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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won’t have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you’ll need a hot glue gun and hot Read More…

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OYO minifigs look like your favorite sports heroes

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I’m not really a huge sports fan, but these minifigs from OYO make me want to start so I can buy a few. The mini figures might look like LEGO minifigs, but OYO isn’t associated with LEGO. Their figures feature rotating forearms, bendable knees, team colors, logos, and player likenesses so that they look like Read More…

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The Sphero remote controlled robot ball gets an update

on Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Last Winter Dave and his son (AKA The Gadgeteer Kid) reviewed the Sphero ball, which they found fun to play with, but were not convinced that it was worth the $130 price tag. A new version of this remote controlled toy has just been announced – the Sphero 2.0. What’s different? It’s now 2x faster Read More…

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SkyTrix combines your favorite flying toys into one

on Sunday, July 14th, 2013

SkyTrix from Daydream Toy is an all in one flying toy that combines some aspects of a paper airplane, kite, frisbee, boomerang and yo-yo into one battery-free waterproof toy. It can glide like an airplane (up to 200 feet), soar like a kite, performs tricks like a yo-yo and plays catch like a frisbee. You don’t Read More…

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Prepare for the wars of summer

on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Summer’s here, and it’s already hot here in the south.  A good way to stay cool is to play in the water, but what can you do if you don’t have a pool?  You can have a water war, of course, and you don’t have to limit yourself to water balloon grenades, either.  With the Read More…

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Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks review

on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago when I was in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I happened to see Nanoblock micro-sized building blocks kits. As a huge LEGO fan, I was instantly captivated by these miniature LEGO-like bricks. My mind was whirling with ideas of cool models that I could build and display at home and work. Read More…

Cubelets – Square Robots

on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Construction toys are always good for kids both big or small.  Cubelets from Modular Robots is a set of magnetic and modular building blocks that can be built into robots that respond to the world around them.  Using sensor, logic and actuating blocks, you can build robots that drive around on a tabletop, respond to light, sound, and Read More…

Gnarboards Gnarly Electric Skateboards

on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

From Gnarboards comes comes a range of electric skateboards available in three models: Commuter, Road Warrior and Trail Rider. The boards will do up to 28 miles per hour with a maximum 21 mile range, based on a 2 hour charge time. Control is via a hand controller that allows you to accelerate, coast or Read More…

Son-X Octavia Motivates Kids to Swing Higher

on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

What is the world coming to? Way back when I was a kid, there was nothing better than finding a good playground with swings and see-saws to keep you busy for hours.  It appears though that Son-X has decided that kids today don’t have any imagination and have released the Octavia to “awaken the natural curiosity in Read More…

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Dragon Grip Sound Effects Toy

on Friday, May 11th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

The Dragon Grip from Dragon Grip Interactive is not a gaming controller.  This hand-held, special-effects toy is a Kickstarter project, and it is “based on a character from a creative world called Legend City.”  It “allows the user to make sound effects styled from 70′s Kung Fu movies in a choreographed sequence by the users Read More…

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Desk Pets Tankbot Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Friday, May 11th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
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Ready Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse With a Crossbow Water Balloon Launcher

on Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This Crossbow Water Balloon Launcher won’t make you as cool as Daryl Dixon, but you’ll have a lot more fun shooting the Walking Dead than he does.  This crossbow toy from The Sharper Image comes with 50 biodegradable water balloons, a balloon tie maker, and a plastic target.  It’s made of brightly colored plastic, and Read More…

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Gyroscope – Geeky Spinning Fun

on Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

When I was a kid, there were no iPads, video games, or the Internet. When I wasn’t reading books or taking apart broken appliances to salvage magnets, I was playing with yo-yos and gyroscopes. I hadn’t thought about gyroscopes in years till I happened upon an entire site dedicated to selling them. Gyroscope.com offers several gyroscopes, Read More…

TheO Ball – Toss your Smartphone Around for Fun

on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Winner of the Popular Science Best of Toy Fair 2102, TheO Ball from Physical Apps encases your smartphone in a large foam ball, and special apps  allows players to have an entertaining movement-based experience, all while protecting your phone, the players and their surroundings. Current games are Bowling, Hot Potato and Interrogo a “socially interactive game”, and the games Read More…

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Convert a Paper Airplane into an Electric Plane

on Friday, December 30th, 2011

The PowerUp Electric Powered Paper Airplane Conversion Kit from TailorToys will turn a homemade folded paper airplane into an electric powered propeller driven plane. It comes with one propeller module and a charger module which runs on 3 AA batteries. You will need to supply your own paper to fold your plane. Once folded, clip Read More…

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Fijit Friends for Your Daughter

on Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

These little Radica Fijit Friends from ThinkGeek are cuddly and cute.  ThinkGeek, and the video on their Fijit page, say these toys are for girls, but I think they might appeal to younger kids of both genders.  Be aware that they are recommended for ages 6+ because they have small parts that could pose a Read More…

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Edge Robotic Arm Kit from ThinkGeek

on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

This Edge Robotic Arm Kit from ThinkGeek could be the first step in automating your house – or at least dunking your teabag to make your mornings easier…  You won’t have to solder, but you will have to follow instructions carefully.  In about 2 hours, you should have your own, working robotic arm.  The arm Read More…

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Have a ball driving Sphero with your phone

on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Is there a more prolific and quintessential toy than the ball?  Used in all manner of games and sports (for both kids and adults), the versatile sphere is synonymous with fun the world over.  Well, the deceptively simple ball may be going high tech.  At the 2011 CES, Orbotix unveiled Sphero, a ball that can Read More…

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Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough…

on Friday, February 11th, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

For a long, long time now, in households far and near, a battle has raged over whether young padawans would be allowed to play with their parents’ movie-realistic and super-expensive Force FX lightsaber replicas, or be relegated to the clunky, much cheaper toyish versions found at toy stores across the Outer Rim (and here on Read More…

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Wampa Rug Will Warm Your Hoth Hearth

on Monday, January 31st, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Those clever nerds and monkeys at ThinkGeek have done it again.  Continuing their ice planet of Hoth product theme, and as a compliment to their Tauntaun Sleeping Bag, behold the Wampa Rug.  This “bearskin”-style floor rug is about 62″ long by 30″ wide and made of synthetic fur, with pillow head, vinyl claws and non-slip Read More…

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Skitterbot – A Bug You Won’t Want to Squash

on Friday, September 24th, 2010
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

I had the opportunity to see the Skitterbot in action last February when I attended the International Toy Fair in NYC. The Skitterbot is a small bug shaped robot that is crazy fast. It can travel at one foot per second. You can control the Skitterbot with the 5 function remote that includes controls for Read More…

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Woogie is fun, plush iPhone protection

on Friday, September 17th, 2010

Have your kids asked you for the umpteenth time, “Can I play with your iPhone?”  Then check out the Woogie from Griffin Technology.  Billed as 50% stuffed animal, 50% speaker case, 100% fun, it’s a green asterisk-shaped plush toy with a slide-in iPhone/iPod touch case attached to the side.  Kids can listen via headphones or Read More…

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Barbie Goes Geek

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Computer Software Engineer Barbie is officially Barbie’s 126th Career Choice. Whoda thunk it?   Barbie, that iconic symbol of glamour and the impossible figure (and wardrobe) is now a nerd.  Yes, tech fans, Barbie  the doll by Mattel, is now a geek.   In order to celebrate Barbie’s 125th career choice (mid life crisis anyone?), Mattel sponsored Read More…

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Why go outside to collect bugs when you can buy a HEXBUG Nano instead?

on Friday, January 29th, 2010
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Did you collect bugs as a kid? I remember doing an exhibit for the 4H fair one year where I collected various local bugs. Catching them was fun, but I found the whole killjar thing a bit distasteful. Even as a kid, I was a tree hugger… or would that be bug hugger? HEXBUG Nanos Read More…

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Your Tauntaun May Freeze, But You’ll Stay Toasty

on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Originally one of ThinkGeek‘s annual April Fool’s product pranks, this “sleeping gag” was turned into a real product and is fully LucasFilm-licensed.  You’ll sleep safe and snug like an injured and delirious Jedi Knight while stuffed into this simulated carcass.  Featuring a built-in embroidered tauntaun head pillow, protruding leg, arm and tail, plush lightsaber zipper Read More…