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Teeny Tesla Model S for Kids (almost) ready to roll

Thanks to a collaboration between veteran toy maker Radio Flyer and Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, 3-8 year-old electric car enthusiasts will soon be able to hit the parks and sidewalks in their very own Model S. The single seater can zoom along at up to 6 mph for around 6 miles before needing to hit the plug-in charger for a top up.Read More

Customizable Smart-Kart offers kids a speedy ride and gives parents smartphone monitoring

Ever since Toyota began exploring the world of serious automotive toys with its Camatte concepts, we've been waiting and hoping for it – or someone – to build a customizable, drivable kid's car for the modern era. The new Arrow Smart-Kart from Actev Motors isn't quite the proper mini-car the evolving Camatte is, but it does offer a similar experience: a vehicle for young kids to customize and drive. The accompanying smartphone app gives parents peace of mind, delivering emergency controls and monitoring.
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Mattel brings back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids

Mattel has announced that it's bringing back ThingMaker, its toy making kits which launched in the 1960s. But this time around ThingMaker will get a modern make-over and consist of a fully functioning US$300 3D printer designed specifically for kids. Used with a companion app, this will allow young creators to design and print their own toys at home.Read More

Hands-on with the 3Doodler Start, a 3D pen for kids

So far it's mostly been adults who've had the fun of using 3D pens, which is ironic given how drawing in mid-air can release your inner doodling child. However, the 3Doodler Start is a 3D pen from WobbleWorks designed specifically for kids. It uses a new eco-plastic, features no hot parts, and is compliant with toy safety standards. We recently got to play with one ahead of its launch.Read More

In pictures: The best tech toys from London Toy Fair 2016

We recently spent some time professionaly testing (okay, playing) with the latest toys at the Toy Fair in London. This being 2016 many of those toys had a significant technological element, making them more interesting than your average cuddly bear. Join us as we revisit some of the best drones, internet-connected toys, AR games and STEM kits that we saw.Read More

Razor will make drifting easier, with the Crazy Cart Shift

Razor has used London Toy Fair 2016 to announce its latest Crazy Cart, and this one is designed to make drifting even easier than previous models. The Crazy Cart Shift makes a number of changes which will enable younger drivers to achieve serious drifts, including easier steering wheel-based drifting and an 8 mph (13 km/h) max speed.Read More

Lego aims to make learning more fun with WeDo 2.0

Lego Education has updated its aging WeDo robotic learning system with WeDo 2.0. Geared toward schools or parents looking to add some structured learning to playtime, it comes in kit form and is an aid to spark young students' interest in science, computing, engineering and technology subjects.Read More

Fisher-Price aims to get your kids coding with cute Code-a-Pillar

Like the Dash and Dot from our round-up of last year's best tech toys for kids, the upcoming Code-a-Pillar has been designed to teach kids how to code in an entertaining and engaging way. Fisher-Price's effort sees a wheeled caterpillar head sporting a constant smile and blinking eyes that can be connected via USB to a number of segments. The order in which the segments are connected determines the actions of the completed bot.Read More

Back to the Future DeLorean model floats in mid-air

What adult or kid who's seen any of the Back to the Future movies hasn't lusted after a real DeLorean, let alone one that could actually hover. While a real hovering DeLorean might still not be available until some time in the future, Kids Logic of Hong Kong has created a scale model replica that may be the next best thing.Read More

Bug Racer is steered by an oblivious live cricket

It's not often that you hear the words "Cricket not included" used in reference to a toy car, but there's a first time for everything. That said, if you are able to supply your own cricket, it can now be used to steer Mattel's new Bug Racer. Presumably other similar-sized insects would work, too … just don't expect any of them to have great driving skills.Read More

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