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2012 GadgetGuy Holiday Gift Guide: Fun & Games

By Leigh D. Stark | 4:45 pm 19/12/2012

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

Price: $25

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

Price: $30

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

Peter Blasina, also known as the GadgetGuy, aims the Hailfire at the guy writing this article.

Price: $70

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!

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Price: $100

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.

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Swann Air Duel 2

Price: $120

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.

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