We want scale models of NASA's Curiosity Rover, and we want them now.
Apparently Mattel's Hot Wheels will be releasing some replicas of the MSL later this year. We've included some pictures of the models below; and while they're certainly better than nothing (they're pretty darned adorable), we kind of wish someone would step up and make a bigger version. Maybe an RC Car, or a highly detailed desk model, à la Firefly's Serenity? Or maybe even digital blueprints for a 3D-printer job?
robert gonzalez says we need curiosity toys and we need them right away and he's right.
i have no spent 2 days at toy stores looking for a toy for my daughter.
we found 2 rovers but they weren't like curiosity and she knows. she said, 'mama, that's not curiosity. maybe it's a sister or a brother. but that's not curiosity.'
to have a toy that kids could play with while the mission is going on would really help a great deal. of course it would sell but to be able to hold it in your hands while the mission is going on and imagine that you are there, that would mean so much to kids.
so what's a body to do?
if you're my husband, build 1.
the examiner reports:
For those of you wanting to create your own LEGO model of the rover, Stephen Pakbaz, a mechanical Engineer who worked on the real Curiosity project, has posted a 46 page pdf on with detailed instructions including which pieces to use and where to find them.
flyboy's printed that up and is studying it. tomorrow, he'll hop on the ferry and grab some legos at a toy store.
curiosity remains hard at work on mars as this latest photo ('Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS') demonstrates.
here is a $9.99 toy your kid may like of the mars mission. and - for about 90 bucks - a better 1 is here of just curiosity.
i didn't know about those 2 toys. i was ignoring a relative (it's fine, my sister knows she got on my nerves yesterday) and not answering the phone. c.i.'s called several times today, i had no idea. but she finally called flyboy's phone while i was writing this blog post and he handed me the phone. she told me about the 2 toys and she already has the 2nd 1 shipped and on its way to my daughter. :D
it looks great in the photo. i hope they make a cheaper 1 though because most parents can't afford 90 bucks for a toy - especially at the start of the school year.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'