Augmented Reality (AR) is not just the stuff of wearable displays (like Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens), ghostly virtual assistants, and floating keyboards any more. In a perfectly appropriate blend of real and virtual innovation, LEGO has found a way to use AR that embellishes the building blocks and increases creativity and real-world play (rather than take away from it) with the LEGO Fusion group of sets. Continue reading
There was a lot of silly and random gendering at ToyFair 2015. I saw the same foam bows and bikes painted pink, and lots of building toys like the TinkerToy sets above. One place did it the other way–their soap making kit had girls on it, but their one for boys was for making “prank” soap. Because cleanliness is for girls. Continue reading
The next wave of LEGO Ideas sets has been announced, and it’s great news for geeks everywhere. Continue reading
Although it’s been out in other territories for a while, Big Hero 6 just hit the UK. Nigel from Toy Testers TV was on hand to see what the kids made of the film and the toys. Continue reading
So, it’s once again that time of year. The time where we at GeekDad scour our reviews and products for the best gifts any geek would love. I know that Halloween has just barely passed, but with only six weeks left to Christmas, and barely four left to Hanukkah, it’s probably time to start some shopping.
This week we turn our eyes toward toys. Read on to see what the favorite picks from Jenny Williams, Z, Corrina Lawson, Jonathan Liu, Dave Banks, Brad Moon, Michael Harrison, and me.
We put the new Angry Birds Transformers Toys in the hands of a family and recorded what happened: Continue reading
Let’s take a look at how the current crop of Transformers: Age of Extinction figures stack up. Continue reading
Nickelodeon and Toys “R” Us have released the Classic Collection of TMNT toys. Grab a flashback to 1988 with these toys cast from the original molds. Continue reading
Tegu blocks and toys are made from high quality, sustainably harvested wood in Honduras. They are beautiful, fun, and functional. You’ll want to save these for your grandkids when your own kids are done with them. Continue reading
5. Dirt When I was a kid one of my favorite things to play with was Dirt. At some point I picked up an interest in cleanliness and I have to admit that I’m personally not such a fan of … Continue reading
I am a Ninja Turtle hipster. I discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG in 1985, which was my gateway to Eastman and Laird’s original Mirage Studios comic. In the decades to follow the TMNT franchise went through a number of distinct mutations, but few have proved as satisfying as its current Nickelodeon Studios iteration and the wonderful new line of related action figures and accessories from Playmates. Continue reading
LEGO minifigs will soon outnumber humans. Get to know them a little better with this fascintating collection that catalogs the minifigs’ rise. Continue reading
Foxonix is an interesting way to add sound to your projects. It is able to record up to 3 minutes of high quality audio and is perfect for embedding sound in a stuffed animal or on a robot. Check out their Kickstarter video here. Continue reading
littleBits are an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. See what can happen when you add them to the other toys you’ve probably already got in your house. Continue reading
Hands-on with Disney Infinity play-set for The Lone Ranger Continue reading
Remember Rock’em Sock’em Robots? Remember how awesome they were, but how much you wanted them to be able to move (aside from punching)? Enter Battroborg. Continue reading
A little bit of genius. Give the kids something fun to do while dealing with the results of disaster, famine, or other threatening situations where normal life is disrupted. Continue reading
Clump-o-Lumps, the funny zippered plush animals, are HALF OFF this week! Continue reading
What is the future of the role-playing game? What value does a game like Dungeons & Dragons have in the digital age? How can D&D and other RPGs compete with electronic gaming, or should they try to compete at all? And can D&D still change lives, the way D&D changed my life?
Super geeky dad Jonathan Tindell sends along this story of building something new and fun out of something broken. Continue reading
Series one of the new Battle Beasts Minimates line has finally been unleashed upon an unsuspecting world, and thanks to the crew at Diamond Select Toys I was able to get my paws on the complete set. Continue reading
Transformers’ missing element? The ability to customize them to fit your own imagination. And now Hasbro is taking care of that with the advent of Construct-Bots, set to be revealed tomorrow at the UK Toy Fair. Continue reading
New Skylanders-style game announced by Disney in Hollywood today. Disney Infinity uses a new range of toys to access in game characters alongside a sandbox game maker mode. Continue reading
An unbreakable toy is wonderful thing, not least for its ability to break other toys. But a broken toy, as I’ve discovered over the first few years with young children, can be just as much fun as when it was … Continue reading
Toys every child will love — no layaway or credit needed to purchase.
I first saw Kinetic Creatures at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, and when I found out they were running a Kickstarter Campaign to start up production, I happily contributed. The Kinetic Creatures are wonderfully whimsical kits that meld papercraft … Continue reading
With feet of snow covering the Appalachians, early darkness upon us again, and cold, cold floors greeting our toes each early morning, that can only mean one thing — winter is almost here. Will it be Hoth-like in its intensity … Continue reading
Just breathe deeply. Breathe deeply. That’s it. Not working? OK, scream like Vader (whose lines of dialogue keep getting revised by a meddlesome director years after the fact for the Blu-ray edition). “Noooooooooooo!” You’ve probably heard the news (announced today) … Continue reading
When IDW Publishing and Diamond Select’s Art Asylum revealed that they were resurrecting the Battle Beasts line I could scarcely contain my excitement. Forgoing both the original anemic Transformers tie-in story and the chest-mounted rub signs of the classic series, … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I introduced my two-year-old to two new products from LeapFrog — the Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar and the Touch Magic Learning Bus. And the responses I got from him were surprising. Continue reading
With the CPSC threatening a ban or restrictions on magnetic desktop toys, Nanodots is already looking at ways to make their products safer. Continue reading