Aside from buying specialized, licensed sets, it can be tough to find interesting LEGO people to populate our ever expanding collection of dorktastic dioramas. LEGO Minifigures ($2/each) is a collection of 16 collectible figures not found in normal sets, sold in "mystery bags" so each purchase is a surprise. Highlights include the Zombie, Caveman, Ninja, Robot, scary Clown, and a disturbingly Debbie-esque Cheerleader.
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back comes this re-imagining of one of the Star Wars saga's most awesome vehicles. The new Hasbro Star Wars AT-AT ($100) is a behemoth toy worthy of the All Terrain Armored Transport name, measuring in at over two feet tall, nearly 28 inches long, and 12 inches wide, with room inside for up to 20 action figures, LED lights, authentic movie sounds and phrases, projectile-firing cannons, a deployable speeder bike, a retractable zip-line to recreate Luke's dramatic rise, articulated legs for maximum poseability, an included 3.75-inch AT-AT driver action figure, and tons of other details that make this the AT-AT toy to have.
It only took 75 years or so, but someone finally got around to doing a first-rate redesign of the classic Monopoly board. Monopoly Revolution ($35; Fall 2010) eschews the game's traditional square surface for a modern circular board, while retaining all the fun gameplay of the original. New features include updated "here and now" pricing, an electronic game pod that keeps track of players' money — via electronic banking cards — and also provides sound effects and song clips that correspond with events in the game.