All the Best New Toys

Toy Fair, a staggeringly large collection of playtime gadgets for kiddos and immature adults, has come to an end. Phew! We wandered through aisle after aisle of bouncy balls and model dinosaurs to find the cream of the crop: » 2/15/12 7:00pm 2/15/12 7:00pm

The Great Nerf Guns of 2012

Will we ever feel too old to love Nerf guns? No, I doubt it. What about Super Soakers? Oh hush, of course not. Shooting things with toy guns is an intrinsic human joy. Here's what you'll be firing this year. » 2/14/12 4:40pm 2/14/12 4:40pm

Some Company Is Selling Pure Magic At Toy Fair

You might think you can explain where Colombia-based Aracataca got these giant pens, pencils, crayons, and markers that are somehow miraculously passing through solid objects. But you can't. Because it's magic. Pure, unadulterated, magic. » 2/14/12 2:40pm 2/14/12 2:40pm

The Coolest Action Figures You Can't Buy Yet

Toy Fair is full of lame jigsaw puzzles, toy horses, and other antique things nobody cares about anymore. But! There's also plenty of unreleased Star Wars, Spider Man, and other stuff that makes us feel like excited kids again. Lightsabers! » 2/14/12 12:40pm 2/14/12 12:40pm

You Can Buy Boo, the Internet's Cutest Dog

Boo, an animal so impossibly cute as to make physicists question our understanding of the cosmos, is now available for mass production. It's soft. It's lifelike. We went hands-on with the most disgustingly cute toy ever seen. » 2/14/12 10:40am 2/14/12 10:40am

Remember the Toys You Played With As a Kid With This Video

I am completely jealous that Micaël Reynaud still has all the toys he grew up with. Seriously! Watch this video and see the typical 80s baby toy lineup: Transformers, Hot Wheels, Gobots, Lego and more. It seamlessly morphs from one toy to another. » 10/07/11 9:11am 10/07/11 9:11am

Max Force Shadow Hawk 100: At Least This Giant Spitball Gun Looks Cool

The Max Force Shadow Hawk (deep breath) 100 is a sort of hybrid between Nerf and Super Soaker, flinging spitball-ish wads of paper at your friends—from up to 100 feet away. Dope. But does it do that? » 7/01/11 1:00pm 7/01/11 1:00pm

Disney Spotlight: Karaoke on Your iPad 2 (Blackout Insobriety Optional)

It's lacking the staples of Tiny Dancer, Don't Stop Believin', and Hollaback Girl (am I right?), but if you're into Disney's catalog of croon-alongs, Spotlight could be a lot of fun for the tween in your life (or you). » 6/30/11 6:40pm 6/30/11 6:40pm

Fake iPad Replaces Stuffed Animal as Perfect 21st Century Toy

I've noticed an increasing number of can't-be-bothered parents handing over an iPhone or iPad to their screaming tykes—but what if they throw up on it or try to eat it? The whiteboard anaPad's perfect for (faux) touchscreen child-rearing. » 6/20/11 11:40am 6/20/11 11:40am

Bizarre Japanese Toy Turns Bodies into Orchestras

If you're already in the habit of slapping and poking your friends (IRL, not Facebook), you might as well get some music out of it. The Ningen Gakki Human Instrument Machine converts contact to compositions, and, of course, looks absurd. » 6/20/11 9:29am 6/20/11 9:29am

Mattel's Fijit Will Either Terrify or Delight the Child in Your Life

When last we saw Fijit, it was part of a giant swarm of its cutesy-robo prototype sisters, unsettlingly singing along with a shockingly-enthusiastic booth attendant. It was... a sight! Now the Fijit's in its completed retail form. And still bizarre. » 6/16/11 9:00pm 6/16/11 9:00pm

Baby's First Exoskelton

Yes, totally, I would love to wear one of those crazy robo-suits, like the HULC exoskeleton, that basically turns you into a huge shit-wrecking mech. Unfortunately, I do not have the dozens of thousands of dollars it costs to purchase one. But I can afford the forthcoming B.I.G. Power Hand, a $30 glove from Jakks… » 2/17/11 9:20pm 2/17/11 9:20pm

Give Your Kid the Laser Tripwire He Always Wanted

Jakks Pacific's SpyNet line of toys, comprising functioning audio bugs, night vision googles, and video-recording spy watches, are that rare breed of toy that might be just as fun for the parent as they are for the kid. The new SpyNet Laser Tripwire, which creates a working, extendable tripwire for just $25, is no… » 2/17/11 12:00pm 2/17/11 12:00pm

Print Barbie's New Hair With Your Ink Jet Printer

Printers, I think we can agree with some relief, are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Still, plenty of people have the hulking old things plugged in somewhere in their homes, and Mattel's gonna put 'em to use. For printing real (fake) hair extensions for you and your Barbie. » 2/15/11 1:00pm 2/15/11 1:00pm

Hot Wheels Go Vertical for the First Time

Hot wheel sets are a staple of many a childhood, but they're also a staple of creating a huge sprawling mess that someone will inevitably trip over and start cursing. So! Take that racetrack off the floor and put it on the wall. » 2/15/11 11:40am 2/15/11 11:40am

Little Mommy Is a Terrifying Vision of Android Baby Dystopia

One weird thing about Toy Fair is all of the stringent gender norms that are pushed in marketing-speak. Trucks are for boys. Transformers are for boys. Nerf is for boys. So what do girls get? This exceedingly creepy robo-baby, designed to train them to be mothers. Seriously. » 2/15/11 10:20am 2/15/11 10:20am

Crush Your Friends with Your Mental Powers Using Mindflex Duel

Playing with toys alone is pretty fun I guess, but any kind of amusement is at its most amusing when you're subordinating your friends to the might of your will. Mattel's Radica Mindflex Duel does that. With your brain waves. » 2/14/11 8:20pm 2/14/11 8:20pm

Fisher-Price iCan Play Case Gives Your iPhone the Trappings of a Real…

Shoving your iPhone at your screaming kid in the backseat is kinda lowest common denominator parenting. But once you pop it into Fisher-Price's colorful Laugh and Learn iCan Play rattle it becomes a whole lot more like a real toy. Better for both you and baby! » 2/14/11 6:40pm 2/14/11 6:40pm

A Car That Makes the Mentos and Diet Coke Trick Ever So Slightly Less…

Drop a pack of Mentos in a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke and you get yourself a nice soda geyser. It's fun! It's also pretty wasteful! With this kit you can at least tell yourself you're using Mentos' magical properties to propel a little plastic car up to 200 feet. » 2/14/11 4:00pm 2/14/11 4:00pm