Humanoid robots can be a lot more complex than what you'll see out of the Robosapien down at your local Best Buy. With the KONDO KHR-1 Robot Kit ($1100), for instance, you do the programming and controls, and the robot features 17 adjustable joints, and can do things like back flips and cartwheels. The KONDO KHR-2HV Kit ($1000) is the upgraded version of the KHR-1, and is faster, lighter, and features more controls, gears, servos, tricks, and skills than its predecessor. The Robovie-M V3 Robot Kit ($2700) has 22 joint angular sensors, and is capable of movements such as throws, punches, handstands, and playing soccer. It also automatically pushes itself upright after a fall, which is more than we can say for most of our drinking buddies.
The Transformers were cool. How many other toys combined sweet cars with dudes who carried big energy guns? The Transformers 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime ($70) is the ultimate Transformer for enthusiasts of both the show and toys alike. This Optimus contains great detail and speaks phrases from the 1986 film Transformers: The Movie. A twelve-inch tall, talking Optimus Prime? Count us in.
Vests are a viable alternative to bulky coats in cool weather. That makes the Original Penguin Color Blocked Down Vest a great addition to any winter wardrobe. Its goose down filling and understated style make it ideal for layering, and the functional hidden hood and lined pockets will keep you warm, no matter what the occasion.
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As you're taking time to get your holiday gifts ready for everyone else, don't forget to pick up something for yourself as well — something like this 400% Medicom Darth Vader Kubrick Figurine ($95; Pre-order). If you want a whole Star Wars team, check out the Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper ($120) and the Han Solo Stormtrooper ($120) to complete your eight-inch squad.
Not all R/C toys have to be vehicles. The Tyco R/C N.S.E.C.T. ($100) is a radio-controlled bug that features eyes the change color based on what "mode" the toy is in, and a pincher-like claw in front that can grab items. The best part, though, is the "missile launcher" in the back that holds six foam missiles that can travel up
to 20 feet — far enough to keep your pets,
kids, or yourself entertained for hours.