Inspired by the same brainwaves as the Build-A-Bear Workshop, RIDEMAKERZ allows visitors construct a customized toy car from the axles up with dozens of options that add up to nearly 650 million unique combinations. Guests begin by choosing a body from a stock of Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks, and hot rods that can then be accessorized with free stock parts or specialty chassis, tires, rims, and oil slicks. The hot-lava Chevy Camaro ($32) sports a metaphor for the rubber it plans to burn with orange flames on its sides, and the jewel-blue RZ Rascal body pairs its smooth curves with working headlights and taillights ($22). Sets of multicolored or racing slick tires maintain traction while pushed across carpets, hardwood floors, or up the sides of living-room furniture ($4 for two). Glistening hubcaps ($3–$4 for two), undercarriage-glow lighting ($10), and other car accessories offer further customization, while sound-effect chips ($3) relieve vocal cords strained by persistent engine imitations. Builders can also upgrade to a radio-controlled street chassis ($25) to assert hands-free control over the vehicle's movements.
The Bookman has been an ongoing business in the city of Orange since 1990 selling used and unique books. We also carry many new titles. We have been voted the number one used bookstore by the Orange County Register. We feature books in all subjects and have well over 300,000 volumes in our store. www.ebookman.com
Brookhurst Hobbies' knowledgeable staff guides game fanatics through a vault of board and card games, action figures, Airsoft products, and hobby accessories. Diversify a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with add-ons such as the Eberron Player's Guide ($29.95 in-store) or the Heroes of the Fallen Lands game supplement ($19.95 in-store), which maps out new powers and paths for iconic classes such as the fighter, the cleric, and the investment banker. Steve Jackson role-playing games such as Munchkin Cthulhu 4 clothe classic RPG mechanics in absurd new trappings ($10.99), and Brookhurst's selection of military action figures and model weaponry lets you stage reenactments of D-Day, Pickett's Charge, and Molly Ringwald's birthday. Armchair generals interested in building and refurbishing their models and figurines can delve into Brookhurst's hobby supplies, which include the adhesives, pigments, paints, and tools needed to give tabletop troops their marching orders.
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.:m]]
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.