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2009 Holiday Gift Guide - Best toys for boys
Here’s a sampling of possibilities that could put smiles on the faces of the male youngsters on your gift list.
*A three-wheeler for children up to 160 pounds, Razor’s Rip Rider 360 (ages 5 and older, $79.99 to $105.99) features a revolutionary design that makes it move fast and spin on a dime.
Rear caster wheels swivel, allowing the back of the bike to drift and spin around the front tire. The rugged, all-steel frame and fork make the bike sturdy and ready to take the abuse.
*Sharing a favorite childhood icon is part of the fun of being a parent. Give your boy the Astro Boy Electronic Action Figure(ages 4 and older, $49.99) and watch his eyes light up and imagination take off.
The 10-inch figure, based on the latest “Astro Boy” movie, lights up with sound and action. It features arm cannons, heel boosters, power vision and a pulsing heart.
*With plenty of articulation - as well as articulate comments - the 12-inch Hasbro Wisecracking Spider-Man(ages 4 and older, $14.99) will spin a web of play for hours.
The figure comes with a suction-cup zip line and two launching web missiles. Adding to the action are a snap-on utility belt and eight wisecracking phrases, such as “What’s a poor web-head to do?”
*Six Bakugan traps and one Neo Dragonoid combine to create Spin Master’s 7-in-1 Maxus Dragonoid (ages 5 and older, $39.99).
The individual traps can be used in a Bakugan game: Roll a closed trap onto a gate card, and it pops open to reveal the creature within, thanks to the trap’s magnet and the card’s steel core. If two Bakugan creatures land on the same card, they battle. (Compare the creature ratings listed on the card.) The winner takes the card and both Bakugan, and play continues.
*The ultracool Batman: The Brave and the Bold Transforming Batmobile from Mattel (ages 4 and older, $34.99) is a must-have for any Batman fan’s fleet.
Based on the design from the “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” animated television series, this Batmobile transforms from a sleek, aerodynamic car into a supercool Batjet with a giant 15-inch wingspan and four missile-launching pads. Car and jet both work with most 5 1/4-inch action figures.
*He can dance, dump a load of rocks or toss out a catchy phrase - he’s Rocky the Robot Truck(ages 3 and older, $59.99) from Matchbox. Built of durable, bright-yellow plastic, Rocky is kid-tough and work-ready.
Load his bed with cargo and hear him exclaim, “Whoa, that’s heavy.” Turn Rocky’s smokestack and dump the load, or make some noise and he will do it all by himself. Push Rocky forward or backward, and his blue headlights turn on, the horn starts honking and engine noises can be heard.
His personality and ability to “stand” on his back four wheels and get down to the music make this truck special.
*Teach football basics early with the Little Tikes Snap, Pass & Punt Football Trainer (ages 3 and older, $29.99). Set the launcher to one of three modes, step on the yellow pedal, and the football is tossed into the air. A cutout on the product box, two soft foam footballs, a football tee and two distance markers lead to hours of active play that teaches gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
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