Toy Fair 2011: Top 10 Toys for Older Kids
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They may not be little anymore, but that doesn't mean they don't want to play. Here are 10 can't-miss toy picks for older kids from Toy Fair 2011.
Orbitwheel is like a cross between a skateboard and inline skates, but it's a totally new concept in wheeled sports. The design is simple -- two feet, two wheels and you're ready to take off. Though the concept is basic, with a little practice you can accomplish countless tricks and maneuvers. Orbitwheels are compact enough to slip into a backpack or easily carry in your hand; and when you're ready to go again, just step into the hoops and go. Orbitwheels can be used on a variety of surfaces.
Available at Amazon for $99.88.
Air Swimmers are remote-controlled fish that seemingly defy the laws of nature by swimming through the air. Actually radio-controlled helium balloons, the gigantic shark and clownfish have hinged tails that help propel them through the air. One quick helium fill-up at a party store or florist should last about two weeks.
Available in July from William Mark for $39.99.
Film Festival in a Box is an interactive movie game that lets you literally conduct your own film festival. Gather up a group of friends, then watch four award-winning indie short films together and act as the jury and choose "Best Picture," "Best Performance" and "Best Overall Story." When you're done with the award ceremony, log your votes online to notify the actual filmmakers and maybe even get a chance to correspond with them. Choose from your favorite genre, including Comedies, Fantastical, Zombie and Powered by Girls -- and don't forget the popcorn. Great for sleepovers and slumber parties.
Available at Amazon for $14.99.
Take marshmallow warfare to a whole new level with the Double Barrel Crossbow, which is perfectly suited for rapid-fire marshmallow fights. Pull back on the string and launch a marshmallow. A marshmallow can be launched up to 30 feet; pull back again and a launch occurs from the opposite chamber. Each chamber holds 15 mini marshmallows, which gives you a total of 30 rapid-fire shots before you have to reload. Safety features ensure no rocks, stale marshmallows or other hard objects can be shot.
Available at Amazon for $21.95.
If you've got a MythBusters fanatic on your hands, this action board game, complete with working catapult, is sure to please. With over 500 myth-busting trivia questions and the chance to repeatedly fling Buster across the table (or room), you'll be set for hours of myth-busting, Buster-flinging fun. Perfect for family play, but you'd better go brush up on your trivia, because we guarantee your kids know if sharks really go for blood.
Available at Amazon for $24.99.
Remember learning to fold paper cootie-catchers (a.k.a fortune tellers) when you were a kid? Flash forward to Cahootie, a line of pre-folded, colorful cootie-catchers with fun graphics and interchangeable question stickers designed around themes with girl appeal. Perfect for slumber parties, the Truth or Dare theme challenges girls to speak up or zip their lips and take a dare instead. But don't worry, questions like "Who's your biggest TV/movie star crush?" and dares such as "Go without talking for five minutes" are tame enough for your tween.
Available at Amazon for $3.
For the first time ever, LEGO brings aliens from outer space to invade earth. Previous LEGO space sets always involved earthlings traveling off to distant planets, but now human minifigures are charged with helping the Alien Defense Force save Earth from alien invasion. Sets range from small to massive, like the Alien Mothership -- with over 400 pieces -- and the Earth Defense HQ, comprised of nearly 900 pieces. Ships include play handles, sound and other effects to encourage active play after the models are built. There's even a UFO Abduction set with a ship that gobbles up minifigures when it lands on top of them.
Available in July at LEGO; prices vary.
From the makers of the award-winning game Bananagrams comes ZIP-IT!, a new super-fast two-player game that's designed for compact play while travelling and includes everything you need for play on-the-go. Each player gets 12 cubes and races to form their own crossword grid using any side of the cubes. The first player to use all their cubes calls "Zip!" and scores a point by moving their zipper up a number on the included pouch; it takes 10 points to win the game.
Available at Amazon for $14.95.
Warstone is an original trading card game from Duncan, the yo-yo company, where players compete in head-to-head competition using trading cards and "empowered stones," or specially-detailed marbles. The game is based in a fantastical world called Gamath and play simulates epic adventures involving five nations of wizards, warriors and "cores" who battle for power to ultimately ensure growth and prosperity in the war-torn land. Warston definitely takes trading card gaming to the next level, and it was recently used to break the Guinness World Record for "Most People Playing a Marble Tournament."
Available at Duncan for $24.99.
With Boom Boom! Cards, teens perform underground acts of guerilla goodness (a.k.a intentional acts of kindness) for family and friends, at school or at home. Each card contains an easy-to-accomplish deed like giving a genuine compliment, writing a letter to someone who inspired them or picking up trash on the street. After the deed is done, your teen posts a story about the experience on the Boom Boom! Cards website and then passes the card to someone else. Each card has a unique ID number that so it can be followed on the website's map, so you can see where it ends up.
Available at Uncommon Goods for $10.
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