toys

  • NERF Licenses Its Name To Make Electronics

    NERF Licenses Its Name To Make Electronics

    NERF goes way back — all I’ll say is that I hated those foam arrows. Now, NERF wants to do something else, because they just licensed their name for a ton of electronics. The new toys will make their debut in time for the holiday season this year. Read More

  • Lightning McQueen Alive 1:55 Robotic Car Is Slightly Scary

    Remember when kids used imagination when they played with cars? You may be too young to remember driving a die-cast Hot Wheels Ford across the carpet while making vroom-vroom noises, but now that this Lightning McQueen Alive 1:55 scale car is around, you’ll never have to use your brain for fun again. Read More

  • Augmented Reality-Powered Fishing Reel Toy

    Augmented Reality-Powered Fishing Reel Toy

    So you like to go fishing but have to sit in school or in your office all day? Takara Tomy might have the solution for you: their so-called “Virtual Master Real” [PDF] is essentially a fishing game built into some kind of “electronic fishing reel”. Read More

  • Another Day, Another Desk-Mounted Rocket Launcher

    Another Day, Another Desk-Mounted Rocket Launcher

    Say, for example, you’re a self-styled office despot. Grown men fear you, women are in awe of your power, and children cower at your feet (all of this is in your head and your co-workers actually hate you, but pay that no mind). What can you do to add that delicate touch of insanity to your already vicious reign? Desk mounted ordnance, that’s what. That’s where the $39 Brando… Read More

  • Toy DSLR Actually Shoots Stills And Video, Has Swappable Lenses

    Toy DSLR Actually Shoots Stills And Video, Has Swappable Lenses

    Although this might actually also work as a gag gift your favorite photographer, it might be a pretty cool thing to give a kid, too. I mean really, if you want them to like the idea of interchangeable lenses and cameras, a little thing like this would be great way to introduce them. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The 10 Worst Toys Of The Season

    Gift Guide: The 10 Worst Toys Of The Season

    Every year around this time, we rush to the toy store in search of bargains for the wee ones, hoping to find that one glorious item hidden among the picked-over dross that is a post-Black Friday Toys ‘R’ Us. But be warned, shoppers: all is not as it seems. You see, lurking in the depths of our nation’s toy shelves, are some of the worst, most horrific toys you can ever… Read More

  • Sakadachi Nyachi: Sega's New Robot Cat

    Sakadachi Nyachi: Sega's New Robot Cat

    In 2006, Sega Toys in Japan started selling a whole series of robotic animals: dogs, hamsters, and puppies, for example. One of the most impressive toy robots was the so-called Dream Cat Venus released last year, and Sega Toys now has a new robo cat in its line-up, the Sakadachi Nyachi [JP]. It’s not as realistic as Venus, but it’s much cuter. Read More

  • Review: Tonka Ricochet RC Car

    My son has it tough. He comes home from school now and asks if “Anything came from UPS” and most of the time he’s disappointed – just some dumb phone or something. But a few days ago he was pleasantly surprised. Inside a big old box was a Tonka Ricochet RC Car, a remote control car with a few crazy tricks up its sleeve. The car runs on a rechargeable 9.6 volt battery… Read More

  • Covenant Energy Sword Now $44, Almost Sold Out

    Covenant Energy Sword Now $44, Almost Sold Out

    Looking for a Covenant Energy sword to hang on the wall of your man cave? Well, better hurry. The formerly $99 stainless steel stabby thing has been reduced to $44, and as a result there’s only three left in their inventory at Amazon.com. It even includes a wooden wall plaque to hang it from. [via Destructoid] Read More

  • A Stocking Stuffer For The Wooden Robot Fan In Your Life

    A Stocking Stuffer For The Wooden Robot Fan In Your Life


    These little wood and magnet “Mr. Cube” robots are so cute, they should have called them Mr. Cute. Am I right or am I right?! Okay, stop looking at me like that. But they are neat little things, and a designer or toy fiend in your life might be delighted to find one on his or her desk one day. Too bad there are no plans to sell them just yet. Read More

  • 3D Shot Cam: Takara Tomy's "3D" Toy Camera

    3D Shot Cam: Takara Tomy's "3D" Toy Camera

    The 3D hype is now entering the toy market as well. Takara Tomy announced [JP, PDF] the so-called 3D Shot Cam today, a simple photo camera with two lenses. This “toy version of Fujifilm’s FinePix REAL 3D W3” is aimed at children aged 12 and older who have to use a special viewer to view images shot with the camera in 3D (see below). Read More

  • The Beginning of Geek Love: Bozo In Space

    The Beginning of Geek Love: Bozo In Space

    In our childhood years, long before we ever put our hands on CPUs, cell phones, or e-book readers, there were toys and household items that served as the foundation for our future geek obsessions. Maybe you were fascinated by the cockpit of your X-Wing fighter as a child. Maybe you scribbled detailed blueprints for Spiderman’s web shooters during your math class. Maybe you took a… Read More

  • "I Want To Make This Toy"

    "I Want To Make This Toy"

    We at CrunchGear are patient and kind. And we love kids. That’s why when Jake Woolf sent us an email requesting us to make a toy that makes fake electricity bolts move, we had to design at least a mock-up for him. Here is his email, verbatim and this is what we thought he might like. Thoughts, Jake? Can anyone build this for Jake so he can see it in action? my name is jake woolf … Read More

  • Parrot AR.Drone Now Available At A Brookstone Near You

    Parrot AR.Drone Now Available At A Brookstone Near You


    Ah, Brookstone. Whenever I’m at the mall, I make a point of stopping by you and seeing all the things I will never buy. Weather-proof foot massager? Check. Combination laser pointer/tire gauge? Check. And now — iPhone-controlled quadcopter? Double check. Read More

  • The "Popcorn Hand" lets you eat popcorn, protects your fingers from getting greasy (video)

    The "Popcorn Hand" lets you eat popcorn, protects your fingers from getting greasy (video)

    Do you remember the “Potato Chip Hand” we’ve shown you earlier this year? The silly gadget allowed users to pick up potato chips and protected fingers from getting greasy when eating potato chip. And now maker Takara Tomy is giving us the “Popcorn Hand”, which does the same – but for popcorn. Read More

  • The quietest Tron toy video on the Internet

    Our wee friend Peter Ha got to play with some new Tron gear including the slowest, quietest light bike you’ll ever have the chance to see. Here it is in all its poky glory. Read More

  • Hands-on with WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar and Amp

    We got the chance to play with WowWee’s Paper Jamz Guitar and Amp (a drum set is also available), coming out in July. These are cool toys for budding musicians and allow you to play along to your favorite songs or play some freestyle chords. The toys have capitative surfaces, which means you can actually perform multitouch actions. There are no moving buttons except for the power switch… Read More

  • Make One, Drop One toy program

    Make One, Drop One toy program


    Oh, overprotective mothers, is there anything you can’t ruin? Some moms got together and created the ToySociety in Australia created a “Make One, Drop One” program for kids. Essentially, you make a nice toy for your little one you leave another one in a plastic bag hanging from a spot unavailable to dogs and their pee. The mission is basically: “So, you’d like to… Read More

  • Hyper Telescope: Bandai's new "science toy" for kids

    Hyper Telescope: Bandai's new "science toy" for kids

    Major toymaker Bandai yesterday announced the Hyper Telescope [JP], which is being marketed as a “science toy” for kids. It’s the ideal gadget if you want your kid to become an astronomer, as it allows users to observe the sky and view relevant information on connected displays or within the device itself. All that needs to be done is to specify one’s location on earth… Read More

  • Aquapod Bottle Launcher: You know, for kids

    Aquapod Bottle Launcher: You know, for kids

    I was just outside trying to shoot a water rocket I bought at a science museum, recalling the heady days I once spent shooting a similar rocket into the air when I was a young lad. Sadly, the poorly built rocket failed and the pump started just sucking in water, leading me to the Internet for solace. The sweet Internet doth offer succor, friends, in the form of the Aquapod Bottle Launcher. Read More