Toys are meant to be touched and played with, but there’s one toy that kids (and grownups) are happy to just stare at for hours on end: marble mazes. But Marbleocity’s laser-cut wooden marble runs aren’t completely hands-off; they arrive ‘all assembly required’, making them even more fun.
If you’re one of those cruel friends who likes to gift new parents with baby toys that make a lot of noise, a drum set is nothing compared to this monstrous, and utterly deafening, 33-foot long marble maze dubbed the Marble Tsunami by its creator Jelle Bakker.
These beautiful machines serve no purpose apart from conveying marbles around a closed loop and being an absolute pleasure to watch—and they excel at both.
Believe it or not, artist and wood-savant Paul Grundbacher doesn't draw up a rough schematic or do any kind of planning before he starts building his amazing marble machines. He just dives right in, crafting the components he needs out of maple, ash, and linden wood. That approach also means he spends a lot of time…
There's something about repetitive motion that's just hypnotizingly relaxing. This DIY, laser-cut marble machine is a perfect example. Crank the handle and the tiny marbles bounce up their little escalator, swirl down their track and start all over again. I could watch this all day.
First of all, yes, okay, pretty much anything can kill you under the right circumstances. But what about marbles, and what about the specific circumstance of pretty little glass marbles, shot by a stainless steel slingshot into ballistic gelatin, by an amusingly t-shirted Eastern European madman? In super-slow motion?
This morning, we decided we think axes are awesome. Beautiful, functionally perfected, and, yes, great for elegantly chopping the crap out of things. Below, a roundup of our favorite old school cutting contraptions.
What is it about watching marbles roll down elaborate tracks that's so entertaining? Are we so simple? Apparently yes! Just look at this huge contraption made out of over 4,000 popsicle sticks!
Equipped with a marble, some wood and the principles of potential energy, kinetic energy and gravity, one man built a remarkable machine that warps your very sense of what's physically possible. Prepare yourself, then hit the clip at 2:30.
Oh man, do I like this table. Sure, it provides a flat surface for eating or working on like most tables, but it also has marble tracks carved into it. That means that when you get bored of your meal/job, you can put marbles in the top and watch them follow an elaborate path around the legs and down to the ground.…
Combining the concepts of LEGO with the concepts of Rube Goldberg, the Q-BA-MAZE gives you a set of 20 to 50 pieces that you put together to make a descending maze for marbles. It sounds boring from our description, so if you watch the video you'll notice that it's...only slightly less boring. This may be cool to use…
If you are a fan of Rube Goldberg-style contraptions, you will love Think Geek's Cological Marble Run Construction Set. It contains everything you need to create your own marble mayhem—including 23 different types of marble-moving mechanisms like rolling cars and whacking mallets. More info and a video after the jump.
Best of all, it comes with Sound FX Music Studio so kids can make…