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If the recent RoboCop remake has made you extra nostalgic for the original films, this 1:4-scale figure should provide you with all of the fond memories you need. In fact, with 30 points of articulation, and a face painted with a multi-layer technique that even shows veins beneath the skin, from a distance you might just mistake it for the real thing.
Before Flappy Bird, Candy Crush and other electronic obsessions occupied our free time, there was Simon. The simple game had players trying to perfectly recreate an ever-growing sequence of flashing colours by pressing a set of four buttons. It was simple, it was frustrating, and now it’s even harder as Hasbro is adding swipe gestures into the mix.
Raising the question of whether Dean Kamen actually invented the Segway, or just discovered it at an archaeological dig, Spin Master’s newest robo-pet Boomer is a remote control dinosaur that self-balances on a set of wheeled feet, terrorising anyone you tell it to. With sound effects, light-up eyes, a swinging tail and a moving head that occasionally bites, Boomer is designed to be slightly more possessive than a robot dog.
Realising the toll that Scrabble has taken on families when it comes to accurately keeping track of the score, Hasbro is introducing an updated version of the game that among other improvements, now includes an electronic score tracker. So no longer will your mum or dad’s questionable maths affect the outcome of a game.
Robots and Nerf, two toys that are the staple of every child’s messy bedroom floor, are finally coming together in what could be one of the best (and safest) ways to harass your siblings, parents, and even co-workers. Because Hasbro’s new Combat Creatures let you remotely unleash a barrage of foam darts from a safe distance.
I have a confession: My brother and I destroyed my Easy-Bake Oven. I had the 1981 Mini-Wave model, the boxy, yellow microwave style, which was, in my seven-year-old mind, the only kind of Easy-Bake there was. One day, my four-year-old brother had a brilliant idea — to “cook” a green plastic steak from our 1972 Mattel Tuff Stuff Play Food set. After all, we should be able to cook a steak, right?
Are kids bigger little scamps these days or are they just leaving more evidence? Unclear, but they sure have cooler toys, among which they can soon count Nerf’s new N-Strike Elite Cam ECS-12 Blaster, a crazy gun that records and plays back your target practice right on the crosshairs — and leaves plenty for the mounting evidence pile.