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The Toys of the 1980s Are Making a Major Comeback This Year

Blockbusters like the Star Wars trilogy, as well as unregulated TV advertising to kids, helped the ‘80s churn out some of the most memorable toys of all time. Thirty years later, the ‘80s are enjoying a renaissance thanks to shows like Stranger Things, and toymakers are happy to resurrect and hawk classic collectibles to a generation that refuses to let go of their childhoods – but with upgrades to appeal to today’s kids, too. Read More >>

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Baby’s First Game Boy Teaches Your Kids the Joys of Gaming With Physical Buttons

Unless you’re a staunch advocate for your kids having zero screen time, at some point you’re going to distract them with a mobile device. But instead of putting your expensive, fragile smartphone in their hands, LeapFrog’s new RockIt Twist is like a baby’s first Game Boy that makes gaming more accessible with a bunch of kid-friendly controls like wheels, dials, switches, buttons, and sliders. Read More >>

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My Favourite Childhood Gadget of the 80s, the Speak & Spell, is Back

I can’t remember when exactly the Speak & Spell first entered my life – it was sometime in the very early ‘80s when I was four or five years old – but I do remember being amazed that my parents allowed me to touch and play with this marvel of technology, when other devices, like the VCR and the stereo, were strictly off-limits. And now a new Speak & Spell is coming for kids who aren’t quite ready for that outdated phone or tablet you still have lying around. After introducing the classic educational title, The Oregon Trail, to a new generation of kids with the first portable version of the game, Basic Fun! is reviving another classic electronic toy from my youth, and my first real gadget obsession. Read More >>

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Rocket League is a Lot Easier When You’re Playing It In Real Life

Rocket League seems like a game that wouldn’t translate well to real life. It’s super intense, with cars that seem to defy physics and balls that explode. But the real-life version we had the chance to play at Toy Fair in New York this weekend is just as fun, while being a lot easier to master. Read More >>

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Hot Wheels Made a Real-Life Version of Rocket League With Tiny RC Cars

With Rocket League having already arrived on the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix and Mattel have teamed up to create the second most portable version of the game. The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals set brings Rocket League into the real world with a pair of tiny RC cars you use to knock a giant ball into your opponent’s net. Read More >>

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Nerf’s Colossal New Gun Blasts 100 Rounds at 70 MPH

A few years ago Nerf decided the best way to lure teens away from paintball and back to its foam darts was with a new line of blasters capable of firing tiny foam balls at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. The latest addition to that line is the formidable Nemesis MXVII-1oK which comes with a massive 100-shot hopper that keeps you blasting away for almost half a minute. Read More >>

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Nerf’s New Blasters Shoot Tiny Foam Cars Instead of Darts

Every kid knows that if you want your die-cast toy cars to make an impressive jump off a ramp, you need a lot of steep track to build up speed. But Nerf wants to change all that with a new line of blasters that simply fire tiny toy cars directly at a ramp, so you don’t need any track at all. Read More >>

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Hide This Ultra-Thin Nerf Blaster in the Same Pocket As Your Smartphone

Sometimes stealth is a better approach than brute force and raw firepower, so the tiniest addition to Nerf’s 2016 lineup, the new N-Strike Elite Pocketstrike blaster, can be easily hidden away until you’ve managed to sneak up on an unsuspecting target. Read More >>

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Tyco Is Back With the First RC Toy That Can Climb Stairs

Children of the ‘80s will remember Tyco as the definitive brand when it came to affordable remote control toys. After changing hands a few times, the company was eventually bought by Mattel who is officially relaunching the Tyco brand with the new Terra Climber; the first RC toy that can climb stairs. Read More >>

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Power Wheels’ Wild Thing is a Tiny Version of Disneyland’s Spinning Tea Cups Ride

Fisher Price’s Power Wheels line is best known for its miniature drivable versions of real-life cars, like the Porsche 911 GT3. But one of its more original and unique creations, the Wild Thing, is being brought back with a more rugged design so kids can now take it off-road. Read More >>

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All the Coolest Stuff From Toy Fair 2016

If January’s CES is the main course when it comes to trade shows, February’s New York Toy Fair is the dessert you can’t wait to dig into afterwards. The world’s biggest toymakers converge on the Big Apple to reveal everything that kids — and collectors — will be dying to buy for the rest of the year. Read More >>

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With Darth Vader Long Dead, You Can Finally Fly His TIE Advanced Fighter

There was a lot of love for the Rebellion when it came to flying toys revealed on Force Friday back in September of last year. But at this year’s Toy Fair, Spin Master is finally giving the Empire its due with a flying RC version of Darth Vader’s custom TIE Advanced X1 fighter. Read More >>

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Nerf’s Newest Rival Blaster Fires Two 70 MPH Rounds With Every Pump

Originally unveiled at last year’s Toy Fair, Nerf is expanding its Rival line this year first with the fully-automatic KHAOS MXVI-4000 we brought you back in January, and now the pump action ATLAS XVI-1200 that fires two rounds at your target with every squeeze of the trigger. Read More >>

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These Star Trek Figures Are So Realistic I’d Swear They’re Kirk and Spock in the Flesh

Damn, these figures are a pretty fantastic likeness of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Read More >>

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Hasbro’s Civil War Figures Give Us a Glorious Black Panther

With Captain America: Civil War rapidly approaching, we’re starting to see a lot of cool new toys based on the film make their way to shelves—and leading the charge at Toy Fair this weekend was Hasbro’s Marvel Legends series. Captain America and Iron Man, the two film’s heavy hitters, were present. But Black Panther was the star. Read More >>