silvermen

In the Vietnam era, Louis Marx & Co toys (the same company that would later develop Big Wheels) began selling sets of little plastic figurines that looked like army men. More than half a century later you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have at least one fond memory playing with army men. Which brings us to the world-renowned Los Angeles foundry called GOOD ART that makes things that work, look good and feel great. They’ve re-imagined army men in a new medium—sterling silver. Made to the exacting specs and details of the originals, you’ll find prone Doughboys, bazooka troops with skull faces and the classic army man charging with an M16 above his head that always tended to tip over. You can pick up any of the 36 pieces individually, or in 12-packs of Doughboy, Skull Face or Classic.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.