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Coolest Gifts for Christmas 2016

These are some of the coolest gifts coming out this year. The BB 8 looks awesome. There are many promising releases this year. Remember Viewmaster? It's being reissued in a VR version.

Barbie Now Has an Entire Smart Dream House That Responds to Kids' Voice Commands

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of privacy and children advocates having a conniption. Because following up on last year’s controversial Hello Barbie that relied on the internet to have real conversations with kids, Mattel has just revealed an entire dream house that uses a wi-fi connection to respond to voice commands.

Spin Master's life-size BB-8 is too cute and too real

We all fell in love with Sphero's tiny BB-8 droid when it launched last year. But, after you finally saw The Force Awakens, maybe you found yourself wishing for...

All the Coolest Stuff From Toy Fair 2016

If January’s CES is the main course when it comes to trade shows, February’s New York Toy Fair is the dessert you can’t wait to dig into afterwards. The world’s biggest toymakers converge on the Big Apple to reveal everything that kids—and collectors—will be dying to buy for the rest of the year.

You Don't Need any Starfleet Training to Fly This Star Trek USS Enterprise Drone

With umpteen different Star Wars movies enroute, it’s understandable that Star Trek fans might be feeling a little left out. But 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and to help celebrate Spin Master has turned its popular quadcopter drones into a flying version of the USS Enterprise.

Lionel Has Turned the Classic Model Train Set Into a Race Track

It’s a testament to the devotion of train enthusiasts that model railroads have remained a popular hobby for over 100 years. And to keep another generation interested in the toys, Lionel has turned its classic trains into something that looks more like a slot car track.

Hasbro and Marvel Are Now Making Beautifully Detailed But Affordable Role Play Accessories

If you’re a stickler for details and accuracy, don’t assume that making your own cosplay props and costumes is cheaper than buying a replica. Often it can cost thousands of dollars to get it right, so Hasbro and Marvel are teaming up on a line of detailed role play accessories that will make accurate cosplay slightly more affordable.