The Top 10 Toys That Make Us Wish We Were 10 Again
With all the stresses of the grownup world, wouldn't it be nice to go back to a time when your entire year was just about Christmas and birthdays? In our crazy world, who wouldn't want to be a kid forever? And toy companies aren't helping matters. Every year they keep cranking out wicked toys that make our generation’s playthings look like so much plastic junk.
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By Geoff Shakespeare
10. The Buzz Bee Toys Tarantula Motorized Squirt Gun
The last 20 years have seen some amazing advancements in squirt gun technology. Unlike those cheap little jobs your mom used to buy you at the drugstore, today’s squirt guns are weapons of mass soaking. They shoot more water at farther distances with more power. There are a lot of awesome soakers to choose from, but only one has what it takes to rule the summer. The Buzz Bee Toys Tarantula has an onboard, rechargeable battery that helps you drench targets at up to 35 feet. That, coupled with its impressive 57-ounce tank, will ensure that any kid lucky enough to have one will basically own any water fight he gets into. The only way you’re getting beaten with a Tarantula is if someone’s got the hose.
9. Ski Skoot
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Scooters have been around forever, but they’ve always had one drawback...they're useless in the snow. Well thanks to the folks at Ski Skoot, scooters are no longer just for sunny days. Snap off the wheels and slap on the skis and you’ll be whipping down the local hill at dangerous speeds in no time flat! You can do all the standard scooter tricks with the added bonuses of increased speed and greatly increased chances of grievous bodily injury. Any milquetoast can ride down a snowy hill on some moldy old innertube, but it takes a pretty tough 10-year-old to cheat death on a Ski Skoot. The choice is yours. But ask yourself this. Who do you think Janie from Mrs. Wilson’s class is going to ask to the Sadie Hawkins Dance?
8. Fisher-Price Power Wheels Kawasaki KFX Ninja Ultimate Terrain Traction
Bikes are fun. Who among us doesn’t have great memories of careening down a bumpy path or whipping down a suburban street with only our tiny little legs to propel us? And therein lies the greatest drawback of the bicycle...no power. Today’s modern kid doesn’t have the time, energy, or knowhow to propel a bike. Raised in a world that requires nothing more strenuous than pushing videogame controller buttons, little boys today are lucky if they can make it up a flight of stairs, let alone peddle a bike. Today’s kids demand power. And the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Kawasaki KFX Ninja Ultimate Terrain Traction delivers. The KFX Ninja runs on a 12-volt battery, has power lock breaks, rips over any obstacle, and can reach speeds of 5 mph! That may not seem like much, but when you’re a 10-year-old who gets winded eating breakfast, it’s more than enough to make you feel like the coolest kid on the block.
7. Screature Interactive Dinosaur
If you’re bored pushing the feed button on your Tamogotchi and want to take care of something a little manlier, why not get a Screature Interactive Dinosaur? The Screature needs to be fed, cared for, and generally kept in a docile state. But this isn’t one of those wussy pet dinosaurs. The Screature has all the fire and bloodlust that made dinosaurs nature’s greatest killers. Make it angry or get stingy with the eats and this junior Jurassic monster will let you hear about it. Master the beast, and he’ll be your loyal guard and servant. But let the beast master you, and you’ll end up as lunch.
With its realistic colors and bladder-loosening scream, the Screature will lock even the toughest kid in a do-or-die battle of survival and turn his bedroom into a blood-soaked Darwinian proving ground. The Screature is a lot of fun but it’s also a great way to teach kids the fundamentals of vicious animal care. It’s a must-have for any boy who dreams of growing up and having a very special dog fighting ring of his own.
6. The Spy Video ATV 360
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The Spy Video ATV 360 from Spy Gear proves the old toy maxim that the only thing better than two cool toys is two cool toys put together. Remote control cars are cool. Spy cameras are cool. But a remote controlled car with a built-in spy camera? That’s off-the-charts awesome. The Spy Video ATV 360 is the realization of a million kids’ dreams. Because of its compact size, the Spy Video ATV 360 can travel to all those spots kids are dying to see, but can’t get to. Armed with a Spy Video ATV 360, pint-sized voyeurs can look for loose change under the couch without wading through a forest of dust bunnies, check out the creepy crawlspace under the house without risking a fatal Boogieman attack, and once and for all, solve the mystery of just what exactly is going on in the girls bathroom without getting suspended.
Well, that last one will probably still get them arrested, or at least earn them a year of appointments with the school psychiatrist. Nobody ever said being a spy was going to be easy.