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Explore the (Credit: Brookstone)

Explore the "Star Wars" galaxies with the BB-8 App-Controlled Droid; $149.99 at select Brookstone stores and brookstone.com

Gifts for boys

From classic building toys to video games, superheroes and more, here's a round-up of the best toys for the little dudes on your list.

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'Star Wars' model kits

Model kits of
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Model kits of "Star Wars" spaceships (for kids 6 and older) light up and require no glue, paint or tools; $19.99, More information: http://bit.ly/1MPdKHx; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MxsZAi.

Yo-Kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch (Nintendo) was made in Japan, where
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Yo-Kai Watch (Nintendo) was made in Japan, where it's been a big hit. Now the Japanese phenomenon is making its way to the States. Similar in spirit to Pokemon, this role-playing game lets players use a magic watch to uncover hidden creatures. E 10+ for Everyone 10 and older; $39.99 for Nintendo 3DS. More information: http://bit.ly/1gcHJLI; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1knhKUp

Lego Dimensions

Batman meets
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Batman meets "Back to the Future" in LEGO Dimensions (Warner Home Video), a game that mixes and matches characters from many worlds of pop culture. Create your own super team from the worlds of "The Dark Knight," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Simpsons" and more. E 10+ for Everyone 10 and older; $99.99 starter pack or $14.99 separate fun packs for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One. More information: http://bit.ly/1GuSORl; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Go5UDh

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Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Tennis, anyone? Mario will be showing off his
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Tennis, anyone? Mario will be showing off his backhand as Nintendo serves up Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, the latest game in the venerable franchise. Characters have the ability to grow and make lots of racket on the court. E for Everyone; $59.99 for Wii U (out Nov. 20). More information: http://bit.ly/1RmrbxP; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NmhcYs

The Chosen One lightsaber

The Chosen One, high-tech custom lightsaber; $199. More
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The Chosen One, high-tech custom lightsaber; $199. More information: http://bit.ly/1GnLRou; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1QP4ZMV

BB-8 App-Controlled Droid

Explore the
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Explore the "Star Wars" galaxies with the BB-8 App-Controlled Droid; $149.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1jRU6it; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OUxzx2

Forza Motorsport 6

Gentlemen, start your engines and get ready for
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Gentlemen, start your engines and get ready for Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft), the latest entry in the video game series that makes games feel like they're at the speedway, with more revved-up engine sounds, smoother tracks and improved cockpit camera positioning for better views of the action. E for Everyone; $59.99 for Xbox One. More information: http://bit.ly/1LmxKit; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LJ8Qeg

Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Rocket Builder

Kids ages 3 and older can build and
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Kids ages 3 and older can build and customize their own rockets in the physical and digital worlds using the corresponding Disney Imagicademy app as Mickey guides each mission. Action buttons on the rocket trigger sound effects associated with various rocket combinations; $39.99 at disneystore.com. More information: http://bit.ly/1OaC74a

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Chrono Bomb

Chrono Bomb from Patch Products lets kids create
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Chrono Bomb from Patch Products lets kids create a "laser" field to crawl through. At the end of the maze is a bomb counting down. Bump the wire and it ticks faster, goal is to make it to the end and defuse the bomb; $24.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1WkoZ0B; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1XCARIu

Lego Elves The Elves' Treetop Hideaway

This buildable play set for kids ages 9
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This buildable play set for kids ages 9 and older includes three mini-doll figures, plus Enki the panther cub, accessories, a magical portal, a secret compartment and more. More information: http://bit.ly/1M3JiZm. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWkNn4

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Battle Action Millennium Falcon

This iconic ship opens up into a play
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This iconic ship opens up into a play set featuring a pop-up blaster that fires Nerf Elite darts, a turbolaser turret, light-up LED cannons, hyperdrive sound effects and more, for ages 6 and older. The set includes exclusive Chewbacca, Finn and BB-8 3.75-inch figures; More information: http://hasb.ro/1RCTTKS; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HeD9UM

Miposaur

This robotic dinosaur interacts with an included trackball
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This robotic dinosaur interacts with an included trackball so kids ages 8 and older can take it for a walk, play chase, fetch or beg. Enhance play with a free app; More information: http://bit.ly/1Gzd6wV; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1incT4b

Giant Leonardo Playset

This giant 24-inch Leonardo Ninja Turtle action figure
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This giant 24-inch Leonardo Ninja Turtle action figure transforms into a sewer lair play set. It features spring-activated surprises, false floors, a skate park and more. Includes an 18-inch Katana sword. Compatible with most basic TMNT action figures; More information: http://bit.ly/1M3N4lG; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WkmcEz

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UNICEF Kid Power Band

UNICEF Kid Power Bands encourage kids to stay
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UNICEF Kid Power Bands encourage kids to stay active--the fitness band comes with a free app with programmed "missions" to keep them moving and racking up points--and based on points scored UNICEF then delivers therapeutic food packets to malnourished children around the world; in blue, orange, and two special "Star Wars: Force for Change" editions in black and white, $39.99 at Target.com. More information: http://bit.ly/1QZnuBl

Meccanoid G15 KS

The Meccanoid G15 KS from Spin Master is
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The Meccanoid G15 KS from Spin Master is a build-it-yourself, 4-foot tall, walking, talking humanoid robot; $399.99 at toysrus.com.

Skylanders Superchargers

The popular toys-to-life video game franchise now includes
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The popular toys-to-life video game franchise now includes vehicles. With 20 new characters, kids can speed across Skylands in vehicular combat, race down roaring rapids, and engage in aerial battles. Story-driven gameplay also includes on-foot adventures; More information: http://bit.ly/1Sccleh; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MXrfk3

Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

FlexTracks easily snap together, allowing players to quickly
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FlexTracks easily snap together, allowing players to quickly create customized battlefields. Face off against friends or AI cars using high-tech, intelligent vehicles. Built-in computers combined with visual sensors ensure players stay on track even during the most legendary battle moments; More information: http://go.anki.com/1P0Anup; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1keVls0.

Kurio Smart Windows Tablet

This two-in-one tablet computer takes kids ages 9
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This two-in-one tablet computer takes kids ages 9 and older from homework to play, with more than 40 preloaded apps. This Windows device has a 9-inch touch screen and includes a detachable keyboard, parental controls, and 32 GB of built-in storage; More information: http://bit.ly/1NDHKVi; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LEXl6n

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Vex Robotics Robotic Arm

This completely functional STEM-based construction kit is inspired
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This completely functional STEM-based construction kit is inspired by real industrial robot arms. Kids ages 8 and older can utilize four points of motion to control the arm and pick up surrounding objects with the claw; More information: http://bit.ly/1HeRel0; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OaWPkn

New Nintendo 3DS XL

This portable video game system for kids ages
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This portable video game system for kids ages 9 and older features super-stable 3-D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. Kids can play games solo or connect with other players; More information: http://bit.ly/1NbzOMJ; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1KIMpAB

Sky Rover Voice Command

Kids ages 8 and older can control the
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Kids ages 8 and older can control the Sky Rover Voice Command helicopter using 12 verbal commands ? no hands required. Simply wear the headset and control your helicopter with your voice. Voice Command also features Smart Hover and Auto Pilot modes for easy maneuvering; $44.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1kWot8i; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1PXbpuU

Disney Infinity 3.0

Kids ages 10 and older can play as
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Kids ages 10 and older can play as "Star Wars" characters, battle with lightsabers and fly Star Wars vehicles. Kids can also play as characters from Disney, Disney?Pixar and Marvel franchises; $114.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1XCuNjn; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWpoWj

Remote Control Machines: Animals

Kits ages 8 and older can build eight
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Kits ages 8 and older can build eight different R/C animals with mechanical insides covered by colorful plastic skins. Each animal moves using a different mechanism, mimicking the movement of the real animal it represents. Control movement with a two-button remote; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1XCvaue; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1XCvppb

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Vex Robotics Hexcalator Ball Machine

Kids ages 8 and older can build this
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Kids ages 8 and older can build this entire machine with snap-together pieces. Use the hand crank to power three hexagonal indexing wheels, which transport balls uphill where they are released onto the return ramp and continue to move in a loop; $43. More information: http://bit.ly/1Sc95Q7; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MwKab4

Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

Kids ages 6 and older can build their
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Kids ages 6 and older can build their own lightsaber. This set comes with components to create more than 100 combinations with lights and sounds, two independently lit lightdaggers, an expansion hilt, two elbow connectors and more; $54.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1XCy8yX; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1P8jOv2

Guitar Hero Live

For Sony PS4 and PS3, XBox 360 and
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For Sony PS4 and PS3, XBox 360 and XBox One, and Nintendo Wii U, be the center of action as crowds respond to whether or not you're playing well. Rock out in a variety of venues, play along with famous and new music videos, choose from different broadcast channels and more; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1HqGRQB; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1NZBOpK

Star Wars: Episode V11 The Force Awakens R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid

The remote control sends instant and pre-programmed commands
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The remote control sends instant and pre-programmed commands to the droid. The robot also features 10 buttons that program more than 1,000 action combinations, voice-activated responses, sound effects with coordinating head movements and he also projects image of Princess Leia on the wall; $159.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PxSeHN; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WMpOtU

Lego Dimensions Starter Pack

Kids ages 10 and older can merge physical
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Kids ages 10 and older can merge physical Lego brick-building with interactive console gameplay. Includes a Toy Pad to transport special Lego mini-figures and vehicles into the game, bricks to build the Lego Gateway and three Lego Mini-figures: Lego Batman, Lego Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the Lego Batmobile; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1GuSORl; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1WISauy

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Pie Face

Simply put a little whipped cream from home
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Simply put a little whipped cream from home (or a wet sponge) on the "hand" of the game and start turning the handles. It can go off at any time, which means you could get splatted. You score points every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced; $18.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1HqLavl; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MHeWYA

Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster

The Nerf RotoFury blaster fires darts up to
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The Nerf RotoFury blaster fires darts up to 90 feet. The rotating drum fires 10 darts at a time without reloading; $34.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1MkpihO; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1L6EZYi

Blip HoverTech Battle FX

Challenge your friends with the HoverTech Battle FX
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Challenge your friends with the HoverTech Battle FX with the electronic flying target. The auto-hover targets use sensors to dart, bob and spin until you blast them out of the air. The set comes with the HoverTech BattleFX Flying Target, two blasters and one charging station; $39.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1HqMkqE; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Qe4jDs

Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister

Rather than wheels, this vehicle comes with pontoons.
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Rather than wheels, this vehicle comes with pontoons. A simple press of a button and you can direct the vehicle forward, backward and even side-to-side. This all-terrain vehicle can ride through snow, water, dirt and grass; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PxRAK9; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1iObrI9

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

This huge playset features multiple zones including a
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This huge playset features multiple zones including a shark pier, car wash and a movie theater. It holds up to 50 cars; $109.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1SE3jH5; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MSs1EP

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Marvel RC Hulk Smash

Control the Hulk's vehicle with smashes, flips, spins
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Control the Hulk's vehicle with smashes, flips, spins and wheelies. You can go through obstacles or knock them over with Hulk's swinging arms; $68. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Py98WA

Voice-Command Auldey Sky Rover IR Helicopter

Control the helicopter through voice commands or the
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Control the helicopter through voice commands or the included battery-powered remote. It can fly for more than six minutes and can be controlled from more than 10 meters away. The hands-free voice control features 12 commands; $38.86. More information: http://bit.ly/1MkHGXS; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OzXJXP

1:10 Full-Function 12.8V Pro Reaper R/C Car

This 1:10 scale Pro Reaper car is equipped
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This 1:10 scale Pro Reaper car is equipped to take on rugged terrain. It comes with a one-hour quick charger and all batteries; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PkVJTo; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1PlpoMa

Thomas Shipwreck Rails Playset

Inspired by the Thomas & Friends movie
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Inspired by the Thomas & Friends movie "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure," this playset comes with a full track layout with a pirate ship, motorized Thomas train with cargo car and a treasure cargo piece; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/20MLiMb; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1OES1Ur

Jakks Max Tow Truck

One of the most powerful toy trucks, Max
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One of the most powerful toy trucks, Max Tow Truck can pull and push up to 200 pounds and climb over just about anything. He also includes 50-plus phrases and sound effects; $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1LaBos5; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GXbmxA

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Battle Ballerz

Battle Ballerz by Yomega Corp. for ages 5
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Battle Ballerz by Yomega Corp. for ages 5 and older, are collectible characters whose heads are removable balls; $10. More information: http://bit.ly/1GQSRVU; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1jRJb8h.

Equilibrius Stacking Game

The Equilibrius Stacking Game from Lilliputiens lets kids
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The Equilibrius Stacking Game from Lilliputiens lets kids ages 3 and older sculpt crazy creatures from the critter cards; $17.99 at habausa.com.

Tracer Racers Remote Control Sets

Tracer Racers Remote Control Sets from Skullduggery for
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Tracer Racers Remote Control Sets from Skullduggery for ages 6 and up offer a glow-in-the-dark dual loop and more than 36 feet of track as well as two remote control tracer racers; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1keG7mQ; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1P8dZxx

Sky Viper Video Drone V950HD

Kids ages 12 and older can check out
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Kids ages 12 and older can check out the Sky Viper Video Drone V950HD from Skyrocket Toys. The full-sized performance drone records video and pictures in full 720p High Definition Flying at speeds up to 14 mph; $89.99 at target.com.

Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger

With the Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color
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With the Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger from Hasbro, kids ages 5 and older will be able to fire web fluid when they pull on the glove and attach the gauntlet. Run out of Spidey Shot? No worries, the set comes with a special water canister that kids can load with water to soak the bad guys; $24.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/1kN6CQI; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1SjgFrI

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Spy Gear Ultimate Night Vision

Spin Master's Spy Gear Ultimate Night Vision allows
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Spin Master's Spy Gear Ultimate Night Vision allows kids ages 6 and older to navigate in pitch-black conditions and see up to 50 feet away. The infrared technology creates an invisible stealth beam, allowing kids to see objects in the dark; $40.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1PX9irg; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HezQNt

Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers

The Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers set from
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The Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers set from Thames and Kosmos is a 237-piece construction set that includes instructions to build not only a robot rover, but nine additional space-themed models, including a lunar rover, rocket launcher car, space shuttle and more. The 64-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about real-world examples of outer space; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1P0xBFk; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kePPWy

Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet

Kids ages 4 and older can pretend they
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Kids ages 4 and older can pretend they are a Tyrannosaurus Rex with the Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet from Hasbro. Simply slip it on and chomp down on other Jurassic World figures and vehicles. Pair with the Velociraptor claws (sold separately); $14.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1NEZNfA; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1iOh752

Despicable Me -- Supervillian Jet

The Mega Bloks Despicable Me -- Supervillian Jet
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The Mega Bloks Despicable Me -- Supervillian Jet from MEGA Brands lets minions take the helm of the plane; if things go haywire, open the trap door and use a line to rappel to safety; $44.99 at toysrus.com.

Pet to Ninja Turtles

Kids can recreate the mutation over and over
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Kids can recreate the mutation over and over again with the Pet to Ninja Turtles action figures from Playmates Toys. Kids ages 4 and older can mutate the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from pet turtles to fully articulated figures, each coming with its weapon accessories; $12.99 at toysrus.com.

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Compose Yourself

With the Compose Yourself game from Think Fun,
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With the Compose Yourself game from Think Fun, kids ages 6 and older can create, play and share a world-class composition. Simply play with the cards and create interesting visual patterns by flipping, rotating and reordering them. Then, they can enter card codes on a special website to hear their composition played by virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie and members of a full symphony orchestra; $14.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1fD3K6C; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWv0Qc

Moff Band

The Moff Band is a wearable tech toy
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The Moff Band is a wearable tech toy from Moff Inc. Put it on and connect with the app and your hand movements make a variety of noises. You can pick up sticks and pretend to play the drums, and you'll hear drum music. Choose a sword and you'll hear swashbuckling sounds. A wand can give off a magical sound; $54.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1foMNfk

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