10 Popular Toys From the '80s That Are Back

The '80s were arguably one of the greatest decades in history to be a kid with an allowance burning a hole in your pocket, and a free afternoon to spend at a toy store. And decades later, toy companies have realized that all those kids buying the wonderful toys from the '80s are all grown up now with plenty of… » 2/25/15 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Power Wheels Is Making Tiny Porsches Again

There's some great news from Mattel for parents who like to live vicariously through their kids and long ago had to trade their sports car dreams for a practical, spacious minivan. It's been almost a quarter century since Power Wheels offered a Porsche option, but come October kids aged three and older will be able to… » 2/25/15 9:39am Wednesday 9:39am

This Cradle Lets You Remotely Rock Your Baby To Sleep From Your Phone

If you've got a baby on the way and are worried that parenting might be a little overwhelming, don't worry, there's now an app for that. Fisher-Price's new 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing can be remotely operated from a smartphone or tablet using a free accompanying app, so you don't need to be anywhere near a… » 2/19/15 11:20am 2/19/15 11:20am

Only Time Travel Can Make this Perfect BTTF DeLorean Arrive Any Sooner

For toy car collectors who prefer their miniature rides a bit larger than just a few inches long, the Hot Wheels Elite line has been churning out some incredibly detailed models. And at Toy Fair this weekend Mattel gave everyone a sneak peek at its upcoming take on the time-travelling DeLorean from the Back to the… » 2/16/15 9:33am 2/16/15 9:33am

There's a Working Metal Detector On This Treasure-Hunting Toy Truck

Your return-on-investment for a given toy is easily calculated: it's basically just how long it can keep a child distracted and quiet before they get tired of it. But with Matchbox's new Treasure Truck, there's actually the potential to turn a profit on the toy because hanging off the front is a real working metal… » 2/15/15 6:51pm 2/15/15 6:51pm

This Internet-Connected Barbie Can Have Full Conversations With Kids

Using just their imaginations kids have been having conversations with their toys for years, but an upcoming version of Barbie will finally talk back to them. And we're not just talking a handful of catch phrases spewed forth after a string is pulled, but a legitimate back and forth conversation powered by advanced… » 2/15/15 1:01pm 2/15/15 1:01pm

The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids, while traveling—I imaginedat 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 earlier this year: I realized my old guns weren't any good… » 12/18/14 1:52pm 12/18/14 1:52pm

Mattel's Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand Prop Makes Us Wish Ghosts Were Real

Despite being a comedy, Ghostbusters packed a lot of convincing pseudo-science into its story, and the movie was chock full of wonderful—and incredibly desirable—props. And in the same way we don't believe that a toy lightsaber will ever suddenly arc to life, we don't believe this faithful reproduction of Egon's… » 1/14/14 7:00pm 1/14/14 7:00pm

Barbie's Now Rocking a Lite-Brite Digital Dress

Barbie's always been on the cutting edge of fashion, but now she's on the bleeding edge of technology too with a new light-up dress that lets kids completely customize its design. It's almost like she's wearing a Lite-Brite, but instead of impaling her with colored plastic pegs, kids simply tap on the LEDs to turn… » 9/30/13 1:20pm 9/30/13 1:20pm

Hot Wheels' Crazy Carcade Is a Demolition Derby In a Pinball Machine

If you thought it was intense when Hot Wheels cars zoomed around loops, narrowly missing each other at high speed intersections that would make a civil engineer fall to his knees and cry, Hot Wheel's new Carcade might give you a heart attack. And if your favorite speed is "10 mph under the limit," the same applies. » 2/12/13 1:40pm 2/12/13 1:40pm

Back to the Future Hoverboard Hands On: So This Is What a Real Life…

The official Mattel Back to the Future hoverboard is here and it looks exactly like it did in Back to the Future II: happy neon pink retro future glory. All the details are there—the hole where Marty ripped off the pole, the foot strap and the graphics—but it doesn't actually hover. No matter, this is your childhood… » 12/06/12 6:24pm 12/06/12 6:24pm