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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BOSEbuild Speaker Cube(Credit: Bose)
Build your own speaker and learn how a magnet and coil make a sound and how a speaker reproduces music. Kids can be coached through the building process through a free companion app that confirms success along the way. Kids can also add colored LED lights and silhouette covers; $149 at bose.com.
Sky Viper Hover Racer(Credit: Skyrocket)
The Hover Racer combines drone racing with video game battling. It can fly 20 mph while hovering three feet off the ground. Using the freetoplay app and infrared beacons, players race and battle in a course of their own design; $99.99 at skyrockettoys.com.
VEX Robotics Zip Flyer(Credit: Hexbug)
This robotic gadget can shoot propellers more than 30 feet in the air once kids build the structure using snap-together pieces. Pull the zip-cord stick to release -- the faster you pull, the higher up they'll go; $12.99 at hexbug.com.
Sky Rover Voice Command Drone(Credit: Auldey Toys)
The Sky Rover Voice Command Drone from Auldey Toys responds to 12 commands when spoken through the included headset. Say "take-off" and watch as the drone changes direction and does amazing stunts like 360-degree flips in response to commands; $59.99 at auldeytoys.us.
Greckobot(Credit: Thames and Kosmos)
The wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards and glossy laminates; $49.95 at thamesandkosmos.com.
Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set(Credit: Learning Resources)
Build a maze and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the programmable robot mouse. Once you program the sequence, watch Colby race to find the cheese. The set comes with 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge and more; $59.99 at learningresources.com.
Meccano Meccasaur(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids can build and program this interactive, 3-foot dinosaur. Use Room Guard mode to protect your stuff. If he notices any sounds or change in light, he'll charge at the intruder while roaring. Meccasaur responds to petting and answers yes or no to questions; $99.99 at spinmaster.com.
3Doodler Start(Credit: 3Doodler)
This 3D printing pen extrudes an eco-friendly plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to draw in the air. It's designed to be clean and safe for kids, with no hot parts or messy glue; $49.99 at 3doodlerstart.com.
Kurio Watch(Credit: KD Group)
Made specifically for kids, this smartwatch features a touchscreen, alarm, calculator, music and video players, front-facing camera, activity tracker and mini games that detect wrist movement. Kids can also message friends and family via other Kurio or Android devices; $59.99 at kurioworld.com.
Pokemon Sun & Moon(Credit: Nintendo)
The new additions to Pokemon video games for Nintendo 3DS feature mysterious creatures known as Ultra Beasts; $39.99 eat at nintendo.com.
FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon Pet(Credit: Hasbro)
This plush baby dragon breathes flame-colored mist. Bring the color-changing marshmallow treat close to the mist and watch it "toast," then feed it to Torch and listen as he makes munching sounds. The dragon features more than 50 sound and motion combinations; $79.99 at hasbro.com.
Talk-to-Me Mikey(Credit: Playmates)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo recognizes a child's questions and responds in hundreds of unique ways in less than a second. Mikey features movement and position sensors, he signs songs and plays games with kids; $39.99 at playmatestoys.com.
Animal Jam Club Geoz Playset(Credit: Jazwares)
Listen to music, dance under the lights and watch the disco ball spin. This playset comes with the exclusive Diamond Artic Wolf and one scratch off code that unlocks exclusive content in the hit online game Animal Jam; $29.99 at jazwares.com.
Hatchimals(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids can take care of the egg and small, interactive creatures will hatch themselves. Little ones can teach them to walk, talk, play games and more. Who's inside? It's a surprise; $59.99 at spinmaster.com.
Hot Wheels A.I.(Credit: Mattel)
This racing system combines high-powered vehicle performance and computer enhanced Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), allowing kids to race a friend or take on a computer. Each car features a sensor on the bottom so the cars can communicate with the track. The Smart Cars are controlled using a controller and can race in three different modes; $99.99 at mattel.com.
Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy(Credit: Moose Toys)
This puppy moves, feels and responds just like a real pet. Kids can feed this no-mess puppy with his bottle and he'll fall asleep in their arms. Pat his head or rub his tummy and Snuggles will make puppy sounds; $54.99 at moosetoys.com.
Skylanders Imaginators(Credit: Activision Publishing)
Kids can bring Skylanders to life for the first time with stories, puzzles, battles and a new lineup of heroes and villains. There's also a Creation Crystal, which allows players to create and transport their Skylanders to consoles. Senseis includes 20 new characters, such as Crash Bandicoot and 11 former villains; $74.99 at activision.com.
Lego Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter(Credit: Lego)
This X-Wing Fighter features opening wings and a cockpit, four spring-loaded shooters, retractable landing gear, removable engine and a detachable BB-8. The set also comes with a building section with a container, toppling tower and fire elements to attach to the building and Flametrooper's weapon. The set comes with three mini-figures; $79.99 at lego.com.
MarioKart 8 Quadcopter(Credit: Carrera of America)
Based on MarioKart 8, it features a six-axle gyro system for flight stability, a protective cage for the rotors and 2.4 GHz technology for up to seven minutes of flight; $99 at amazon.com.
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset(Credit: Just Play)
Based on the hit preschool superhero animated TV show, the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset features three character-themed levels and stands more than two feet tall. The PJ Picture Player allows kids to choose their mission while using the zip line, working elevator, hanging cat rings, trap door and pop-out hatch. Cat Boy figure and Cat Car are included; $69.99 at justplayproducts.com.
CHiP (Canine Home Intelligent Pet) is a robotic dog that recognizes and responds to commands using the included SmartBand, a rechargeable wearable controller. CHiP responds to hand gestures and voice commands. He also plays fetch and fun games with his SmartBall, interacting all the ways a real dog would. At the end of the day, CHiP knows to head to his special SmartBed to recharge; $199.99 at wowwee.com.
Zoomer Chimp(Credit: Spin Master)
With lifelike movements and realistic chimp sounds, Zoomer Chimp can follow you, stand up on his own and recognize commands through his voice recognition technology. He performs tricks, follows voice commands and more; $119 at spinmaster.com.
My Friend Pikachu(Credit: TOMY)
Hug the plush Pikachu to make its ears move, cheeks light up and activate cute sounds; $29.99 at tomy.com.
'Star Wars' model kits(Credit: REVELL)
Yo-Kai Watch(Credit: Nintendo)
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(Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive)
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
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash(Credit: Nintendo)
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(Credit: Ultrasabers)
BB-8 App-Controlled Droid(Credit: Brookstone)
Forza Motorsport 6(Credit: Microsoft)
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(Credit: KidDesign)
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
Chrono Bomb(Credit: Patch Products)
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(Credit: The Lego Group)
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(Credit: Hasbro)
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
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(Credit: Playmates Toys)
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
UNICEF Kid Power Band(Credit: Target)
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.
Meccanoid G15 KS(Credit: Spin Master)
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(Credit: Activision)
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(Credit: Anki)
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(Credit: KD Interactive)
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
Vex Robotics Robotic Arm(Credit: Hexbug)
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(Credit: Nintendo)
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(Credit: Auldey Toys)
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(Credit: Disney Infinity )
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(Credit: Thames and Kosmos)
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
Vex Robotics Hexcalator Ball Machine(Credit: Hexbug)
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(Credit: Hasbro)
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(Credit: Activision)
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(Credit: Thinkway)
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