Back in early 2014, Nerf introduced its first blaster with an integrated video camera—the N-Strike Elite Cam ECS-12 Blaster—for recording your attacks on unsuspecting victims. Two years later we now have a follow-up with the N-Strike Modulus Battlescout ICS-10 that finally makes the camera removable.
Announced just before the New York Toy Fair last year, Nerf’s Rival blasters, which launched tiny foam balls at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, were the biggest innovation in foam warfare in years. And this year Nerf is expanding the Rival line in the best way possible.
When it comes to Nerf warfare, accuracy always takes a backseat to firepower. Your ability to nail a target with a single shot means nothing when they can return fire with a massive onslaught of foam ammunition. And that’s exactly why this Nerf Rival Zeus upgrade is so utterly brilliant.
We’ve all had flying toys that don’t actually fly. From little tin planes to hulking Millennium Falcon replicas, it’s fun to imagine if the toy worked like the real thing. Well, one anonymous quadcopter enthusiast didn’t imagine with his new Hasbro First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. He made it fly.
Watching YouTube celebrity ‘engineerguy’—aka Bill Hammack—explain the engineering behind a gadget is far more entertaining than college ever was. And this time even moreso because he breaks down the simple but clever design that allows a Nerf blaster to fire one dart at a time.
After already conquering demographics including kids, teenagers, and those technically considred adults, Hasbro is reaching out to that last frontier of consumers: seniors, with a new toy line featuring lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection, not feeding or bathroom breaks.
Young people, right? They like young-people shit, like YouTube videos, Instagram selfies and crazy hair. If you hate young people but want to pander to them for some reason—like, if you have loathsome, foul-smelling stepchildren—you can always take them to see Jem and the Holograms.
Sentinel Prime, the Autobot head honcho before Optimus, usually transforms into a big ol’ Cybertronian truck when in vehicle mode: but not the new Sentinel. He turns into two vehicles: one of which is a big, weapon-packed space train to the cosmos.
Play features were all the rage with the Transformers toys when they first released—anything and everything to gets kids begging to buy the new mini-Transformer that transforms into something for an even bigger Transformer. Now one of those beloved action features is making a comeback in the next wave of Transfomers!
In the board game world, Monopoly has undergone more facelifts over the past few decades than an aging movie star. But now, after going mostly unchanged for over 50 years, it’s time for Risk to finally get some fresh paint, polish, and redesigned game tokens.
The mega-merchandisers behind the Star Wars tie-in empire have not yet begun to toy, according to a fine behind-the-scenes feature by Michael Grothaus in Co Design.
As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids, while traveling—I imagined—at five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I’ve carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened last year: I realized my old guns weren’t any good anymore.
You know the sense of satisfaction you get from conquering an entire planet while playing Risk? Well imagine what it must feel like when you take over an entire galaxy. If that’s not enough reason to try Risk: Star Wars Edition, playing with X-wings and TIE fighters should sweeten the pot.
We haven’t seen more than a couple teasers, a trailer, and a few TV spots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it already seems clear that BB-8 is going to be a fan favorite alongside R2-D2. But if Sphero’s $150 self-balancing BB-8 toy is too rich for your blood, Hasbro’s got you covered.
Whether you’ll be hitting the stores at midnight, or waiting until the crack of dawn to begin your The Force Awakens toy hunt, try and remember that this will be the first Star Wars collecting adventure for some kids, so try not to trample any little ones as you reach for that last Rylo Ken.
A Star Wars film without the Millennium Falcon just isn’t a Star Wars film. That’s why those prequels felt so weird, and why The Force Awakens made sure to include that bucket of space bolts. The same applies to Star Wars toy lines, so here’s Hasbro’s latest take on Solo’s ship.
Hasbro’s Lite-Brite is one of those brilliantly simple toys that has stood the test of time. It doesn’t need an upgrade—at least that’s what we thought until we saw this giant Everbright board that replaces those colored plastic pegs with dials that can reproduce any color you can imagine.
The internet was barely trickling into most homes when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace arrived in theaters, so it was easy to keep all of the accompanying toys and collectibles under wraps. But as is apparent from these The Force Awakens figures popping on eBay, it won’t be so easy for Disney and Lucasfilm to keep…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a few months away, but there’s less than a month until its Toys hit shelves across the world—and that means until then, toys will inevitably leak their way onto the internet before release. Here’s your guide to every leak so far, with rolling updates as and when they happen.