This Star Wars Play-Doh playset is for ages three AND UP – you’re all part of “and up” unless you’re a really smart baby who reads tech blogs for some reason. If you are such a baby, please apply for an internship. We’ll take anybody – anybody – who can appeal to toddlers. That’s a huge, untapped demographic for us and it’d be nice to write for people at or around our same… → Read More
Gather ‘round, kids. Gather ‘round. I’m going to tell you the story of a disappointing Christmas gift from back before many of you were born. With every blog on the internet doing year-end and best-of lists, I thought I might try to shake things up a bit by telling you about an overhyped and underwhelming technology product from a long, long time ago. → Read More
If you have a kid that likes Star Wars – especially the Clone Wars cartoons – then here’s one of the only gifts you’ll need to buy. Of course, that’s totally false because if you have kids you need to buy thousands of gifts around the holidays, right? Well with this one you’ll have a sure-fire hit on your hands. → Read More
By now you’ve already heard about Nintendo Monopoly, but let’s add two more video game-themed board games to the list: Halo Risk ($40) and Donkey Kong Jenga ($25). → Read More
[tab:Intro][flagallery gid=7 name="CrunchGear Gift Gude 2009"] The problem with creating a category for toys on CrunchGear is that almost everything we review is a toy – it’s fun, cool, and great to play with for at least a day or two until our attention is inevitably drawn to something else. That said, here are some gift ideas for the toy lover in your life. → Read More
Here is a photo of the luckiest kid in the world. Look at that cute little face. He seems to be saying “I have a Vespa rocking horse. Do you have a Vespa rocking horse? Where do you keep your Vespa rocking horse? I’m but a small child so I can only assume that all other children have a Vespa rocking horse just like mine.” → Read More
I can’t seem to shake the strong resemblance that these “Ghostbusters Minimates” share with LEGO characters. But you don’t need dimpled toy blocks in order to play with these “hyper-articulated” action figures. → Read More
What you are about to see will shock you. Our allies overseas are being given broken Speak&Spells for full interrogation and their techniques are as far from the Geneva Convention laws as you can imagine. After stripping out most of the lower part of the device, these interrogators are forcing the Speak&Spells to perform unnatural acts, some that turn the stomach.
Touching the word… → Read More
After years of training nerds to win on the electronic playing fields, EA Sports finally takes a step out of the virtual realm and produces a gaming platform that requires actual skill. This isn’t going to be pretty. [@ian_cummings via Kotaku] → Read More
If your next dinner party turns out to be even half as awkward as the last one, you’ll need to have these “Wind Up Breakdancers” on hand if you want people to stay for coffee and passive-aggressive banter between you and your significant other. → Read More
As much I want the Force Trainer from Uncle Milton, the evil nerd in me would much rather have Darth Vader’s robotic arm instead! → Read More
Smart. And a little gross. An Italian company has resorted to using remote-controlled toy submarines to run fiberoptic cable through the sewers of Milan. → Read More
This Heli-Mission Swat truck is heli cool. It’s basically a helicopter inside a truck that you can drive around and then make the helicopter come out and do some missions like “flying into the coffee table” and “hitting the wall and breaking.” The truck/helicopter combo costs $99 and will be available soon, according to SlashGear. Video after the jump. → Read More
NEW ROTATION STYLE! MAGIC RUBIK SHAPE BREAKTHROUGH IQ RUMBIK GAME REGGULAR SQUARE CUBE!
The Irregular Magic IQ Cube, the new rotation style, the new format in each face, the new Rubik shape! It is a Break-through of the Traditional IQ Rubik game that is Good Training for your Brain IQ & EQ!! If you are still struggling with the traditional Rubik, just try this new Brain Training Cube. See… → Read More
Jetta bought the Ugobe IP on May 21 and manufactured most of the robot during the wee one’s short run. Hundreds of Pleo fans will be able to continue to pet their Pleos while rocking back and forth and mumbling about “Seeing something… → Read More
In case you needed any further convincing that kids these days have the coolest toys, please witness the remote controlled Warthog, Mongoose, and Flying Hornet from the Halo series. → Read More
Of all the times I’ve longed to go back to 1987, this might be one of the stronger nostalgiac chin-quivers I’ve felt in quite some time. I’d totally bring this Moto Horn back in my time machine and haul ass through the neighborhood on my Huffy, giving each passerby a quick shot of sweet motorcycle revving sound effects eminating from my handlebards. I’d be treated to a nice, hearty “Vroom! Vroom!”… → Read More
International Playthings recently launched their line of ‘eco-friendly’ toys called Ecotronic and while most of them are really kiddy, I thought Mr. Robot Head was adult kid cool.
Before we get to Mr. Robot Head, you may be curious to know why this particular line of toys is considered eco-friendly. First, the packaging is made from bio-degradable materials. Second, each toy in the Ecotronic… → Read More
Finally, a chance to scare the bejesus out of nighttime boaters everywhere. Stick this gigantic inflatable iceberg out at the end of your dock and listen for midnight fishermen to scream in horror as they find themselves floating brake-lessly towards what they can only imagine to be a Titanic-like fate. → Read More
When I was a preschool teacher, I found that my set of rough rare earth magnets were among the kids’ favorite toys. However, management got jittery after those kids ate some elsewhere in the states. I can understand why these Bucky Balls are not for kids — the tiny magnets look eminently swallowable. But damn do they look fun. I can’t imagine that they’d stay in those perfect patterns for… → Read More
If you think about it, Star Wars pool toys make perfect sense. A beach ball that looks like the Death Star? Of course. A Millenium Falcon innertube? Absolutely. Another beach ball that looks like R2D2? Sure, especially since it’s surrounded by cup holders. → Read More
Happy Birthday, Little People! Today is the 50th birthday of Fisher-Price’s Little People and we’re giving away five free wee people to five lucky commenters. Read on to learn how you and your loved ones can enjoy free Little People. We’ll run the contest until Monday at noon. → Read More
Man, I wish I had some kids right now just so I could get them this sweet car. I’ve had a couple die-cast cars in my day, and this one looks like it could live up to the legacy of those classic toys. At almost 10 inches long, it’s big enough to put a Playmobil guy or rubber dinosaur in, and the attention to detail is amazing. You can even fold the wheels down. After all, where we’re going… → Read More
Awwww… Fisher-Price’s Little People are 50 years old tomorrow which means that that weird-looking dog and his staid-looking plastic friends are now half a century old. My own childhood involves hours spent playing with the treehouse playset – with trap door – and the castle playset – with trap door. Kids of a certain age will remember that these wee ones used to be… → Read More
Unlike most of the other writers here at CrunchGear, I’m not a 20-something. I have a kid, and that means that I get to give the parent perspective on things. Things like Roller Bears. → Read More
Take a pair of flying robotic ducks, sprinkle in a little laser tag, and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful evening. Boing Boing Gadgets happened upon “Duck Hunter” by Interactive Toy Concepts, a game that looks a lot like a live-action version of everyone’s favorite NES Zapper game, minus the stupid laughing dog. → Read More
Winter may or may not be slowly drawing to a close, but fear not; you can hedge your bets if you’re in the market for a sled by purchasing the Slicer. It’s a sled for use in the winter and in the summer, further proving my theory that kids these days have awesome toys. → Read More
BBG is over at the Toy Fair and they just saw these weird cornstarch blocks that you can shape and shave to your heart’s delight. Writes Joelson John: While EnviroBLOX have been on the market for about a year, manufacturer Cadaco is now releasing new sets with tools that cut, smoosh, and emboss the corn starch-based building puffs into even more shapes. EnviroBLOX are made of the same stuff… → Read More
Mssrs. Des Arcades pointed out the strange absurdity of suburban housewives finding hidden Islamic messages in Mattel products. Is Islam the new Satanism? Heck, at this point the best they can hope for is that their kids don’t grow up atheist in the secular technocracy that is America. Why not encourage a little unfettered belief in one God?