Is anyone else amazed by the toys that are out there. Sometimes I look at the toys and ask myself, is this really for kids?
When I had my first child, I saw the mini motorized cars for kids. I immediately wanted one. To tell the truth, sometimes my children end up with certain toys because I want it so badly (yes, my sons have a mini motorized fire truck). Is this wrong? I don’t think so.
What’s the point of having kids if you can’t relive your childhood a little bit (just more responsibly). Well, here are some toys that I know daddies all over the world would love to play with.
Water Gun – The Super Soaker Max Infusion Flash Flood
Water guns are not quite the same as when I was growing up. When I was little, the water guns shot 3 feet if you were lucky. Today they shoot up to 35 feet. The Super Soaker’s air-powered water blaster features 2 water tanks and a patented Constant Pressure System (CPS) which ensures that last drop of water blasts out with as much power as the first. I
t hits targets up to 35’ away with 2 powerful blasting modes. Blast them once with a constant stream of water or blast them twice by pulling back the trigger for the ultimate Flash Flood. Empty the upper tank all at once and soak your opponents with a massive water explosion. The quick-fill cap allows for fast-and-easy refills. You can get more information here. It sells for around $20.
Star Wars Lightsaber
There are so many different versions of lightsabers to choose from. I think they start at about $10 and go up in price (significantly). My two kids got light sabers for Christmas from my brother. The good ones that light up and make sounds (yes, those are the ones I wanted). Guess who ended up playing with them: uncle and daddy. They were smart enough not to duel in front of the kids but the noise in the next room gave them away.
Anyway, the Star Wars The Return of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker FX Lightsaber just seemed amazing.
This is an official reproduction of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber from Star Wars: The Return of the Sith. The glowing, bright blue blade ignites with realistic power-up and power-down light effects. It features 10 authentic lightsaber sound effects digitally recorded from the movie: power-up, power-down, idle, movement (3 sounds) and clash (4 sounds) that are motion sensor controlled. Durable yet light chrome plated aluminum body looks and feels like the real lightsaber.
The sturdy polycarbonate blade is permanently attached to the hilt. It includes a display stand. Its not the typical little lightsaber you see kids with. You can get more information on it here. It sells for around $100.
The Electric Scooter
Razor makes an electric scooter that I know my husband covets. Every time he sees a kid scoot right by him, I know he’s thinking that he’s bigger than the kid that owns it and it would be so easy to “borrow” the electric scooter and take it for a spin (of course, he would return it afterwards). The 2-wheel steel scooter with a stand-up design lets riders tool around up to 15 mph. After being charged up by the UL-listed charger for 4-6 hrs., 2 included 12V sealed lead-acid batteries run for up to 45 minutes, and a light warns when they’re low.
The green scooter features a twist-throttle, hand-operated brakes, adjustable handlebar height, 10" pneumatic tires, and it comes with assembly tools. Its for kids 12 yrs. and up; maximum weight limit: 220 lbs (so a grown man would be able to ride it). And the whole thing folds up for neat, easy storage. You can get more info about it here. It sells for about $150.
Sony (PSP) Playstation Portable System
You know, this one speaks for itself. I know my husband has just been counting the days until he can get my kid this toy – guilt free. How young is too young to get your kids into these video games. I don’t even need to describe it because I think every man knows what it is. You can get more information about it here. It sells for about $200.
The Ultimate in Water Slides – Six Flags Banzai Falls Mega Racer
This is the reason why I am writing this piece. I picked this out for dads but I’m looking at this water slide and saying to myself … what fun loving adult would ever deny wanting this product? It costs about $350.
If your kid has a birthday in the summer, it is the perfect toy to keep the guests busy. You could buy this water slide for the price of what it costs to rent one. Ok – now some details. The Six Flags Banzai Falls Mega Racer features a huge, 22' long dual-lane waterslide.
You can get to the top of the water slide by climbing up the wall on the other side. It inflates in less than 3 minutes and the blower is safe to use while water is running! You can connect any hose to the water tunnel to make a big splash, or use it dry for fun on colder days.
The weight limit is 400 lbs so that means grown adults can go on this. It includes a 13" blower motor with a 24’ long power cord, a nylon carrying case, water-filled anchor bags, a detachable water-spraying hose attachment, blower motor stakes and ground stakes. You can get more information on it at here.
Happy shopping for Father’s Day.