With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

This week we saw everything from a new LEGO set centered around the original Adam West Batman, a cutting board that takes the bore out of slicing and dicing brussels sprouts, a very welcome music and storytelling platform courtesy of Spotify and Genius, a fan-made Star Wars short film, and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


LEGO Classic Batman Set


“The classic Batman television series hit the airwaves on January 12, 1966, so LEGO has put together a 2,526 piece tribute to that monument to campiness in the form of set 76052, the Classic TV Series Batcave. It’s got everything you need for endless Bat Adventures…”

B. Sprout 2000 Cutting Board


“A simple solution for all of your Brussels Sprouts slicing problems…”


Behind The Lyrics with Spotify and Genius


“Ever hear a song and wonder what it means? What inspired its lyrics? Why the artist chose to work with certain collaborators, and what they were doing in the studio when they recorded it?”

Skillshare Online Classes


“Explore thousands of classes in design, photography, business and more. Featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and more. Over 1 million students have experienced the new way to learn designed for today’s busy schedule and changing world…”


Concrete Fire Table


“This modern concrete fireplace doubles as (an outdoor) coffee table on wheels…”

3D Head Lamp


“Like that DJ Shadow album cover but your own, and in real life!”



“Julius can’t sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow he can’t manage to leave.
A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red motorbike, pretty bargirls, the desolateness of Berlin (even in summer) and waterproof socks…”

REBEL SCUM – Star Wars Fan Film (2016)

YouTube video

“A Rebellion pilot is hounded by death from the merciless Empire and a frozen grave, after being abandoned during the retreat of the Rebel Alliance from Hoth. Rebel Scum pays homage to the original Star Wars trilogy; nearly all visual effects were created without the use of CGI, using time honored methods such a stop-motion animation. Shot on location in -30°C (-22°F) at Columbia Icefield in Alberta Canada…”

And there you have it!

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