If your parents ever yelled at you to get out of the house to get some exercise (or if your own conscience bugs you about it) but you didn't want to stop playing Call of Duty or Halo, Hasbro has a compromise: Lazer Tag, which mixes first shooting video game play with the real world. Update at the bottom of this post.
The big Toy Fair rumor this week was that Mattel had developed a Back to the Future-like hoverboard. Alas, it turned out to be a non-working collector's item, a duplicate of the prop from the film. Damn. Here's another company touting a hoverboard, one that functions a lot like a segway.
With the Toy Fair in New York City, Hasbro dropped a crateful of new Nerf dart guns and Super Soakers at the New York Toy Fair over the last few days. Here's a quick re-cap and a bonus video of what I think is going to be my favorite Nerf gun of 2012 so far.
Hasbro didn't just drop a bomb on us with its new Lightning Storm Super Soaker, it also introduced a whole lineup of new Nerf dart guns. And you know how much we love Nerf guns. Follow on through for the full visual tour of 2012's newest blasters!
I can't even count the number of times Hasbro has messed with Monopoly. Last year's Monopoly Live and its smarty pants tower certainly was different. This year's Monopoly zAPPed swaps paper cash for debit cards that can be "scanned" on iOS devices. How's that for keeping with the times?
Recent times have been good to Back To The Future fans. Nike brought out Marty McFly's awesome MAG shoes (minus auto-lacing, sadly). DeLorean resurrected its iconic car as an all-electric vehicle. Now, Mattel is tackling what's at the top of our BTTF wishlist: the hoverboard.
Toymaker and spider-'bot lover Jaimie Mantzel made a pretty lofty claim in a video he uploaded to YouTube yesterday. He's calling his newly unveiled creation the "greatest toy in the universe." That's some pretty big talk, and — OH MY GOD TWO LAYERS OF ARMOR HE DID NOT
When you become an adult, it seems most people switch from Etch-A-Sketches to zen gardens. Finally, someone has combined the best of both — doodling on a large scale — with a dose of technology added in for all us geeks.
There are some new stack and lock bricks on the scene. Lego bricks are classic toys, but there's no denying these re-envisioned "Earth Blocks," made partially from recycled materials — coffee beans, cedar sawdust and cedar bark — are a fantastic idea.
Nowhere does there exist such a disparity in function as there does between the different kids of smartphone apps. They can be used to save your buns from driving too drunk, and now they can be used to shoot people. Of course. Laser tag for our post-laser age, the Xappr or Micro-Zappr Gun can attach to your smartphone and turn any place into a battlefield, at any time.