A trip to the toy store is supposed to be about finding gifts for all the kids on your Christmas list, but we all know at least one grownup who's considered an adult in age only. So here are some perfect ideas for anyone who still professes to be a kid at heart, even if they're old enough to be paying off a mortgage.
Anyone who grew up with a tiny garage full of Hot Wheels cars must remember those plush playmats featuring roads, parking lots, and parks. You were free to cruise around anywhere you liked—but what kind of message does that send to future drivers? These IVI 3D Play Carpets are a much better alternative, featuring a mix of soft carpet and smooth roads that limit where a tiny car can roam.
Philadelphia-based Abby Ryan Design came up with this fun infographic of the most popular toys from 50 years of holiday shopping. If you were a child during any of that time, you'll doubtless recognize something. Then you'll scratch your head in bafflement at how damned expensive today's most-requested gifts are.
Sometimes well-placed propaganda is the strongest weapon of all. So the folks at Brando have come across what could be the most dangerous RC toy ever devised, armed with an extra spinning rotor that displays custom messages. Because a foam arrow to the eye doesn't hurt nearly as much as the revelation that "Jason smells like poop."
The simplicity of the Rubik's Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It's just a bunch of colored squares, but getting them to group together can be a life's pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik's Cube formula and adding mathematical patterns of numbers into the mix was a good idea? Clearly someone with a deep love of mathematics, or a sincere hatred for humanity.
Second only to the Transformers and G.I. Joe as the greatest cartoon/toy lines of the 1980s, Voltron broke new ground in marketing, demanding kids beg for not one but five different toys in order to assemble one giant robot. In hindsight it was pretty sneaky, and now that us children of the 1980s are all grown up, we should know better. But with mountains of disposable income and a nostalgic itch that demands scratching, who wouldn't want this glorious 30th anniversary edition of Voltron: Defender of the Universe?
You may not need a pilot's licence to take the controls of a remote control toy plane, but that doesn't mean that keeping it in the air is easy. And to ensure that this iPhone-controlled RC SmartPlane spends more time flying than careening towards the ground, it features special software that automatically (and secretly) makes adjustments and corrections on your behalf.
If you've already tired of the hundreds of games on your smartphone, here's another way to kill time on your long morning commute—and possibly even finally beat your caffeine addiction. This double-walled insulated mug features a series of mazes on the outside that has you skillfully piloting a ball bearing through the various corners and dead-ends.
Remember Tamagotchis? Of course you do. They taught you about responsibility. They taught you about friendship. And perhaps most importantly, they taught you that friends don't leave friends in feces-filled rooms for days at a time—because then they will die. But now, it's time to impart that wisdom on a new generation. Rejoice, friends, for the Tamagotchi is back.