Gifts for boys

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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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First Order Star Destroyer

Inspired by the upcoming movie
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Inspired by the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the First Order Star Destroyer includes five minifigures: Supreme Leader Snoke, a First Order Officer, First Order Stormtrooper Sergeant, First Order Stormtrooper and a First Order Shuttle Pilot, plus BB-9E and a medical Droid kids can build. The set also comes with two blasters, two blaster pistols and more; $159.99 at lego.com.

Lightseekers Starter Pack

This new gaming system, built for mobile devices,
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This new gaming system, built for mobile devices, combines fantasy and reality, video games and action figures. A mini-computer is embedded within each figure, kids can add physical accessories to them and scan trading cards with the Lightseekers app; $69.99 at tomy.com/lightseekers.

Meccano M.A.X.

Combining artificial intelligence (AI) and customizable programs, M.A.X.
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Combining artificial intelligence (AI) and customizable programs, M.A.X. is the most-advanced Meccano robot. It also features Infrared Navigation (IR) and custom apps to bring M.A.X. to life, as well as a built-in gaming system; $149.99 at spinmaster.com.

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VRSE

With this all-in-one VR gaming system, kids can
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With this all-in-one VR gaming system, kids can play Jurassic World VRSE or Batman VRSE. Simply download an app onto a smartphone, which is then inserted into the headset to begin the VR experience; $59.99 at amazon.com.

R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid

Kids can control the droid with a smart
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Kids can control the droid with a smart device or watch it move on its own. R2-D2 also comes with front and rear LED lights, an integrated speaker for authentic sounds and can interact with other Star Wars App-Enabled Droids; $179.99 at store.sphero.com.

PJ Masks Rival Racers Track Playset

Disney Jr.'s popular nighttime heroes Catboy, Owlette and
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Disney Jr.'s popular nighttime heroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko can zoom through the raceway to save the museum from Night Ninja. Launch the vehicles using one of the two built-in mega launchers and watch them loop around the curves. The playset comes with a Catboy figure, Cat-Car and Night Ninja Bus; $39.99 at justplayproducts.com.

Ultimate Justice League Batmobile

Using an app-enabled device, kids can take complete
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Using an app-enabled device, kids can take complete control of the Batmobile, which features smoke release from the exhaust pipe, moving missiles on the hood of the car, roaring engine sounds and four armored wheels. It also includes a camera in the cockpit so kids can drive from Batman's POV and the "jump mode" creates hydraulic-like movement. An included Batman figure can press the gas pedal, his arm shifts gear and his head turns; $249.99 at shop.mattel.com.

Rube Goldberg The Acrobat Challenge

Make the acrobat fly through a cannon using
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Make the acrobat fly through a cannon using STEM-based principles of gravity and spring forces. Kids will build it, test it and complete the challenge until it's just right; $14.99 at spinmaster.com.

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Merge Cube

The Merge Cube is the first holographic object
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The Merge Cube is the first holographic object kids can hold in their hands. Simply download the app to view the cube through the device's camera and watch it come to life; $14.99 at mergevr.com.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

Build and code the ultimate 847-piece robot using
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Build and code the ultimate 847-piece robot using the step-by-step instructions in the free LEGO tablet app; $159.95 at shop.lego.com.

LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition

The new tablet from LeapFrog includes 20 educational
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The new tablet from LeapFrog includes 20 educational games that incorporate spelling, reading, math, coding, science, music and more. It comes with a removable silicone bumper, stylus, LeapSearch Web browser, which allows kids to safely surf the internet, parental controls and more; $119 at leapfrog.com.

Sky Viper v2450 GPS

This GPS streaming video drone is lightweight and
(Credit: Skyrocket)

This GPS streaming video drone is lightweight and can maintain its coordinates in a hover without drifting away. It also features a "Return to Home" feature so the drone can fly back to its launch point; $149.99 at toysrus.com.

Droid Inventor Kit

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"Star Wars" fans can create their own R2-D2 and take him on more than 20 missions with the free Droid Inventor app. The kit comes with littleBits motor, sensor, light, sticker and Droid parts. What's more, kids can create a variety of new Droids. It also features more than eight modes and 10 classic R2-D2 sounds; $99.95 at shop.littlebits.cc/starwars.

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FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger

Make a noise or roar at Hasbro's new
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Make a noise or roar at Hasbro's new Furreal friend and he will roar back in response. He can also crouch, respond to squeaky toys, make 100-plus sounds and motions, and more; $129.99 at hasbro.com.

Aura Drone with Glove Controller

Aura is a gesture-controlled drone with a wearable
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Aura is a gesture-controlled drone with a wearable glove controller. The flying robot is controlled by hand motions made inside the glove, and the rolling cage protects the robot from crashing; $99.99 at toysrus.com.

Mickey Transforming Roadster Racer R/C

This R/C vehicle is based on Disney Jr.'s
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This R/C vehicle is based on Disney Jr.'s popular cartoon "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," which features two cars in one, lights, sound effects and even Mickey's voice. The car can move in multiple directions, honk its horn and transform using the remote; $39.99 at walmart.com.

VEX Robotics BattleBots Minotaur/Tombstone

Simply snap together the pieces to build the
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Simply snap together the pieces to build the mythical Minotaur, from the "BattleBots" television show. The set comes with 345 pieces; $39.99 at hexbug.com.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park

Kids can move the go-kart up the hill
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Kids can move the go-kart up the hill with the hand crank, pull back the lever and launch the vehicle to the top of the track. The go-kart can race down the track, through a 360-degree loop and out the jump ramp. It also includes a Ferris wheel, carnival game and swinging gate; $39 at vtechkids.com.

Nintendo Switch Console with Gray Joy-Con

This new home video game system provides single
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This new home video game system provides single and multiplayer games, and can be taken on-the-go.The two new Joy-Con controllers allow the mobility of a handheld. Slip a set of Joy-Con into the Joy-Con grip to mimic a traditional controller. It features a Capture Button, motion control with a gyroscope and accelerometer, HD Rumble, IR Motion Camera, amiibo and Release Button; $299.99 at nintendo.com/switch.

Teddy Ruxpin

Wicked Cool Toys is bringing the iconic toy
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Wicked Cool Toys is bringing the iconic toy from the 1980s back. The 14-inch-tall Teddy Ruxpin will read stories with a motorized mouth and features LCD eyes with more than 40 expressions that are synched to the stories. The touch sensors in the hands and vest allow children to start, pause or fast-forward through the books and songs. It comes with three built-in stories and a free app; $99.99 at wickedcooltoys.com.

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster

This motorized blaster holds up to 100 high-impact
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This motorized blaster holds up to 100 high-impact rounds with an easy-loading hopper that blasts rounds of 100 feet per second. The blaster is available in blue and red; $99.99 at hasbro.com.

Remote-Control Machines: Construction Vehicles

Build eight models of heavy-duty construction vehicles and
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Build eight models of heavy-duty construction vehicles and control them with a remote. Step-by-step instructions help kids build a bulldozer, backhoe, dump truck, crane, skid-steer loader, road grader, forklift and a concrete mixer. The tools on the vehicles move, such as buckets, shovels, forks and cranes; $99.95 at thamesandkosmos.com.

Thomas & Friends Super Station

This multisystem track set includes 10 Sodor locations
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This multisystem track set includes 10 Sodor locations (Tidmouth Sheds, Knapford Station and more), three engines and enough room to store more than 100 Thomas & Friends engines; $99.99 at fisher-price.mattel.com.

LEGO Worlds

In this video game, kids can create different
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In this video game, kids can create different environments and structures made of digital LEGO bricks. Use the landscaping tools to design mountain ranges or tropical islands, explore using helicopters, dragons, motorbikes and more. Keep a lookout for the hidden treasures, characters, vehicles, castles and weapons in each new world. Available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and more; $29.99 at warnerbros.com/videogame.

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