2012 GadgetGuy Holiday Gift Guide: Fun & Games
Holidays are part rest and relaxation, and part fun and games – and so are these gift ideas!
Check out these last minute buys for everyone on your Christmas list who loves remote control whatsits, video games and foam-firing faux weaponry.
Angry Birds Talking Plush
Angry Birds is a mobile entertainment phenomenon, and everyone who’s followed the game’s trajectory through every iteration – Rio, Star Wars, Seasons, Space – is sure to be on board with these talking plushies. A perfect gift for anyone with a giant slingshot and a dislike for green pigs.
Super Mario Remote Control Karts
Remember Mario Kart? We sure do, and with these remote control cars the franchise escapes Nintendo gaming systems and enters the real world.
Nerf N Strike Elite Hailfire Blaster
Toy guns never really go out of style, and Nerf’s high-speed soft-foam shooters are popular with boys and girls of all ages. The Elite Hailfire takes up to eight clips worth of foam darts and uses a semi-automatic design to discharge up to 144 of them as a single round. This 30 seconds of noisy excitement is followed by a much longer and quieter interlude, as the sproglets search for their scattered projectiles!
We were never really sure what exactly Furby was when he first appeared in the late ’90s (a ferret, a bird, or maybe a tribble?) and now he’s been revived – and injected with some more robot smarts – by toymaker Hasbro.
Cuter than ever, Furby now creates a personality based on how you treat him, communicates (in Furbish) with other Furbies, and can be fed and loved via an iOS app.
Swann Air Duel 2
Swann’s remote control helicopters just became a whole lot more competitive, with this twin pack of RC choppers able to fly for up to eight minutes at a time. Kids of any age can joust in the air, motoring up, down, forward, back and performing turning motions throughout the house… and terrifing the pets until the batteries run out.