Hasbro's top toys for Christmas 2010
Toy company Hasbro has given Pocket-lint some playtime with a wide range of its Autumn and Winter line-ups - the products it's essentially pushing for the busy Christmas market.
We looked at a large range of games and toys for all ages, and while some of them stood out to us more than others - we are after all big kids over here - it must be said that there's something for everyone.
The games section caught our eye for re-imaginations of old classics, with some embracing technological enhancements. New versions of Boggle, Bop It!, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly are on the horizon and looking particularly good.
Boggle Flash comprises of five electronic tiles that will each display a letter, you then have to make words by sliding them around. They know when you've made a word because of SmartLink technology and an internal dictionary, so will register each authorised word completed in the countdown time. At the end of a game, the tiles will tell you how many words you created, and the maximum number that was available.
That's it, cunningly simple and, because the tiles aren't huge and come with a natty little case, it's a game that can be played pretty much anywhere. It's £24.99 and will be in shops this Autumn.
The new version of Monopoly will come as a surprise to some as, to celebrate its 75th Anniversary, it comes with a round board.
Monopoly Revolution is essentially the same game as the original, with the same place names, house and hotels, etc, but all the money is handled by a circular electronic bank and individual in-game credit cards for the players. Now, that's not exactly new - the Here & Now Edition has something similar - however, this time, the banking device also handles all the Chance and Community Card action, and plays accompanying music.
Costing £29.99, it's actually in shops now, but we can see it flying off the shelves as we near December.
Bop It! Bounce is a version of the frenetic party game where the pull-me, twist-me sections have been replaced with a trampoline style bat. The toy will shout commands at you to make you bounce higher, faster, and such like, while you have to obey and try to keep up. It can get a bit extreme, we don't mind telling you.
It costs £19.99 and will also follow in the Autumn.
Another one that's already available, for £29.99, Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It is an update to the popular quiz boardgame that adds a betting element to the gameplay.
As well as the traditional pieces, players get chips to bet on whether opponents will get their answers right or not. Earn enough and they can buy wedges instead of having to earn them by answering questions. It's a way of levelling the playing field, preventing the brainiest from constantly winning.
The final game that caught our eye is Cuponk - a simple yet addictive game of throwing a ping pong ball into a cup. That really is all there is to it, but it does flash LEDs around the bottom when the ball goes in, and it's only £12.99 so no complaints from us. It is, also, much much harder than you actually think.
In terms of boys toys, those that stood out the most were the RC Walking Iron Man and the awesome Nerf N Strike Stampede.
The RC Walking Iron Man is brilliant! Remote controlled, obviously, it walks like the real thing and fires missiles from its shoulders. It also makes all manner of beeps, whoops and ftooms, and has lights in the centre of each hand to represent its repulsors.
It's not cheap, at £49.99, but, boy, is it cool! Expect it to hit shops in the Autumn.
Even cooler is the £54.99 Nerf N Strike Stampede ECS blaster. It's the first fully automatic Nerf Clip System blaster, and can hold extended clips containing 18 darts each.
The monster comes with with a pull out bipod, to stand it on a surface, which also doubles as a handle for extra leverage. It truly is the king of Nerf. And we soooo want one.
Also in the boys section, there's Star Wars goodies, such as the Boba Fett Helmet (£39.99) which talks into your ears via in-built speakers, and fits fully grown adults (oh yes). And the Clone Wars General Grievous Lightsaber (also £39.99) which is massive, spins around, lights up and can be split to make two individual 'sabers.
There's also an Iron Man 2 Helmet (£34.99) for kids, which lights up and speaks and stuff. Plus, the Transformers range has expanded with the enormous Battle Ops Bumblebee (£79.99), who can be set in either attack or defence mode, and the Combiners 5 Pack (£19.99), where you can add small vehicles to appendages in order to create a more impressive robot in disguise.
The Tonka range has also been tweaked, with a remote control Tonka Richochet (£99.99) which can be morphed between offroad and stunt vehicles easily.
There's also a new range of Tonka toy cars for very young children, with the introduction of Tonka Chuck and Friends - also soon to be a cartoon series.
Chuck’s Stunt Park (£39.99) and Rumblin’ Chuck (£39.99) are both cute, brightly coloured and make loud noises; ideal for kids then. The former is a track set up, that a battery operated Chuck can happily manoeuvre around, with a little help from little hands.
And Rumblin' Chuck is a much larger version that talks and makes funny facial expressions when played with. Much like Pocket-lint's features editor Dan.
There's a whole host of other pre-school toys, including updates to classic ranges such as Play-Doh (Puppies Playset - £14.99). And girls are certainly not left out, with a scarily realistic bouncing baby in the guise of Baby Alive Bouncing Babbles (£24.99) and a walking dog addition to the FurReal range, Go Go Walking Pup (£59.99), who really seems to has a life of its own.
But we'll leave you with a girl's toy that we can see being a big hit for adults, especially men: FurReal Lulu Cuddle Kitty.
Costing £49.99, she's a life-sized white cat that sits on your lap, purrs and likes to be stroked. Altogether now, "goodbye Mr Bond!"
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