We just can not get enough of the toys! A few days ago we started with our Guide To The Top Toys of 2013, but it was getting so long we need to break it into two parts. Here is Part 2 of Our Top Toys of 2013 Guide, but even this is not really enough. Please favorite this page as we will continue to update this list right up until the third week of December.
Yes, We Have Played With Every Toy In This Guide
As if our wives needed any more proof that we are just kids in a Dad’s body, this guide is it. Yep, as immature as it may make us sound, we have personally played with every single toy in this guide. We don’t do reviews and recommendations based on press releases and product demos, we do real world product reviews. So, can you please let our wives know that when we are in the basement playing with toys for endless hours, we are just doing it for you!
Categories, We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Categories
At first we thought about doing the standard categories – boy toys, science toys, outdoor toys, etc. Then we said, “Hey, who are we to decide what is a boy toy?” You know your kids, you can decide what toys they will find fun. We will list a whole bunch of super fun great toys, you decide which ones are right for your kids. Fair enough? So, no categories, no ordered lists, just a great collection of awesome toys.
Okay, let’s get started…
Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders are back with a new adventure this year and now they have swapability. Yep, you swap the legs of one Skylander with the upper body of another. This means you can mix and match characters to create new power combinations. Cool looking action figures, super fun video game – this is sure to be a hit this holiday season. Available for all video game platforms.
Skylanders Swap Force by Activision, $79 For Portal Starter Pack, Ages 10+ – Click For More Information on Skylanders Swap Force
HEXBUG Nano V2
HEXBUGs have always been cool, but climbing Hebugs, that is wicked cool! New for 2013 are the HEBUG Nano V2. This little critters have legs on their back so they can climb and go upside down. Pick up one of the new Nano V2 sets and watch these bugs climb like crazy. Prepare for the Nano V2 Invasion.
HEXBUG Nano V2, Sets $20 and up, Ages 6+ – Click For Our Full Review of HexBug Nano V2
Mazes are fun, but really how do you improve on a maze game? By adding lasers of course! ThinkFun has introduced Laser Maze and it adds a high tech twist to classic maze play. You need to solve maze cards by positioning mirrors and refractors on the board and getting the laser to hit its target. For extra fun, try playing in the dark!
Laser Maze by ThinkFun , $29.99, Ages 8+ – Click For Our Full Review of Laser Maze
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18
They don’t call it the RapidStike for nothing. Hold down the trigger and this battery powered N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 blaster will fire off 18 rounds of ammo in just a few seconds. Since it uses the Elite bullets, it doesn’t just fire fast, it fires far – about 75 feet. The only real downside to this blaster? Having to pick up all the bullets that fire out so fast.
Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18 Blaster, $39, Ages 8+ – Click For Our More Information
Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop
Hey kids, did you know that Nerf used to make balls and plastic hoops? Yep, before the blasters came all the Nerf footballs and basketballs. Well, now the Nerf Hoop is back…with a high tech twist. Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop works with your phone or tablet to record video highlights as you play hoops. In addition, the hoop sends scoring information to your tablet or phone, so you can play various timed games with the free app. Once you are done playing, watch an ESPN like summary of the best shots from your game. Of course, videos can easily be shared online.
Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop, $19.95, Ages 8+ – Click To Learn More
B-DAMAN CROSSFIRE BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD
A toy take fires marbles, knocks down a wall and uses no batteries? Where do I sign up! B-DAMAN Crossfire Break Bomber Battlefield pits to marble battlers on opposite ends of an arena. Fire your marbles, trying to know red blocks onto your opponents side. Yes, there is a TV show and of course an app, but we just love playing with marbles.
B-DAMAN Crossfire Break Bomber Battlefield from Hasbro, $29.99, Ages 6+ – Click For Our Full Review of the B-DAMAN Crossfire
Who knew that just adding a 5th wheel to the top of a RC car could lead to a quantum leap in fun. Air Hogs HyperActives 5 are super fast R/C cars that race and do stunts. Don’t worry about flipping over – these cars have a wheel on top so they can drive upside down. If your kids like cars that can do stunts, they will love the HyperActives 5.
HyperActives 5 From Air Hogs, $34.99, Ages 8+ – Click For Our Full Review of HyperActives 5
Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods
Think of it as the dream team of franchises. When you combine Angry Birds and Star Wars, how can you go wrong? Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods are a collection of real world toys and figures that can also be zapped into the Angry Birds Star Wars II app. This is not just the case of throwing the Star Wars name on Angry Birds, the game has all types of new features and will be a hit with kids and adults.
Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods from Hasbro, Sets From $14.95, Ages 5+ – Click For Our Full Review of the Angry Birds Star Wars II TELEPODS
EZ Pro DJ Mixer Turntable
Have a little DJ in the house? The EZ Pro DJ Mixer Turntable will make an awesome gift. Connect the EZ Pro DJ Mixer to your tablet and suddenly you are mixing and scratching like a real DJ. Tons of cool features will have kids mixing and sampling music long after the Christmas tree is gone.
EZ Pro DJ Mixer Turntable from Jakks Pacific, $49.95, Ages 8+ – Click For Our Full Review of EZ Pro DJ Mixer
Micro Chargers Light Racers Hyper Dome
Micro Chargers are tiny race cars that go 600 MPH and take just 10 seconds to charge. That is fun and all, but the real fun begins when you place a few Micro Chargers cars in the Hyper Dome and watch them battle it out. Want more fun? Turn out the lights and watch the tracks glow!
Micro Chargers Hyper Dome Set, $29.95, Ages 6+ – Click For Our Full Review of the Micro Chargers Hyper Dome
Razor Trikke E2
Think being the 3rd wheel is a bad thing? Not when you are the Razor Trikke E2 scooter. This awesome three wheel scooter has two 12 volt batteries, goes 9 MPH and did we mention it is a blast to ride? Sort of like skiing, without the snow.
Razor Trikke E2 Electric Scooter, $229, Ages 8+ – Click For Our Full Review of the Razor Trikke E2
Zing Air Storm Z-Tek Bow
Working for Zing must be one of the coolest jobs in the world. Every year they come up with something that shoots or flies farther than the previous year. For 2013, the Elves at Zing came up with Air Storm Z-Tek Bow. This super easy to load bow fires foam darts up to 100 feet. It is not all a treat just for the eyes, the included Zonic arrow whistles as it flies. Just promise us one thing, you will not shoot down any flying reindeer!
Zing Air Storm Z-Tek Bow, $19, Ages 8+ Click To Learn More About the Z-Tek Bow
Twilight Turtle Tunes
Every once in a while a toy comes along that makes me want to be a baby again. This year that toy is Twilight Turtle Tunes by CloudB. We loved the original Twilight Turtle and now the Twilight Turtle Tunes allows you to stream sounds and melodies from your iPhone right to the turtle via Bluetooth. It’s a night light, stuffed animal, sound machine and wireless speaker all in one! Mix the exact right melody that will get the little ones sleeping happily through the night!
Twilight Turtle Tunes, Cloud B, $49, Click To Learn More About the Twilight Turtle Tunes
Much More To Come….
Please bookmark or favorite this page, we will be adding new toys right up until the 3rd week of December! Also, make sure you check out Part 1 of Our Guide to the The Top Toys of 2013.