One of the world’s biggest toy makers has given GadgetGuy a preview of what’s new and awesome, and heading to stores for Aussie younglings this Christmas. Start making your wish-lists now.
This week, Hasbro showed off its latest and greatest wares, many of which will arrive in the toy sections of department stores, waiting for your kids to point them out and say “I want that one!”
We were shown a new version of Monopoly, some new My Little Pony gear (with the first ever male My Little Pony), and even some new Transformers toys, but we’re hear for the gadgety toys, and there’s quite a few of those this year.
Twister is one of them, receiving the full on tech treatment with a revitalisation from the dancing games that are popular at the moment.
Twister Dance arrives in a small speaker with colour LEDs in the box, and a few sets of colourful plastic circles.
The concept is this: put down the plastic circles on the ground, turn on the Twister Dance box, pick a song you want to dance to, and then as the music is playing through the built-in loudspeaker, watch the colour lights and dance on the spot.
Songs from artists such as Kei$ha and Britney Spears are preloaded, but Twister Dance also comes with a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in your own phone or media player, and let the system’s built-in beat-mapper work out what dance moves to make for your music.
If your kids are totally into Dance Central, Just Dance, and just about anything digitally-dance-centric, this is what they’ll want, and at $55 in September, it won’t cost you a leg, which is good, because you’ll need those for Twister Dance.
Little girls may not want to dance the night way, but they can play with a new doll that can walk by itself.
Designed to encourage children to be more nurturing, Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk is a doll that encourages you to help it walk by holding it’s hand and walking with it. Eventually, it will walk by itself, taking step after step just like a new child, occasionally stumbling.
It’s going to hit stores in September, fetching a price tag of $90 when it does.
That’s not all we saw, with Hasbro rolling out the red carpet for its orange line of Nerf guns.