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The final 2020 story

One more gift She had it all. Toys, treats, gadgets, entertainment of any sort had been lavished on her since her early days. Yet, in the midst of all this abundance, something was missing. She desperately wanted Dad to come home for this symbolic changing of the years. She knew that he was working far away on an impossibly tight schedule and him returning for New Year’s eve was unlikely, if not impossible. Yet, she couldn’t help but wish for him to appear at the doorstep of their house in rural Pennsylvania, embrace her and Mom and spend the evening together, as they once had… If only you wish hard...

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The time when presents come alive

A dream present Little Jenny knew what she wanted for New Year. She also knew she wasn’t probably going to get it, since she was already five and started suspecting that Santa’s presents under the tree were her parents’ doing. She wrote that letter to Santa anyway, hoping for a miracle, despite all odds. When she was falling asleep that night, she whispered ‘Love you, Santa’ and got immersed into the shadowy kingdom of visions and illusions. Hand on the throttle This was the year when he was going to retire, to let his younger brother carry on the family tradition of gift-giving and spreading...

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Getting home for Christmas

The night train The locomotive was on the move and the team of Santa’s most experienced elves on board were busy packing the last of Christmas gifts for children and their parents. As the massive body of the magical train was roaring along the tracks, past the frozen lakes and silent woods, past the snow-filled ravines and somber mountains, the last of the ribbons were being cut and the last of the greetings were being attached to the packages about to be delivered. No one expected the thing which would happen next… The light in the sky All of a sudden, the night sky exploded with a whirlpool of colors,...

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UGears Warm Festive Evening

The Christmas Rush He was in a hurry, all the Christmas shopping and festive chores coming together to fill his day. Boxes of presents bulged through his heavy backpack, but it didn’t bother Eliot in the least. After all, he was returning home, to his beloved family and their heartfelt smiles and embraces. The gifts were another excuse to tell them he loved them with all his heart. Smiling to himself, he stopped at the red light and suddenly noticed something that made his heart beat a bit faster. Slowly, he turned and took a few steps toward an old wall, where the man who caught his attention was...

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The Discovery

At last It looked like this was the day. He had been experiencing this tingling feeling of anticipation for days and today it was almost electric. After weeks at sea his research vessel was nearing the island which probably held the greatest Christmas mystery, which had been puzzling kids around the globe since the beginning of time. He felt they were about to discover Santa’s residence. Santa home Stepping ashore, they were greeted by the excited high-pitched calls of seals, whose thick skin prevented them from freezing in the freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean. Towering cliffs of seemingly eternal...

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The night job

The descent He peered in – nothing. The shapeless black void, as usual. Suppressing a sigh, he went in, feet first and down the chimney of this two-family house in the vicinity of the city of Boston. Once in, with century-refined precise movements, he took the presents out and placed them in their designated places. Yes, these children have been good and each deserved a little something from Santa, is it was the very person leaving parcels around the mantelpiece. The vehicle Why did he always have to use the reindeer? His gaze fell on the boxes he was about to deliver to the next household. The box...

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Heavy Boy Truck Christmas magic

Santa Truck They thought it was Santa with his elves, sleigh, reindeer and all. Maybe so, but it was he, Jacob, who drove the truck laden with Christmas toys to this utmost North Alaskan town. He drove for days, getting hot coffee in paper cups at the gas stations along the way, howdying the fellow truckers and napping when his body told him to do so. Despite the frosty surroundings, his spirits were high. He was delivering Christmas packages, after all, these boxes filled with dreams and aspirations of kids and their families. It almost felt like being Santa himself… The storm It hit him just below a...

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Gifts, gifts, gifts

The triumph The mammoth was theirs at last. The efforts of his tribesmen who laid the trap and those who provided the noise of the pursuit finally paid off. The women back at the caves would fry the meat and they would have plenty to feed on for a long while. Gratefully, he looked at the sky and thanked the spirits for giving them this gorgeous beast. Customarily, what was not eaten or couldn’t be used for making clothing or weapons would be given to the spirits of the forest and land to thank them for their kindness.   The origin of gifts Giving gifts is one of fundamental human interactions...

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Christmas spirit: UGears Dream Cabriolet

The morning beach It was quiet, except for a rare morning bird flying by and the deep sleepy breath of the ocean. Tommy took off his sandals, stepped onto the sand and wandered towards the water. At 5 am the dawn was still about to break, but he couldn’t sleep. It was the day before the night of miracles and he’d just caught a glimpse of the particular miracle waiting for him, Tommy, all wrapped up in fancy gift paper and tucked away neatly, awaiting its time. It was the nicest present he could think of, a wooden mechanical toy he’d craved with all his heart. It was a 3D puzzle called Dream Cabriolet,...

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UGears Christmas Carousel

A happy memory I remember this day from my childhood very clearly. It was a crisp December Saturday in uptown New York and it was the day my dream would finally become true. I knew my folks were finally going to give me a ride on the carousel, the colorful, lively attraction absolutely brimming with lights, music and fun! They did, and the happiness of the one-minute ride on the tallest horse available got imprinted into my memory as something very personal, warm and special. Childhood delights Moments like those exist in everybody’s life, no matter how easy the road has been. There are times we like to...

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Cyber Monday: Cyber Gears

Music of the soul Yes, we can all sing and create music, we are capable of anything we can conceive! UGears proves this point by letting just about anyone become the creator of their own musical instrument – the legendary Hurdy-Gurdy. This wonder of a thing, in its different versions, captivated the minds and souls of numerous generations. Dating back to the 9th century, the relatively simple mechanism ensures tons of fun, both while assembling this 3D wooden puzzle and playing with it. Traveling in style Dream Cabriolet and UGears Scrambler wooden model kits have it all. Choose one or the other,...

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Black Friday 2020: Ready, steady, go!

Romance on the road He came from around the bend, like a slithering glittering animal, united in one with his shining machine. The roar of the engine was deafening and positively overwhelming. As the magnificent bike - an unstoppable fearsome beast from a gothic futuristic universe - neared her, she knew that resisting its power and drive was futile… She knew she was desperately falling in love... Need for speed Many of us have been fascinated by speed, our imagination captured, our very existence defined by it… The range of UGears road DIY models featuring U-9 Grand Prix car, Scramble, Dream...

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UGears helps gather harvest!

Where food comes from Fall is nearing its end, which means that Black Friday is right around the corner! But it’s not just the season of Black Friday and traditional sales, it’s harvest-gathering time! All those field goodies are just waiting to be picked up, loaded and delivered to facilities around our great country for further processing Have you ever ploughed through a field during harvest time? If you have, you probably know the humbling feeling of being surrounded by the beauty of those ripe gifts of nature, ready for the taking. The nature’s gift to humanity, satisfying and nourishing, keeping...

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Do Ugears mechanical models foresee the future?

The concept Before this can be answered, let us ponder the question of what the future actually is. Is it our anticipation, our fears, excitement and expectations? Is the future a series of events we can try to guess but are never able to pin down precisely? Is it the moving gears of mechanical puzzles, ticking away one move at a time? For all practical purposes, does it matter? We are living our lives now and pretending to be glimpsing into the future is but an illusion which we indulge in for pure joy. And this is exactly where UGears models come into the picture. In line with our Theater construction kit...

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THE ISLAND ADVENTURE PART 2: THE ESCAPE

Looming hunger A month passed since my short-of-miracle staying alive in the defiance of the grandmother of all storms I had witnessed. When I made landfall, I thought I would find my way back to civilization, but, alas, the only thing I managed to do was not to drown, since I was thrown out by the grinning ocean onto a tiny islet which seemed somehow away from any conceivable sailing route. There was no search party, no ship in sight, no one to talk to and no one to help me. I was getting to the bottom of the food supplies found in the hut and, despite not particularly enjoying the no-variety meals, having...

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The Pumpkin Day Horror. Part II: The little savior

Revelation Katie woke up in the dead of night. Something had happened. She knew. With cold sweat running down her forehead, the seven-year-old tiptoed out of her bedroom, past her brother’s room, past their parent’s bedroom into the long dark hallway. The rhythmic ticking of the massive mahogany clock didn’t have the calming soothing effect it had once had on her. The town was in danger and she knew she had to act. She felt her own heartbeat and wondered if it was loud enough to wake her family up. Be what may, she slipped into her leather sandals, turned the door handle which (oh, wonder) opted for not...

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The Pumpkin Day Horror

No way out Located about 150 miles north of Las Vegas, lost in the wilderness of Nevada desert lends, lay Zombiville. The town had not always boasted this catchy name. In fact, as early as 30 years ago it was called Smalltown and its main attraction was a huge shoe factory which promised the local residents jobs and relative prosperity. Unfortunately, the owner of the would-be shoe-manufacturing facility went out of business before the actual factory construction was completed – no one was sure why exactly. What mattered was that the hopes of Smalltown residents were once again deflated and spat upon. There...

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3D Puzzles that bring the past to life

Mystery The past is in the past. Time is a like a flowing river – each time you step into it the water washing over your body is not going to be the same. Since it’s gone, it’s impossible to grasp it and judge about all events with complete certainty, especially those not witnessed by our generation. Yes, we have histories and books, memoirs and monuments, but those are only the perceptions of the people living then and largely a product of how they interpreted their surroundings. Therefore, the real story is often hidden – and everything hidden lures us with its enigma, with its mystery. Ugears models...

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Sketches of one discovery

Approved! It was a rainy day in Madrid with clouds covering the entirety of its June sky. Water was dripping from the man’s garments and onto the cobblestones of the Spanish capital. His spirits, however, were high – higher than they had been for a long time. It HAD HAPPENED! After much negotiation, begging, bidding, countless letters, carefully placed comments, all the natural charm he could master, the stars finally aligned themselves in the right way. The Crown gave its permission and blessing to finance what had been his passion for well over a decade. His reasons… He was, of course, ready for the...

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EVOLUTION OF SPIRIT. Part 2: Bike journey continues

Bikes in popular stories Iconic ‘Mad Max’ motorbike chases or Arnie riding his Harley-Davidson Fat boy in ‘Terminator 2’ may be the popular culture images ingrained in bike and movie lovers’ minds all over the world. In Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic bestseller ‘The Stand’, bikes and motorbikes remain some of the best means to get around the area where deteriorating roads are blocked with wrecked cars and other remains of the once-buzzing world. More than once the easy-to-maneuver vehicles save the day for the public’s favorite characters and push the narration forward. Crazy bike...

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