Alex Yarde takes a look at some the products he geeked out about most in 2015
Every year I cull through the things I or my kids geeked out about the most and come up with an eclectic list of possible gift ideas, things I either reviewed first hand and loved or would love to get my hands on. So without further ado here’s my All Things Geek Holiday Gift Guide in no particular order:
For Junior Fisher Folk:
Rocket Fishing Rod (http://www.goliathgames.us/shop/new-products/rocketfishingrod/)
Fishing has never been this easy! The fishing system accurately casts its line up to 30 feet. Just pump, launch and reel them in! A safety bobber all but eliminates snags by hiding the hook until it hits the water, so all you catch is fish. Once the bobber is in the water, the lure/bait compartment opens to drop the lure/bait to the desired depth. Made with hi-tech precision engineering, the patented design and rugged ABS construction will stand up tough to outdoor use. It features a built-in reel, 6-pound line, and storage compartment in the handle for the tackle pack and extra bobber. Recommended for ages 8 and up. MSP: $39.99 Available online at Amazon Retail stores include: Target, Dicks and Bass Pro Shops
Bottom Line: Good friends of mine who actually fish tested this out with their kids and loved it!
For Family Game Night:
Who Tooted? (http://www.goliathgames.us/shop/all-games/who-tooted/)
Ewww, Who Tooted!?! From the makers of Doggie Doo comes this rip-roaring game of gassy good times, everybody gets a whoopee cushion shaped controller to control the character’s flatulence. When the controllers light up, only one person will “toot” and the other players have to guess who did it! Can you keep a straight face, or will your friends know that YOU are the one Who Tooted!?! Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included). MSP: $24.99 Available at: K-Mart, Toys R Us, Calendar Club
Bottom Line: There is a surprisingly deep strategic element to it. We still play this awesomely rude game weekly!
For Little Space Explorers:
Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere by TOMY – Based on the hit Disney Junior TV series “Miles from Tomorrowland,” this 3-ships-in-1 playset is the Callisto family’s home base. The Stellosphere spaceship transforms into a playset that includes a Mini StarJetter, a Zip Ship, and a Cross Vehicle Rocket System (XVR) that attaches to all 3 ships. Cross Vehicle Rocket System (XVR) comes with the Stellosphere and attaches to all vehicles across the Miles from Tomorrowland toy line, adding lights and sounds to any vehicle! Price: $49.99. Suggested Ages: 3 years+. Available at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com.
Bottom Line: Both kids love this spaceship and it fits all 3-inch figures so its got replay value.
Miles from Tomorrowland Superstellar Blastboard by TOMY – Miles rockets through the cosmos in nanoseconds on his Blastboard, and now your child can too! This role play gadget provides three fun balancing games with lights and sounds to keep kids engaged. Beat levels to increase in difficulty. Price: $34.99. Suggested Ages: 4 to 8 years. Available at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com
Bottom Line: skate kids especially will love this but I’d say 5+ because it’s tricky.
For Inside Out Fans:
Inside Out Talking Plush by TOMY – TOMY brings to life the colorful personalities of “Inside Out,” including Riley’s five emotions, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The toys are character-driven, each showcasing the personalities and distinct qualities of the characters in the animated film. Squeeze each plush character’s hand to hear their key phrases from the movie! Price: $19.99 (each sold separately). Suggested Ages: 4 years+. Available at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com.
Bottom Line: They fought tooth and nail for their favorites! They love watching the film with them.
Inside Out I Cry Candy Bing Bong by TOMY – Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend, is a fun-loving cat/elephant/dolphin made out of cotton candy wrapped around a nougat-y center. He’s fun even when he’s sad—he cries tears made of candy! Squeeze his belly to hear him sing “The Bing Bong Song” or say one of six phrases from the movie such as, “I’m part cat, part elephant, part dolphin.” When you squeeze his belly, Bing Bong will also cry candy tears! Bing Bong even smells just like cotton candy! Price: $39.99. Suggested Ages: 4 years+. Available at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com.
Bottom Line: My wife loves Bing Bong so she claimed it.
For Pokemon Masters:
Ash’s Arena Challenge Playset
Step into the competition with the new Ash’s Arena Challenge! Turn Ash’s hat backwards to get him battle-ready and send the highly-articulated Pikachu into action.
Use the buttons on the arena to activate Pikachu’s Quick Attack, Thunderbolt and Iron Tail to take down its opponent. These three unique battle moves also activate authentic music, voice and attack sounds for realistic battle play.
This set includes an articulated Pikachu, articulated Ash, a Wobbuffet figure, and arena. As a bonus, most small-size Pokémon figures are compatible with the arena.
– See more at: http://tomy.com/ash’s-arena-challenge#sthash.XeJuuxaZ.dpuf
Bottom Line: They really dig smashing their collection Pokemon figures which fit on the arena, a no brainer for young trainers.
For Rich Bastards:
Beast Kingdom Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Life-Size Statue
Height: 9.8 feet; MSRP: $18,000
Beast Kingdom Toys is proud to present the LS-023 Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Life-Size Statue. The statue features fiberglass construction and automotive paint to perfectly represent the Iron Man armor. Every intricate part seen in the movie is captured with expert sculpting and is individually hand-painted, showing off the highly detailed mechanical construction. The statue has LED lights installed in the eyes, arc reactor, palms, vernier thrusters, and knees (18 LED light-up points) which makes the Hulkbuster look even more majestic. Every Hulkbuster life-size statue features a realistic movie scenery base that shows its unstoppable strength. Available from Bad Ass Collectibles
Beast Kingdom Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk Life-Size Statue
Height: 8 feet; MSRP: $15,000
Beast Kingdom is proud to present the LS-025 Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk 1:1 statue, made with fiberglass and expertly colored with matte paint. The statue reproduces Hulk’s classic green skin and shows his facial and muscle details: showcasing Hulk’s tense, angry expression! Every Hulk life-size statue features a realistic movie scenery base that shows the furious strength of The Hulk. Available from Bad Ass Collectables
Bottom Line: I’ve seen both at Toy Fair 2015 and I covet them! Especially The Hulkbuster! One day IT SHALL BE MINE!
For Padawan Learners:
STAR WARS: THE FORCE INSIDE Personalized Book by Putmeinthestory.com
In a galaxy far, far away, everyone must decide where their true allegiance lies. Are you Jedi or Sith? All the most powerful heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe are here to reveal the Force inside you!
First Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia ask questions to guide you and help you become a Jedi Master. Remember, as a Jedi, you will feel the Force flowing through you. Then the dark side of the Force will try to sway you – flip the book over and meet General Grievous, Darth Vader, Count Dooku, Darth Maul and Darth Sidious. Each side reveals your rank among the Jedi and Sith with a personalized certificate and poster with your picture!<
Personalize The Force Inside for your Star Wars fan with a name, picture and message of guidance. And may the Force be with you always! $39.99
– See more at: http://www.putmeinthestory.com/personalized-books/star-wars-the-force-inside.html#sthash.NhVwDkuv.dpuf
Bottom Line: Kids get a kick out of being a part of the story it’s a terrific gift for Star Wars Fans!
STAR WARS Crochet (Crochet Kits) by Lucy Collin
An out-of-this-world crochet adventure, the Star Wars Crochet kit offers a fun and interactive experience by including a full-color paperback book with step-by-step instructions for crocheting Star Wars’ most memorable characters, plus yarn, a crochet hook, a needle, stuffing, and safety eyes. With instructions for twelve different characters and enough materials for two complete projects — Yoda and a stormtrooper — your crochet collection can also soon include Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Jabba the Hutt, and many other favorites. Use the force of crafting to create this amazing cast of characters with Star Wars Crochet. $20.00 on Amazon
Bottom line: Terrific product some experience crocheting is helpful but not mandatory
art credits – Beast Kingdom/Goliath Games/TOMY/putmeinthestory.com/beckermayer.com