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Great Gifts for Kids (& Adults!)

 

1) 4D Cityscape New York -- $29 -- discover NYC or other major cities (other 4D puzzle maps available) -- have a lot of fun building the puzzle of the city, then put the buildings down. Building models very realistic. Wonderful puzzle.  
2) Star Trek Enterprise by Diamond Select -- $65 US
The skinny: best of all the Star Trek replicas by Diamond Select; lights & sounds are fantastic.
3) Star Trek Science Tricorder by Diamond Select -- $60 -- the Diamond Select Communicator and Phasor are also excellent. My 9-yr-old loved this the best. Wonderful, accurate sounds. Play Mr. Spock; investigate the house.
4) Star Trek Communicator by Diamond Select -- $40 -- flips open easily just like on the show and makes the exact same sound. Adults should carry this around in their pocket; wish I had a cell phone exactly like this so I could whip it open on an elevator, etc.
5) Lost in Space B9 Robot by Diamond Select -- $50 -- Get it while it lasts; looks like a classic; just released in 2015. Sounds on its review on youtube seem very accurate.
6) Basketball -- Wilson Composite Leather NCAA -- $25 -- this is the one you want for outdoor play. Composite leather; a good feel (not all synthetic leather are the same -- some are slick; this one is soft); lasts well on the cement schoolyard. Best ball out there for the schoolyard. You can typically pick this up in Modells or Dicks Sporting Goods. Make sure it is Wilson, NCAA, Composite Leather as seen.
 Even better is the ABA version of this same ball by Wilson. Great thing about the ABA ball is when you shoot it properly off your fingertips, you rotate the ball making a rainbow of colors. Doing this helps establish a great jump shot. This ball is sold by DICKS Sporting Goods. We have one -- ball feels and bounces great -- just like the normal orange ball.
   
7) Tin toy robot -- Mini Radiocon Robot -- see the youtube video and buy in several places on internet including here.
   
8) Die cast metal models of planes, ships, tanks, cars, and rockets. Fun for all ages. Put some on your desk to play with while you are in phone conferences (if you're an adult!). Best place to shop online is The Flying Mule. Multiple vendors, all kinds of fantastic die-cast metal models being built these days. (In the 70's/80's they were few and far between.)
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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