by Jayne Cannon
’Tis the season to be joule-y. Check out these electronic toys for youngsters and teens on your Christmas list.
A REAL DOLL
Luvabella isn’t just another talking doll. She giggles, learns new words and animal sounds, and even has a heartbeat. Feed her, comfort her and get her to talk to you. No strings to pull; she’s totally interactive. $100.
What’s better than a Nerf all-terrain battle? How about a live recording of a Nerf all-terrain battle? The Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout lets you remotely blast away, view it live, and relive the recorded battle again and again. $200.
Stay connected to your kids by sending voice messages to their Wi-Fi-enabled Talkie by Toymail. Kids access the message by pressing a button. Choose from five cozy characters including a shark and a unicorn. $52.
BLAST FROM PAST
Step back in time to the 1980s with the Atari Flashback 8 Gold game system. Fan favorites are ready to play — Space Invaders, Frogger, Millipede and more. Spin Duran Duran on the stereo, and party like it’s 1985. $70.
THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
Hyperdrive to a galaxy, far, far away with the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. A built-in camera creates virtual holographic videos, and you can command it with a smartphone app. $150.
It blows kisses, talks in baby babble and grabs your fingers, just like a baby — but kids can hold a Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey in their palms, and the colorful mini primate responds with sound, blinks and movement. $21 and up.
— Product picks is compiled by Jayne Cannon.