Best New Toys and Games

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Volcano & Earthquake Kit Brings Back Memories Of Science Fairs and Rabbit's Feet

Remember the days of your youth when you had to compete in the annual science fair? I do. And this kit sparked a few recollections from my past--and why I never really liked science fairs...

Yikes! Kids Can Use Kit to Extract DNA!

The words "DNA extraction" and "toy" seem incongruous to me. Yet here it is--a kit that allows children to sample DNA... and do stuff with it.

Duck & Cover! The USB Doomsday Device Hub Will Blow You Away!

I'm a novice when it comes to doomsday devices. My experience is limited to James Bond movies and various literary thrillers. But I must admit to being intrigued by this little gadget. Wow! Mass destruction AND a USB hub--all in one neat little package!

DIY Blood Type Test Kit? In the Toy Section?

I'm sometimes amazed at what qualifies to be a toy. For example, I wouldn't put a chainsaw--yes, a real chainsaw--in the toy category. Nor would I list surgical rip spreaders among the list of items that I would let a kid play with. But somehow, the DIY Blood Type Testing Kit slides into the toy arena--with interesting results.

Obama Action Figure Bends, Poses, Governs, Shoots

Want to bend President Obama to your will? Yes we can! This new, sharply detailed Barack Obama action figure from Japan's Gamu-Toys comes with a batch of presidential accessories - weapons not included.

Anybody Order a Pocket-Sized Collapsing Star?

The Astro-Blaster Collision Accelerator simulates the destruction of a star. I, for one, like the idea of being able to blow up a stellar object with something that can fit in my pocket...

Possibly the Most Hated Toy Ever - Floam

Floam has an interesting history. It also has the dubious reputation of being one of the most despised creations on the planet.  But why?

Erector Spykee Robot--Fun with Practical Applications

Toy robots have come a long way since the wind-up tin-toy that would clunk along the floor with sparks erupting from the "guns" in it's chest. The Erector Spykee The Spy Robot is a great example of a toy that can also be used for practical applications around the house--or for taunting certain pets...

14 MORE Cool Ways To Adore Your Dog On Valentine's Day!

I always have such a difficult time cutting back my holiday gift columns for dogs, and this Valentine's Day is worse than ever. Cute just does not take a rest!

Solar Car Kit Turns Sunlight into Zippy Fun

Research continues the search for efficient solar powered vehicles. While it may be many years before a viable solar charging system becomes a reality, toys benefit from the data. And this little car is a great example of education meets fun...