Toy

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Kids and many adults like myself enjoy playing with the iconic multi-colored LEGO bricks and mini figures. But if you're looking for a new construction toy that is both educational, and can also be used with LEGO bricks, Laser Pegs light up construction toy sets are an interesting choice. I was sent the 4-in-1 Helicopter [...]

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cta-digital-ipad-play-cars

CTA Digital has Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants inflatable cars designed for children.  (Although it's for kids, it's sturdy enough to support up to 230 pounds.)  The iPad fits into a cradle in the steering wheel, so your child can enjoy hours of pretend racing while playing iPad motion-controlled apps and games.   The car [...]

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Posted in: iOS, Kid Gadgets, News
throwmagnets

Ever toss a magnet at something to watch it stick? Simple but fun, right? Until you scratch or gouge the surface where the magnet lands. Brian Conti wanted to capture the fun of tossing magnets and watching them stick to things while avoiding damage to the magnet or the surface, so he created the crowedfunded Kickstarter [...]

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scribbler-drawing-robot

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 [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News
oyo

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 [...]

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sphero2

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 [...]

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skytrix

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 [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News, Outdoor Gear
monster-water-cannon-with-tripod

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 [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News
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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. [...]

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Cubelets – Square Robots

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Miscellaneous, News

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 [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News, Outdoor Gear
dragon-grip-joystick

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 [...]

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Desk Pet TankBot

One of my all-time favorite adult toys is the Plantraco Desktop Rover (I have the 'pre-laser tag' version, and sadly, they do not seem to sell this anymore. I liked it because it was a device I could play with on a desktop (hence the clever name) and imagine it being a Mars rover, or [...]

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crossbow-water-balloon-launcher

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 [...]

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