This is the second post where I highlight the Toy Association Toys of the Year for 2014, although this time it’s the Boy toys that I’m going to go through. The previous article was about award winning activity toys.
Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena
Battroborg motion controlled battling robots are here and they are giving the player all the power. You control the battle, you control the robot, you control your destiny. In this game you knock out your opponent by serving up five knocks to the head. Or take your robot to battle boot camp where you can master the art of combat by taking on the training drones. Battroborg’s radio control technology also allows for you to host a Battle Royal where up to 20 robots can battle at one time. The game play continues in auto drone mode where you can battle against a self-activated Battroborg robot for up two minutes.
This is a fun game where kids can compete with other kids or even with adults. It’s a fighting game but it’s not really too violent as these games go.
Recommended ages: 6 and up
Despicable Me Minion Dave Talking Action Figure
Minion Dave is one of three talking minions available from the Despicable Me 2 toy line-up. All three minions (Dave, Tim, and Stuart) have a special mode unique to each figure. Dave’s special mode is “banana mode,” where he … well, farts. Press on his tongue to enter this mode, and Dave says, “banana,” after which he’ll happily rip a big one the next time you push his pocket or move his head.
Kids still not laughing hard enough? Just press his tongue twice in a row to enter “super banana mode,” at which point he’ll let it rip even louder and longer. He also has 55 different sayings and noises that have been faithfully reproduced from the actual Dave character in the movies.
This Minion Dave figure is 8″ tall, which is the same height as Stuart (Tim is taller at 10″). The facial expressions that are possible with this model, the high-quality audio recordings, and the soft-touch skin that so faithfully reproduces the look of the character in the movies all come together to make this figure a must-have for any fan of Despicable Me and its minions.
Recommended ages: 4 and up
Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS)
In Disney’s most ambitious video game initiative ever, Disney Infinity introduces an all-new game universe where a spark of imagination unlocks a fantastical world where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ most popular franchises.
In Disney Infinity you have the freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters. Discover three Play Sets, including Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Incredibles, with up to 2-player local co-op.
Recommended ages: 10 and up