a helmet with holographic HUD to display all the vital info to the user (no Jarvis integration yet). Gravity Industries will take a custom order so make sure to request one in gold and burgundy. PLAYED OUT: You won’t exactly be doing international flights, and it looks a bit like flying around with a bunch of Dyson vacuum cleaners strapped to your back and arms.
04 The Barisieur $650 • Barisieur www.barisieur.com Yes there are plenty of coffee machines that can be set on a timer, but this is next level. POWERED UP: An alarm clock that makes you coffee. Your coffee (or tea) brews right next to your bed, the sound of bubbling water, and aroma of your chosen beverage gently rousing you from slumber, culminating in a caffeine hit within arm’s reach. PLAYED OUT: Cohen’s Masterpiece from Bioshock (the piano piece from that infamous “Allegro! Allegro!” scene) is a piece of music this writer can no longer enjoy, due to using it as a morning alarm tone, and slowly growing to hate it, so there’s a possibility you’ll train yourself to despise the sound, smell, and taste of coffee.
05 Kozmophone $400 • Kozmophone www.kozmophone.com Reaching its crowd funding goal in under a day and set to ship this December, the Kozmophone is a modern take on the classic gramophone or phonograph turntable. POWERED UP: More than just a music player, the Kozmophone has a portable speaker section with Bluetooth, a headphone stand, a record player, a wireless charger, and inexplicably, a holographic display. PLAYED OUT: While we can’t argue the utility of this piece, we just can’t work out who the holograms are for.