Gift Guide – Toys

  • Mad Hurricane: Japan's new mini assault robot destroys stuff (video)

    Mad Hurricane: Japan's new mini assault robot destroys stuff (video)

    Japan’s robot otaku can soon lay their hands on yet another of those electro-mechanical marvels, but this time the robot isn’t cute. No, this new model, made by Tokyo-based robot venture Poseidon, is supposed to be mean for a change. And its name (Mad Hurricane) is pretty bad ass, too. Mad Hurricane can perform a number of motions: walk in four directions, swirl to the right or… Read More

  • Review: At $9.94, Radica Golden Tee Golf is a pretty solid last-minute gift

    Review: At $9.94, Radica Golden Tee Golf is a pretty solid last-minute gift

    Last week I mentioned this Golden Tee Golf CrunchDeal and said that I’d even buy it for myself. Well you may have thought, “That Doug, he’s all talk — sitting up in his mansion atop a pile of free gadgets, he’d never stoop low enough to buy a plug-and-play TV game for ten bucks.” I’ll have you know that I did indeed purchase the game and I’m happy… Read More

  • Review: De Profundis

    Review: De Profundis

    Quick Version: Mail-based role-playing for those who love the sound of many-tentacled hellbeasts in the darkness. Read More

  • Review: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids

    http://www.viddler.com/player/df3b72de/ Short and sweet: Kidz Gear Headphones for Kids are just that: headphones for kids.  The cans fit little ears, and the swivel mounts allow for comfortable positioning.  Volume control on the cord, reasonable sound quality, and an affordable price make these a pretty good buy for Junior. Read More

  • Snowball Blaster: Now you’re all in big, big trouble

    Snowball Blaster: Now you’re all in big, big trouble

    Of course the Snowball Blaster should hit the scene when I’m damn near thirty and too old to go get in snowball fights with the neighborhood children. “It’s that creepy blogger!” all the parents would yell. “Don’t get into snowball fights with him! He works out of the house! That’s not normal! He’ll try to kidnap you and teach you to type!” Read More

  • Review: Bandai's Mugen Pop Pop

    Review: Bandai's Mugen Pop Pop

    As my brother said, “this is an tendinitis nightmare” or something like that. It’s quite addicting but it takes a bit of effort to actually get the fake bubbles to pop. I don’t see little kids over the age of 8 having the finger strength to play with this for very long. The texture of the bubbles is surprisingly similar to that of bubble wrap, though. And who… Read More

  • Review: Amethyst AIP aka the iPig

    Why do you need a pig-shaped iPod dock? I don’t know, but it exists and it’s a sensible little device. The pig blows out some thin music but it’s nice and heavy on the bass and it looks great in a kids room. It is audiophile quality? Absolutely not, but it comes with a mini-remote that controls most iPod features and it costs about $150 – probably less when it comes… Read More

  • Video Review: WowWee Tri-Bot

    This $99.99 robot can talk to you, guard you, and even notify you when a set number of minutes has passed. It’s quite a bit of fun and has a charming personality, as you’ll see in our video, but we did have some issues with the IR remote control – the bugger just couldn’t tell what we wanted him to do. Compared to other robots we’ve seen this season, however… Read More

  • Review: WowWee Flytech Butterfly

    It flies like a real butterfly! I was actually quite surprised at the build quality on this thing. Usually these sorts of things blow into a million pieces on the first day but the Flytech butterfly withstood quite a few crash landings during our trials. The dog also bit it a few times, which is usually the kiss of death for toys like this. Read More

  • Review: Imaginarium Spiral Train Set

    Review: Imaginarium Spiral Train Set

    Dear Satan: Thanks for thinking of us this Easter. We purchased your Imaginarium Spiral Train Set on sale at Toys R’ Us and our wee one — you’ll feast on his soul soon enough, my old friend, just as you did on his mothers and mine — opening it this morning. Let me tell you about the fun we’ve had trying to keep it together! The tracks rarely stay put, the motion… Read More

  • Video Review: Jasman's Halo 3 Plasma Pistol and Rifle

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/767986&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ It’s so rare to actually have actual child-like fun with the gadgets we get in that I had to put together this silly video. The Jasman toys are… Read More