For The Grown-ups: Game of Thrones Gifts

After a very long wait the 4th season of Game of Thrones has finally premiered.  We are huge GoT fans in our household even though neither of us had read the George R. R. Martin books.  We all love to hate Joffrey Baratheon, and we can’t wait to find out how and when “Khaleesi” will engage and hopefully sack King’s Landing.  Those dragons are getting restless.

Note: If you have read the books of course this post may sound ridiculous, since you already know what is going to happen.  But just humor us non-readers and let us have our fun 🙂

Most children up through their teenage years would very likely not see this show (can you say nudity, violence, language, and oh yes … nudity).  But that doesn’t mean us grown-ups can’t have some “toys” to help us enjoy the show a little more.  Here are some that I find pretty interesting:

 

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Yes, Furbys are Still Popular Toys

The Furby line of toys was first introduced in 1998 and that first line sold for only 3 years.  I say “only” because during that short time over 40 million of these popular toys were sold.  There have been several iterations of Furbys since then, and they are still fairly popular toys, although I don’t think I would exactly call them hot.

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If you are unfamiliar with Furbys then these are small furry toys that are essentially small toy robots that are designed to be trained to become domesticated, such as “learning” English.  They also sing and dance, and react to interaction from humans.  One of the most interesting (and frustrating) aspect of these toys is the difficulty of turning them off.  There are actually a few ways to turn them off, but the involve doing something special with the toy (e.g. pulling its tail for 10 seconds).  There is no on/off switch on these toys, which adds to the frustration.  Most people are unaware of these “trick” procedures.

In addition there is extreme motion sensitivity that can cause them to “wake up” in response to the slightest movement.  Once woken up it is difficult to silence them again unless they are left alone to return to “sleep”.

Despite these unusual features Furbys continue to be refreshed every few years, and they continue to sell well.  Children apparently enjoy their behavior, and are highly entertained by the silly songs and dance. The current line of toys is called Furby Boom, and they are produced by the Hasbro company.

 

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Top Toys for Boys 2014

There is an endless selection of toys for boys. 2014 is no different than any other year. And it is no surprise that Lego ranks very highly in toy rankings this year.

So without further ado here are some of the hottest toys for boys in 2014.

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