When looking over the possibilities on this list, there were a few major concepts that came to mind - "technology," "activity," and "creativity."
I must admit to be a bit disappointed to not mention some of the other popular toys for boys 10 years old this year, since although they are further down the list than what is given here, there are some among them that blew me away when I researched them. (Check out the end of this post to find those toys on another list.)
So - here they are - the 5 top picks from the best toys for boys 10 years of age this year:
1. Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch
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Here is something for the "super sleuth" young men among us. It is a watch that takes actual videos or takes pictures - secretly. Hmmm....
Merchant Info: * Record and playback video, audio and photos
* Secretly record up to 20 minutes of video
* Secretly record over 4 hours of audio
* Capture photo evidence - up to 2000 pics
The ultimate spy tool, packed with high tech spy features. Includes: real working video camera and microphone to record video, audio and even photos; full color 1.4” TFT screen to watch recorded videos and live playback; onboard memory to store your evidence and files; upload and download video missions from SpyNetHQ.com. Rechargeable battery and USB cable, included. Ages 8+.
2. Nerf N-Strike Blaster - Stampede ECS
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Wow - Nerf technology certainly has come a long way since blasters were first introduced into the toy market! The Stampede ECS is fully automatic, with a number of features that are quite advanced.
Merchant Info: * The Nerf N-Strike ECS blaster is one of the most awesome and exciting N-Strike developments released in over 40 years of Nerf brand history
* The first fully automatic Nerf Clip System blaster to date
* The N-Strike Stampede ECS blaster features a new pop-out bipod, which doubles as a handle
* A removable shield allowing players to transition to Attack Mode
* The ultimate full auto clip system blaster complete with a Blast Shield, Pop-Out Bipod, 3 Extended Clips, 1 Quick-Reload Clip and 60 darts
The first fully automatic NERF Clip System blaster to date, the N-STRIKE STAMPEDE ECS blaster features a new pop-out bipod, which doubles as a handle, and a removable shield allowing players to transition to Attack Mode. The NERF N-STRIKE STAMPEDE ECS blaster also comes complete with one six dart Clip and three extended Clips which hold 18 darts each, offering the highest Clip capacity from NERF yet. The NERF N-STRIKE ECS blaster is one of the most awesome and exciting N-STRIKE developments released in over 40 years of NERF brand history. Includes 60 Clip System darts. Requires six "D" batteries; not included.
3. LEGO Ultimate Building Set
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With all of the advancements in LEGO toys, this one remains my all time favorite. It allows kids to create "open ended" - to make whatever they have in mind. =)
Merchant Info: * This new tub features a great assortment of LEGO bricks and elements
* Includes building plate, minifigure, windows, doors and wheels
* Includes building instructions for 5 models and photo inspiration for 25 more
* New container allows for easy clean up and efficient storage - The transparent lid lets builders display their models
* 405 Pieces
Get busy building! This jam-packed tub features an extensive assortment of LEGO bricks and other fun elements. It includes a building plate, mini figure, windows, doors and wheels. New container allows for easy clean-up and efficient storage. The transparent lid lets builders display their models. Includes building instructions for five models and photo inspiration for 25 more. 405 pieces.
4. Tonka Ricochet R/C Vehicles
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The Tonka company has entered the market of remote control vehicles - and this has some characteristics that make it reeeeeally fun. =)
Merchant Info: * Drive it low to the ground, then activate its MONSTER LIFT SUSPENSION to drive it high in the air!
* When it's time to "put the brakes on" your remote-controlled action for the day, hook it up to the charger so your vehicle is all ready for your next "stunt driving" show!
* Remote-controlled, two-sided stunt vehicle features MONSTER LIFT SUSPENSION so you can drive it low or drive it high!
* Vehicle comes with controller and charger.
* Controller: Includes 1 9V battery. Vehicle: Includes on 9.6V rechargeable battery.
Show off your “driving” skills with this cool remote-controlled RICOCHET stunt vehicle! Use the controller to send it careening around the floor and flip it from one side to the other. Drive it low to the ground, then activate its MONSTER LIFT SUSPENSION to drive it high in the air! When it’s time to “put the brakes on” your remote-controlled action for the day, hook it up to the charger so your vehicle is all ready for your next “stunt driving” show! Vehicle comes with controller and charger.
5. Beyblade Metal Fusion Toys
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Here is a fun and (very) interesting twist on toy tops for kids.
Merchant Info: (For the Super Vortex Battle Set)
* From dynamic attacks to evasive maneuvers, all of your best techniques will be put to the test
* Make yourself the champion
* Awesome set comes with everything you need to stage a serious spinning showdown
* Battle it out between your Storm Pegasus top and your Lightning L-Drago top with a left and a right-spin Ripcord Launcher
* Set includes Super Vortex Beystadium arena, 2 exclusive Beyblade Metal Fusion tops and 2 ripcord launchers
* Also includes 24 tournament grids, official rule book and 2 collector cards
As I mentioned above, although the top 5 toys for 10 year old boys 2010 listed above leave nothing to be desired - and would likely make wonderful gifts for young lads of this age - there are definitely more to see.