Friday, 4 September 2015

Star Wars Tech Toys for Kids Gift Guide

So. New Star Wars. New tech toys. It's all very exciting. We thought we'd take a look at the toys that rate highest on the techometer. We're looking for toys that make good use of technology as well as those that will inspire the next generation of techies and makers.

Note that not all of the new toys tie in to the new The Force Awakens movie. There are also lots of new toys that tie in with the previous movies and TV Series.

Not all of our selections actually require batteries. We've also got some suggestions that will develop logical thinking and design skills away from a screen or electronic toy.

We'll be updating this article as more toys become available for 2015.

Sphero BB-8



First up is of course Sphero BB-8. We've been expecting this little guy. I've got rather a soft spot for BB-8 already. This Sphero droid is very cool. The Sphero folks have been closely involved with Disney to make sure the toy is authentic to the Star Wars The Force Awakens movie so you're getting something very cool here. The head really does move around and stays on top of Sphero.

Unfortunately Sphero have said that at launch BB-8 won't be compatible with the Sphero coding apps. We're hoping this is just an issue of timing and getting Sphero BB-8 into the hands of kids who might be put off by a worthy educational toy.

Buy Sphero BB-8:  Best Buy (US) or  Firebox (UK)

Star Wars Disney Infinity 3.0


Star Wars is a major theme for the Disney Infinity 3.0 Toys to Life console game. The initial sets are based on older Star Wars stories but we can expect a new playset and figures based on the Force Awakens once the movie is released.

Note that as well as the Starter Pack there's also the new Disney Infinity Star Wars Saga set which has extra figures and access to extra content.

Bladez Toyz Star Wars Jumbo R/C Inflatable Yoda, R2-D2 and Darth Vader




Size matters not, you say Yoda? Well we know what you mean, but sometimes it is a lot of fun to have a really big toy! These inflatable remote control Star Wars characters are new for 2015 from Bladez Toyz.

What kid could resist a 2 foot tall Yoda, R2-D2 or Darth Vader?


LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon


The Millennium Falcon is an iconic space ship and it's back for the Force Awakens. There are lots of cool sets in the LEGO Force Awakens range, but this really is the flagship. There's even a LEGO BB-8 in this set. 

With well over 1000 pieces this set will keep kids busy for quite a while.  



Risk Star Wars Edition


There's a new Risk Star Wars Edition game for Hasbro. Risk is a strategy battle game and this version is based on the ending of the Return of the Jedi.

There have been Star Wars themed versions of Risk before. This is the new one released on Force Friday 2015.



Star Wars: Droid Factory


Paper craft is very popular and a fab way to develop maker skills. Star Wars: Droid Factory is a book with pop out buildable droid and a wind-up base.


Furbacca


Furbacca is a Furby Chewbacca hybrid. It's one of those things that seems obvious once you see it. Furbacca just had to happen. Furbacca makes good use of his eyes to display Star Wars themed images and he'll give the humming Star Wars music a good go. 

Like his Furby friends Furbacca has an app that extends play so kids can interact with their furry friend.

Order from Kohl's (US)Pre-order Furbacca from IWOOT (UK)





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